Killer Proteins Unstoppable In Sewage
San Diego’s City Council approved plans to recycle sewage water into drinking water. It’s a growing trend that short-sells a proven health risk associated with deadly proteins.
In my opinion, San Diego joined a growing global movement in what could become a human health disaster. The move could be a death sentence for millions of people who will drink reclaimed wastewater. That same water will contaminate their homes, gardens and offices with a highly contagious and unstoppable pathogen called a prion–an infectious form of protein. The exposure can cause neurological disorders in mammals, including Alzheimer’s disease.
A coalition of community leaders, business groups and environmental organizations sold the plan to citizens as the best way to reduce reliance on imported water, while creating a large, drought-proof water supply. Environmental groups claim that the Pure Water project will mean less sewage dumped into the ocean and less reliance on desalination (and purification of that same ocean water that they use as a sewage dump).
Councilman Scott Sherman said San Diego must fight sharply rising costs for imported water, which has more than doubled since 2009. The price tag for the recycled water is currently higher than that of imported water.
The project, dubbed Pure Water San Diego, is expected to provide more than a third of the city’s potable water by 2035. When Pure Water is built out in 20 years, it is should generate 83 million gallons a day of “clean” water.
The system starts with micro-filtration, where rows of plastic tubes and straws filter out microbes and other contaminants. The big stuff.
The water then goes through reverse-osmosis to screen out organic material, salts and other solids. But all pathogens still are essentially untreated.
The last step is a combination of ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide to kill anything left. Pathogens resistant to UV light or hydrogen peroxide are destined for your tap.
As any surgeon worth his or her salt can tell you, UV light and hydrogen peroxide can kill many things if properly exposed, but they can’t kill a prion. In fact, there is not any known treatment in the world that is 100 percent effective against deadly prions in any environment, especially water. Hospitals safely discard surgical instruments used on patients with prion disease. Prions are more likely to migrate, mutate and multiply than be neutralized (they aren’t a virus or bacteria, so they can’t be killed).
The “treated” water from the proposed San Diego system could be mixed into the San Vicente Reservoir and piped to customers, or the city could route the water directly into the distribution system. Once exposed to deadly prions, the waterways will be contaminated forever–serving as incubators and distributors of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The Orange County water reclamation program was recently featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Reporter Lesley Stahl bravely drank a sample of treated sewage water during the story. As she explained, San Diego won’t be the first to drink its own sewage. A number of other cities around the world have already sold their souls down the river based on half-truths and misinformation. Orange County, for example, recycles 70 million gallons a day to potable. It’s expanding capacity to 100 million gallons per day.
The Problem With Prions and Prion Disease
If not for one tiny detail, I would be more open-minded and supportive of the practice of recycling wastewater. That microscopic detail is called a prion—the deadly and unstoppable protein behind the exploding Alzheimer’s epidemic, mad cow disease and other neurological disorders that are killing millions of people, wildlife and livestock around the world.
A new study confirms that people and animals dying of prion disease are contaminating the environment around them with a deadly and unstoppable protein found in their bodily fluids. Claudio Soto, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the George and Cynthia W. Mitchell Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Brain Related Illnesses at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues recently found prions in urine. The study has been published in the August 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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