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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 5, 2022

alzheimers news-can a virus make another virus make you have alzheimers


the answer to the question in the title is 

chickenpox is called varicella zoster or vzv
use to we would catch it as a kid then some of us would get shingles from it later in life 
now most kids get the chickenpox shots as a child so they usually dont get shingles or an active case of chickenpox

the chickenpox virus stores itself in the body to come out  when you get older as those painful lesions that follow a nerve in the body causing in some folks debilitating pain
it can also leave scars and residual nerve pain

the chickenpox virus inkids can also leave scars called pox marks sometimes permanently disfiguring eg ones face

its called chickenpox because the pox lesions look like chickpeas thus its called chickenpox

the other virus is the cold sore or herpes simplex 1 or hsv 1
it also stores itself deep in the body and in the brain
it seems to cause outbreaks of cold sores some folks say during stressful times
its a cousin to hsv 2 that causes genital herpes

note both hsv 1 and hsv 2 can cause cold sores and genital herpes
but usually hsv 1 is cold sores
hsv 2 is genital herpes

these virus can be treated by oral antivirals that may help slow down the infection

research described in this article shows that possibly a flare of the shingles can cause an activation of the cold sore virus hsv1 in the brain to activate the formation of tau and amyloid protein and the resulting inflammation
this amyloid and tau and inflammation is the hallmark of alzheimers disease
this could potentially start the early stages of alzheimers in the brain

some scientists are advocating using these antiviral meds to help slow down or prevent alzheimers 

alzheimers has multiple causes and this viral theory may be one of them

just think having your child get their chickenpox vaccine could potentially keep them from developing alzheimers disease when they get older

their face wont get scared
they wont grow up to get shingles

maybe getting that shingles shot is a good idea too

the organicgreen doctor

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