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« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2004, 09:28:00 AM »
It will be interesting to discover that much disease comes from eating animal products. It is sad that so many who have not had the opportunity to know this will suffer.
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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2004, 09:21:00 PM »
In the early 1990s we heard from the government in the U.K. that it was safe to eat cows with Mad Cow disease. Today there is a similar message being preached. I wonder if the same results can be expected?

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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2004, 10:06:00 AM »
One of the real dangers posed by CJD is in the hospital. In this article it is downplayed, but I don't believe it right. In my studies I have come to believe there is a very real and large risk from operating with contaminated instruments.

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« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2004, 02:04:00 PM »
This week an article was published in The Journal of Pathology that raises fears that there are many more soon to be found that are infected with CJD in the UK.

A medical study found that stored appendix and tonsil samples showed evidence of the prion protein associated with vCJD. The study aimed to help health policymakers estimate the numbers of people who could become ill from vCJD by assessing the possible numbers of people in the UK who might be incubating the disease.

Based on the three positives the researchers estimate that about 3,800 individuals in the UK would test positive for CJD. Medical News Today

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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2004, 07:09:00 AM »
There is concern about the spread of CJD from those who are infected and don't know it. The UK study that revealed the possiblity of a large number incubating the disease based upon the examination of tonsil and appendix tissue is important because lymphoreticular accumulation of prion protein is a consistent feature of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob at autopsy and has also been demonstrated in the pre-clinical phase. Immunohistochemical accumulation of prion protein in the lymphoreticular system remains the only technique that has been shown to predict neurological disease reliably in animal prion disorders. In this study, immunohistochemistry was used to demonstrate
the presence of prion protein, with monoclonal antibodies KG9 and 3F4, in surgically removed tonsillectomy and appendicectomy specimens. The samples were collected from histopathology departments across the UK and anonymised prior to testing.

It will be interesting to follow the progress of this work. It may reveal a method to diagnose CJD in people before death.

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« Reply #25 on: June 01, 2004, 04:31:00 PM »
Sick Cow Slaughtered Before It Was Tested for Disease

A cow in Texas that showed a potential sign of a central nervous system disorder (mad cow disease) was slaughtetred and sent to a processing plant for rendering into animal feed before the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture could test it for disease, officials said.

Ron Dehaven, the USDA's administrator for animal and plant health inspection, said in a statement that a veterinarian condemned the animal after seeing it stagger and fall at the slaughterhouse April 28, 2004 in San Angelo, Texas. This indicated the animal was either injured or was exhibiting a potential sign of a neurological disorder such as rabies or mad cow disease, according to the Associated Press.

"Standard procedures call for animals condemned due to a possible [central nervous system] disorder to be kept until [USDA] officials can collect samples for testing," the statement said. "However, this did not occur in this case and the animal was sent to rendering."

USDA officials are investigating the circumstances and "will take appropriate actions once all information is available," the statement said.

The rendered parts of the animal did not enter the human food chain and presents no risk to human health, the statement said, according to the AP.  --HealthDay, May 4, 2004.

Comment: Rendered animals are processed and fed to other food animals as pellets or meal.

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« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2004, 08:31:00 AM »
We will continue to see the advance of Mad Cow Disease (CJD) in people. Many, many, many are going to die from eating the flesh, milk,  eggs, and other animal products that come from diseased animals.

We have a new report from Italy of increased fears regarding the human form of Mad Cow Disease. A second human is thought to have contracted CJD.

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« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2004, 06:37:00 AM »
The El Paso, Texas City-County Health and Environmental District is investigating a possible case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after the death of a hospital patient this weekend, said Irene Rivas, district spokeswoman. CJD Death

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« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2004, 01:29:00 PM »
Danger lurking in the hospital? Earlier in this topic I expressed doubt that downplaying the danger was good. Here is a staement from an abstract of a published  article in the medical Journal Lancet Lancet.

