Mad Cow Disease
Mad Cow Disease – What the Government Isn’t Telling You!
What is Mad Cow Disease?
From: “Dr. Van Beveren”
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2001 08:21:00 -0500
Mad Cow Disease – What the Government Isn’t Telling You!
What is Mad Cow Disease?
Mad Cow Disease is the common term for Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE), a progressive neurological disorder of cattle which can be transmitted to other species, including humans. In humans, it is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, after the two doctors who first described the symptoms of the disease. The disease in cattle is called Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy because this form of the disease occurs in cows (therefore, the term bovine), it causes a sponge-like destruction of the brain (therefore, the term spongiform encepholopathy – enceph means brain and pathy means pathology – meaning an abnormality). What are the symptoms of Mad Cow Disease? Symptoms include an excitable or nervous temperament to external stimuli such as touch to the skin, a progressive unsteadiness of gait resulting eventually in the inability to stand up. The disease is virtually 100% fatal. The human equivalent of Mad Cow Disease, Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease, causes memory loss, emotional instability including inappropriate outbursts, an unsteady gait, progressing to marked weakness, severe rapidly progressive dementia and death, often within a year of the onset of symptoms.
What is the cause of Mad Cow Disease? Currently the most accepted theory is that the causative agent is a modified form of a normal cell surface protein called a prion (pronounced PREE-ON) protein.
Where did Prions come from? Are they a type of virus or bacteria? What are they? A prion is neither a virus nor a bacteria. Prions are proteins that contain no DNA or RNA, two substances previously felt to be essential for reproduction of a living tissue. Prions are normal constituents of the body when in their normal form or conformation, but they can become twisted in a conformational change (a change in shape – in the way the molecule is folded), and then they are thought to cause disease.
How long ago were Prions discovered? In 1997, Stanley Prusiner, M.D., a professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of prions, “tiny protein molecules that seem to cause a variety of slow acting – and inevitably fatal – diseases in animals and humans; the name is an acronym for “proteinaceous infectious particles.” But the diseases found in association with these tiny protein molecules have been known for over 50 years. In fact, the prion, as it has been named by Dr. Prusiner, may well have been discovered over 150 years ago, and re-discovered, every 25-50 years since then, by different scientists who gave the molecule different names. Prions exist, but it is extremely doubtful that the Prion is the “CAUSE” of ANY disease. Prions are much more likely to be the “RESULT” of a sick and dying body. Prions are most probably a RESPONSE to the illness that was actually CAUSED by a grossly improper diet and other unhealthy lifestyle factors. ” Factory farming” of animals, with the massive use of hormones, pesticides and other harmful substances destroy the animal’s immune system. When these diseased animals are eaten by people, then the people get sick and die. When the animal’s immune system is suppressed because of a violation of the immutable natural health laws that govern the health of both animals and man, then the body produces the agent necessary to clean out the mess of dead and dying tissue resulting from the violation of these health laws. You see, these supposed “infective agents” such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and now Prions, are NOT the CAUSE of the diseases, they are the RESULT of a diseased body caused by the wrong diet and lifestyle
These bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions are actually the “clean-up crew”, formed by the body, to get rid of the mess and clean out the body. We have been taught that germs CAUSE disease. But germs DON’T cause disease anymore than flies cause garbage! Flies DON’T cause garbage – Garbage attracts flies! A dead animal in the road attracts vultures!! Vultures don’t attract dead animals. It’s the same situation in the body. When there is dead and dying tissue in the body, caused by an improper diet and lifestyle, the “clean-up crew is called in to get rid of the problem. The body can produce its own “cleansing” agents (such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions) when the need arises. Or these agents can be transmitted from others, or, as in the case of Mad Cow Disease, by humans ingesting prions by eating the flesh of the cow or other infected animal. When these agents start cleaning out the toxins in the body, the toxins are dumped into the blood stream to be filtered and eliminated from the body. These toxins then cause symptoms which the doctor diagnoses as “disease” and the doctor then NAMES the disease according to the symptoms it produces. The medical and pharmaceutical establishment then tries to produce a DRUG to STOP the cleansing process, in order to STOP the patient’s uncomfortable symptoms. But the drug NEVER cures the “disease” – it just stops the cleansing process so the patient’s body remains sick and filled the toxins, even though the patient may feel somewhat better – at least for a time. If a person’s immune system is healthy because he has been eating and living properly, he has no need to produce these cleansing agents and will not be susceptible to them. But if his body contains dead and dying cells and tissue from an improper diet and lifestyle, then these agents have a field day. As they “clean out” the “garbage” in the body, the effect can be so severe, that the patient actually dies. So these tiny infective agents can either be produced by the body itself, or transmitted or ingested into the body from the outside.
