Historically, mad cow has never been reported in cattle which are
totally grass fed. The outbreak in Britain and Europe which
occurred 15 years ago has been linked to the practice of using
animal by-products in feeding. Providing cattle with their God
designed diet of grass and forage results in the safest beef for
What Is Mad Cow Disease?
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), known in vernacular as Mad
Cow Disease, is one of a group of transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies (TSE). These transmissible, slowly progressive,
degenerative, fatal diseases affect the central nervous system of
many animals including man and cause neurological symptoms. These
diseases include BSE in cattle, Scrapie in sheep, Chronic Wasting
Disease (CWD) in elk and deer, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
in humans among others.
What Causes Mad Cow Disease?
The causative agent for these diseases have not been proven exactly,
however, numerous theories exist. The leading and most accepted
theory is that the diseases are caused by a prion (a protein
particle). Other theories involve a virus, Spiroplasma bacteria,
organophosphates, magnesium, aluminum, and the autoimmune system.
The greatest attention has been given to BSE when evidence in the
1990ís linked it to nvCJD (new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease).
CJD has been recognized with worldwide distribution for at least 80
years and usually has an onset in 60-70 year olds. New variant CJD
(nvCJD) was only recognized in the last decade and has been the form
linked to BSE. It has been seen in young people and even children.
Though not proven how, BSE may be spread to humans. Evidence
indicates that nvCJD has occurred after consuming BSE-contaminated
cattle products. Evidence has also indicated that the transmission
of BSE to humans is only possible with the consumption of brain,
eyes, lymph nodes or spinal tissue.
The outbreak of BSE in cattle, which occurred in Britain, is
believed to have started from the feeding of Scrapie-contaminated
sheep meat and bone meal to cattle. This outbreak was then made
worse by the practice of feeding rendered bovine meat and bone meal
to young calves.
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