Third Case of Mad Cow Disease

| March/April 2006

The third U.S. case of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) was confirmed this week, 18 years after Great Britain destroyed 3.7 million cattle in an effort to eradicate the fatal disease that had claimed 143 people in the United Kingdom.

Like the first two cases in the United States (December 2003, Washington state; November 2004, Texas), this time the degenerative disease was found in a 'downed' animal. Downed animals cannot walk or stand, and are classified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as 'diseased.' Estimates on the number of diseased/downed animals that make it into the human food supply range from 100,000 to 200,000 annually, or more than 70 percent of the downed animals brought to USDA slaughterhouses.

In addition to the risk of mad cow disease, downed cows are more likely to be contaminated with fecal pathogens and other diseases. The USDA previously agreed to ban the use of downer cows, but recently, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns announced that downed animals may again be used for human food. Because the USDA's policy on downed animals has been inconsistent, concerned citizens ? including U.S. representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY), senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), and the organizations Farm Sanctuary and ? are supporting legislation that would permanently ban the use of downed animals in the human food supply. The U.S. Senate has passed the Downed Animal Protection Act, but the House has yet to decide.


Marie Devine_2
11/26/2008 4:27:29 PM

Dr. DC Jarvis wrote a book called "Arthritis and Folk Medicine" in 1960 saying the way we are feeding our animal is changing the PH of their blood and ours and if not stopped we would catch every disease. (It is an inexpensive paperback book.) He gave information on cows and chickens that sound like the diseases mad-cow and bird-flu. He suggested give apple-cider vinegar in their rations to combat and prevent the disease. He gives specifics. For humans he suggests 2 teaspoons each of apple-cider vinegar and honey mixed together and add a cup of water and sip with 3 meals or inbetween. At least part of what is happening is that calcium taken into the body is not going into the bones, but into the veins, muscles and organs. The vinegar and honey break down the calcium from the wrong place and deposits in the bones making them strong. At see ways to transform our society so it solves these and other world problems we created by ignoring God's wisdom.

Brian Alexander
9/7/2008 7:07:42 PM

Mad cow disease in cattle, chronic wasting disease in deer, equine encephelitis in horses, genetic modifying of seeds and livestock, (hybridizing them), spraying ever more potent poisons on our crops and livestock, - Where will it end? Or will it? Who thinks seriously about it? And who cares, if they do? You and me? And what can we do about these and other things? Lots of questions, very few answers, as you can see.

1/30/2007 12:00:00 AM

As a nurse, I have come in contact with a couple of patient with confirmed "Mad Cows" disease. Although they call it something else, it is the same. It's a political game they are playing with our lives. A word of warning to the public...Watch your red meat intake.

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