In the 1800′s, Antoine Bechamp, a French physician and professor of biochemistry at a prestigious University medical school in France discovered a tiny particle that he named microzymas. He found that these tiny bodies could change from one shape or form into another shape or form, depending on the condition of the person’s immune system. About 70 years ago, an extraordinary scientist-inventor, Royal Rife, built possibly the world’s greatest microscope and observed what Bechamp had discovered, that these tiny bodies could change shape and form. A bacteria could actually become a virus or a fungus, due to a conformational change. In the last 40 years, Dr. Virgina Livingston, a physician, a professor at Rutgers University and an outstanding cancer researcher, discovered these same tiny bodies. More recently, Gaston Naessens, a brilliant chemist and physicist now living and working in Montreal, Quebec, Canada built a super specialized microscope for studying these tiny living organisms, which he named somatids. Over years of careful microscopic observation and laboratory experimentation, Naessens went on to discover that if and when the immune system of an animal or human being becomes weakened or destabilized (by violating the 10 natural laws of health), the normal three-stage cycle of the somatid goes through thirteen additional successive growth stages, each form evolving into the next by conformational changes.
How do you know that the Prion, recently discovered by Dr. Prusiner is the same molecule as the somatid or the microzyma as named by the previous discoverers? Answer:
1: It behaves in the same way. It produces symptoms – “disease” – in a person whose immune system has been suppressed by violation of the natural health laws (improper diet and lifestyle).
2: It is found in contact with diseased tissue. (Scientists think that because a prion is found in CONTACT with diseased tissue, that the Prion is the CAUSE of the disease. But, in fact, it is the RESULT of the diseased tissue and NOT the CAUSE!)
3: Prions, somatids and microzymas have virtually the same physical characteristics – they CANNOT BE DESTROYED. There is NO WAY to kill them. Prions are NOT DESTROYED by fire, nor by freezing, nor by disinfectants, nor by operating room sterilization procedures, nor by incineration, nor by intense radiation. In fact, scientists and government agencies HAVE NOT FOUND ANY WAY TO DESTROY THEM!! Grinding up the dead cows and other animals who have died from Mad Cow disease, and then incinerating them WILL NOT KILL the Prion!! How did this whole mess get started?
Over 30 years ago, cattle and sheep ranchers and other producers of animals to be slaughtered and used for food, started “factory-farming” – raising the animals in penned areas, in very close quarters, and feeding them hormones and other chemical to fatten them up faster for market . They had to give them huge amounts of antibiotics because the animals became so sick so easily because of their terrible living conditions.. (Their Immune Systems were NOT working right.) The ranchers also cut costs by feeding their animals ground-up dead animals, animals that have died of disease – as well as humane society animals, cats and dogs that have been euthanized. ALSO being used as feed were road-kill and offal, parts of the animals not fit for human consumption. This process of grinding up diseased, dead animals for feed for other animals is called “rendering.” But sheep and cows are herbivores – vegetarians. They are supposed to graze – to eat grass. They are NOT meat eaters. Their intestines and body systems cannot stay healthy when they are fed the wrong diet, especially when the ground up dead animals used for food, died from disease! The equivalent disease in sheep is called “scrapie” because the diseased sheep scrape themselves against fences and other objects until they injure themselves. They develop other neurologic disorders and eventually die – - – and THEN, the ranchers grind them up and feed them to cows, chickens, pigs (and other animals to be used for human consumption) and call the “feed” High Protein Pellets! Then when the cows get sick and die from this horrible practice, they grind them up and feed THEM to OTHER cows and other types of animals being raised for human consumption.
What diseases in humans are associated with Prions? Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) has been diagnosed in many countries in the world, including the United States. Kuru, a neurologic disease, very much like CJD, has been present in New Guinea for many years. It appears to be associated with cannibalism. Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker (GSS) disease is manifested as a very unsteady gait plus other signs of damage to the cerebellum – a specific area of the brain. The symptoms are very much like CJD. GSS is also fatal. Fatal familial insomnia in which dementia follows difficulty sleeping. Are sheep and cows the only animals affected? No. This same “feed” made of ground-up dead, diseased animals has been fed, and is still being fed, to other animals being raised for human consumption, including chickens and pigs. Also deer, elk and mink have been found to have the disease. What countries have been affected by Mad Cow Disease? The UK has been severely affected. Germany, Italy and many other countries have also been affected. Is Mad Cow Disease in the U.S.? The Government says there is no problem with Mad Cow Disease in the U.S. However, they admit that cows in this country have already been diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease. And there are also THOUSANDS of “Downer Cows” in this country, cows that are well one day and dead the next. When these “Downer Cows” are ground up and fed to other animals, the other animals develop the equivalent of Mad Cow Disease.
