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Mad Cow Risks?


I am Type O & am concerned with intkaking a lot of red meat. Based on the information I've read in ER4YT red meat should be consumed 3-4 times per week. I'm concerned with the disease's that are occuring such as Mad Cow Disease, high cholesterol, & obesity due to the fat content.


Because the risk of dying in an auto accident is about 10,000 times greater than getting nvCJD ('Mad Cow') by even eating meat in England.

From the CDC website:

The current risk of acquiring nvCJD from eating beef (muscle meat) and beef products produced from cattle in Europe cannot be precisely determined, and this risk in specific countries might not reflect the fact that cattle products from one country might be distributed and consumed in others.

Nevertheless, in the United Kingdom, this current risk appears to be extremely small, perhaps about 1 case per 10 billion servings.

In the other countries of Europe, this current risk, if it exists at all, would not likely be any higher than that in the United Kingdom, except possibly in Portugal. In the 12-month period ending June 15, 2000, Portugal had about half the reported incidence of BSE cases per 1 million adult cattle as that reported in the United Kingdom; however, Portugal has less experience with implementing BSE-related public health control measures.

Risk? Yes. High Risk? Probably not, and considerably lower in any country except the UK and Portugal, where because of stringent herd control measures it is quit elow already.

As far as fat content, well if you do read my books you'll know to buy low fat, hormone-free, pesticide free organic meat where the fat content approximates that of skinned poultry. Everything else is verboten.

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