Mad Cow Disease is Real -3
There are several reasons why this problem is going to keep getting worse. Here are far more than a dozen of them. Others are explained elsewhere in this study:
You can get BSE from any part of an animal. Mammals contract BSE, scrapie, and CJD by eating the flesh of other infected mammals. Blood, corneal transplants, and hormonal injections can also transmit it. This would include pituitary, thyroid, and insulin injections.
U.S. and British sheep were infected at the same time. Both U.S. and British sheep were infected simultaneously back in the 1940s from research waste discarded by scientists trying to figure out the cause of Kuru.
As early as the 1970s, both the U.S. and British scrapie sheep were being fed to cattle. Scrapie appeared in sheep in both the U.S. and Britain by the 1970s. In both countries, the dead sheep were sent to rendering plants which turned them into protein powder, which was fed to cows. That spread the disease widely.
Cattle are not checked for the disease before they are slaughtered. The USDA in America only studies the brain of 100 cows per every 100,000. That is an extremely small sample.
BSE/CJD cannot be detected during incubation. BSE and CJD cause no antibody response. When infection enters an animal or human, the victims immune system shows no sign of fighting the infection as it does with bacteria, germs, and viruses. This is because the immune system can neither detect nor fight it. Scientists cannot use the antibody-search method to see if someone is sick, as is done with AIDS.
No scientist can tell if a cow or human is in an incubating phase of BSE/CJD. The only exception is brain biopsies, and that is not done until after death occurs. There are no tests, no genetic markers. Prions are not reliably found in urine. Prions can be seen in brain tissue, but you cannot open the skull of a live mammal to scoop them out.
It can take years before the full-blown disease appears. CJD disease takes between 10 and 50 years to eat away the human brain. In cows, death strikes as early as one year after exposure, as late as 8. If a cow whose milk you are drinking has it, her calf, sent to be a veal chop last winter had it when you ate him. An older cow may fall over dead with it, but meanwhile her infected calves have long since been slaughtered and served at dinner tables. The long incubation period means the farmer cannot see that the animal is ill.
BSE/CJD can be transmitted to ones children. Both cause a genetic mutation which is transmissible. Therefore, if you contract it, all your children will get it too. Sheep and cows pass it to offspring. Chickens can put it in their eggs. This is why the FDA has demanded that all donors to the blood supply answer the question, "Has anyone in your family died of Cruetzfeldt-Jakob?" The disease is l00% inherited and one drop of blood of a descendant of a CJD victim can infect all your descendants down through time.
People have been dying faster from CJD than earlier. It was once thought humans could incubate the disease for up to five decades without going into the final dementia stage, but lately British teens have been dying of it.
Farmers make too much profit selling dead cows for animal feed, for them to stop. Farmers have to pay $500 in order to have an autopsy made of a dead cow. But they can sell it to a nearby rendering plant for $100. Then it is processed into cow food.
The U.S. ban on animals in feed is being ignored. In America, there is now a ban on putting animals that died into feed. But it is well-known that it is being done anyway.
The USDA has not banned blood in animal feed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture banned diseased meat in animal feeds; but, to date, it has not banned putting blood from dead animals into the feed stocks. That link is contaminating the cattle of America today.
It is extremely difficult to kill prions. BSE and CJD prions cannot be killed the way we fought the plague, cholera epidemics, or ebola which is generally done by burning bodies. BSE/CJD is passed on by means of prions, which are proteins that degrade at 800 o F. That is far higher than the temperature which would reduce them to ash.
Infected meat should not be burned. Burning is a bad idea, as prion molecules go up in the smoke, airborne and fall back on the land. Britain is now considering burning 5 million cows soon, which will loose the prions into the air, to fall back on the land and into the lakes and rivers.
Prions infect every part of the body, not just the brain. Although BSE/CJD attacks brains, it is in every part of the victim. Therefore every part of the cow is affected. None of it should be eaten. This contamination cannot be removed by cooking.
Do not use blood meal in your garden. A British vegan woman caught CJD simply by dusting her roses with blood meal.