So the government, as always, is talking out of both sides of their mouth. They are protecting the gigantic billion dollar meat and poultry industry rather than the American people.
What is the government doing to stop this dangerous feeding practice? They’re approaching it the same way they have handled the AIDS epidemic: They LIE!
1. First, they deny that there is ANY problem.
2. When the evidence becomes overwhelming that there is a BIG problem, they admit that there “might” be a problem, but they say they’re not sure, they are studying it and if there is a problem, it’s not a serious problem and there is no reason for alarm. Keep eating what you’re eating, they advise.
3. When people start catching on that there really is a problem, the government will admit that at first they weren’t as vigilant as they should of been, but the people who were then responsible for investigating the problem are no longer with the government (blame those guys – they’re gone) and now the problem is “under control.” And there is no cause for alarm. Keep eating the stuff, they advise you.
4. A number of years later they say, “Oh, we’ve found out that there really has been a pretty big problem all along, but NOW we’ve got it under control. So there is NO cause for alarm.” Keep eating the stuff, they advise you.
5 Then a year or two later they admit that it’s in ALL the different breeds of animals, but it’s “low risk” and you probably won’t get it so NO cause for alarm.” Keep eating the stuff, they advise you.
6. When the problem continues to grow, they start dividing the Prion diseases into different categories so no one specific category has too many people in it.
7. When the problem becomes outrageous, they admit there’s a small, but controllable problem, and then they start covering up the true statistics – the REAL number of people who have the disease or who have already died from the disease. Their plan ALWAYS is to keep the public calm as they die!
Would the government REALLY LIE to us? What is the evidence for a cover-up in Mad Cow Disease?
1. As of Jan 6, 2001, the Centers for Disease Control, a government Public Health organization, published on their web site: “BSE has not been shown to exist in the United States.” “According to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services of the United States Department of Agriculture, BSE has NOT been detected in the United States, despite active surveillance efforts for several years.” However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) DOES NOT actively monitor the disease! The REAL truth is: “A year before BSE was even reported in Britain in 1985, Richard Marsh, Chairman of the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was alerting dairy practitioners of the possibility that a “previously unrecognized scrapie-like disease in cattle” existed in the United States. The clue came in 1981 when “Mad Mink Disease” wiped out a population of minks in Wisconsin who hadn’t eaten any sheep at all. The meat portion of their diet consisted almost exclusively of dairy cattle called “Downers,” an industry term describing cows which collapse for unknown reasons and are too sick to stand up. BUT – the beef industry claims that “Downer Cows” DO NOT have Mad Cow Disease! YET – when these Downer Cows were ground up and fed to mink – the mink DEVELOPED “Mad Mink Disease!”
In June 1992, a USDA consultant group decided that changes in the research program to accommodate the possibility that BSE was already present in the U.S. were, “not appropriate at this time.” The panel that made this decision included representatives of the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Renderers Association, the American Sheep Industry Association and the National Cattlemen’s Association. (By the way, Beef is the largest revenue source for American agriculture nationwide. It is a $150 billion dollar industry. Since the FDA protects the pharmaceutical industry, the very industry that it’s supposed to police, why wouldn’t the USDA (U.S. Dept of Agriculture) protect the Beef and Sheep Industry, even though the USDA is supposed to CONTROL it?)
According to the USDA, “virtually all U.S. feed manufacturers use meat and bone meal in their feeds” and most U.S. cattle are fed such rendered animal tissues. In 1989 alone the U.S. rendered two million tons of cattle for use primarily in animal feed and pet food. There has been a substantial increase in the use of animal protein in commercial dairy feed since 1987.
Dr. Gibbs, who recently chaired a World Health Organization investigation into the disease says “Do I believe BSE is here in the U.S., of course I do,” Gibbs made this admission at a University of Wisconsin symposium.
With more than two decades of prion research behind him, Dr. Stanely Prusiner, the scientist who coined the term “prion” and received the Nobel Prize for his work, agrees that Mad Cow Disease MUST be present in the U.S.”
In late 1978, Dr. Masuo Doi, a veterinarian with the Food Safety and Quality Service, studied a disorder in some young hogs that had arrived at a Packing Plant in Albany, N.Y. from several Midwestern states. The USDA’s pathologist reported that the damage in the pig’s brain was similar to the damage observed in the brains of sheep afflicted with scrapie, essentially the same disease as Mad Cow Disease (BSE) in cows.
