Fungi In The Blood, Fungi In The Brain: Rapamycin To The Rescue?

The incidence of fungi bloodstream infections increases during aging-is that a potential explanation for the presence of fungi in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients? Rapamycin is a known antifungal-is it effective against fungi that are found in the blood and brain?

Michael Lustgarten

Ph.D, Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2009 B.S., Biochemistry, Queens College, 2003 B.A, English Textual Studies, 1994, Syracuse University

One thought on “Fungi In The Blood, Fungi In The Brain: Rapamycin To The Rescue?

  1. Fungus in the brain…eewww! Fantastic post on a topic (almost) nobody wants to think about–obviously, since it has taken the research community so long to get down to doing some RCT’s. The immune-dampening effects of rapamycin must also be a concern, i.e.clear one infection only to spawn others. Will stay tuned for further updates.

    Meanwhile, there was some buzz on the popular internet a few years ago about Bacillus subtilis, taken as a probiotic, to clear toenail fungus (dermatophytes I think) as well as candida. I tried to find some solid research on the topic but basically struck out. Does anyone have more and better info on the safety/efficacy of Bacillus subtillis for this purpose?

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