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Phosmet - What they dont tell you about BSE in America

"On May 5, 1996, I conducted a long distance telephone interview with Mark Purdey of Somerset, England. Purdey has published scientific papers on Mad Cow Disease and he has appeared on British television regarding the same. It was his TV appearance last year which prompted the November, 1995 cover of Blazing Tattles. His views are not mainstream because he sees an "intervening variable" of chemicals between the healthy cow and the mad cow. I had assumed incorrectly that the "prion protein" was a figment of scientific imagination, but according to Purdey there is such a thing. The question is how the prion protein becomes "incorrectly folded."
Of recent years, a disease has been observed among cattle. A sick cow drools, wobbles as if drunk, and has difficulty using its hind legs (if I have that right). Then one day it falls over dead. [The US version may be the "downer cow."] It has been found upon autopsy that their brains are not normal, and the disease is caused from an infectious agent. It was widely believed to be a slow incubating virus, but now some scientists believe it is caused from an almost indestructible protein molecule called a "prion." It was assumed humans could not catch this disease. It is an incorrectly folded prion protein molecule, according to Purdey. These incor- rectly folded molecules have an abnormal electrical charge which facilitate the neighboring prions to become incorrectly folded. These proteins are not destroyed by ordinary cooking and there is also no known remedy for the disease. Over a period of years, this process continues, until the cow falls ill.

Purdey believes that the cause of the problem is that a chemical gets into the brain and binds with the normal prions to produce abnormal ones. He believes it is a specific chemical called "phosmet" which does this. Phosmet is a combination of an organophosphate pesticide (OP) and thalimide (base of thalidomide) which is used against the warble fly in cattle. The phosmet is applied on the skin in an oily base, with the intent of it being taken into the skin, into the cow's body where the fly burrows in. According to Purdey, the warble fly actually lives in the cow nine months of the year. The OP plus thalimide initiates the prion change. Once changed, its electrical charge can trigger normal prion protein into abnormal form.

In her submission to the BSE inquiry, dairy farmer Joanna Wheatley says: "The initial epidemiological study carried out in 1988 which identified meat and bonemeal as the cause of BSE was flawed. It recorded 68 per cent of farms affected by the disease had not used chemicals or weed killers. This could not possibly be the case." Wheatley points out that OP treatment was enforced on all farms and organic farming was both rare and viewed with suspicion by the majority of farmers in the 1980s."

Since 1982 British farmers have been forced by law to treat their cows for warble fly with a pour-on systemic organophosphate called Phosmet - originally formulated as a weapon by nazi chemists during World War II. Observing how his own organically reared cows never developed BSE, but Phosmet-treated cattle brought onto the farm did, Somerset farmer Mark Purdey refused to treat his herd. In 1984 the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and food (MAFF) took him to the High Court to force him to use Phosmet, but a judicial review found in his favour ruling that the government couldn't enforce treatment as the chemical was neither a vaccine or serum. "Before 1982 farmers could treat warbles with an organic ground-up root compound called derris. The chemical giants were soon to realise its profit potential and after the war Phosmet was exclusively marketed as an agricultural pesticide by ICI, and later by their renamed subdivision, Zeneca.

"Purdey found that the UK, the only country which enforced Phosmet use, had the highest rate of TSEs (the type of brain disease which includes BSE and CJD as well as Scrapie in sheep)"

It seems researchers in many fields who get onto something regarding toxic chemicals have bad things happen. Purdey's re- search that was contracted out to the Medical Research Council was intercepted by the government, and one trial was cancelled while the other was mysteriously changed. The chemical he designated for the experiment was altered and diluted. The results therefrom were weakened, although still was found a slight bond with the OG and the prion protein.

"The pharmaceutical industry is all the more determined to hide the chemical source of BSE and CJD, because a spotlight on chemicals would expose the role the insecticides in Alzheimer's -- another neurodegenerative disease -- that might lead to claims which would dwarf those from BSE and CJD litigants."

But Purdey says that human cases can be caused from chemicals. He says there was a cluster of CJD in Kent, England. There were four cases in four small villages. These villages are ten miles downwind of a factory which manufactures phosmet. In 1986 they had a leak and the chemical went all around the countryside. The incubation period is ten years. He says there is another cluster of this very rare disease in Teeside, where another plant is located. His conclusion is that the second strain is caused from chemicals.

There's been another ominous story going around about hay mites infecting minks. Purdey says the mite prion which infected the minks was itself affected by the chemical. COINCIDENCE OR CONSPIRACY?

I asked Purdey if it is true that both his veterinarian and his lawyer were killed in car crashes, and he confirmed this. His lawyer was run off the road by another car and died as a result of the accident. His new lawyer also had a car crash, but he survived. Purdey's house was burned down.

Purdey related that the scientist, Dr. C. Bruton died in a car crash. He had just produced a paper on a new strain of CJD. Bruton was a CJD specialist. Posthumously, his work was announced to the public. It is likely or at least possible that Bruton knew more than what was in the paper, said Purdey.

I asked Purdey if he thought the arrest and firing from his research position of the distinguished, US resident, Nobel Award CJD specialist, Dr. D.C. Gajdusek was also related to this mad cow situation. Purdey said that weeks before the arrest of Gajdusek Purdey was told by Ray Bradly of the Ministry of Agriculture that Gajdusek was seeking alternative hypotheses and specifically requested all of Purdey's papers. They were faxed to Gajdusek.

Claire W. Gilbert, Ph.D - From Blazing Tattles (BT) May 1996
Dr. Joseph Mercola, Fintan Dunne - Insecticide Causes Mad Cow Disease.

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Prions 29.Dec.2003 08:08


there has been a lot of work on prion protein since 1996.

The truth is scary enough. This sort of speculation never developed legs.

One of the more interesting bits of information to come out of the Western Washington Sick Dairy Cow episode is that meat from *one, sick, cow* has been distributed to eight states and Guam!

What better argument can their be for maintaining local food sources and discouraging global, industrial agriculture?\

further attack on Americas food 29.Dec.2003 15:35


The globalists don't like competition. In a free enterprise system, the best product does quite well, but a corporate monolith won't compete on that level, so they buy up government and use the legislative and regulatory process to gut the competition.
Mad cow has been in America for a while, now. The hospitals have been threatened to keep quiet on the cause of death certificates The question I have is why the public notice in the controlled media and why now? How does this serve the transnational global agribusiness?
I would watch to see who the government goes after and publically destroys. Is it the independent farmer, the organic farmer? Is Monsanto getting squeezed on the gentically engineered issue? How about the plan to put RFID tags in all livestock.
When we as consumers lose our independent farmers, the safety and supply of our food is at stake.