Robert H Ruskin ruskinr at aruba.ccit.arizona.edu
Thu Mar 28 21:07:10 EST 1996

Besides being a microbiologist, I am also an environmental scientist. I 
currently subscribe to sci.environment and there was a post there that 
was of some interest to me, the microbiologist on BSE. A person wrote that 
BSE may not in fact be caused by prions, but rather from organo-phosphate 
pesticides that the British seem to literally dump over their cattle to 
ward off some fly.

The post went on to say that once a cow has been diagnosed with Mad Cow 
Disease it becomes the property of the government so there is in fact 
very little known about what the cows *actually* die from, since 
researchers have very little access to the cows for study.

What we may in fact be seeing is not a disease due to prions, as much as 
it may be one caused by pesticide accumulation within both within 
the cow that shows the neuro-degenerative problems that we see, as well 
as the people who die of alike symptoms. What we in fact may be 
witnessing is a disease caused by a bio-accumulated pesticide in the food 

Until the British open up access of the cows to researchers, it will 
never be conclusively proven whether the problem is due in fact to a prion, 
or a Silent Spring.

Robert H. Ruskin, M.Sc.
Environmental Microbiologist  

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