The Neurodegenerative Disease Epidemic
Prion disease is being mismanaged around the globe, which is contributing to the migration, mutation, and exponential growth in the deadly contagion. Our food, water and healthcare systems are now critical pathways that must be guarded much more closely.
Not surprisingly, mad cow disease, clinically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), has been rampant in the U.S. for decades. The human form of mad cow is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The USDA and FDA have done a very good job of keeping this under wraps, as well as displaying a healthy disregard for human life by their neglect as well as their silence. The testing on cattle raised for food in the U.S. is ‘careless’ and ‘irresponsible’ according to The World Health Organization (WHO). The mismanagement goes much further than mad cow disease.
Testing one cow out of every 2,000 animals slaughtered is reckless, since the disease is unstoppable in soil, water and other areas infected by victims. Because of this fact, no one knows how many infected cattle enter the human food chain; however it is certain it can lead to prion disease in people.
WHO has issued a warning stating that the U.S. is violating the guidelines set forth for the prevention of BSE or mad cow disease making its way into the human population. WHO states that the U.S. is inadequately testing the brains of human dementia victims and is likely missing hundreds of human cases of Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD), caused by the reckless management of prion pathways, including human sewage, sewage sludge and biosolids.
The warning goes on to state that the feeding of infected animals to other animals must be ceased immediately. The feeding of slaughterhouse waste (which also goes into the sewage systems around the world), including blood, feathers and excrement, to other farmed animals is causing major health risks to all who eat beef, or any other farmed animal. Deer, elk, sheep, pigs and chickens can all carry this disease in different forms.
Prions Connect Alzheimer’s, CJD and Mad Cow Disease.
CJD and Alzheimer’s disease are caused by an infectious prion, which is (not) a virus. A prion is a protein, but a mutated protein that is somewhat different in shape. These prions fold into an abnormal pattern, at which time they begin killing off brain cells by the millions.
Steven Strittmatter, Professor of Neurology at Yale University, comments, “It’s too bizarre that these two diseases would share this common protein.”
Further, a well-known physician said, “The most frequent misdiagnosis of CJD among the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease. Neither CJD nor Alzheimer’s can be conclusively diagnosed without a brain biopsy, and the symptoms and pathology of both diseases overlap,” said Michael Greger, M.D.
The gestation period for this prion can be years or even decades. The problem with this is that many people infected will not even show signs of the disease for years, and the final death toll may not show up until it’s too late to actually do something about the rest of the population. Also, since CJD is often mis-diagnosed, getting the true picture will be difficult.
Regrettably, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders indicates that there is not one single diagnostic test for detecting CJD. The only way to confirm a diagnosis of CJD is by brain biopsy or autopsy. The biopsy is a dangerous procedure because it means removing a part of a person’s brain, and getting the part that is infected is not likely. And, when testing in either autopsy or biopsy, surgeons performing the test have to take extreme care to be certain they don’t become infected themselves. Strict surgical and disinfection procedures must be followed to perform this kind of test.
I’d venture to say that most doctors would do just about anything BUT this, in order to avoid the risks involved, as well as the time and expense; hence – misdiagnosis.
Alzheimer’s Disease Epidemic
Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the only disease that causes certain death, because it cannot be prevented by medicine, or cured or even slowed down.
From 2000 to 2008, in the U.S. alone, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have risen sixty-six percent (66%). An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s in 2011. This includes people over the age of 65, and younger people who have young-onset Alzheimer’s.
Scientists believe it is Mad Cow gone rampant and have found a possible link to this horrible brain-wasting disease – and most other types of dementia. A link to Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and others has also been made.
Dr. Greger explains, “Mad-Cow disease is caused by unconventional pathogens called prions–literally infectious proteins–which, because of their unique structure, are practically invulnerable, surviving even incineration at temperatures hot enough to melt lead.” Sadly, pigs can also carry the disease and since they are slaughtered long before any symptoms can surface, it is difficult to diagnose.
According to Dr. Greger: “Laboratory experiments show that pigs can indeed be infected by Mad-Cow brains– and hundreds of thousands of downer pigs, too sick or crippled by injury to even walk, arrive at U.S. slaughterhouses every year.”