Mad Cow Disease Remedies

Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014

Treatment of mad cow disease is somewhat limited; however, some home remedies have been identified to slow the progression of the disease. Several supplements can be used to defer the effects of the disease and prevent further onset of the condition.

What is Mad Cow Disease?

A condition that began in bovine, mad cow disease has mutated and can now affect a human. The disease is considered rare and degenerative and typical affects the health of the brain. Generally characterized by rapidly progressing dementia, mad cow disease, also known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or CJD, includes other symptoms such as poor muscle coordination, personality changes, impaired memory and judgment and limited vision.

Researcher suggests that the agent that causes the disease is an abnormal version or mutation of a protein normally found on cell surfaces. These abnormal proteins are called prions. The disease is spread by eating beef products contaminated with these prion or from cattle infected with the disease.

Home Remedies for Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease

While no cure for the disease has been identified as of yet, several home remedies and supplements show promising results. Taking DMSO as a supplement as well as apple cider vinegar and carpylic acid may prevent the onset of the disease and slow progression of symptoms. Effective treatment of beef, including treating beef with DMSO and avoiding mass-processed meats may also be helpful for avoiding the disease.

DMSO

Dimethyl sulfoxide is an organic compound that contains sulfur. Known for its tissue-healing property, DMSO is effective for bonding to the prions that cause mad cow disease and eliminating them. Additionally, the supplement speeds the healing of tissue further treating the conditions of the disease.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar may serve as an additional treatment option for CJD. A known detoxifying agent, apple cider vinegar bonds to toxins in the system and eliminates them.

Caprylic Acid

A fairly new treatment option, caprylic acid is the active ingredient in Axona, a medical food. The theory behind this treatment option lies in the body’s ability to break down caprylic acid into ketone bodies that likely serve as an alternative energy source for the brain. As such, brain processing continues even after the disease has caused deterioration of tissue.

While a very rare disease, mad cow is a relative concern in some parts of the world. Natural supplements can offer relief from the issue and may even reverse some of the damaging side effects. 

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11/24/2011: Betty from Tampa, Florida: "How to avoid mad cow disease? Is it enough to just avoid eating red meat unless it's organic? Also I heard the prions can't be cleaned off of dental tools, is this really a concern and is there any way to go through life without needing dental cleanings? I was planning on getting my metal amalgams out so I'm worried. I have seen pics of some tribe men who had a good set of teeth. It was credited to not eating sweets and carbs. It's weird that it was in the news and then it diseappeared and now a little talk of it resurfacing. I really hope the Georgia Guidestones aren't really true that they want only 500 million to live to be in balance with earth."

05/15/2011: Nfrmera from Orlando, Fl, Usa: "Question for Ted-

I recently had a biofeedback scan done and it showed that I have been infected with the Mad Cow virus (seriously). I usually get scans done yearly and this is the first time this has shown up. I hardly NEVER eat red meat. I'm a turkey/chicken/fish and LOTS of green veggies person. I often feel symptoms associated with BSE (cloudiness of thoughts, forgetfulness and balance issues). I read the information you posted in 2009 regarding the use of DSMO and potassium thiocyanate and was wondering if you had any new information regarding the treatment or possible cure for this condition. Any additional information is greatly appreciated."

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05/15/2011: Mae from Mayerthorpe, Ab, Canada replies: "Nfrmera, Mad cow isn't the only illness with such symptoms - fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue are only diagnosed through symptoms - and, along with doctors, even biofeedback can be wrong. It might be a good idea to check again before trying treatment. Good luck."
05/16/2011: Nfrmera from Orlando, Fl replies: "Mae-

Thank you for your suggestion, I will have another scan done. As for fibro or fatigue, I am not symptomatic for them. I use frequency (Hulda Clark, Bob Beck) and control candida thru diet and supplements. I appreciate your reply and concern. Thankful for my Earthclinic family."

02/13/2013: Beegee from Hampton, Va replies: "I was interested in the DSMO and Potassium Thiocyanate. How are they dosed is it done by weight? "

Ted's Remedies

09/22/2006: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Whenever people having a severe wasting away of brain, certain disease such as Alzheimers, or mad cow's disease, there is a possibility that these might be caused by a protein prions. One such possible treatment in the future involves the use of potassium thiocyanate (LD 50 is about 800 mg/kg) so my estimate is using assuming we weigh only 1 kilogram and take 800 mg, might be possible to use this as a way to treat such conditions in the future. Of course, this is a speculation and since this is rarely occurs in human we can only speculate as to the possibilities, before a mad cow's epidemic suddenly grabbed us. It is therefore best that we prepare ourselves and know the findings before it happens.

Here is the literature that sites inactivation of a scapie agent (mad cow's disease) shown below:"

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1981 July; 78(7): 4606–4610. Copyright notice

Thiocyanate and hydroxyl ions inactivate the scrapie agent.

S B Prusiner, D F Groth, M P McKinley, S P Cochran, K A Bowman, and K C Kasper

This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract

To probe the macromolecular structure of the scrapie agent and explore conditions for monomerization, the stability of the agent in low concentrations of inorganic ions was determined. A reduction by a factor of 10(5) in scrapie titer was found on exposure of the agent to 1 M KSCN or 0.3 M NaOH. In addition to the inactivation by thiocyanate ions, other chaotropic ions such as guanidinium and trichloroacetate inactivate the scrapie agent. Removal of thiocyanate ions by dialysis or glass permeation chromatography prevented the reduction in scrapie agent infectivity. Addition of equimolar amounts of (NH4)2SO4, a nonchaotrope, to preparations containing 1 M KSCN also prevented the loss of scrapie infectivity. In contrast, neutralization of the alkali-treated fractions with HCl did not restore infectivity. Acidification of partially purified fractions did not cause inactivation of the agent but did result in precipitation of the infectious agent. Inactivation by relatively low concentrations of chaotropic ions is consistent with many observations, all of which suggest that the scrapie agent contains a protein component that is essential for the maintenance of infectivity. Thus, it is unlikely that the agent is composed only of a "naked" nucleic acid. Certainly, if the agent were a naked nucleic acid, its lability in alkali virtually eliminates the possibility that it is composed of a single-stranded molecule of DNA." Ted also write us: "There is actually a treatment for Mad Cow Disease. Well, the prions won't go away, but it is no longer active. So in effect, there is a cure if you can make the prions no longer active. However, you must take it continuously.

