Wastewater Treatment Plants Spreading Infectious Waste

Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other forms of neurodegenerative disease are rapidly becoming the leading cause of death around the world. Adding to the momentum is the fact that most forms of brain disease are transmissible. Misinformation and mismanagement are fanning the flames of a public health disaster.

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Keep reading to find out why:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is part of a spectrum disease known as prion disease, which also includes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The spectrum also is known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE);
  • Alzheimer’s disease is an infectious prion disease, which is often misdiagnosed and undiagnosed. Millions of diagnoses are being suppressed by physicians;
  • The bodily fluids of those with prion disease are infectious;
  • Wastewater treatment plants are contaminating our food and water supplies by spreading deadly prions via sewage sludge, biosolids and reclaimed wastewater. The risk assessments involving these facilities and their by-products were prepared before prions were discovered and characterized;
  • Wildlife, sea mammals, livestock and people are contracting prion disease from mismanaged sewage; 
  • Caregivers are in harm’s way because of disease mismanagement; 
  • It’s time to reclassify sewage sludge, biosolids and reclaimed wastewater as infectious waste; and 
  • It’s time to defend our food, water and air from infectious waste by enforcing the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act Of 2002 and similar laws around the world.

The Prion Epidemic

In 1972, world leaders admitted that dumping highly toxic sewage sludge into the oceans killed entire underwater ecosystems. Some nations stopped the dumping immediately, while others took their time. The U.S., for example, finally passed the Ocean Dumping Ban Act of 1988. The Act redirected millions of tons of deadly toxins and pathogens to farms, ranches, national forests, city parks, golf courses, playgrounds, fair grounds, race tracks, sport fields and beyond. It sparked a public health crisis that’s still unfolding. Several known risks in the sewage stream are not accounted for in the wastewater treatment process, including deadly prions and radioactive waste.

Prions are infectious proteins responsible for a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is transmissible. Prions are the equivalent of Pandora’s Box. TSEs have a wide range of confusing names, which helps cloak the broader epidemic:

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in cattle;
  • scrapie in sheep;
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans;
  • chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, moose and reindeer; and
  • badgers, mink, cats, elephants, dolphins, primates and many other mammals have died from TSE. The concept of a species barrier is a myth. A deadly prion is a deadly prion. They don’t discriminate.

Nobel Prize Stanley Prusiner

According to Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and Huntington’s disease also are on the TSE spectrum. All are fatal, neurodegenerative brain diseases.

Infectious prions are in the blood, urine, mucus, saliva and feces of victims. As such, people with prion disease discharge prions to the municipal sewage treatment plant several times each day. Prions thrive in the environment of a wastewater treatment plant, which helps incubate and distribute them.

“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.”

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 effluent and sewage sludge applied to land recycles prions from humans back into the environment. Once dumped on open land, prions remain infectious. Irrigation, precipitation and wind carry the prions and superbugs into groundwater, streams, lakes, oceans and airways, including homes, offices and beyond.

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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“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.”

biosolids fertilizer and public health

Landfills designed to bury these toxins are expensive. To avoid the costs, the dumpers hired a public relations firm to convince unsuspecting citizens that neurotoxins, carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and radionuclides in sewage sludge are fertilizer. The firm recommended calling this infectious waste biosolids. Since 1992, millions of tons of infectious biosolids have been dumped into food and water supplies around the world annually. The United States alone dumps about 700 million tons of it into food, water and communities every year.

These recycled viruses and diseases are even sold in bags at the local home and garden store as organic soil for gardens and potting plants. It’s death dirt without a warning label.

