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. Just by going back to grass feeding all the Mad cow
issue can be resolved.
Below is a research study
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, multiple sclerosis, and
creutzfeldt-jakob disease are probably autoimmune diseases
evoked by Acinetobacter bacteria.
encephalopathy (BSE) belongs to a group of
conditions named together as transmissible
spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). They are fatal
neurodegenerative diseases that include "scrapie" in
sheep, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and kuru in
humans, and chronic wasting disease in deers.
BSE-affected animals suffer from "hindquarters"
paralysis, which is also one of the main features of
"experimental allergic encephalomyelitis" (EAE). EAE
is considered an animal model of multiple sclerosis
(MS) and lower limb ataxia is often observed in MS
patients. The presence of clinical and
histopathological similarities in these diseases
suggests a common pathology. Specific brain
peptides, which produce EAE, were shown to have "molecular
mimicry" with the soil and skin saprophytic
microbe, Acinetobacter. BSE-affected animals and
patients suffering from MS have been found to have
elevated levels of antibodies to both Acinetobacter
and Pseudomonas bacteria, as well as autoantibodies
to both white and gray matter brain components. The
hypothesis is proposed that Acinetobacter/Pseudomonas
bacteria may have evoked both BSE and MS through the
mechanism of "molecular mimicry" and autoimmunity in
a similar way to Streptococcus microbes producing
rheumatic fever and Sydenham's chorea. The
possibility that CJD patients may show similar
features remains to be determined.
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