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October 9, 2016





Recent literature shows a controversial new push to tie microorganisms to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) ― which despite the protests of some, is badly needed. Indeed there is a good chance that Alzheimer’s is caused by a microbe. Study after study, in which scientists have injected human Alzheimer-diseased brain tissue into mice and other laboratory animals that later developed the disease have left little doubt that Alzheimer’s arises from an infectious process. So the proper focus of the present debate regarding AD should not be ‘is there an infectious process or processes behind Alzheimer’s?’…….. but rather ‘which one?’ Clearly, whatever the infectious cause behind Alzheimer’s is, it must be a disease that is statistically widespread in the world today and that was also prevalent at the time of Dr. Alzheimer. Presently, in America alone, more than 5 million people, to varying degrees, have lost their memory or cognition to this challenging disease.

Specifically mentioned to this point as possible causes have been: [1] herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-I), [2] Chlamydia pneumoniae, and [3] several types of spirochetes. Also mentioned is [4] fungal infection in the AD brain as well.

Mawanda and Wallace’s review (2013) gave seven annotated references as to why Herpes Simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) “remains questionable” as a cause for Alzheimer’s; nine studies referenced as to why there was “no evidence to suggest an association between Chlamydia pneumoniae infection and AD pathogenesis”; and six “rigorous studies which found no evidence to suggest that spirochetal B. Burgdorferi, is “causally linked to AD” Wallace also mentioned that although Riviere et al. found oral spirochetal Treponema, including T. denticola, T. pectinovorum, T. vincentii, T. amylovorum, T. maltophilum, T. medium, and T. socranskii in a significantly higher proportion of postmortem brain specimens from AD cases than controls. These results have, however, according to Mawanda and Wallace’s review, not been replicated.

As for fungal forms found in the Alzheimer’s brain, this is nothing new. Oskar Fischer, the co-discoverer of Alzheimer’s disease, saw such forms in 1907. But Fischer knew that they were related to Streptothrix, a germ with both bacterial and fungal properties often confused with tuberculosis. The disease actinomycosis was at one time referred to interchangeably with its older bacterial name, the “Streptotriches” (the plural form of Streptothrix). Fischer used such older nomenclature in describing certain forms he saw under his microscope. Furthermore, regarding the thick, black, club-shaped “Drüsen” in Oskar Fischer’s 1907 drawing of senile plaque ― at the time, it was widely acknowledged that such drüsen could result from either infection with Streptothrix, now known as actinomycosis (aktinomycesdruse), a rare disease in humans, or tuberculosis, a disease that by 1882, as Alzheimer prepared to leave for Berlin for his medical education, was understood to be far and away the leading cause of infectious death in Europe. And just ten years before Oskar Fischer found Actinomycosis-like Streptothrix in Alzheimer’s cerebral plaque, Babèş and immunologist Levaditi reported in “On the Actinomycotic Shape of the Tuberculous Bacilli” that typical Actinomyces-like clusters [Drüsen] with clubs appeared in the tissue of rabbits inoculated with tubercle bacilli beneath the dura mater of their brains. Once introduced into the brain this way, reported Babes, TB bacilli not only branched out like the Actinomycosis such as Streptothrix, but they developed rosettes that were identical to the “drüsen” that Oskar Fischer spotted in Alzheimer’s plaque.

What Mawanda and Wallace did maintain however was the emerging evidence that supported an infectious pathogen and two prime suspects for Amyloid beta deposition to the extent that it was going on in Alzheimer’s. This book discusses one of them.

Available on Amazon: Alzheimer’s Disease – How Its Bacterial Cause Was Found And Then Discarded

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