A knowledgeable, caring person cannot read about a prominent Wisconsin sportswriter dying of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease without being jolted into musing about hunters killing, and eating, deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Both are diseases presumed to be caused by normal prion proteins that somehow become misshaped into an infectious prion.
In a sense, this hypothesis suggests that there is not a living organism, not a virus, not a casual organism or casual particle (virus), which may account for prion diseases being described as degenerative, invariable fatal brain disorders.
With so many unanswered questions, it would seem to a common, level-headed, unbiased person that the more facts we continue to gather, the more we learn, and the more likely we can understand and maybe avoid biochemical disasters.
Yet, the state of Wisconsin, upon the recommendation of a single person, said it would be good for Wisconsin to be more passive (do practically nothing) in its approach to CWD.
Come on people; let’s return to being more proactive in learning as much as we can about prion diseases.
Where else in our society are we saying “let’s be more passive about things such as cancer, heart diseases and other health issues?”
Learning through studies could be money well spent. It could give us some understanding. Maybe we will learn something positive about prion diseases and the hosts inflicted by these degenerative, invariable fatal brain disasters.