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Subject: PARKINSON'S, ALS, AND PRIONS STANLEY PRUSINER NOBEL PRIZE WINNER
Date: October 22, 2007 at 12:43 pm PST
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PARKINSON'S, ALS, AND PRIONS STANLEY PRUSINER NOBEL PRIZE WINNER
Dr. Prusiner made some comments about Parkinson's disease. He said a protein being improperly handled in the substantia nigra cells is what causes Parkinson's disease because it causes a decrease in dopamine production. His theory is that Parkinsonís disease is a prion-related problem, that Parkinson's disease is the direct result of those cells being killed because of prion accumulation that he believes is a familial transfer.
"Can it be transmitted by blood transfusions?" His answer is that We don't know.
We believe that ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a prion-related disease.
The last question that was asked of Dr. Prusiner was a simple question. The person said, "Dr. Prusiner, do you eat meat?" He answered immediately "Not in Europe." He was asked to elaborate, and he said these prion-related diseases are all over Europe. He said wherever you go, if you eat meat, you have the potential of picking them up. He believes the prions are in the muscle tissue. He does not believe they're just in the spinal column.
My son is an M.D. and they are getting a lot of information on these prion-related diseases and most of it is coming from Dr. Prusiner. The medical community has an understanding about prion-related diseases that's much different from that of the veterinary community, from what I can determine. ...
Accomplished this day, Wednesday, December 11, 2003, Denver, Colorado
The roundtable presentations and discussions
were recorded. A transcript will be made available
to the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, the
American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and
the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine throughout the
United States and Canada. A condensed version
translated for the livestock industry will be made
available to educate livestock producers about
prion related diseases.