A Vital Oral-Systemic Link
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a long and sad goodbye to life due to brain degeneration. AD starts with memory loss, and it has no cure to date. Protecting your brain early is a smart choice and it starts with your mouth.
A new study shows periodontal inflammation may affect cognition (1). Recently, the DNA of HSV1 (the virus that causes cold sores) has been identified in the AD brain. (2)
HSV1 lives in the Trigeminal Nerve that supplies the mouth and teeth. HSV1 acts up when the immune system is down from stress, poor sleep, and bad diet. Science has shown HSV1 is also “a significant etiological factor in AD” (3) and “a bigger risk factor than the ‘Alzheimer gene’ with a hazard ratio of 2.55.” (4)
Alzheimer’s is a complex progressive disease in which inflammation plays a major role (5). President Reagan is known in part for his jelly beans and Alzheimer’s disease. A steady diet of sweets and refined carbs stoke inflammation. (5)
“Non-resolving inflammation is a major driver of disease.” (6) Other findings on AD include:
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, are predictors of dementia (7)
- Higher stress predicts worse cognitive performance, and correlates with rapid declines in cognitive test scores after 2 years (8)
- Higher inflammation is associated with daytime sleepiness and night time wakefulness (9)
Brain cells run on blood sugar and oxygen. So it’s not surprising AD and sleep apnea overlap: Sleep apnea impairs attention, memory, and executive function. (10) Treating obstructive sleep apnea “seems to improve some cognitive functioning.” (11)
AD is exhausting to the surviving family emotionally and financially, and medications have been ineffective. You can reduce your brain inflammation and suppress HSV1 by eating right, exercise, and sleep without airway obstruction. That’s what a Holistic Mouth does.
Protect your brain while it still works with a holistic mouth evaluation, contact us today.
For Holistic Mouth Solutions to Your Brain Your Mouth, see Heart-Brain Protection By Mouth.
(1) Kamer A., J Alzheimers Dis. 2012;28(3):613-24.
(2) Wozniak MA, et al. J Pathol. 2009;217(1):131-8
(3) Itzhaki R, et al. J Alzheimers Dis. 2008 May;13(4):393-405
(4) Letenneur L, et al. PLoS One. 2008; 3(11):e3637
(5) Russell Blaylock, MD, The Blaylock Wellness Report, Newmax, June, 2004.
(6) Nathan C, et. al, Cell, 2010, 140:871-882.
(7) Kivipelto M, Lancet Neurol. 2006 Sep;5(9):735-41.
(8) Huang CW, J Clin Neurosci. 2009 Oct;16(10):1283-6.
(9) Vgontzas AN, et. al, J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2003 May;88(5):2087-95.
(10) Kielb SA, et. al, Neuromolecular Med. 2012 Sep;14(3):180-93.
(11) Ancoli-Israel S, et. al, J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Nov;56(11):2076-81.