"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