Introducing Intracell Research Group

What if I told you that there is a common thread tying many inflammatory and autoimmune diseases to one another? For decades there have been articles and studies published in reputable, peer-reviewed medical journals on just this topic.  Don’t take my word for it, a complete list of references appears at the bottom of this article.

Bacteria, which we commonly think of in an acute setting (strep throat, skin infections, pneumonia to name a few), also exist in a chronic infectious state in our bodies.  Some of these passengers have a unique ability to enter the very building blocks of our existence, our cells.

One particular bacterium, Chlamydia pneumoniae (CpN), is an extremely common respiratory pathogen spread through airborne particles of infected saliva 1-6.  For reasons unclear, in some people this acute respiratory infection leads to chronic infection.

It has been strongly implicated in Asthma 24-42, and the effect of this infestation can be seen in other locations throughout the body.  These bacteria like to infect the cells that make up the immune system, and in doing so, hitch a free ride to other locations 7-9.  They are called “intracellular”, atypical bacteria.

Some of the other places they have been found are the atherosclerotic plaques in those afflicted with Heart Disease 15-23, the brains and spinal fluid of Alzheimer’s 43-59 and Multiple Sclerosis 60-72 patients, and the joints of those suffering from Arthritis 73-82.

So, why is it problematic to find bacteria within our building blocks in these locations? The answer lies within the bug.

In order to thrive and build a family, C. pneumoniae in particular needs energy, or fuel.  It essentially robs the infected cell of the very thing it requires to do its job properly.  Cells are meant to perform functions in their location like dividing, and when the cell is defective or no longer needed, it is supposed to die.

The cell that becomes a CpN hotel is being depleted of a vital chemical called ATP 10, which it needs to perform cell division and apoptosis (cell suicide) 11-14.  When cells fail to divide and die when they’re supposed to, it is interrupting the foundational process in that location of the body.

In addition to this one bacterium there are other important ones that are Intracellular, like Borrelia burgdorferi aka Lyme Disease 55-57, Mycoplasma 30, 33, Bartonella (also tick-borne)83, and many others.

When you step back and regard the body of research on these organisms and chronic inflammatory diseases, the result is staggering and simply can’t be ignored.

Intracell Research Group (IRG) is the answer to 3 long overdue questions: How can we connect the physicians with the knowledge on this topic with those who don’t? What research is needed to impact standard of care? Where will critical research funding come from once the importance of this issue is acknowledged?

The mission of IRG is simple; to reduce unnecessary human suffering related to these infections.  By connecting lead researchers and physicians working in this field to one another, we are sharing collective knowledge in the various diseases.  The creation of a physician/healthcare provider website will pool all of the relevant research in one concise location and allow providers and researchers to reach out to one another.  Finally, it will serve as a vital connector-piece between entities with financial resources and the academic medical centers conducting this research.

Understanding the role that intracellular infection plays in chronic human conditions may well be the biggest advancement medicine has seen since the discovery of Penicillin.

While more research is certainly called for, there is already more than enough to demand attention.  As Arthur Schopenhauer said, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

 Join me by sharing this site so that we can expedite the ridicule and opposition phase and replace it with awareness, solid science, and an answer for hundreds of thousands of sick people.


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Nikki Schultek, Principal & Founder