Should we eat meat anymore? PART 2
Dr. William Hadlow, a scrapie expert, noted that the vacuoles described by Gajdusek in the brains of patients with kuru were resembling to those seen in sheeps. Injecting cerebral tissue from sick animals to healthy animals healthy led to the emergence of scrapie disease.
Injecting cerebral tissue from patients with kuru in monkeys, by 1965, Gajdusek showed that this disease can be transmitted. The prohibition of eating corpses, especially the brain, led to the interruption of the disease in Papua New Guinea and to the Nobel prize for Gajdusek, which has shown that scrapie, kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease can spread and kill in the same way.
It was around then when endocrinologists discovered that the growth hormone, which is found in the hypophysis gland, can help the small people to reach a normal height. The only known source of growth hormone were human corpses. Thus, in 1963 in the United States, was founded the Hypophysis National Agency for the collection and distribution of hypophysis gland. In the next two decades approximately 8,200 children received growth hormone through this agency. A similar program was also conducted in Europe. Everything seemed to be going well until 1984, when some patients who received growth hormone began to present Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, around age 20, when was known that the “sporadic” form of this disease is very rare under the age of 50. In the spring of 1985, it became obvious that the medicine created the equivalent of what Fore tribe was practicing. Nobody knows how many hypophysis gland donors were in the incubation period of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But 27,000 children had received the hypophysis gland extract when the practice was stopped.
In 1986, pathologists found that sick cows on the farm of Peter Stent, Pitsham Farm, presented an alternative of scrapie, kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE. But between 1988 and 1996 asian countries imported nearly one million tons of flour obtained from processing the animals dead because of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy. And the population continues to consume beef as before.
Subsequently, researchers have succeeded in transmitting the bovine encephalopathy in pigs by the injection of cerebral tissue.
Only in 1996, the minister of health from England said, in the front of the british parliament, that the bovine encephalopathy gave rise to a new human disease, a “variant” of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
And the Guardian newspaper wrote with capital letters: Roasted cow, the unifying symbol of our culture, the idol of old England, turned, abruptly, to be the trojan horse to our destroy and misfortune. “
Nearly 10 years after the first cow illness, England banned the farm animals recycling and stopped the exports of cow based forage. Since then, the country has spent billions of pounds to destroy the cattle older than 30 months, regardless the apparent state of health. And about 500,000 tons of carcasses are stored in 13 centers in the country, where, with sealed tanker are transported to the place of burning. And the ash is buried. Thanks to these efforts, in fact very late, in England only appear 30 new cases of bovine encephalopathy per week. 10 years ago there were over 1,000. But for the rest of the world, the bad is just beginning. More than 12 european countries have reported cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle born in the respective countries.
The United States has been more cautious in the action taken, however it’s too early to say the they lack of prions.
Spongiform Encephalitis was found in sheep, deer, mink, moose and people of the north – american territory.
As you see, the financial interests have made that the respectable government of Britain to delay taking the necessary measures with 10 years. To protect the cattle industry raise, the population health was passed on the second place.
I’ve told the story of ongoing bovine spongiform encephalopathy reminding to myself that these days it is exactly 80 years after another death occurred too early. The great statesman Take Ionescu, who was on holiday in Italy, has fallen victim to typhoid fever, which he contracted from an oyster. He closed his eyes on a wednesday morning, 10 am, on June 21, 1922. He wasn’t even 64 years old. A painful loss for a country that was in need of such people of character.
But not bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or typhoid fever taken from an oyster would be the main reason to avoid foods of animal origin. These cases occur rarely. Instead, thousands of heart attack or stroke cases occur daily, cancers, diabetes type 2, obesity, osteoporosis and many others due to the consumption of animal products, which could be avoided through a total vegetarian diet.