Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hayom shemonah v'arbaim yom, shehaym shisha shavuot v'shisha yamim baomer

I've talked about many health complications that stem from eating meat, but mad cow disease and bird flu are in a category unto themselves. There have been several documented cases of mad cow disease in the U.S. in recent years, and the disease has caused more than 150 human deaths worldwide. It is always fatal to humans who consume meat from infected cows, and it eats away at and forms holes in the brains of cows and humans. Bird flu has killed more than a hundred people in recent years, and experts fear that a bird flu pandemic could wipe out an eighth of the world's human population. Bird flu can be contracted by eating undercooked chicken or eggs contaminated with bird flu or even just by touching contaminated eggshells. You can protect yourself from mad cow disease and bird flu by steering clear of meat and eggs.

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