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Insecticide causes Mad Cow disease
by Fintan Dunne
Research Kathy Mc Mahon
13th December 2000
Pharmaceutical interests in the UK are ignoring new scientific research that shows the insecticide used in the UK government's own warble-fly campaigns triggered the UK surge of 'Mad Cow' disease.
The new work shows that prions can bond with manganese in animal feeds or mineral licks. These manganese prions can cause the neurological degeneration seen in BSE. And other researchers unpublished work shows that prions in the bovine spine --along which insecticides are applied-- can be damaged by ICI's Phosmet organophosphate(OP) insecticide -causing the disease.
By a similar process, prions in human brains can be damaged by lice lotions containing organophosphate. Later in life, this can result in neurological diseases like CJD and Alzheimers.
British scientists have led the current theory that an infectious prion in bonemeal fed to cattle causes bovine spongiform disease (BSE). Infectious prions are also claimed to cause new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans -from ingesting beef. But the infectious prion theory serves to obscure a tragic chemical poisoning scandal behind the majority of BSE cases.
Latest experiments by Cambridge University prion specialist, David R. Brown, have shown that manganese bonds destructively with prions. Many might be surprised to hear that organophosphates were developed by Nazi chemists during the course World War Two, as a chemical weapon nerve agent.
The marginalised research has devestating financial implications for ICI. It would provide a firm basis for litigants -who could include CJD sufferers, farmers across the world and families of the many British farmers who committed suicide during this BSE debacle.