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We may finally know what causes Alzheimer's - and how to stop it

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AFTER decades of disappointment, we may have a new lead on fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Compelling evidence that the condition is caused by a bacterium involved in gum disease could prove a game-changer in tackling one of medicine’s biggest mysteries, and lead to effective treatments or even a vaccine.

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This is not the first time I encountered this subject. It reminds of of Ulcers, and the decades of treating it with diet and psychology; until a bug was found, and presto!

So many people I've met have either suffered or died from Alzheimer's, I pray this will be a similar story.

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Maybe but not likely.

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Add to that the realization that HPV causes cervical cancer, and vaccination against it is very effective in the prevention of that cancer.

Sometimes the answer is hiding in plain sight! Hopefully, this theory regarding Alzheimer's is also such.

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The article seems to suggest that the immune system may actually help transfer the bacteria to the brain by their tagging along on white blood cells and the lining of blood vessels. I wonder if anyone has looked at the relative rates of Alzheimer's in people with suppressed immune systems like transplant patients. I suspect the findings could go either way since once bacteria get to the brain immunosuppression might help them gain a stronger, or quicker, foothold.

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The study of microbiotics is extremely promising, but must break out of the old paradigm of defending against bad guys. Symbiosis is selected for and most inter-species relationships have some element of collaboration. We can't just kill bad germs without risking worse results. Instead we must strive to develop and support a healthy microbiome.


For example, there have been great breakthroughs in learning the role of microbes in supporting mental health. Ironically, the best source of several of these probiotics is Nancy's yogurt, produced by the family of the author of One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest, the story which changed our thinking about mental health treatment.

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As in everything too much hope is attached to something that is somewhat important.

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Thanks, Molly. I was going to post this but didn't get to it.

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