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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 12, 2020

alzheimers news-neurobiology of covid 19

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that is the name of the article published recently in the journal of alzheimers disease linked here
warning its 17 pages long
in a review of the article i read this morning from businesswire linked here it gives a good summary of what they found

there are  neurological symptoms folks get that can be due to the covid 19 infections
thinking back over my illness for what i am sure was a covid 19 infection i only had a bad headache relieved with acetaminophen and hoarseness
the hoarseness after about 3 months has mostly about 90% cleared up

folks who get covid 10 can have these symptoms or events happen to them

they can be left during recovery with long term effects like cognitive decline and add and brain fog and possibly alzheimers disease

what happens is that there is an inflammatory response that occurs
the body uses cytokines to release these inflammatory chemicals which does the damage
it the lungs with a covid 19 infection the inflammatory response from the body can be so overwhelming it the response to the infection does most of the damage to the lungs
its commonly this lung damage that kills covid 19 patients

they get lots of blood clots everywhere there are blood vessels
the brain is one of those areas
now its found this inflammatory response also attacks the brain

the author of the article describes three stages with this excerpt from the businesswire one
  • NeuroCovid Stage I: The virus damage is limited to epithelial cells of nose and mouth and the main symptoms include transient loss of smell and taste.
  • NeuroCovid Stage II: The virus triggers a flood of inflammation, called cytokine storm, which begins in the lungs and travels in the blood vessels throughout all body organs. This cytokine storm leads to the formation of blood clots which cause small or large strokes in the brain.
  • NeuroCovid Stage III: An explosive level of cytokine storm damages the blood brain barrier, the protective insulation layer in blood vessels of the brain. As a result, blood content, inflammatory markers, and virus particles invade the brain and patients develop seizures, confusion, coma, or encephalopathy
these patients who recover from stage 2 and stage 3 need a lot of physical therapy and occupational therapy and nutritional support and close monitoring
the author recommends they have a baseline mri of the brain before they leave the hospital
they some of them may even leave the hospital with minimal symptoms but develop issues later after discharge especially with cognitive issues

i guess
we need to add
covid 19 as another potential cause of alzheimers disease

now will you
wear a mask
social distance
wash your hands

the organicgreen doctor

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