Biosolids Spreading Deadly Prions
Norway confirmed its first cases of mad cow disease in history last week (followed by its first case of chronic wasting disease in reindeer), while Canada confirmed yet another case in Alberta today. It’s the first case to be reported in Canada since 2011. These reported cases are just the tip of a bigger iceberg that is spreading like wildfire through the environment, including our food and water supplies. The prion pathogen is spreading unchecked, while killing mammals around the globe, including humans. Denial and mismanagement are making the epidemic worse every day.
The technical term for prion disease is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”
TSEs are known as Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and kuru in humans. There is little, if any, difference because prion disease is a spectrum disease that’s only distinguished by the severity of symptoms. Doctors are merely guessing upon each diagnosis. Parkinson’s disease also appears to be on the prion spectrum.
TSEs also are known as mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep. We also know TSEs as chronic wasting disease in deer, including elk, moose and now reindeer. The disease has been found in many mammals, including dolphins, cats, mink and elephants. It’s likely killing whales and other sea mammals, since all mammals appear to be vulnerable to prion disease.
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, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). 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 Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is at the extreme end of the spectrum. Prusiner’s science is being ignored and we are facing a public health disaster because of the negligence.
People and animals dying of prion disease contaminate the environment around them because prions are in the urine, feces, blood, mucus and saliva of each victim. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems and their by-products. Each victim becomes an incubator and a distributor of the Pandora-like pathogen. 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. Sewage from hospitals, nursing homes, slaughterhouses, morgues, mortuaries, veterinarians and other high-risk places enters the same sewage system. Wastewater treatment plants can’t detect or neutralize deadly prions.
“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. A second study by the same scientist in early 2016 adds to the stack of evidence. 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.