Neurodegenerative Disease Taking Millions Of Lives
Neurodegenerative disease is now the fastest-growing cause of death on the planet. Many factors are contributing to the surge, including misinformation, disinformation and reckless public policies.
Since first characterized by Dr. Lois Alzheimer in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease alone has claimed the lives of millions of people around the world. Alzheimer’s disease is taking the lives of 50-100 million people around the world now. Millions will die of the disease this year, while even more will be diagnosed and misdiagnosed. Millions of others will go undiagnosed.
In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegenerative disease includes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease (GSS), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others. Many of these diseases are related in terms of cause and pathology. The biggest difference between most of the different diseases is the region of the brain that’s under attack. Most forms of neurodegenerative disease will eventually spread throughout the brain, which increases the range of symptoms. According to a Nobel Prize Laureate, all are forms of prion disease. The biggest difference between them is the region of the brain that is under attack and disease progression.
Contrary to popular belief, neurodegenerative disease is not a normal part of aging, but age is a factor. Longevity increases our exposure to neurotoxins. Today, neurodegenerative disease is killing teenagers. The truth is more elusive than a cure.
A variety of factors can trigger neurodegenerative disease, including genetics, head trauma and poor nutrition. Today, however, the greatest factor behind the explosive growth is a neurotoxin that is spreading through our food, water, health systems and beyond. Prions are unstoppable. Misinformation, disinformation, corruption and collusion are compounding the threat.
A prion (pree-on) is a deadly form of protein that infects the entire body, while consuming the brain. Prion disease is clinically known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). As mentioned above, TSEs are transmissible. Most hospitals, neurologists, surgeons, coroners and even morticians are aware of the prion threat. Unfortunately, family members and caregivers are not being warned.
Unfortunately, prion disease is incurable and transmissible.
As this website explains, many forms of neurodegenerative disease are forms of prion disease. The clinical name for prion disease is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). As the name implies, TSEs are transmissible. Prions from victims spread through their bodily fluids and cell tissue.
Since deadly prions spread through the bodily fluids and tissue of those carrying prion disease (milk, blood, saliva, mucus, urine, feces, tissue and skin), that’s a problem. Prions shed from infected humans are highly transmissible.
Prion disease has killed millions of people around the world over the past century. Prion contamination is impacting more people and more families than ever today. It’s also killing livestock, wildlife and sea mammals. The connection is undeniable. Wastewater management, industrial agriculture and modern medicine are spreading these neurotoxins far and wide.
Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are forms of prion disease.
Mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease also are forms of prion disease. Prion contamination from humans has infected wildlife and livestock. Prion contamination from wildlife and livestock has infected humans. It’s a vicious circle. Species barriers against prion disease are a myth.
Supposedly, no one knows the scope of the prion pandemic. The evidence swept under the rug and the global misinformation campaign suggest otherwise. As mentioned earlier, the pandemic is more severe in some regions than others. Waste management is a big part of the equation. Infectious waste. Prions migrate, mutate and multiply. They mutate and strengthen as they move up the food chain.
Finland and Iceland were at the top of the list just a few years ago. Now, countries in the Middle East and Persian Gulf states have the highest prevalence rates. Despite millions of deaths annually, experts predict that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner. In the United States alone, Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013. During that time, deaths from heart disease and cancer declined.
Neurodegenerative disease has been surging around the world for years.
Despite millions of deaths every year, experts suggest that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease alone will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner. In the United States, for example, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 146 percent from 2000 to 2018, while deaths from heart disease decreased 14 percent. Given the vast numbers of people with Alzheimer’s disease who go undiagnosed, the real number is probably double the official statistics. At $355 billion a year, Alzheimer’s disease is already the most expensive disease in the United States. The problem could bankrupt many nations.
Alzheimer’s disease is surging at a rate of at least 15 percent per year in many countries–the largest increase of all major causes of death. It accounted for 121,499 documented deaths (and thousands more of undiagnosed and undocumented ones) in the U.S. alone in 2019. A similar pattern is emerging around the globe–in some regions much more than others. In the U.S., nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. These costs will rise as baby boomers age and the prion contagion spreads, soaring to more than $1 trillion in 2050.
Unfortunately, neurologists have withheld millions of diagnoses from patients and their families. Without such suppression, the public costs outlined above would have been much higher. By suppressing diagnoses, the burden of care is being placed firmly on families instead of insurance companies. According to an investigative report by the Alzheimer’s Association, physicians in the U.S. only inform 45 percent of patients about their Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. In addition to ethical concerns, such suppression helps shade the silent pandemic. Meanwhile, millions more go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed every year.
A groundbreaking study suggested that Alzheimer’s disease actually causes six times more deaths than official statistics indicate. In reality, the study said that Alzheimer’s disease was the underlying cause in more than 500,000 deaths in 2010. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s deaths are often attributed to conditions, such as pneumonia. It appears that more accurate numbers make Alzheimer’s disease the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago led the study and published their results in 2013 in the medical journal Neurology.
The Problem With Prions
Dr. Stanley Prusiner, an American neuroscientist from the University of California at San Francisco, earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering and characterizing deadly prions and prion disease. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research.
In June 2012, Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s and even ALS are prion diseases. Other prion diseases include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in people, mad cow disease in livestock and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wildlife. The variations in disease progression could be due to genetics in the patients or mutations in the prion, not different diseases entirely.
Governments and industry are working diligently to keep prion disease off the public radar because there are few answers. Answers begin with the truth.
It’s virtually impossible to sterilize anything exposed to a person with prion disease. Hospital systems are now on high alert after several cases of prion exposure.
Ignoring the truth about prions on a broader scale is making the pandemic worse. Since prion disease is a transmissible disease, prion contamination via bodily fluids and tissue is a public health threat. Unfortunately, prion disease is being grossly mismanaged around the world in people, wildlife and livestock.
Meanwhile, abnormal proteins also are associated with autism, which began spiking in the 1980s. It’s worse than ever today, but there is no national screening plan in most countries. In fact, it appears that age is the biggest difference between the neurodegenerative disease spectrum and autism spectrum disorders (neurodevelopmental). Both share common environmental causes and pathologies. Plus, CJD is taking the lives of more and more young adults and adolescents. The lines are clearly blurring with time and truth.
Learn more about Dr. Prusiner, prions and prion contamination.
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Gary Chandler is a prion expert. He is the CEO of Crossbow Communications, author of several books and producer of documentaries about health and environmental issues around the world. Chandler is connecting the dots to the global surge in neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and other forms of prion disease. The scientific name for prion disease is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.