posted on Nov, 27 2013 @ 11:29 AM
I've got a bit of a unique perspective on this; when I hit my 20s, I started feeling unwell most of the time; vague bellyaches, low energy, worrying
about going too far from a bathroom, etc (I'll spare you the details).
Fast forward 20+ years and I was finally diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I had three different inter-intestinal fistulas which could easily have
been peritonitis, lost over a foot of intestine to ulcerations and basically had scarring and infection to most of the other lower abdominal
structures when they finally did the surgery.
I also worked as a medical transcriptionist from the 70s onward. Crohn's disease is NOT a reportable illness, but back in the 70s I NEVER had even
heard of the disease, and certainly never got dictations for patients who were having treatment or surgery for it. By the 80s, I started hearing
about it (still hadn't been diagnosed myself), by the 90s it was a bit more frequent, but by the 00s it became common to the point of obviousness.
Something happened in the meantime to make Crohns, IBS and other like diseases more prevalent, but the CDC still hasn't made it a reportable illness
so statistics can be gathered.
There's a doctor down in Florida that wrote about the connection between a disease in dairy cattle with identical symptoms to Crohns in humans; its
caused by a tuberculin-like bacteria and this bug IS NOT killed by pasteurization, the heat is not high or long enough. So basically, any dairy you
eat may be contaminated with this disease, the milk and other dairy products you eat are the conglomeration of hundreds of different cows now, not
just 'ol Bessie in the backyard, and the dairy industry has kept this possibility quiet for over two decades now (even my gastroenterologist
poo-poo'ed the idea when I mentioned it, the idiot).
My Crohn's was what the medical profession calls 'indolent' or slow-moving; in other people it can cause severe diarrhea and weight loss, and
sometimes leads to the removal of the entire intestinal system. It can be deadly, in other words.
Capitalism at work, again. There's little incentive to clean up their act if they can keep knowledge from the general public, and all incentive to
pretend your milk comes from happy cows in green pastures, not antibiotic and hormone laced miserable animals cooped up in a barn reeking of manure
half the year being fed a diet of hay and grains not native to their diet, and the rest of the time contained in a small acreage of whatever happens
to be growing...
Oh, and guess what they do with cows that have shown obvious signs of having this disease? Of course, they're slaughtered and their meat is added to
the food supply.
And people wonder why I'm a vegetarian...