The idea is to put DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) in your drinking water a couple of drops per liter to inactivate prions. Dimethyl sulfoxide is found in nature and in rainwater and is quite safe. I also drink it regularly. What DMSO does is in very low concentration (higher might be more effective), it deactivates prions. However when DMSO is no longer there, the prions is again activated.

(Source) http://www.priondata.org/data/A_DMSO.html )

The idea is if anybody having mad cow (or MIGHT GET ONE FROM EATING BEEF!!) drinks water with small amounts of DMSO for the rest of his life, mad cow will go away and hence a cure.

My idea is when DMSO is inactivated, if you managed to change the diets you are eating where manganese (and organaophospate insecticide) is no longer in the excess or eat food with less manganese for a long period of time or taking calcium EDTA (a common treatment for managanese toxicity), it is possible along with DMSO, to effect the further progression and possibly remission of Mad Cow.

As you know, the cause of mad cow is actually caused by organaophospate insecticide where the food is rich in manganese is what causes mad cow in the first place.

Here is an interesting article:

Insecticide Causes Mad Cow Disease

by Fintan Dunne Research by Kathy McMahon

Reprinted from eionews.com, email - news@eionews.com

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.

Latest experiments by Cambridge University prion specialist, David R. Brown, have shown that manganese bonds with prions. Other researchers 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.

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.

The new work proves that the prions can bond with manganese in animal feeds or mineral licks. These manganese prions cause the neurological degeneration seen in BSE. By a similar process, prions in human brains are damaged by lice lotions containing organophosphate. This can result in neurological diseases like CJD and Alzheimers -later in life.

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. One formulation of the insecticide -- Maneb, or Mancozeb – actually contains manganese in addition to organophosphate.

The marginalized 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.

Phosmet organophosphate has been used at high doses in British warble fly campaigns. In 1996, ICI subsidiary Zeneca sold the phosmet patent to a PO Box company in Arizona called Gowan -just one week before the UK government admitted to a link between BSE and nvCJD.

The politically well-connected British pharmaceuticals group, ICI has the financial and political clout to block research into any cause other than the infective model. Indeed no substantive alternative research has been done. British BSE disease management and research bodies have taken decisions that do not seem guided by spirited scientific enquiry. Mysterious prions that jump species is the preferred research arena.

Scientist and organic farmer, Mark Purdey gave evidence to the UK BSE inquiry, that warble fly insecticide was the cause of the disease. The scientist wheeled out to rubbish Purdy's evidence -Dr. David Ray, later turned out to have been receiving funding from the insecticide manufacturer ICI.

A lobby group that includes Bayer, Monsanto, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche and Schering-Plough was behind the effort to discredit Purdey. In December 1999, the same David Ray was appointed to the UK Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) -a government body that licences animal medicines.

Purdey has been consistently denied even exploratory funding to extend his privately supported research. Yet the Purdey/Brown chemical poisoning model matches with the epidermiological spread of CJD clusters in humans. It also predicts the incidence of BSE-type diseases in animals. The accepted infectious model fits neither.

The pharmaceutical industry is all the more determined to hide the chemical source of BSE and CJD, because a spotlight on chemicals would expose the role the insecticides in Alzheimer's – another neurodegenerative disease -- that might lead to claims which would dwarf those from BSE and CJD litigants. In fact, two leading brain researchers into CJD and Alzheimers have died in suspicious circumstances in recent years.

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency is already reviewing Phosmet's safety. The Centers for Disease Control in the US has recently conducted experiments on mice that confirm the organophosphate risk.

Not only is the EC beef slaughter campaign futile -because BSE disease is mostly non-infectious, but unless the underlying chemical cause is addressed, BSE will simply reappear from chemical causes. A new warble fly campaign is already underway in France using the organophosphate insecticide.

Of greater concern is that some lotions for scabies and head lice are now priming children and adults, for CJD and Alzheimers in later life.

Bonding The Prion

Cambridge University prion biochemist, David R. Brown is dismissive of the science behind the infectious model of BSE. He terms it "a very limited amount of science by a few assumed- reputable scientists." He insists there is "no evidence an infectious agent is present in either meat or milk."

"Simple tests on udder walls of cows -- which could easily detect an infectious prion -- have not been done, why I don't understand."

A number of researchers have found that organophosphate(OP) in systemic warble fly insecticide can deform the prion molecule, rendering it ineffective at buffering free radical effects in the body. Worse still, the prion is then partial to bond with manganese and become a 'rogue' prion. A chain reaction whereby rogue prions turn others to rogues also, can explain the bovine spongiform disease mechanism.

Brown showed how prion protein bonds benignly with copper, but lethally with manganese. Even natural variations in relative environmental availability of manganese versus copper can trigger prion degradation.

The CJD and BSE symptoms mirror 'manganese madness', an irreversible fatal neuro-psychiatric degenerative syndrome that plagued manganese miners in the first half of the last century.