Finally, the FDA drafted a rule that would ban the fortifying of animal feeds with “any Mammalian tissue.” However, the FDA has played a taxonomical shell game by ARBITRARILY REMOVING PIGS FROM THE CLASS OF “MAMMALIA.” They declared that a pig is NOT a mammal!
A single teaspoon of ingested high infectivity meat and bone meal is thought to be enough to cause BSE in a cow. “One hundred thousand cows per year in the United States are fine at night, but dead in the morning. The majority of those cows are rounded up, ground up, fed back to other cows. If only one of them has Mad Cow disease, it has the potential to infect thousands.” says Howard Lyman, Cattle Rancher for 40 years.
Mad Cow Risks were First Reported in the United States in 1976!!
“Health experts…knew of the potential dangers of contaminated human growth hormone years before the first Creutzfeldt-Jakob death occurred and experimental programs halted, British court documents reveal. Correspondence dating from the mid- ’70s presented to a British judicial inquiry reveal a paper trail between the United States National Institutes of Health and the British Government indicating the infectiousness was foreseen,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Moreover, a safer method for purifying human growth hormone drugs had long been available, but scientists involved in the experiments had ignored it in favor of a cheaper, less labor-intensive option.”
In 1989 alone almost 800 million pounds of processed animals were fed to beef and dairy cattle in the U.S.. The USDA has conceded that “the potential risk of amplification of the BSE agent is much greater in the United States” than in Britain.
In 1995 five million tons of processed slaughterhouse leftovers were sold for animal feed in the United States. Rendering is a $2.4 billion-a-year industry. “There is simply no such thing in America as an animal too ravaged by disease, too cancerous, or too putrid to be welcomed by the embracing arms of the renderer. In addition to diseased farm animals, the city of Los Angeles sends some two hundred tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a rendering plant every month. Added to the blend are the euthanized catch of animal control agencies and roadkill ” according to Howard Lyman, a cattle rancher for 40 years.
This is the food fed to the animals that YOU EAT!
In the U.S. the rendering industry promised to stop feeding sheep brains to cows years ago; the FDA confirmed that this ban failed. Unfortunately just about everybody lies. “British government officials misled the public for years over the dangers of British beef and the risk of “mad cow” (BSE) disease spreading to humans,” according to Reuters wire service. “UK Physicians Told Not to Tell Hemophilia Patients of Possible CJD Blood Concerns.”
“Mad Cow – BSE- CJD Now Likely to Be a Global Infection” according to New Scientist journal. BSE has infected a dozen species of animals which presumably ate infected tissue. Is Cow’s milk safe? What about cheese? Although there is a case description in the New England Journal of Medicine (1992) in which colostrum from a Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseased woman was found to be infectious to mice, cow’s milk is considered “safe” by the World Health Organization.
In the largest known U.S. outbreak of cases of CJD to date, in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, the disease was linked to, among other things, cheese consumption.
What about other animals? Are they infected too?
Paul Brown, medical director for the U.S. Public Health Service, believes that pigs and poultry could be harboring BSE and passing it on to humans, adding that pigs are especially sensitive to the disease. Two epidemiological studies found pork to be a dietary risk factor in Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The most common misdiagnosis of CJD is Alzheimer’s disease. How can Prions be destroyed? They CAN’T! The English government destroyed over 4.5 million cattle and incinerated them at a temperature of 1100 degrees centigrade. The resulting ash is still considered infectious and is stored in WW ll blimp hangers. Mad Cow disease can be passed from the mother to the fetus in the womb. It can be passed from a bull to the cow through sperm. It can be passed from one species to another quite freely by transfusion of contaminated blood or consumption of infected material.
BSE is extremely resistant to high temperatures; it is unaffected by radiation, laboratory solvents and bleaches. In other words, it appears to be virtually indestructible. How long is the incubation period for “Mad Cow” Disease in humans (also called CJD)? It is estimated that it may be as long as 20-40 years. But teen-agers and young children have also died of it. So it can occur much more rapidly than previously thought. An infected cow shows the symptoms of BSE four to seven years after the time of infection.
How are the government and the cattle industry trying to “muzzle” truth-tellers about the risks of Mad Cow Disease to the population of America? Certain states, including Texas, have passed Food Disparagement Acts. Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and North Dakota corporate growers of vegetables and fruits have won passage of laws making it a crime to falsely denigrate fruits and vegetables.
