31 Scientists Push to Tie Microbes to Alzheimer’s Disease Including Lyme Disease

A journal article says herpes virus and Lyme disease bacteria are behind the mind-robbing illness, but not all researchers are convinced

March 21, 2016

Scientists have long puzzled over the root causes of Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating and typically fatal condition that currently denies more than five million Americans their cognition and memory. But in a provocative editorial soon to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, a cadre of scientists argue that the complex disease may have a surprisingly simple trigger: tiny brain-infecting microbes. This controversial view, which is not new, has long been dismissed as outlandish, but a growing body of work suggests it may be worth considering and further studying. If researchers can prove the theory and iron out the many argued-over details—both formidable tasks, as brain infections are difficult to study—Alzheimer’s could become a preventable illness.

The editorial, signed by 31 scientists around the world, argues that in certain vulnerable individuals—such as those with the APOE ε4 gene variant, a known Alzheimer’s risk factor—common microbial infections can infect the aging brain and cause debilitating damage.

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  • Laurie Linda Cody says:

    I repost much of your information on the second FB page I oversee. I started 5 years ago when LYME DISEASE came roaring back into my life and I had no ‘one’ place to find out what was happening around the world in reference to LD. Thanks for the continually excellent material, postworthy every time.

  • Rob Murray says:

    Very interesting concept and theory of the amyloid plaque being a defensive mechanism of the brain against infection.

    I hope there is money made available into this possibility. The brain fog and symptoms of ADD that Lyme b. patients experience is very worrisome and disturbing to the patient.