Alzheimer’s is a disease that’s caused by a protein, but do you know where does this protein come from?
Many researchers throughout the years have come up with different treatments to try and stop the effects of Alzheimer’s, but the reason for its onset is still unknown. They are yet to discover exactly why people develop this disease. Until know it’s only known that Alzheimer’s is caused by a certain protein build up in the human’s brain.
The protein named “TDP-43” behaves in a similar way. It attacks the brain and it’s also connected to Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease.
“Prions are distorted yet durable versions of proteins, normally present in the nerve cells, that cause like proteins to misfold and clump together. This causes a chain reaction that eventually consumes big brain regions. During these last 15 years scientists have discovered that such a process may be at work not only in mad cow and other exotic diseases but also in major neurodegenerative disorders”, Scientific American has reported.
More than a quarter of the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s have TDP-43 pathology present. This is the reason for the loss of neutrons in the brain which causes memory loss, scientists think.
People are coming into contact with these proteins via contaminated meat, in particular confined animal feeding operations and these Cow and Chronic Wasting Diseases (CAFO) are environments where the animals are exploited and mistreated, leading to a sub-standard kind of meat which poses great health risks. Cows are given genetically modified grains pumped with antibiotics.
It’s thought that these CAFO environments and the poor standards in the cattle farms are the origin place of the mad cow disease.
The way that the brain is attacked during Alzheimer’s disease shows huge similarities to the way mad cow disease affects the body. The presence of the TDP-43 protein in both diseases only serves to strengthen the link.