Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn't alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert.
Now, for the first time, Cornell University researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut bacteria and inflammatory microbial agents in the blood.
Gut Microbes Could Lead Fight Against Superbugs
Microorganisms live and thrive throughout your body, and as strange as it may sound, scientists have found that these microbes are vital to your health.
New Research Discovers That Depression Is An Allergic Reaction To Inflammation
FEELguide - New research is revealing that many cases of depression are caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation. Tim de Chant of NOVA writes: “Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication. It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.” Inflammation is caused by obesity, high sugar diets, high quantities of trans fats, unhealthy diets in general, and other causes. By treating the inflammatory symptoms of depression — rather than the neurological ones — researchers and doctors are opening up an exciting new dimension in the fight against what has become a global epidemic. Caroline Williams of The Guardian writes: “The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects.
Chronic Stress Causes these 4 SERIOUS Health Issues!
David Wolfe - Chronic stress causes excess stress hormones to be released, including cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. With these excess hormones flowing through the body, your stress response becomes imbalanced, unable to shut off…. Stress triggers inflammation in the body, leading to high blood pressure and a lower resistance to illness…. Your body begins to heal more slowly, your sleeping pattern is disturbed, your skin begins reacting negatively and you start to feel completely overwhelmed emotionally and physically…. 1. Stress Increases Heart Attack Risk… Researchers believe these hormones can cause the dispersal of bacterial biofilms from the walls of the arteries, allowing plaque deposits to suddenly break loose, triggering a heart attack. 2. Stress is Linked to Diabetes… 3. Stress Can Lead to Memory Disorders… Prolonged stress can cause damage to brain cells, causing your memory to suffer. 4. Stress Can Cause Stomach Disorders… Stress has been shown to cause a number of detrimental problems in the gut, including decreased nutrient absorption, decreased oxygenation to your gut, and as much as four times less blood flow to the digestive system, which leads to decreased metabolism. Stress can trigger full-blown gut disease.
Cerebrovascular disease linked to Alzheimer's: Study finds association between diseases in brain blood vessels and dementia
While strokes are known to increase risk for dementia, much less is known about diseases of large and small blood vessels in the brain, separate from stroke, and how they relate to dementia. Diseased blood vessels in the brain itself, which commonly is found in elderly people, may contribute more significantly to Alzheimer's disease dementia than was previously believed, according to new study results published in June in The Lancet Neurology, a British medical journal.
"Cerebral vessel pathology might be an under-recognized risk factor for Alzheimer's disease dementia," the researchers wrote.
Edit: I can tell you that I have serious problems with vascular flow/pressure during brain relapses, as well as migraines of course. Enough so that I wondered if I actually had vascular dementia. It is good to see this research! Note also that cardiovasculatory problems are often associated with inflammation, pathogens, gum/teeth.
My recent posts re: Alzheimers/ Dementia are here: http://madman101.livejournal.com/1788336.html / http://madman101.livejournal.com/1788669.html (See also http://madman101.livejournal.com/1789897.html... And - See my tags for more).
Scientists link Tylenol PM, Benadryl and other common allergy meds to dementia and permanent cognitive impairment
(NaturalNews) An antihistamine called diphenhydramine - [Benedryl! The origin of crack!] - can boost a person's risk of dementia and cause irreparable harm. This drug causes drowsiness and can be found in popular sleep aids like ZZZQuil, Advil PM, and Tylenol PM. Diphenhydramine is an anticholinergic drug. Recently released research shows that older adults who take anticholinergic drugs on a regular basis performed worse on tests measuring important skills such as short-term memory, problem solving, planning and verbal reasoning. Even more disturbingly, MRI scans indicated that these people's brains had actually shrunk, while PET scans showed their brains were not as active. Moreover, people who took anticholinergic drugs also showed lower glucose metabolism levels in their brains overall and in the hippocampus in particular, which is strongly tied to memory and one of the first areas affected by Alzheimer’s…. A 2013 study out of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research revealed that strong anticholinergic drugs could lead to cognitive problems after just 60 days.
