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  • How a history of eating human brains protected this tribe from brain disease

    11/28/2015 5:22:13 PM PST · by wgmalabama · 33 replies
    Washington post ^ | June 11 2015 | Sarah kaplin
    The sickness spread at funerals. The Fore people, a once-isolated tribe in eastern Papua New Guinea, had a long-standing tradition of mortuary feasts — eating the dead from their own community at funerals. Men consumed the flesh of their deceased relatives, while women and children ate the brain. It was an expression of respect for the lost loved ones, but the practice wreaked havoc on the communities they left behind. That’s because a deadly molecule that lives in brains was spreading to the women who ate them, causing a horrible degenerative illness called “kuru” that at one point killed 2...
  • Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease of cannibals

    11/13/2013 5:48:23 AM PST · by IbJensen · 35 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/13/2013 | Staff
    Youve heard of Mad Cow Disease, the scientific name of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE is an incurable fatal disease that affects the brain and nervous system of many animals, including humans. Autopsies of infected brain tissue show a myriad of tiny holes in the cortex, giving it a sponge-like appearance hence spongiform. (See below) spongy TSE-infected brain tissueThe disorder causes impairment of brain and bodily functions, including memory changes, personality changes, and problems with movement (shaking, trembling) that worsen over time. Like all TSEs, the bovine variant is...
  • Theory: Mad Cow May Have Come From Humans

    09/01/2005 4:28:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 417+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/1/05 | Emma Ross - ap
    LONDON - A new theory proposes that mad cow disease may have come from feeding British cattle meal contaminated with human remains infected with a variation of the disease. The hypothesis, outlined this week in The Lancet medical journal, suggests the infected cattle feed came from the Indian subcontinent, where bodies sometimes are ceremonially thrown into the Ganges River. Indian experts not connected with the research pointed out weaknesses in the theory but agreed it should be investigated. The cause of the original case or cases of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is unknown, but it belongs to...
  • New findings on prions suggest BSE risk may be higher than thought

    01/20/2005 4:42:19 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 38 replies · 818+ views
    ORONTO, Jan 20th, 2005 (The Canadian Press via COMTEX) -- The human food chain may not be as well protected from BSE as everyone hopes, scientists admitted Thursday in the wake of publication of new research showing the malformed proteins that cause the brain-wasting disease can be found in more tissues than previously thought. Experts admit the findings are worrisome, but note the additional risk, if confirmed, may still be low because it is believed there is very little bovine spongiform encephalopathy - mad cow disease - in current cattle herds. "I don't want to provoke hysteria here," senior author...
  • Craving Respectability and Human Flesh

    03/29/2004 7:22:01 PM PST · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 130+ views
    The National Post ^ | March 29, 2004 | George Jonas
    My friend, the artist Libby Hague, is an intellectual vegetarian, by which I mean she won't eat beings she regards as sentient. Chickens became safe from Libby's table the day she discovered they could play tic-tac-toe. Beings that can't pass the tic-tac-toe test are, however, fair game. Fish, for instance, are out of luck. My friend follows a beaten path. Using intellectual accomplishment to distinguish life forms that are worthy of preservation from life forms that aren't is quite traditional. The law used to make such distinction even between human beings. For instance, the original meaning of the phrase "benefit...
  • No matter how you cut it up, eating people is simply wrong -

    12/07/2003 4:54:53 PM PST · by UnklGene · 40 replies · 617+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | December 8, 2003 | Barbara Amiel
    No matter how you cut it up, eating people is simply wrong - By Barbara Amiel (Filed: 08/12/2003) Not a few modern cannibals in the West have been German and it would be tempting to say, after reading the testimony of self-confessed cannibal Armin Meiwes, now on trial in Kassel, that eating people is a peculiarly German thing to do. But there have been some American and British cannibals, with the odd Russian as well. What may be an EU speciality is that apparently cannibalism is not a crime - though using wooden chopping boards may be. Somehow, one would...