Mad Cow Disease: What You Haven’t Been Told

Is Mad Cow Disease present in the United States? Is there something our government ISN’T telling us? Do you even know what Mad Cow Disease is? The following article contains some very disturbing facts, facts you deserve to know. The article may take awhile to read, but is well worth the time. I read an entire book on this subject a few years back and this article does a great job of summarizing the important information found in the book. Read carefully, the information found below may be one of the most important things you read on this website. Mad Cow Disease What the Government Isn’t Telling You! Lorraine Day, M.D.   What is Mad Cow Disease?  Mad Cow Disease is the common term for Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE), a progressive neurological disorder of cattle which can be transmitted to other species, including humans. In humans, it is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, after the two doctors who first described the symptoms of the disease. The disease in cattle is called Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy because this form of the disease occurs in cows (therefore, the term bovine), it causes a sponge-like destruction of the brain (therefore, the term spongiform encepholopathy – enceph means brain and pathy means pathology – meaning an abnormality). What are the symptoms of Mad Cow Disease?  Symptoms include an excitable or nervous temperament to external stimuli such as touch to the skin, a progressive unsteadiness of gait resulting eventually in the inability to stand up. The disease is virtually 100% fatal. The human equivalent of Mad Cow Disease, Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease, causes memory loss, emotional instability including inappropriate outbursts, an unsteady gait, progressing to marked weakness, severe rapidly progressive dementia and death, often within a year of the onset of symptoms. What is the cause of Mad Cow Disease?  Currently the most accepted theory is that the causative agent is a modified form of a normal cell surface protein called a prion (pronounced PREE-ON) protein. Where did Prions come from? Are they a type of virus or bacteria? What are they? A prion is neither a virus nor a bacteria. Prions are proteins that contain no DNA or RNA, two substances previously felt to be essential for reproduction of a living tissue. Prions are normal constituents of the body when in their normal form or conformation, but they can become twisted in a conformational change ( a change in shape – in the way the molecule...

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