UCLA study suggests iron is at core of Alzheimer’s disease

Findings challenge conventional thinking about possible causes of disorder

By Mark Wheeler/ Originally published August 20, 2013

Alzheimer’s disease has proven to be a difficult enemy to defeat. After all, aging is the No. 1 risk factor for the disorder, and there’s no stopping that.

Most researchers believe the disease is caused by one of two proteins, one called tau, the other beta-amyloid. As we age, most scientists say, these proteins either disrupt signaling between neurons or simply kill them.

Now, a new UCLA study suggests a third possible cause: iron accumulation.

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The Making of a Physician

By Eric Gordon MD

Eric Gordon MD listening to a patient. "I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them."

Eric Gordon MD listening to a patient. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them.”

I began my search for the perfect diet at an early age. My family’s deification of doctors made health a natural focus for me. Perhaps it all started as a rebellious thought, a way to avoid the conventional route laid out by family,  my believing “Food is medicine.”  I read everything I could get my hands on. In the 1960’s, that was mostly Paavo Airola  and other Naturopaths,  books like How to Get Well and Are You Confused? I found a magnitude of conflicting theories, so many I couldn’t find my way through the confusion.  Eventually this lead to my decision to go to medical school, the hallowed center of scientific knowledge.  Maybe they did have the answers after all?

There, however, I quickly learned that conventional medicine knew nothing about optimal diets, and very little about health.  The nutrition I was taught was strongly colored by the schools of diet funded by General Mills and the like. An Ensure liquid diet is still the standard medical answer for those who need easily absorbed nutrition. [Read more…]


Welcome to the New Gordon Medical Associates Blog!

From Susan Friedl – Research Coordinator at Gordon Medical

Welcome to the new Gordon Medical Associates (GMA) blog!

When we first began blogging over a year ago (2011), following a Santa Rosa presentation on chronic Lyme Disease by Dr. Burrascano, we had no idea how much interest there would be in what our doctors had to say. Our first blog, Putting Lyme Behind You, was started to answer questions from patients and friends who attended the lecture. Since that time, we have had readers from all over the world, and our doctors began to feel constrained by talking only about Lyme disease. After all, we treat all kinds of complex chronic illness, all of the types of patients that other doctors would prefer to ignore. Our practitioners  want to engage with the patients, to find out what is important to you, and to make sure you understand your treatment, so that you can keep up with how and why you are doing what they suggest. [Read more…]


ILADS 2011 Conference is Streaming Live

Live Streaming ILADS Conference
ILADS 2011 Conference Is Streaming Live
Join ILADS on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th to view streaming video of the The Twelfth Annual ILADS Lyme Disease Conference. The conference is designed to foster collaboration and dialogue between Lyme disease researchers and those who care and advocate for Lyme disease patients in a variety of settings. The conference will provide updates in clinical knowledge, treatment techniques and innovations in care.
Watch ILADS Lyme disease conference LIVE as leading professionals examine the cutting edge research and state-of-the-art clinical applications in the treatment and diagnosis of Lyme disease. Much of this year’s conference, which takes place Friday through Sunday, October 28th-30th, will stream live online.

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Conversations with Eric Gordon, MD – Tracking Treatment, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lyme

Continuing the phone conversation with Eric Gordon, MD from August 16, 2011.

Dr. Eric GordonDR. GORDON:

Okay.  So, where were we?


You were talking about having those high inflammation levels and how those impact how to decide what to treat.


Ah, how to decide….yes.  At least for me what makes treatment so difficult is the noise. I mean in the sense of, when you start someone on a therapeutic trial, if you’re moving somewhere with them when they start antibiotics, and they begin to respond partially, and then they have some problems, which you fix, and then there is more partial response, and they have more problems.  After a while you’re doing a lot of fixing the problems, trying to do a lot of symptomatic therapy. [Read more…]


How Do You Know If You Really Have Lyme Disease?

Question: Why do patient symptoms vary so much? Everyone seems to have different symptoms so how can we be sure we all have Lyme disease?

There is virtually no illness in which a specific disease manifests the exact same way in everyone who has that disease. For example, if a woman goes through menopause, she may experience primarily hot flashes or night  sweats, or she may have difficulty sleeping, or low energy, or mood swings, or depression, or vaginal dryness, or decreased libido, or difficulties with focus, memory, and concentration, or some combination of all of these. [Read more…]


Coinfection Testing

Question: Does Igenex Labs Test for coinfections?

Answered by Susan Friedl – Gordon Medical Research Coordinator:

Igenex Labs does test for many of the tick borne coinfections, including a variety of tests for Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), Babesia microti and Babesia duncani, Human Monocytic Ehrlichia and Anaplasma Phagocytophila, Bartonella henselae, and Rickettsia species (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Mediterranean spotted fever, Boutonneuse fever, Israeli spotted fever, Astrakhan fever, Indian tick typhus, Murine typhus, Cat flea rickettsiosis, flea-borne typhus.) [Read more…]


Neurologic Lyme Disease

The following question and answer are from two Lyme researchers who represent points of view in a Point/Counterpoint discussion. To read the complete article click on the links provided.

Question: How will research on neurologic Lyme disease need to change to to identify better treatments?

Dr. John HalperinAnswer from Dr. John Halperin:

Distinguish Between Clinical Constructs

Four clinical constructs are commonly attributed to nervous system Lyme disease, but only one of these represents nervous system infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, also known as neuroborrelliosis. However, there are legitimate and important research questions regarding each of the four.

Neuroborrelliosis manifests as lymphocytic meningitis, multifocal inflammation of nerves and nerve roots, and – very rarely- multifocal inflammation of the central nervous system. …

to read the complete article click here

Dr. Halperin is a professor of neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and is chair of the department of neurosciences at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.  He has served as expert witness defending physicians accused of failure to diagnose nervous system Lyme disease.

How will research on neurologic Lyme disease need to change to to identify better treatments?

Dr. Brian FallonAnswer from Dr. Brian Fallon:

Although progress has been made in our  understanding of  neurologic Lyme disease, important questions and unmet needs remain, particularly with respect to diagnostic tests and the cause and treatment of chronic sequale.

The following five steps will further advance our understanding:

  • Conduct a large prospective study of neurologic Lyme disease, which may clarify the incidence of chronic symptoms after standard treatment and identify risk factors that influence relapse vs. recovery.
  • Apply newly developed technologies to identify better diagnostics and biomarkers …

to read the complete article click here

Dr. Brian Fallon is director of the Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Research Center and professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University,  New York. The center received a small grant last year from the Lyme Disease Association toward developing a repository for Lyme specimens.