Shining a Light on Spongiform

Organic dairy farmer and peer-review-published independent scientist, Mark Purdey, says the accepted theory of transmission from BSE-infected cattle to human CJD -by bonemeal or meat, is dependent on a mutant prion that has never been isolated under the scientific protocol called Koch's postulates.

Purdey's insistence on sticking to the letter of this scientific law earned him the condemnation of UK officialdom when he first mooted his theory. But Purdey pointed to CJD clusters downwind of a British Phosmet production plant to back his case.

He gave evidence to the UK Government BSE inquiry and was supported by Conservative MP, Thessa Gorman. His views were discounted, but his subsequent research and the new Cambridge prion work have confirmed the alternative theory. Despite this, and the backing of a British peer, he is denied even exploratory funding.

Speaking from his rural English Somerset farm yesterday -as plans forge ahead for the European cattle cull, he asks:

"Why does CJD degeneration in humans begin in the retina, and why are CJD disease clusters found in high altitude locations?"

The question is rhetorical, and Purdey has an eye-opening answer. He argues that the prion molecule has a known natural role as a shock absorber of damaging energy from ultraviolet rays and other oxidizing agents.

Once this prion defence system is rendered ineffective by organophosphates - for example in human head lice lotions, these oxidizing effects have an unmediated impact on tissues. Eventually, UV radiation damages the retina and oxidative stress destroys the brain tissues of CJD patients. This theory would expect to find higher CJD incidence in mountain regions –where UV radiation levels are elevated. That prediction holds true.

A similar but accelerated mechanism could be driving BSE. ICI's Phosmet organophosphate warble fly insecticide - applied on the backs of animals along the spinal column, similarly degrades prions. "Systemic versions of the insecticide are designed to make the entire cow carcass toxic to warble fly," explains Purdey. "Unfortunately it's toxic to prions too -especially those prions located just millimeters from the point of application."

The damaged prions are then ready to react with manganese in animal feed, or manganese sprayed on land or in mineral licks -to become the driving force of BSE neurodegeneration. Purdey says manganese-tipped prions set off lethal chain reactions that neurologically burn through the animal.

Chickens notoriously excrete most of the supplements fed to them -including manganese. And their manganese-rich excreta have been blended into cattle feed in the UK. Natural variations in the relative environmental availability of copper and manganese can also spur prion degeneration says Purdey.

From this research, any prudent person would conclude there is a significant risk attaching to the use of organophosphate in humans. Preparations for head lice and scabies are known to be overused in practice and might be priming users for CJ disease.

Purdey believes his bias for field work is the key to his success. He bemoans the "reductionism" of much lab-centered science. "I have traveled the world to investigate known clusters of spongiform disease -something mainstream researchers don't seem remotely interested in doing."

Since first postulating an environmental -rather than infectious- theory of spongiform diseases, Purdey has built evidence from around the world that explains and predicts the incidence in humans and animals: a cluster of CJD in Slovakia, Eastern Europe -around a manganese plant; Rocky Mountain deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), who were found to be eating pine needles rich in manganese; the futile slaughter of sheep in Cyprus -only for BSE to reemerge within years.

"The reappearance of BSE in Cyprus obviously points to an environmental cause," says Purdey, who is sanguine when reflecting on the condemnation of him by mainstream scientists.

"I suppose they have mortgages and kids who need to go to university," he muses. "Privately, some were agreeing with me, but then they would denounce me publicly. It was quite strange really."

The Money Trail

Critical scientists like Purdey are unlikely to prevail. The pharmaceutical industry holds most research purse strings, and would hardly energetically explore an avenue of research that could expose them to litigation for causing BSE. The official theory is lavishly funded, alternative theories rarely, if at all.

There are more explosive implications to his –and other's latest research. Purdey says similar organophosphate- induced protein deformation could also underlie Alzheimer's disease. If that were true, the litigation fallout would destroy some pharmaceutical giants, and a lot of very influential noses would be out of joint.

What Alzheimer's Disease, Mad Cow Disease, and CJ Disease have in common, is abnormal brain proteins and a putative link to organophosphates. Even Gulf War syndrome among returning veterans has been attributed, in part to the insecticide. But the sidelined scientists' suspicions are still largely ignored.

In their favour at the moment, is a growing unease on the part of the public. As BSE forges on and Governments panic, Science may be out to lunch on BSE, compromised by bovine spongythinking myopathy.

Do NOT Use Systemic Organophosphate Insecticides Do NOT treat children with OP head lice products - they may cause CJD and Alzheimer's Do NOT treat your pets with OP anti-flea products Do NOT treat cattle or animals with OP products – they may cause BSE Do NOT give manganese to cattle previously dosed with a systemic OP

The relative availability of the metals copper and manganese in your local environment is a major factor in BSE & CJD.

Also, EVIDENCE OF DMSO inactivating Prions is located here:

Source: http://www.priondata.org/data/A_DMSO.html

Prion disease: an opportunity?

The fact that prion rods are dissolved in quite low concentrations of DMSO, and lose their infectivity in the process is interesting. However the fact is that the infectivity is returned when the DMSO is taken away and the rods reform (Shaked GM, Meiner Z, Avraham I, Taraboulos A, Gabizon R. Reconstitution of prion infectivity from solubilized protease-resistant PrP and nonprotein components of prion rods. J Biol Chem 2001 Apr 27;276(17):14324-8 see abstract.

Considering its structure it is remarkably low toxicity and the possibility remains that the drug could be used to lower the amount of amyloid in the brain after other drugs had been used to actually stop the production of new PrPsc (e.g. Glivek?). This may lead to a progressive loss of infectivity in the brain and a lower risk to the brain from the stimulation of microglia and hence damage to the cellular structure that the chemicals that these cells release are causing.

