Introduction

Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregivers At Risk.

Neurodegenerative disease is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Misinformation and mismanagement are compounding the problem.

Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now and spreading fast. Experts suggest that the prevalence of neurodegenerative disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner. Meanwhile, death rates from heart disease and cancer are dropping due to advances in nutrition, medicine and disease management. The truth can save your life.

Alzheimer's disease diagnosis

The epidemic is worse in some regions of the world than others. Finland and Iceland are at the top of the list. The United States is third, where deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013. Over the same time, deaths from heart disease decreased 14 percent.

At $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s disease is already the most expensive disease in the United States. The disease saw a 15.7 percent jump over 2014 numbers–the largest increase of all major causes of death. It accounted for 108,227 documented deaths (and thousands more of undiagnosed and undocumented ones) in the U.S. alone in 2015. A similar pattern is emerging around the globe–some regions much more than others.

In the U.S., nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. These costs will continue to increase sharply as baby boomers age and the prion contagion spreads, soaring to more than $1 trillion in 2050.

Alzheimer’s Disease Vastly Underreported

The epidemic is more widespread than anyone knows. Physicians are withholding millions of diagnoses from patients and their families. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, physicians in the U.S. only inform 45 percent of patients about their Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The same suppression is likely at work in most countries. Meanwhile, millions more go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

A groundbreaking study suggested that Alzheimer’s disease causes six times as many deaths as the official statistics would indicate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that, in 2010, Alzheimer’s caused almost 84,000 deaths in the United States, a number derived from death certificates in which Alzheimer’s disease was listed as the main cause. But, in reality, the study said Alzheimer’s was the underlying cause in more than 500,000 deaths in 2010 that were often attributed to conditions, such as pneumonia, caused by complications of Alzheimer’s. Those numbers make Alzheimer’s disease the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. The study was led by researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and published in 2013 in the medical journal Neurology.

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s A Transmissible Disease

Dr. Stanley Prusiner, an American neuroscientist from the University of California at San Francisco, earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering and characterizing prions (PREE-ons) and prion disease, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” Prions are a deadly and unstoppable form of protein that migrates, mutates, multiplies and kills with unparalleled efficiency.

President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research. Unfortunately, Prusiner’s science is being ignored and we all are facing a public health disaster because of the negligence and reckless disregard for public health. Misinformed caregivers, family members, healthcare workers and others are caught in the crossfire of a deadly contagion known as a prion.

TSE is a spectrum disease also known as prion disease. The spectrum includes Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and an extremely aggressive version known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Prusiner claims that all forms of TSE are caused by infectious prions. The prion spectrum varies in severity. It also varies depending on which region of the brain is impacted first. When the presenting symptom is memory loss, the diagnoses flow along the following chart.

prion disease spectrum

Researchers have more questions than answers, but we know that neurotoxins, head trauma and genetics can all trigger neurodegenerative disease. Unfortunately, that’s where our knowledge gets fuzzy. Most diagnoses are a process of elimination. After eliminating all other possibilities, the medical 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).

Prion disease causes memory loss, impaired coordination, and abnormal movements. Abnormal proteins are now associated with autism. In fact, it appears that the biggest difference between the neurodegenerative disease spectrum and autism spectrum disorders is age. Both spectrums share common environmental causes and pathologies.

Caregivers Misinformed

It’s not known which patients with brain disease become infectious or when, but both CJD and Alzheimer’s patients are being mismanaged. Informed neurologists won’t touch patients with these symptoms because of the risk of transmission. They are making diagnoses from across the room.

“Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease behaves like Alzheimer’s disease on steroids,” said Dr. Jennifer Majersik, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Utah.

According to neuroscientists Dr. Laura Manuelidis, at least 25 percent of Alzheimer’s diagnoses are not Alzheimer’s disease. These misdiagnoses are actually CJD, which is further up the prion spectrum. CJD, without dispute, is extremely infectious to caregivers and loved ones but it has not been declared a reportable disease in the U.S. and many other nations. 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 disease is now striking young people, including teenagers, with much greater frequency. It’s also killing clusters of people in the same communities with greater frequency. The mismanagement doesn’t end here.

