Mad Cow In Blood And Milk
By Robert Cohen

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 one month.
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 Fahrenheit.
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
You continued to drink your milk. You continued to eat your yogurt and cottage cheese. You continued to spread butter on your food.
You WERE warned. -ed




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