Patients describe the drug as not being particularly toxic but others around them describe an 'awful' smell of the compound in the breath and fluids of the patient.

Ruth Gabizon at the Prion Therapeutics conference in December 2002 in Paris said that the phenomenon of DMSO dissolving of the prion fibrils should not be forgotten and, although this chemical was relatively toxic, there may be others that are not and DMSO could in fact be used for a short period in a long term therapy program.

Medical Abstract of Prions inactivated by DMSO is located here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11152454&dopt=Abstract

And this is the Abstract:

Reconstitution of prion infectivity from solubilized protease-resistant PrP and nonprotein components of prion rods.

Shaked GM, Meiner Z, Avraham I, Taraboulos A, Gabizon R.

Department of Neurology, The Agnes Ginges Center for Human Neurogenetics, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.

The scrapie isoform of the prion protein, PrP(Sc), is the only identified component of the infectious prion, an agent causing neurodegenerative diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Following proteolysis, PrP(Sc) is trimmed to a fragment designated PrP 27-30. Both PrP(Sc) and PrP 27-30 molecules tend to aggregate and precipitate as amyloid rods when membranes from prion-infected brain are extracted with detergents. Although prion rods were also shown to contain lipids and sugar polymers, no physiological role has yet been attributed to these molecules. In this work, we show that prion infectivity can be reconstituted by combining Me(2)SO-solubilized PrP 27-30, which at best contained low prion infectivity, with nonprotein components of prion rods (heavy fraction after deproteination, originating from a scrapie-infected hamster brain), which did not present any infectivity. Whereas heparanase digestion of the heavy fraction after deproteination (originating from a scrapie-infected hamster brain), before its combination with solubilized PrP 27-30, considerably reduced the reconstitution of infectivity, preliminary results suggest that infectivity can be greatly increased by combining nonaggregated protease-resistant PrP with heparan sulfate, a known component of amyloid plaques in the brain. We submit that whereas PrP 27-30 is probably the obligatory template for the conversion of PrP(C) to PrP(Sc), sulfated sugar polymers may play an important role in the pathogenesis of prion diseases.

PMID: 11152454 [PubMed]

Here is some more citations using DMSO and mad cow:

source links:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12914974&query_hl=7

1: Brain Res. 2003 Sep 5;983(1-2):137-43. Related Articles,Links

Dimethyl sulfoxide delays PrP sc accumulation and disease symptoms in prion-infected hamsters.

Shaked GM, Engelstein R, Avraham I, Kahana E, Gabizon R.

Department of Neurology, The Agnes Ginges Center for Human Neurogenetics, Hadassah University Hospital, 91120, Jerusalem, Israel.

PrP(Sc), an aberrantly folded protein, is the only identified component of the prion, an agent causing fatal neurodegenerative diseases such as scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) has been shown to reduce the accumulation of PrP(Sc) in scrapie-infected (ScN2a) cells, and to inhibit its aggregation in vitro. In humans, DMSO was used successfully in the treatment of various peripheral amyloidotic diseases. Here we show that administration of DMSO to scrapie-infected hamsters significantly prolonged disease incubation time, as well as delayed the accumulation of PrP(Sc) in Syrian hamster brains. Interestingly, administration of DMSO to scrapie sick hamsters resulted in increased clearance of protease-resistant PrP in their urine. We conclude that although DMSO by itself may not be sufficient to cure prion diseases, it may be considered as a component in a 'cocktail' drug approach for these disorders. Also, urine PrP testing should be considered for the assessment of treatment efficacy.

PMID: 12914974 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Disaggregating effect - or dispersion and possibly reversal of the conditions can also be helped using DMSO and a weak ethanol solution:

source links:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12719126&query_hl=7

Int J Biol Macromol. 2003 Mar;32(1-2):10-6. Related Articles,Links

Disaggregating effects of ethanol at low concentration on beta-poly-L-lysines.

Sabate R, Estelrich J.

Departament de Fisicoquimica, Facultat de Farmacia, Universitat de Barcelona. Avda. Joan XXIII s/n, Catalonia, Spain.

Protein aggregation is involved in a number of disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, and prion diseases. Such aggregates are formed by peptides in beta-conformation. The study of the processes of aggregation or its inhibition makes it necessary for the peptide to remain in a monomeric state at the beginning of aggregation assays. Using three poly-L-lysine as a model of beta-peptide, we measured the spectral changes occurring in the visible spectrum of Congo Red (CR), a diazo dye, in two solvent media, namely, an aqueous solution of ethanol 10% (v/v), and an aqueous solution of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) 5% (v/v). Aggregation constants show that the presence of ethanol at low concentration produces a disaggregating effect, regardless of the degree of polymerisation of the peptide. This effect is considered to be due to the direct binding of ethanol molecules to the peptide. This binding undergoes an enhancement of the electrostatic repulsion among charged lysine chains.

There are many documented studies in DMSO in the treatment of Mad Cow (technically its Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)). And it can really technical if you want more documented details. It will take me several hundred pages to cover everything on this topic to do it justice, and it goes beyond my available time. However, I can refer you to several places which will help you further research and discover yourself that there are answers out there.

Here is an article excerpt as well as the link source to the full article with all the citations, and scientific studies:

source: http://www.doewatch.com/gws.html

"...Even the factors of high rates of ALS seen in the GW vets is directly associated with the GSH and SOD enzymes. ALS is associated with upsets of copper and manganese that form these enzymes. The problems of Mad Cow and Prion linked illnesses are caused by these same factors. Mad Cow effects come from a systemic shift toward Mn-SOD from the Cu-Zn-SOD. When sulfur bearing compounds like DMSO are applied to Mad Cow affected brain tissues, the plaques dissipate, and DMSO appears to act as GSH in supplying the sulfur to remove the toxic metals from the brain that attract the SOD needed for myelin repair.."

