Studies suggest Alzheimer’s, other neurodegenerative diseases are contagious
This research has been published to demonstrate the connections between these diseases and bacterial viruses, which scientists have just recently discovered.
"This is a revolutionary discovery that completely changes views on the causes of incurable diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia and others," George Tetz, head of research and development at HMI, said. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to indicate that bacteriophages can cause human diseases. Infection from bacteriophages that are known solely to target bacteria may be harmful to mammals and humans, opening new ways to prevent and cure these diseases."
These bacterial viruses, called microbiota diseases, cause “leaky gut” syndrome. Lately, scientists have found that this syndrome’s translocation of bacteria can cause Crohn’s diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, autism, cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart conditions, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
"These pathologies are believed not to be contagious or, at least, there currently is no reliable proof-of-concept of them being contagious," Victor Tetz, head of the scientific core at HMI, said. "However, taking into consideration their possible association with leaky gut, it can be assumed that their incidence and distribution may be caused by phages originating from the outer environment, because bacteriophages are widely spread and humans are constantly exposed to them. Finally, infection of the microbiota by bacteriophages can be considered a new group of viral diseases of mammals."
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