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Eight Legs Bad
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Dear all

We need your help in getting the word out regarding the hard evidence that Borrelia is a cause of Alzheimer's.

Dr Judith Miklossy has teamed up with researchers around the world and published an article in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease on the issue of infection and Alzheimer's.

This has had MASS media coverage in the UK (though as far as I can see, not yet in USA or other countries). It has been covered in 4 top British dailies (total circulation in the millions).

Although much of the emphasis in the press is on herpes viruses causing dementia, spirochaetes are also discussed.

The articles mention a wide range of microbial causes, as well as Dr MacDonald's theory (shared by a growing number of scientists) that beta-amyloid , the hallmark Alzheimer's protein in the brain, is actually an anti-microbial defense mechanism, not "the cause" of Alzheimer's.

The Spirochaetal Alzheimer's Association (SAA) and the Dr Paul Duray Felowship Ad Hoc Committee are calling on people to join in the online discussions on the websites of the newspapers concerned, highlighting the remarkable recent findings of specific DNA of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi in the brains (and bloodstream) of dementia victims.

Apart from Alzheimer's, Borrelia may turn out to be responsible for some cases of Lewy Body dementia too.

A well-known Lyme disease activist, Betty Gordon, has received Dr MacDonald's autopsy Borrelia probe results following the tragic death of her husband after years of illness.

His neurological problems included Parkinson's and Lewy Body dementia. His brain was positive for Borrelia.

I will post links to the newspapers which have published the information - please study their commenting rules carefully though before posting, as some will delete posts for trivial reasons eg including web links.

If you need some ideas on what to include in your comments, you can find inspiration and much of Dr MacDonald's recent work on the SAA and Duray Fellowship websites:


www.spirodementia.wordpress.com

and

www.durayresearch.wordpress.com

Elena

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From Spirochaetal Alzheimer's Association (SAA):

"Today we have some exceptional news - A top Alzheimer's journal has published an article by an international group of researchers hilighting the link between Alzheimer's and infection.


Please take a look here:


http://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-alzheimers-disease/jad160152?resultNumber=1&totalResults=4&start=0&q=Kell&resultsPageSize=10&rows=10

Some quotes from the article:

From Itzhaki et al

'We are researchers and clinicians working on Alzheimer's disease (AD) or related topics, and we write to express our concern that one particular aspect of the disease has been neglected, even though treatment based on it might slow or arrest AD progression.

We refer to the many studies, mainly on humans, implicating specific microbes in the elderly brain, notably herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), Chlamydia pneumoniae, and several types of spirochaete, in the aetiology of AD ...

'Ab [Beta-amyloid] is an antimicrobial peptide with potent activity against multiple bacteria and yeast [68]. Ab also has antiviral activity.

'However, despite all the supportive evidence, the topic is often dismissed as 'controversial'. One recalls the widespread opposition initially to data showing that viruses cause some types of cancer, and that a bacterium causes stomach ulcers.

'In summary, we propose that infectious agents, including HSV1, Chlamydia pneumonia, and spirochetes, reach the CNS and remain there in latent form.

' These agents can undergo reactivation in the brain during aging, as the immune system declines, and during different types of stress (which similarly reactivate HSV1 in the periphery).

'The consequent neuronal damage – caused by direct viral action and by virus-induced inflammation – occurs recurrently, leading to (or acting as a cofactor for) progressive synaptic dysfunction, neuronal loss, and ultimately AD. "

(End of quote from Itzhaki et al 2016)

Four top uk daily news papers, with a total readership in the millions have covered it (see links below).

Please feel free to add any comments of your own and we would really appreciate it if you could mention Dr Alan Macdonald in your post - but remember to check the rules carefully first - some don't allow links to websites, for example.

Please also feel free to write to the journalists personally as well, thanking them and giving them more information about the Spirochaete-dementia connection.

Thanks,
Elena

Below are the links to the media connections.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3483251/Is-Alzheimer-s-spread-cold-sore-virus-Controversial-theory-fuels-fears-disease-infectious.html

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12188092/Alzheimers-disease-could-be-caused-by-herpes-virus-warn-experts.html

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article4708802.ece

Cold sore virus 'could cause Alzheimer's'


Cold sore virus 'could cause Alzheimer's'
The virus that causes cold sores could be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to claims made by researchers that have re-ignited the controversial debate over ...


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/alzheimers-experts-claim-herpes-virus-could-cause-disease-dementia-a6920726.html

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Please continue to support and publicise Dr Alan MacDonald's crowdfunding campaign for research into Borrelia and Alzheimer's.All of this research is done on a non-profit basis for the benefit of patients worldwide. Please visit:
https://www.gofundme.com/z3v2a2k


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I find it amazing that the "mainstream" thinks that a brain full of burrowing microbes couldn't possibly have any relevance to Alzheimers disease.

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Most doctors are unaware of the evidence for it, especially as CDC pumped a lot of resources into publishing papers denying the link on a false scientific basis.

Please everyone, try to comment on at least one of the newspaper sites. These are top dailies with a combined readership in the millions. If you dont have time to register and comment (registration is free, but read the commenting rules first), then try to "like" some of the posts highlighting Borrelia's role as it keeps the issue on top where the public can see it.

It's not often we get the spirochaete-dementia link discussed in the mass media of any country (in fact, almost never) - so we need to seize this opportunity while it lasts.

The media site links are in my post above.

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