The following are research citations of using DMSO at www.pubmed.org in the treatment of mad cow (CJD):

1: Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2004 Apr 7;123(1-2):37-44. Related Articles,Links

Doxycycline and protein folding agents rescue the abnormal phenotype of familial CJD H187R in a cell model. Gu Y, Singh N.

Institute of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, 2085 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.

Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) comprises a group of neurodegenerative disorders for which currently there is no treatment. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of drugs approved for human use, and protein folding agents in reversing the mutant phenotype of familial CJD H187R in a cell model. For an efficient experimental readout, green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged mutant prion protein (PrP(187R-GFP)) and wild-type PrP (PrP(C-GFP)) were expressed in human neuroblastoma cells. We report that unlike PrP(C-GFP) that is expressed on the cell surface, PrP(187R-GFP) accumulates in the lysosomes of transfected cells. Treatment of PrP(187R-GFP) cells with quinacrine or doxycycline, agents known to inhibit the replication of PrP-scrapie (PrP(Sc)) in experimental models, gave conflicting results; doxycycline reverted the mutant phenotype of PrP(187R-GFP) cells, whereas quinacrine had no effect. The concentration of doxycycline used in these studies is well within the plasma concentration of patients receiving a 250-600 mg dose two to three times daily. Interestingly, exposure of PrP(187R-GFP) cells to low temperature (28 degrees C) or to the chemical chaperones dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) and glycerol also reversed the mutant phenotype. These data suggest that doxycycline and protein folding agents may hold promise as therapeutic agents for familial CJD H187R and other familial disorders that share similar pathogenic mechanisms.

PMID: 15046864 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Below, the citation Me2SO4 is another name for DMSO, since full name is DimethylSulfoxide.

1: J Biol Chem. 1999 Jun 18;274(25):17981-6. Related Articles,Links

Protease-resistant and detergent-insoluble prion protein is not necessarily associated with prion infectivity.

Shaked GM, Fridlander G, Meiner Z, Taraboulos A, Gabizon R.

Department of Neurology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.

PrPSc, an abnormal isoform of PrPC, is the only known component of the prion, an agent causing fatal neurodegenerative disorders such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). It has been postulated that prion diseases propagate by the conversion of detergent-soluble and protease-sensitive PrPC molecules into protease-resistant and insoluble PrPSc molecules by a mechanism in which PrPSc serves as a template. We show here that the chemical chaperone dimethyl sulfoxide (Me2SO) can partially inhibit the aggregation of either PrPSc or that of its protease-resistant core PrP27-30. Following Me2SO removal by methanol precipitation, solubilized PrP27-30 molecules aggregated into small and amorphous structures that did not resemble the rod configuration observed when scrapie brain membranes were extracted with Sarkosyl and digested with proteinase K. Interestingly, aggregates derived from Me2SO-solubilized PrP27-30 presented less than 1% of the prion infectivity obtained when the same amount of PrP27-30 in rods was inoculated into hamsters. These results suggest that the conversion of PrPC into protease-resistant and detergent-insoluble PrP molecules is not the only crucial step in prion replication. Whether an additional requirement is the aggregation of newly formed proteinase K-resistant PrP molecules into uniquely structured aggregates remains to be established.

PMID: 10364247 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

People treating mad cow using hyperbaric chambers:

source links:

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/01/12/State/South_Florida_mad_cow.shtml

Mad cow disease South Florida mad cow victim is undergoing new treatment By Associated Press Published January 12, 2004

MIRAMAR - Charlene was once a vivacious woman looking for her dream job after graduating from the University of Miami.

Now she is helpless as a newborn and requires round-the-clock care.

The 24-year-old woman was diagnosed two years ago with the human variant of mad cow disease, which she contracted when she lived in Great Britain.

Doctors gave her months to live, but she surpassed their expectations and is improving with a new form of oxygen treatment, her doctors and family said. After 196 sessions in a hyperbaric chamber since November 2002, Charlene has gained 6 pounds and responds to her name by moaning.

Charlene, whose last name isn't released because her family requests anonymity, lived with her family in London until she was 13. After earning her business management degree in Miami, she noticed the first symptoms: irritability, forgetfulness and uncharacteristic outbursts of anger.

Her parents encouraged her to return to London for a vacation, but there her symptoms worsened and doctors there gave her the diagnosis: Charlene had contracted variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a brain-wasting illness known as mad cow disease.

Charlene is among the 129 reported cases of mad cow disease in the United Kingdom from October 1996 to November 2002, according to the World Health Organization. The disease can remain dormant for five to 20 years and often affects people in their 20s.

Dr. Richard Neubauer, internist who heads Ocean Hyperbaric Center in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, saw a media report about Charlene and contacted the family about his unconventional treatment. The treatment centers on reawakening portions of the brain with high-pressure doses of oxygen, possibly igniting dormant brain cells. Neubauer characterizes his work on Charlene as "investigative" and the treatment has not been proven effective for treating mad cow or any other degenerative neurological disease.

"As far as I know, there's neither a rationale nor any human studies nor even any animal studies that suggest hyperbaric medicine would work," said Dr. Richard Moon, medical director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

But her family hopes the treatments will bring a full recovery.

