The Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other forms of neurodegenerative disease are the fastest-growing causes of death in the world. Contaminated food and water are contributing to the problem.
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 (PREE-on) 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.
He claims that all TSEs are caused by prions. 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 disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is at the extreme end of the disease spectrum. Prusiner’s science is being ignored and we are facing a public health disaster because of the negligence.
“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).”
Studies confirm that people and animals dying of prion disease contaminate the environment around them with prions because prions are in the urine, feces, blood, mucus and saliva of each victim. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems and their by-products. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators and distributors. The sewage sludge and wastewater released are spreading disease far and wide.
Claudio Soto, PhD, professor of neurology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues confirmed the presence of prions in urine. Soto also confirmed that plants uptake prions and are infectious and deadly to those who consume the infected plants. Therefore, humans, wildlife and livestock are vulnerable to prion disease via plants grown on land treated with sewage sludge and reclaimed sewage water.
Prion researcher Dr. Joel Pedersen, from the University of Wisconsin, found that prions become 680 times more infectious in certain soils. 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 sewage sludge pathogens, pharmaceutical residue and chemical pollutants are taken up by plants and vegetables.”
Infectious wastes are obviously being mismanaged and its unleashed a public health disaster in most countries. As such, some regions of the world have much higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of neurological disease than others. Infectious waste also is fueling the surge in other forms of brain diseases, including those caused by Zika virus. One doesn’t have to travel to third-world tropical countries to find infectious mosquitoes and mismanaged infectious waste.
The Scandinavian countries of Finland, Iceland and Sweden have the highest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world. The United States is right in the thick of the epidemic. What’s the connection? The causes may not be as mysterious as health experts, regulators and industry want us to believe.
Country Alzheimer’s Disease (deaths per 100K)
- Finland 34.9
- Iceland 25.1
- United States 24.8
- Sweden 21.5
- Netherlands 21.4
- Switzerland 20.0
- Cuba 19.6
- Chile 19.6
- Andorra 19.4
- Spain 18.7
- Norway 18.6
- Uruguay 17.5
- Denmark 17.4
- United Kingdom 17.1
- France 16.6
- Canada 16.0
- Australia 15.3
- New Zealand 15.2
- Belgium 14.6
- Pakistan 14.3
- Bhutan 13.4
- Malta 13.0
- South Korea 12.0
- Ireland 11.8
- Hungary 11.5
Why is Finland’s prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease 39 percent higher than Iceland’s? If dementia is a random or sporadic condition–or just an age-related event–there should be little or no variance in the incidence from country to country. The undeveloped countries across Asia, Africa and South America have the lowest prevalence of neurological disease. In reality, the differences and coincidences are astounding.
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. Defending yourself with facts and smart choices is your best hope. Keep reading to find out why:
- Alzheimer’s disease is part of a spectrum disease known as prion disease, which also includes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The spectrum also is known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE);
- Alzheimer’s disease is an infectious prion disease, which is often misdiagnosed and undiagnosed. Millions of diagnoses are being suppressed by physicians;
- The bodily fluids of those with prion disease are infectious;
- Wastewater treatment plants are contaminating our food and water supplies by spreading deadly prions via sewage sludge, biosolids and reclaimed wastewater. The risk assessments involving these facilities and their by-products were prepared before prions were discovered and characterized;
- Wildlife, sea mammals, livestock and people are contracting prion disease from mismanaged sewage;
- Caregivers are in harm’s way because of disease mismanagement;
- It’s time to reclassify sewage sludge, biosolids and reclaimed wastewater as infectious waste; and
- It’s time to defend our food, water and air from infectious waste by enforcing the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act Of 2002 and similar laws around the world.
Although there are many factors contributing to the global epidemic, it appears that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are as infectious as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. There’s no evidence to the contrary.
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 are all 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, cancer and other leading causes of death are steady, if not dropping in most countries, due to advances in nutrition, medicine and disease management. Neurodegenerative disease is the one glaring exception. It’s spreading exponentially. In the U.S., for example, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while those attributed to heart disease decreased 14 percent.
These regional variations indicate that the death rate from Alzheimer’s disease is not random, but one influenced by environmental and/or dietary factors. Regional spikes also reflect the infective nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of prion disease once they have a foothold within a population. Please visit our tab The Truth for a more thorough explanation.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of prion disease all are transmissible. Family members and other caregivers are risking their lives without any guidance or precautions. They all should take the same precautions as with a patient who has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)–the most lethal prion disease known to humans. It’s highly contagious and extremely fatal in all cases.
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. Wastewater treatment plants can’t neutralize them.
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 and their by-products. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators and the sewage sludge and wastewater pumped out spread the disease. People in some cities are actually drinking this infectious wastewater (wastewater reclamation).
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Background On 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.
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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