posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 02:00 PM
Superdude, you've been mis-informed:
* Prion diseases are known to infect all "ungulates" - sheep, goats, cattle, deer, elk, etc. - the first known prion disease was "scrapie," which
infects sheep. Prion diseases were identified in other animals only in the 1900's - after vaccines were mass-produced.
* Ungulate byproducts, usually from sheep, cows or goats, are used in vaccine manufacturing processes - one of the main problems being addressed by
scientists behind the scenes. ...Last year (?), the FDA decided not to do anything to regulate possible prion contaminations in vaccine production
because the advisory committee decided not enough was known about the problem to fix it.
* Infectious prions cross species and kingdom barriers - eg., first found in yeast around 1992(?)
* Prions cross species by mutating into new strains - the first generation infected may not be very ill, but the strain mutates to cause more serious
disease for the next go-round. Last year for example, the US National Institute of Health identified an infectious prion enzyme linked to
* Banning animal parts in feed won't solve the problem - prions are excreted in urine, milk and offal. ...The University of Wisconsin for example,
reported several years ago that soil and water samples were contaminated. ...A university in Texas reported prion spread via insects...
*****Saying prions can't be infectious is a very old argument - finally debunked when Stanley Prusiner got his Nobel Prize in 1997 - for discovering
prions in 1982.
FYI - infectious prions now are defined as "select agents" under new anti-terrorism legislation; research on prions and prion-related diseases is
controlled. US scientists are not allowed to speak publicly about prions or Mad Cow disease, under threat of arrest and incarceration for
"terrorist-related activity." ....Even Bush wouldn't do this if prions weren't 'real.'
THE GOOD NEWS - different prion strains fight with one another - so a varied diet is a good defense.
PREVENTION is possible, but requires a complete industrial clean up - new methods to decontaminate food production facilities - new filtering systems
to clean wastewater and also, drinking water, and etc.
FYI - kuru was "discovered" and studied in cannibals in the 1950's on an isolated island - some people think the population was purposefully
infected to research the disease.
Also FYI - when the prion discovery was announced in the early 1980's, mega-corporations spent a fortune trying to discredit Prusiner - but
simultaneously restructured their businesses to avoid risks and associated liabilities - and left independent producers holding the bag...
The US government has a prion site where you can go to find basic information and spin - otherwise, a simple google search with attention to medical
articles will lead to the above information, and more. ...It's all well known in the scientific world.
.I'm working on something that will include a list of all my references.