Thousands of cows are mysteriously dying in America. Since 1981, the United States has had thousands of "downer" cows. These are cows which have died mysteriously. Dr. Richard Marsh, a virologist on the Veterinary staff at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, says he has seen 100 cases of BSE in America between 1981 and 1989. If the prions entered U.S. beef 15 years ago and have been multiplying ever since, a million cows could be infected. In order not to disturb the public, the fact that so many cows are dying is being kept from them.
More on the "downer cow" syndrome in America. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Institutes of Health first explored a connection between BSE, animal foods and dementia as far back as 1981, when American cows began to come down with a mystery disease known as "Downer Cow Syndrome," suspiciously like BSE. Many of the downers had previously exhibited symptoms of the jitters, others just suddenly dropped dead. Their brains were fed to mink who quickly manifested Mad Mink disease. In any case, downer cow corpses revealed BSE brain pathology; yet not a peep came from these scientists, not a whispered word to the farmers to stop rendering sheep into cattle feed, not a warning to the public to stop feeding beef to children. Since then, American farmers were allowed to sell sheep corpses for 28 years and cow corpses for 17.
CKJ deaths are occurring now in America, but they are being mislabeled as Alzheimers. CDJ mortality figures hide behind the skirts of Alzheimers. Some U.S. doctors know the truth yet havent blown any whistles. The U.S. veterans hospital in Pittsburg autopsied 53 sequential Alzheimers victims. Sampling #1 showed 5.5% had died of CJD; sampling #2 showed 6.3% had died of CJD. Alzheimers death tolls are doubling and tripling in America, but this is not characteristic of a genetic disease. The rate of genetic diseases does not continually increase. People dying of CJD are being diagnosed as having Alzheimers. That is why there are no CJD (mad cow) human deaths in America. A related problem is that labs will not test patients suspected of having CJD.
Private labs are afraid to let CJD tissue in the door to be examined. They would have to burn down the lab in order to be certain they had cleansed it of the prions. Dr. Richard Deandrea, a Los Angeles physician, who has studied CJD and BSE extensively, tells of his first CJD patient. After her death, which featured symptoms atypical of Alzheimers (fingers numb, blindness, slurred speech, weak knees), Deandrea dogged the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta for a pathologist who would provide him with an autopsy to see if it might be CJD. CDC evaded his phone calls for three weeks. Finally, a female CDC staffer told him that off the recordshe would deny it later"CJD is an issue no pathologist will deal with, a virtual death sentence to a lab. A well-trained pathologist knows the quarantine would never be lifted. You couldnt sterilize the lab to OSHA protocols. It would have to be gutted, incinerated. Forget it. Your patient died of Alzheimers." So there may be CJD deaths, but there are not likely to be many CJD death certificates.
If you die of CJD, you will officially be listed as an Alzheimers victim. Because no laboratory in America will knowingly do an autopsy on anyone suspected of having died of CJD. That Pittsburg hospital would not have made those autopsies if the staff had known they were working with CJD! The problem is that the prions cannot be eradicated by normal methods. One researcher said that, while we keep eating our burgers, officially on all our death certificates we are going to die of Alzheimers, not CJD. That Pittsburgh veterans hospital sampling never hit the major news wires.
Beware! BSE cow parts could be in more products than you thought possible. Gelatin caps, used to enclose vitamins and minerals, come from cows. Break them in your mouth and immediately spit out the gelatin. Glandular supplements from animals come from cattle or pigs. The glue on your envelopes and postage stamps comes from dead cows.
Even more than AIDS, BSE is the most prevalent, virulent disease to hit this planet since the plague. You can only avoid it by refusing to eat anything which contains meat. Forget ebola which kills you so fast you cant move ten feet and give it to anyone else, an epidemic which trained medical personnel can rather quickly eliminate.
Scrapie sheep are fed to feeder cows, which are then fed to dairy cows and beef cattle. That is how the USDA gets around the prohibition on feeding scrapie sheep to the cows you eat! Ted Koppel interviewed Dr. Richard Marsh on Nightline a year ago. It went like this. Koppel: But we (in the U.S.A.) dont feed sheep brains to cows, do we?" Marsh blinked. "I dont know where your information comes from, but we do." He was instantly cut off by a commercial and did not reappear that night. The truth is, Virologist Marsh, a seasoned veterinarian, knows of what he speaks. He observed this problem in Wisconsin, from 1981 to 1989. Dead sheep were fed to feeder cattle, which, after fattening, was used to feed thousands of other cows who have bred thousands of animals.
