Could Neurological Decline be Caused by Common Infections Like Viruses?
Millions of Americans live with neurological and cognitive disorders every year (1). These disorders are often difficult to treat because they are multi-factorial, meaning they present in different ways for different reasons in different people.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with or is suspected of having a neurological disorder, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information on diseases, treatments, and options available in both conventional and integrative models of medicine.
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What Infectious Microbes Are Associated with Neurological Inflammation and Autoimmunity?
- Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1)
- Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2)
- Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Human Herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6)
- Human Herpesvirus-7 (HHV-7)
- Streptococcus A
Most of these viruses are commonly acquired in youth or throughout a normal human lifespan. They are usually not problematic, however, under certain conditions, they can become highly inflammatory to the human body, sparking immune responses that lead to destruction of neurological tissues (neurons, ganglia, etc).
Viruses often have similar protein structures in their cell walls to protein structures in the brain and nerves. This is called molecular mimicry and it confuses the immune system, which attacks both the virus, and then the human host’s own cells in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves (3).
Viruses Can Enter the Brain
Not everyone who has been exposed or carries one of these viruses develops neurological inflammation or autoimmunity. It is thought that there are both genetic and environmental stressors that lead to higher risk of this happening (4). One of those factors is breakdown of the blood brain barrier.
Blood brain barrier dysfunction can occur after concussions, from hypertension, essential fatty acid imbalances, and during oxidative stress/excessive free radical production (5). Once the blood brain barrier is disrupted, viruses can easily infiltrate the brain and spinal cord, where they can ‘hide’ from the immune system and generate low-moderate levels of inflammation for perhaps decades before someone becomes very obviously impaired neurologically (4).
Once these viruses begin to generate inflammatory byproducts, autoimmunity often results, and can manifest as symptoms such as:
- Cognitive decline
- Memory loss
- Balance problems
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Huntington’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Myasthenia gravis
- Muscle stiffness/rigidity
- Optical decline
- Neuromyelitis optica
- History of concussion
- Demyelinating diseases
If you have or are suspected of having any disorders related to neurological autoimmunity, consider running the Vibrant Neural Zoomer plus to determine if a common virus may be at the root of your symptoms or disease.