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From 14 May 2001 Issue:


In September of 1996, the National Academy of Sciences reported a link between Crohn's disease and infected cows.

"Mycobacterium paratuberculosis RNA was found in 100% of Crohn's disease patients, compared with 0% of controls."

Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Para-T) causes a bovine disease called "Johne's."  Cows diagnosed with Johne's Disease have diarrhea, and heavy fecal shedding of bacteria. This bacteria becomes cultured in milk, and is not destroyed by pasteurization.  Occasionally, the milk borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host, and irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's results.

Hoard's Dairyman, the national dairy farm magazine reported in their January 24, 1995 issue:

"Johne's disease and Crohn's disease are remarkably similar in clinical signs and intestinal pathology."

In February of 1998, the British Medical Journal reported:

"Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis crosses the species barrier to infect and cause disease in humans."

The following month, the Journal of Environmental Microbiology reported:

"Mycobacterium paratuberculosis is capable of surviving commercial pasteurization..."


This past week, the National Fluid Milk Processors requested that Congress give dairy farmers a subsidy of $1.3 billion to destroy 330,000 infected cows infected with Para-T.

USDA estimates that 30% of America's dairy herds contain cows infected with Para-T. There are 9.2 million dairy cows in America.  By destroying 330,000 cows, the dairy farmer may solve an arbitrary 10% of their problem.

The plan is to remove the infected animals from milking herds, and send them to slaughterhouses. Americans will then eat their diseased flesh.

There are an estimated 40 million Americans with irritable bowel syndrome.   Irritable bowels often lead to Crohn's disease. Do gastroenterologists know about Para-T?   They all do.  Do they treat for it? Only one does, to my knowledge.  His name is Ira Schafran.  Should you or a loved one be so affected, his office number in Orlando, Florida is 407-629-8121. Schafran can cure Crohn's disease.

Robert Cohen

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