Pigs and chickens are also fattened with Soylent Green. This is one of several types of powder from ground-up feeder cattle which are sold to farmers to fatten up their livestock. It consists of the remains of diseased animal parts and blood.
Prions like it in America. All the same, the beat goes on. On March 20th, 1996, the very day that Minister Dorrell lit the fuse on the Mad-Cow bomb in London, a Florida man died of CJD. His wife gave a TV interview describing his shaking knees, his lack of co-ordination, quick slipping into a vegetative state, followed by death and said that her husband had never traveled abroad in his life. Why would he have to? Prions enjoy the American climate.
How to silence the media. The beef industry frightened the TV networks into a news blackout on the subject. They are now afraid to discuss the subject. The Oprah Winfrey Show interviewed an ex-beef rancher who had seen U.S. sheep and cows dying of BSE. Immediately, beef dropped 150 points on the commodities market; and the beef industry, under the guise of "Texas cattlemen," sued Oprah for daring to openly discuss the subject. Even though she was found not guilty by a Texas jury, no television network is likely to talk about mad sheep and cows for awhile. But the beef industry actually won. They got their message across to the major networks: Tell too much about mad cow, and we will see you in court.
Small stations are more likely to reveal death toll statistics. In California, KCAL-TV News reported two recent CJD deaths, one in Stockton and the other in San Francisco. Dr. Richard Deandrea knew of a death in Lancaster, California, and another in Minnesota all in the previous few weeks; yet the NIH claims it knows of only 11 CJD deaths since 1994.
Bypass protein animal feeds are deadly. Scientists who invented the "bypass protein" method of feeding livestock (taking the rendered corpse of a dead animal, grinding it into meat meal, mixing it in with grains) have turned an attractive planet into a potential graveyard. Scientists who turned healthy herbivores into cannibals may have shot themselves and humanity in the collective hoof. In order to make a lot more money in the short term, the meat industry will eventually destroy itself.
Feeding diseased animals to grazing stock also produces other diseases in the people who later eat that livestock. Even if there were no prions lurking, when you feed an herbivore protein, its body produces ptomaines, which cause lesions or tubercles in its body. That means tuberculosis. In 1989, the National Association of Federal Veterinarians decided to create a "test-balloon" state. They allowed California to sell meat infected with tuberculosis, a practice illegal since 1906. TB immediately went up 36% in the sunshine state. We do not need any more test balloons.
Hormones sicken the livestock you eat. Bovine immune systems have been destroyed by several other common practices. One example is the massive daily injections of synthetic growth/lactation hormones which exhaust the cow who is chemically stimulated to give 40% more milk. It costs the dairy farmer $400 a year for all the drugs and chemicals he has to inject or feed his cows. They are walking chemical plants.
Antibiotics are given to keep the weakened livestock alive. All those medicinal drugs are necessary to ward off the multiple infections caused by the other chemicals given to the livestock. One problem leads to another.
And there is more. Consider the painful mutilation of cows with more than 4 teats. (Many have 8 teats; extras are amputated without anesthetics.) Then there's dehorning, also done without anesthetics. Keep in mind the hormones of grief created in Bessie when her offspring is calf-napped on its second day of life. This is followed for 305 days while the milk intended for the calf is stolen by the farmer. That ends with a two-day starvation period (no food or water), to dry up her milk and get her ready to "calve" again. A happy cow would live 25 years on a happy farm. A dairy cow is exhausted at 3 to 5 years of age. Her reward: She is slaughtered and her poor, suffering corpse is eaten by humans as burger.
The Prusiner Report. The definitive U.S. report on prions was written by a leading prion researcher, Dr. Stanley Prusiner. He is a professor of neurology and biochemistry at the University of California School of Medicine, in San Francisco.
Although his large study goes into some depth on the habits of prions, he never once mentions the danger of eating meat. Unlike Dr. Lacey, Dr. Prusiner remained politically correct.