Studies confirm that people and animals dying of prion disease contaminate the environment around them because infectious prions are in the urine, feces, blood, mucus and saliva of each victim. These infectious bodily fluids are contributing to the rapid spread of Alzheimer’s and other mutations of prion disease.

“There has been a resurgence of this sort of thinking, because there is now real evidence of the potential transmissibility of Alzheimer’s,” says Thomas Wiesniewski M.D. a prion and Alzheimer’s researcher at New York University School of Medicine. “In fact, this ability to transmit an abnormal conformation is probably a universal property of amyloid-forming proteins (prions).”

Alzheimer's disease treatment

Caregivers and other stakeholders are caught in the crossfire of misinformation and  mismanagement. At the most basic level, this means that a sneeze, a drinking glass and eating utensils are permanent pathways of disease transmission. Anything that ever comes into contact with the bodily fluids of a victim is impossible to sterilize.

On a larger level, it means that entire communities and watersheds are at risk of permanent contamination from just a single victim, not to mention thousands of infectious victims. Alzheimer’s disease is an environmental nightmare–it’s a real-world version of Pandora’s box.

A study published in the journal Nature adds to the evidence about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease between people. A second study by the same scientist in early 2016 adds to the claim. Meanwhile, there is absolutely no evidence to to contrary. Even wildlife are contracting brain disease from people because of the dumping of infectious waste on farms, ranches and forests.

  • Women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men;
  • Spouses of those with Alzheimer’s disease are 600% more likely to contract the disease, which is further evidence that it is a transmissible disease. Caregivers, family members and others are in harm’s way because of disease mismanagement and misinformation;
  • People in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. Rates in North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington rival the highest rates in the world. Sewage mismanagement and the mismanagement of other forms of infectious waste are responsible for much of the epidemic in these regions and beyond; and
  • Caregivers are being misinformed about the risks associated with exposure to people with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. 

Surgical instruments infected with prions, for example, are impossible to sterilize and hospitals throw them away. Prions are in the blood, saliva, urine, feces, mucus, and bodily tissue of its victims. Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Prions are now the X factor. Industry and government are not accounting for prions or regulating them. They are ignoring the threat completely, which violates the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 in the United States. Other nations also are ignoring laws developed to protect food, air and water.

More Mismanagement Of Prion Disease

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. Only two labs in the U.S. were allowed to handle them for research purposes. Unfortunately, the CDC quietly took prions off the list because the regulation criminalized entire industries and several reckless practices.

wastewater treatment plant

Wastewater treatment plants are collecting points for prions from infected humans. The sewage treatment process can’t stop prions from migrating, mutating and multiplying before being discharged into the environment where they can kill again. Wastewater treatment plants are spreading infectious waste far and wide because they are incapable of stopping prions. As such, all by-products and discharges from wastewater treatment plants are infectious waste, which are contributing to the global epidemic of neurodegenerative disease among humans, wildlife and livestock.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that prions are in sewage and that there has been no way to detect them or stop them. As such, the EPA has never issued guidance on prion management within wastewater treatment plants. Unfortunately, the EPA’s risk assessment on sewage sludge and biosolids were prepared before the world of science knew about prions. The agency continues to cling to it’s antiquated sludge rule crafted back in the dark ages. It does, however, consider prions a “emerging contaminant of concern.” Meanwhile, its outdated risk assessments are promoting a public health disaster. The neurotoxins found in sewage, including heavy metals, also are contributing to the global spike in autism, which follows the same timing and trajectory as the spike in neurodegenerative diseases.

“Since it’s unlikely that the sewage treatment process can effectively deactivate prions, adopting measures to prevent the entry of prions into the sewer system is advisable,” said the Toronto Department of Health, November 2004.

biosolids land application sewage sludge

Sewage Spreading “Alzheimer’s” Disease To Wildlife

Once unleashed on the environment, prions remain infectious. They migrate, mutate and multiply as they infect crops, water supplies, wildlife, livestock, sea mammals and humans. According to prion researcher Joel Pedersen at the University of Wisconsin, prions in soil become up to 680 times more infectious. From there, they migrate, mutate and multiply. It’s a real world version of Pandora’s Lunchbox.

