Introduction

Alzheimer’s Disease Spreading Through Bodily Fluids

Neurodegenerative disease is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Misinformation and mismanagement are contributing to the global epidemic.

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

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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 on the list, where deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013. Over the same timeframe, deaths attributed to heart disease decreased 14 percent.

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.

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.

Prions and Alzheimer's 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 deadly prions and prion disease, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” 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.

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 proteins known as prions (PREE-ons). 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 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. 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. 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.

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).”

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Alzheimer’s Disease Is A Transmissible Disease

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.

“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.

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.

Because of the infectious nature of prion disease:

  • 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.

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. Sewage treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions.

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.

“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 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.

mad cow disease

For many reasons, 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. The following eBook can help you navigate the risks.

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Order the eBook now and learn how to:

  • Avoid neurotoxins in food, water and the circles of life;
  • Prevent and treat brain disease with smart nutrition; and
  • Keep caregivers safe. Misinformation and misdiagnoses are putting us all at risk.

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and the prion epidemic is one of 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.

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

  3. Jane says:

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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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