Wastewater Treatment Plants Spreading Brain Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease An Infectious Disease

Neurodegenerative diseases are the fastest-growing causes of death around the world. The mismanagement of infectious waste is contributing to the epidemic.

Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for his pioneering research on deadly prions—an infectious form of protein that connects a deadly spectrum disease called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, moose and reindeer. TSE is also killing dolphins, whales, camels and many other species of mammals. It’s the environmental equivalent of Pandora’s Box. Actually, it’s Pandora’s Lunchbox.

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his work. Unfortunately, this groundbreaking research is being ignored. This negligence is fueling a public health disaster around the world, as critical pathways are being ignored and mismanaged. The mismanagement also is contributing to the global surge in autism.

In June 2012, Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and even ALS are prion diseases similar, if not identical, to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The primary difference being which part of the brain the disease attacks first. The other variable is that there are now an unknown number of prion mutations. Mutations of these deadly prions are the common denominator between all forms of TSEs. Most of the carnage is being swept under the rug as the problem escalates.

“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.”

Although there are many causes contributing to prion disease, many people and animals are contracting it from environmental exposure (food, water and soil) and then contaminating the environment even more with their own bodily fluids. Victims of prion disease are walking time bombs. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most deadly form of prion disease in humans. Without dispute, it is a very contagious disease that kills rapidly. There is no cure for CJD, Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease.

Alzheimer’s and CJD are often indistinguishable to neurologists and general practitioners. Misdiagnoses are common. It appears that CJD is caused by a more aggressive mutation of prion than Alzheimer’s, but a deadly prion is a deadly prion. There is no reason to believe that some prions behave differently than others in disease transmission and progression. There should be no difference in disease management.

Unfortunately, as more people contract these brain diseases, the more deadly wastewater streams become. Meanwhile, wastewater reuse is surging around the world in response to growing populations and dwindling water resources. Other by-products from the wastewater stream known as biosolids (sewage sludge) also are being used to fertilize crops, pastures for livestock, golf courses, playgrounds and gardens. Millions of people, including your family, are in harm’s way because wastewater treatment plants can’t stop prions.

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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 absorbed by plants and vegetables grown in sewage sludge.”

Regulators and industry are playing dumb as the body count keeps rising. It’s a deadly circle enabled by an outdated risk assessment. Modern science is being ignored.

The largest prion pathway in the world is wastewater (infectious waste) from homes, hospitals, nursing homes, slaughterhouses, dental offices and other high-risk sources. The problem is that prions are in all bodily fluids and cell tissue of millions of victims who often go undiagnosed. Their mucus, saliva, feces, and urine are flushed down millions of toilets and rinsed down sinks every day. Once inside the wastewater system, prions proceed to migrate, mutate and multiply. Reckless risk assessments enable wastewater treatment plants to spread these deadly agents far and wide. Deadly prions are building up and incubating in wastewater treatment plants and then dumped openly on land. They are swept into the air by the wind. Now, water contaminated by prions is migrating into our rivers, lakes and oceans. It’s being injected into groundwater and it’s being recycled as tap water.

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I used to support wastewater reclamation and reuse projects until I realized that the risk assessments were prepared decades ago—before Dr. Prusiner characterized prions and prion disease. These microscopic protein particles have converted sewage and its by-products a public health disaster.

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Microcephaly Adds To Global Surge In Brain Disease

Microcephaly, Zika Virus Fueled By Sewage

Brain disease is consuming record numbers of people around the world right now. Microcephaly in infants is just the latest example.

Microcephaly is a nonspecific term used to describe a small head circumference, and can be caused by maternal exposure to a variety of pathogens and toxins, including HIV, alcohol, radiation, or TORCH pathogens (Toxoplasma gondii, other, rubella virus, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex virus). It is therefore important that radiologists know what to look for when it comes to Zika.

The global epidemic is being fueled by infectious waste that’s contaminating food, water, air and more. This infectious waste (from people with infectious brain disease) contains deadly and unstoppable neurotoxins, but it’s being spread like fertilizer in virtually every country around the world (if not just dumped openly). The fight against mosquitoes is part of the battle now, but it will miss the war against the source–infectious waste.

