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Shocking New Evidence Shows Mad Cow Disease Prions Can Be Harbored In Humans For Decades Without Symptoms

Friday, August 06, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: mad cow disease, vCJD, prions

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Health experts in the UK are facing a potentially alarming situation regarding the human form of mad cow disease, otherwise known as vCJD. It turns out that there may be potentially tens of thousands of UK citizens who are infected with vCJD from consuming mad cow disease infected red meat in the 1980's and 1990's. And yet these people show no symptoms of vCJD even though they are harboring the prions associated with this disease.

What's happening is that some of these people are donating blood, and the recipients of these blood transfusions are subsequently dying from vCJD. In the most recent news, a person has now died from vCJD who was in a genetic subgroup that was previously thought to be immune to the infection, but now that this person has been found to harbor the human form of mad cow disease, it opens up the possibility that the majority of the UK population could be susceptible to mad cow disease.

By the way, there's no difference between bovine mad cow disease and the human form of mad cow disease. It's the same prions -- or bent proteins -- it's just that they're present in one species or another. Humans can get mad cow disease by eating red meat that contains these prions, and presumably cows could get mad cow disease from eating infected humans, although that is not currently a feeding practice in the cattle industry.

What's really shocking about all of this is that the incubation time for showing symptoms from mad cow disease can literally be decades. So an entire population could be infected with mad cow disease and show few symptoms from it. One researcher has estimated that there will be 3800 more cases of the human form of mad cow disease discovered in the UK by the year 2080. That's a long time, and it doesn't sound like a lot of cases compared to the entire population, but this estimate could certainly be altered based on additional outbreaks of mad cow disease from the food supply.

Even though this news is about the population in the UK, I believe that much of this applies to the United States as well. In the U.S., the USDA has worked hard to cover up any news about mad cow disease, and even to mislead the American public into thinking that mad cow doesn't exist in the United States and that the U.S. beef supply is perfectly safe.

There are many ways in which the agency accomplishes this, but one of the most notable ways is by falsifying test results and banning independent beef companies from conducting their own testing. In this way the USDA can require that all testing be done by its own testing facility, and it therefore has the opportunity to manipulate the testing results in order to make sure all tests for mad cow disease come back negative. As a result, potentially millions of Americans could be consuming red meat right now that is tainted with these mad cow disease prions. They could be eating these foods, absorbing the prions, and harboring this disease for decades without showing any symptoms whatsoever.

In other words, it could be decades before we learn the truth about mad cow disease in the United States and before anyone begins to hold the USDA responsible for the rather nefarious actions it is pursuing today. As you may know, mad cow disease cannot be destroyed by cooking, either. You can cook a piece of red meat all you want, and the disease-causing prions are still viable. So cooking doesn't solve the problem -- the only way to avoid mad cow disease in the United States is to avoid eating red meat altogether. And for most Americans, that's not likely to happen anytime soon.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

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