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Afraid Mad Cow
What do you suggest if I've been sick since last year from muscle milk and I am afraid I got mad cow?
See your doctor: If you have been sick for one year, you need to uncover the cause. "Mad cow" would be causing a rapid deterioration in function, and unlikely that a year would pass allowing you to still ask this question. ...Read more
What do you advise if I was sick since july last year from muscle milk and I am afraid I got mad cow?
First: Mad cow is rare with a very long incubation period, years!, and you get it from eating food contaminated with the brain, spinal cord and intestines of afflicted cows. And There have been very few cases in the U.S. I wouldn't worry about Muscle Milk and mad cow, I'd worry more that Consumer Reports found Muscle Milk was contaminated with heavy metals. ...Read more
Mad cow disease is not present in the USA.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Before you become: Too worked up: were any of these candies recalled? Were these candies in any way connected with cows that suffered from this disease? There is a german candy called mamba that contain beef-based gelatin - which was recalled in poland. Know of no cases of mad cow disease related to that. Check your facts - before you get spun up. ...Read more
No cure known: Made cow disease is a slow virus infection of the brain. It is similar to creutzfeldt jacob, sspe, kuru, etc. These are horrible progressive disorders that slowly destroy the brain. Only avoiding exposure and eliminating the host (the mad cows) are the only medical management methods available. ...Read more
No: That's fantasy. There are reasonable opponents of genetically modified organisms, but alleging that they cause prion disease is simply making things up -- and there are plenty of militants of every camp who do this sort of thing. ...Read more
Very unlikely in USA: No humans have ever been reported to have been infected with mad cow disease in the usa, but many feared the disease in the 1990s when nearly 150 people in britain died from it. Earlier this year, a dairy cow in ca was found to have be infected -- but it didn't get into the food chain. It's more likely to get other infections such as e coli from undercooked beef, than it is to get mad cow. ...Read more
MAD COW DISEASE: Although cjd (creutzfeld jacob disease = mad cow)is the most common human prion disease, it is still rare, occurring in about one out of every one million people every year. It usually affects people aged 45–75, most commonly appearing in people between the ages of 60–65. ...Read more
The human equivalent: Of mad cow disease was first reported in 1996. There have been several hundred cases, mostly in the uk, and it appears that in the last few years, there are few if any cases. The risk currently is very, very low. Remember, cooking the ground beef to well done or beyond does not decrease the risk. ...Read more
Read below: Bovine spongioform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) is a prion disease, infective agents that vary from viruses in not having dna or rna. The agent can be transferred by ingestion or surgery transplanting the infected tissue (e.g. Cornea) it is fortunately extremely rare for this to happen nowadays. ...Read more
Eating bad beef: Infected cattle, which got the disease by eating animal by-products, produce infectious beef. The prion is not damaged even by thorough cooking. It is also possible that slaughterhouse workers exposed to aerosolized cattle parts might be infected in this way. ...Read more
Avoid infected meat: "mad cow" disease is uncommon in the usa. About 150 worldwide cases of vcjd have occurred to date, nearly all associated with beef consumption in the uk. There have been 4 confirmed cases of infected cattle in the us since 2006. Generally any cow with neurological symptoms is removed from the herd, and there are feed bans on possibly infectious materials. Avoid beef totally, if very concerned. ...Read more
Occupational: Mostly occupational hazard - working in the slaughterhouse for example. Eating large quantity of raw and undercooked beef has been cited - but it needs to be from infected cows. Risks are generally low since they stopped feeding the ground up dead animals back to the herd. ...Read more
Severe: Mad cow's disease (bovine spongioform encephalopathy =bse) is a very serious incurable disease often with progressive psychological and mental problems associated with rigidity and movement disorders of the extremities fortunately now that we know the etiology very rare the equivalent creutzfeld jacob disease = cjd occurs in one out of a million of the population. ...Read more
More research: "mad cow disease" is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse) -- the human variant is called variant creuzfeldt-jakob disease. The transmissible agent seems to be an abnormal protein found on cell surfaces called a "prion". But eating infected nerve tissue is not necessarily needed, because both meat-eaters and vegetarians have died of creuzfeldt -jakob disease. More to be learned. ...Read more
Mad cow disease: Mad cow disease (bse) affects cattle, and when it affects humans it is called variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease (vcjd). It is believed to be caused by a specific type of misfolded protein called a prion. Most cases worldwide are reported in the uk. By october 2009, it had killed 166 people in the uk, and 44 elsewhere. ...Read more
See below: Similar to other prion diseases. A classical triad of dementia, myoclonus, and ataxia. Some patients do exhibit parkinsonian-like features, and have difficulty with visuospatial perception. Most of the pts were younger in their 20's, as young as 12. The symptoms seemed insidious and persistent and behavior and confusion was quite marked. ...Read more
Subtle: The behavioral, personality, and mood changes are the first warning but are nonspecific. The tremor and myoclonic jerking will alert a physician to the possibility. The incubation period is many years, and people exposed during the epidemic may still become ill. The disease is not treatable, and there is no benefit to early diagnosis. ...Read more