Hiding behind Alzheimers. The puzzle pieces have stayed in the box; because, since the 1970s, CJD has been able to hide behind the skirts of Alzheimers. The Alzheimers Foundation itself seems to be clueless, saying that if current trends continue, 14 million people will have Alzheimers by the turn of the century. No mention of CJD from them.
Extrapolating from Pittsburg figures. It is possible to estimate the number of people who eventually will contract CJD. If, as the Pittsburg veterans hospital disclosed, 6% of Alzheimers cases are really CJD, in the next 4 years, 840,000 U.S. humans could die of CJD. If they were of childbearing age when they caught it, there is the possibility that millions of their offspring could carry it in their genes. Many people could eventually go into spasms, then idiocy and comas, costing their families and the health system $120,000 per patient. Likewise with all their descendants, forever. Prions are not something to play around with. Yet Western governments have done it for nearly 30 years.
A different estimate, based on the percentage of Kuru deaths. Among the Fore, the tribe of cannibals who got Kuru in New Guinea, only about one percent of the population seemed affected. This one percent figure suggests a genetic bias, and some genetic biases have been detected. This may serve as a model for predicting human death rates. Evidence suggests a one in a million rate of spontaneous occurrences among susceptible species. Once inserted into a food chain that recycles animal protein, one in a hundred may get it.
In America, that one percent would translate to well-over two and a half million slow, expensive deaths, a far worse epidemic than AIDS!
Genetic diseases do not double and triple their rate. Alzheimers is a genetic disease, which is apparently doing something today that genetic diseases do not do: It is doubling and tripling its death toll. But it is so handy to blame Alzheimers. Doing so helps the labs, because they do not want to autopsy anything savoring of mad cow disease. It helps the meat and fast-food industries; they can keep selling more burgers. It helps the television stations, because they do not want any more lawsuits. It helps the government, because they want it always said of them that they do everything right.
Silence is golden, even though it can be fatal. Admittedly, if even a whisper of prions in America was voiced, huge losses could result to the $50 billion-a-year meat industry in America.
In Britain, five days after Dorrells admission that CJD was caused by BSE and there was the faint possibility of danger in prime ribs, the entire European Union ordered its second ban on British beef exports (the first had expired). A $6 billion-dollar-a-year beef export market collapsed in a single day. Loose lips sink world economies but silences go before apocalypses.
Getting rid of the whistle-blowers. Dr. Richard Lacey was not the only warning voice. There were others: Haresh Narang, a microbiologist, employed by the Public Laboratory Services in New Castle, said CJD in humans came from BSE. Microbiologist Dr. Steven Doeller, said scrapie, CJD, and BSE were the same thing. But all the cries of the whistle-blowers were ignored.
Then, in 1995, when Dr. Laceys book was printed, both the British Medical Journal and New Scientist, two of the most respected professional journals in England, declared the book unfit for the reading public. His book made the beef industry so nervous that, in December 1995, three more articles were planted in prestigious British journals: The Economist, Nature, and New Scientist, declaring that there was nothing to worry about; Lacey was dead wrong. Interestingly, all three articles were written by "Anonymous."
U.S. sheep are still fed to cows. The FDA and public health officials all know that diseased sheep that die are fed to cattle. In the U.S., approximately 200,000 animals are slaughtered daily.
Chaperonins affect protein folding. Chaperonins have been discovered to be key chemicals which are implicated in possibly preventing the mis-folding of proteins which are the basis for BSE/CJD and Alzheimers.
Nobel Prizes for mad cow research. A Nobel Prize has been awarded to Carleton Gajdusek for Kuru/CJD research. Another Nobel Prize has been awarded to Stanley Prusiner for CJD/Prion research.
Cows, Sheep, Pigs, Mink, and humans have all contracted the disease and died from it. It has been scientifically established that prions cannot be killed merely by boiling or cooking. Dr. Richard Lacey has predicted that, by the year 2015, each year over 200,000 people will die. As of November 10, 2000, the current "official" death toll is 81 in England and 2 in France (AP News).
Narangs testimony. Dr. Haresh Narang, a British microbiologist and CJD researcher, has come forward and said he first detected variant CJD in humans back in 1988. He claims that he was ordered to stop work on BSE, in 1990, and subsequently "laid off." He believes the British authorities have blocked and undermined research and detection efforts into the disease.