Edit: Note that I concluded that I needed pro-cholinergic drugs, because my parasympathetic system, (and analogous brain functions), was apparently damaged, leading to, among other things, a hampered functioning of gut emptying/peristalsis. (In that environment, bad gut microbes could flourish, and feed the loop). No success in obtaining such from Neurologist, etc. But I did try Tagamet and Zestril, both which are similar to antihistamins, (meant to help with indigestion). Tagamet somtimes slightly decreased stress, but I had some problem with it. I thought Zestril would be better that Tagamet because it actually acts in a pro-cholinergic way. However, it really hurt me, possibly by further drying up mucous layers in lungs and gut, allowing pathogens to get through. (This is one thing that makes me wonder if micobacteria pneumonia, or similar, may be involved in CFS). The work of Doctor Goldstein lends support to the idea that pro-cholinergics can help w/ CFS, due to a misfunction of "gating" by the brain's reticular system. Finally, Benadryl helps me in the short term, by reducing some kind of allergic reaction which IS in fact involved, So, it is ironic that it is so destructive within a few days, as I have experienced. What I say here is probably also relevant to dementia illnesses as well.
Edit: Copper has been found in high levels in the brain/blood of Alzheimers patients. There has been disagreement over whether copper negatively affcts Alzheimers/ Dementia, by being in such high levels - versus: the reason why there are high levels is because the copper is not being used. I suspect the former, but do not know for sure. It could be both, actually - probably. I once positted that copper was helping to "rust" (i.e., oxidise) something/s in the brain. But copper does not rust - it does this green thing. Maybe the green thing is going on and causing harm, but finding that out is many years away. I do think that soemtyhing is more probably going on. Copper is a superb conductor of electricity. When there is dirty electricity in the air, such as WiFi, radiowaves, cell-phone radiation, radiation from electrical transformers, from TVs and LEDS, and so on, the copper molecules act like antennae, overriding the natural, more discrete antenna functions of DNA, cell molecules, magnetites, etc. The copper molecules hold and radiate the toxic electricity. This can and would also occur simply if cells in the brain were in a too-acid environment, with lowered pH, which can occur when OXYGEN is insufficient, so that good oxygenation is insufficient for cell metabolism, and bad free radicals and toxins increase. Low oxygen is also conducive to the growth of bad anaerobic pathogens and their toxic byproducts - and that includes anaerobic pathhogens in the gut, like yeasts. This can easilly become a positive feedback loop, where the pathogens and their byproducts in duce inflamation and lowered oxygen, conducive to their propagation. Copper is intimately connected to fat metabolism and frequently consuming foods rich in copper regulates the breakdown of fat. That means that a problem with copper might deeply affect mitochondrial function as well. And, failure of fat use means poor myelin sheeth, cell wall, etc., regeneration. So, I do think copper is a problem in CFS and dementias like Alzheimers. I have experienced big problems after taking copper supplements. As you can see from the next article, copper may be associated with misfolding of prion proteins, as found in Alzheimers, Mad Cow, etc. Again, this might be due to their electrical properties, especially in a changed environment...
Copper-induced misfolding of prion proteins
Iowa State University researchers have described with single-molecule precision how copper ions cause prion proteins to misfold and seed the misfolding and clumping of nearby prion proteins.
The researchers also found the copper-induced misfolding and clumping is associated with inflammation and damage to nerve cells in brain tissue from a mouse model.
Dental fillings with mercury can cause over 30 chronic health conditions
(NaturalHealth365) Some of the most common chronic diseases and conditions facing the U.S. population today involve autoimmune problems and immune system failures. Diabetes, cancer, autism and Alzheimer’s disease continue to affect the population in record numbers. All have been associated with use of mercury fillings. Amalgam fillings have also been linked to such conditions as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and muscle tremors, fibromyalgia and muscle or joint pain, lupus and Crohn’s disease. Symptoms of many of these diseases are easily mistaken for other conditions. In addition, conventional medical treatment focuses almost exclusively on treating symptoms, rather than looking at the root cause, which could be amalgam fillings. Mercury fillings have also been linked to scleroderma, endometriosis and chronic fatigue syndrome, among other autoimmune disorders. In addition, the use of amalgam fillings has been linked to a higher prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple chemical sensitivities, sinus problems and an overall greater susceptibility to infections.
