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Why Do We Ignore Their Secrets?

"There are two kinds of secrets. The ones we keep from others and the ones we keep from ourselves."
- Frank Warren

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When the dairy industry reveals something that could be their potential end, why is it that one human primate sits with his hands on his mouth while a second sits with one hand on each ear and a third covers his eyes in order not to see?

The September 10, 2014 issue of Hoard's Dairyman (The National Dairy Farm Magazine) reveals one of the dairy industry's most carefully guarded secrets: Bovine Leukemia virus is out of control.

Does the thought of drinking body fluids from diseased animals sound like the act of a wise man? Does the concept of eating concentrated infected and diseased blood proteins in the form of cheese or Greek Yogurt seem like a healthy food choice? Is the ground up flesh of an animal infected with viral leukosis something that sounds delicious with ketchup and pickle on a sesame seed bun?

The page-570 story in Hoards reveals:

"Bovine leucosis virus (BLV) is a specific virus that affects cattle. A recent survey found that 89 percent of U.S. dairy herds have at least one infected animals, and approximately 40 percent of all U.S. dairy cattle are infected with the virus."

If you still eat dairy, look in the mirror and repeat this mantra three times:

"I am a dumb ass. I am a dumb ass. I am a dumb ass."

The author of this revealing article, Veterinarian Geof Smith, writes:

"One of the difficult things about BLV control is that the vast majority of cattle infected with the virus will never show clinical signs of the disease."

Is that comforting to you?

Many doctors and scientists call bovine leucosis a zoonotic disease which crosses the species barrier to infect other mammals. BLV is closely related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Dear cheese and milkshake lover,

You have just read Gertrude Buehner's study in the December 27, 2003 issue of the Journal of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, and learned that 176 of 237 humans tested positive for bovine leukemia virus antibodies. Knowing that twelve pounds of milk are required to produce one pound of ice cream, would you be apt to purchase and devour a pint of Ben & Jerry's Lucious Leukemia with caramel sauce?

Dear pizza eater,

You learn that breast cancers may grow as a result of exposure to bovine leukemia virus (BLV). Buehner, et. al, have determined:

"We detected BLV proteins and DNA in human breast tissues removed by surgery, which suggests these tissues were infected by BLV."

What advice do you give to mom, daughter, and sister? Do you send each a copy of this column?

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"Here's some advice. Stay alive."
- Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games conversations/messages/5132

Robert Cohen

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