Got Milk? Get Mad Cow!The 7th case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a Canadian dairy cow yet the Canadian government is encouraging people to keep drinking milk even though they run the risk of coming down with a fatal disease from it.
The seventh case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a Canadian dairy cow. Mad Cow disease is the common name of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a fatal neurodegenerative disease. The cause of BSE is mutant protein called a prion which causes sponge-like holes in the brain. The prion is resistent to chemicals and extreme temperatures and can easily infect other species. In deer and elk it is called chronic wasting disease. A related disease in sheep is called scappie.
BSE starts when cows are fed other cows or sheep. Cows and sheep are vegetarians yet in industrial countries their food commonly contains ingredients from cows and sheep. After an outbreak of BSE in the UK in 1986 Europeans banned the feeding of cows and sheep their own kind. The US didn’t implement such a ban until 1997. The US ban wasn’t enforced until a couple of years ago and even now the ban is not sufficient to prevent BSE. Cows are still fed feed which contains cow blood and chicken manure. Chickens are fed cow byproducts and their manure contains undigested chicken feed. Many farmers use less expensive pig feed for their cows, which contains cow byproducts. It is a simple fact that the feeding practices in Canada and the US do not effectively safeguard against BSE.
When the outbreak of BSE occured in the UK people were diagnosed with the human equivalent of BSE called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). So far at least 157 people have died in the UK from vCJD and many more may ultimately die from it. A new variant has been identified which may take ten years or more to show symptoms. Some medical professionals believe that the alzheimers epidemic is actually a variant of CJD. Since very few autopsies are performed on alzheimers victims and brains are not tested for CJD there is no way to know for sure.
Canadian officials are engaged in a massive campaign of lies to coverup the risks posed by the disease and are making the absurd statement that milk can’t pass the disease causing prion onto humans. The reality is that the prion could certainly be in the milk of the cow but may be in concentrations too small to easily measure but still high enough to cause infection. BSE has been detected in infectious amounts in the blood of infected cattle. Milk often contains blood so therefore could contain infectious amounts of the prion responsible for BSE. It is also likely that milk itself contains BSE. Mammary glands use a wide range of matter from the blood to produce milk and probably can’t distinguish between a mutated protein and normal protein.
One of the people in the UK to die from vCJD was a 25 year old vegetarian named Clare Tomkins. She had been vegetarian half her life and so was not exposed to beef from the BSE outbreak but was exposed to dairy products during the BSE outbreak. Logically, she could have contracted the disease from infected milk or cheese, not meat.
There is no nutritionaly requirement for humans to eat meat or drink the milk of another species and every reason to avoid doing so. Eating beef or consuming dairy products is unhealthy and becoming more risky all the time. The environmental damage done by the beef and dairy industry is enormous. Raising cattle for human consumption is the leading cause of deforestation and a huge cause of global warming. If humans stopped eating cows they would live longer and healthier lives and tens of millions of acres could be reforested to combat global warming.
If you care about your health and your family you should consider adopting the healthy diet your body was meant for – one consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts.
By Bill Phillips Bill Phillips
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