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Mad Cow Disease in America

George Knapp was joined by former cattle rancher turned vegetarian and food safety activist, Howard Lyman. People don't have a clue about the seriousness of Mad Cow Disease (called CJD in humans), and as many as 450,000 Americans may have the illness which can take anywhere from 10 to 60 years to incubate, said Lyman.

The disease is thought to be spread via animal feed which contains ground-up animal parts. A 4 oz. burger, Lyman estimated, may have many as 500 to 1,000 different animals in it. Problematically, America only tests 1/10th of 1% of cows for the illness, and typically, older cows that would be more likely to have the disease aren't tested, he reported.

Lyman, who declared, "I don't eat anything with a face, a liver or a mother," offered these recommendations:

1. Don't consume wild animals such as deer and squirrels.
2. If you eat beef, make sure it's organic and naturally raised.
3. Avoid eating chicken-- the poultry is filled with hormones, chemicals and antibiotics and fed manure.
4. Shop at farmers' markets and grow your own vegetables.
5. If you purchase dairy, make sure it's organic.

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