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New Revelations on Alzheimer's Disease

Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease: Infection and Immune Response

While much Alzheimer's research has focused on eliminating amyloid plaque buildup, exciting new findings suggest a different approach might be needed.

  • Amyloid Plaque: A Misunderstood Protector? Recent research indicates amyloid plaque may be an antimicrobial substance produced by the brain's innate immune system (the only immune system the brain possesses). This suggests plaque formation is an immune response to a hidden infection.

  • Chronic Infection: A Potential Culprit This theory proposes that a low-level, long-term infection triggers inflammation and ultimately damages brain tissue. Key pathogens potentially implicated include:

    • Herpes simplex virus

    • Spirochetes (like those causing Lyme disease)

    • Chlamydophila pneumonia (a type of bacteria)

  • Genetic Susceptibility: Some individuals may carry genes that make them more vulnerable to these infections or to the herpes virus crossing the blood-brain barrier, increasing their risk of Alzheimer's.

Focus on Prevention: A Multi-Pronged Approach

While this research is ongoing, it highlights promising areas for potential Alzheimer's prevention:

  1. Immune Support: Strengthen your body's natural defenses.

  2. Gut Health: A healthy gut microbiome supports overall immunity.

  3. Blood Sugar Control: Maintain healthy levels to combat inflammation.

  4. Ketogenic Diet: May offer brain-health benefits.

  5. Lifestyle Changes: Avoid alcohol & smoking, exercise regularly, and prioritize stress management and sleep.

  6. Antioxidants: Protect cells with antioxidant-rich foods.

  7. Minimize Toxins: Reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.

  8. Intermittent Fasting: Consider OMAD (one meal a day)

*Please keep in mind that the above is not a medical advice. You should see your doctor about any possible medical conditions.

Last updated: May 27, 2024 15:17 PM