Farmers and ranchers are being paid to dump deadly sewage sludge on their land. Some are avid defenders of their new cash crop despite the death and destruction caused by this bioterrorism. When the sludge makes livestock sick, they are sold or buried as quickly as possible. When the sludge makes local wildlife sick, it’s blamed on deer farmers. When the surface water runoff kills sea mammals and other marine life downstream, who cares.

sewage treatment and disease

“My neighbor is a farmer. With help from the city, they spread sewage sludge on his land and pretended it was fertilizer,” said Mellissa Klemp-Pigg of Farmington, MO. “I’m scared of it getting into my well water and poisoning my family. After the dump, I was sick all night. Really sick. To this day my two girls and I suffer from many health issues. I have zero doubt it’s because I was unfortunate enough to buy my dream home in the country and land next to farmers that were uneducated about what was being dumped. City officials didn’t care and neither did the farmers. I raised hell. It won’t be dumped next to me again. But the damage is done. And it’s done all over my city and all over the US. I’m appalled and saddened that the EPA is so crooked that it would put my babies lives at risk. As a mother there is nothing worse that could be done to me.”

Landowners are held harmless if the sewage sludge causes damage to people or property downwind, downstream or on the dinner table. Landowners are literally making a killing with government assistance. Unfortunately, the practice of dumping extreme quantities of sewage sludge (infectious waste) openly on land has created a public health nightmare.

Reckless wastewater treatment policies and practices are now fueling a global epidemic of neurodegenerative disease among people, wildlife and livestock. In fact, Europe just reported its first case of chronic wasting disease in a reindeer in Norway. There will be many more because Norway also dumps infectious waste all over itself.

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The risk assessments for the land application of sewage sludge (LASS) are based on fraud and outdated information. The risk assessments were developed back in the 1970s and 1980s–before we knew about prions and other killers in modern sewage streams, including many forms of infectious medical waste. These outdated risk assessments make the entire practice illegal today under bioterrorism laws. Common sense makes them immoral and a crime against humanity.

TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans (and from humans to animals), as seen with the spread of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Because of these reckless practices, it’s time to reform many laws, practices and policies. For example, if we are raising livestock on land infected with prions, shouldn’t we demand testing for prion disease (mad cow disease) in beef cattle and hope like hell that dairy producers aren’t spreading the disease in milk, cheese and meat? Wisconsin, dairy land U.S.A., has an epidemic among wild deer. It has dumped sewage sludge in virtually every county. There is no reason to believe that the cattle are immune from the prion epidemic that’s being fueled by sick soil.

mad cow disease and soil contamination

There is no reliable test for live animals, yet, which means that animal health is paramount for public health. There also is no testing of crops grown in sewage sludge, despite the science that has proven that crops for humans and livestock absorb the toxins and pathogens that they are grown in–including deadly prions.

Ironically, the United States passed homeland defense laws to protect our food and water supplies from potential terrorists. Many other nations followed suit. When the U.S. government enacted the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, it classified prions as select agents that pose an extreme risk to food, water and much more. With reckless policy, the U.S. transferred responsibility for the management of select agents to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC–a private corporation that serves as the Coverup Division). These defenders of public health quietly took prions off the list of select agents because the regulation criminalized entire industries and several reckless practices. They obviously chose to defend the bottom line of corporations and the wastewater treatment industry instead of public health.

Unfortunately, prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices and beyond infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation.

Prions shed from humans are the most deadly. They demand more respect than radiation. They’re being ignored by regulators and industry alike. As such, food and water sources are being contaminated with the deadliest forms of prions. Municipal water systems can’t stop them from reaching water taps in millions of homes. Filtration doesn’t phase them.

As stated earlier, the risk assessments for biosolids, sewage sludge and reclaimed wastewater were questionable when they were developed and they are total failures now. Plus, these risk assessments do not account for the possibility of sewage sludge dumped on land going airborne via windstorms and tornadoes. These events now leave a trail of sickness and death in their wake. Airborne sewage is a killer. It dumps radiation, toxins, pathogens and superbugs everywhere.

Valley Fever and soil contamination

Unfortunately, the U.S. exported these bad practices to other nations, which proceeded to contaminate their food and water supplies with sewage. If hospitals can’t stop prions, neither can the brain surgeons at wastewater treatment plants.

