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Terry Singeltary, Sr. on the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Public Health Crisis      
Concerned viewers, welcome to Healthy Living here on Supreme Master Television. This week we meet Terry Singeltary, Sr. founder of CJD Watch, a USA-based non-profit organization which tracks occurrences of and raises awareness about Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a neurological condition which has no known cure and is always fatal.

Some scientists say the cause of classic CJD, also known as sporadic CJD, has not been determined, and that variations of the condition, called “variant” and “new variant” Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which are rarely found in the US, come from eating diseased beef.

However the numbers of sporadic CJD cases are growing rapidly and health experts such as Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States say that there is scientific evidence linking consuming beef and other kinds of meat to sporadic CJD. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease comes from consuming cows with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.

Mad Cow Disease is a lethal condition where the brain of the bovine is infected by abnormal proteins called prions and is eventually destroyed, killing the animal in the process. A common transmission route for BSE is factory farm operators putting bovine parts, essentially slaughterhouse waste, which may contain BSE-tainted nerve tissue, into cattle feed. Cows who eat this tainted food may become infected.

Though many nations have banned this extremely hazardous practice, it is still illicitly done and in the US it is legal to feed bovine parts to other animals such as pigs. Sheep too have a version of BSE called scrapie which has been attributed to sickening consumers of lamb with CJD.

Mr. Singeltary believes that health officials do not have a proper system in place to monitor this condition and are vastly undercounting the number of deaths caused by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease as well as the amount of infected livestock in the USA and around the world. He is truly committed to making the public mindful of this disease and its true impact on communities. His steadfast determination comes from losing his mother to sporadic CJD a number of years ago.

My mother acquired the Heidenhain variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s disease. It’s one of six different strains of the sporadic CJD. We got a phone call. She said, “You know, I think I'm going blind and I'm losing my mind.” That's how it started. Ten weeks later, she was dead, and then it happened so fast, we could never catch up with it.

But Heidenhain variant it, happens in the part of the brain behind the eyes. That's where it manifests itself the worst and it destroys your optical (system). And it's an exceedingly rare strain of the sporadic type and it's very rapid.

And what did the medical doctors think was going on with her?

You go through a battery of tests, and they really tried to eliminate the disease because they can't say, "Well, this is CJD, or this is a prion disease." What they do is eliminate everything else and then they give you a clinical diagnosis of it. And the only way to 100% (know) is to do a brain biopsy after death.

Test results later confirmed the cause of Mr. Singeltary’s mother’s death to be the Heidenhain variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s Disease.

You know at first they, went through everything. I think even Alzheimer’s was questioned at first, but they did diagnose it as Heidenhain variant. Now my neighbor, a year before my mother died of Heidenhain variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s Disease, that was 12/14/1997, on 12/14/1996, my neighbor's mother died of CJD, and at the time I wasn't paying attention.

I have her autopsy, but they had diagnosed her as a Alzheimer’s (Disease patient) through the whole thing. And he finally got mad, and had somebody do an autopsy. And if it wouldn’t have been for the autopsy, it would have gone down as (a case of) Alzheimer’s.

Terry Singeltary, Dr. Greger and many others say that possibly thousands have been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a form of progressive dementia, or other neurological conditions, when in reality CJD is responsible. Anyone consuming beef , beef byproducts, or other meats is at risk of contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s Disease.

The neighbor's case, she had been taking for years a nutritional supplement that contained bovine. It contained a list of bovine products, but the one that drew my attention was the bovine brain, the bovine eye and the bovine pituitary were in this pill as ingredients. And those are three of the most infectious parts of a cow infected with the prion disease.

And you've got these things in these pills, and there're thousands of pills like this on the market. Basically a little supplement full of these Specified Risk Materials, they’re called SRM’s, it’s the most highly infectious part of a brain, of an animal. They were putting them in these supplements for cattle raising. You had some 300,000 cows die of it.

And we're doing the same thing for humans over here, putting the same Specified Risk Materials in nutritional supplements and feeding them to people and telling them they're going to put hair on your head, or cure your heart disease and they are not doing anything but exposing you to Mad Cow Disease.

Even there was a warning from the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) that came out a couple of years ago, because a lot of nutritional supplements were made from deer antler velvet, and they had found the prion protein in deer antler velvet, and they're putting those in these supplements, and feeding them to humans as well.

Mr. Singeltary’s experiences led him to look deeply into what caused his mother’s and neighbor’s mother’s deaths. Since the mid-1990’s he has conducted independent research on prion-related diseases which encompass not only Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, but a whole host of other conditions. Prions are so dangerous that even the tiniest particle is capable of infecting a human or animal. Prions are not able to be neutralized though the use of drugs or any other currently known method utilized to treat disease.

You can incinerate the prion agent to 600 degrees Celsius, that’s over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. But you can incinerate a fingernail piece of infectious material, prion infectious material to 600 degrees Celsius to ash, nothing but ash, and you can make biodiesel fuel and it will survive the manufacturing of biodiesel fuel.

One of the main missions of CJD Watch is to advocate for the institution of mandatory testing for and reporting of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in the US because it has been massively underdiagnosed.

There is a researcher at Yale University, USA, and she actually conducted a study. And from that study, she discovered that about up to 13% of cases that were actually labeled as Alzheimer’s Disease were not. They were indeed Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and when you look at that in the terms of actual numbers, they were saying there was about two million cases of Alzheimer’s. And 10 – 13% of that is a very significant number, like maybe, even 120, 000 cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease has been missed.

I don’t know how many cases are being missed, but I know through misdiagnosis and through the, lack of diagnosis there’re many cases being missed, my neighbor for instance. There’re other studies. There was a Duke University, USA study on Alzheimer’s Disease, there was a PH study and there was a Mexican study. All of Alzheimer’s from three to 14%, were misdiagnosed through all four of those studies.

You mentioned that you don’t think there’s a good enough reporting system. Because if you report these diseases, then you can start to identify clustering.

You got to have a questionnaire to get to that and they have just within the past few years gotten a questionnaire. And I don’t even think, they’re not even sending this questionnaire to everybody. They just send it to ones that they think have nvCJD (new variant CJD).

In the final analysis, anyone who consumes meat or meat byproducts risks their life with respect to prion-related diseases. The very best protection from these frightening conditions, and many others, is a plant-based diet.

..Eating cows causes Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m saying there’s a common denominator between prion diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease. If you look at some of these studies that are coming out now from some of these top prion guys around us, scientists around the globe, they’re getting really worried about this Alzheimer’s.

We thank you, Terry Singeltary, Sr. for helping raise the alarm on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and its variants. May you continue to benevolently assist in bettering public health through your unwavering work, and may humanity promptly be free of this disease.

For more details on Terry Singeltary, Sr. please visit www.JustGroundsOnline.com/profile/TerrySSingeltarySr

Earnest viewers, thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of Healthy Living on Supreme Master Television. Coming up next is Science and Spirituality, after Noteworthy News. May we all soon enjoy the innumerable benefits of the plant-based lifestyle.

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