- I am elated to see the heroic Robert Cohen once again
put the facts on the table. Many years ago, during the height of the UK
mad cow catastrophe, I warned that all dairy products had to be considered
potential prion carriers. Robert agrees. Is that milk moustache worth
it? Your choice. Switch to Rice Dream. -ed
- An editorial in today's British Medical Journal (Jan.
17, 04, 328:118-119) calls for an urgent action to prevent the spread of
variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease--
through blood transfusions.
- In December of 2003, England's Secretary of Health announced
that a case of Mad Cow Disease had been passed from a human blood donor
to a human blood recipient.
- What took England so long to announce this truth? The
blood donation was made in 1996. It took three years for the recipient
to become ill, and die.
- In the United States, it is illegal to donate blood if
an individual has visited or lived in England for a period greater than
- Each day, a typical dairy cow filters 10,000 quarts of
blood through her udder. The average quart of milk sold in America in 2003
contained 322 million dead white blood cells.
- The infectious particle causing Cows to become "mad"
and human brains to turn into sponges, is called a Prion. Prions cannot
be destroyed by pasteurization. Laboratory tests have demonstrated that
Prions survive when exposed to temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees
- Doesn't it stand to reason that if Mad Cow Disease can
be passed from human to human through blood, then it can also be passed
from cow to human in blood? And, if milk is actually white blood, should
we continue to drink body fluids from diseased animals?
- The average dairy cow in America produces 24 quarts of
milk each day. That's 8,760 quarts per year. That's nearly three trillion
blood cells. What plague potential!
- The one dairy cow infected with Mad Cow Disease from
a Washington herd, whose milk was pooled with 3,000 others from that same
herd, had the potential to infect every American thousands of times over.
Her "pooled" milk was distributed on the West Coast. Her infected
milk was made into cheese and butter and ice cream, and shipped from the
West Coast to the East Coast, and to all points in between.
- What can you do?
- Wait. Hope for the best. In 20 years (the incubation
period) you will know whether you have been infected.
- On Monday of this week, USDA quietly declared a State
of Emergency in the State of Washington by publishing notice in the Congressional
Record (01/12/04). As of today, six hundred cows have been euthanized.
Tests of their brains are ongoing. Many herds have been quarantined.
- If and when you or a relative or friend is diagnosed
with vCJD, loved ones will remark, "Nobody warned me."
- Sure they did. You just were not listening.
- You continued to eat your pizza.
- You continued to slurp your ice cream.
- Many gourmets describe the experience of eating these
foods as "a taste to die for."
- Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com
- You continued to drink your milk. You continued to eat
your yogurt and cottage cheese. You continued to spread butter on your
- You WERE warned. -ed