"I have no doubt she will recover," said her father, Patrick. [Last modified January 12, 2004, 01:15:43]

The best way is prevention, and you need to know the source of mad cow. There are some government policy questions that people need to be aware of not to be infected with mad cow:

source link: http://www.consumerfed.org/releases2.cfm?filename=madcowcredibility.txt

BUSH ADMINISTRATION ACTIONS ON MAD COW RAISE QUESTIONS OF COMPETENCE AND CREDIBILITY

Failure to Follow Rules on Canadian Beef and Testing Symptomatic Animals, Delay in Tightening FDA Feed Rules, Refusal to Engage Public Health Experts and Consumers in Open Meetings Undermine Both Public Health and Public Trust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2004 Contacts: Chris Waldrop 202-797-8551

Washington, DC - Carol Tucker Foreman, director of Consumer Federation of America's Food Policy Institute, joined Consumers Union, Public Citizen and R-CALF in calling on the Bush Administration to remedy failures and improve protection against BSE.

"In a representative democracy, it is vital that citizens trust the competence and integrity of their government. The Bush Administration's handling of the threats to human and animal health raised by BSE-infected animals in Canada and the U.S. may severely undermine that trust.

"Throughout the last year government officials have assured us they have acted vigorously and effectively to curtail any risk that might arise from the presence of mad cow disease in North America. Secretary Ann Veneman promised that USDA would act 'from an abundance of caution. Subsequent events, however, have shown that USDA and FDA have not put human health protection ahead of trade considerations and the economic interests of the powerful meat industry. " The U.S. reversed its previous position prohibiting imports of ruminants or ruminant products from countries with diagnosed cases of BSE. Acting contrary to its own rules and without public comment, USDA allowed millions of pounds of bone-in beef and processed beef products to enter the U.S. from Canada.

" Despite pledges to test any bovine that showed signs of central nervous system disorder, an APHIS official in Texas ordered that such an animal be disposed of without testing. USDA now compounds this error by refusing to reveal on whose authority this action was taken. The public cannot, at this point, assume it was a unique event. " FDA in February pledged to issue new regulations tightening the ban on potentially infective material in animal feed. Five months after the BSE-infected cow was discovered in Washington state, the glaring weaknesses in U.S. feed production rules have not even begun to be remedied.

" All decisions on federal action to curtail BSE infection have been made by a small group of economists, trade experts and animal health specialists from government and the regulated industry. USDA has systematically excluded public health experts who offer dissenting views and avoided any public dialogue with consumers.

"CFA joins with our colleagues Consumers Union and Public Citizen and with R-CALF to urge the Bush Administration to take these simple, direct actions that will protect health and help restore public trust in the integrity of the system:

" Direct USDA to withdraw the proposed BSE minimal-risk region rule promulgated by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). We also request that you maintain the current ban on beef and cattle from Canada to ensure that American consumers are not exposed to BSE.

" Direct the Department of Health and Human Services and USDA to commission a study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to fully assess the risks (including both the risks to human and animal health) of importing cattle and beef from Canada into the United States;

" Direct USDA to Identify all Canadian-born cattle that have been imported into the United States - approximately 450,000 animals - and track those animals so they are tested for BSE before they enter the food supply; " Insist that Canada aggressively expand its BSE testing program to establish on a scientific basis the actual prevalence of BSE in the entire Canadian cattle herd; and

" Direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convene and chair a series of public hearings around the United States to solicit the views of individual consumers and experts in public health on this topic.

"An open and democratic government should not be afraid to engage those with dissenting views in a public forum. In 1995, USDA Secretary Dan Glickman convened and chaired a valuable series of open meetings to discuss major changes to the nation's meat inspection system. The final rule was improved by this exchange. Secretary Glickman acknowledged it was a valuable experience for him. If Secretary Veneman were to undertake a similar process, she might learn not only what is important to American consumers, but also discover what actions her employees are taking in her name. In January 2004, the Safe Food Coalition met with the Secretary and made this same request. We have never received a response and no action has been taken.

"Finally, let me address one additional issue. The members of Consumer Federation of America firmly support free and open international trade. We believe American consumers benefit from free trade. We have actively supported trade-enhancing activities. I am a member of USDA's Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. However, the economic benefits of free trade should not be used to undercut the public's ability to determine what is in their food and where it comes from nor allowed to trump protection of public health."

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Carol Tucker Foreman served as assistant secretary for food and consumer services, US Department of Agriculture, 1977-81. Her responsibilities included meat, poultry and egg inspection.

I hope this answers some of your questions regarding the issues of prions, mad cow diseases, policy issues, the use of DMSO.

The likely cause of mad cow theory is best explained by Mr. Purdey:

http://www.mercola.com/2000/dec/17/bovine_spongiform_disease.htm

Insecticide Causes Mad Cow Disease

by Fintan Dunne Research by Kathy McMahon

Reprinted from eionews.com, email - news@eionews.com

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.

Latest experiments by Cambridge University prion specialist, David R. Brown, have shown that manganese bonds with prions. Other researchers 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.

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.

The new work proves that the prions can bond with manganese in animal feeds or mineral licks. These manganese prions cause the neurological degeneration seen in BSE. By a similar process, prions in human brains are damaged by lice lotions containing organophosphate. This can result in neurological diseases like CJD and Alzheimers -later in life.

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. One formulation of the insecticide -- Maneb, or Mancozeb -- actually contains manganese in addition to organophosphate.

The marginalized 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.

Phosmet organophosphate has been used at high doses in British warble fly campaigns. In 1996, ICI subsidiary Zeneca sold the phosmet patent to a PO Box company in Arizona called Gowan -just one week before the UK government admitted to a link between BSE and nvCJD.

The politically well-connected British pharmaceuticals group, ICI has the financial and political clout to block research into any cause other than the infective model. Indeed no substantive alternative research has been done. British BSE disease management and research bodies have taken decisions that do not seem guided by spirited scientific enquiry. Mysterious prions that jump species is the preferred research arena.

