Chronic Wasting Disease Research

                                                                  Save Deer and Elk from Zombie Disease


Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a lethal neurological disease of species within the deer family (cervids), including deer, elk, and moose. It occurs in about half of the states and in provinces of Canada, is significantly impacting deer populations in some states, and the frequency of infection and rate of spread are increasing. 


For the last 40 years, the working hypothesis, known as the prion theory, claims that the causative agent of CWD is a malformed protein that’s called a prion. However, Dr. Frank Bastian, a scientist, has discovered that the transmissible agent of CWD is a tiny wall-less bacterium called a spiroplasma.

The strategies for control of such a bacterium include the development of a diagnostic test kit to immediately detect the presence of CWD infection in both live and dead animals. This would permit us to test deer in minutes for the presence of the CWD-causing bacteria, and protect humans from eating infected venison.  Hunters could carry a test kit in the field while hunting.  This is extremely important in that government researchers have discovered that some species of monkeys, our closest animal relatives, were infected after eating infected venison.  In addition, Dr. Bastian has discovered that this spiroplasma bacterium is associated with human neurodegenerative diseases including Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Within a year, he plans to construct an antibiotic vaccine to save deer and elk, and then redesign it for curing the above-mentioned diseases in humans.


The CWD disease has been discovered in sheep, goats, and cattle (Mad Cow Disease), and recently in mink, camels, and big cats – placing lions and tigers in the cross-hairs.  If not stopped, this bacterium has the potential to alter worldwide natural ecosystems forever.  

Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP or Unified) has entered into an agreement toward funding Dr. Bastian’s research to eradicate CWD; to save deer, elk, moose, lions and tigers, and other animals; and to protect human health in Pennsylvania and throughout America.  Unified is now attempting to raise $100,000 in each of three years for a highly specialized lab assistant and associated research funding for Dr. Bastian to continue and complete his research.  Unified will coordinate the first-stage testing of the diagnostic test kits for Pennsylvania hunters to test deer in the field at the point of harvest for CWD infection – thus protecting humans from the possible infection of CWD. The diagnostic tests would also permit us to test seemingly healthy deer and elk for the presence of the disease. Unified would also conduct first-stage testing of a vaccine in Pennsylvania as a national demonstration project for protecting animals and human health before dispersing these preventative CWD strategies to other states throughout America.


All people, whether you hunt, hike, or just enjoy our great outdoors will soon be affected by this rapidly expanding disease, and the related human neurodegenerative diseases have affected almost all of our families.  Dr. Bastian’s Nobel-Prize-caliber discovery represents a breakthrough in CWD and human health research.  He cannot continue without our help.  Please help us to help him in saving our deer and elk herds, and in protecting human health.


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Wayne Haas 
Marietta, PA
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