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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, August 14, 2020

alzheimers news-getting vaccinated lowers your risk

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i have gotten my flu shot every year for the last 40 years 
well except for one year when i didnt get the flu shot and ended up with the flu

reading the research in this article shows that if you get the flu shot you may lower your risk for getting alzheimers by as much as 30% in some cases

also it seems that getting the pneumonia vaccine can also lower your risk for getting alzheimers by as much as 40%

also about 60,000 folks die each year in the us with the flu
about how many will die with the covid 19 in the us over the next few months

when you get around 60 there are several vaccinations one should get
the flu shot
the pneumonia shot
the shingles shot
an updated tdap shot
i will add to that when it becomes available 
the covid 19 vaccine

now i have had all of these but of course i havent had the covid 19 vaccine but i plan to get it when it becomes available 

when you get a flu infection there is an immune reaction that occurs and an inflammatory reaction that occurs that can contribute to the inflammatory reaction that occurs in the brain with alzheimers disease

in the development of alzheimers the amyloid plaques form first then the tau tangles get deposited in the brain then the body brings in its inflammatory reaction that causes more brain cell destruction

getting the flu infection and the pneumococcal pneumonia infection activates this immune and inflammatory reaction that can eventually end up in the brain

research has shown also that the inflammatory reaction from dental infections and from the intestinal tract can also contribute to the inflammatory reaction in the brain

its easy to see how eg getting the covid 19 infection which is notorious for an overwhelming inflammatory reaction in the body 
many folks even young folks have complained of a residual memory issues after covid 19 infections

i recently spoke with a physician who had the covid 19 when i was sick
he had memory issues for several weeks after being sick with the covid 19
his symptoms when he was sick were mostly upper respiratory symptoms
as he told me that day doc the covid 19 messes with your brain

if you get the flu or pneumococcal infections and dont die you have an increased risk for alzheimers

if you get the vaccines and prevent the infections then you may lower the risk by 30-40%

you can add these vaccines to your other healthy things to do to slow down the disease like controlling your blood pressure your cholesterol your diabetes your weight exercising getting adequate sleep controlling anxiety depression stress being active physically and mentally etc

when someone says i dont want to get a flu shot
it will help lower your risk for alzheimers if you do

the organicgreen doctor 

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