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Brain-eating question

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Created March 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Does anyone know if the antibiotics usually used to treat non-organic cows are able to pass through the cow's blood-brain barrier? I am interested because if this is the case, one wouldn't need to locate an organic source of cow brain.

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0 · March 13, 2011 at 12:38 AM

Ok, I am convinced so I'll stop this experiment.

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0 · March 12, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Mad Cow is a big issue too but transmission is pretty low.......and I have never heard of a pasture cow getting it.

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0 · March 12, 2011 at 2:04 AM

they do not....but the BGH do.....its critical to eat only grass fed brains. They also load these animals with excitotoxins of glutamate so really avoid them. This is coming from a neurosurgeon. Strong advice here.

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0 · March 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM

PS. I've eaten cow brain as a kid. Mixed with scrambled eggs. I was a bit squeamish at the time, but remember it as not bad. It was from a steer that my grandfather raised and watched the entire way through the slaughter and packing process. BSE wasn't known then, but that's the sort of chain of custody I'd like to see before eating brain nowadays.

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0 · March 12, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Seriously! In fact they have done everything possible to avoid knowing whether or how common BSE is in the US. Small farmers, responsible small meat slaughterers are the way to go. In addition to avoiding CAFO brains, stay away from commercial ground meat where the meat of hundreds of animals can be mixed and processing often can allow mixing of nervous system tissue into the meat. Whole cuts like steaks and roasts are far, far safer.

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39821 · March 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM

The prions from mad cow disease alone ought to dissuade you from eating CAFO cow brain.

I really have no faith in the USDA or the factory farms themselves to completely eradicate BSE.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f
0 · March 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM

PS. I've eaten cow brain as a kid. Mixed with scrambled eggs. I was a bit squeamish at the time, but remember it as not bad. It was from a steer that my grandfather raised and watched the entire way through the slaughter and packing process. BSE wasn't known then, but that's the sort of chain of custody I'd like to see before eating brain nowadays.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f
0 · March 12, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Seriously! In fact they have done everything possible to avoid knowing whether or how common BSE is in the US. Small farmers, responsible small meat slaughterers are the way to go. In addition to avoiding CAFO brains, stay away from commercial ground meat where the meat of hundreds of animals can be mixed and processing often can allow mixing of nervous system tissue into the meat. Whole cuts like steaks and roasts are far, far safer.

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