You Can’t Catch Alzheimer’s Disease, Can You?

By Guest Blogger,
Tyler Kokjohn, PhD.

Transmissible ADAlzheimer’s disease (AD) does not spread from person to person like a cold virus, but some recent findings suggest the unsettling possibility it might be transmitted through medical procedures (1).

Deadly diseases have been transmitted through medical procedures such as blood transfusions, organ transplants and surgery.  In fact, this new concern about AD was sparked by the grim legacy of a past medical practice in which hormone preparations obtained from human cadavers were injected into children who were not growing normally.  What the physicians did not know at the time was that pathologic prions, abnormally shaped proteins producing the rapidly lethal neurodegenerative illness known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), contaminated some of these hormone preparations.  Over two hundred cases of fatal CJD appeared ultimately in patients who had received cadaveric growth hormone supplements (2).

An unforeseeable sequence of…

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