In the end it will be microbes’ bacteria, viruses and fungus found to be at the root of all disease and aging, and specifically Alzheimer’s, contends geneticist Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Emile Tanzi.
“The two biggest threats to healthy aging have had to do with dealing with infection,” said Tanzi, who specializes in Alzheimer’s and the brain at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. “Think about it. When we increased the lifespan from 35 to 50, it was by covering the sewers. When we increased the lifespan from 50 to 75, it was with the use of antibiotics. Now we are looking for viruses in all of the major life-threatening diseases of our time Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson’s and guess what? Infection is now cropping up in all of them.”
And though evidence continues to mount that could prove his theory, Tanzi says scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of the culprits that can trigger the spiral into Alzheimer’s disease.