There might not be a difference between Alzheimer’s disease and the more-feared Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) at all. That is very bad news for millions of caregivers and community members around the world.
Alzheimer’s disease and CJD are both members of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”
CJD is without question the most infectious and aggressive form of prion disease in humans. Unfortunately, doctors cannot distinguish between the two diseases and neither can anyone else. Meanwhile, the protocol for patient care and hazardous waste is vastly different. I argue that the protocols should be identical for many reasons.
Scenario One: When a person with CJD is diagnosed, they are walking disasters because they contaminate everything in their path. Everything in their wake is exposed. Hospitals will take great precautions when handling a confirmed CJD patient. All exposed equipment becomes disposable. Unfortunately, they don’t pass along this advice to family members and caregivers. These patients proceed to contaminate their homes, communities, sewers and beyond.
Scenario Two: When a person with CJD is misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers and the community at large put their guard down because transmission has never been discussed with Alzheimer’s disease. The patient continues to visit restaurants and dentists. They donate blood. They can donate organs in many countries. They discharge sewage. The contamination spreads.
Scenario Three: If there is no difference between CJD and Alzheimer’s disease, we are making many mistakes on many levels. I argue that a deadly prion is a deadly prion and there is no difference between any prion disease in any mammal. Any difference in symptoms and speed of decline is due to the mutation of the prion involved, diet and genetics of the victim. Therefore, it’s time to reform many protocols to safeguard health facilities, communities, caregivers and entire watersheds.
To make a complex story short, 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 and many other places infinitely. They migrate, mutate and multiply with unparalleled efficiency. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. People and animals with prion disease represent an environmental nightmare.
Prions mutate as they move through the food chain, which puts animals at the top of the food chain, including humans, at greater risk. In fact, prions discharged from humans are much more voracious than those discharged from other animals. As such, we are recycling the pathogen that causes Alzheimer’s right back into our food and water via biosolids and reused water. We’re dumping these killer proteins on parks, golf courses, ski areas and school grounds.
There is definitely a connection between sewage and prion diseases. Deadly prions are in the blood, urine, feces, saliva and tissue of millions of infected people and animals. Sewage treatment cannot stop the prions discharged by these people every day, which means that deadly prions survive the sewage treatment process. They are pumped and dumped on golf courses and farms through reclaimed water and biosolids (sludge). This foolish practice also could be contributing to the spread of prion disease in wild and farmed deer–known as chronic wasting disease. It also could contribute to prion disease in livestock–known as mad cow disease.
New research confirms that plants exposed to prions become contaminated and deadly carriers of the disease. Crops grown in sewage sludge and irrigation water that flows over these fields becomes contaminated. So does surface water runoff after rains and snows. That runoff carries deadly prions into streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans.
Adding to the insanity, deadly prions are destined for more and more taps around the world through reclaimed water and toilet to tap programs. By recycling disease with sludge and wastewater, the prion pathogen is making its way into drinking water and into food products. We have created Pandora’s Lunchbox with our sewage disposal practices alone. It’s time to reform these practices before the contamination spreads even further. Read more in the book and please advocate for the reform of sewage disposal practices to help stop the Alzheimer’s epidemic.
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.