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Mad cow disease freak out
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:22:02 PM »
I ate beef today for the first time in a while and for some reason I became super paranoid about mad cow disease again. I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown until I looked it up online and saw that there's only been 4 cases of it in the United States (it's believed that they all contracted it abroad) and that there's no evidence that you can get it from eating muscle meat (steak, ground beef, etc) the infected meat is the brain, spine, and spinal fluid don't know if that's true (I read it on webmd and an article from the times) but I'm going to try to make myself realize that I'm perfectly fine. Easier said than done. Any advice would be much appreciated as I am still somewhat on edge
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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 09:29:06 PM »
don't look stuff up online is the first thing you stop doing.

secondly you didn't get mad cow from eating beef today.


what are you going to do about not allowing your anxious irrational thinking to drag you to Catastrophicville?  That town is no fun.

Seriously what are you going to do about your thinking disorder?  You can't go on losing it like this.  It just isn't good for you mentally or physically.

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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 09:53:58 PM »
I guess the super vague symptoms like anxiety caused me to freak out. I guess a lot of people would have an issue if my fear had any validity to it Since I ate at a Chinese restaurant that is frequented by probably hundreds of people every day. I probably have a greater chance at winning the lottery than ending up with mad cow disease.

Yes, that town is no fun at all.

I'm seeing a psychiatrist on the 15th
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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014, 10:13:57 PM »
I guess this should put it into perspective

"Your risk of mad cow disease: 1 in 10 billion

Odds of winning the Powerball grand prize: 1 in 146 million

The disease has never been diagnosed in a human in the United States, according to the CDC, and only three cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow) have popped up in American cows. (They were caught before they entered the food supply.) In theory, it's possible that if humans eat beef damaged by BSE, they may develop variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) -- a fatal brain disorder that often lies dormant for a decade before symptoms appear. But even in the United Kingdom, home to 98 percent of all BSE cases linked to beef (or blood transfusions from a person who's been exposed to the tainted meat), the CDC estimates the risk for humans is just 1 in every 10 billion servings of beef. A few years ago there was worry about supplements and cosmetics made with certain cattle parts, but the Food and Drug Administration stopped the use of those parts."
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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 10:28:37 PM »
I guess this should put it into perspective

"Your risk of mad cow disease: 1 in 10 billion

Odds of winning the Powerball grand prize: 1 in 146 million

The disease has never been diagnosed in a human in the United States, according to the CDC, and only three cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow) have popped up in American cows. (They were caught before they entered the food supply.) In theory, it's possible that if humans eat beef damaged by BSE, they may develop variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) -- a fatal brain disorder that often lies dormant for a decade before symptoms appear. But even in the United Kingdom, home to 98 percent of all BSE cases linked to beef (or blood transfusions from a person who's been exposed to the tainted meat), the CDC estimates the risk for humans is just 1 in every 10 billion servings of beef. A few years ago there was worry about supplements and cosmetics made with certain cattle parts, but the Food and Drug Administration stopped the use of those parts."

So I hope you're no longer concerned?   Please don't say yes ;) (and I hope you bought a lotto ticket!)

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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2014, 11:28:22 PM »
Unfortunately, I would be lying if I said that I was no longer worried, but I am probably 70% better than I was earlier. I'm fixated on the what if and that minuscule chance that I could end up with it
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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2014, 01:42:19 AM »
I had a glass of wine and really thought about it and sort of came to the rational conclusion that this fear is observed. The restaurant I ate at is frequented by several hundred people every week, so there would be tons of people ending up with mad cow disease, and the fact that it is so exceedingly rare made me realize that worrying about it is a complete waste of time
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Re: Mad cow disease freak out
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2014, 07:54:44 AM »
I had a glass of wine and really thought about it and sort of came to the rational conclusion that this fear is observed. The restaurant I ate at is frequented by several hundred people every week, so there would be tons of people ending up with mad cow disease, and the fact that it is so exceedingly rare made me realize that worrying about it is a complete waste of time

This is the case with the vast majority of fears on the boards ;)

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