"The unique resistance of prions to classic methods of decontamination, and evidence that prion diseases can be transmitted iatrogenically by medical devices pose a serious infection control challenge to health-care facilities. In view of the       widespread tissue distribution of the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease agent in human beings, new practicable decontamination procedures are urgently needed." Lancet. 2004 Aug 7;364(9433):521-6.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL
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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2004, 12:36:00 PM »
I am a Seventh-day Adventist and a Meat & Poultry Inspector with the USDA. I have been investigating the Mad Cow issue for some years now and am available to answer any questions that I can. The USDA is currently testing very few if any cattle for madcow. They are not allowing the Kansas company to test for shipment to Japan (makes you wonder why, huh?),and they know that Madcow has been in the US since 1985 when there was an outbreak among mink in Wisconsin. I have read some of the replies and they seem to be right on. There have been studies that have shown that many Alzheimers deaths have actually been CJD or variants (there are many variants). The USDA still states that blood is NOT a transmission factor even though there has been a confirmed case in the UK through a blood transfusion (makes you wonder where all the blood goes from the slaughterhouse). They have incinerated prions to a temperature of 1,200 degrees and have been unable to kill it. Looks like this could be the plot for an unbelievable horror movie only it is for real. Until the discovery of the prion it was widely believed that no organism without DNA could reproduce itself, once again mankind has been proven wrong. It is amazing how much confidence we put in mankind and how many times mankind has stated that there was a law (an atom for instance being the smallest matter/ a-tom = uncuttable) and then finding out that we are wrong (you can cut an atom). While there has been relatively small outbreaks of CJD, we have many more years to wait and see what the final consequences will be!
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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2004, 12:46:00 PM »
Wow! Thank you for the confirmation. That is exactly what I have thought was going on. The government has no remorse over withholding information from the public. It's the old theory of sacrificing the few to save the many. Funny it never works out that way. Sad.
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« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2004, 11:03:00 AM »
Here are my favorite sources for BSE info:

Madcow has been in US since at least 1985:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=1826023&dopt=Abstract

Prions still active after 600¢ª Celsius:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10716712&dopt=Abstract

Occurs in Mink:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/pubs/fsheet_faq_notice/fs_ahtme.pdf

Occurs in Pigs:
http://www.cyber-dyne.com/~tom/mad_pigs.html

Truth on current government protection from BSE:
http://cspinet.org/new/200407091.html

Center for BSE info in the UK
http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/bse/index.html

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine BSE facts:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/prevmed/madcow_facts.html

Chronological news stories on BSE and CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk):
http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm

NotMilk Website:
http://www.notmilk.com/

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« Reply #32 on: October 20, 2004, 04:15:00 AM »
Here is a little tidbit that I just received that may make interesting reading:

One Cow, Hundreds of Uses
by Steve Woodward

The mad cow scare may have prompted some consumers
to give up T-bone steak.

But there's no escaping the humble cow.

Gel capsules often are made from bovine gelatin. Bars
of soap probably come from processed cow tallow, which
is solid fat. Asphalt roads may contain bovine fatty
acids. Cars and trucks may ply those roads on rubber
tires made with cow oils.

Even wars can depend on cows. The explosive nitroglycerine
is manufactured from glycerine, which is extracted from
cow fat.

Cattle byproducts, simply put, are one of the glues that
hold together the industrialized world.

The discovery of a Washington Holstein with mad cow disease
turned the spotlight on the world of beef cattle, brains,
spinal cords and meat. The discovery also pointed to a
largely unseen world in which cattle parts turn into chicken
feed, mayonnaise and sex hormones -- and the potential that
byproducts from an infected cow might transmit bovine
spongiform encephalopathy to humans. Federal authorities
insist that is not a significant risk.

The diseased Washington cow had enormous reach, it turns out.
The 1,200-pound Holstein was cut, ground and added to 20,000
pounds of potentially infected meat in eight states, while
its nonmeat parts might have made their way into as much
as 1.5 million pounds of animal byproducts processed by Baker
Commodities, one of the nation's largest renderers.

That multiplier effect illustrates the cow's pervasiveness
in modern life -- and the high stakes of tracking mad cow
disease. Cattle byproducts go into everything from photographic
film to matchstick heads, says Bob Dickson, manager of the
Clark Meat Center at Oregon State University.

Consider:

Glue made from cow's blood is widely used to make plywood.

The cow's nasal septum is processed into chondroitin sulfate,
an alternative medical treatment for arthritis.

Extracted protein from horns and hooves goes into foam for
fire extinguishers.

The root gland of the tongue yields pregastric lipase, which
is used in cheese production as a curdling agent.

Tissue from the small intestines becomes catgut for racket
strings or surgical sutures.

And, of course, cowhide becomes leather shoes or sporting
goods. According to "Scientific Farm Animal Production," a
1998 textbook, one cowhide can yield about 144 baseballs,
or 20 footballs, or 18 soccer balls, or 12 basketballs.

