Could an 80-year-old drug cure Alzheimer’s disease?Link to article: https://www.lymedisease.org/80-year-old-drug-alzheimers/In short:
The drug is penicillin (+ rifampin for biofilms).
Here are the parts that I thought might relate to us:
( Oh and small side note: there are two different Allen's in the article. )
"Allen says the path of Alzheimer’s in the tissues of patients starts with two types of spiral-shaped bacteria, known as spirochetes. These are Borrelia burgdorferi (which causes Lyme disease) and Treponema denticola (which causes diseases of the gums).
These dangerous bacteria enter the brain via nerve cells and brain circuits and create biofilms that are responsible for the tangles and the attack on brain cells that cause Alzheimer’s, Allen said."
“Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic infection,” said Allen. “Up until to this point in time, no one has been able to find these biofilms that cause disease hidden in live tissue.”
“I thought maybe there’s something to this, because Lyme is a skin disease first, so I put the same staining procedure together for tissue samples from our tissue bank here and it showed that the organisms made biofilms and the hypothesis grew from there."
"Allen explains that it’s these spiral-shaped bacteria that make the biofilms and make the beta-amyloid located inside and outside of cells and attack normal, healthy Tau protein and cause the breakdown of nerve cells."