Sewage Sludge On Land Spreading Brain Disease

Infectious Waste Spreading Brain Disease

Brain disease is attacking record numbers of people around the world. Microcephaly in infants is part of the same scourge. The global epidemic is being fueled by infectious waste that’s contaminating our food, water, air and more. This infectious waste (biosolids) contains deadly and unstoppable neurotoxins, but it’s being spread like fertilizer in virtually every country around the world.

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In 1972, world leaders realized that dumping millions of tons of sewage sludge into the oceans killed entire underwater ecosystems. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately. Others did not.

The U.S., for example, finally passed the Ocean Dumping Ban Act of 1988. It required dumping all municipal sewage sludge and industrial waste on land. That meant dumping it into landfills or dumping it openly on land, including farms, ranches, national forests, city parks, golf courses, playgrounds, sport fields and beyond. The Act went into effect in 1992 and it sparked a public health disaster. The practice is spreading tons of pathogens into the lives of people, livestock, wildlife and beyond every day.

Landfills designed to handle these toxins are expensive. So, the dumpers hired a public relations firm to convince innocent citizens that neurotoxins and carcinogens are fertilizer. The PR firm started calling this toxic waste biosolids. It’s even sold in bags at your local home and garden store as soil for your garden and potting plants. It’s death dirt.

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Since then, millions of tons of infectious sewage sludge have been given to farmers as fertilizer and dumped into food and water supplies around the world every year. Those farmers and ranchers are being paid to dump deadly sewage sludge on their land and shut up. Sick livestock are sold or buried as quickly as possible. Those that make it to market are consumed by people and pets, while permanently contaminating everything that they touch.

The landowners are held harmless if the sewage sludge causes damage to people or property downwind, downstream or on the dinner table. Landowners are literally making a killing with government assistance. Unfortunately, the practice of dumping extreme quantities of sewage sludge on land has created an even bigger public health problem. It’s killing people, wildlife, livestock and sea mammals downstream.

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Prions are infectious proteins responsible for a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is transmissible.

TSEs have a wide range of confusing names, which helps cloak this global disaster:

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in cattle;
  • scrapie in sheep;
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans; and
  • chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, moose and reindeer.
  • badgers, mink, cats, elephants, dolphins and many other mammalian species have died from TSE. The concept of a species barrier is a myth. A deadly prion is a deadly prion. They don’t discriminate.

According to Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and Huntington’s disease also are on the TSE spectrum. All are fatal, neurodegenerative brain diseases.

Infectious prions are in the bodily fluids of its victims, including blood, urine, mucus, saliva and feces. As such, these victims send prions to the municipal sewage treatment plant where they remain untouched.

“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.

Wastewater effluent and sewage sludge applied to land recycles prions into the environment. Once dumped on open land, prions remain infectious. Irrigation, precipitation and wind carry the prions into groundwater, streams, lakes, oceans and airways, including homes, offices and beyond.

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Reckless wastewater treatment policies and practices are now fueling a global epidemic of neurodegenerative disease among people, wildlife and livestock. In fact, Europe just reported its first case of chronic wasting disease in a reindeer in Norway. There will be many more.

The risk assessments for the land application of sewage sludge (LASS) are based on fraud and outdated information. The risk assessments were developed back in the 1970s and 1980s–before we knew about prions and other killers in modern sewage streams, including many forms of infectious medical waste. These outdated risk assessments make the entire practice illegal today under bioterrorism laws. Common sense makes them immoral and a crime against humanity.

Because of these reckless practices, it’s time to reform many laws, practices and policies. For example, it’s vital to demand testing for mad cow disease in beef cattle and hope like hell that dairy producers aren’t spreading the disease in milk, cheese and meat. Wisconsin, dairy land U.S.A., has an epidemic among wild deer. It has dumped sewage sludge in virtually every county. There is no reason to believe that the cattle are immune from the prion epidemic that’s being fueled by sick soil in Wisconsin, Colorado and beyond.

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There is no reliable test for live animals, yet, which means that animal health is paramount for public health. There also is no testing of crops grown in sewage sludge, despite the science that has proven that crops for humans and livestock absorb the toxins and pathogens that they are grown in–including deadly prions.

Ironically, the United States passed homeland defense laws to protect our food and water supplies from potential terrorists. Many other nations followed suit. 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. With reckless policy, the U.S. transferred responsibility for the management of select agents to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC–a private corporation that serves as the Coverup Division). These defenders of public health quietly took prions off the list of select agents because the regulation criminalized entire industries and several reckless practices. They obviously chose to defend the bottom line of corporations and the wastewater treatment industry instead of public health.

Unfortunately, prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices and beyond infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation.