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Zika virus is an emerging flavivirus initially described in 1947. The first outbreak of Zika virus occurred in 2007 in the Pacific and the virus has spread in this region since 2013, and in the Americas since 2015. Concomitantly, severe neurological complications in adults, fetuses, and neonates have been described. Zika virus is mainly mosquito borne, but non-vector transmission (maternal–fetal, sexual, and blood transfusion) is possible, with an unknown effect on the burden of the disease. Drinking contaminated water also is a growing source. So are foods infected with this contaminated water.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes are not the only pathway from infectious waste to you. Contaminated food, drinking water and the air that we breathe are just as dangerous.

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Microcephaly, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease and other neurodegenerative (brain) diseases are now spread by infectious medical wastes. 

To stop the global epidemic of brain disease, we must stop throwing fuel on the fire. Sewage mismanagement is contaminating food, water and air around the world. It’s spreading infectious waste and infectious diseases. Microcephaly is just the latest symptom of the global problem. Thanks to reckless policies, extreme weather now fans the flames. Tornadoes, floods, droughts and rising tides are pushing tons of sewage further into the lives of everyone. It’s a perfect storm.

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The planet has a record human population competing for limited space and resources. We are producing record volumes of sewage, which includes much more than the obvious. Sewage is now the most toxic, unregulated waste stream in the world. It’s become a deadly cocktail of carcinogens, radionuclides, nerve agents, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors and deadly prions—the deadly pathogen responsible for a spectrum of brain diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE).

The most common forms of TSE 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 forms of prion disease. TSEs also include mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease and many others. It’s also killing sea mammals as oceans around the world continue filling with tons of sewage every day. There is no species barrier to prion disease or toxic exposure.

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The global surge in neurodegenerative disease among people, wildlife and livestock has been in motion for about 25 years thanks to the reckless dumping of sewage and the land application of sewage sludge as a fertilizer. The epidemic is reaching critical mass as neurodegenerative disease is now consuming the brains of the unborn–not just the aged.

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Unfortunately, we are disposing of record quantities of sewage openly in the streets and rivers. We’re dumping tons of it on pastures, farms, parks, golf courses, sporting fields, forests and beyond. This infectious waste runs off into our water supplies. It’s picked up by the wind and carried to points unknown. Reckless practices, such as the land application of sewage sludge, have opened Pandora’s box. It’s causing irreversible, deadly contamination around the world.

Unfortunately, public servants are deliberately sweeping sewage-related risks under the rug. The risk assessments for the land application of sewage sludge, for example, are fraudulent. They were deliberately skewed to overlook proven public health risks, including airborne pathways. Bending the rules with bad science allowed for the creation of a multi-billion dollar industry and a toxic by-product called biosolids. It’s still deadly sewage sludge.

So-called regulators are overlooking deadly and unstoppable prions in sewage. As such, most sewage dumping and wastewater reclamation practices are illegal and should be stopped immediately. Safer alternatives exist.

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Thanks to this fraud, infectious sewage is being dumped openly in our watersheds and directly on crops. The prion pathogen in sewage, for example, migrates, mutates and multiplies. Prions shed from humans are the most aggressive and deadly. Prions demand more respect than radiation because they don’t deplete in the environment. Plus, each victim becomes a prion incubator and distributor. Prions should be locked away and contained. Not openly distributed and consumed by an unsuspecting public.

As warm weather approaches in the northern hemisphere, mosquitoes are awakening, breeding, biting and spreading sewage-borne diseases again. Reckless sewage dumping is creating a public health disaster. The dynamics associated with climate change are compounding the problems of sewage management. Mosquitoes have more fuel than ever. So does the wind and our water. It’s time to stop the mismanagement and misinformation. The stakes have never been higher.

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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.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Spreading Through Sewage, Bodily Fluids

Neurodegenerative Disease The Fastest-Growing Cause Of Death

Approximately 50 million people around the world already have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Thanks to misdiagnoses and misinformation, we don’t understand the full scope of the tidal wave that’s hitting millions of new victims every year.

Alzheimer’s disease is a member of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” In fact, new research from Duke University indicates that caregivers of those with dementia are six times more likely to contract the disease than people who are not caregivers. That number will prove to be much higher.

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The TSE epidemic represents an environmental nightmare that threatens every mammal on Earth. Related diseases are killing wildlife and livestock around the world. Marine mammals also are vulnerable.

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure and there is no species barrier.

TSEs are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). Prion disease is unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through bodily fluids and cell tissue. Prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, restaurants and many other places infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Thanks to modern sewage disposal practices, prions are building up in our water supplies. They also are contaminating our crops, parks and yards.

