Is Alzheimer’s A Transmissible Disease

Science, Evidence Proving That Alzheimer’s Disease Is Transmissible

If you think that you and your family are immune to the surging epidemic of neurodegenerative disease, think again. Neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. It’s getting worse every day thanks to mismanagement and misinformation.

Infectious proteins known as prions are involved with most forms of neurodegenerative disease. Prion disease is known in neurology as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” The global epidemic has more to do with the prion contagion than age.

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. Prusiner claims that all TSEs, including Alzheimer’s disease, are caused by prions.

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President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research. According to Prusiner, TSEs are a spectrum disease. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is extremely aggressive and extremely transmissible, is at the extreme end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, Prusiner’s science is being ignored and we are facing a public health disaster because of the negligence.

Neurologists are just guessing when they make a diagnosis on the prion spectrum. If the patient exhibits memory problems, they are labeled with Alzheimer’s disease. If they have a movement disorder, they are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. If the person exhibits extreme symptoms of both, they are diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). It’s far from a science.

According to neuroscientist Laura Manuelidis, at least 25 percent of Alzheimer’s diagnoses are wrong. These misdiagnoses are actually CJD, which is further up the prion spectrum. CJD, without dispute, is extremely infectious to caregivers and loved ones.

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Neurologists don’t know where along the spectrum the disease becomes transmissible. The entire spectrum could represent a transmissible disease. Unfortunately, neurologists are not warning these patients and their caregivers about the risks of exposure. Even those with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are not quarantined. They are sent home, where they can infect friends, family, caregivers, clinics, dental offices, restaurants and entire communities.

“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. “In fact, this ability to transmit an abnormal conformation is probably a universal property of amyloid-forming proteins (prions).”

A study published in the journal Nature renews concern about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease between people. A second study released in early 2016 by the same scientist adds to the stack of evidence.

Studies confirm that people and animals dying of prion disease contaminate the environment around them with prions because prions are in the urine, feces, blood, mucus and saliva of each victim. Each victim becomes an incubator and a distributor of the Pandora-like pathogen. Victims are contagious long before they exhibit clinical symptoms.

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At the personal level, this is very bad news for caregivers, especially spouses, who are 600 percent more likely to contract neurodegenerative disease from patients (Duke University and Utah State University). A cough, sneeze, utensils and drinking glasses all become lethal pathways. Once an item is contaminated, it’s impossible to sterilize. The human prion is resistant to both heat and chemicals. It’s reported that prions released from people are up to a hundred thousand times more difficult to deactivate than prions from most animals. Prions are not alive, so they can’t be killed.

Wastewater treatment plants are collecting points for prions from infected humans. The sewage treatment process can’t stop prions from migrating, mutating and multiplying before being discharged into the environment where they can kill again. The bad news is that the prions are being released back into the environment and dumped openly on land. The wastewater is being reclaimed and used for irrigating crops, parks, golf courses. It’s even being recycled as drinking water.

Claudio Soto, PhD, professor of neurology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues confirmed the presence of prions in urine. Soto also confirmed that plants uptake prions and are infectious and deadly to those who consume the infected plants. Therefore, humans, wildlife and livestock are vulnerable to prion disease via plants grown on land treated with sewage sludge and reclaimed sewage water.

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.

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Thanks to more and more people dying from TSEs, wastewater treatment systems are more contaminated with prions than ever. Wastewater treatment plants are now prion incubators and distributors. The prion problem is getting worse every day.

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and the prion disease epidemic is an area of special expertise. Please contact Gary Chandler to join our coalition for reform gary@crossbow1.com.

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Prion Disease Spreading Through Wastewater Treatment Plants

Alzheimer’s Disease Spreads Through Bodily Fluids

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 calledtransmissible 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 and many other species of mammals. It’s the environmental equivalent of Pandora’s Box.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Alzheimer’s Disease Fueled By Misinformation, Mismanagement

Bodily Fluids Spreading Alzheimer’s Disease

Neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Misinformation and mismanagement are contributing to the surge. Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now. Experts suggest that the prevalence of brain disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner.

