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Alzheimer's: prevention possible?
American researchers have discovered that Alzheimer's disease may be due to a very strong immune response in our brain. They examined the “plaques” deposits in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
The plaques are protein deposits in the brain substance and are one of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's. More recently, eye tests could also help diagnose Alzheimer's. The plaques consist mainly of the amyloid beta proteins. This is nothing new in itself, but now the professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital-East, Rudolph Tanzi and colleagues examined these proteins and found astonishing results: synthetically produced amyloid beta proteins and tissue samples from Alzheimer's patients inhibited the growth of pathogens and Microbes such as the fungus Candida albicans, listeria, the bacterial strains streptococci and staphylococci, and others.
This requires a rethink, because up until now the amyloid beta proteins had only been dismissed as a waste product and virtually a deposit in the brain. But strong inflammatory or immune reactions in the brain of people with Alzheimer's could occur beforehand, which later lead to the appearance of the proteins. For a long time, naturopathy was of the opinion that aluminum and mercury deposits had an influence on the development of Alzheimer's. So far, however, this thesis has not been sufficiently substantiated.
Tanzi and colleagues, who published their results in the online journal “PLoS One”, now want to investigate the processes behind the deposits and thereby clear the way for future therapeutic options for Alzheimer's disease to be used preventively.
Around 700,000 people in Germany are currently affected by Alzheimer's disease. Around 120,000 new cases are expected to arise each year, and experts estimate that by 2030 there could be almost 2 million people affected in Germany. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 04.03.2010)
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