A Colorado company says that hunters, landowners and many others are being misinformed about the dangers of chronic wasting disease (CWD). As such, public health and the health of entire watersheds are at risk.
CWD is another form of prion disease. Prions also are behind the explosion in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). We also know prions because they are the causative agent behind mad cow disease. The scientific name for this family of neurodegenerative disorders is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.”
“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.”
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. 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. He claims that all TSEs are caused by prions.
Prions are unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Prions shed from humans are the most deadly mutation. They demand more respect than radiation. Infected surgical instruments, for example, are impossible to sterilize and hospitals throw them away. Prions are in the blood, saliva, urine, feces, mucus, and bodily tissue of its victims. Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Prions are now the X factor. Industry and government are not accounting for them or regulating them. They are ignoring the threat completely, which violates the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 in the United States. Other nations also are ignoring laws developed to protect food, air and water.
“The species barrier between these diseases is a myth,” said Gary Chandler, president of Crossbow Communications. “Prion disease is an environmental disease. It spreads in many ways and to stop it we need to reform many policies around the world.”
Although CWD spreads through many vectors, the greatest pathway is sewage sludge, also known as biosolids. The U.S. alone dumps more than 700 millions tons of this infectious waste on land–farms, ranches, forests, golf courses, parks and school grounds. Once unleashed on the environment, prions remain infectious. They migrate, mutate and multiply as they infect crops, water supplies and more.
Unfortunately, prions linger in the environment, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices and beyond infinitely. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. If they can’t stop prions in the friendly and sterile confines of an operating room, they can’t stop them in the wastewater treatment plant.
Deer, elk, moose and reindeer are now contracting prion disease from humans. To help cloak the epidemic, it’s called chronic wasting disease (CWD). Deer with CWD are proverbial canaries in a coal mine. They are being killed by government sharpshooters to help cover up the problem. It’s insane.
Chandler says that sewage disposal practices are contributing the the outbreak among wildlife. He says the same threat is viable for livestock. The practice of spreading sewage sludge (biosolids) on cropland and pastures makes prions available to grazing animals. It also puts prions in a position to contaminate water supplies when irrigation and rain rinse the biosolids into groundwater and surface water runoff. This water runs into creeks, ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, oceans and our drinking water.
The risk assessments prepared by the U.S. EPA for wastewater treatment and sewage sludge are flawed and current practices of recycling this infectious waste is fueling a public health disaster. Many risks are not addressed, including prions and radioactive waste. They don’t mention prions or radiation because there is no answer. Most nations are making the same mistake. 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.
Failure to account for known risks is negligent. Crops for humans and livestock grown grown in sewage sludge absorb prions and become infectious. 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.
Just ask the US EPA. Therefore, putting biosolids and recycling wastewater is more dangerous than injecting radiation into our watersheds. Radiation at least has a half life. With prions, it’s a question of how fast they double and triple their numbers. It’s safe to say that every sewage system in the world has been used by a person, if not millions, of people with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
Approximately 50 million people around the world already have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The threat is so severe that health officials expect the numbers of people living with the disease to triple soon. Unfortunately, neurodegenerative diseases among people of all ages are rising around the world. As these numbers rise, our sewage disposal will become more critical than ever because the further it spreads, the faster it will spread.
Prions are associated with an entire family of neurological disorders that are killing people, wildlife and livestock around the world. These deadly diseases are known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, scrapie, chronic wasting disease and mad cow disease. The disease has killed many species of mammals including dolphins. Victims permanently contaminate the world around them with their bodily fluids. Once contaminated with prions, items cannot be sterilized.