Pedersen also found that sewage treatment does not inactivate prions. Therefore, prions are lethal, mutating, migrating and multiplying everywhere sewage is dumped.

“Our results suggest that if prions enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would bond to sewage sludge, survive anaerobic digestion, and be present in treated biosolids,” Pedersen said. “Land application of biosolids containing prions represents a route for their unintentional introduction into the environment. Our results emphasize the importance of keeping prions out of municipal wastewater treatment systems.

Prions could end up in sewage treatment plants via slaughterhouses, hospitals, dental offices and mortuaries just to name a few of the pathways. The disposal of sludge represents the greatest risk of spreading prion contamination in the environment. Plus, we know that pathogens, pharmaceutical residue and chemical pollutants found in sewage sludge are taken up by plants and vegetables.”

chronic wasting disease

TSEs also include mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in the deer family. Few, if any, mammals are immune. Thanks to the mismanagement of infectious waste, including sewage, the animal world is contracting prion disease from humans. They also are passing it among themselves via their own bodily fluids. Species barriers are a myth.

Unfortunately, prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices and beyond infinitely. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. If they can’t stop prions in the friendly and sterile confines of an operating room, they can’t stop them in the wastewater treatment plant.

biosolids land application contaminates food water

Sewage Spreading “Alzheimer’s” Disease To Food, Water Supplies

The risk assessments prepared by the U.S. EPA for wastewater treatment and sewage sludge are flawed and current practices of recycling this infectious waste is fueling a public health disaster. 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. 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.

Failure to account for known risks is negligent. Crops for humans and livestock grown in sewage sludge absorb prions and become infectious. We’re all vulnerable to neurotoxins and 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.

autism spectrum disorder cause

The Autism Connection

In 2015, the CDC reported that 1 in 45 children in the United States now has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger’s Syndrome. Just a few years ago, the rate was estimated at one in 88. Boys are five times more likely to be autistic than girls. About one out of every 100 adults has ASD, but that ratio will rise as young victims age.

Studies suggest that two-thirds of the autism epidemic is environmentally caused, which explains the regional variations from one part of the country to another.

We can’t ignore that the global Alzheimer’s disease epidemic and the autism epidemic both began to rise in the late 1970s. They began to spike dramatically in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The spike in autism and Alzheimer’s disease are almost identical in terms of timing and trajectory. The surge in chronic wasting disease among deer also follows the same trend line. These devastating diseases are symptoms of a much bigger problem associated with toxic and infectious waste policies and practices that shifted at the exact same time.

autism population

According to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control, Utah, North Carolina and New Jersey have the highest rates of autism. ASD strikes one in every 32 Utah boys, and one in every 85 girls. In New Jersey, one in every 28 boys has ASD. The numbers are likely still rising.

Thanks to modern sewage disposal and antiquated risk assessments, we’re witnessing a public health disaster that’s still unfolding in the form of autism, Alzheimer’s disease, west Nile virus, Zika virus, chronic wasting disease, valley fever, meningitis, hepatitis, and other threats to public health. 

Read more about the autism epidemic and its connection to infectious proteins and other neurotoxins that are spreading through biosolids and wastewater reclamation. Please contact us to share your insights, opinions and support for critical reforms.

Background On Deadly Sewage Sludge

In 1972, world leaders admitted that dumping highly toxic sewage sludge into the oceans killed entire underwater ecosystems and threatened public health. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately and started dumping it on land or burning it in incinerators. The most responsible cities started putting sewage sludge in landfills. Meanwhile, the United States allowed cities to keep dumping sewage sludge at sea for another 20 years. It finally passed the Ocean Dumping Ban Act of 1988, when beaches along the east coast were forced to close because of high levels of pathogens from sewage that washed up on shore.

land application sewage sludge and disease

The law prohibited all dumping of industrial waste and municipal sewage sludge into our oceans after December 31, 1991. It did nothing however, to keep cities such as Boston and Los Angeles from dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage directly into the oceans every day, but with the help of the U.S. EPA, the Act did redirect millions of tons of deadly toxins and pathogens from our oceans to farms, ranches, national forests, city parks, golf courses, playgrounds, fair grounds, race tracks, sport fields and beyond. From there, the pathogens began contaminating food, water and air as they were soaked up by crops, swept away by rainwater and picked up by windstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes and dumped on innocent citizens where they live, work and play. The runoff still contaminates our oceans after it filters through our creeks, lakes and rivers.