Alzheimer’s Association says mercury fillings, aluminum, flu shots and aspartame do not effect brain health
(NaturalHealth365) Many experts from the scientific and medical communities have identified factors such as toxic mercury fillings, daily exposure to aluminum, flu shots and aspartame as among the many environmental toxins known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. So, why does the Alzheimer’s Association appear to be clueless?… The organization’s policies and public statements relating to the dementia appear to be carefully shaped by some of its largest monetary supporters. The organization receives a substantial amount of donations from a list of companies that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than offering visitors the full spectrum of available research, the association is taking positions that favor wealthy pharmaceutical interests. As a result of their activities: the unsuspecting general public remains in the dark about the contributing factors for Alzheimer’s – which leads to a greater risk of developing the disease.
* Related: The Alzheimer's and Dementia Summit is online and FREE from July 25 - August 1, 2016. - http://alzheimersdementiasummit.com/
Edit: See re: mercury, below. Mercury also in vaccines, coal plants, pollution, fish, lightbulbs, etc. Probably often involved in autism, and brain retardation. Note also that cardiovasculatory illnesses are often related to bacteria or pathogens in gums and teeth.
Fructose causes genetic changes in the brain that increases risk of disease
(NaturalHealth365) The pervasiveness of high fructose corn syrup in the Americans diet has even been blamed for the epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related diseases. But now, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, have started to uncover the exact reasons why fructose is linked to so many ills. Researchers there have discovered that fructose actually alters hundreds of genes in the brain. Those changes are linked to development of many diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among others. But the scientists also discovered a nutrition-based, natural solution: the omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA can reverse these harmful effects…. Americans consumed an average of about 27 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in 2014, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. While fructose is also found in most fruit, the fiber present significantly slows the body’s absorption of the sugar and the other healthy components of fruit help to offset drawbacks of the fructose.
Edit: So, that's one more thing that's bad about high-fructose corn syrup... (although, I did know that field workers exposed to fructose became very sick). What else is wrong with high-fructose corn syrup, besides this, and besides lots of fast calories? Almost all corn in this country is GENETICALLY MODIFIED. GMo food is, despite what some claim, tragic for your health. Also, h-f corn syrup contains lost of MERCURY. It contains pesticides, including bt and Round-Up - all covertly devastating to your good gut bacteria. There's even more that I forgot... Note also that h-f corn syrup encourages diseases like Alzheimers, Diabetes, etc. This further supports my idea that all these illnesses are related, sharing metabolic disruption, for one thing. The main thing is that some kind of stress and inflamation is keeping oxygen from being distributed to cells, and instead some anaerobic pathogen seems to be therefore let in to feed off the sugars, etc. Again, these are loops. Fruit loops...
How Melatonin Could Help Those with Autism
Natural Society - It is reported that more than half of the people diagnosed with autism have insufficient melatonin levels…. Melatonin is an important neurotransmitter produced by the pineal gland. It is responsible for making sure we sleep, and that our circadian rhythms stay balanced. While melatonin supplementation won’t cure autism, it can certainly help greatly with the sleep disorders that accompany it, often making other symptoms such as a negative mood, or difficulty concentrating much better since these are also influenced by the amount of sleep people with autism get (and people without it too!)
Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells
Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease.
While these exploratory studies were conducted in neurons grown in the laboratory, they may offer insight into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease and could provide clues to developing novel therapeutics for the disorder.
"Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells," says Salk Professor David Schubert, the senior author of the paper.
SEE ALSO - Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by ... http://www.nature.com/articles/npjamd201612 Proxy Highlight
New species of bacteria found to cause Lyme disease: Symptoms worse, but so far microbe found only in Midwest
BOSTON — A new species of bacteria is causing Lyme disease, adding to worries that the infection will continue its relentless escalation across the United States. Lyme is already the most common tick-borne disease in North America, with new cases peaking every June and July.
“In summary, the news is largely bad,” Paul Mead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said June 19 at a joint meeting of the American Society for Microbiology and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Not only is the prevalence of Lyme disease increasing, another tick-borne illness — Rocky Mountain spotted fever — is cutting a deadly path through Mexico.
Potential Flaws in Test for Lyme Disease
June 30, 2016 — A new microscopy technique (LM-method) developed to detect Lyme disease is unable to distinguish infected patients from healthy controls, yielding false-positive results that could lead doctors to ...
See also Lone Star Tick / Red Meat Allergy - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220102727.htm
PS - I might do a post on Zika virus soon...
(I tried to arrange these particular posts to give you some feeling for what I believe is going on in dementia, CFS, and these related diseases.