"There is a scientist named Gary Chandler in CO who has written extensively on this subject. Prions in Sewage Sludge - Alzheimer’s An Infectious Disease | Gary Chandler"
'Teshuva' had linked to this story by Chandler at his blog and of course, I decided to follow up on what Chandler had to say. And while digging into Chandler's claim, that Alzheimer's disease is closely related to 'Mad Cow' disease and that Alzheimer's is indeed 'infectious' and 'contagious', just like 'Mad Cow', I was stunned with the information that he had unearthed.
Dr. Prusiner claims that all TSEs, including Alzheimer’s disease, are caused by prions.
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. (ANP: Image at top of story shows that 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.
That's correct. According to the Nobel Prize winning scientist who discovered and characterized prion diseases, 'Mad Cow' disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease aka CJD), Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are all related. And as Chandler points out in his story, 'Mad Cow' is incredibly contagious. Might Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases be, too?
Chandler continues and reports that 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."
Quoting several different researchers within his story who now agree that Alzheimer's is transmissable to those people who are closest to the patient, the following brief 3 paragraphs explain why there is now so much concern in the medical community.:
“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.
And as we'll see in the next two sections below, there are several potential 'prion time bombs' just waiting to explode upon the American people that nobody had been thinking about until recently.
As we had reported within our February 18th ANP story, chronic wasting disease in deer and other wild animals is a ticking time bomb just ready to explode for agriculture with new evidence that infected protein prions can be shed into the environment via urine, feces, saliva, hair and other cell sloughing, leaving areas potentially contaminated 'forever'.
As we had also reported within that story, prions are one of the hardest things in nature to 'kill' since they are not alive in the first place, able to withstand chemicals and extremely high temperatures that would kill off practically any other kind of pathogen according to this April of 2018 Scientific American story.
So as Chandler reports in his story, infected prions are continually getting back into our environment through the sewage treatment system, discharged back into the environment where they can do their deadly work again. From Chandler.:
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.
“Our results suggest that if prions enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would bond to sewage 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.”
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.
Yet as Chandler reports in his story, very little is being done about these deadly prions getting into our food chain via infected crops and water supplies with Chandler warning the government would rather spend more time and money studying these issues than resolving them. So we'll close with these important words of warning from Gary Chandler's story.:
Exposing crops and livestock to prions is a very bad idea. Plants absorb prions from the soil along with water and nutrient uptake, which makes the prions even more bioavailable and infectious to humans, wildlife and livestock.
Unfortunately, the damage is real. Deer, elk, moose and reindeer are contracting an unstoppable prion disease now. In deer, the government calls prion disease chronic wasting disease. In cattle, prion disease is called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (they might as well call it what it is—transmissible spongiform encephalopathy). Mad cow disease is the term that most of us know. The government pretends that there is a specific prion responsible for each of these diseases. The fact is that there are thousands of mutations of prions spreading in the environment and food chain now. Some kill quickly, while some are less lethal. The only thing that we need to know is that a deadly prion is a deadly prion. There is no species barrier.
If prion disease is killing these animals, livestock are not immune. Beef and dairy cattle are consuming these infected crops and the infected water supplies, too. Since humans are at the top of the food chain, and since we are often downstream from these infected farms, ranches and forests, our food and water supplies are being compromised. Wind and tornadoes transport the infectious waste even further.
So, is Alzheimer’s disease transmissible? Certainly in the more aggressive versions and the ones that should have been diagnosed as CJD. There is absolutely no evidence to the contrary. The truth is your best defense against neurodegenerative disease. It’s time to demand reforms on many levels to safeguard caregivers, family members and our food and water supplies. Despite all of the warning signs, government and industry are insisting that we waste more time, money and lives studying these issues to death. The infection is real. The body count is real. The denial is disturbing.
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