Death rates from heart disease and cancer are dropping globally due to advances in nutrition, medicine and disease management. Meanwhile, neurodegenerative disease is exploding. In the U.S., deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while those attributed to heart disease decreased 14 percent. Similar trends are emerging around the world. The reasons are alarming.

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  • Women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men;
  • Spouses of those with Alzheimer’s disease are 600% more likely to contract the disease, which is further evidence that it is a transmissible disease. Caregivers, family members and others are in harm’s way because of disease mismanagement and misinformation; and
  • People in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. Rates in North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington rival the highest rates in the world.

The epidemic is larger than anyone knows. Physicians are withholding millions of diagnoses from patients and their families. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, physicians in the U.S. only inform 45 percent of patients about their Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. The same suppression is likely at work in most countries. Meanwhile, millions of people go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

At a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s disease is already the most expensive disease in the United States. The disease saw a 15.7 percent bump over 2014 numbers–the largest increase of all major causes of death. It accounted for at least 108,227 deaths in the U.S. alone in 2015. A similar pattern is emerging around the globe–some regions much more than others. In the U.S. alone, nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. These costs will continue to rise as baby boomers age and the contagion spreads.

To understand the threat, one must understand the dynamics and scope of the epidemic. Alzheimer’s, for example, is a member of an aggressive family of neurodegenerative diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”

TSEs also include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in the deer family. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure. TSEs are always fatal.

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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. He claims that all TSEs are caused by prions. President Obama awarded Prusiner the National Medal of Science in 2010 to recognize the importance of his research. According to Prusiner, TSEs all are on the same disease spectrum, which is more accurately described as prion (PREE-on) disease. CJD is at the extreme end of the spectrum.

Prions are unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Prions shed from humans are the most deadly mutation. Prions shed from human victims demand more respect than radiation. Infected surgical instruments, for example, are impossible to sterilize and hospitals throw them away. Prions are in the blood, saliva, urine, feces, mucus, and bodily tissue of its victims. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems and their by-products. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators and distributors. The sewage sludge and wastewater released are spreading disease far and wide.

Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Prions are now the X factor. Industry and government are not accounting for prions or regulating them. They are ignoring these deadly proteins completely, which violates the United States’Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. Other nations also are ignoring laws developed to protect food, air and water.

“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. “In fact, this ability to transmit an abnormal conformation is probably a universal property of amyloid-forming proteins (prions).”

A new study published in the journal Nature renews concern about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease between people via saliva, mucus and other bodily fluids (drinking glass, a sneeze, etc.). A second study by the same scientist in early 2016 adds to the stack of evidence. A contaminated home, hospital and nursing home, for example, is essentially impossible to sterilize once contaminated with prions from a victim of the disease.

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According to neuroscientist Laura Manuelidis, at least 25 percent of Alzheimer’s diagnoses are not Alzheimer’s disease. These misdiagnoses are actually CJD, which is further up the prion disease spectrum. CJD, without dispute, is extremely infectious to caregivers and loved ones.

Millions of cases of deadly CJD are being misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. Millions of patients and caregivers are being misinformed, misguided and exposed to an aggressive disease. Misdiagnosis and misinformation regarding prion disease is a matter of life and death. The mismanagement doesn’t end here.

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Drug Companies Abandon Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Alzheimer’s Epidemic Buried Under Inaccurate Death Certificates

By Helane Shieldscshields@tds.net

The most common conventional causes of death in industrialized countries are (1.) cardiovascular disease,(2.) cancer, (3.) Alzheimer’s disease and (4.) accident (in that order). Alzheimer’s victims usually die of pneumonia, a lung condition or a cerebro-vascular condition — so Alzheimer’s victims are often declared to die of other causes.

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Best’s opening statement not only highlights the importance of Alzheimer’s as a major cause of death but also very clearly sets forth the problem error in recording the cause of death. It seems rather clear that this is obviously a major reason for the inadequate funding of research for finding the cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The number of deaths due to Alzheimer’s is grossly understated on official records.

“My great-grandfather died from “Senility.” My grandmother is way, way, way into dementia-Alzheimer’s, who could no longer speak, didn’t know any of us any longer, died of “heart failure.” My aunt, who no longer recognized anyone in her family … died of heart failure. So you’re absolutely right … it isn’t getting its dues as far as cause of death.”

