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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Monday, October 14, 2019

watch out for the zombied ones

in humans its called cjd disease or creutzfeldt jacobs disease or subacute spongioform encelphalopathy
in cows its called mad cow disease
in deer its called chronic wasting disease or zombied deer

in humans cjd disease it can be inherited or from eating contaminated cattle or use to the cannibals would get in as they ate human brains infected with these prion or proteins that caused the infection or disease
it is found in 1 in a million folks worldwide
its one the causes of dementia
the most common form of dementia is alzheimers then vascular then mixed then parkinsons then lewy body then frontotemporal then eventually cjd disease

its not treatable things go fast real fast when a person gets it
its one of the most terrible of the dementias to get
the person can be here today and almost gone tomorrow

in these prion diseases a protein thats found starts folding itself causing the infection and symptoms in the brain and the nervous system

there have been reports of it being transferred via surgical instruments from harvesting pituitary glands where growth hormone was extracted
the growth hormone would have been contaminated if obtained from an infected person by the prions
the person given this growth hormone would be infected
as a medical student i use to harvest the pituitary glands from cadavers at autopsy
yes i wore gloves and mask and surgical protective gear
the practice of taking growth hormones from human pituitary glands is no longer done

it can take years for the disease to show up in humans

eg mr hudson gets daily shots of growth hormone but his growth hormone is grown in the lab
so no mr hudson isnt at risk

some surgical instruments not cleaned well enough could transfer the prion during brain surgery
thats not likely to happen today

mad cow disease in cattle occurred from feeding sheep brains to cattle as feed
if a sheep brain was contaminated with the prion the cattle could get mad cow disease
if a human ate this contaminated beef they could potentially get cjd disease or in this case
mad cow disease

now to the zombied deer thing
deer get cjd infections and its called zombied deer or more accurately chronic wasting disease
or cwd
these deer look all wasted looking and lose their fear of humans

here is an excellent article from the cdc on chronic wasting disease

Image result for cdc chronic wasting disease
here is the map of the infections from this disease

its presently found in 26 states

as its now deer hunting time in many of these states
my advice is you be careful of eating the deer you are hunting
if you arent sure if your deer is sick or not you can have it tested

if the deer is sick dont eat it
cooking the meat doesnt
i  repeat it doesnt
kill the prion
it still can be transmitted by eating the meat

in deer unlike in mad cow disease seen in cattle it mainly affects the meat

Image result for cdc chronic wasting disease
here is a picture of a zombied deer with chronic wasting disease from wikipedia.org

now the chances of getting cjd from eating meat from a chronic wasting diseased deer
is small if at all
it is theoretically possible though

if you get this prion disease you are done for for sure

dont take the chance
be careful

deer meat or venison is usually one of the healthiest meat to eat

the organicgreen doctor

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