Howard F. Lyman has brought the issue of the dangers of eating beef to lightlike never before. A former cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian and food safetyactivist, in 1996, Lyman revealed, to a national television audience, howthe cattle industry potentially exposed Americans to Mad Cow Disease byfeeding cows the remains of live animals - including other cows. As a resultof his remarks, Lyman was named a co-defendant with Oprah Winfrey in the"veggie libel" case brought by Texas ranchers in Amarillo.
George Knapp (email) was joined by former cattle rancher turned vegetarian and food safety activist, Howard Lyman. People don't have a clue about the seriousness of Mad Cow Disease (called CJD in humans), and as many as 450,000 Americans may have the illness which can take anywhere from 10 to 60 years to incubate, said Lyman. The disease is thought to be spread via animal feed which contains ground-up animal parts. A 4 oz. burger, Lyman estimated, may have many as 500 to 1,000 different animals in it. Problematically, America only tests 1/10th of 1% of cows for the illness, and typically, older cows that would be more likely to have the disease aren't tested, he reported. Lyman, who declared, "I don't eat anything with a face, a liver or a mother," offered these recommendations: Don't consume wild animals such as deer and squirrels. If you eat beef, make sure it's organic and naturally raised. Avoid eating chicken-- the poultry is filled with hormones, chemicals and a ... More »Host: George Knapp
2nd hour guest, NYU Medical Center's Dr. Phillip Tierno, the author of The Secret Life of Germs, discussed recent outbreaks of drug resistant bacteria. Specifically, he addressed "community acquired" MRSA staph infections that begin with a slight reddening of the skin, but can quickly escalate into pain, fever and a serious health risk. Citing the overuse of antibiotics as leading to this situation, Tierno recommended that people practice good hygiene such as using antibacterial soap on any cuts before covering them with a bandage, and being vigilant about seeing a doctor if they suspect they have the infection.Offering a different perspective on the MRSA threat, was Dr. Len Horowitz who appeared during the last two hours. He commented that Tierno's fearful message does a disservice to the public and that pharmaceutical companies conspire to mount fright campaigns in order to boost sales of their products. ... More »Host: George Noory
Former cattle rancher Howard Lyman appeared on Wednesday's show discussing the increasing danger of Mad Cow Disease in the US. ... More »Host: George Noory