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Drug companies abandon Alzheimer’s research  

Some of Australia’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease say an alarming number of drug companies are abandoning research into drug treatments for dementia. Despite huge advances in neuro-imaging and diagnostic techniques, there’s been little progress when it comes to drugs to fight the disease. Pharmaceutical companies now in retreat cite the huge cost of research and the failure of drug trials to date.’

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“Clinical trial results in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) reported over the past few weeks have been disappointing to both patients and the academic community. The failure of both bapineuzumab (Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson) and solanezumab (Eli Lilly) to improve cognitive function has shown the difficulties inherent in trying to develop drugs to treat AD.”

 Sanofi Abandons Alzheimer’s Research

“Science isn’t advanced enough to justify the costs to develop a [Alzheimer’s] drug,” says Sanofi CEO, Chris Viehbacher.”

“I think we have to do a lot more basic science work to understand what’s going on,” Viehbacher said in the interview at an industry event in San Diego. “We really, at best, partially understand the cause of the disease. It’s hard to come up with meaningful targets.”

Drug companies ‘giving up’ on Alzheimer’s treatment after series of expensive failed trials

Leading pharmaceutical companies are ‘giving up’ on a cure for Alzheimer’s after the failure of several high-profile trials. “Drug firms are scaling down the search for new Alzheimer’s treatments after spending millions on late-stage trials which have collapsed in the past five years.

“Last month Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson pulled the plug on the experimental drug bapineuzumab after the failure of two high-profile clinical trials.’

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Scientists who agree with Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner that Alzheimer’s is a prion disease:

Manuelidis, et al, 1989; Bendixen, 1996; Boller, et al, 1989, 1995; Harrison, 1991; Teixeira, 1995;  Warren, et al, 2005, Glenn Millhauser, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSC.

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Mad Cow Prions In Your Vegetables

Sewage Sludge Puts Food, Water Supplies In Jeopardy

By Helane Shields, email hshields@tds.net

Infectious prions are in the sewage sludge being used to fertilize food crops across America and around the world. So-called biosolids and the reckless dumping of unregulated toxic waste are contributing to a global spike in neurodegenerative disease among people, wildlife and livestock.

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In 1981, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cut a deal to dispose of sewage sludge as a soil amendment to grow human and animal crops, including wheat, corn and soybeans (basic ingredients in all of the food lining supermarket shelves), and sorgum (animal feeds). A recent study confirms that plants uptake and transport prions.

Prions are indestructible infectious proteins in brains which cause mad cow disease, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Wasting Disease (in deer), and other human and animal diseases.   Temperatures exceeding 1800 F are necessary to reduce prion infectivity. Cooking, boiling, autoclaving, etc. do not inactivate prions.

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Prion disease victims shed infectious prions in their urine and feces. The Alzheimer’s epidemic in the United States has claimed over 6 million victims who are excreting infectious prions into public sewers.   Wastewater treatment plants produce 7 million metric tons each year of the sewage sludge (biosolids), which contains nitrogen and phosphorus – hence, its disposal on land as fertilizer is the cheapest way to get rid of it.

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Alzheimer’s disease is vastly underreported. In fact, most death certificates list pneumonia as the cause of death when people die of Alzheimer’s disease. Parkinson’s – another prion disease – has claimed over a million victims. Autism, another epidemic which afflicts children, may also be a prion disease. Thus, the human sources of prions in sewage sludge are enormous.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Caused By Mismanaged Sewage, Biosolids, Wastewater

Neurological Disease Spreading To Food, Water Supplies via Sewage

Approximately 44 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.

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. The TSE epidemic represents an environmental nightmare that threatens every mammal on Earth.

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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, golf courses, parks and yards.

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.

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Barack Obama honors Dr. Stanley Prusiner for his research on prions and prion 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.

Prions Found In All Bodily Fluids, Tissue

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. 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 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, mucas, 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.

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

Dr. Claudio Soto prion research

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, thatsewage system is permanently infected and the amount of contamination will multiply and intensify daily. Everything discharged from that sewage system—reclaimed waterand biosolids—can spread the contamination even further.

