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  •  Chronic wasting disease (15+ / 0-)

    This is a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy affecting deer and elk across a large part of western North America.

    It isn't clear if this can be transmitted to humans, but (i) it likely got into the elk in the first place because they were being fed sheep bits from scrapie-infected sheep on elk farms; (ii) it clearly infects deer lymphatic tissue as well as CNS, so you would expect prions to be in the meat you'd be eating as well as in the brain and spinal cord; (iii) it's already jumped (probably) from sheep to elk and (certainly) from elk to deer.

    •  Man, I see a great grad thesis here with a (8+ / 0-)

      longitudinal study of Cabelas customers.
      You have to visit a Cabelas store to notice that the ratio of teabaggers has got to be fairly high there, and 'baggers surely have some form of brain-wasting disease.

      (Yeah, I'm a regular customer, even get a leather bound catalog.)

      "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

      by Bluefin on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 04:18:31 PM PDT

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      •  Actually there have been intensive studies (9+ / 0-)

        looking at prion diseases in all people who eat game meat.

        The jump to humans has never been made.

        I live in an area close to where CWD was first detected. We have good game management so incidence is very low, often lower than 1%. And I have the brain of every animal I harvest tested at a subsidized price via my state department of Fish and Game. I, my wife, and our two kids eat lots of game all the time.

        "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

        by ban nock on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 05:17:35 PM PDT

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        •  And it's no doubt far healthier than the animals (3+ / 0-)
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          fed garbage (now including arsenic) in feedlots.

          I hope you make use of the livers, kidneys, and various glands. Those are extremely nutritious. I'd wager the bones would make excellent broth, too.

          I notice that many recommends are given to the person who has a good answer, with hardly any given to the person who asks the right question. That is backwards to me; without that question, the good answer might never have come.

          by Nulwee on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 08:37:42 PM PDT

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          •  Many of the parts are irreplaceable for ethnic (1+ / 0-)
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            food my wife likes to cook (actually I help too). Our alternative is to buy a farm raised cow and butcher. We toss the spleen, brain, and spinal column as those are the places with highest concentrations of prions. I do get the meat tested though.

            Our processed meat wastes a lot of good parts in hamburg and sausage.

            "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

            by ban nock on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 07:35:49 AM PDT

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