Surprisingly the most infuriating part of dementia isn’t the disease itself. It’s how they treat it.
More accurately, it’s how they FAIL to treat it. Because the best minds at the biggest pharmaceutical companies have come up empty every single time, they’ve seemed to come close to a promising medication.
They claim they’ve tried it all. And insist they’ve thrown everything they have at this disease. So you’d think Big Pharma would finally be willing to look in a NEW DIRECTION when it comes to dementia.
But so far, they’ve refused to step out of their comfort (and potential profit) zone.
Now, the latest research highlights a key piece of the puzzle that mainstream medicine has totally overlooked. And this missing link could change the game forever when it comes to dementia.
In fact, this discovery is so revolutionary it even reveals what you could do RIGHT NOW to slash your own risk for dementia. And possibly even avoid this disease entirely.
Could dementia really be an INFECTION?
For years, the main theory behind Alzheimer’s… the leading cause of dementia… has centered on the accumulation of junky beta-amyloid proteins building up inside the brain. You can think of them kind of like cobwebs clogging up and shutting down your neural networks.
And mainstream medicine did get one thing right. It’s clear beta-amyloid DOES play an important role in this disease.
But it’s also increasingly clear there’s a whole lot more to the story. Because every experimental drug that’s targeted beta-amyloid has flunked miserably in real-world tests.
That’s true even when the drug has caused those proteins to practically vanish. The brain’s clean… but the memory loss is still there and still getting worse.
Now, a new report in the highly respected journal Nature looks at what was considered a “fringe” theory not too long ago. But it’s not so fringe anymore. It turns out a growing number of scientists now believe certain INFECTIONS could play a key role in dementia.
In many cases, these are common infections… infections we all have or have had… but with a twist. The germs behind them somehow get into the brain and cause or contribute to the damage there.
How to be your brain’s best friend
One theory discussed in Nature is that the beta-amyloid could actually be a RESPONSE to the infection. In other words, the body’s attempt to kill the germs, which ultimately goes awry as the proteins accumulate inside the brain. Another is that the presence of a virus in the brain activates an inflammatory response, leading to the amyloid plaques.
So far, these are just theories, of course. But the FACTS also support them. Multiple studies over the years have found certain germs inside the brains of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
The most common suspects are:
- Herpes virus
- Chlamydia pneumoniae (some forms of pneumonia)
- Borrelia burgdorfer (Lyme disease)
- Porphyromonas gingivalis (gum disease)
Some of this is in your control. Floss and rinse, for example, and you can prevent gum disease. And as a bonus, it could go beyond protecting your brain. It may also help cut the risk of heart problems and even colorectal cancers, which have been linked to some of those same bacteria.
Others, like herpes, may always be present even if you’re not showing symptoms. And still others… such as Lyme… can linger long after the obvious infection is gone.
But that doesn’t mean you’re without options. If you’re generally healthy, keep it that way by giving your immune system the power to fight on your behalf. Get plenty of good quality sleep, for example. Limit the ultra-processed foods in your diet. And take your brain-friendly supplements.
I’ve got a cheat sheet for you on that last one right here.
But if you feel yourself slipping, don’t stop there. Work with an integrative or naturopathic physician who can test you for hidden infections and other potential causes of cognitive struggles. Together, you can develop a plan to help attack and defeat the underlying cause of the memory loss to save you from a steeper decline and even dementia.