Scientist and organic farmer, Mark Purdey gave evidence to the UK BSE inquiry, that warble fly insecticide was the cause of the disease. The scientist wheeled out to rubbish Purdy's evidence -Dr. David Ray, later turned out to have been receiving funding from the insecticide manufacturer ICI.

A lobby group that includes Bayer, Monsanto, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche and Schering-Plough was behind the effort to discredit Purdey. In December 1999, the same David Ray was appointed to the UK Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) -a government body that licences animal medicines.

Purdey has been consistently denied even exploratory funding to extend his privately supported research. Yet the Purdey/Brown chemical poisoning model matches with the epidermiological spread of CJD clusters in humans. It also predicts the incidence of BSE-type diseases in animals. The accepted infectious model fits neither. The pharmaceutical industry is all the more determined to hide the chemical source of BSE and CJD, because a spotlight on chemicals would expose the role the insecticides in Alzheimer's -- another neurodegenerative disease -- that might lead to claims which would dwarf those from BSE and CJD litigants. In fact, two leading brain researchers into CJD and Alzheimers have died in suspicious circumstances in recent years.

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency is already reviewing Phosmet's safety. The Centers for Disease Control in the US has recently conducted experiments on mice that confirm the organophosphate risk. Not only is the EC beef slaughter campaign futile -because BSE disease is mostly non-infectious, but unless the underlying chemical cause is addressed, BSE will simply reappear from chemical causes. A new warble fly campaign is already underway in France using the organophosphate insecticide.

Of greater concern is that some lotions for scabies and head lice are now priming children and adults, for CJD and Alzheimers in later life.

Bonding The Prion

Cambridge University prion biochemist, David R. Brown is dismissive of the science behind the infectious model of BSE. He terms it "a very limited amount of science by a few assumed- reputable scientists." He insists there is "no evidence an infectious agent is present in either meat or milk."

"Simple tests on udder walls of cows -- which could easily detect an infectious prion -- have not been done, why I don't understand."

A number of researchers have found that organophosphate(OP) in systemic warble fly insecticide can deform the prion molecule, rendering it ineffective at buffering free radical effects in the body. Worse still, the prion is then partial to bond with manganese and become a 'rogue' prion. A chain reaction whereby rogue prions turn others to rogues also, can explain the bovine spongiform disease mechanism.

Brown showed how prion protein bonds benignly with copper, but lethally with manganese. Even natural variations in relative environmental availability of manganese versus copper can trigger prion degradation.

The CJD and BSE symptoms mirror 'manganese madness', an irreversible fatal neuro-psychiatric degenerative syndrome that plagued manganese miners in the first half of the last century

Shining a Light on Spongiform

Organic dairy farmer and peer-review-published independent scientist, Mark Purdey, says the accepted theory of transmission from BSE-infected cattle to human CJD -by bonemeal or meat, is dependent on a mutant prion that has never been isolated under the scientific protocol called Koch's postulates.

Purdey's insistence on sticking to the letter of this scientific law earned him the condemnation of UK officialdom when he first mooted his theory. But Purdey pointed to CJD clusters downwind of a British Phosmet production plant to back his case.

He gave evidence to the UK Government BSE inquiry and was supported by Conservative MP, Thessa Gorman. His views were discounted, but his subsequent research and the new Cambridge prion work have confirmed the alternative theory. Despite this, and the backing of a British peer, he is denied even exploratory funding.

Speaking from his rural English Somerset farm yesterday -as plans forge ahead for the European cattle cull, he asks:

"Why does CJD degeneration in humans begin in the retina, and why are CJD disease clusters found in high altitude locations?"

The question is rhetorical, and Purdey has an eye-opening answer. He argues that the prion molecule has a known natural role as a shock adsorber of damaging energy from ultraviolet rays and other oxidizing agents.

Once this prion defence system is rendered ineffective by organophosphates - for example in human head lice lotions, these oxidizing effects have an unmediated impact on tissues. Eventually, UV radiation damages the retina and oxidative stress destroys the brain tissues of CJD patients. This theory would expect to find higher CJD incidence in mountain regions -where UV radiation levels are elevated. That prediction holds true.

A similar but accelerated mechanism could be driving BSE. ICI's Phosmet organophosphate warble fly insecticide -applied on the backs of animals along the spinal column, similarly degrades prions. "Systemic versions of the insecticide are designed to make the entire cow carcass toxic to warble fly," explains Purdey. "Unfortunately it's toxic to prions too -especially those prions located just millimeters from the point of application."

The damaged prions are then ready to react with manganese in animal feed, or manganese sprayed on land or in mineral licks -to become the driving force of BSE neurodegeneration. Purdey says manganese-tipped prions set off lethal chain reactions that neurologically burn through the animal.

Chickens notoriously excrete most of the supplements fed to them -including manganese. And their manganese-rich excreta have been blended into cattle feed in the UK. Natural variations in the relative environmental availability of copper and manganese can also spur prion degeneration says Purdey.

From this research, any prudent person would conclude there is a significant risk attaching to the use of organophosphate in humans. Preparations for head lice and scabies are known to be overused in practice and might be priming users for CJ disease.

Purdey believes his bias for field work is the key to his success. He bemoans the "reductionism" of much lab-centered science. "I have traveled the world to investigate known clusters of spongiform disease -something mainstream researchers don't seem remotely interested in doing."

Since first postulating an environmental -rather than infectious- theory of spongiform diseases, Purdey has built evidence from around the world that explains and predicts the incidence in humans and animals: a cluster of CJD in Slovakia, Eastern Europe -around a manganese plant; Rocky Mountain deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), who were found to be eating pine needles rich in manganese; the futile slaughter of sheep in Cyprus -only for BSE to reemerge within years.

