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Monday, August 6, 2012

That One Mad Cow? Don't Worry About It

Posted by on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

No big deal!

The California cow with the disease was never destined for the meat market, and some scientists believe it developed "atypical" BSE from a random mutation, something that happens occasionally. Somehow, a protein the body normally harbors folds into an abnormal shape called a prion, setting off a chain reaction of misfolds that eventually kill brain cells.

The strain of bovine spongiform encephalopathy that appeared in the UK in the 1990s and set off a worldwide beef scare was a form caused by cattle eating rendered protein supplements derived from slaughtered cattle, including brains and spinal columns, where the disease is harbored. Scientists know less about the "atypical" strain...

It's no longer legal to feed cattle to cattle, but rendered cattle are fed to chickens, and chicken droppings and spilled feed are rendered back into cattle feed.

Also note the nice little slant to the AP article:

The 10-year-old dairy cow, only the fourth with the sickness ever discovered in the United States, was found as part of an Agriculture Department program that tests for the fatal brain disease in about 40,000 of the 35 million cows slaughtered each year. It was unable to stand before it was killed and sent April 18 to a rendering plant at a Hanford, Calif., transfer station.

Why is that "only" there? And that "ever"? BECAUSE DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT! The cow was "only" found through random testing!

 

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AP should follow your lead and liberally sprinkle with exclamation points, bolding, and all-caps from now on.
Posted by gloomy gus on August 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 2
go veggie.
Posted by scary tyler moore http://pushymcshove.blogspot.com/ on August 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 3
If a cow is too fucked up to manage to stand on its own at the rendering plant, maybe that's a clue that you shouldn't render it.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on August 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
treacle 4
3, tell that to the cow-pitalists who run the country's slaughterhouses.

Face it folks, BSE is in the US meat supply. If you eat unlabelled restaurant/fast food/grocery store beef you are at risk.
Posted by treacle on August 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
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You've got more of a chance of being mowed down by a madman with a gun in public place in America than getting BSE from the food chain.
Posted by tiktok on August 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
6
Forks Over Knives.
Posted by Fire Chief on August 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM · Report this
treacle 7
5, You have no control over the actions of madmen; you do have control over what you put in your mouth.

Also: Drive defensively!
Posted by treacle on August 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
More, I Say! 8
Wait, wait, wait! "Chicken droppings ... are rendered back into cattle feed" !?! Fucking serious? We feed chicken shit to cows? That counts as food!? What in the WHAT!?
Posted by More, I Say! on August 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
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Read these:

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/canni…

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/were-…

Love, Christine (who still reads this rag now and then)
Posted by CDW on August 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM · Report this
Captain Wiggette 10
Just don't forget that 'random testing' includes 0.00% (exactly 0) of food cows.

It is illegal to test food cows for BSE in the United States.
Posted by Captain Wiggette on August 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
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Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (sCJD)
are sister prion diseases (like mad cow and
Chronic Wasting Disease), transmissible by aerosols, tainted meat, infectious by medical (scopes, etc.) dental and eye equipment, blood, urine, feces, saliva, mucous. AD epidemic = 6 million US victims, new case every 68 seconds.
Recently, scientists including Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner (for his prion research) identified other diseases including Parkinson's (3 million US victims), Huntington's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis as being caused by misfolding infectious prions/proteins
http://www.alzheimers-prions.com/pdf/JUN…
ALZHEIMERSISAPRIONDISEASE.pdf

"The prion-like behavior implicated in Alzheimer's disease also suggests that it may be transmissible like mad cow disease."

"Our findings open the possibility that some of the sporadic Alzheimer's cases may arise from an infectious process," senior author Claudio Soto said in a statement in October. "

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/336322/2…

The pathway of human risk for being infected with a prion disease is ingesting prion infected food/meat.