Once a prion reaches the soil, that soil is permanently contaminated and the entire watershed (water) below that point is at risk forever. If your food and water is generated in that 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.

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 44 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).

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.

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.

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.

 

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Reused Water, Biosolids Adding Fuel To Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic

Deadly Proteins Unstoppable In Biosolids, Reused Water

San Diego’s City Council approved plans to reuse sewage water into drinking water. It’s a growing trend that short-sells a proven health risk associated with deadly proteins.

In my opinion, San Diego joined a growing global movement in what could become a human health disaster. The move could be a death sentence for millions of people who will drink reclaimed wastewater. That same water will contaminate their homes, gardens and offices with a highly contagious and unstoppable pathogen called a prion–an infectious form of protein. The exposure can cause neurological disorders in mammals, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alzheimer’s disease is spreading through food and water. Mismanaged sewage is part of the problem.

The project, dubbed Pure Water San Diego, is expected to provide more than a third of the city’s potable water by 2035. When Pure Water is built out in 20 years, it is should generate 83 million gallons a day of “clean” water.

The system starts with micro-filtration, where rows of plastic tubes and straws filter out microbes and other contaminants. The big stuff.

The water then goes through reverse-osmosis to screen out organic material, salts and other solids. But all pathogens still are essentially untreated.

The last step is a combination of ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide to kill anything left. Pathogens resistant to UV light or hydrogen peroxide are destined for your tap.

As any surgeon worth his or her salt can tell you, UV light and hydrogen peroxide can kill many things if properly exposed, but they can’t kill a prion. In fact, there is not any known treatment in the world that is 100 percent effective against deadly prions in any environment, especially water. Hospitals safely discard surgical instruments used on patients with prion disease. Prions are more likely to migrate, mutate and multiply than be neutralized (they aren’t a virus or bacteria, so they can’t be killed).

The “treated” water from the proposed San Diego system could be mixed into the San Vicente Reservoir and piped to customers, or the city could route the water directly into the distribution system. Once exposed to deadly prions, the waterways will be contaminated forever–serving as incubators and distributors of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

reused wastewater and public health threat

Is it really safe to drink reclaimed human sewage? Not if you hope to avoid deadly neurological disorders. prions are unstoppable.

The Orange County water reclamation program was recently featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Reporter Lesley Stahl bravely drank a sample of treated sewage water during the story. As she explained, San Diego won’t be the first to drink its own sewage. A number of other cities around the world have already sold their souls down the river based on half-truths and misinformation. Orange County, for example, recycles 70 million gallons a day to potable. It’s expanding capacity to 100 million gallons per day.

The Problem With Prions and Prion Disease

If not for one tiny detail, I would be more open-minded and supportive of the practice of recycling wastewater. That microscopic detail is called a prion—the deadly and unstoppable protein behind the exploding Alzheimer’s epidemic, mad cow disease and other neurological disorders that are killing millions of people, wildlife and livestock around the world.

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

The bad news is that prions in urine 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.

“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.

prions and prion disease

Barack Obama honors Dr. Stanley Prusiner for his research on prions and prion disease.

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.

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.

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.

Once a prion reaches the soil, that soil is permanently contaminated and the entire watershed below that point is at risk forever. If your food and water is generated in that watershed, you have a higher risk of contracting prion disease.

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.

Because of these factors and others, we have an epidemic of prion disease 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.

The scientific name for prion disease is Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” TSEs include Alzheimer’s, mad cow, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), chronic wasting, Huntington’s, scrapie and possibly Parkinson’s. 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.

The urine and sewage connection helps explain why the global epidemic is exploding. More than 44 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).

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 be classified as a select agent again 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.

“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.

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 Sludge Rule Overrules The Golden Rule

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.

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.”

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.

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. That includes Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

https://www.academia.edu/9711886/Alzheimers_Disease_Fueled_By_Mismanaged_Sewage

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Does Recycled Wastewater Cause Alzheimer’s Disease

Deadly Protein Unstoppable In Sewage

The San Diego City Council approved plans to recycle sewage water into drinking water this week. The move likely failed to account for a proven health risk.

