Introduction

The Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic

Neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Misinformation and mismanagement are contributing to the surge. Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now. Experts suggest that the prevalence of brain disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner.

Death rates from heart disease and cancer are dropping globally due to advances in nutrition, medicine and disease management. Meanwhile, neurodegenerative disease is exploding. In the U.S., deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while those attributed to heart disease decreased 14 percent. Similar trends are emerging around the world.

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  • Women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men;
  • Spouses of those with neurodegenerative disease are 600% more likely to contract the disease; 
  • 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; and
  • Caregivers are in harm’s way because of disease mismanagement; 

The epidemic is larger 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.

At a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s disease is already the most expensive disease in the United States. The disease saw a 15.7 percent bump over 2014 numbers–the largest increase of all major causes of death. It accounted for at least 108,227 deaths 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. alone, nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. And these costs will only continue to increase as baby boomers age, soaring to more than $1 trillion in 2050.

In order to understand the threat, one must understand the dynamics of this neurological disease. Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is a member of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”

TSEs also include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in the deer family. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure.

Dr. Stanley Prusiner, an American neuroscientist from the University of California at San Francisco, earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering and characterizing deadly prions and prion disease. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research. According to Prusiner, TSEs all are on the same disease spectrum, which is more accurately described as prion (PREE-on) disease. He claims that all TSEs are caused by prions.

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

Prions are unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Prions shed from humans are the most deadly mutation. They demand more respect than radiation. Infected surgical instruments, 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 them 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.

“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.”

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.

Experts claim that 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. 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.

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.

Alzheimer's disease epidemic

Wastewater treatment plants, for example, are spreading this infectious waste far and wide because they are incapable of stopping prions. 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. Sewage treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA and the industry trade organization—the Wastewater Effluent Federation. Sewage sludge (biosolids) and wastewater reclamation are causing widespread contamination.

Once unleashed on the environment, prions remain infectious. They migrate, mutate and multiply as they infect crops, water supplies and more.

Deer, elk, moose and reindeer are now contracting prion disease from humans. To help cloak the epidemic, it’s called chronic wasting disease (CWD). Deer with CWD are proverbial canaries in a coal mine. They are being killed by government sharpshooters to help cover up the problem. It’s insane.

When cattle are exposed to prions, it’s being called mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, which is just a clever way of saying transmissible spongiform encephalopathy). Species barriers are a myth and part of the cover-up.

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.

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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 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.

Researchers have more questions than answers about brain disease, 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 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 is a spectrum disease that varies in severity. It also varies depending on which region of the brain is impacted first. It affects most, if not all, mammals. Prion disease causes memory loss, impaired coordination, and abnormal movements. 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.

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

Experts claim that 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. 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Please contact Gary Chandler to join our coalition for reform gary@crossbow1.com.

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  2. Cogni Focus does it work says:

    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.

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