After the 1991 ban on ocean dumping, the EPA instituted a policy of sewage sludge reuse on agricultural land. It hired a PR firm to spin a new brand for the death dirt. They crafted the clever name “biosolids” to help disguise the hazards. The EPA promoted biosolids recycling throughout the 1990s. Unfortunately, the risk assessments were severely biased and flawed. The proof is in the pudding.

This new form of sewage dispersal has sparked a public health disaster that’s still unfolding in the form of autism, Alzheimer’s disease, west Nile virus, Zika virus, chronic wasting disease, meningitis, hepatitis, and other threats to public health. The risk assessments for these practices failed to account for heavy metals, pharmaceutical residue, radionuclides, carcinogens and a deadly form of protein known as a prion (which was unknown to the world of science at the time). The practice sparked a public health disaster in exchange for healthier oceans and a very profitable new industry. The EPA even took its show on the road and convinced other nations to use its faulty risk assessments to justify multi-million dollar contracts for these new corporations. Countries such as Canada took the bait hook, line and sinker and never conducted its own risk assessments.

Chronic wasting disease is now rampant in Canada and it recently jumped the Atlantic to Norway’s reindeer herd. It’s spreading across the U.S. like wildfire as we spread more pathogens and lies. Land application sites often involve locations where poverty is high and economic prosperity is low, which means resistance is low. Sludge tends to be dumped where minorities live, leading to allegations of environmental racism. Unfortunately, contaminated food and water make it back to the cities where the infectious waste originated.

Treated sewage sludge has been used in the UK, Europe and China agriculturally for more than 80 years, though there is increasing pressure in some countries to stop the practice of land application due to farm land contamination and public outrage. In the 1990s there was pressure in some European countries to ban the use of sewage sludge as a fertilizer. Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and others introduced a ban to safeguard public health. Others should follow their example.

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are among our special areas of practice. Please contact Gary Chandler to join our coalition for reform gary@crossbow1.com. Together we can prevent Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

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    Good article. I am facing some of these issues as well.

  3. Jane says:

    They are pioneering a study here in Australia which combines tumeric and a couple of other traditional chinese herbs in a precise combination which has shown great promise. I’m thinking that we all need to incorporate more tumeric in our diets as a precaution. My grandmother is 89 and has been suffering from dementia for about 4 years. My problem is that my family have always kissed each other on the lips which I don’t like, I prefer the air kiss to the side. They always manage to get me though, even if I turn my face to the side. I’m hoping that my mother hasn’t continued the tradition when she visits my Nana at the nursing home.

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  5. redouane says:

    Digging deeper into my thoughts, I found that I was wanting to express this gratitude I am feeling for those who have lost their battle to ALS. I am saddened that anyone had to lose their life to this nasty disease and it pains me that so many suffered a horrible fight and continue to this day to loose to this battle. I want to give thanks to all the amazing and courageous fighters that have faced this disease head on, who endured so much and gave a strong fight to the end. These people paved the way for all of us now who are getting cured…including myself.

  6. Brian says:

    Alzheimer’s is caused by Infectious Disease in most, if not all cases. An inflamed brain becomes more inflamed with more bacterial growth. The so called “plauqes’ in an Alzheimer’s brain are Biofilms. The all common Lyme bacteria, now a proven biofilm infection, can be extremely difficult to treat when mature biofilms form. Biofilm infections are a bigger catastrophe than mutated bacteria, and the medical community doesn’t have a clue.

  7. Brian says:

    The best “Alzheimer’s” lab? An Igenex Western blot

  8. Mary in CO says:

    Nutrition is very important, but not proven effective, it all is a crap shoot but we try to live the healthiest best life we can and hope for the best. There are so many neurological diseases and personally I believe we have only scratched the surface of understanding the brain. Part of the issue is looking at so many diseases separately, gathering limited grant dollars for a tiny piece of the puzzle. Alzheimers is a primary recipient, and yet other strains such as FTD, Lewy Body, are insidious too, but have limited research comparatively. Parkinsons, MS and Down Syndrome are related too. Try to pre-arrange for brain donation from a person with a neuro disease and no one wants it unless the terminal patient is in a specific study, or you pay for the autopsy and procedure; after years of huge expenses, most are unable to do that.