The legislation banning ocean dumping was very explicit about the need to stop dumping potentially infectious medical waste into the oceans. Ironically, the current policy that promotes LASS ignores the risk of infectious medical waste and many other threats. It also ignores radionuclides, endocrine disruptors, birth control pills, antibiotics, flame-retardants and other toxins and superbugs. This toxic waste belongs in a lined landfill not our watersheds and food supplies. It’s time for immediate reforms.

The same sewage-borne toxins and pathogens are still contaminating our oceans. Now, they’re dumped in further upstream. Entire watersheds are now being infected—including the oceans. The body count among people, livestock and wildlife has been stacking up ever since ocean dumping began phasing out. The nightmare is worse than ever.

Biosolids and other forms of sewage mismanagement are now contributing to a global epidemic of neurological disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease, microcephaly and more. Industry and governments are scrambling to blame the global epidemic on anything but contaminated soil, water, food and air. They are playing dumb in the face of fraud and scientific suppression. Negligence is too kind of a word.

mosquitoes and Zika virus

Sewage sludge and reclaimed wastewater also contaminate our food with listeria, e-coli, salmonella and other killers. In fact, scientists are forced to come up with deceptive new names for the growing list of sewage-related ailments, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, epizootic hemorrhagic fever, equine herpes, valley fever and others.

Microcephaly, for example, is a nonspecific term used to describe a small head circumference. In addition to infected mosquitoes, it can be caused by maternal exposure to several toxins and pathogens, including HIV, alcohol, radiation, or TORCH pathogens (Toxoplasma gondii, other, rubella virus, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex virus). Even treated sewage is one of the most deadly cocktails on the planet.

As mentioned earlier, crops contaminated by sewage sludge can uptake prions and deliver them throughout the plant. Crops then deliver deadly prions to mammals that consume them. In fact, infected plants are spreading prion disease to several species, including humans. When hamsters consumed infected wheat grass, the animals were infected with prion disease. Researchers also found deadly prions in plants that just made surface contact with infected urine and feces.

“These findings demonstrate that plants can efficiently bind infectious prions and act as carriers of infectivity, suggesting a possible role of environmental prion contamination in the horizontal transmission of the disease,” said Claudio Soto, the lead investigator from the University of Texas at Houston.

Killer prions are impossible to stop. Prions are contributing to the death of millions of people now. Victims produce and spread prions daily because they’re in the bodily fluids of all victims. Millions of people with brain disease are contaminating their homes and communities, while exposing caregivers and family members to the contagion. The sewage from these victims is contaminating the local wastewater treatment plant and everything that enters or leaves these facilities, including reclaimed wastewater and sewage sludge. Once dumped on open land, these contagions remain infectious as they migrate, mutate and multiply forever.

Prions demand containment and isolation, not distribution and consumption through air, food and water. These toxins demand lined landfills not reckless dumping on our dinner tables. Since prions migrate, mutate and multiply, dilution is not a solution. Prions are a public health nightmare, not to mention the carnage taking place among other mammals.

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The Sewage Tsunami

We now have nearly eight billion people competing for food, water, open spaces and places to dump their sewage. The planet is generating more sewage than ever. The sewage is becoming more toxic than ever. Thanks to foolish government policies, greed and corruption, sewage is already in places where it doesn’t belong. The extreme weather associated with climate change is pushing infectious waste even further into our lives. The stakes have never been higher.

The bodies are stacking up. The contamination grows stronger and spreads further every day. It’s time to stop dumping infectious waste openly on land because of the prion risk and many others not accounted for in the antiquated and fraudulent risk assessments. It’s time for citizens to defend our land, water and air. Homelands around the world are under assault by traitors.

Today, the land application of sewage sludge is killing mammals and more around the world. Pathogens in sludge are causing brain disease, cancer and death. Let’s take a meaningful stand for food and water safety. Safer alternatives exist.

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