British inventory of uses The most extensive inventory of
the uses of cow parts was completed in 2000 by the British
government, which held an inquiry into mad cow disease and
its human counterpart, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease,
in the United Kingdom.

That inventory documented that cow heads, meat, organs,
blood, hide, feet and fluids made their way into a variety
of human food, pet food, animal feed, pharmaceuticals,
cosmetics and industrial uses.

"Indeed, it has been said, and not altogether facetiously,
that the only industry in which some part of the cow is
not used is concrete production," the inquiry reported.

Even that is no longer true. France and Switzerland now
allow incinerated meat and bonemeal to be added to cement,
according to the London Sunday Telegraph.

"Until the latter half of the 20th century, the only major
uses for beef byproducts were leather and soap and candles,"
wrote author Verlyn Klinkenborg in the August 2001 issue of
Discover magazine. "But given an extraordinary spike in beef
consumption after World War II, as well as a parallel explosion
in industrial diversity, cows were suddenly fractionated
right down to the molecular level."

Though most byproducts go into animal feed, there is perhaps
no more miraculous use of a cow than in pharmaceuticals.

Many health products Heparin, an anticoagulant used to thin
blood, comes from a cow's lungs and intestines.

Epinephrine from the adrenal gland can treat hay fever, asthma
or other allergies, or stimulate the heart in the event of
cardiac arrest.

Catalase, a liver enzyme, goes into contact lens care
products.

Are these products safe from mad cow disease, scientifically
known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)?

For example, cholesterol, which is used to make male sex
hormone, comes from the cow's spinal cord, a tissue at high
risk for containing prions, the rogue protein that causes
mad cow disease.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the rigorous
preapproval process for new drugs assures the public that
prions don't make their way into medicines.

"There are ways to assure that bovine-derived products are
indeed products that come from BSE-free areas," said Murray
Lumpkin, principal associate commissioner of the FDA. "That's
what we've been doing for years."

Vaccines, he noted, are grown in fetal calf serum, not
central nervous system tissue.

But the preapproval process doesn't cover dietary supplements,
which are regulated as food, not drugs.

So supplements such as Brain 360, which are 360-milligram
tablets of raw cow brain concentrate made by Illinois-based
Atrium, face less stringent regulations.

Limits on supplements Banning potentially dangerous dietary
supplements isn't easy under FDA food regulations. The FDA's
recently announced ban on ephedra, for example, took place
only after the herbal supplement was linked to more than
100 deaths.

"On something like bovine brain, the law says they have to
prove beyond a reasonable doubt that people have died as a
result," said Jean Halloran, a food safety expert with the
Consumers Union.

Lumpkin said foreign-made supplements are governed by import
laws, which restrict the importation of supplements made
from ruminants such as cows. But U.S.-made supplements face
no such restrictions.

"We're going to have to look at companies sourcing
domestically," he said, adding the agency will act against
sellers of food "to the extent it's not fit for human
consumption."

Cattle byproducts also find other ways into the human food
supply, largely through the use of gelatin, which is created
by treating bones with acid. According to the 2000 British
government report, 60 percent of gelatin is used in food
preparation. The rest is used to coat tablets, bind
chemicals to photographic film and other nonfood uses.

Take a simple example of pie a la mode. The pie crust probably
is made with gelatin. The dollop of ice cream probably contains
gelatin for a binder. In addition, the sugar for the pie
filling may have been bleached with cow bone.

Other gelatin-based foods include jelly beans, marshmallows
and, naturally, instant gelatin.

Halloran said gelatin is safer than muscle meats, which
government and industry officials say are safe to eat because
they don't contain central nervous system tissue. Still, she
doesn't recommend eating any product, including gelatin, that
comes from an animal with mad cow disease.

"It falls under saying that no part of an infected animal
should be eaten," she said.

Plenty to render, recycle Only about half of a beef cow ends
up in the meat case, according to the National Renderers
Association. The castoffs from beef production -- 35 million
cattle slaughtered annually -- would quickly overflow the
nation's landfills if they weren't rendered and recycled.

So the humble cow continues to yield fertilizer from dried
blood, buttons from hooves, neat's-foot oil from shin bones
and toothpaste from fats. Even the lowly gallstone is exported
to China, where it is thought to have mystical values,
according to "The Meat We Eat" (Interstate Publishers,
1994, 1,193 pages).

