I know we have a thread about fears but I don't feel like I would get a response there. So, I'm deathly afraid of mad cow disease, or specifically the human version vCJD. During ym 6th grad year, I didn't eat beef for an entire year. Now that fear sort fo went away for a while, but in the last, after doing research, I've become very afraid of it again. Granted, in the United States there is claimed to have only been 4 confirmed cases, and two of those were related Canadian beef. However, after studying the way the USDA tests beef (aka, not doing regular tests but using a random sample of so many thousand dead cattle brought in.) I just don't know if I feel like we have a system that is truly making sure we are safe. That said, I also fear because in regards to the US beef practices, vCJD can also take a long time to manifest. The shortest times have been within a year, but usually it takes as long as 8 to 13 years to manifest, and from offset is still between 6 and 13 months before it kills. And that is what also scares me, if basically sets in as paranoia and hallucinations, followed by memory loss, and the loss of leg function. Eventually the person dies. So am I worrying to much about this, afraid that another epidemic is waiting around the corner because I feel we may not have the ebst practices regarding our beef in thsi country, and the time it takes to manifest is the only reason we haven't seen more cases yet?