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From Michael Greger, MD
Updated January 2001

Two centuries ago, when milk drinking children were dying en masse from bovine TB, one of the earliest signs that they had drunk milk from a tuberculous cow was an infection of the lymph nodes that drained the throat. Scientists think milk is also the source for human exposure to paratuberculosis, so they wondered if the same thing happened with MAP.

Enter Nick Barnes, a 7-year-old boy who developed a painful swollen lump on the right side of his neck. His family took him to see their doctor, who decided it needed to be biopsied. The biopsy clearly showed he was infected with paratuberculosis. This is significant because it was the first definitive proof that paratuberculosis could infect human beings and cause disease. He and his family waited. Five years later, Nick Barnes came down with Crohn's disease.[68] Despite the clear-cut case description of a human paratuberculosis infection followed by the development of Crohn's, the medical community continued to ignore the growing evidence indicting MAP. There are many precedents of similar resistance to new ideas in the medical field.

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