"The reappearance of BSE in Cyprus obviously points to an environmental cause," says Purdey, who is sanguine when reflecting on the condemnation of him by mainstream scientists.

"I suppose they have mortgages and kids who need to go to university," he muses. "Privately, some were agreeing with me, but then they would denounce me publicly. It was quite strange really."

The Money Trail

Critical scientists like Purdey are unlikely to prevail. The pharmaceutical industry holds most research purse strings, and would hardly energetically explore an avenue of research that could expose them to litigation for causing BSE. The official theory is lavishly funded, alternative theories rarely, if at all.

There are more explosive implications to his -and other's latest research. Purdey says similar organophosphate-induced protein deformation could also underlie Alzheimer's disease. If that were true, the litigation fallout would destroy some pharmaceutical giants, and a lot of very influential noses would be out of joint.

Disturbingly, Purdey and other brain researchers seem to have had an undue share of unfortunate accidents. Purdey's house was burned down and his lawyer who was working with him on Mad Cow Disease was driven off the road by another vehicle and subsequently died. The veterinarian on the case also died in a car crash -locally reported as: 'Mystery Vet Death Riddle. Dr. C. Bruton, a CJD specialist -- who had just produced a paper on a new strain of CJD -- was killed in a car crash before his work was announced to the public. Purdey speculates that Bruton might have known more than what was revealed in his last scientific paper. In 1996, leading Alzheimer's researcher Tsunao Saitoh, 46 and his 13 -year-old daughter were killed in La Jolla, California, in what a Reuters report described as a "very professionally done" shooting.

What Alzheimer's Disease, Mad Cow Disease, and CJ Disease have in common, is abnormal brain proteins and a putative link to organophosphates. Even Gulf War syndrome among returning veterans has been attributed, in part to the insecticide. But the sidelined scientists' suspicions are still largely ignored.

In their favour at the moment, is a growing unease on the part of the public. As BSE forges on and Governments panic, Science may be out to lunch on BSE, compromised by bovine spongythinking myopathy.

Do Not Use Systemic Organophosphate Insecticides

Do NOT treat children with OP head lice products - they may cause CJD and Alzheimer's

Do NOT treat your pets with OP anti-flea products

Do NOT treat cattle or animals with OP products - they may cause BSE

Do NOT give manganese to cattle previously dosed with a systemic OP

The relative availability of the metals copper and manganese in you local environment is a major factor in BSE & CJD

Additional Notes:

I contacted Mr. Purdey and there is possibility of chelation therapy or fulvic acid might be one possible method of reducing the metal toxins thus starving the source of the manganese from the renegate prions.

Majority of the public are not aware of Mr. Purdey's finding from insecticide, and environmental excess manganese, much less the treatment of such.

If you want to dig deeper please go to www.pubmed.org for more information. What is unusual is that there is news reports that Mad Cow has been misdiagnosed for Alzheimers and other similar conditions such as Parkinson's Disease and true figures may be much worse, however since incubation times are long, it may be too late before we can actually do the treatment.

Mycoplasma (fungus-like) is another possible leads as to the cause or a cofactor towards mad cow but this is just a hypothesis, which can be tested by examination of cows with the disease and test for present of fungus or mycoplasma of the brain. However,some indirect evidence is seen in certain people who died of Alzheimer were found to have fungus or algae in the brain. So this is circumspective and proof of hypothesis is sorely needed. If this is indeed confirmed anti-fungal drugs might be of some use in the treatment of mad cow. It is disappointing however, that no major funding for research on the nature, cause, and treatment of mad cow.

Suggestions for Farmers:

1. Checking of manganese level in feed. 2. Don't use organophosphate insecticide that has to do with warble flies. 3. Don't allow the Cows to feed on dead carcasses and chicken feces (chicken feces are high in manganese). 4. DMSO is currently used as a potential treatment for mad cows, however, preventive approach is recommended in adding small amounts of DMSO to feed which might deactivate prions before the feed is given to the cow. The possible uses of DMSO is important and can be used in possible sterilization of process food treatment before it reaches the public. Currently prions are not easily destroyed by either heat or acid. Therefore, DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide appears a potential food additive to feed or processing of foods). A wider range of uses of DMSO may be in order. DMSO has more uses in cleaning and sterilization of carcasses as well. This is the only way to "deactivate" the prion that we know of based on all the studies.

5. I currently use DMSO to clean meat products, and small amounts to drinking water now and then, especially if the need arises to eat beef or meat products.

6. The use of GMO feed for cows is potentially deadly. Some studies point to the fact that prions which causes mad cow are much more deadly and spread much more quickly if GMO foods (such as G.M.O. soybeans is used). ONE OBVIOUS reasons that many are not aware of is corporations create GMO to better resist herbicide and pesticide, which implies higher organophosphate in these plants. However, getting into a debate with corporations that organophosphate content in plant is a waste of time. They will deny it anyway. The best method of attack is Genetically Modified plants are potentially dangerous is the best point of attack. There is a DNA exchange that is common in nature wherby GMO DNA do not exist in nature and can be exchanged with human DNA and this may bring about unestimable damage to the human genome. The science of this is fairly well known in academic circles but totally foreign from the press."

Ted's Remedies Feedback

09/19/2010: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand: "Hi Ted did you hear about the sheep farmer back in the thirties who's whole flock went down with scrapies. He couldnt afford to loose them so he dosed them with Apple Cider Vinegar. They all quickly recovered. From the time of dosing he noticed the wool had a kink. But otherwise no more trouble."







 



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