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Mad Cow Disease IS Back, OR How Long Has It Been Here , Part 2

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 17:53 PM
April 26, 2012

It is important that our readers know several answers concerning Mad Cow Disease: 1) What the government is, or should be, doing to prevent it from coming into human populations; 2) How long has it really been active in the United States; 3) How can it affect human beings; and 4) What can people to to avoid it.

First: Obviously, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should be doing much more testing. Random testing of less than one percent of all the cows going through slaughter houses is woefully inadequate.

 

Jim Avilla of ABC Evening News says: A big problem is that this infected cow did not show the usual Mad Cow symptoms (i.e. stumbling, unsteadiness, loss of weight, change in behavior, low milk production, etc.). Without these symptoms, and with little testing, how can infected cows be detected?

Avilla also says that the USDA should not be so confident that its system of safety rules is working, because it has been proven that often slaughter houses do not follow them. Last year some 131 plants in 36 states violated those rules.

Second: Because of the lack of symptoms in infected cows, and because it takes years for the disease to develop within the human body, no one can really say just how long Mad Cow Disease (MCD) has been in this country.

Elizabeth Cohen of CNN posits that it takes some 15 years for a person to show signs of MCD. Therefore, she writes, “once a person exhibits signs of the disease, it is way too late to take the meat out of the food system.”

The first new case of MCD was discovered in 2006. That infected cow was imported from Canada in 2001. So what other animals could have been affected in that five year period? The owner of that cow destroyed some 10,000 pounds of beef coming from his farm. But what about other animals in those shipments? According to CNN, Sarah Klein, food safety lawyer for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that the U.S. “lacks an effective animal ID program.”

Third, MCD can be deadly if it is in meat people eat. MCD is linked to a form of “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare and deadly nerve disease,” that leads to a rapid decrease of mental function and movement. Symptoms usually start in affected people when they are in the late 50s. Obviously, by the time symptoms start who could tell when and how the victim contracted CJD or MCD?

Fourth, for safety’s sake, consumeraffairs.com advises extra caution: do not eat, brains, neck bones, checks, bone  morrow or any cuts of beef sold on the bone. Also only eat ground beef if it is ground in the store where you purchase it.

While we must protect ourselves, we must also depend on God to do so. As used Christian Bibles instruct: “Trust in The LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.(Proverbs 3: 5 – 6).” And don’t forget to Pray Over Every Meal!

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