CJD Takes Florida Woman
Charlie Bryant is choosing to remember his mother how he saw her most of his life. “She was just the most incredible, charismatic woman,” Bryant said. At 58-years-old, Stephanie Bryant was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as the human form of mad cow disease–a prion disease. Within months, Stephanie’s health quickly deteriorated. She suffered from memory loss, constant tremors, couldn’t walk and barely talk. Stephanie Bryant passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1.
“It’s the sickest, meanest disease,” Charlie Bryant said.
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.
“There is now real evidence of the potential transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease,” 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 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.
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