The crisis hits France. After ridiculing Britain for over a decade as a decadent society with infected beef, the mad cow crisis hit France in 2000; and it was forced to ban the sale of beef. Many French towns ban beef use in school cafeterias.
Germany also. Germany laughed at both nations for their sloven meat practices, and then discovered that its own beef supply was infected. Germany has banned beef; and its meat industry is now like that of French and British before it, in shambles. By January 2001, the German government had extended the ban to pigs and deer farms.
Stealing from the zoo. The January 28, 2001, press reports that people are sneaking into the Berlin Zoo, at night, and stealing geese and other animals and eating them! They are afraid to buy meat at the grocery store. (But, very likely, zoo animals are fed the same rendered rations.)
If the situation wasn't so miserable, it would be funny. Read this:
Thyroid, insulin, and other medicinal hormones. As of late 2000, questions are being raised about medicinal thyroid, insulin, and other hormonal extracts,nearly all of which are extracted from pork or beef. Natural thyroid extracts include Armour Thyroid, and synthetics include Cytomel and Synthroid. The natural ones are taken from the thyroid glands of animals, such as pigs.
How fast does death come? There are several types of variant prions. Some act quickly while others come to full term and produce death more slowly. This may be why some young people have already died from CJD. Recent research on chaperonins (biochemicals that assist in folding proteins) indicates that they may be involved in providing possible additional resistance to the disease. (As mentioned earlier, prion diseases apparently involve mis-folded proteins.)
Analyzing pre-Alzheimers conditions. It would be helpful to know more about the symptoms which indicate the earliest onset of CJD. Here is data on the early onset of Alzheimers, which is a similar disease: Scientists claim they could often detect the condition decades early, simply by noting the manner of speech and writing of a person. People with pre-Alzheimers condition seem to rely more on lists and relationships than logic and cause-and-effect reasoning about the world. They also tend to write shorter, simpler sentences long before clinical neurological deficits become evident. (That research was done using nuns, comparing their original statements of intent to become nuns with their conditions decades later.)
Rendering only legal in America. In all other countries the "cash for corpses" practice is illegal. In the U.S.A., until 1997, it was entirely voluntary whether a farmer renders corpses; so, because they could not ignore free hundred dollar bills, they regularly sold their dead cattle and sheep to the feed companies. It was not until January 3, 1997, that the practice of rendering bodies and using them for animal feed was finally stopped. On that date, it was announced that offal could no longer be used to feed animals eaten by humans.
How to corner the market. In anticipation of all the American beef and feed that would be exported overseas, as a result of the British and European bans on their own beef, the U.S. cornered the world beef and feed market and U.S. grain futures soared to a 15-year high after Britains admission of BSE in its cattle.
The British protest. But when the U.S. offered to supply them with all their beef, the British screamed that American beef already had plenty of the disease. Declaring that they originally got their sheep offal powder practices from the U.S. in the early 1970s, the British demanded that all American animal products be banned in their country. They also reminded the Americans that meat and bonemeal imported from Britain, from 1980 to 1989, was used for U.S. poultry feed!
U.S. chickens. In reply, the USDA said that they have never found a chicken sick with BSE. But the reason for that is the fact that U.S. chickens are killed before they are old enough to openly manifest the symptoms. No U.S. fryer lives long enough to manifest dementia, but it has lived long enough to give the disease to the person who eats it.
U.S. hunters dying of CJD. Between 1998 and the end of 2000, three young hunters in Western U.S. died from CJD. Other deaths are suspected.
WHO says CJD may have spread worldwide. On December 22, 2000, on behalf of the World Health Organization, Dr. Maura Ricketts issued a statement warning that "exposure worldwide" to BSE and CJD may have already occurred. The statement went on to say the WHO is going to convene a major meeting of experts and officials from all regions to discuss this problem. It will be held in Geneva in late spring 2001. This announcement followed a review of scientific evidence of several experts. "Concerns center on British meat and bonemeal exports in the 10-year period between 1986, when BSE surfaced in Britain, and 1996, when an export ban was imposed on British beef" (Reuters).
Over 90 deaths from CJD in Europe. Since October 1996, alone, over 90 people are acknowledged to have died of CJD, with more dying each year than the year before.