Prions shed from humans are the most deadly. They demand more respect than radiation. They’re being ignored by regulators and industry alike. As such, food and water sources are being contaminated with the deadliest forms of prions. Municipal water systems can’t stop them from reaching water taps in millions of homes. Filtration doesn’t phase them.

As stated earlier, the risk assessments for biosolids, sewage sludge and reclaimed wastewater were questionable when they were developed and they are total failures now. Plus, these risk assessments do not account for the possibility of sewage sludge dumped on land going airborne via windstorms and tornadoes. These events now leave a trail of sickness and death in their wake. Airborne sewage is a killer. It dumps the toxins, pathogens and superbugs everywhere.

Valley Fever caused by land application of sewage sludge

Unfortunately, the U.S. exported these bad practices to other nations who proceeded to contaminate their food and water supplies with sewage. If hospitals can’t stop prions, neither can the brain surgeons at wastewater treatment plants.

The legislation banning ocean dumping was very explicit about the need to stop dumping potentially infectious medical waste into the oceans. Ironically, the current policy that promotes LASS ignores the risk of infectious medical waste and many other threats. It also ignores radionuclides, endocrine disruptors, birth control pills, antibiotics, flame-retardants and other toxins and superbugs. This toxic waste belongs in a lined landfill not our watersheds and food supplies. It’s time for immediate reforms.

The same sewage-borne toxins and pathogens are still contaminating our oceans. Now, they’re dumped in further upstream. Entire watersheds are now being infected—including the oceans. The body count among people, livestock and wildlife has been stacking up ever since ocean dumping began phasing out. The nightmare is worse than ever.

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Biosolids and other forms of sewage mismanagement are now contributing to a global epidemic of neurological disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease, microcephaly and more. Industry and governments are scrambling to blame the global epidemic on anything but contaminated soil, water, food and air. They are playing dumb in the face of fraud and scientific suppression. Negligence is too kind of a word.

Sewage sludge and reclaimed wastewater also contaminate our food with listeria, e-coli, salmonella and other killers. In fact, scientists are forced to come up with deceptive new names for the growing list of sewage-related ailments, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, epizootic hemorrhagic fever, equine herpes, valley fever and others. Industrial disease. Taxpayer dollars at work.

As mentioned earlier, crops contaminated by sewage sludge can uptake prions and deliver them throughout the plant. Crops then deliver deadly prions to mammals that consume them. In fact, infected plants are spreading prion disease to several species, including humans. When hamsters consumed infected wheat grass, the animals were infected with prion disease. Researchers also found deadly prions in plants that just made surface contact with infected urine and feces.

“These findings demonstrate that plants can efficiently bind infectious prions and act as carriers of infectivity, suggesting a possible role of environmental prion contamination in the horizontal transmission of the disease,” said Claudio Soto, the lead investigator from the University of Texas at Houston.

Killer prions are impossible to stop. Prions are contributing to the death of millions of people now. Victims produce and spread prions daily because they’re in the bodily fluids of all victims. Millions of people with brain disease are contaminating their homes and communities, while exposing caregivers and family members to the contagion. The sewage from these victims is contaminating the local wastewater treatment plant and everything that enters or leaves these facilities, including reclaimed wastewater and sewage sludge. Once dumped on open land, these contagions remain infectious as they migrate, mutate and multiply forever.

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

Prions demand containment and isolation, not distribution and consumption through air, food and water. These toxins demand lined landfills not reckless dumping on our dinner tables. Since prions migrate, mutate and multiply, dilution is not a solution. Prions are a public health nightmare, not to mention the carnage taking place among other mammals.

The world has never done an effective job of managing its sewage. It’s an industry that drives by looking in the rear view mirror. It only swerves when the dead-end road is littered with body bags. After enough people get sick and die, new alternatives emerge. Today is no different.

We now have nearly eight billion people competing for food, water, open spaces and places to dump their sewage. As prion disease spreads and as industrial-scale agriculture becomes more intensive, sewage is becoming deadlier by the day. The stakes have never been higher.

The bodies are stacking up. The contamination grows stronger and spreads further every day. It’s time to stop dumping sewage sludge on land because of the prion risk and many others not accounted for in the antiquated and fraudulent risk assessments. It’s time for citizens to defend our land, water and air. Homelands around the world are under assault and ISIS has nothing to do with it. The terrorists are home-grown traitors. It’s treason.

Today, the land application of sewage sludge is killing mammals and more around the world. Pathogens in sludge are causing brain disease, cancer and death. Let’s take a meaningful stand for food safety. Just say no to sewage sludge in our watersheds and food supplies. Safer alternatives exist.

