Discussion » Health & Fitness » Cannibalism, Mad Cow Disease, and TSEs

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:
    <p>Mad cow disease, or bovine transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, is a type of neurodegenerative prion disease. Put simply, it is not caused by a bacteria or a virus, but by a misfolded protein. Prions are chemically identical to proteins which naturally occur in the body, but their twisted shape causes replication errors in healthy proteins at an exponentially increasing rate.</p> <p>The similarity of prions to natural proteins is what makes prion diseases essentially untreatable with antibiotics, antimicrobials and radiation. Therefore, a cattle herd with even a single case of mad cow disease must necessarily be eradicated completely.</p> <p>The prions which cause mad cow disease inhabit the spinal column, brain, and ileum. </p> <p>Similarly, the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea is afflicted with an epidemic prion disease referred to the locals as <em>kuru</em>. The neurodegenerative symptoms are very similar to those of mad cow disease. The Fore tribe practices cannibalism. However, the males of the tribe eat the flesh, while the women and children eat the less desirable organs. Thus, women and children are much more likely to develop <em>kuru</em>.</p> <p>The medical term for bovine TSE in humans is <em><a title="Creutzfeldt&ndash;Jakob disease" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creutzfeldt%E2%80%93Jakob_disease">Creutzfeldt&ndash;Jakob disease</a>.</em></p> <p>Incidence of mad cow disease necessarily indicates that cattle farmers have been feeding beef to cows. Some of them were reimbursed by their governments after being compelled to slaughter their entire herds.</p>
  • Stine Ekren
    Stine Ekren wrote:

    @Scott, it won't make u retch or puke?

  • Stine Ekren
    Stine Ekren wrote:

    ah, shit...........................

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

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