Diseases discussed here have a history of use as an agent for biological warfare, either in the U.S. or abroad. Its use may have been experimental or actual, and any detrimental consequences upon humans, animals or the environment may have been intentional or not, depending on the circumstances, the point in time, and the nature of the disease.
Friday, December 31, 2010
The most important disease you probably never heard of
Welcome to Johne’s (“yo-knees”), the most important disease that you probably never heard of. It is a serious, debilitating and sometimes fatal illness of cattle, goats, and sheep (among other animals), which the livestock and dairy industry is desperate to keep out of the public consciousness, despite the fact that it costs industrial agriculture many millions of dollars every year.
The reason for such industry reticence is that Johne’s Disease in livestock is very similar – and possibly even identical – to Crohn’s Disease in people, which currently afflicts an estimated 500,000 sufferers in North America alone, causing severe ulcerations of the gastro-intestinal tract, immense pain, and loss of appetite and weight, often requiring surgical removal of the damaged bowel. And the big, dirty secret of today’s industrial dairy and meat producers is that animals suffering from flagrant Johne’s Disease currently provide milk and meat directly to the American consumer.
In short, we eat lots of very, very sick cows, animals so ill that if you knew you were eating them, you wouldn’t.
Johnes Information Center; http://www.johnes.org/zoonotic/index.html
Another good reason to quit eating meat and dairy...if you care about your health and the health of your children and their childrens children....and so on.