Anne Hart is still on her anti-frankenfishscapade.
Actually, this latest article looks like she plagiarized her last article and added stuff about prions.
She still doesnt understand retroviruses or gene therapy:
Farmed fish start out by having the rous sarcoma virus implanted into a specialized gene early in their embryonic development in order to amplify the fish’s growth hormone. The virus acts as a carrier. It’s called a vector (meaning a carrier virus). The farmed fish are made to grow faster and larger.
This specific rous sarcoma virus has been known since 1911 to cause cancer in chickens. See the article titled, “The Rous Sarcoma Virus (RSV).” For more information, also see The Cholersterol Hoax, by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., page 193. In the book, The Cholesterol Hoax, the section on page 193 specifically mentions that farmed fish are implanted with the rous sarcoma virus. On page193, the reader also is referred to the doctor’s newsletter, Total Wellness, 2001.
She is still convinced microwaves are slaughtering millions of innocent antioxidants:
The irradiation of farmed fish not only destroys the bad bacteria. It also neutralizes some of the vitamins. So now you have fewer vitamins in farmed fish than in wild fish. When you get the cheaper farmed fish home, perhaps the fish are microwaved.
Now the fish coming out of the microwave oven has had all the antioxidants destroyed.
This is exactly what she said in an article published May 16, verbatim (nor are these statements exhaustive– the plagiarized significantly more from herself, wtf?). It also appears portions of this latest piece are lifted from a ScienceDaily press release. LOL!
But this June 28th article adds more anti-science fear mongering to RETROVIRUS, CANCER, AIDS, and MICROWAVES… PRIONS!!!
Prions are misfolded proteins that can cause other normal proteins to misfold, subsequently causing disease. We sometimes find them in brain/neuronal tissue of farm animals, thus when you feed dead cow to another cow, you end up exponentially increasing prion levels, and causing some neuronal disease like ‘Mad Cow’, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob in humans.
Well, since 1997 the FDA has banned feeding cow brains to other cows, and Mad Cow–>Creutzfeldt-Jakob has been under control.
Well, Anne Hart isnt just pissed about cancer genes and GMO SOYBEANS anymore– now shes pissed that FARM FISH are also being fed cow, because that means we get Creutzfeldt-Jakob from fish.
A recent letter to ‘Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease’ about the risk of cow–>fish–>human transmission of prions was written about in Routers, and like all great science journalists, thats where Hart gets all of her info:
On top of this retrovirus type of implant, farmed fish also may be getting a diet of byproducts rendered from cows. See the article, “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Aquaculture,” published in the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Reference to the study also appears in the June 26, 2009 Reuters article, “Risk of Mad Cow Disease From Farmed Fish?”
A brief Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease abstract of pages 277-279 reports that, “Dietary consumption of fish is widely recommended because of the beneficial effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on the risks of cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s diseases. The American Heart Association currently recommends eating at least two servings of fish per week. We are concerned that consumption of farmed fish may provide a means of transmission of infectious prions from cows with bovine spongiform encephalopathy to humans, causing variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease.”
Scientists have been looking at this possibility for years. Apparently, fish prions are really different from mammalian, avian, reptilian, and amphibian prions. We can find sequences that are probably related to each other, but when they go to do crystal structures of fish ‘prions’, protocols that worked on every other prion dont work on fishies. So scientists kinda figured that cow–>fish–>human transmission isnt something we need to worry about. The proteins are too different for the propagation to work.
But that doesnt mean scientists threw up their hands and said ‘Meh, theyre different. Fuck it.’ People eat a lot of fish! This is a real concern we need to work out! In this study, they force-fed fish infected mouse brains to see if the fishies got infected. They didnt. The prions just stuck to their guts for 3-7 days after feeding (15 days max). So, theoretically, if you feed a fish nothing but infected cow brains, and eat the intestines of that fish <15 days later, there is a non-zero chance you could get infected with a cow prion (cooking doesnt help). This non-zero chance can be reduced to zero if you just dont feed fish cow meat/bone meal. But this brings a different set of problems:
Inclusion of plant protein has normally been limited because of deficiencies in essential amino acids, anti-nutrients factors and/or poor palatability. Consequently, because of their high protein content and low price compared to fishmeal, MBM and poultry by-product meal have become two potential protein sources of fish nutrition.
Now, assuming we dont change anything about farm fish diet, and cow–>fish–>human is THE cause of Creutzfeldt Jakob in humans, you have a maximum of a 1:1,000,000 chance of developing the disease. But 10-15% of Creutzfeld Jakob cases are genetic. And we know that eating beef/varmint/etc are real risk factors. So like people being afraid of getting killed by a pit bull, being afraid of getting Creutzfeldt Jakob from fish is not a rational fear.
But I dont think anyone has ever accused Ms. Hart of being rational.