Prevention. Treatment. Reform.
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other forms of neurodegenerative disease are the fastest-growing causes of death in the world. Genetics, lifestyle and longevity are contributing to the epidemic. Unfortunately, misinformation and mismanagement are fanning the flames and exposing millions of people to infectious brain disease every day.
Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now. Millions more will contract the disease this year, while just as many will go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Adding to the madness is the fact that physicians are withholding millions of other diagnoses. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, physicians in the U.S. only inform 45 percent of patients about their Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The same pattern of suppression is likely at work in most countries. It puts the burden of care on families–not managed care organizations. The average life expectancy for patients with dementia is approximately five years from diagnosis. Withholding vital information is reckless. Unfortunately, this example of mismanagement is just the tip of an iceberg.
The most common forms of neurodegenerative disease include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease–the most aggressive and infectious of them all. According to Nobel Prize Laureate Stanley Prusiner, they all are part of the same disease spectrum—prion disease. It’s also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”
Death rates from heart disease and cancer are dropping in most countries due to advances in nutrition, medicine and disease management. Meanwhile, neurodegenerative disease is spreading exponentially. In the U.S., deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while those attributed to heart disease decreased 14 percent. Similar trends are taking place around the world.
Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Unfortunately, it appears that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are just as infectious as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The bodily fluids of people with prion disease are infectious. Prions are the X factor in the global epidemic.
Prion diseases are a family of fatal, progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. Prion diseases cause memory loss, impaired coordination, and abnormal movements. Prions are an infectious form of glycoprotein that can propagate throughout the body. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease. TSEs also have the potential of being transmitted from humans to animals.
Experts suggest that the prevalence of brain disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner. If we had accurate mortality statistics, we would likely find that brain disease is already the leading cause of death. World health authorities admit that it will get much worse.
- Women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men;
- Caregivers (spouses) are six times more likely to contract brain disease;
- Most caregivers are women. They need to take more precautions; and
- People in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers have more questions than answers, but we know that neurotoxins, head trauma and genetics can all trigger brain disease. Unfortunately, that’s where our knowledge gets fuzzy.
Most diagnoses are a process of elimination. After eliminating all other possibilities, the guesswork begins:
- If the patient has a memory disorder, it’s Alzheimer’s disease.
- If they have a movement disorder, it’s Parkinson’s disease.
- If the patient shows both symptoms, flip a coin.
- If they ever had a concussion, it’s possibly CTE.
- If the person is incapacitated, it’s Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
Experts claim that at least 25 percent of Alzheimer’s diagnoses are not Alzheimer’s. These misdiagnoses are actually CJD, which is further up the prion spectrum. CJD is extremely infectious to caregivers and loved ones. Millions of cases of deadly CJD are being misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. Millions of patients and caregivers are being misinformed, misguided and exposed to an aggressive disease. Misdiagnosis and misinformation regarding prion disease is a matter of life and death. The mismanagement doesn’t end here.
It’s not known which patients with brain disease become infectious or when. Savvy neurologists won’t touch patients with these symptoms because of the risks. Unfortunately, caregivers aren’t warned accordingly.
“CJD behaves like Alzheimer’s disease on steroids,” said Dr. Jennifer Majersik, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Utah.
Misdiagnoses and misguidance represents an exposure issue for the public at large. It also represents malpractice and liability issues for doctors. Given the mass confusion, high stakes and high costs, some health providers are avoiding diagnoses altogether.
According to research from John Hopkins, Duke University, and Utah State University, these caregivers are 600 percent more likely to contract neurological disease.
Prions are unstoppable. The pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. The blood, saliva, mucus, milk, urine and feces of victims are infectious. Once unleashed on the environment, they remain infectious.
When the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, it classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and much more. Unfortunately, the CDC quietly took prions off the list because the regulation criminalized entire industries and several reckless practices.
Unfortunately, prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices and beyond infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation.
Prions shed from humans are the most deadly. They demand more respect than radiation. They’re being ignored by regulators and industry alike. As such, food and water sources are being contaminated with the deadliest forms of prions. Municipal water systems can’t stop them from reaching water taps in millions of homes. Filtration doesn’t phase them.
The deadly prion spectrum also includes mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose. Scientists have shown that infected tissues can transmit prion disease between animals. There is no species barrier. A new study published in the journal Nature renews concern about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease between people. A second study by the same scientist in early 2016 adds to the stack of evidence. There is no evidence that Alzheimer’s disease is not infectious.
Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to prion disease, many pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators. Sewage sludge and wastewater pumped out spread the disease.
Sewage treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA. Dumping sewage sludge (biosolids) from billions of people on land and at sea spreads prions far and wide. It also spreads heavy metals, radioactive waste, carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and more.
Sewage sludge, biosolids, and reclaimed wastewater are recycling prions from victims into our food and water supplies. We’re dumping killer proteins on crops, parks, golf courses, gardens, ski areas, school grounds and beyond. Wind, rain and irrigation spread these contaminants and many more throughout our communities and watersheds.
The risk assessments prepared by the U.S. EPA for wastewater treatment and sewage sludge are flawed. Many risks are not addressed, including prions and radioactive waste. They don’t mention prions or radiation because there is no answer. Most nations are making the same mistake. Failure to account for known risks is negligent. Crops for humans and livestock grown grown in sewage sludge absorb prions and become infectious. We’re all vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease right now due to widespread denial and mismanagement. It’s time to stop the land application of sewage sludge (LASS) in all nations. Safer alternatives exist.
Food Safety. Wellness. Reform.
Some foods increase your risk of contracting brain disease, while some foods help prevent it. Other foods offer the best hope for effective treatment. Most drugs offer no help at all. Drug companies are making billions selling placebos. Targeted nutrition is our best hope, but we also need to know which foods to avoid. Order the eBook now and learn how to:
- Avoid neurotoxins in food, water and the circles of life;
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- Keep caregivers safe. Misinformation and misdiagnoses are putting us at risk.