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|MAD COWS AND ENGLISHMEN
The absurd scares based around Scrapie in sheep and BSE in cattle have prompted us to run this article by Alistair McConnachie which was originally published in the May-June 1996 issue of The Social Crediter just after the original BSE scare broke nationally.
The authorities would have us believe that Scrapie in sheep can lead to BSE in cattle, which can lead to nvCJD in humans, as a result of humans consuming meat from cattle which have consumed feedstuffs, which have the rendered remains of the occasional Scrapie-infected sheep brain. Like, "Hello?"
The evidence, however, suggests there is no connection between BSE in cattle and nvCJD in humans, and that organo-phosphate chemicals are the likely cause of both. The Scrapie issue is a red herring. It also follows that the prohibition on cattle over the age of "30 months" being allowed to enter the food chain, is complete baloney.
Could any harm come from a firm possibility of a definite maybe? Conjecture, by its very nature, must lead to confusion. And therein lay somebody's cool calculations.
On March 20, 1996, for reasons still unclear, Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell MP chose to publicise the ill-founded speculation of the government monitoring unit, the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC). With absolutely no scientific proof, nor even a written paper to provide a degree of authority, Mr. Dorrell informed the world that "the most likely explanation at present", according to his "experts", was that recent nvCJD cases were linked to the cattle disease known as BSE. The consequences were inevitable.
The British beef industry went into a tail-spin. The EU Commission slapped a "world-wide" ban on all beef and beef-related products from the UK. The latter included such well-known harbingers of death as lipstick and jelly-babies. It was an instructive moment. Few of us were aware that the EU had the power to prevent the UK trading with the rest of the world. The true power of the EU was exposed for all to see.
BSE was first officially diagnosed in November 1986. A theory was devised which suggested that BSE had originated from cattle feedstuffs, partly derived from rendered animal protein. It was surmised that matter from sheep brains, infected with a disease called Scrapie, had survived a new rendering process. In July 1988, the British Government banned the use of rendered animal protein in feed stuffs. This was termed "the offal ban".
The BSE agent has only ever been found in the central nervous system in cattle; that is, in the brain and spinal cord. No trace of BSE has ever been found in muscle nor even the nerves which run through the muscle. In November 1989, after concern that parts of infected brain or spinal cord might be entering pies, sausages and burgers, the Government banned the use of these parts for human consumption. The gut, tonsils, thymus and spleen were also included in the English ban. Three months later the measures were introduced in Scotland.
Several points lead us to contradict the official line that nvCJD is derived from "exposure to BSE" which is, in turn, derived from Scrapie:
IS BSE DERIVED FROM SCRAPIE?
2. Feeding herbivores products which are partly derived from rendered carcasses has been a practice for many decades before BSE appeared. However, the current theory argues that the infectious agent from the Scrapie disease has only recently been able to survive the rendering process due to manufacturing at reduced temperature. It is incorrect to suggest, as some have, that this is part of a "greedy" profit-at-any-price policy by the feed-stuff firms. In the 1970s, rendering businesses switched from an old-fashioned technique that used a noxious solvent and high temperatures to the American Carver-Greenfield process, which operated at lower temperatures and which was meant to make meat and bonemeal more nutritious and appetising (Economist 30 3 96).
3. Even if one is tempted to believe that the infectious agent survived this process, the quantity of infected matter in the feed-stuffs would be equivalent to a grain of sand on a beach.
4. Organic dairy farmer Mark Purdey also noted in an article in The Independent (22.3.96) that "this same UK ingredient was exported in millions of tonnes (of cattle feed) to cattle in BSE-free countries all over the world. It was also manufactured in a similar way in the US without any BSE erupting there. Furthermore, 24,000-plus UK cattle born after the offal ban in 1988 have still gone down with the disease".
IS nvCJD LINKED TO BSE/SCRAPIE?
b) Countries such as New Zealand, where Scrapie is unknown, still record cases of CJD (Independent,22.3.96).
c) The incidence of nvCJD in the UK is the same as its incidence in other parts of Europe where there has been no corresponding BSE scare. In fact, the cases of nvCJD have been falling in the UK. In 1994 there were 52 cases. In 1995 there were 44. The 10 cases of nvCJD - later revised to 12 - which gave rise to the current speculation, were all contracted before the November 1989 food restrictions.
d) Recent research is also indicating that many more people than previously suspected died of nvCJD before BSE struck in 1986 (Sunday Telegraph, 3 1.3.96). This throws doubts on the idea that nvCJD is linked to BSE in any way.
FURTHER POINTS TO CONSIDER:
** Since November 1989, the brain and spinal cord of all cattle - whether dairy or beef - has not been allowed to enter the food chain. Known BSE cases are, of course, incinerated entirely.
** The overwhelming majority of BSE cases have been in dairy cattle. The Daily Telegraph (1.4.96) reported that out of 159,134 cases of BSE, 134,710 were in Friesian/Holstein cattle. Even healthy dairy cattle are never sold for meat chops in butchers or supermarkets. They are ground down into pies, sausages and burgers exclusively.
** If nvCJD was contractable from meat chops then, in cases where meat is sold locally, it would be localised around butchers who sell from infected herds. This is not the case.
** Roasting and tinning destroy all infectious agents completely.
** The UK has the highest abattoir standards in the world. We have no control over the rearing, slaughtering, processing, packaging and transporting conditions in the rest of the world. It is almost certainly of a lower standard than that which exists in this country. Yet some regional councils have been serving Argentinean beef to schoolchildren on the pretext that it is safer than British beef (Herald, 4.4.96). A butcher known to us in the south of England was recently offered the chance of beef from Namibia. How do we know what controls are present in these countries?
IF BSE DOES NOT ORIGINATE FROM SCRAPIE THEN WHAT TRIGGERS IT?
Organo-phosphates are used in nerve gas. The chemical, which he named Phosmet, was poured along the backs of cattle and was designed to penetrate the central nervous system. The use of this chemical became widespread in 1985. Previous to its use, dairy farmers were required to withdraw their milk from sale for a period of days after treating for warble fly. Phosmet allowed milk to be sold 6 hours after treatment. It is no surprise that it became especially popular among dairy farmers. Northern Ireland started the use of Phosmet three years after the rest of the UK and the Northern Ireland BSE scare started exactly three years after the scare on the mainland.
Mr Purdey informed the audience that cattle are still being treated with this chemical, particularly at the point of importation. He said that all farmers he had contacted could trace their herd's BSE problems to the use of this chemical. A full exposition of Mr Purdey's views are to be found in two papers which he has written and which appear in the May 1996 issue of Medical Hypotheses, published by Churchill Livingstone.
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Mark Purdey's papers are at website www.purdeyenvironment.com
Faced with the reality of an illogical scare we need to ask two questions:
WHO ARE THE CULPRITS AND WHO BENEFITS?
The Consumers' Association
The Consumers' Association has come a long way from scientifically testing goods and services alone. Objectivity has given way to subjectivity here.
The European Union
The question remains, however: who is the British Government's 'enemy within', toward that end? Could it be that treachery and continental venality will mean the UK's place in the Union is finally untenable. Will a mad cow save us?
Mark Purdey's website is www.purdeyenvironment.com
Also see Lord Walsingham on the likely cause of nvCJD