Food Safety Not Stopping Alzheimer’s Disease

By Helane Shields,

Mad Cow Prions In Your Veggies? Infectious mad cow prions are in the sewage sludge (biosolids) being used to “fertilize” food crops around the world.

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 infectious prions from grass and other vegetation fertilized with sludge and transport the prions to humans and animals who eat the grass and other crops and vegetation.

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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. Wastewater treatment, cooking, boiling, autoclaving, etc. do not inactivate prions.

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.   Sewage 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.

Alzheimer’s Disease is vastly underreported – most death certificates list pneumonia as the cause of death. It’s also transmissible. Parkinson’s – another underreported prion disease – has claimed over a million victims. And Dr. David Westaway, Prion Institute, Alberta, Canada, believes Autism, another epidemic which afflicts over one million children, may also be a prion disease.  Thus, the human sources of prions in sewage sludge are enormous and prion disease epidemics are sweeping the country.

For complete details, including my petition to the FDA to end their unholy alliance with the EPA (and waste industry) and to terminate the spreading of prion infected sewage sludge on food crops :


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More Thoughts About Prions In Food

Deadly prions have been found in muscle, blood, lymph and milk from mammals. Infected cattle have killed people. Even though the meat industry removes some high-risk material from the carcasses, it’s impossible to remove it all in a sterile manner. The removal process itself is known to spread risk material throughout the carcass. Plus, the tongues of infected animals appear to be reservoirs for prions. Beef tongue is still sold and consumed around the globe.

For years, industry experts and government regulators insisted that infectious prions could not be found in the blood or muscle of most mammals—except for those prions already found in infected sheep and goats. As you might guess, prions have since been found in blood and muscle of human CJD victims and in the leg muscle of infected deer. It’s safe to assume that prions are in the muscle, brain, and bodily fluids of all victims, including the prime cuts from livestock.

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Due to the severity, it’s time to admit that prion disease is prion disease—regardless of the species impacted. There are enough serious similarities in the disease characteristics and progressions that we can’t afford to demand proof (and consume valuable time) or verify every detail on every species. If the disease exhibits certain characteristics in species A, assume that the same characteristic exists in species B-Z and manage accordingly to save time and save lives.

Even organic food supplies are not immune from the prion problem. For example, if an organic farm is downstream from a traditional farm that once had an animal with BSE, the water runoff from the contaminated farm will expose the organic operation downstream to deadly prions forever.

Let’s assume that everything that the beef and dairy industries, and the USDA, have said about the 2012 example of mad cow disease is true. The tested animal was sent to a rendering plant and was never destined for the food supply. How much milk did that dairy cow produce before it exhibited clinical signs of the deadly disease? Where did that milk go? On what date was this sick dairy cow withdrawn from the production line? We know that animals are contagious, and shed prions via bodily fluids, including milk, long before they start stumbling from the disease. It may have infected the milk production/collection system at the dairy. It’s milk could have contaminated storage and transportation containers. It’s milk could have exposed thousands of people and the contamination could be spreading even more prions every day. How many other dairy cows are infected with this fatal and contagious disease, but don’t exhibit the clinical signs, yet? How much milk are these animals producing every day? Was this dairy quarantined and shut down due to permanent contamination?

Unfortunately the U.S. and Canada do not test enough livestock to be able to make a credible “food safety” claim. The meat industry has a long history of denigrating, ridiculing and threatening “science” that might impact their markets. Canada and the U.S. reluctantly began expanding minimal BSE testing programs after several positive findings starting in 2003. The levels of testing were substantially below those undertaken by Europe & Japan, and well below those recommended by the “expert panel.” The testing levels have been cut even further.

Industry and regulatory spokesmen insist that when processing beef, the risk of infection is eliminated with the removal of SRM (specified risk materials). SRM generally includes various parts of the central nervous system including backbone, brain, spleen and tonsils. The removal of SRM is often described as a “firewall” that makes meat safe. The reality is that removing this high-risk material is far from surgical and often spreads the high-risk tissue throughout the carcass. A survey by the USDA in 2003 found that about 35 percent of ground beef randomly tested in the U.S. contained “unacceptable levels” of brain material, which tells you that meat processors aren’t running a surgical operation by any means when brain material makes it into hamburger.

Meat processors claim that high-risk tissue is removed from all animals slaughtered for human consumption. Observation of cuts with the backbone in at the meat counter proves otherwise. Plus, beef tongue is still commonly sold and consumed around the world. Deadly prions are in saliva and accumulate in the tongue. This beef product should be banned and treated as SRM.

Europe and Japan have detected BSE in animals as young as 20 months. An “expert panel” recommended removing SRM from any animal above 12 months of age. Despite this evidence and guidance, North American regulators decided that SRM only exists in animals above 30 months of age. The calf born to an infected mother is likely infected before birth. Under the current regulations, such an animal would be off of the radar for 30 months.

Despite research that indicates the presence of SRM in meat where removal had supposedly taken place, and despite reports from Europe of the difficulty in removing all nervous system tissue, some countries are not regulating the removal of SRM. Other risks continue in the use of meat-based feed that still directly and indirectly results in cows eating cows.

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