Blood donors banned. On January 17, 2001, the FDA ordered a ban on blood donations in the U.S. from anyone who has lived in Britain or Ireland longer than six months, between the years 1980 and December 1996.
Wild animal BSE increasing in U.S. As of mid-January 2001, mad deer disease, also called chronic wasting disease or CWD, has hit a full 15% of free-ranging deer and elk in northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.
Deaths from contaminated surgery. A web chat comment provided this item: "A relative of mine, who is a doctor at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans has firsthand knowledge of a patient who recently underwent surgery there. Apparently, the attending physicians and surgeons were unaware of the patients condition (CJD). The medical instruments used on this patient were then used on at least 6 others before they were discovered to be infected. The instruments had been properly autoclaved after each surgery, yet each subsequent patient had contracted CJD. There are at least seven confirmed cases of CJD in Louisiana alone right now. This confirms that not only is CJD in the U.S., but it is being misdiagnosed by medical professionals. I was a paramedic in the 80s, and even back then we were taught about CJD and how it wastes the nervous system."
Latest official BSE count. This report is dated December 22, 2000, and comes from Reuters: "Since 1986, 180,000 BSE cases have been confirmed in British cattle, with 1,300 to 1,400 cases elsewhere in Europe (primarily in four countries: France, Ireland, Portugal, and Switzerland, with several dozen cases elsewhere on the continent), according to WHO. Small numbers of cases have been reported in Canada, Argentina, Italy, and Oman; but, in each of these countries, this was only in imported British bovine, it added. In all, 87 cases of CJD have been reported in Britain, three in France, and one in Ireland, according to the agency. " We know potentially contaminated materials were exported outside the European Community . . We are trying to identify the countries that we should put our largest effort into, Ricketts said."
Pulitzer prize winning author, Richard Rhodes, has published a helpful book, Deadly Feasts, on the controversy. Here are some facts you will find in it:
Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Carleton Gajdusek (one of the foremost researchers of Kuru and other spongiform diseases), has declared that all the pigs in England are infected with BSE; and that means not only pork, but also pig-skin wallets, footballs, but catgut surgical suture. All of these come from pigs (p. 220). Noting that all the chickens fed on meat-and-bone meal are infected, he adds that, in America, beef male cattle are killed at or before age two, before they are likely to show the outward symptoms of the disease.
In America, chicken excreta (manure) is fed to cattle as a good source of nitrogen (p. 258). As for the American FDAs ban on feeding meat and animal by-products to cattle, Rhodes writes "Thats a ban with exclusions big enough to drive a cortege of hearses through." Their own BSE advisory committee urged the FDA take stronger measures (page 257).
According to Rhodes book, bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been detected in America, and not just in cattle. The American form of BSE does not cause the staggers and other behaviors found in British cattle; but instead it results in a more "sedate" collapse of the victim, referred to as "downer cattle." The nature of the brain damage is also distinct; a spongiform with differently shaped and oriented vacancies. Other forms have been transmitted via eating wild squirrels and wild bear. Some American zoos have lost animals to BSE.
Dr. John Pattison, Chairman of the British governments Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC), Dean of the University College of London Medical School, believes 500,000 people may already be incubating CJD in Britain.
Dr. Alsleben has stated that prions can be found in white blood cells, contaminating milk, and even in the animal grease used in lipstick.
On page 222 of Rhodes book, Richard Lacey of the Microbiology Department of Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds, points out that "there was no certainty that the source of infection had been cut off." " If it seems that the incubation-period average for CJD in humans begins to be about twenty five years, maybe thirty years, he told me [Rhodes] grimly, then the peak human epidemic will come around the year 2015. If the current numbers of variant CJD cases increases by fifty percent per year, as they well might, that would take it to about two hundred thousand [human] cases a year by then. " That comment is only about mortalities in Britain.