In my opinion, San Diego joined a growing global movement in what could become a human health disaster. The move is a death sentence for millions of people who will drink reclaimed wastewater and contaminate their homes, gardens and offices with a highly contagious and unstoppable pathogen called a prion. The exposure can cause neurological disorders in mammals, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Pure Water San Diego human health threat

Is it really safe to drink reclaimed human sewage? Not if you hope to avoid Alzheimer’s disease.

The “treated” water from the proposed San Diego system could be mixed into the San Vicente Reservoir and piped to customers, or the city could route the water directly into the distribution system. Once exposed to deadly prions, the waterways will be contaminated forever–serving as incubators and distributors of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The Orange County water reclamation program was recently featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Reporter Lesley Stahl bravely drank a sample of treated sewage water during the story. As she explained, San Diego won’t be the first to drink its own sewage. A number of other cities around the world have already sold their souls down the river based on half-truths and misinformation. Orange County, for example, recycles 70 million gallons a day to potable. It’s expanding capacity to 100 million gallons per day.

Alzheimer's caused by sewage

The Alzheimer’s disease epidemic. Sewage spreads the unstoppable pathogen.

Prions and Prion Disease

If not for one tiny detail, I would be more open-minded and supportive of the practice of recycling wastewater. That microscopic detail is called a prion—the deadly and unstoppable protein behind the exploding Alzheimer’s epidemic, mad cow disease and other neurological disorders that are killing millions of people, wildlife and livestock around the world.

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

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Caregivers Warned To Treat Alzheimer’s As Transmissible Disease

Disease Deadly, Unstoppable

If one Alzheimer’s author and advocate is right, millions of caregivers and family members around the world are putting themselves and even others at risk while caring for Alzheimer’s patients. A new book by Crossbow’s Gary R. Chandler explains why some, if not all, forms of Alzheimer’s are contagious. Caregivers and family members must follow strict guidelines to avoid high-risk pathways.

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Alzheimer’s: A Survivor’s Guide explains that some, if not all, forms of dementia are contagious. This book explores Alzheimer’s as part of a protein epidemic. It makes several critical points and asks some challenging questions about a form of killer protein called a prion (pronounced PREE-on).

Alzheimer’s deaths in the U.S. alone increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010. During that same time, deaths from other major diseases, including heart disease and cancer, decreased significantly. Most developed countries are making progress on all health fronts, except for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. (Even autism could share a common thread.)

Meanwhile, government officials around the world are predicting that the numbers of living victims will triple, if not more, within a decade or two. Meanwhile, millions more will die each year of the deadly disease.

“In my opinion, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders such as Mad Cow disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Chronic Wasting disease all are being mismanaged around the world,” Chandler said. “The outbreaks all started about the same time. All are deadly. None are curable. All are caused by deadly proteins. The correlations speak volumes. Plus, even the healthcare experts at hospitals continue exposing innocent patients to deadly prions. It’s happening more than is being reported — and quite a few are being reported.”

One of the reasons for alarm is that most doctors can’t tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and it’s more aggressive cousin Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). CJD is indisputably contagious. CJD often is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s — if there is any difference at all. If for no other reason, Alzheimer caregivers should manage against the high rate of misdiagnosis. However, if Alzheimer’s is a prion disease as Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner suggests, that puts the disease in the family known as TSEs – transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Note the first word of that phrase. This deadly family includes CJD, mad cow disease, scrapie and chronic wasting disease. The diseases are unstoppable as the victims contaminate their surroundings with urine, feces, saliva, mucas, blood, milk, and cell tissue. This isn’t science fiction.

For more information and to join our new Alzheimer’s advocacy campaign, contact Chandler at http://crossbowcommunications.com/crossbow-unveils-fundraiser-for-alzheimers-research/

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Alzheimer’s Disease Being Recycled Via Human Sewage

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 process and end up on golf courses and farms through reclaimed water and biosolids (sludge). Now, they are destined for more and more taps around the world through reclaimed water and “toilet to taps” programs.

sewage water and disease.

Recycling sewage water and disease–not a good idea.

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. 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.

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 likley contributing to the spread of Chronic Wasting disease.

Though not the only cause of prion disease, pissing in the proverbial 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.

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.

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