Diagnosis and Integrative Treatment of Intracellular Bacterial Infections

Clinical Practice of Alternative Medicine 2000;1(2):92-102.
 Official journal of the American College of Advancement in Medicine


Role of Mycoplasmal Infections in Fatigue Illnesses

Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Microbiology) 2000; 6(3/4): 23-39.

What Is Our Experience?

     Dr. Franco has extensive experience in the treatment of rheumatic diseases in general and in particular with the rheumatologic disorders triggered/caused by infectious agents. Dr. Franco has treated several thousand patients with different rheumatic diseases over more than twenty years with good results. Approximately 80% of RA patients do respond with variable degrees of improvement. Dr. Franco estimates that up to 1/3 of patients with RA can go into remission within five years. For further information, see study conclusions.

What Happens On a Patient's First Visit to The Arthritis Center of Riverside?

     Dr. Franco and/or Dr. Lallande perform a detailed interview and a thorough physical examination. The laboratory test results and x-rays requested are interpreted in order to arrive at a precise diagnosis. This is extremely helpful in formulating the appropriate treatment plan for each individual patient.

What Is Dr. Franco's Interest In The Field of Rheumatology?

     Dr. Franco believes that infections trigger different forms of arthritis.  These infections are caused by various micro-organisms that include bacteria, mycoplasma, viruses and parasites. They may trigger rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, scleroderma, dermato/polymyositis, reactive arthritis/post infectious arthritis, and others.

Education and Affiliations

Education and Affiliations

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Dr. Franco is a Fellow of The American College of Rheumatology.

His innovative treatment of Arthritis, using Antibiotic Therapy, has made him one of the leaders in this aspect of the field of Rheumatology today.

To learn more about the origin of Dr. Franco's insight, click here.

The principal aim of his practice is to bring the most comprehensive, caring and up-to-date medical services available to his patients.

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     *The information in this website is not intended to replace a rheumatology textbook nor be a complete update of the rheumatology scientific literature.  It should not be misconstrued as personal medical advice.  Rather, it portrays Dr. Al Robert Franco's interests in the field of rheumatology, namely, the interrelationship between infections and rheumatic diseases and how this applies to the treatment of arthritis.