Why is the body filled with the prion infection before CJD symptoms appear? What are the subtle effects long before the final destruction? If these prions are indeed the rod-like structures researcher Patricia Merz describes on page 156 of Rhodes book, then they would tend to impede cellular machinery long before they became long enough to break cell membranes and kill the cells. Thus it is possible that, long before that final break, subtle neurological effects could become evident. Dr. Merz has definitely located prions in spleen tissue and elsewhere in the animals, long before any outward symptoms were manifest! This is extremely significant. Prions apparently travel freely in the blood of these animals. Therefore all tissue is likely to harbor some prions, not just brain tissue. This means that large amounts of infected cattle have been fed to other cattle, which after becoming infected, have been sold to the public. But, since the human form of the disease (CJD) is misdiagnosed as Alzheimers, the medical crisis continues to mount.
Mad Cow hits our shores in two blows the first was on January 12th, l996, when John Darnton wrote a long article on balmy bovines for the New York Times; the second came March 20th, 1996, when the British government finally admitted to the world that the obscure brain-disintegrating cow malady, called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was the same disease found in a lot of dead sheep, in the brains of several hundred dead Brits, and the same disease that turned cannibals brains to mush back in New Guinea in the 1940s.
PRESS RELEASE HEADLINES
We initially included excerpts here from a January 28, 2001 Reuters news release, showing the present BSE/CJD crisis in America. But we will instead place that in the booklet (see last page). That booklet will also contain a list of dozens of animal products used in foods, medicines, etc. In place of that Reuters article, here is a collection of news headlines, spanning several months, which show how explosive this crisis is becoming! We could have added a hundred pages of data to this study, but must conclude this study, so we can write on other pressing matters. Consider this:
New mad cow cases in France; four herds killed / U.S. orders Vermont sheep killed over mad cow fears / UK's human mad cow cases rise 20%-30% in one year / Vermont sheep loss declared "no threat to humans" / Young UK woman's death blamed on mad cow / Mad deer disease spreads to Wisconsin / Infected venison may be fatal / Scientist says mad cow may kill 500,000 Britons / Nobel scientist says mad cow may infect millions of sheep / Some "herbal" supplements contain raw animal parts and risk of mad cow / Scientists now warn of mad cow risk in dental procedures / Human mad cow deaths in UK now rising 33% per year / USDA in state of emergency over mad cow in Vermont sheep / Mad cow and Alzheimers proteins are similar / Mad cow worries increase over milk supply / Humans may be secret mad cow carriers / Mad cow / CJD species-jumping revelation confirms worst fears / Now known that mad cow may be spread by pork, lamb, and poultry / Mad cow and CJD may be transmitted invisibly / Canada fearing CJD bars blood donors / Rising death toll from human BSE / "Whirling disease" in trout is fish version of mad cow and mad deer disease / Strongest evidence yet that CJD is spread by blood transfusions / Blood donors with no symptoms can pass CJD / French cows eat infected feed linked to mad cow / Prions survive digestive tract / Terrible death of CJD girl videotaped in England / Scientists warn CJD can spread in dental and surgical procedures / Eight patients may have mad cow from reused "sterile" surgical instruments / Anti-aging creams exposed women to CJD risk / UK scientist says every Britisher has "eaten 50 BSE meals" / Swiss to ban all animal meal in livestock feed / EU plans to outlaw British blood / Barrels of BSE waste float away in Britains worst floods / BSE-infected chemicals may be in UK water supply / Half of UK tonsil tools could carry mad cow / UK refuses to ban surgical instruments in tonsil removal, in spite of CJD / France calls for immediate moratorium on bonemeal in feed / mad cow panic spreading through Europe / France bans animal meal in livestock feed / French beef sales off 50% as mad cow fear deepens / Dutch discover seventh mad cow case / Lion in British zoo dies of mad cow / Mad cow now found in Azores; all cattle to be slaughtered / Spain in panic over first mad cow / Germany finds first two mad cow cases / Government tells UK physicians not to tell patients of CJD blood concerns / EU wants slaughter of 2 million cattle to curb BSE / Europeans starting to eat horse meat / Louisiana man exposed to mad cow during surgery sues hospital / German scientists first to test soil for mad cow link / Mad cow scare spreading beyond Europe / Russian man dies of CJD; first Russian case / Another American victim / Spain confirms second mad cow case / CJD death toll being played down / More European deaths from mad cow / Horse meat sales soar in Germany / Crisis will cost patients billions to insure safer invasive instruments / France bans blood from people who lived in the UK during 1980-1996 / Not all "single-use" medical instruments are used only once / Blood of Irish CJD victim used to make 83,000 doses of polio vaccine / Mad cow crisis sends Blair government into disarray / WHO says mad cow may have spread worldwide / German health chief demands mad cow and scrapie tests / Another mad cow in Germany / French to sue Britains over BSE / Beef sales fall 80% in Germany / Britain is slaughtering, eating its wild ponies.
