Scientists are offering a growing amount of evidence that there is a link between a particular kind of protein and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This protein, known as TDP-43, acts similarly to harmful and infectious proteins known as prions, which cause the brain destruction when it comes to Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease, which are 2 kinds of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The first one impacts cows, and the latter is a neurological disease that impacts deer and elks. According to Scientific American:
In 2011, scientists have published evidence that TDP-43 pathology is found in 25-50 percent of Alzheimer’s patients, specifically in people with hippocampal sclerosis, defined by selective loss of neurons in the hippocampus, which is connected to amnesia.
In 2014, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), scientists mentioned that Alzheimer’s patients with TDP-43 had 10 times increased the risk of cognitive impairment at death, in comparison to people without it.
Some prion types serve helpful cell functions, but others, such as TDP-43, act as infectious agents and lead to neurodegeneration.
Evidence suggests that infected meats are the primary reason for the infection with TDP-43 in humans. This is particularly true in the case of meats from livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
In these major warehouse-style growing facilities, animals are crowded together and fed an extremely unhealthy diet, abundant in glyphosate-containing genetically engineered (GE) grains combined with antibiotics. The situation is aggravated by the practice of feeding herbivores meat and animal by-products.
Mad Cow can quickly spread to thousands of other animals, as it is a man-made plague, created by a CAFO system that “cannibalizes” herbivores, and one unhealthy animal may contaminate the feed provided to various others.
One of the leading transmission modes of this disease is by feeding cows bone meal and waste products from other cattle infected.
On the other hand, Chronic Wasting Disease occurs due to the domesticating of wild animals and feeding them an unnatural diet. For the most parts, this disease is imported and spread out via game farm animals.
The infectious prions are shed in saliva and urine of the contaminated deer and elk within 3 months after being infected, and are contagious for the rest of their life, contaminating land and water as they go along. The risk is that they can spread to people through consumption of infected game animals.
People who consume meat from a cow infected with Mad Cow Disease can contract the human version of the disease, called Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). According to the report on the 2012 Mad Cow Outbreak by the Center for Food Safety:
A year ago, a Texas man died from Mad Cow and became the 4th American victim of the disease. The symptoms are like the ones of Alzheimer’s and involve memory loss, impaired vision, and dementia.
Experts suggest that Alzheimer’s is a slower moving version of Mad Cow disease, which occurs as a result of the consumption of contaminated CAFO meats … TDP-43 may also easily raise the risk of Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s, depending on the brain area attacked.
Research suggests that bovine tuberculosis functions as a vector for human Mad Cow Disease, and it is one of the leading disease risks in American CAFOs, and USDA data reveals that about 20-40 percent of American dairy herds are infected at any given time.
This disease-producing cycle can be stooped by reverting back to farming according to natures style. The only meat safe consume in is grass-fed, organic, and finished one, and the organizations listed below offer help to consumers to find farm-fresh foods, raised in a humane, sustainable manner, in their local area.
This is a site that helps consumers to purchase grass-fed meats, sustainably grown, in local farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources.
This is a directory of over 1,400 pasture-based farms for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.
Here you can find a national listing of farmers’ markets.
It helps patients to connect with local farmers to find the fresh and tasty foods.
Eat Well Guide: Wherever you are, Eat Well
This is a free online directory of over 25,000 farms, markets, restaurants, CSAs, and stores that sell local, sustainably produced food.
CISA- Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
CISA promotes the produce of small farms, focusing on sustaining agriculture.