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Take a free preview of our new eBook to learn everything that you need to know about the epidemic and the mismanagement. The rest of the book explains how to defend yourself with aversion and targeted nutrition. Eating organic foods is one way to minimize your exposure to sewage-borne toxins and pathogens. There are no silver bullets.

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Brain Disease The Fastest Growing Cause Of Death

More Than 50 Million People Have Alzheimer’s Disease

Neurodegenerative disease is now a global epidemic among many mammals, including humans. Advocates claim that mismanagement and misinformation around the world are fanning the flames and putting millions of people in harm’s way.

Anywhere from 50-100 million people around the world are dying of brain disease. Millions more will contract it this year, while just as many will go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Adding to the madness is the fact that physicians are withholding millions of other diagnoses.

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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. Unfortunately, neurodegenerative disease is the one glaring exception. It’s spreading exponentially. If we had accurate mortality statistics, we would likely find that brain disease is already the leading cause of death around the world. Some countries are at a higher risk than others.

“This will be the most important documentary ever produced about brain disease,” said Gary Chandler, president of Crossbow Communications. “Thanks to mismanagement and the widespread contamination of our food and water, brain disease has more to do with neurotoxins than it does with normal aging and genetics.”

The most common forms of neurodegenerative disease include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s 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.”

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

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, prions remain infectious. In fact, they migrate, mutate and multiply.

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. The sewage sludge and wastewater released are spreading disease far and wide.

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Sewage treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Dumping sewage sludge (biosolids) from billions of people on land and at sea spreads prions far and wide. It also spreads heavy metals, radioactive waste, carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and more. The risk assessments for biosolids and wastewater reuse don’t mention prions because there is no answer.

“Although there are many factors contributing to the global epidemic, millions of these deaths could have been prevented,” said Chandler. “In addition to dietary risks, it appears that Alzheimer’s disease is just as infectious as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. There’s no evidence to the contrary.”

  • Women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men;
  • Caregivers are six times more likely to contract brain disease;
  • People from Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest death rates from Alzheimer’s; and
  • Smart nutrition is the best strategy to avoid brain disease and the only way to effectively treat its symptoms.

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There are many more questions than answers, but we know that neurotoxins, head trauma and genetics can all trigger neurodegenerative disease. Unfortunately, that’s where much of the knowledge gets fuzzy. Diagnoses, for example, are barely more than a shot in the dark.

According to Chandler, truth and targeted nutrition are the best defense against environmental contamination and brain disease. His company is producing a documentary that will help promote food safety, wellness and reform. It’s called “Food For Thought.” It offers the most comprehensive guidance available about prevention, aversion and treatment, including vital advice for caregivers and family members.

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Preview and order the eBook now. It will:

  • Help you avoid neurotoxins in food, water and the circles of life;
  • Offer targeted nutritional guidance that can save lives;
  • Offer nutritional therapies that can make a difference. It’s the most logical and comprehensive nutrition for neurological disease available. It also has critical aversion strategies;
  • Inform caregivers about misinformation and misdiagnoses that put them in harm’s way;
  • Blow the whistle on industry practices that are contaminating food, water and other pathways; and
  • Advocate for food safety, water quality, wellness and reforms that can save millions of lives.

According to Chandler, pharmaceutical remedies are nonexistent, but nutritional strategies and tactics provide hope and relief from many symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for brain disease, so prevention is paramount.

The film will be produced in both Denver and Phoenix. The producers are looking for testimonials and commentary from a variety of stakeholders, including family, caregivers, providers and advocates. For more information, please contact Gary Chandler at 602-999-7204 or visit our home page at

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Food For Thought About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Discussed In Upcoming Documentary

As you probably know, Alzheimer’s disease is no laughing matter. It’s killing more than 50 million people around the world right now. It’s probably impacting your family or someone that you know.

As death rates from heart disease, cancer and other leading causes of death are dropping around the world today, Alzheimer’s disease is the one glaring exception. Death rates from Alzheimer’s disease are skyrocketing around the world. Finland, Iceland and the United States have the highest rates in the world. Regional hot spots also exist, including the state of Washington in the U.S.

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Neurological diseases are the fastest-growing cause of death in the world today. If we had accurate mortality statistics, we would likely find that Alzheimer’s disease is already the number one killer around the world.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only major cause of death with no known prevention or cure. Its progression is unstoppable.

Dementia is a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with the most common forms of neurological disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. They’re all part of the same disease spectrum—known as prion disease. The discussion is less confusing if we refer to them all as prion disease.

Prions are a deadly form of protein associated with several forms of neurological disease. Stanley Prusiner earned the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1996 for his pioneering work on prions. Unfortunately, his earth-shattering science has been ignored and a global health epidemic has ensued.

