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What is mad cow disease?
Healthwise answeredMad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE) is a degenerative, usually fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle, sheep and goats. While humans cannot get mad cow disease, in rare cases they may get a human form called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) if they eat nerve tissue (the brain and spinal cord) of cattle infected with mad cow disease. No one is sure what causes mad cow disease. One theory is that the disease is caused by a change in the shape of some of the proteins found in animal cells. This change may be caused by other abnormal proteins called prions. In affected cows, the abnormal proteins (prions) are found in the brain, spinal cord and small intestine. Another theory is that mad cow disease is caused by a virus that causes the proteins to change and become abnormal (prions).
How can low serotonin levels affect me?
Kathleen Hall, Preventive Medicine, answeredLow levels of serotonin (opiate-like chemicals in our bodies that create feelings of well-being) may lead to depression, many sleep disorders including insomnia, obesity, headaches, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions.
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Why is our mind a wonderful, but limited, tool?
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
Because our minds are a lot like a computer that can be programmed externally, I recognize and appreciate it as a wonderful tool, but with limitations. Our society has even tried to make-believe that the mind is all that exists. It negates feelings along with the feminine. I grew up thinking that feelings were simply a curse at worst, or The Universe’s attempt at entertaining itself at best.
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