Everyone's familiar with the prion Mad Cow's Disease
- a quick acting prion that is contracted through eating unsafe ground beef that kills
its victims within 2 years. Mad Cow's infected beef occurs when a rancher or slaughterhouse knows there is a sick cow that can't stand up and they
slaughter and sell the cows meat. If any portions of the cow's brain or spinal tissue winds up in the ground beef, then any person eating it catches
Mad Cow's Disease and Abnormal Proteins
is a more common prion. Its symptoms resemble Alzheimers and in fact many people diagnosed with Alzheimers actually
had CJD. There were different autopsies done on persons who had been diagnosed as having Alzheimers and when their brains were autopsied, 11%-13% of
them actually had CJD. Which makes CJD more common than most think. So out of the 4.5 million cases of Alzheimers diagnosed in the United States
(to be 11.3 to 16 million cases by 2050)
, 540,000 are really Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease (to be 1.35 to 1.92 million cases by 2050)
Yale Study: Brain Autopsies on Alzheimers - They Really Had CJD
Alzheimers Disease Statistics
and Prions: Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease
USDA STOPS PRIVATE ENTERPRISE FROM TESTING THEIR OWN BEEF
The USDA only tests 1% of the beef in the United States for the known prions. That's right, ONLY 1% of the beef is tested. So 99% of the beef in the
United States is NOT tested for the two known prions. Does that make you want to eat a hamburger when 99% of the beef isn't tested? It's like
playing roulette every time you buy beef. The USDA has no idea how many cows are infected and neither do you when you buy a burger.
Creekstone Farms was a company in the past that wanted to test ALL of their beef, which is what consumers expect. Consumers expect the beef companies
to test all of their beef. However, the USDA stepped in and slapped Creekstone Farms with an injunction preventing them from testing their own beef
for prions. The USDA claimed that a private company doesn't have the right to test their own beef for prions, that only the USDA has the authority.
And the USDA funded by taxpayers CHOOSES to only test 1% of the beef, leaving 99% of the beef untested while simultaneously telling private beef
companies that they aren't allowed to test their own beef.
Feb 2004 Creekstone Farms Stopped by USDA from testing their own beef for prions
So for all the 540,000-plus CJD cases (to be 1.35 to 1.92 million cases by 2050)
, if the victims get properly diagnosed with CJD (and not
falsely diagnosed with Alzheimers) - instead of suing the beef companies for not testing their beef -- they'd have to sue the USDA for not allowing
private companies to test their own beef.
OTHER PRIONS IN THE FOOD SUPPLY
Dr. Stanley Prusiner, who discovered prions, has been trying to find a prionic cause for Alzheimers. Alzheimers is a good candidate for possibly being
caused by a prion. The way that most prions work is that a prion attacks neurons, enters into the neuron and changes the normal protein structure into
an abnormal protein structure. When that occurs, the immune system detects either the prion-infected neuron or the abnormal protein structure that is
not supposed to exist in the human body. And the immune system then destroys the neuron with the abnormal protein.
Does Alzheimers fit the profile for a prion? Yes. In the case of Alzheimers, it resembles what a prion does. Something infects memory neurons. Then
changes the normal protein structure of memory neurons to an abnormal protein structure. When that occurs, the immune system responds by destroying
the memory neuron with the abnormal protein structure.
If Alzheimers is caused by a prion, what is the food source? Beef. World beef consumption reflects the Alzheimers rate, just like CJD.
Does Parkinsons fit the profile for a prion? Yes. In the case of Parkinsons, it resembles what a prion does. A prion invades neurons and changes the
normal protein structure to an abnormal protein structure. Then the immune system detects the neuron with the abnormal protein and destroys it.
In the case of Parkinsons, it is the dopamine-producing neurons related to motor control that have abnormal protein structures. The immune system
detects the dopamine-producing neurons with the abnormal protein structure and destroys them.
Aggregation and Neuron Death in Parkinsons
If Parkinsons is caused by a prion, what food is the source? Parkinsons doesn't generally fit the typical beef consumption patterns when looking at
gender. In Japan, more women are infected with Parkinsons then men yet men consume more beef than women in Japan. Is there another product made from a
cow that women in Japan consume more of then men? Yes. But it seems to be more related to the way the product is made - an unsafe way.
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Does Lou Gehrig's Disease fit the profile for a prion? Yes. In the case of Lou Gehrig's disease the prion standard applies. A prion invades neurons,
changing the normal protein structure to an abnormal protein structure - then the immune system destroys the neuron with the abnormal protein.
In the case of Lou Gehrig's Disease, it is the motor control neurons that come under attack. Those neurons become infected with an abnormal protein
and the immune system destroys them. Leaving its victims helpless and unable to move their arms and legs. Many athletes share Lou Gehrigs, including
entire sports teams infected with Lou Gehrig's. And sports teams do share meals and they do share muscle bulking products derived from food.
Sometimes coaches put the whole team on the same diet.
Researchers Find Abnormal Protein
Behind Lou Gehrig's Disease
Does Multiple Sclerosis fit the profile for a prion? Yes. A prion invades neurons and changes the normal protein structure into an abnormal protein
structure. Then the immune system destroys the neuron with the abnormal protein structure.
In the case of Multiple Sclerosis, it is the myelin sheaths of neurons that come under attack. The myelin sheaths of neurons become infected with an
abnormal protein to which the immune system detects. Then the immune system destroys the myelin sheath with the abnormal protein structure.
If Multiple Sclerosis is caused by a prion, what is the food source? It's NOT beef. MS has the opposite gender curve. More women are infected than
men. But MS does reflect world wide cow's milk consumption. So if MS were caused by a prion in cow's milk, then parts of the world that do not
consume cow's milk should have no cases of MS. Does that hold any water? YES. Japan, China and North Korea do not or very rarely drink cow's milk.
Instead they drink soy milk and rice milk. And there's virtually no cases of Multiple Sclerosis in those countries. It's not genetic, because South
Korea drinks cow's milk and they do have a large number of cases of MS. Yet North Korea who doesn't drink cow's milk, that drinks primarily soy and
rice milk doesn't have MS cases.
Those infected with MS all contend that their symptoms flare up when they drink milk, too. And the highest rates of MS in the world are the countries
and regions with the highest cow-dairy consumption.
Abnormal Protein in Multiple Sclerosis
Do you really think your milk is safe?
How about the rest of your food? Do you feel safe eating hamburgers knowing 99% of beef isn't tested for prions? Do you feel safe eating any product
made from a cow?
I know the beef industry wants you to eat their product. But they aren't allowed to test their own beef for the known prions--the USDA won't let
them. And with regards to your milk, are you really certain that milk gives you "strong bones", when those with the highest dairy consumption have
the highest MS rates?