"We're sometimes referred to as the original recyclers," said
Tom Cook, president of the National Renderers Association. "We
take a lot of material that would otherwise have no value and
convert it into products that do have value."

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« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2004, 08:57:00 PM »
Thanks, Brother Bill. Great care needs to be taken when purchasing these products.

We have a new form of BSE or Mad Cow Disease. It is related to sporadic CJD. How about that! Maybe sporadic CJD does indeed have a cause. You don't supppose it could be mad cows?

The molecular signature of this previously undescribed bovine prion disease is similar
to that encountered in a distinct subtype of sporadic CJD. This new form with
amyloid plaques has been named bovine amyloidotic spongiform encephalopathy
(BASE). Similar cases have been described in France [Biacabe et al (2003)], Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands and Japan.

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« Reply #34 on: October 29, 2004, 03:01:00 PM »
per statement below it is ok to copy this one time, so here it is.

Very interesting.

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Feds looked into human mad cow cases in NY
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Federal officials have investigated 20 cases for possible human mad cow disease in the last 10 years in New York, where state officials currently are looking into a cluster of five cases of a related disease, United Press International has learned.

Five cases of what initially appeared to be a fatal, incurable brain illness known as Creutzfeldt Jakob disease recently have been reported in Ulster county and surrounding areas in southern New York.

The cause of CJD is unknown, but it is such a rare disease -- striking only one person out of a million on average -- that a cluster of cases appearing in a small area would be unusual.

Some family members of the patients have expressed concern that some of the cases in the Ulster county area could be a related disease known as variant CJD, which has been linked to consuming beef products contaminated with the mad-cow pathogen and also to infected-blood transfusions

"I believe there's definitely a problem in this area," said Brent Tobey, who lives in Ulster county and whose father, Richard Tobey, 59, died earlier this month after being diagnosed with CJD.

Brent Tobey told UPI that when his father was being treated before his death, in Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, medical personnel told him there were additional CJD cases in the area.

"One of the medical staff said eight," Tobey said. "Somebody else said they had seen five cases of it."

According to documents obtained by UPI under the Freedom of Information Act last July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta investigated 20 cases in New York from 1994 to 2002 for the possibility of vCJD.

The CDC's Freedom of Information Office described the cases as "patients CDC has investigated for possible vCJD." Only one case of vCJD has been detected in the United States -- a Florida woman diagnosed in 2002 who subsequently died last June and is thought to have contracted the disease in England. The only confirmed case of mad cow in U.S. herds occurred last December in Washington state.

UPI also has learned that New York recorded 23 cases of CJD in 2003 and 28 in 2001, which is about four and nine more, respectively, than would be expected based on the state's population size.

Health officials said the cases in the Ulster county area did not pose a risk to the public at large.

"We don't see any threat to the public health here whatsoever," William Van Slyke, deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, told UPI. Van Slyke said the state generally sees about 20 cases of CJD per year.

Van Slyke noted one of the Ulster county cases -- that of Colleen Staccio, 46 -- already has been autopsied and no evidence of CJD or vCJD was found. In another case, the person recently had moved in to Ulster county prior to her death so the case officially will be listed as having occurred in her prior place of residence, which Van Slyke said was in the metropolitan New York City area.

Yet another case occurred in neighboring Dutchess County, so only two of the five cases actually occurred in Ulster county, Van Slyke said.

Asked about Tobey's claims of hearing of additional cases, Van Slyke said the only way to confirm CJD cases is via an autopsy.

"Any physician talking to the public without laboratory-confirmed results is doing a significant disservice to patients and should stop," he added.

Tobey said he has tried to find out more about the cases, but health professionals have been unwilling to talk to him.

"I keep getting doors slammed in my face," he said. "Nobody wants to talk to me about it."

Although New York health officials talked to his stepmother about his father's death, officials never spoke with the other family members and the CDC has never contacted the family, Tobey said.

"The media want to talk to us more than the health department and that doesn't make any sense," he said.

Tobey noted that his dad was a "huge beefeater" and that he can no longer bring himself to eat ground beef.

"Every time I look at ground beef, I want to throw up now," he said.

At present, the CDC's age cut-off for investigating potential vCJD cases is 55. That is because nearly all incidences of the disease worldwide have been in people under that age. The 20 cases investigated by the CDC in New York, however, include patients ranging in age from 30 to 54. Generally, the CDC investigated up to four cases in the state each year from 1994 to 2002, with the highest number being four cases each in 1996 and 1999.

