Mad Cows, Mad Wildlife
& The Rise Of Alzheimer's
Disease In North America
Thirteen Things You Should Know Alzheimer's Disease

By Colm Kelleher PhD
(1) The number of deaths from Alzheimer's Disease has increased by more than 9000% in North America since 1979. In 1979 only 653 people died from Alzheimer's Disease. By 2004, that number jumped to 60,000. About 5 million North Americans currently have Alzheimer's Disease.
(2) A study from Yale University showed that approximately 5% of Alzheimer's Disease patients were incorrectly diagnosed. The patients actually had Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD). One variant of CJD is caused by eating the beef from mad cows.
(3) The infectious agents in mad cow disease, CJD, and other wildlife brain wasting diseases are called 'prions' and are almost indestructible. Normal sterilization of surgical instruments will not kill them. Patients have died from procedures using prion-contaminated surgical instruments.
(4) A September 2004 survey of pathologists in California showed that more than 70% were reluctant to conduct autopsies on CJD patients, fearing contamination of their instruments and facilities.
(5) Toronto coroner Dr Murray Waldman has alleged that many funeral homes do not embalm patients who have died from CJD, fearing that their facilities will become contaminated with deadly prions. Waldman also argues that there is a statistical link between eating red meat and Alzheimer's Disease.
(6) Prions can be transmitted in the blood supply. In Europe, people have died after receiving blood from prion infected donors.
(7) Veterinarian Dr Richard Marsh presented strong scientific evidence that mad cow disease was already present in United States cattle in the 1980s. His data were ignored.
(8) In spite of assurances from the USDA that since 1997, cows are no longer fed to cows in the US, several loopholes remain, even in June 2005. It is still OK to feed cow blood to cows. Dead cows can also be fed to chickens and chicken litter is then fed back to cows.
(9) Several clusters of CJD have been reported in the United States in the past decade. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has dismissed all of them as statistical flukes.
(10) An epidemic of chronic wasting disease, also called mad deer and mad elk disease, is currently spreading through the United States. Since 2003, the disease has jumped from the epicenter in Colorado to New Mexico, Utah, Wisconsin, and in 2005 it had reached New York State. Every year eleven million hunters try to kill deer and elk and many of them eat venison.
(11) In 2002, a number of reports of young hunters dying of brain wasting disease surfaced in the scientific literature, although the CDC said the deaths of the hunters was not conclusively linked to eating contaminated venison.
(12) A 2004 letter to Science Magazine cited evidence that flies could be vectors for transmitting prion disease.
(13) On June 10, 2005, the USDA announced a possible second case of mad cow disease in the United States. According to a June 10 Associated Press report quoting Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns: "Johanns, former governor beef-producing Nebraska, said that there was no health risk and that he intended "to enjoy a good steak." The statement was reminiscent of then Agriculture Minister John Gummer and his young daughter Cordelia consuming hamburgers on television in 1996 to assure an anxious British public that beef was perfectly safe. Shortly afterwards, scores of young people began dying of human mad cow disease in the UK.
Colm A. Kelleher PhD is the author of Brain Trust: The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer's. He is a senior research scientist in the biotechnology sector. For more information, see:



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