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

There are many factors contributing to the global surge in Alzheimer’s disease. Age and genetics play a role, but it’s smaller than you realize. Due to mismanagement and misinformation, people from some regions of the world are at a higher risk than others. These hot spots speak of an environmental disease not one driven by age and genetics.


The good news is that many foods are promising treatments that can extend the quality of life for those who have Alzheimer’s disease. Stay tuned. Our documentary will shed light on the causes of neurodegenerative disease. It also explores ways that you can help prevent it and treat it in your family. We still have room for testimonials, sponsors and investors.

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Please spread the word. Please call Gary Chandler at Crossbow for more information. 602-999-7204 (USA). Thank you.

Faroe Researcher Connects Whale Consumption To Parkinson’s Disease

Whales An Indicator Of Neurological Disease Upstream

Sick animals and sick people can tell us a lot about the health of our environment. A study in Denmark is raising red flags. There could be a common thread between dead whales and sick humans. Keep reading to find out:

  1. Why people with neurodegenerative disease are contagious;
  2. How sea mammals are contracting brain disease from humans;
  3. Why consuming whales and other contaminated foods recycles brain disease back to humans. Other pathways also put humans at risk.

Whales have too much intellectual, social and navigational capacity to run aground en masse unless extremely sick and disoriented. There have been several high-profile stranding events around the world in the past few years alone. An alarming number of whales are washing up on Alaska’s shores now. As mammals high on the food chain, their health is a good indictor of environmental health. We should be testing those that die much more rigorously for toxic buildup and disease. Whales are downstream from billions of people, so they are in a position to serve as unique bio-indicators.

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These beached whales and dolphins are the oceans’ version of canaries in coal mines. Their bodies are like giant sponges that can offer insight into the health of the ocean and the planet.

For example, sick and dead whales might be able to shed light on the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic that is exploding exponentially around the globe. Thanks to reckless sewage disposal practices around the world, unstoppable prions are being dumped in our watersheds and waterways on an industrial scale. If the prion pathogen associated with Alzheimer’s and many related neurodegenerative diseases is present in whales and dolphins, it’s further confirmation of the scope and spread of these killer proteins. Unfortunately, that critical test is not taking place on the whales and dolphins now. Therefore, people continue to serve as the canary in the coal mine.

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As with humans and other mammals, whales and dolphins are vulnerable to prion disease. Prion disease has many names, including Alzheimer’s disease,  Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and Parkinson’s disease. In livestock, it’s known as mad cow disease. In deer, it’s being called chronic wasting disease. They all are forms of what is called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). TSEs are deadly and unstoppable. The prion pathogen behind them and the diseases themselves are being mismanaged globally. Our oceans are the holding pond for those that runoff the land with water.

At least one dolphin has been found with prion disease, but testing is severely lacking. Since dietary factors are clearly linked to neurological disease, we can learn more about the health of whales by studying the people who eat them. In turn, the health of the whales can shed light on the health of our food and water supplies upstream. A pioneering researcher is conducting such research now to better understand human health, the health of our oceans and the connections between those factors.

Whale meat appears to be contributing to high rates of neurological disease in Nordic and Baltic nations. Pioneering research found that Parkinson’s patients on the Faroe Islands have consumed about six times more whale meat and blubber than their neighbors who don’t have the disease.

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Maria Skaalum could have hit the tip of an iceberg.

Maria Skaalum Petersen is working to shed light on the connection between sick seas, sick whales and sick people. Petersen is a researcher in the Department of Occupational and Public Health in the Faroe Islands health service. One of her projects has included a comparison of the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease (part of the TSE spectrum) in the Nordic countries.

She found that Parkinson’s disease is twice as prevalent on the Faroe Islands as in Norway and other Nordic countries. Unlike other Nordic countries, a traditional diet on the Faroe Islands typically includes pilot whale meat.

Predators, including some whales, are high on the food chain. Predators that consume predators are consuming the toxic build-up from every animal ever consumed. Therefore, predators (and the people who consume them) often serve as an excellent indicator of the health of an entire ecosystem, including prion contamination.

When serving as bio-indicators, not all whales are created equal. The whale meat sold in Norway and Iceland is mostly from minke whales, a species that has a diet much lower in the food chain. This means that minke whales don’t accumulate as many contaminants or prions as pilot whales. This means that the risks associated with whale meat is slightly less for the people in Norway. Norway still has a fairly high rate of neurological disease.

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“The Faroe Islanders eat pilot whales, while Norwegians eat baleen whales. Pilot whales have teeth and primarily eat fish and squid, which puts them higher on the food chain,” Petersen says.