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Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. Victims of the disease can spread the disease even further via bodily fluids and cell tissue. Victims often are contagious long before they appear sick. Their saliva, urine, blood and feces help spread the pathogen further as they struggle to survive.

Dr. Stanley Prusiner earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for identifying, naming and studying deadly prions. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research. The importance of his research continues to unfold.

Prions and Alzheimer's disease

In June 2012, Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and even ALS are prion diseases similar, if not identical, to CJD in people, mad cow disease in livestock and chronic wasting disease in wildlife. The variations in disease progression could be due to genetics in the patients or mutations in the prion, not different diseases entirely. Prion disease is prion disease.

Although there are many factors contributing to the prion disease epidemic, many lethal pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. As such, we are recycling the pathogen that causes Alzheimer’s right back into our food and water. We’re dumping these killer proteins on crops, parks, golf courses, ski areas and school grounds. Rain and irrigation spread them throughout our communities and watersheds. We’re dumping prions into our food and water supplies with foolish sewage management practices.

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.

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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 human prions in urine. The study has been published in the August 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The good news is that the research offers hope for earlier diagnosis among the millions of people impacted around the world. The discovery can promote earlier intervention and better disease management. It also can help develop screens to protect our blood supplies from donors with prion disease.

The bad news is that prions in urine, mucus, feces and blood underscore the environmental nightmare associated with Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD), Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and prion diseases among livestock and wildlife. Although there are many causes for prion disease, many people and animals are contracting it from environmental exposure (food, water and soil) and then contaminating the environment even more with their own bodily fluids. Once victims die, carcasses also contaminate soil and water.

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“This is the first time that prions have been detected in human urine,” Dr. Soto told Neurology Today.

Soto failed to reference urine and blood studies performed earlier by Ruth Gabizon in 2001 and Reichl in 2002. These studies also detected prions in bodily fluids. Despite that detail, Soto’s findings can help focus global attention on the exploding prion problem.

Additional research has determined that the prion pathogen spreads through feces, saliva, blood, milk, soil, water and the tissue of infected animals and humans. If a single person with prion disease discharges bodily fluids or feces into a public sewer system, that sewage system is permanently infected and the amount of contamination will multiply and intensify daily. Everything discharged from that sewage system—reclaimed water and biosolids—can spread the contamination even further.

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Once a prion reaches the soil, that soil is permanently contaminated and the entire watershed (water) below that point is at risk forever. Dr. Soto also announced recently that at least some plants grown in sewage sludge and other mediums contaminated with infectious prions can uptake those prions and become infectious. If your food and water is generated in such a watershed, you have a higher risk of contracting prion disease with every sip of water or every bite of food produced locally.

With the help of weather, prions can migrate through wind and water. Rain and snow can rinse them into surface water, groundwater, streams, ponds, lakes, and oceans. Wildlife, livestock and humans can ingest prions from soil, water and food. We can’t afford to take the risk of further contaminating entire watersheds – increasing the pathway to humans, livestock, and wildlife downstream.

Valley Fever caused by land application of sewage sludge

This transmissible family of disease is unstoppable for many reasons. In addition, once items are exposed to victims of prion disease, they can never be sterilized again.

Because of these factors and others, we have an epidemic of prion disease exploding around the world right now. The epidemic is worse in some regions of the world than others. For example, the death rate for Alzheimer’s is higher in Finland than any other country in the world. Iceland and the United States are runners up. In fact, the death rate for Alzheimer’s is higher in Washington state than any other known region in the world. These vast discrepancies can only be explained by environmental factors, including food, water and air pathways. Sewage disposal that contaminates local food and water supplies is likely part of the problem.

Alzheimer’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are indistinguishable. They are essentially the same disease. Medical professionals cannot tell the difference and it’s commonly known in the medical industry that the diagnoses are only a guess and that misdiagnoses are common—if there’s even a substantial difference between Alzheimer’s and CJD. It appears that CJD is caused by a more aggressive mutation of prion than Alzheimer’s, but a deadly prion is a deadly prion. There is no reason to believe that some prions behave differently than others in disease transmission and progression.

The urine and sewage connection helps explain why the global epidemic is exploding. More than 50 million people around the world are known to have these neurodegenerative diseases today. Millions more have the disease, but don’t know it, yet. In addition to these people, millions of infected people around the world have used our sewage systems over the past century. Millions more are using them today. It’s impossible to neutralize or stop prions in even the most sterile environments, including hospitals. It’s ludicrous to think that treated sewage water or biosolids are prion-free. Especially since prions from people are much more infectious than those found in other species (prions become more aggressive as they work their way up the food chain).

