Since first characterized by Dr. Lois Alzheimer in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease has claimed the lives of millions of people around the world. The problem continues to escalate. Due to misinformation and mismanagement, some countries have a higher prevalence of the disease than others. The truth is more elusive than a cure.
Neurodegenerative disease is the fastest-growing cause of death on the planet (excluding the coronavirus). Alzheimer’s disease alone is taking the lives of 50-100 million people around the world now. Millions will die of the disease this year, while millions more will be diagnosed and misdiagnosed. Millions of others will go undiagnosed. Contrary to popular belief, neurodegenerative disease is not a normal part of aging. Today, neurodegenerative disease is killing teenagers.
In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegenerative disease includes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others. Most of these diseases are related. The biggest difference is which region of the brain is under attack. Regardless of where neurodegenerative disease starts, it ultimately spreads throughout the brain and body. It’s known as a progressive, wasting disease. No two cases are identical.
The good news is that most cases of neurodegenerative diseases are preventable and treatable. The bad news is that neurodegenerative disease is incurable. In most cases, it’s fatal. As this website explains, many forms of neurodegenerative disease also are known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). As the name implies, TSEs are transmissible.
A variety of factors can trigger neurodegenerative disease, including genetics, head trauma and nutrition. Today, however, the greatest factor behind the explosive growth is a neurotoxin that is spreading through our food, water, health systems and beyond.
Neurodegenerative disease has been surging around the world for the past 30 years. It’s the fastest-growing cause of death and it will soon be the leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s disease alone is taking the lives of 50-100 million people around the world now. Millions will die of the disease this year, while millions more will be diagnosed, misdiagnosed and undiagnosed. The problem is more severe in some countries than others. No one really knows the scope of the epidemic.
A variety of factors can trigger neurodegenerative disease, including genetics, head trauma and neurotoxins. Misinformation and mismanagement are fanning the flames.
Despite millions of deaths, experts suggest that the prevalence of the disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner. Unfortunately, there is a growing stack of evidence that Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain diseases are transmissible. Deadly, self-replicating proteins appear to be one of the common threads. Similar proteins appear to be associated with autism and the childhood cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
The epidemic is worse in some regions of the world than others. 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 soared to the top of the list.
In the United States, for example, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013. During that time, deaths from heart disease decreased 14 percent.
Contrary to popular thought, many forms of brain disease are infectious, including Alzheimer’s disease.
“There has been a resurgence of this sort of thinking, because 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.
Dr. Stanley Prusiner, an American neuroscientist from the University of California at San Francisco, earned a Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering and characterizing prions and prion disease. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research. Important reforms to policies to protect public health, however, have been elusive. In 2019, Dr. Prusiner confirmed that Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are forms of prion disease. Prion disease also is known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”
There are several factors that can contribute to the acquisition of neurodegenerative disease, including age, nutrition, genetics and exposure to prion pathogens.
Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Prions are now the X factor. As such, neurodegenerative disease is spreading like wildfire. Download our eBook to find out more:
- What foods promote the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease?
- What foods can treat the symptoms of neurodegenerative disease?
- Why are women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men?
- Is Alzheimer’s a transmissible disease?
- Why is the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease much higher in some regions and nations than others?
Industry and government are not accounting for prions or regulating them. They are ignoring the threat completely, which violates the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 in the United States. Other nations also are ignoring laws developed to protect food, air, water and citizens.
There are proven strategies to help avert neurodegenerative disease, including smart nutrition, exercise and prion aversion. There is not a cure for prion disease, but smart nutrition can help you avoid the disease and it can ease the symptoms for those who already have it. Preview and order the eBook now to defend yourself and your family.
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.