Back in September 2001 I read a fascinating article by Kevin Toolis in the Guardian magazine about Human BSE, the title read ' EPIDEMIC IN WAITING'. In early 1996 it was acknowledged by the then government that there was a link between BSE and vCJD, at which time at least 110 victims of all ages had died from vCJD. One victim aged just 17 was Stacey Robinson from Queniborough, Leics, she was diagnosed with post natal depression and put on anti-depressants, but she became worse and was admitted to hospital when the howling started. As it turned out Stacey was'nt depressed, her brain was being eaten away by the rogue prion agent responsible for mad cow disease (vCJD). Little clumps of indissoluble protein were building up in her cerebral cortex, destroying her neural pathways amd giving her brain a sponge-like appearance. The howling went on for 5 months, night & day, soon she lost the power to walk, to talk and to eat, to clean herself, to use the bathroom. She turned aggressive, kicking, swearing and assaulting her nurses. She battered her forearm against the bed until it was black and blue. She held her hand under a scalding tap and felt no pain. In the end, the doctors turned her city hospital room into a padded cell.
In the same hospital was Pamela Bayliss aged 24, was struggling to breathe, Pamela once a bright vivacious financial clerk had developed a mystery illness a few months before, soon she became a twisted human form on the bed, whose eyes stared vacantly into space, she was in a coma, incontinent, catatonic, her lungs fighting against pneumonia.
Stacey and Pamela were the first to be struck down with human bse in 1997/98.
The clinical symptons of vCJD are a catalogue of doom:
Muscle Spasms (Myoclonus), the involuntary loss of movement including speech (akinetic mutism), cortical blindness and progressive dementia.
"Your brain function level regresses back through the evolutionary stages. You become more primitive and then you die". The median time span between the onset of symptons and death is 14 months.
In total, an estimated 750,000 BSE infected cattle entered the British food supply.
BSE takes upto 5 years to kill a cow, but everytime the rogue prion agent jumps the species barrier it mutates and the average incubation period lengthens. BSE cow prions take longer to turn into vCJD human prions and thus take longer to kill the human victim.
'BSE is probably the most cynical act of biological warfare ever waged against a civilian population by a western government'
So are we witnessing the human bse epidemic? the forecast of 115.4 million (according to World Health Organisation) people living with dementia by 2050 is quite staggering, how can this be possible, it cannot simply be down to age, something is affecting our brains, human bse has a long incubation period, too many similarities in my opinion.
My mother has dementia, no idea why, never had a general anathestic, no mercury fillings, good diet, no family history, but she has had vaccinations and eaten beef & dairy products between 1985 - 1996.
The only way to find the truth is to give every dementia patient a blood test for vCJD, currently a blood test is on trial, the scientist is Sir John Collinge based in London, I may just ask if he could test my mother's blood to rule out vCJD.