Herpes and Alzheimers

Herpes and Alzheimers: Are they connected? Is Herpe’s causing Alzheimers?  While many speculate, there is no proof.
The question becomes who do you listen to anyway? Does it cause immune disease, cfs, or a neurological disease?
As of this writing, the fighting builds an opinion without fact and does no good.

Why all the fighting about this?  No medical expert across the globe is claiming scientifically proven results. All articles are speculative in nature and purposely avoiding concrete claims. Testing proves inconclusive. And 50 – 90% of the US adult population has herpes virus in their blood stream.

An article on NextAvenue brings up a great point: Testing isn’t aways clear and panic is never helping.
Will The Herpes Virus Give you Alzheimers?

A big flame war broke out amongst members of a facebook group. It wasn’t about Alzheimer’s, but about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I called on someone to provide proof of her claim that there is a specfic viral connection to the CFS / ME illness.  Instead of offering any kind of statistical proof, or sharing articles that included citations and discussion, she got really upset. The end result for me? This article shows some easy research that anyone can do with the right Google Search Words.

I’ve now read some statistics that refute this claim.  One report says that nearly 50% of the population has some kind of Herpes virus in their system. The report in the NextAvenue article raised that to 80%.

“For all we know, the correlative relationship is pure coincidence — some estimate that 80 percent of the U.S. population has HSV-1, and that’s a big chunk. There could be other, as-yet-uncovered risk factors that these individuals also had in common.”

According to Johns Hopkins:

What is the herpes simplex virus?

“Some people call it a cold sore, others a fever blister, but this annoying and often painful chronic condition is caused by a virus: herpes simplex. About 50% to 80% of U.S. adults have oral herpes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), by age 50, about 90% of adults have been exposed to the virus. Once infected, a person will have the herpes simplex virus for the rest of his or her life. When inactive, the virus lies dormant in a group of nerve cells. Some people never have any symptoms from the virus. Others have periodic outbreaks of infections.”

Until we have consistent results on testing, the only real consistency is in what we know about virals:

Herpes lies dormant.
Chicken Pox lies dormant.
Shingles comes from the Chicken Pox virus that lies dormant.

For a little clarity: Chickenpox is caused by a Herpes virus called Varicella. It can also be called Varicella-Zoster or Human Herpes Virus-3. This is because the Vericella Virus can lay dormant in your nerve roots and then cause the Zoster virus (shingles) later in life. This later infection can also be called the Herpes Zoster Virus.
To be fair, the following articles are also posted in the original article.
Calm Down: Herpes probably isn’t Going to Give you Alzheimers

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