Baleen whales feed by filtering zooplankton and krill into their mouths as they swim. In essence, they are vegetarians. Eating lower on the food chain lowers their prion exposure, but it doesn’t make them immune to the prion problem.

This study indicates that there is prion accumulation in whales–some more than others. It indicates that prions are in our oceans and onward upstream. It indicates that prions are in our food and water supplies and reckless sewage management is contributing to the problem. It reminds us of the hazards associated with wastewater reuse, sewage sludge disposal and biosolids in our communities and watersheds.


Prions and Alzheimer's disease

What can we learn from the Faroe Islands and whale meat? Prions are building up in the environment and in mammals now. This is a battle of pathway management. Time to manage the contamination is running out. Sewage mismanagement, including agricultural and industrial waste, is contributing to the problem.

If whales could talk, they would tell us to get our sh*t together and put it in a much safer place. Presently, we are recycling sewage sludge, biosolids and reclaimed water throughout our watersheds. We are contaminating food and water supplies. We are pissing in the pool. We’re being treated like peons, while fed lies and prions. Save the world. Save the whales. Save yourself.


Drought Prompts Cities To Reuse More Sewage Water

Editor’s Note: Prion disease is already at epidemic proportions around the world. People who have prion disease (known as Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) are infectious. These victims shed the deadly prion pathogen in their bodily fluids, including urine, feces, saliva, mucus and blood. These human discharges permanently contaminate sewage systems. That contamination grows within the system every day because prions are impossible to stop. Therefore, spreading sewage water and sewage sludge throughout our watersheds is reckless if not criminal (because risks are being suppressed). These lands are permanently contaminated with prions once exposed to sewage. Not only is this disposal practice a threat to food and water supplies, but it threatens the safety of our wildlife and livestock as food sources. In deer, the disease is known as chronic wasting disease. In cattle, we call it mad cow disease. The names are just a smokescreen. Prion disease is prion disease. Don’t let anyone try to split that hair as part of their coverup. Prions represent an environmental nightmare like we have never seen before. 

Recycled Sewage Water Recycles Deadly, Unstoppable Disease

As the California drought meets the summer heat, water managers continue to look for ways to secure water for people who need it. Governor Jerry Brown wants more recycled water production. The administration has made $800 million available in loan financing for water agencies to treat wastewater. Jim Quist farms 700 acres next to the one of the most secure water sources in Fresno County.

“It might be providence,” Quist says, about what brought his grandfather to the property in 1933.

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A portion of Quist’s irrigation water was once raw sewage. Quist’s farm is just across the road from the City of Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant. It’s been giving him water for 50 years.

“There’s been times that we didn’t like being here just because of the smell, but those things have gotten better through the years fortunately,” Quist says with a laugh.  He says the water quality has become more “employee friendly” over the years, too.

Public health codes prevent him from using it on food crops, but Quist says it’s a big help for his alfalfa fields. The drought has forced cut backs on his surface water allotment, and the groundwater level is sinking. This reclaimed wastewater is free, and always available.

“It can make a huge difference having access to this water compared to pumping it out of the ground,” says Quist. “It’s a big help.”

Sixty million gallons of wastewater are pulled from sewer pipes and into the Fresno municipal wastewater treatment plant every day.

“These are some of the largest pumps that you’ll ever see, ” says Rick Staggs, Chief of Operations of the Wastewater Management Division, during a tour of the plant.

The first line of treatment is filtering out the garbage that comes through sewer lines from households, restaurants and other commercial facilities.

“[We find] two-by-fours, plastics, rags,” says Staggs. He remembers one time workers found a “big wheel” toy and some cash.

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The water is then piped into big pools, where material in the water floats to the top or settles to the bottom. In the aeration basins, a biological process further breaks down organic compounds and contaminants.The fluid getting the final treatment looks like river water flowing through a flat fountain bed.

“We’re basically taking what nature does and we’re doing it at a much higher and faster level.” says Conrad Braganza, Wastewater Reclamation Coordinator for the City of Fresno’s Wastewater Management Division.

He says recycling water allows potable water to be saved for drinking, and lower quality water to be used for irrigation.

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“There’s no new water being added in the planet. So it really comes down to how effectively we manage our current resources,” he says.

But right now the wastewater Fresno treats has very limited application – it is only used by farmers for non-food crops and to fill ponds to recharge underground aquifers.

The plant managers plan to treat to a higher level and disinfect the water so it can be used to irrigate schoolyards, golf courses, and cemeteries. At some point, farmers would be able to water food crops with it too.