What about cooking the meat or milk? The pasteurizing of milk, at 150 degrees, makes the prion think its a sunny day. The cooking of meat at 212 degrees makes him think hes in a pleasant sauna. Raising the heat to frying in the 320 range might make him even blink; but you must reduce the prion to total ash at 340 degrees centigrade (in our American fahrenheit system that would be 800 degrees), to immobilize him and take away his ability to replicate.
What about the BSE/CJD spore? There is no solvent known to immobilize the Mad-Cow spore. This kind of microbial tenacity is so far-fetched that it frightens the medical community. If you ask a doctor to do an autopsy of a patient who died of CJD, he flees, knowing that if he exposes his lab to this disease, the lab will be closed down by government officials. He cannot clean his sink without burning it up! By the way, when asked about this by worried reporters, Paul Brown of the NIH reassured them. He said he could clean prions off his hands with Ivory soap. We welcome him to try it in public.
Any other solution? The medical community has no cure for CJD. It isvery simplyfatal. There is no drug or surgery which can cure it. But Dr. Richard Deandrea says that if you think youve been exposed, enzyme therapy might work, seeing that proteins can be dissolved by enzymes which are found in raw foods. But Dr. Prusiner has written that this protein molecule laughs off all the enzymes he tried on it.
More than just meat is infected. If Mad Cow is in meat, it could be in dairy products and eggs. It is in mayonnaise. Its in the gelatin in candy or wrapped around a vitamin pill. Its in blood meal fertilizer, urea fertilizer, and the manure clinging to store-bought mushrooms. Animal derivatives are used in vaccines, pharmaceuticals like Premarin, in glandular substances used in remedies such as melatonin. It is in pet food, gloves, film, plastics. British leather was banned by Egypt a week after Minister Dorrells admission.
The only answer is to go vegetarian. Choose vegetarian proteins like tofu, nuts, or beans. You will be healthier in every way as these proteins do not tax the immune system as much as flesh. Immune systems love a whole, live, raw food diet; so eat raw, dark-green salads with nuts, sprouts and seeds. Cleanse with enemas or colonics. Take periodic raw juice fasts. Besides a vegan diet of vegetables grown on organic soil, take "good fat" supplements like flaxseed. The oils and proteins found in nuts and seeds are good. Be wary of dairy products; they could be infected with prions. Make almond milk, brown rice milk, tofu milk. Take multi-vitamin supplements. Blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella are complete foods with B-12. Animal source of B-12 is dangerous now. Get rid of other eco-hazards that stress the immune system, such as fluoride toothpaste, perfume, dental fillings, and solvents like propyl alcohol (used in all soap, detergent, shampoo, and cleaning all factory food and juice machines). Go 100% natural. Become a vegetarian.
In this study, you have learned a lot of facts. If you want to take the situation seriously, you ought to decide right now to make some changes in your diet!
But you should be warned that some of the media right now has a different message for you:
"Everything is peace and safety; there is no danger. Eat as you please; the meat is as disease-free as ever. Government and industry reports confirm that there is no CJD in America, no diseased animals are now being fed to cows, and the U.S. is totally sealed off from the problems in Europe. American meat is as disease-free as it has ever been."
Decide for yourself whose advice you will follow. Do you want to believe the eminent scientists quoted or referred to in this report, such as Drs. Pattison, Lacey, Prusiner, Dorrell, Alsleben, Marsh, Narang, Deandrea, Merz, Doeller, Gajdusek, and Ricketts?
Or do you want to believe the Southwood Committee, the Tyrell Report, the British Medical Journal, The Economist, Nature, New Scientist, the British Department of Agriculture, the USDA, the NIH, the U.S. beef industry, and what you hear on television?
This is your life. Do what you want with it.
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