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Mad Cow disease is regarded to be the outcome of the “warble fly” pesticide spraying campaign launched in the UK in 1978 through the early 1990s, led by the chemical/pharmaceutical house of ICI, Imperial Chemicals Inc., parent company of AstraZeneca and a research partner with the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California (Scripps added the location of Jupiter, Florida).

ICI was created from a merger of four aniline dye manufacturers in London in 1926 and became one of the largest chemical makers in the world, competing with the consortium that was formed in 1927 by a partnership between I.G. Farben and Standard Oil. In 1957, ICI established a pharmaceutical division,  simply called ICI Pharmaceutical.

Ironically, a pesticide cause for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) had already had the groundwork laid several years prior in the US as Senate hearings on the pesticide causes of human illness took place between 1951-53. A variant of BSE, called TSE or Transmissable Spongiform Encephalopathy, reputedly infects most of the deer and elk population in the US presently. When UK farmer Mark Purdey filed a lawsuit with the British government, a veritable wall of allied pharmaceutical giants arrayed itself against him. Mr. Purdey had his home burned and his lawyer killed.  


An underground scientific journey
into the origins of spongiform disease

by Mark Purdey

*ri da: (ICELANDIC) n. transmissible spongiform disease; wasting disease of ruminant animals, such as cattle and sheep

Since 1986, the infamous neurodegenerative syndrome known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has blighted the heartbeat of British Agriculture. The disease has led to the annihilation of thousands of cattle, whilst its human analogue, new-varient Creutzfeld Jakob Disease (vCJD), has blighted the lives of a growing number of young people. Moreover, the spongiform epidemic has created a fierce battleground between nations, vested interests, political parties, farmers, victims and consumers.

But despite the severity of the BSE legacy, little genuine attempt has been made to crack the causal riddle of these diseases, thereby leaving us devoid of insight into measures that would best cure, control and, better still, prevent this terrible illness.

This story is an attempt to shine a ray of light over the whole debacle. It charts my own eco-detective escapades and original field investigations, which ran in tandem with the laboratory research of Cambridge University biochemist, Dr. David Brown. These works have gone a long way towards unearthing the truth underpinning the original cause of these grotesque diseases.

Hard evidence has been amassed so far which indicates that vCJD and BSE could both result from separate exposure of cattle and humans to the same set of toxic environmental factors–excess manganese and oxidizing agents–and not from the ingestion of beef by humans and animal by-products by cows. If this hypothesis continues to accumulate corroborative evidence, a radical upheaval of the status quo mindset can be expected.

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[page 88 of Edward Teller “Memoirs”] “By April 1933, the British had begun a rescue operation on behalf of the scientists in Germany whose ethnicity or politics placed them at risk. Called the Academic Assistance Council, it was financed by Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.), the British analog of I.G. Farben. Every scientist at risk who had ability, whether the British needed him or not, was being welcomed in Britain. Indeed, the British went further and sought out the people who were likely to be forced to leave. The purpose was to get us out”…



Written by citizen2009

November 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm

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