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US Mad Cow: Atypical, Rare, Spontaneous Strain

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posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 10:19 AM
The two most recent Mad Cow cases that were found in the US in Texas and Alabama are a rare, atypical strain that doesn't present with the usual lesions or traditional prion pattern. Alarmingly, the USDA Chief Vetrinarian said last week that these mysterious cases may NOT be spread through feed, and may actually appear spontaneously. In addition to the "spontaneously occurring," atypical BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) theory, the former US Ag Dept. Vetrinary Disease Specialist put forth two other possible transmission theories: that cows may be getting sheep scrapie, or that cows may be getting this atypical BSE from mice (French scientist were recently able to infect mice with atypical BSE.)

Mysterious Strain of Mad Cow in US

Rare Strain of Mad Cow in US

None of the theories on transmission of this rare strain is very comforting! According to the above news article, US BSE screening policy is based firmly on the opinion that Mad Cow is only spread through contaminated feed, period, which obviously doesn't address these transmission concerns. To further muddy the waters about these cases and a few others like them in Europe, some officials aren't even sure that it's BSE at all because of the lack of traditional presentation of lesions and prions. I get the feeling that these discoveries may be only the tip of the iceberg.

posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 12:35 PM
Dust, Charles R. Pellegrino, a short, pleasant, little read re prions, about which we know next to nothing. Hence, in part anyway, why all the protein-folding distributed computing currently underway - somewhere in there lies a military weapons application.

posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 01:24 PM
Spontaneous? It seems odd to me that any disease would occur "spontaneously". It would be better to say that the cause is unknown at this time. There is a cause for everything. Would it be wise to say that these cases are spontaneous if perhaps someone did not want to track down where it came from?

posted on Jun, 12 2006 @ 11:29 PM
UK Independent Researcher believes that insecticides triggered Mad Cow disease, but his chemical poisoning theory was unpopular:

Did An Insecticide Trigger Mad Cow/BSE In UK?
By Fintan Dunne
Research, Kathy Mc Mahon

" . . . A similar but accelerated mechanism could be driving BSE. ICI's Phosmet organophosphate warble fly insecticide -applied on the backs of animals along the spinal column, similarly degrades prions. "Systemic versions of the insecticide are designed to make the entire cow carcass toxic to warble fly," explains Purdey. "Unfortunately it's toxic to prions too -especially those prions located just millimeters from the point of application."

The damaged prions are then ready to react with manganese in animal feed, or manganese sprayed on land or in mineral licks -to become the driving force of BSE neurodegeneration. Purdey says manganese-tipped prions set off lethal chain reactions that neurologically burn through the animal. . ."

The entire article also discusses how this can result in neurological diseases such as Alzheimers and CJD in humans later in life. Also, head lice medications would have the same effect in humans. Read the article to find out the signficance of copper and manganese in the diet. One can neutralize the damaged prion, one can set off a nasty chain.

And, another Mark Purdy article on BSE is at his website, discussing the effects of soil mineral depletion in the food chain and thus in cattle:

posted on Jun, 13 2006 @ 01:05 AM
It's funny how the US will say there is an A-typical strain of BSE after Japan threatens to lock their borders to american beef hmmm.....

posted on Jun, 13 2006 @ 01:08 AM
Maybe the cows got the first signs of bird flue, im probably way off.

posted on Jun, 13 2006 @ 02:13 AM
The Alabama Mad Cow boogie man- I read somewhere at that time, forgot now where- was linked to TIMING regarding a certain political figure running for election in Alabama who had ties to cattle farming, kidding I did read that.
It was alleged that the Mad Cow Scare was cooked up to hurt his election.

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