“Once we treat to this higher level, it increases one, the number of uses for the water, it cuts down the city’s dependence on clean water for non-potable uses and it basically makes us a sustainable city because we’re not depleting our groundwater aquifer as much,” says Braganza.

California state water managers call it a new water resource. They say they’re in the process of loaning out hundreds of millions of dollars to water agencies like Fresno.

Lester Snow of the California Water Foundation wants more investment in recycled water. He says it’s reliable, unlike the climate.

“We’re getting more of our winter precipitation as rain instead of snow pack, so that kind of changes water supply availability. But also we’re seeing much greater variability in the amount that we get,” says Snow.

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But Snow says recycled water is only one part of securing California’s water future.

“We can do more through conservation, wastewater recycling, stormwater capture, managing our groundwater better, so there’s a lot of pieces, but it’s a significant piece of the solution,” he says.

The Fresno plant has applied for a state loan to expand recycled water production. California wants all funded projects to be to be up and running within three years.


Whole Foods Recalls Beef Over Mad Cow Risk

Another Symptom Of Mismanaged System

More than 4,000 pounds of rib-eye and other fresh beef products have been recalled because they could contain contaminated materials linked to mad cow disease.

The meat in question was processed at Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Missouri, and distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut, which services its New England stores, and a restaurant in New York City and another one in Kansas City, Missouri. The beef was produced and packaged between September 2013 and April 2014.

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The inspectors found no indication any of the animals slaughtered showed signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the formal name of mad cow disease. In a statement issued by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, a spokesperson said: “All of these animals received full inspection, both before and after slaughter, by FSIS personnel and showed no abnormal signs or symptoms associated with BSE.

“Out of an abundance of caution, FSIS issued a Class II recall (a remote risk) for product that does not have paperwork showing that nerve tissue was removed. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”

The USDA requires brain and spinal tissue be removed from meat products from cattle 30 years and older because it can carry the protein that causes mad cow disease. People who consume meat tainted with mad cow disease could develop a rare, fatal disease in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Mad cow disease and vCJD

The first cases of vCJD were first reported in 1996, and so far a total of 229 patients with this disease from 12 countries have been identified, according to the CDC.


Infectious Brain Disease Claims Texas Man, Exposes Entire Community

Editor’s Note: A deadly family of neurodegenerative disorders is impacting people and animals around the world in epidemic proportions. These prion diseases are known to us as Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, mad cow, chronic wasting disease and others that are linked by deadly proteins called prions. Medical professionals know very little about these diseases except that they are deadly and incurable. They also are highly contagious, which is why the family of disease is called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE).  An unbelievable amount of effort is going into the issue to explain that it isn’t the U.S. food supply, except that these industry explanations rarely include facts. While so much effort is going into this state of denial, we are opening up Pandora’s lunchbox even more as we ignore the transmissible aspect of the disease created by victims and everything that they touch (including Alzheimer’s patients). This man who just died in Texas is a good example. He died of a highly infectious disease, but no one knew what it was until his autopsy. In hindsight, his home, the hospital and the entire community were exposed to the pathogen behind his disease–even before he was diagnosed. In reality, the pathways that could have killed this man are numerous. It’s impossible to sterilize these pathways ever again. Find out more about prions and their pathways to you in our new eBook.

U.S. Blames Foreign Food Supplies Again

Laboratory tests have confirmed a diagnosis of variant CJD (a fatal brain disorder) in a patient who recently died in Texas. The confirmation was made when laboratory results from an autopsy of the patient’s brain tested positive for variant CJD, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news release today.

First described in 1996 in the United Kingdom, variant CJD is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder in humans. It is believed to be caused by consumption of products from cows with the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease).

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Worldwide, more than 220 variant CJD patients have been reported, with a majority of them in the United Kingdom (177 cases) and France (27 cases). This case is the fourth to be reported in the United States. In each of the three previous cases, infection might have occurred outside the United States, including the United Kingdom (2 cases) and Saudi Arabia (1 case). The history of this fourth patient, including extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East, supports the likelihood that infection occurred outside the United States (since the U.S. doesn’t seriously test for mad cow disease, it’s just a hopeful statement).

The last case confirmed in the US was in 2007  in a US resident in Virginia who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and has lived in the United States since late 2005.

CDC assisted the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)’s investigation of this case and will continue to help confirm further details of the patient’s history, including the potential source of infection. There are no Texas public health concerns or threats associated with this case.

A classic form of CJD, which is not caused by the BSE agent, occurs worldwide, including in the United States. Annually, for every 1 million people in the United States, 1 to 2 develops classic CJD. 

Variant CJD  has different clinical and pathologic characteristics from classic CJD. Each disease also has a particular genetic profile of the prion protein gene.  The median age at death for vCJD patients is 28 years, compared with 68 years for patients with classic CJD. The median duration of illness for vCJD is 14 months, compared to 5 months for classic CJD.


Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most severe form of prion disease in humans. CJD often kills within weeks or months of diagnosis (a definitive confirmation requires an autopsy). CJD is highly infectious via all bodily fluids and tissue.

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Mad Cow Disease In Brazil

Editor’s Note: Alzheimer’s disease and mad cow disease share a deadly protein in common. The protein pathogen is called a prion–they are unstoppable and deadly. Very little is known about the family of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE), except that they are on the rise in people and animals around the world. Oh, we also know that this family of diseases is transmissible as the name suggests, which means that Alzheimer’s caregivers and family members are being misinformed and misled about risks of transmission of the disease. In our opinion, all of the diseases are being mismanaged. You owe it to your family to arm yourself with facts not myths. 

Brazil Not Complying With Prion Disease Safeguards

On Monday, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) provided notice that Brazil confirmed its second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, this time in a 12-year-old Brazilian cow. While the notice confirms none of the meat or other products from the infected cow entered the food chain, a recent audit report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals that Brazil has not been complying with BSE safeguard measures required by the U.S.

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A recent audit report by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service sent to the Brazilian government on April 16 reveals that Brazil has not been consistently implementing the U.S.’s mandatory requirement that all specified risk materials (SRM) from cattle be excluded from the human food chain as a condition for allowing Brazil to export beef to the U.S., according to R-CALF USA.

Specifically, the audit found that beginning in early 2007, the Brazilian government relaxed its SRM removal policies by issuing a notice that removed the skull, trigeminal ganglia, vertebral column, and dorsal root ganglia in cattle 30 months of age or older from the list of SRMs that must be removed at slaughter. The tissues improperly removed from the list of SRMs by the Brazilian government are tissues known to harbor the BSE agent in infected cattle.

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U.S. food safety inspectors confirmed that Brazil was not routinely removing all high-risk tissues as required for countries that export to the U.S.


Tapping Toilets For Drinking Water Will Recycle Disease

Editor’s Note: I used to think that recycling wastewater was a good idea. Unfortunately, I have learned how this practice is recycling deadly and unstoppable neurodegenerative diseases in people, wildlife and livestock. The practice permanently contaminates soil and water supplies–and entire watersheds. These risks and more are discussed in my new eBook. Please join me and advocate for the truth and meaningful reforms.

Wichita Falls Making Deadly Drinking Water

Pastor Bob McCartney of First Baptist Church tries to love his neighbor as himself. He’s just not thrilled that Wichita Falls will soon have him drinking water that once swirled down his neighbor’s toilet. The Texas city of more than 104,000, suffering the worst drought on record, is about to become the first place in the U.S. to treat sewage and pump it directly back to residents.

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People who live in Wichita Falls, northwest of Dallas on the Oklahoma border, say they’ll buy more bottled water and try not to think about what’s flowing through their pipes when they bathe, brush their teeth and make soup.

“The idea is a bit grotesque,” said McCartney, 48, who has led prayer vigils for rain. “I’m not crazy about it.”

Other U.S. localities are considering similar approaches as water becomes scarcer — the result of drought, growing populations and greater consumption. The crisis is worldwide. In California, food prices are being driven higher and from Brazil to southeast Asia a historic lack of rainfall is hobbling power and crop production.

Wichita Falls, a sun-baked ranch town that hosts the Hotter’N Hell Hundred endurance bike ride each August, is awaiting final state approval to begin recycling 5 million gallons a day starting next month, said Teresa Rose, deputy public works director. That’s about a third of its usage.

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Rose says the water will be safe and that all traces of sewage will be removed.
Residents say they’re not convinced.

“When my son gets water out of the kitchen sink, I am going to chase him down and stop him from drinking it,” said Chira Traore, 32, as she sipped a bottle of Ozarka on a recent walk through Lucy Park, home of the falls on the Wichita River that lend the city its name.

Wichita Falls has been trying to sell the plan using videos and public meetings.
“You have people who say, ‘Ewww, I am drinking someone else’s toilet water,’” Rose said. “But when you think about it, everyone downstream is already drinking someone else’s toilet water.”

Some localities purify wastewater and send it into lakes and reservoirs. Those supplies may eventually be treated and used for drinking.

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Wichita Falls is going further by planning to be the first U.S. locality to send the cleaned sewer water directly back to its treatment plant, said Zachary Dorsey, a spokesman for the WateReuse Association, an Alexandria, Virginia-based group whose members include utilities, government officials and researchers. Cities in Texas, California, Florida and North Carolina are also considering direct reuse, he said.