  9. Shane in Kansas says:

    Is a lot of the neurological disease in humans linked to aluminum?

    Can some of the increasing diagnoses be because we are looking more for it now? Classifying it?

    Can the increasing rate of diagnoses of neurological disease be related to a growing human population and people living longer, thus, more susceptible to disease?

    Is nature balancing the human population right under our noses and shifting the population to a “younger” population, just like what is thought is happening to deer/elk populations being affected by CWD?

    • Gary Chandler says:

      There are many factors associated with brain disease. Unfortunately, we are recycling the disease right into our food and water supplies thanks to reckless policies based on fake and narrow-minded science (corruption). Public servants around the world are selling out public health. The land application of sewage sludge also is contributing to the sickness among deer/elk/moose and other mammals (including sea mammals).

    • Kimberly Sias says:

      Boy are they. Along with the drs, FDA and big pharma. Lobbyists, Congress and your entire government. They can’t make money if they have no control.

  10. Felipe Uhlig says:

    Several neurodegenerative diseases are classified as proteopathies as they are associated with the aggregation of misfolded proteins .

  11. Excellent post. I’m facing many of these issues as well..

  12. Mike Betts says:

    The characteristic of Alzheimer’s as an infectious disease is an eye-opener. And, it warrants more investigation for me. Thank you for including all of the other links. I’ll be spending more time with them.

    All the best, and thank you.

    Mike Betts

    • Gary Chandler says:

      Thanks, Mike. Think of it this way–there is zero proof that it isn’t. It’s all been an assumption. Family, caregivers and entire communities deserve the truth.

  13. Ryan Michael Carty says:

    Hi there I spoke with gary recently I’m a 35 yr old male who lives in new jersey recently got sick with cwd from taking a supplement called elk antler velvet spray. Yes cwd has spread to humans and yes everyone is at risk thus is going to spread like wildfire throughout our country it already has in cervids. I can’t think of how many people me, my wife and kids have spread this to I contacted the doh, cdc, infectious diseases and the president himself with no help or concern. Well when everyone starts getting a mad cow like disease in this area you’ll know why. The sale of antler velvet should be banned everywhere for it contains the animals nervous tissue and prions in it. I wish I knew this before I took the infectious and deadly supplement. Just think how catastrophic this is going to be a mad cow like disease spread through saliva, urine, and feces it’s probably going to be the end of humanity as we know it. I still can’t believe this happened to me. Please pray for me and my family I have an appt with Dr thomas wisniewski in December I hope I can make it that long he’s the guy who knows what to do for these diseases he’s developed a partial vaccine and he knows that cwd infects the gut first and then spreads from there he’s our only hope for this deadly pandemic he just doesn’t know it yet. I tried getting in with ucsf memory and aging center they wouldn’t believe what I was telling them they refuted all the evidence and everything I showed them. It’s a shame too because they have a study opened for early detection of human prion diseases I would be a prime candidate and they would pay for everything except the fact their not believing my story. Shame on them cause they will see when cwd spreads to humans in their area that I was right about all of this unfortunately I may die from this before that happens. This is going to be the worst disease the world has ever seen and their going to be panicking when it all unravels. Dr. Thomas Wisniewski is our only hope for humanity.

  14. Shane in Kansas says:

    In lab experiments, prion disease—via CWD prions—has recently been successfully transmitted to macaques without cerebral injection. This is more scary news because macaques are genetically more similar to humans than other primates that have been tested. Amazingly, there is still very little talk/buzz about prions in water supplies and the inability to screen out those pathogens.

    Second and multiple passage of prions through different species of mammals is what scares me the most. Prions mutate and I fear it is only a matter of time before the news about CWD turns for the worse. The CWD prions in deer may not cause human disease, but those same prions passed through mice, voles, cattle, dogs, cats, etc., may be the mechanism that creates the monster. Prions are now known to be taken up by plants. What eats plants?

    Always ask: What evidence is there for that? In the case of prions, the evidence is mounting.

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