One of the more alarming pieces of evidence linking mad cow to sporadic CJD and sCJD is the "cluster" phenomena. Statistics measure variability, not
accuracy, but they can be used to find anomaly's when large numbers are analyzed.
For there to be 1 or 2, or even 3 cases would still be considered a statistical plausibility. But for there to be 18 cases within a million, let
alone a thousand, constitutes a cluster that can't be explained by mere chance.
In Cherryhill New Jersey, Janet Skarbek stumbled upon one of the largest "anomaly's" of CJD that has occurred, and many of the people involved ate
food at the same race track.
"If you just take five of the victims from New Jersey that ate at the track most recently, two were out of 100 administrative employees and three
were out of 1,000 season-pass holders. So out of that population of 1,100 people, we should see one case of CJD every 909 years."
She began searching obituaries and identified 18 people she believes died of CJD from 1993 to 2004 and had eaten regularly at the same restaurant
at the now-closed racetrack.
She proved, using probability theory, that a cluster of this size should never occur in one geographic region. This case was definitely a cluster,
and most probably occurred by humans eating contaminated beef.
While Skarbek thought this was a disease cluster, the CDC said no, that seven deaths (later to be 18) is still within the norm of one in a
million. This was sporadic CJD and, thus, no in-depth investigation.
By contrast, the British track down every report of sporadic CJD because that strict surveillance is how they discovered variant CJD, the type that is
caused by mad cow.
Janet was on track to produce a movie related to her research, however, the project was strangely never completed. At the time she mentioned she was
receiving threats, and I can't find evidence the movie was ever produced. There is still an old website that was constructed for its purpose, but it
doesn't seem to have been updated for at least 6 years. It should also be noted that officials found no evidence of a cluster of CJD cases in
The New Jersey incident isn't the only one of it's kind, some more notable clusters include:
At Least Four Recent Cluster CJD Deaths In Ulster Co. NY
New Idaho CJD Cluster
Did Mad Cow Kill Cluster Of 18 People In PA 13 Years Ago?
Another 'Cluster' Death Fifth From New Variant
Again, it seems as though we are playing Russian roulette with our food supply. Should sporadic CJD ever occur outside of genetics? It seems
unlikely, and that ultimately "something" is causing it. Let's take a step back and consider the primary dementia related diseases that could
possibly be linked to prion infection:
Lou Gerhigs Disease
CJD, vCJD, sCJD
Do you or have you ever known someone with one of these conditions? If so, it may be time to consider the implications of these threads.
1 in 10 dementia cases have an unknown cause. Combine this with the possibility that dementia cases are as 5-13% misdiagnosed CJD, then the death
from these diseases is on par with the number of people killed in car accidents every year.
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