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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 sewage processing plants. This lack of directive allows budget-strapped states and counties to regulate the practices in a variety of ways that best suit local municipalities and industries.

Dr. Soto’s test changes that equation. Now, the EPA can’t plead ignorance to the dangers of prions in biosolids and reclaimed sewage water. Sewage dumped at sea must be reconsidered. Prions should again be classified as a select agent by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control. Similar measures should be enacted around the world immediately. Failure to act responsibly is suicide.

Unfortunately, testing will confirm that every sewage system in the world has served people with Alzheimer’s disease and CJD. As such, prions have been incubating, multiplying and migrating out of these systems for many years. The problem is intensifying within and beyond these sewage systems every day.

According to the U.S. EPA, “Prions are extremely resistant to inactivation by ultraviolet light, irradiation, boiling, dry heat, formaline, freezing, drying and changes in pH. Methods for inactivating prions in infected tissues or wastes include incineration at very high temperatures and alkaline hydrolysis.” They didn’t mention hydrogen peroxide, which is how some toilet-to-tap programs hope to kill deadly prions. 

The EPA National Water Research Compendium 2009-2014 lists prions eight times as an emerging contaminant of concern in sewage sludge (biosolids), water and manure. The EPA issued what it calls the “Sludge Rule,” which basically disclaims any responsibility for its questionable risk assessments regarding biosolids. The EPA reserves the right to adjust these risk assessments, however, as the test of time disproves its pseudo-science.

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Prion researcher Dr. Joel Pedersen, from the University of Wisconsin, found that prions become 680 times more infective in certain soils. Pedersen’s research also found that sewage treatment does not inactivate prions.

“Our results suggest that if prions enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would bond to 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.”

“Since it’s unlikely that the sewage treatment or pellet production processes 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.

Meanwhile, we’re spreading tons of biosolids (sewage sludge) on farmland every day to produce our food. Organic food operations, including fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy are not immune to prion exposure. Research confirms that plants uptake prions and prions certainly contaminate leafy matter and the skin of fruits and vegetables upon contact.

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We’re dumping biosolids on parks and golf courses and our backyards where we live and play. Coastal cities and ocean vessels dump their sewage right into the ocean, where prions can enter the food chain again, while washing back on our favorite beaches.

We’re dumping millions of tons of contaminated sewage into the oceans, rivers and on cropland around the world every day. We’re spraying reclaimed wastewater on our parks, golf courses and crops. In some cases, people are drinking reclaimed wastewater that has been recycled to their taps. Municipalities, water companies and sewage districts face new liabilities as never seen before.

The new urine study primarily references what is called variant CJD (vCJD is the supposed strain of prion that causes mad cow disease). I argue that a deadly prion is a deadly prion and all prion diseases should be managed assuming that prions are in the urine of all victims. There is no species barrier. There is no cure. There is no reason to assume that prion diseases referred to as Alzheimer’s, CJD, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and others are different from each other.

Based on this premise, caregivers and family members must arm themselves with facts that can save their lives. Simple acts can expose family and caregivers to the prion contagion. For example, many household items, including utensils and dishes that belong to people who have Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s are likely infected from saliva. It’s unsafe for others to use these items and people should not donate them to charity.

Despite the mass confusion and concern regarding prion disease, protective and sterilization protocols for Alzheimer’s and CJD are not the same and millions of people are being exposed to prion disease because of false securities. CJD is just the tip of a deadly, incurable iceberg and we all should sit up and pay attention right now. We’re recklessly allowing caregivers and stakeholders to expose themselves and others to the problem.

Although there are multiple causes of, and pathways for, prion disease, reckless policies around the world are contributing to the unstoppable epidemic. It’s spreading further every day. Stakeholders must arm themselves with facts that can promote reform because all infected mammals shed infectious prions in their blood, saliva, mucus, urine and feces. Prions also have been found in milk. In essence, the entire body of a victim is contaminated and must be managed accordingly.

With these risks in mind, we need many reforms to safeguard human health and environmental pathways. We are experts on the issue of prion disease, pathway management. We have influenced public opinion and public policy around the world. Please join us in the pursuit of truth and reform.