Then the corporate farming industry in conjunction with the government, conspire to cover-up, distort and withhold the facts from the public. So a whistle-blower who is telling the truth, trying to warn the public, is a “sitting duck” for a law suit. The cattle industry sued Oprah Winfrey and her guest, Cattle Rancher Howard Lyman, because they told the truth about the cover-up of Mad Cow Disease. Even though Oprah Winfrey and Howard Lyman won the court action, the cattle industry wanted to send a strong message of intimidation to anyone else who might even think about speaking truth. Fortunately, in the U.S., Truth Telling is still a legitimate defense, at least for the time being.
What other products or procedures are potentially dangerous?
Vaccines, cosmetics, human growth hormone, thyroid hormone, albumin (a blood product given in hospitals), blood transfusions, vitamin and mineral supplements, gelatin in thousands of processed foods, corneal transplants, surgical instruments, estrogen, progesterone, cortisone, heparin, Vitamin B12, insulin, gelatin in pill capsules, yogurt, ice cream, butter, chewing gum, lard, margarine, shortening, egg substitutes, gravy mixes, cake mixes, whitener in refined sugar (it’s from bones), gelatin desserts, marshmallows, mayonnaise, sausages and sausage casings, medicines, pet foods, and many other products.
What can we do?
1. DON’T believe the government. They have no interest in protecting you. They are protecting big business and their own jobs.
2. Stop eating ALL animal products. Stop eating meat, poultry, dairy products and eggs.
3. Stop eating processed food. Most of it contains animal products, even though you would never suspect it.
4. Do not assume animals in the wild are not infected. They are.
5. Stop eating sugar or sugar containing foods. Sugar is “whitened” with bone meal.
6. Start eating a diet of fruit, grains and vegetables in their most natural form. This plan will allow you to be FREE of ALL disease, not just “Mad Cow Disease.”
7. Make a determination to eventually get off all medications. (Don’t stop them abruptly. That can be dangerous) Many medications contain animal products. In addition, drugs NEVER cure disease, and they ALL have dangerous side-effects
When you start following the Ten Natural Laws of Health you will eventually be able to slowly decrease your drug dosages and then stop them entirely. Mad Cow Disease will be a Global Epidemic that will make AIDS look like a “walk in the Park.” But YOU can be safe from the danger. You don’t have to be afraid. If your immune system is working properly because you are eating the right diet and living the right lifestyle, disease can’t touch you.
These problems were predicted OVER 100 years ago. Talk about a prophet! Read these quotations! The following quotations were written OVER 100 YEARS AGO by the most prolific woman author of non-fiction in the U.S., Ellen G. White! (Notice the year written at the end of each quotation):
“Disease in cattle is making meat eating a dangerous matter…Disease is contracted by the use of meat. The diseased flesh of these dead carcasses is sold in the market places, and disease among men is the sure result. “There is no safety in the eating of the flesh of dead animals, and in a short time the milk of the cows will also be excluded from the diet… In a short time it will not be safe to use anything that comes from the animal creation.” (Written in 1898)
“Physicians who claim to understand the human organism ought not to encourage their patients to subsist on the flesh of dead animals. They should point out the increase of disease in the animal kingdom. The testimony of examiners is that very few animals are free from disease, and that the practice of eating largely of meat is contracting diseases of all kinds, — cancers, tumors, tuberculosis and numbers of other like affections.” (1897)
“Swine’s flesh above all other flesh meats, produces a bad state of the blood. Those who eat freely of pork can not help but be diseased…The eating of pork has produced scrofula, leprosy and cancerous tumors. Pork eating is still causing the most intense suffering to the human race. (1865)
“The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up using any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly…man has cursed the earth. The habits and practices of men have brought the earth into such a condition that some other food than animal food must be substituted for the human family. We do not need flesh food at all.
(1899) “Could you know just the nature of the meat you eat, could you see the animals when living from which the flesh is taken when dead, you would turn with loathing from your flesh meats. The very animals whose flesh you eat, are frequently so diseased that, if left alone, they would die of themselves; but while the breath of life is in them, they are killed and brought to market. You take directly into your system poison of the worst kind, and yet you don’t realize it.” (1870)
“Many die of diseases wholly due to meat eating, when the real cause is scarcely suspected by themselves or others. Some do not immediately feel its effects, but this is no evidence that it does not hurt them. It may be doing its work surely upon the system, yet for the time being the victim may realize nothing of it.” (1890)
“In many places fish become so contaminated by the filth on which they feed as to be a cause of disease. This is especially the case where the fish come in contact with the sewage of large cities. The fish that are fed on the contents of the drains may pass into distant waters, and may be caught where the water is pure and fresh. Thus when used as food they bring disease and death on those who do not suspect the danger.” (1905)
Wake Up America!
A. Van Beveren, Ph.D.CNS, CNC
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