Managing Editor's Note: Teresa Conrick reports below on the confluence of brain disorders in America as a report showed that a third of our seniors have Alzheimers at time of death and another report stated that 1 in 50 American school kids has autism. That's a pretty frightening bracket of life to use a March Madness phrase. Teresa asks, yet again, are these lkife altering"A" diagnoses related?
By Teresa Conrick
One out of three seniors is now dying with Alzheimer's disease. That's a frightening fact. We've reported here, on Age of Autism, that both Alzheimer's and Autism have connections with biomarkers and treatments (see Cuckoo for Coconut Oil.)
Coincidentally, about 30-40 percent (one out of three) adults receives an influenza vaccine. Is that a coincidence or is it a clue? Since both Autism and Alzheimers are each frequently quoted as being " A MYSTERY," is there a pattern to their well kept secrets? Alarmingly, there is much evidence that mercury, and Thimerosal, the kind of mercury in most flu shots, can cause immune and autoimmune issues . Is there a connection to immune issues and Alzheimers? We know Autism has numerous connections to the immune system, with many children and young adults also receiving an autoimmune diagnosis.
"It has become evident that an autoimmune component could play a role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) onset and/or progression".
"Brain morphology and function are susceptible to various psysiological influences, including changes in the immune system. Inflammation and autoimmunity are two principal immunological responses that can compromise the function of multiple organs and tissues, including the central nervous system"
"Studies with IVIg in patients with Alzheimer's disease have reported increased plasma anti-Abeta antibody titres associated with decreased Abeta peptide levels in the cerebrospinal fluid following IVIg treatment. These changes at the molecular level were accompanied by improved cognitive function, and large-scale randomized trials are under way."
We can see it coming, the patterns that connect the dots. Immune system damage - Nuerodegeneration:
" As measured by multiple standard instruments -- the four patients who received the full 36 months of treatment at 0.4 g/kg every 2 weeks showed no decline in scores, ....The rationale for IVIG in Alzheimer's disease is that it contains antibodies against beta amyloid proteins and it also modulates immune function to reduce inflammation, Relkin explained......"To have four patients... all of whom are effectively unchanged after 3 years, is a remarkable result."
"Accumulating data including changes in immune responses, linkage to major histocompatibility complex antigens, and the presence of autoantibodies to neural tissues/antigens suggest that the immune system plays an important role in its pathogenesis....... Because of Ig/antibody deficiency and autoimmunity in autism, there is a rationale for the therapeutic use of IVIG in autism;"
Patterns. Research. No mystery.