CDC officials said they will conduct a "special review" of the cases in the Ulster county area that are under age 55. A special review consists of obtaining as many details as possible about each case from medical reports and other sources to rule out vCJD and "we will be doing that with the state in this case," agency spokeswoman Christine Pearson told UPI.

Pearson said that, at this point, no CDC officials are in the state investigating, but the agency will offer its expertise at the state's request.

She said the agency has not detected any increase in CJD cases in the United States that would indicate there is a problem with vCJD. "We've had a fairly stable rate of CJD cases in the United States" of about 300 per year, she added.

According to official records provided by the New York Health Department to UPI in April, the state recorded 23 CJD cases in 2003 -- 18 upstate and five in New York City. In 2001, the rate was higher, with a total of 28 cases -- 19 upstate and nine in New York City.

New York state's population is just over 19 million, so it would expect to see about 19 cases per year, given the average rate of the disease.

New York Health Department spokeswoman Claire Pospisil said in an e-mail to UPI at the time the number of cases in the state are within the normal expected range.

"Nationally, we see one case per million and New York's stats are in line with that," Pospisil wrote.

Although UPI had requested to see a breakdown of the cases by county, New York officials refused to release the information.

"We do not release county-level data when cell sizes are small, because of the potential to identify someone diagnosed with CJD and jeopardize patient confidentiality," Pospisil wrote. She also did not respond to an e-mail UPI sent after the reports of the cases in the Ulster county area surfaced asking for updated figures for 2004.

The area where the southern New York cases occurred is just two counties away from a northern New Jersey area that saw five CJD cases within 15 months in the two-county region of Morris and Somerset, as UPI reported in March.

The New York Times reported earlier this week it had learned of another CJD death in Orange County, N.Y., which lies between Ulster County and the cluster in northern New Jersey. Ann Marie Da Silva told the Times her husband Richard Joseph Da Silva, 58, died from the disease in May.


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« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2004, 05:05:00 PM »
Liane, I read this as well. It is very important. However, I see that it says you can post a hyperlink to the story "without" text or photos. So I believe you have to recreate this as a link only. If I'm incorrect, I'm sorry and pardon me for butting in.

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« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2004, 07:42:00 AM »
Hi WendyF:

You do have a point, but it also states that one can make one copy for personal use and/or one can use a link if one wants to.

So this is my one copy for personal use. If there was no release whatsoever I would have used a link.

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« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2004, 03:39:00 PM »
Oh, I thought that meant one photocopy. Thanks for clearing that up. Sorry again. :)

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« Reply #38 on: November 12, 2004, 06:27:00 PM »
A patient in Ireland has recently been diagnosed with probable variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). Results of tests on the young male patient, which included tests on a tonsillar biopsy, have confirmed that this is a probable case of vCJD. The hospital has stated that the patient never received a blood transfusion or made a blood donation, and that the cause of infection is not linked to an operation. The patient has not lived abroad, and this is therefore Ireland’s first indigenous case.
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« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2004, 06:52:00 AM »
One of the sad facts of life is that even those who have ceased to eat animal products can be exposed to CJD in hospitals through contaminated instruments. We cannot say for sure that the following is effective, but it does offer hope that there are effective ways to disinfect surgical instruments and dentist's drills.

"This (study) revealed that, under appropriate conditions, relatively mild reagents such as 0·2 % SDS/0·3 % NaOH (pH 12·8), a commercially available alkaline cleaner (pH 11·9–12·2), a disinfectant containing 0·2 % peracetic acid and low concentrations of NaOH (pH 8·9) or 5 % SDS (pH 7·1) exert potent decontaminating activities on PrPSc/PrP27-30 attached to steel surfaces. For in vivo validation, wires reprocessed in these reagents have been implanted into reporter animals in ongoing experiments."

We pray that the ongoing experiments will confirm the results thus far. Of course this will not change the fact that animal products cannot be "disinfected". Vegetarians who are not careful about what they eat are in danger of exposing themselves and their families with things such as "natural flavors" and "gelatin" which are ingredients in some processed foods. Pet food is another route of transmission through which the disease may reach people. It is common for that which cannot enter the human food chain to enter the pet food market. We can expect that pets have been infected with prion disease just as cows, sheep, dear, elk, mink, mice, and a host of other animals have been.

Journal of General Virology

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