News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 24, 2003 CONTACT: Contact: Ms. Simon Chaitowitz, Communications Director 202-686-2210 ext. 309 Mad Cow Scare Could Burst the High-Protein Bubble Doctors and Dietitians Available for Comment Washington, D.C. -- Doctors and nutritionists with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are available for comment on the first suspected case of mad cow disease in the United States and what it means for meat-eaters, especially high-protein dieters. Mad cow disease is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. ''This catastrophe might open some eyes to the many problems with meat-heavy diets -- not just mad cow disease,'' says Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., PCRM nutrition director. ''As frightening as this disease is, the truth is that all animal products are risky -- whether or not they may harbor prions, the infectious agent responsible for mad cow disease. So high-protein dieters, in particular, should realize that they are not doing themselves any favors by switching from beef to chicken.'' Studies show that high-saturated fat, high-cholesterol foods greatly increase one’s risk of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Diets rich in animal protein are also linked to an increased risk of kidney disease and bone loss. Nearly 700,000 Americans die a year from coronary artery disease alone, much of which could be prevented by a low-fat vegetarian diet. In comparison, less then 200 people in Britain have died of the human version of mad cow disease, variant Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease (vCJD). In January 2001, PCRM issued a set of recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services calling on the agencies to take stronger steps to protect the American public from mad cow disease and vCJD. PCRM is offering free copies of its 16-page Vegetarian Starter Kit to anyone sending a postcard to PCRM, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, DC 20016. Free vegetarian recipes and nutrition information are available at www.pcrm.org. Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition. PCRM also conducts clinical research studies, opposes unethical human experimentation, and promotes alternatives to animal research. -30- http://pcrm.org/news/health031224.html End of forwarded message Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 3 Paush 5104, Friday, December 26, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksh Ritau Dhanush Mase Shukl Pakshe Shukr Vasara Yuktayam Dhanishtth Nakshatr Harshan-Vajr Yog Vishti-Bav Karan Chaturthi-Panchami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.