Disease Origins

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Disease Origins – 3 October 2008

According to a study by researchers in England, livestock is the primary transmission route for the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the developed world, which is thought to infect 2 to 3 million people per year in the U.S. alone.
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“Handling livestock these days is risky business, not the least because humans are increasingly contracting diseases from the animals: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease [CJD], Nipah virus, bird flu, and SARS are a few examples. “Exotic,” and often endangered, animal cuisine provides the conduit for a global pandemic. In China, wet markets display caged and invariably sickly creatures, such as cobras, civet cats, and anteaters, for consumers who want that “taste of the wild.” In Africa, the bush-meat trade is blamed for the spread of Ebola and AIDS.”
– From “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice

One of the best health-related lectures Frank and I have ever heard was given by the brilliant, internationally recognized expert Michael Greger, M.D. who spoke on the history of pandemic viral infections. In a nutshell, the origin of these diseases is animal agriculture and the eating of animals. This was the subject of my Blog: Michael Greger, M.D. – 12 March 2007

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