Cure CJD

Heather Larson's experiences in helping find the cure for CJD

A new link found between CJD and Alzheimer’s

The evidence of a link between Alzheimer’s and CJD is definitely beginning to stack up.  I find it interesting because my mother’s mother has Alzheimer’s disease.  When my mother was still alive, she was fascinated with AD and felt strongly that it had to do with amyloid plaques on the brain.  She also thought it had to do with her mother’s fatty Polish diet… I’m not sure if that’s true, but that was her theory.  My mother died of CJD, which she inherited from her father’s side of the family.  I’m not sure what this means for me in the long-term, as both of my biological grandmothers suffered from a neurodegenerative disease.

Read the whole article from Washington University in St. Louis.  The new research is promising and helping to connect the dots.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“This interplay between amyloid and the prion protein raises questions about whether these diseases are really all that different, and whether there are common pathways involved in both conditions that can provide an avenue for new treatments,” says lead author Nupur Ghoshal, M.D., Ph.D., an investigator at Washington University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).


December 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. It’s believed that prions are the cause of brain wasting diseases. From my research, I believe prions are NOT the initial cause of brain wasting, but lack of oxygen to the brain, due to injury and/or toxin, could be.
    I believe prions may be an anaerobic, which change confirmation (to misfold or misshappen) when exposed to the lack of oxygen.

    In Sickle-cell aneamia, the cell changes confirmation when exposed to oxygen – when oxygen is taken away, the cell changes back to the “ill” cell known in Sickle-cell aneamia.

    The brain wasting disease Polioencephalomalacia – PEM – in livestock, has similar symptoms to CJD and many other neurological illnesses and conditions. The treatment for PEM in livestock, VB1, was used successfully in Australia as far back as 1968. I gave this information to a lady who’s mother was diagnosed with CJD, who couldn’t talk, walk eat etc., – then after a few months on the treatment (also for humun use) was regaining her health.
    I wonder if anyone will take up this research.

    Comment by ainee | December 18, 2009

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