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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Friday, June 22, 2018

alzheimers news-does herpes cause alzheimers

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does it

now most folks when they hear herpes they think of just one herpes the kind that is usually sexually transmitted manifesting itself as genital herpes or lip herpes ie cold sores
those are herpes 1 and herpes 2

now almost all of us have been infected with a herpes virus
chicken pox
hhv 8 or kaposi sarcoma associated herpesvirus
hhv 6
hhv 7

herpes viruses are known to be latent viruses where they can hide away somewhere to show up years later as an infection
chicken pox can stores itself away and later commonly in later adult life show up as that god awful painful infection shingles

recently researchers while studying the genetics of brain cells in alzheimers patients found that there were much more of these herpes viruses in the brains of patients with alzheimers than those who did not have alzheimers disease

the two virus hhv 6 and hhv 7 were the ones they found
eg they cause the childhood disease roseola or 6th disease that causes fever and rash in kids under two

the researchers think that the virus doesnt directly cause alzheimers disease but the virus as they hide in the brain activate the genetic codes in the brain cell eg apoe 4 that can lead to the production of the amyloid and eventually tau that causes the brain cell destruction seen in alzheimers disease

this isnt proven yet but its probably going to be accurate

what to do
maybe find if one of the antiviral drugs or similar new ones would work to knock out or decrease the viral load in the brain cells which would stop the brain cell destruction it leads to

wouldnt it be nice if it was that easy

the thinking is this is one of several mechanisms that causes alzheimers
only one of many im afraid

here is a nice review of this by npr thats really written for the nonmedical person to read and understand

the organicgreen doctor

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