Prion Contamination Causes Neurodegenerative Disease
There are more than 50 million people dying of Alzheimer’s disease today. According to official estimates, there are almost 8 million new cases of dementia diagnosed around the globe each year—a new case every four seconds. The actual number of cases, including undiagnosed and misdiagnosed people could be double that amount.
These numbers are expected to double every 20 years due to a booming elderly population and environmental contamination that’s contributing to the spread of Alzheimer’s disease and related maladies. Some regions of the world are being struck much worse than others. Finland and Iceland top the list.
Although there are many causes of Alzheimer’s disease and related neurological disorders, mismanagement is one of the largest contributors to the epidemic now. As we explain below, infectious waste and other vectors are exposing millions of healthy people, wildlife and livestock to an unstoppable pathogen and incurable disease.
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy
Alzheimer’s disease is a member of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” Related diseases are killing wildlife and livestock. As we explain below, the TSE epidemic represents an environmental nightmare that threatens every mammal on Earth.
TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. TSEs also include mad cow disease. Deer get the same death sentence, but it’s called chronic wasting disease. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure and there is no species barrier. However, wolves and other canines could be resistant.
TSEs are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). TSEs, also known as prion disease, are 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. 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.
Alzheimer’s disease is named after German psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer examined the brain tissue of a woman who died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. Her brain had abnormal accumulations of proteins, which is now known as one of the main features of the disease.
These toxic proteins include a variation of protein called a prion (pronounced PREE-on). Prions are associated with an entire family of disease called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE).
“The (human) brain diseases caused by prions includes Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and other disorders known as frontotemporal dementias,” said Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, who earned a Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1997 for discovering deadly prions. U.S. President Barack Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 for his vital work. Prions are not science fiction.
People can acquire deadly prion proteins in a variety of ways, including food, water, dental procedures, surgery, blood donations and more. Unfortunately, victims of prion disease spread the pathogen through their bodily fluids and cell tissue. Prions mutate, migrate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency.
Although there are many causes of Alzheimer’s and other prion diseases, the epidemic is being mismanaged on many levels 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 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 prions, which means that they survive the brief process and end up on golf courses and farms through reclaimed water and biosolids (sewage sludge).
New research confirms that plants exposed to prions become contaminated and deadly carriers of the disease. Crops grown in sewage sludge and reclaimed water can become contaminated with prions. So does surface water runoff after rains and snows. That runoff carries deadly prions into streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans. Prions now threaten our drinking waters and much much more thanks to the surface applications of biosolids and reclaimed sewage water.
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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.