I just finished watching Elizabeth Cohen on CNN tell how there has never been a case of a human contracting Mad Cow Disease in the United States. Well, Ms. Cohen is wrong. My mother died of the human form of Mad Cow Disease, otherwise known as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (aka CJD), in 1986. The only time she had set foot outside of the United States was for a one-week trip to Austria in the late 1970′s. She was born and raised in Indiana, lived for a short period of time in Arizona, and never anywhere abroad.
Here is the video of Ms. Cohen providing you with false information:
In December 1985, we admitted her to the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. They were unable to diagnose her ailment. It was recommended to take her to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, so we flew her by helicopter to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
It was there, in either January or February of 1986 that she was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, and she died in March 1986.
I suppose I am just very sick and tired of people like Ms. Cohen trying to cover up the truth. And perhaps the cattle industry has some fear as well since if the truth came out, many people would freak out. I do want to say at this time, though, that CJD is very rare, and very hard to contract. Personally, I still eat beef.
It is on her death certificate. If any legitimate reporter or medical researcher would like to view her death certificate, I have no problem with this. You may click on “Contact Me” in the header menu in this site. After all, this is public information, but I will need to confirm who you are and your reasons first before providing you with her name and where she died.
In a nutshell, don’t believe what they’re telling you (whoever “they” are). Mad Cow Disease has been around for many decades, and people have both contracted it and died from it in the United States. But please don’t become paranoid… it really is very rare.