From Brain Fog to Cognitive dysfunction and many stages in between, a quick look through Google will show the many possible causes such as chemical sensitivity, allergies, hormonal, infection and many more.
ME/CFS NICE guidelines say - Concentration and memory difficulties (‘brain fog’) are, however, typical.
http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG53FullGuidance.pdf page 176
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Arthritis Today - Fibro fog – also known as fibromyalgia fog and brain fog – is a term commonly used for the cognitive difficulties that can occur with fibromyalgia.
MS According to the Mutiple Sclerosis Resource centre ‘It is reported that 50% of people with MS admit to experiencing cognitive problems to some degree or another, rising to 80% if we include the most severe cases.’
ALS or Motor Neurons also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease an interesting case study. In 2003 Dr Martz fell ill and some months later was diagnosed with ALS and given 6 months to live. Diagnosed and treated for Lyme Disease he recovered and opened a clinic specialising in patients with ALS. Details of his story can be found on Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
Dr Martz presented at the 2009 ILADS conference and in June 2010 he will be presenting at an ILADS conference in London details to be announced.
Autism Charity Lyme Induced Autism ‘The goal of this organization is to provide education, awareness and research into an infectious based cause of autism. Yes..Lyme/borrelia is our PRIME suspect, but we realize that this is multiple infections happening on a disabled immune system and these infections can be triggered by many factors including but not limited to vaccines, chemicals/pesticides, electromagnetic frequency and a whole host of environmental factors. When we consider all options, only then will our kids be able to begin improving.’
Alzheimer’s Much interesting research has been done by Judith Miklossy Alzheimer's Disease -Emerging role of Infections.
‘The realization that pathogens can produce slowly progressive chronic diseases has resulted in a new concept of infectious diseases.’
‘It has also been known from a century that chronic bacterial infection can cause dementia’
‘Highest priority should be given to this emerging field of research. It may have major implications for public health, treatment, and prevention as adequate anti-bacterial and anti-viral drugs are available. Treatment of a bacterial infection and associated viral infection may result in regression and, if started early, prevention of the disease. The impact on reducing health-care costs would be substantial.’
I heard Dr Robert Bransfield President of ILADS present at the Lyme Disease Action conference in 2008 and his comments on brain fog and cognitive dysfunction were particularly revealing and well worth reading whatever illness you happen to have.
I write this to be thought provoking, not to suggesting that everyone with the above illnesses are as a result of infection.
Certainly with the state of the Medical Controversy over diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease and it’s many co infections most people are clearly not being properly assessed to see if they are infected. If blood tests for Lyme Disease are taken most doctors are led to believe that they are 100% reliable when research shows that they can miss up to 50% of cases. http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/lyme_slides.html
Then there are the other known pathogens and what of those pathogens yet still unknown?