Alzheimer’s Disease Is Highly Contagious
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other forms of neurodegenerative disease are the fastest-growing causes of death in the world. Most forms of brain disease are preventable, transmissible and treatable with targeted nutrition. That’s the theme for a new book and an upcoming documentary that shine more light on the global epidemic of brain disease.
According to Gary Chandler, author of Beat Brain Disease With Smart Food, Alzheimer’s disease alone is killing 50-100 million people now. Millions more will contract the disease this year, while just as many will go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Millions more will have their diagnosis withheld (which is malpractice not mercy).
Death rates from heart disease and cancer are dropping in many countries due to advances in nutrition, medicine and disease management. Meanwhile, neurodegenerative disease is spreading exponentially. In the U.S., deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while those attributed to heart disease decreased 14 percent. Experts suggest that the prevalence of this neurodegenerative disease will quadruple by 2050, if not sooner.
“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).”
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). The operative word is “transmissible.”
He claims that all TSEs, including Alzheimer’s disease, 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.
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. At the personal level, this is very bad news for caregivers, who are 600 percent more likely to contract the disease from patients. 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.
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.
On a macro level, prion victims are contaminating entire wastewater treatment systems, which proceed to spread widespread contamination when the wastewater and solids are unleashed into the environment where the prions migrate, mutate, multiply and kill again. The sewage treatment process can’t stop prions from migrating, mutating and multiplying before being discharged into the environment where they can kill again.
Claudio Soto, PhD, professor of neurology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his colleagues recently found human prions in urine. Soto also confirmed that plants uptake prions and are infectious and deadly to those who consume them. Humans, wildlife and livestock are vulnerable to prion disease via plants grown on land treated with sewage sludge and reclaimed sewage water.
Thanks to more and more people dying from TSEs, sewage systems are more contaminated with prions than ever. Wastewater treatment systems are now prion incubators and distributors.
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 wastewater treatment plants. Unfortunately, the EPA’s risk assessment on sewage sludge and biosolids were prepared before the world of science knew about prions. The agency continues to cling to it’s antiquated sludge rule crafted back in the dark ages. It does, however, consider prions a “contaminant of emerging concern.” Meanwhile, its outdated risk assessments are promoting a public health disaster.
“Since it’s unlikely that the sewage treatment process 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.
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.”
Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to prion disease, many pathways are being mismanaged. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators. Sewage sludge and wastewater pumped out spread are spreading the disease far, wide and fast. Sewage sludge, biosolids, and reclaimed wastewater are recycling prions from victims into our food and water supplies. The risk assessments prepared by the U.S. EPA for wastewater treatment and sewage sludge are flawed. Many risks are not addressed at all, including prions and radioactive waste. They don’t mention prions or radiation because there is no answer. Most nations are making the same mistake. Failure to account for known risks is negligent. Crops for humans and livestock grown in sewage sludge absorb prions and become infectious.
Each victim becomes an incubator and a distributor of the Pandora-like pathogen. Caregivers are at extreme risk for contracting the disease via bodily fluids.We’re dumping killer proteins on crops, parks, golf courses, gardens, ski areas, school grounds and beyond. Wind, rain and irrigation spread these contaminants and many more throughout our communities and watersheds.
Because Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are so contagious:
- Women are contracting neurodegenerative disease at twice the rate of men;
- Caregivers (especially spouses) are six times more likely to contract brain disease. Family members are not warned about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease and the more aggressive version known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; and
- People in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.
Some foods increase your risk of contracting neurodegenerative disease, while some foods help prevent it. Other foods offer the best hope for effective treatment. Most drugs offer no help at all. Pharmaceutical companies are making billions selling placebos and antipsychotic drugs, which only complicate the condition. Targeted nutrition is our best hope for prevention and treatment. Avoiding prions in your food and water is a critical step in wellness. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.
Preview and order the eBook now and learn how to:
- Avoid neurotoxins in food, water and the circles of life;
- Prevent brain disease with targeted nutritional guidance;
- Effectively treat brain disease with nutritional therapies. It’s the most logical and comprehensive nutritional advice available for neurological disease; and
- Keep caregivers safe. Misinformation and misdiagnoses are putting them at risk.
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 bioavailable and infectious to humans, wildlife and livestock via another pathway. Organic foods are not grown in sewage sludge, so eat organic as much as possible.
We’re all vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease right now due to widespread denial and mismanagement. It’s time to stop the land application of sewage sludge (LASS) in all nations. Safer alternatives exist. Crossbow is developing an international coalition to reform these practices. Please join us by contacting Gary Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you. Thank you.
Learn more about the brain disease epidemic at at http://alzheimerdisease.tv/alzheimers-disease-risk-by-country/