Addresses vanishing - address book doing odd things

I am running a 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 2 GB SDRAM - version 10.5.8 software. Yesterday, all y my addresses in address book disappeared. I was not syncing them up, I don't have a MobileMe account. I just opened up my address book and all the names and addresses were gone. I do sync up with my Verizon Palm Treo via the "MissingSync for Palm OS." But, I was not in the process of synching or backing up anything. Then just now, I noticed that suddenly all my addresses were duplicated - again, I had done nothing, clicked nothing accidentally. The only thing that I have been attempting to do is to create a new Smart Group with all my Friends in it. Is it possible that this is creating this odd behavior? I am about to repair permissions but I have never experienced anything like this - any ideas? Thanks.

I am also having this same problem. It first appeared on August 5, and since then I have "lost" the complete contents of my Address Book (2553 entries) a total of three times.
Originally I had sync'ing with MobileMe turned on (to update my iPhone) and was also sharing my Address Book with a colleague (read-only access).
After the first loss (which was on my MBP only, had not affected MobileMe), I was able to recover by turning off MobileMe sync'ing and using iTunes to recover my the Address Book on my MBP. I re-established MobileMe and had all three copies in sync.
The second loss cleared the Address Book on my MBP, also MobileMe and my iPhone. Apparently whatever had decided to delete had propogated. I had to resort to Time Machine to recover, and this involved physically copying the /user/library/application support/addressbook directory from backup to my HD.
(Interestingly, Time Machine will not restore my address book entries within Address Book. It looks like it will work, I can open Address Book and then enter Time Machine, go back to a point where my Address Book had entries, select all and Restore All, but I only get 11 entries restored. WEIRD ITEM #2. May be related? I haven't a clue.)
Last night it happened again. I have now stopped sharing my Address Book, turned off MobileMe sync and have sync'ed my iPhone with iTunes.
I'd love to know a cause for this problem. I've run Disk Utility to Verify HD, also Verified and Repaired Disk Permissions, then restarted and downloaded the current software update. There were disk permission problems found and fixed.
Do I have a corrupted Directory on my HD? If so, how can I check it?

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