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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A Rare Neurological Disorder

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare but fatal brain disorder that is believed to affect 250 to 300 people in the United States every year. Since it is hard to diagnose, the actual number of cases may be higher.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is thought to be caused by abnormal prions, a type of protein that causes other proteins to malfunction, and kills brain cells (neurons).

This creates holes in brain tissue, so that the brain has the appearance of a sponge when viewed under a microscope.

Prion diseases can attack humans and animals. The origin of prions is unknown.

CJD can make its appearance in people who are anywhere from 20 years to 70 years old. Usually this happens around age 60.

Sporadic, or classical Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the most common form in 85% of all cases. It is not contagious. It usually hits suddenly in the late 50s or 60s.

Death comes in a matter of months. The cause is not known.

Genetic, or familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is inherited. It will usually develop at a younger age, and develops more slowly than sporadic CJD. Genetic CJD is very rare.

Iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the result of medical procedures where there is contact with infected tissue. This can be from blood transfusions, surgical instruments, or via the use of human growth hormone.

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease happens after exposure to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). It hits at a young age, and will take a longer time, about 14 months, from onset to death, causing mental, neurological and physical dysfunction.

New variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (nvCJD) is infectious, and is related to mad cow disease. It is thought that the infection in cows is the same one that can infect humans.

No cases of nvCJD has been found in the United States.

In the early stages, CJD causes loss of memory and apathy, and personality changes. Ultimately the individual will become delirious having hallucinations, or develop dementia.

After a few weeks, clumsiness and confusion begin to appear. Walking is more difficult, speech may become slurred, and vision may blur.

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If they would stop feeding vegitarian cows meat and stop covering our cattle with insecticide, this disease might vanish. This disease is caused(manmade) and can be stopped.
Read Dr. Russell Blaylock on NewsMax.com He wrote, "70% of our cattle are doused in insecticide."

Cattle drink fluoridated water with phosphate fertilizer in it. It causes Alzheimer's in humans, because fluorosillicic acid has lead, arsenic and it is radioactive. Our chickens and other eatable farm animals are feed phosphate fertilizer too. Senator Jackie Speir passed a bill to fluoride the pennisula without the public having the right to vote. I don't think the public would vote, to drink poison. Speir was lobbied by medical corporations to poison the water. It increases cancer death rates 40% because CA recyles the toilet water.

Agricultural fertilizer runoff and fluoridated water effects the animals we eat. Many animals have tumors in their legs. Leg tumors in human males are from fluoridation. We eat these animals with tumors in them as well as the ones with brain damaging diseases. You can see why people would get this disease. This is why other nations will not buy(import) American beef. I studied culinary and we sut up a sheep at Laney College. It had a tumor in it's leg. The tumor was cut out and the rest of the meat was served for lunch!!!!

Dr. Winn Parker wants a constitutional amendment to have the right to vote on what goes into our food and water. He wants an oversite committee of scientist and tecnologist to over see our legistlators decissions.

February 20, 2010 - 5:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

Several recent articles indicate Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - like Cruetzfeldt Jakob Disease - is a prion disease.

" http://www.santacruzsentinel.com:80/localnews/ci_12180851
UCSC researchers find key to prion diseases
By Alia Wilson

Posted: 04/20/2009 01:30:05 AM PDT

"“Human prion diseases include classic and variant types of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mad cow disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's."



Researchers have found prions in blood, urine, saliva and feces of human and animal victims of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs - prion diseases).

"OPKO Health Announces Development of Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
February 11, 2010 10:47 AM Eastern Time
MIAMI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE Amex:OPK) today announced the development of a
simple diagnostic blood test for Alzheimer’s disease. The test, designed to detect elevated levels of antibodies unique
to Alzheimer’s disease, was approximately 95% accurate in initial testing. "


Nat Med. 2005 Sep;11(9):982-5. Epub 2005 Aug 28.

Detection of prions in blood.
Castilla J, Saá P, Soto C.

Department of Neurology, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas, 77555-0646, USA.

"These findings represent the first time that PrP(Sc) has been detected biochemically in blood, offering promise for developing a noninvasive method for early diagnosis of prion diseases."



Tuesday, 13 October 2009

"The human prion is resistant to both heat and chemicals and is reported to be up to a hundred thousand times more difficult to deactivate than the animal form of infective agent which causes well known diseases in cattle, such as mad cow disease, and scrapie in sheep. "

Any error in identifying a CJD-carrier can be fatal and costly - many hospitals around the world have been forced to destroy millions of dollars worth of instruments when patients were diagnosed with CJD some time after undergoing routine eye and neurosurgical procedures.

A further factor limiting decontamination from prions is that existing cleaning protocols are damaging to medical instruments such as flexible endoscopes and some instruments used in neurosurgical, dental and opthalmological procedures."


There are 5.3 million AD victims in the United States, with a new case every 70 seconds - an epidemic of almost a half million new cases of a transmissible prion disease each year. The CDC and medical community must promptly deal with the issue of potential iatrogenic transmission of Alzheimer's Disease.

Helane Shields, PO Box 1133, Alton, NH 03809 603-875-3842 hshields@worldpath.net

February 18, 2010 - 12:39pm
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