Another article written by guest writer Hans de Rycke, was offered to me to post on my blog and I have gladly said yes. As you all know, I do not eat meat and one of the reasons is that there are just too many diseases, and health issues involved with the consumption of animals, let alone the mistreatment of most of the animals that are raised for human’s to eat. In Rycke’s article we see one aspect of meat consumption that I never even had considered before, but the points that he brings up are very well documented. As all things, we all must make our own decisions, and diet is definitively a very personal choice, but in order to make informed decisions, you need to hear all sides of the story. So, now on to Rycke’s article:
Leukemia is a cancer of blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called “blasts”. Leukemia is a common name which covers a spectrum of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system.
Treatment consist out of chemotherapy, medical radiation therapy, or hormone treatment. Children have more of a chance to be cured than adults. Even when a complete cure is unlikely, most people with a chronic leukemia and many people with an acute leukemia can be successfully treated for years. (but not cured.)
In 2000 approximately 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia, and 209,000 died from it. Most leukemias are diagnosed in adults.
One of the (many?) causes of Leukemia could be waiting in your refrigerator! Recent research has addressed whether humans can become infected with Bovine Leukemia Virus, and the results were alarming!.
Surgically removed human breast tissues were searched for evidence of different components of Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV), using techniques such as immunocytochemistry, PCR, and in situ hybridization, and human blood was tested for antibodies BLV.
BLV DNA was detected in blood cells of almost half of the human volunteers (9 cases out of 22).
Gertrude Buehring, Ph.D., who conducted the research, said;’ We found evidence of BLV proteins in breast tissues from 8 of 26 patients. Antibodies to BLV were found in the serum of over half of the 100 human volunteers tested. These preliminary results suggest that humans may be infected with BLV. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14709247
Bovine Leukemia Virus is common in dairy and beef cattle in th USA. Hoard’s Dairyman, (Volume 147, number 4), the National Dairy Farm Magazine, published an article with the headline; “You Can’t Tell By Looking.” The text of the ad reveals that “most dairy herds are affected by bovine leukemia virus.” By most Hoards Dairyman mean more than 85%.
Robert Kradjian, M.D., wrote in a letter to his patients:
“Unfortunately, when the milk is pooled, a very large percentage of all milk produced is contaminated (90 to 95 per cent). Of course the virus is killed in pasteurisation–if the pasteurisation was done correctly. What if the milk is raw? In a study of randomly collected raw milk samples the bovine leukemia virus was recovered from two-thirds.
(Science 1981; 213:1014).
Robert Cohen writes; “How did the bovine leukemia virus particles gain access to humans and become antigens? Was it as small, denatured particles?”
If the bovine leukemia viruses causes human leukemia, we could expect the dairy states with known leukemic herds to have a higher incidence of human leukemia. Unfortunately, it seems to be the case! Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin have statistically higher incidence of leukemia than the national average. In Russia and in Sweden, areas with uncontrolled bovine leukemia virus have been linked with increases in human leukemia. In Norway, 1422 individuals were followed for 11 and a half years. Those drinking 2 or more glasses of milk per day had 3.5 times the incidence of cancer of the lymphatic organs. (British Med. Journal 61:456-9, March 1990.)
Cunningham found a highly significant positive correlation between deaths from lymphomas and beef and dairy ingestion in the 15 countries analysed. A quotation from his
research article follows:
“The average intake of protein in many countries is far in excess of the recommended requirements. Excessive consumption of animal protein may be one co-factor in the causation of lymphomas. Ingestion of certain proteins results in the adsorption of antigenic fragments through the gastrointestinal mucous membrane.” (Allan S. Cunningham of Cooperstown, New York. Writing in the Lancet, November 27, 1976)
It has been conservatively estimated that more than 100 distinct antigens are released by the normal digestion of cows’ milk which evoke production of all antibody classes. This may explain why pasteurized, killed viruses are still antigenic and can still cause disease.
“Milk of Dairy Cows Frequently Contains a Leukemogenic Virus”. Science 213 (1981): 1014
The answer would be to totally eradicate the disease from cattle or eliminate dairy products from your diet.
Hans de Rycke is a Kinesiologist, Sports therapist and Structural Alignment Therapist. Now semi-retired, he, together with his wife Carol, who is also a Kinesiologist, run a health retreat in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, in Eastern Victoria, Australia, where they own 5 acres of land in a spectacularly beautiful area. They are non dairy vegetarians, who love the land and gardening, growing their own vegetables and fruit, and where they accommodate and work with clients with a range of diseases, like allergies, cancer, heart disease, weight problems, spinal problems, mental and emotional disorders, diabetes and more. They also advice people on how to overcome their health problems via the net and email.
- Leading leukemia experts: High leukemia treatment costs may be harming patients (eurekalert.org)
- The Molecular Characterization of Bovine Leukaemia Virus Isolates from Eastern Europe and Siberia and Its Impact on Phylogeny (plosone.org)