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More Denial – 30 October 2006

After writing in my Blog “Blame the Pigs For E. coli? – 28 October 2006” about the latest publicized E. coli 0157:H7 fiasco, and the reluctance of those in charge to place blame where it belongs and to make the necessary changes – to stop intensive feeding of grain to cattle, I started to think about another fiasco that continues to be “swept under the carpet” so as not to offend the powerful flesh and dairy industries.

I’m referring to prions and the diseases that these infectious proteins, that survive sterilization at extremely high temperatures, cause: Mad Cow Disease, the common name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk. Obviously, these animals in the wild have had access to contaminated farm feed.

Denial is so strong that (as far as I’ve been able to ascertain) cattle remains are still boiled down and legally fed to pigs and chickens in this country. Cow brains, eyes, spinal cords, and intestines, which are now excluded from the human food supply, continue to go into animal feed for chickens, other poultry, pigs, and pets.

Laboratory experiments show that pigs can be infected by Mad Cow brains, yet hundreds of thousands of downer pigs, too sick or crippled by injury to even walk, arrive at U.S. slaughterhouses every year.

Twenty percent or more of people clinically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are found at autopsy not to have had Alzheimer’s at all. In fact a number of those deaths are due to CJD which is caused by prions. Stanley Prusiner, the scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of prions, speculates that Alzheimer's (the eighth leading cause of death in the United States) may even turn out to be a prion disease as well.

Of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who die with dementia every year, possibly thousands may actually have died of CJD caused by eating infected meat, yet very few people take these risks seriously. Instead we are all encouraged to live in denial.

For more information and documentation, see:
http://www.all-creatures.org/health.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/health/sub-madcow.html
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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