BSE, commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, has recently spread to several European countries and led to widespread avoidance of beef and beef products by consumers. However, it may be that this disease is not transmitted by eating infected meat but rather through exposure to organophosphate pesticides. This theory, and the compelling evidence that supports it based on the research of Cambridge University scientist David R. Brown, can be reviewed in a December 13, 2000 article posted on the Irish website http://www.eionews.com.
Interestingly, exposure to these same pesticides has also been linked to the increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, although this link has not yet been proven. In humans, exposure to organophosphates occurs through some head lice shampoos, often used in children, and through anti-flea products for pets. However, organophosphate-free substitutes for these products can be found.