Mad cow disease, also known as Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (CJD) is
known to be caused by small protein structures called prions. These
prions are found in brain tissue of cows and other animals and are
known to be virtually indestructible. They are unaffected by
enzymes, heat or radiation. Given the long period of latency
between being exposed to CJD and getting symptoms, it is possible
that millions of people are now infected with CJD. This is a
frightening prospect since CJD causes incredible pain and brain
damage and invariably fatal in 14 months.
are a natural component of animal tissue and may actually provide an
antioxidant function. It is only when prions are converted from
their PrPc form to their PrPsc form that they
cause disease. Recent evidence suggests that healthy prions (PrPc
) are bound to the mineral copper whereas the pathological
prions (PrPsc) are bound to the mineral manganese.
Indeed concentrations of CJD are found where the soil is low in
copper and high in manganese and CJD patients have 10 times the
levels of manganese as those without CJD.
EDTA will bind and remove toxic
manganese, EDTA may prevent CJD or Mad Cow Disease.