Raleigh, North Carolina, which reuses water indirectly, plans to push legislation this year to allow the direct method, said Tim Woody, its wastewater superintendent. Direct reuse “is still taboo,” said Woody. “It is a responsible way to address our water needs.”
Sewage increasingly will become a resource, said Calvin Finch, director of the Water Conservation and Technology Center in San Antonio.

“It’s not something that’s pleasant to think about,” Finch said. “You have to educate people to the idea.”


Diet Tips For Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Diet Matters In Alzheimer’s Prevention, Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease is currently at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans — including one in eight people aged 65 and over — living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. By 2050, this is expected to jump to 16 million, and in the next 20 years it is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans. You do not, however, have to feel powerless against this disease, as although there is no known cure as of yet, there are simple strategies available to significantly lower your risk.

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Some of the best strategies for Alzheimer’s prevention, aside from avoiding excess iron, include:

  • FructoseMost everyone benefits from keeping their total fructose consumed to below 25 grams per day. Fructose has several modes of neurotoxicity, including causing damage to the circulatory system upon which the health of nervous system depends, as well as changing the brain’s craving mechanism. Since the average person is exceeding this recommendation by 300% this is a pervasive and serious issue. I view this as the MOST important step you can take. Additionally, when your liver is busy processing fructose (which your liver turns into fat), it severely hampers its ability to make cholesterol, an essential building block of the brain crucial to its health. This is yet another important facet that explains how and why excessive fructose consumption is so detrimental to your health.
  • Improve Magnesium Levels.  There is some exciting preliminary research strongly suggesting a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increase levels of magnesium in the brain.  Unfortunately most magnesium supplements do not pass the blood brain levels, but a new one magnesium threonate appears to do and holds some promise for the future for treating this condition.

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  • Optimize your vitamin D levels with safe sun exposure. Strong links between low levels of vitamin D in Alzheimer’s patients10 and poor outcomes on cognitive tests have been revealed. Researchers believe that optimal vitamin D levels may enhance the amount of important chemicals in your brain and protect brain cells by increasing the effectiveness of the glial cells in nursing damaged neurons back to health. Vitamin D may also exert some of its beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s through its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation that is also associated with Alzheimer’s.
  • Keep your fasting insulin levels below 3. This is indirectly related to fructose, as it will clearly lead to insulin resistance. However other sugars, grains and lack of exercise are also important factors.
  • Vitamin B12: According to a small Finnish study recently published in the journal Neurology,11 people who consume foods rich in B12 may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s in their later years. For each unit increase in the marker of vitamin B12 (holotranscobalamin) the risk of developing Alzheimer’s was reduced by 2 percent. Very high doses of B vitamins have also been found to treat Alzheimer’s disease and reduce memory loss.
  • Eat a nutritious diet, rich in folate, such as the one described in my nutrition plan. Strict vegetarian diets have been shown to increase your Alzheimer’s risk,12 whereas diets high in omega-3’s lower your risk.13 However, vegetables, without question, are your best form of folate, and we should all eat plenty of fresh raw veggies every day.
  • High-quality animal based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil. (I recommend avoiding most fish because although fish is naturally high in omega-3, most fish are now severely contaminated with mercury.) High intake of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA help by preventing cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, thereby slowing down its progression, and lowering your risk of developing the disorder. Researchers have also said DHA “dramatically reduces the impact of the Alzheimer’s gene.”
  • Avoid and remove mercury from your body. Dental amalgam fillings are one of the major sources of mercury, however you should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.
  • Avoid aluminum, such as antiperspirants, non-stick cookware, vaccine adjuvants, etc.
  • Exercise regularly. It’s been suggested that exercise can trigger a change in the way the amyloid precursor protein is metabolized,14 thus, slowing down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. Exercise also increases levels of the protein PGC-1alpha. Research has also shown that people with Alzheimer’s have less PGC-1alpha in their brains,15and cells that contain more of the protein produce less of the toxic amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s. I would strongly recommend reviewing the Peak Fitness Technique for my specific recommendations.
  • Avoid flu vaccinations as most contain both mercury and aluminum!
  • Eat plenty of blueberries. Wild blueberries, which have high anthocyanin and antioxidant content, are known to guard against Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.
  • Challenge your mind daily. Mental stimulation, especially learning something new, such as learning to play an instrument or a new language, is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Avoid anticholinergic and statin drugs. Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers.

A study found that those who took drugs classified as ‘definite anticholinergics’ had a four times higher incidence of cognitive impairment. Regularly taking two of these drugs further increased the risk of cognitive impairment. Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete the brain of coenzyme Q10 and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to the brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule known as low-density lipoprotein.