In 1985, Dr,. Richard Marsh proved that feeding downer cattle to farmed mink in Wisconsin caused TME = Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy. Mad cow disease has been circulating and amplifying in the US herd since then. After the third US mad cow was found in 2006, the USDA cut testing from 300,000 animals to only 40,000 a year. (out of 37 million slaughtered) And only 5000 downer cows are tested out of the 1 million downer cows rendered into animal feed each year. Rendered animal feed is most likely to be the source of mad cow in the US herd - 1 million downer cows - the ones most likely to be infected with mad cow disease (from total of 2 million downers) are rendered into potentially prion infected feeds which are fed to chickens, sheep, pigs, fish, family pets, etc. Then the cows are fed chicken litter containing the feces and potentially prion infected chicken feed from the rendering plant.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-gr…

The human pathway of risk is hamburger made from aging asymptomatic dairy cows infected with Bovine Amyloidoic Spongiform Encephalopathy (BASE) mad cow [Three out of four US mad cows were infected with the "atypical" BASE strain of mad cow.] Old dairy cows are ending up UNTESTED in huge industrial mixing vats of hamburger, each containing meat from 50 to 100 animals from multiple states and two to four countries. http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/b…

Two researchers were prescient in the mid 2000s, when they predicted the mad cow/Alzheimer epidemic:

http://www.healthydepartment.com/alzheim…
VIDEO Interview – Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease
Interview with Colm Kelleher author of “Brain Trust: "The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease” recorded November 16, 2004.

Dr. Murray Waldman, a coroner of the City of Toronto and co-author with Marjorie Lamb of the McClelland and Stewart book, "Dying for a Hamburger: modern meat processing and the epidemic of Alzheimer's disease", charges hamburger is the main source of prions, which trigger Alzheimer's.

Helane Shields, Alton, NH hshields@tds.net (www.alzheimers-prions.com/)
More...
Posted by hshields on August 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
12
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (sCJD)
are sister prion diseases (like mad cow), transmissible by aerosols, tainted meat, infectious by medical (scopes, etc.) dental and eye equipment, blood, urine, feces,
saliva, mucous. AD epidemic = 6 million US victims, new case every 69 seconds.
Recently, scientists including Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner (for his prion research) identified other diseases including Parkinson's (3 million US victims), Huntington's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis as being caused by misfolding infectious prions/proteins
http://www.alzheimers-prions.com/pdf/JUN…
ALZHEIMERSISAPRIONDISEASE.pdf

"The prion-like behavior implicated in Alzheimer's disease also suggests that it may be transmissible like mad cow disease."

""Our findings open the possibility that some of the sporadic Alzheimer's cases may arise from an infectious process," senior author Claudio Soto said in a statement in October. "

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/336322/2…

The pathway of human risk for being infected with a prion disease is ingesting prion infected food/meat.

In 1985, Dr,. Richard Marsh proved that feeding downer cattle to farmed mink in Wisconsin caused TME = Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy. Mad cow disease has been circulating and amplifying in the US herd since then. After the third US mad cow was found in 2006, the USDA cut testing from 300,000 animals to only 40,000 a year. (out of 37 million slaughtered) And only 5000 downer cows are tested out of the 1 million downer cows rendered into animal feed each year. Rendered animal feed is most likely to be the source of mad cow in the US herd - 1 million downer cows - the ones most likely to be infected with mad cow disease (from total of 2 million downers) are rendered into potentially prion infected feeds which are fed to chickens, sheep, pigs, fish, family pets, etc. Then the cows are fed chicken litter containing the feces and potentially prion infected chicken feed from the rendering plant.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-gr…

The human pathway of risk is hamburger made from aging asymptomatic dairy cows infected with Bovine Amyloidoic Spongiform Encephalopathy (BASE) mad cow [Three out of four US mad cows were infected with the "atypical" BASE strain of mad cow.] Old dairy cows are ending up UNTESTED in huge industrial mixing vats of hamburger, each containing meat from 50 to 100 animals from multiple states and two to four countries. http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/b…

Two researchers were prescient in the mid 2000s, when they predicted the mad cow/Alzheimer epidemic:

http://www.healthydepartment.com/alzheim…
VIDEO Interview – Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease
Interview with Colm Kelleher author of “Brain Trust: "The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease” recorded November 16, 2004.

Dr. Murray Waldman, a coroner of the City of Toronto and co-author with Marjorie Lamb of the McClelland and Stewart book, "Dying for a Hamburger: modern meat processing and the epidemic of Alzheimer's disease", charges hamburger is the main source of prions, which trigger Alzheimer's.

Helane Shields, Alton, NH hshields@tds.net (www.alzheimers-prions.com/)
More...
Posted by hshields on August 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this

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