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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.

Source: http://ijpr.org/post/drought-gives-california-cities-reason-reuse-sewage-water

Victoria, B.C. Upholds Ban On Sewage Sludge

Sewage, Biosolids, Reclaimed Wastewater Spreading Infectious Waste

Editor’s Note: Deadly prions are found in the urine, feces, blood, saliva and tissue of human and animals infected with prion disease, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Wasting disease, and Mad Cow disease. Infected fluids from hospitals, dental offices, morgues, crematories, slaughterhouses, and more make it to many local sewage plants. Prions are unstoppable. Sewage treatment has little, if any effect on prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA or the Canadian government agencies. Therefore, prions survive and live on through sewage sludge and reclaimed water. Prion diseases are recycled when sewage sludge and reclaimed water are applied to crops, parks, golf courses and beyond. Many areas are even reclaiming sewage water and sending it to the taps in homes. This is a really bad idea.

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When sewage is applied to land, the prions are washed into groundwater, creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans. A new study from the University of Wisconsin has found that plants (vegetables and crops used for animal feed) exposed to prions, become infected with prions and can transmit deadly prion disease. Therefore, applying human sewage from thousands of people infected with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is transmitting deadly prions directly into our food and water supply. Cheers to Victoria, B.C. for having the vision and courage to reject the BS and pathogens being spread by the sewage industry and many regulators around the world. In fact, sewage sludge is likely contributing to the spread of Chronic Wasting disease. Though not the only cause of prion disease, pissing in the pool in the age of a deadly prion epidemic is not a good idea. It’s time to rethink and reform sewage disposal policies around the world. The epidemic is real. More than 40 million people around the world have dementia now and it’s expected to get much worse. Prion diseases are always deadly. There is no prevention other than your wits. There is no cure. The book available on this website goes into much more detail.

In a move projected to add millions of dollars to the cost of treating Greater Victoria’s sewage, Capital Regional District politicians Wednesday overwhelmingly decided against overturning a 2011 ban on treating land with sewage sludge. The decision came after some six hours of presentations and debate. More than a dozen residents spoke in opposition to the change.

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CRD staff had recommended that directors reconsider the policy, which would have maintained a ban on applying biosolids on agricultural land used for food production, but would have opened the door for use in applications such as silviculture, mine reclamation, fertilizer soil amendments, landscaping and forage crops. But many directors said changing the policy wasn’t worth the risk.

“At the end of the day, I’ve got more questions than answers,” said North Saanich director Ted Daly. “I think based on the information I’ve heard today, I feel, personally, there’s more downside than upside to reverse our policy.”

Highlands alternate director Karel Roessingh said the potential liability issues are huge.

“This has the potential to be something that you just can’t clean up, and that worries me — that the metals will gather and things that we don’t know are in the stuff will gather. It’s like the plastic in the ocean. It’s something you just cannot deal with,” he said.

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The CRD banned use of sludge on land in 2011 amid worries that farmland and the food grown on it could be polluted by pharmaceuticals and heavy metals. Then the CRD planned to dry the sludge left over from sewage treatment as fuel for cement kilns. But experts say the market for it simply isn’t there. Without a buyer, and the policy banning land application in place, staff say there are few options. The policy change would have brought the CRD in line with what staff said is common practice throughout North America.

“The science coming out of peer-reviewed, established research programs indicates that biosolids applications that follow regulatory guidance and best-management practices do not result in adverse effects to the environment or human health,” the staff report said.

Langford director Denise Blackwell said she supported the change.

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“To me, the information that I’ve seen by credible scientists … leads me to believe we should give ourselves more options,” Blackwell said.

The move also had the potential to eliminate the need for a $35-million biosolids drying facility, the report said.

And Brenda Eaton, chairwoman of the civilian commission overseeing the sewage treatment project, warned failure to change the policy could mean the treatment project budget might have to be increased by $38 million to build an incinerator to burn the sludge.

But some CRD directors warned that changing the policy would have the effect of turning over the decision of whether to allow land application of sludge to the commission.

To do that, said Metchosin Mayor John Ranns, would be “utterly irresponsible.”

“I have seen absolutely no evidence that the public wants this,” Ranns said. “This is strictly the commission wanting to save a buck — and I can’t blame them for that, but our responsibility goes far beyond that.”

Source: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/crd-directors-uphold-ban-on-applying-sewage-sludge-to-land-1.679153