Neurodegenerative Disease Surging Globally
Alzheimer’s disease is no laughing matter. It’s deadly. It’s incurable. It’s killing more than 50 million people around the world right now. The good news is that it is largely a preventable disease. It’s also a treatable disease. As this new film explains, food is our best hope for both prevention and treatment.
Unfortunately, there are many more questions than answers regarding neurodegenerative disease. Precise diagnoses are largely a shot in the dark and a process of elimination. Most doctors are unable to distinguish between advanced forms of Alzheimer’s disease and the highly aggressive and contagious version known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Experts suggest that these diagnoses are wrong at least 25 percent of the time. That’s extremely bad news because CJD is extremely infectious.
These misdiagnoses and millions of other suppressed diagnoses represent a nightmare for caregivers and the public at large. It’s just the tip of an iceberg regarding misinformation and mismanagement that is fueling this devastating global epidemic.
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. 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.
Death rates from heart disease, cancer and other leading causes of death are dropping thanks to advances in medicine and disease management. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is the one glaring exception. It’s spreading exponentially. Neurodegenerative diseases are the fastest-growing cause of death today. If we had accurate mortality statistics, we would likely find that they are already the leading cause of death around the world.
Neurodegenerative disease is crippling entire families. Some experts predict that it will cripple entire nations within the next decade. It could be the greatest health threat that the world has ever seen. It’s time to rethink this battle. There are many factors contributing to the global epidemic. Unfortunately, the growing number of victims is contributing to the epidemic.
- Women are contracting the disease at twice the rate of men.
- Caregivers are six times more likely to contract neurodegenerative disease than people who are not caregivers.
- Since women serve as caregivers more often than men, this could partially explain the correlation between sex, caregiving, exposure and disease.
- People from some regions of the world are at a higher risk than others. Finland, Iceland, Sweden and the United States have the highest death rates in the world.
- The discriminatory nature of the disease reflects the characteristics of an environmental disease and exposure versus age and genetics.
Evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is just as contagious as CJD. Even if it is not, it should be managed as though it is— given the imprecise diagnostics and the high rate of CJD being misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s. There is zero evidence that suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is not contagious.
“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).”
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. Not only are homes and hospitals exposed to the prion pathogen, so are entire sewage treatment systems and their by-products. Wastewater treatment plants are prion incubators and distributors. The sewage sludge and wastewater released are spreading disease far and wide.
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 and pumped.
“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 sewage 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.”
Despite billions of dollars spent on research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved six drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. There is still no cure for this devastating disease, and no effective treatments. Alzheimer’s drugs are often of little to no benefit at all. Prevention is paramount.
The good news is that there are many steps that you and your family can take to help avoid neurodegenerative disease. As we will explain, some foods and water sources are safer than others. Plus, many foods offer promising treatments that can extend the quality of life for those who have the disease. Stay tuned as we discuss:
- and most importantly treatment.
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