Researchers are providing 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 toxic and infectious proteins known as prions, which cause the brain destruction in the case of Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease, which are two types of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The first one affects cows, and the latter is a neurological disease that affects deer and elks. According to Scientific American:
In 2011, researchers have published evidence that TDP-43 pathology is found in 25-50 percent of Alzheimer’s patients, specifically in individuals with hippocampal sclerosis, characterized by selective loss of neurons in the hippocampus, which is linked to memory loss.
In 2014, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), researchers stated that Alzheimer’s patients with TDP-43 had 10 times increased the risk of cognitive impairment at death, in comparison to individuals 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 contaminated meats are the main cause of the infection with TDP-43 in humans. This is especially 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, rich in glyphosate-containing genetically engineered (GE) grains mixed with antibiotics.
The situation is aggravated by the practice of feeding herbivores meat and animal byproducts.
Mad Cow can easily spread to thousands of other animals, as it is a man-made plague, created by a CAFO system that “cannibalizes” herbivores, and one diseased animal may contaminate the feed given to numerous 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. In most cases, this disease is imported and spread via game farm animals.
The infectious prions are shed in saliva and urine of the infected deer and elk within three 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 via 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 fourth American victim of the disease. The symptoms are like the ones of Alzheimer’s and involve memory loss, dementia, 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 might also easily raise the risk of Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s, depending on the brain area attacked.
Research suggests that bovine tuberculosis acts as a vector for human Mad Cow Disease, and it is one of the leading disease threats in American CAFOs, and USDA data shows 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 design.
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