Today, 2012, Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the only disease that causes certain death, because it cannot be prevented by medicine, or cured or even slowed down.
From 2000 to 2008, in the U.S. alone, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have risen sixty-six percent (66%). An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's in 2011. This includes people over the age of 65, and younger people who have young-onset Alzheimer's.
Scientists believe it is Mad Cow gone rampant and have found a possible link to this horrible brain-wasting disease - and most other types of dementia. A link to Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, and others has also been made.
Dr. Greger explains, "Mad-Cow disease is caused by unconventional pathogens called prions--literally infectious proteins--which, because of their unique structure, are practically invulnerable, surviving even incineration at temperatures hot enough to melt lead." Sadly, pigs can also carry the disease and since they are slaughtered long before any symptoms can surface, it is difficult to diagnose.
According to Dr. Greger: "Laboratory experiments show
that pigs can indeed be infected by Mad-Cow brains-- and hundreds of thousands
of downer pigs, too sick or crippled by injury to even walk, arrive at U.S.
slaughterhouses every year."
This is disturbing to many discovering that the USDA, a government agency, is putting our lives at risk because of an effort to protect the agribusinesses that are so inept at processing safe meat. (Think million-pound beef recalls.)
From Dr. Greger: "Internal USDA documents retrieved through the Freedom of Information Act show that our government did indeed consider a number of precautionary measures as far back as 1991 to protect the American public from Mad-Cow disease. According to one such document, however, the USDA explained that the 'disadvantage' of these measures was that 'the cost to the livestock and rendering industries would be substantial.'"
How does it feel to recognize that your life is less important to our government than costs incurred by a slaughterhouse?
DYING FOR A HAMBURGER?
(See: Dying for a Hamburger,
Dr. Murray Waldman)
What needs to be clearly understood is that when you eat a hamburger, you are not just eating one cow. A study done by R.P. Clayton and K.E. Belk in 1998 concluded that a single 4-ounce ground beef patty was made from, on average, at least 55 different animals to, at most, an average of 1082 animals.
Now, when you think about this -- realize that there are at least 35 million cows killed annually in the U.S. alone, and only .001% of them are tested, what are the chances are of getting Mad-Cow disease/Alzheimer's? These statistics are too high for the average person to take a chance - which is why there is a surge of increasing vegan/strict vegetarians. People who learn these facts do not wish to take chances with their lives.
Going vegan or vegetarian is the safest way to ensure that life can be worth living in old age. Please see: PCRM for further information on a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet.