Many Health Practices Demand Reform To Contain Alzheimer’s Epidemic
Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are closely related and spreading rapidly for many reasons. Blood transfusions, blood exposures and organ transplants are part of the risk.
Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) cases have been transmitted to patients who received blood products from donors who later were diagnosed with the disease. Surgical tools also have transmitted the disease from CJD victims to others who underwent surgery behind after the instruments were contaminated by unstoppable prions.
The blood borne transmission of CJD is a major concern for blood transfusion banks, plasma derived products manufacturers and public health authorities. A CJD blood screening test would represent an ideal solution for identifying donors/blood donations that might be at risk. Alzheimer’s disease poses the exact same risk, especially since the two diseases are randomly diagnosed as one or the other (they are essentially the same disease, but we don’t handle patients with the same degree of caution).
Since we know that both Alzheimer’s and CJD are prion diseases, we know that prions are throughout the bodies of victims long before they are diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease. That means that blood is part of the equation. There is virtually nothing that can be done to protect blood supplies. The best bet is to bank your own blood and avoid tissue transplants, including bone grafts for dental implants.
I’m not willing to bet my life on a blind blood transfusion or an organ transplant. There is no proof that blood is prion free. The donor can be happy, healthy, walking and talking at the time of donation, yet be infectious.
Blood has been screened due to concerns over prion disease. Because of the mad cow disease outbreak in the U.K. several years ago, many nations, including the U.S., have banned blood donations from people who lived in or visited the U.K. during the 1980s and 1990s. It acknowledges the risks, but falls short of a meaningful screen.
The U.K. also underscored the threat of apparently healthy people who are incubating prion disease because of the mad cow outbreak, the consumption of infected cattle and other prion exposures. Just last year, government officials conducted a survey of tonsils extracted from patients. Researchers found that thousands of people are carrying the infectious prions in their bodies, while appearing healthy. These silent carriers are exposing everything in their daily lives, including eating utensils, dishes and more with their saliva, mucas and other bodily fluids (not to mention their sewage). Of course, many of these people are donating blood and visiting dental offices, where the pathways are expanded. The problem is not limited to just the U.K.
Unfortunately, prion pathways are expanding by the day. So is our knowledge about these protein predators. Be sure to read our new eBook “Alzheimer’s: A Survivor’s Guide.” Protect your family with facts not fiction.