What’s worse, “mad cows”or “lolo” (crazy) people?


Articles that appeared concerning the “mad cow” issue, or the chronic degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of cattle, made it very clear that the crux of the problem is money, not the health of the people.

Ann Veneman, the Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated, “that stringent changes would be imminent to protect the consumer”. Despite the fact that what Veneman is proposing was advised to be followed in 1996 by the World Health Organization, I guess it’s better late than never!

Also, Daniel Puzo, a spokesman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said, “the USDA would not release the names of 42 distributors that sold recalled meat, on advice from attorney’s that such information could harm their businesses”.

Let’s put this issue in its proper perspective. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association describes government and industry efforts to safeguard the American public from mad cow disease as “swift”, “decisive” and “aggressive”. Ann Veneman adds “diligent”,  “vigilant” and “strong”. However, the world’s authority on these diseases disagrees.

Dr. Stanley Prusiner is the scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of prions, the infectious agents thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopahy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

The word Dr. Prusiner uses to describe the efforts of the U.S. government and the cattle industry is “terrible”.  What are these “stringent protective measures” that the Cattlemen’s Association is talking about, and how do they compare to global standards and internationally recognized guidelines?

In 1996, in response to the revelation that young people in Britain were dying from variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human equivalent of mad cow disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued seven “Recommendations”. Numbers 5-7 were observations and/or recommendations for further research. The first four recommendations, however, were concrete solutions to reduce the likelihood of mad cow disease spreading to human populations. 

 To this day, the United States government continues to violate each and every one of these four guidelines.

  1. Stop feeding dead animals to other living animals

2.  All countries need to establish adequate testing and surveillance

      3. Stop weaning calves on cow’s blood.

      4. Stop feeding cow brains, eyes, spinal cords or intestines to people or livestock.

So, since 1996, the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries stop feeding prion infected animals to other animals, yet the U.S. government continues to allow deer, infected with chronic wasting disease, to be rendered into animal feed, and the industry continues to oppose any proposed change in the law.

Also, since 1996, the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries test their downer cattle for mad cow disease, yet the U.S. government continues to test but a tiny fraction of this high-risk population. The beef industry calls U.S. surveillance “aggressive” and doesn’t think more testing is necessary. Dr. Prusiner calls it “appalling”.

The reality concerning mad cow disease in this country is, “Don’t look, don’t find”. After all, we wouldn’t want to cost the people who make their living killing innocent cows any hardships. Besides, mad cow disease doesn’t manifest for 10 to 20 years and they can always say that someone’s illness and death came from something other than diseased cows.

After looking at the “don’t look, don’t find” policy of the “mad people” that profit from selling diseased or non-diseased dead cow body parts. Let’s look at this further.

Since 1996, the World Health Organizations has recommended that all countries remove beef products containing spinal cords from the human food supply. Not only, not here, but the industry continues to oppose it, referring to such products as nothing but “wholesome”.

Since 1996, the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries stop feeding risky cattle brains to all livestock. The U.S government is considering it. The American Meat Institute and the World Health Organization has recommended that all countries stop feeding any remains of cows to cows, yet the U.S. government still allows dairy farmers to feed calves gallons worth of cow blood and fat collected at the slaughterhouse and industry representatives continue to actively support this practice.

In 2002, the USDA requested feedback on a number of options for further preventive measures, including a total ban on allowing the brains and spinal cords from downer cattle in the human food supply.  The spokesperson for the American Meat Institute explained that the meatpacking industry would take a “significant hit” financially if the USDA enacted such a proposal.

The American Meat Institute explained that spinal cords pose no health risk, “because the U.S. is BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalophaty) free”. Despite grossly inadequate surveillance for the disease, when asked if we have BSE in U.S. cattle, The American Meat Institute, in 2002, emphatically replied, “No, BSE is a foreign animal disease”. They stressed that, “The fact that we share no physical borders with any affected nations has been a key means of protecting our cattle”.

With mad cow disease discovered in North America, the USDA should immediately enact measures to prevent human exposure by banning brains and spinal cords for consumption. So far, though, according to an agency spokesperson, the USDA  isn’t even discussing plans to do this or increase testing for the disease.

Years ago, once mad cow disease started appearing in Europe, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, immediately called for a comprehensive Europe-wide surveillance program to test every cow slaughtered for human consumption over a certain age. He said “that government must be fully transparent with the public on the issue, no hidden agendas, no distortions, and no false assurances.  The United States should learn from Europe’s experience.

So, people, what do you think? You have been lied to and deceived by the “mad” people who supply you with the “food” you are addicted to. Why do they lie and deceive and stay in denial about the reality of the situation? It’s not rocket science. It’s for more profit and more profit only!

How does that make you feel knowing that you have been used and your health compromised solely for more and more money? How does it make you feel that you have been conditioned and programmed to eat certain foods with the media never extolling the virtues or health benefits of a vegan diet because it goes against their advertising dollars?

In the same article there was reference to “downer” cows that wind up in the food chain. A “downer” is one that is diseased, dying, decayed or dead.  And yet, you have no problem eating this?

Nothing like being used all the way to the grave!





Hesh Goldstein
When I was a kid, if I were told that I'd be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would've thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30's.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a "plastic" community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, " let's become vegetarians". I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, "okay"! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, "The Little Kitchen".

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I'll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to "The Little Kitchen". Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, "Let's make a deal. You do our tax return and we'll feed you as well". So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, "Hawaii". Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called," Mr. Natural's". I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at "Mr. Natural's." To make a long story short, that's exactly what happened.

So, I'm working at "Mr. Natural's" and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle - it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka'anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn't really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that's exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I'm asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn't thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, "You expected anything less"? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, 'enchilada's at "Natural's" tonight'. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That's when they found out I was an accountant and "Down to Earth" was born. "Down to Earth" became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD's that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii's premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn't refuse. She said," If you want to be with me you've got to stop working on naked women". So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a "chicken" or "egg" or "fish" or "pig" or "cow" was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

For more, please view www.healthtalkhawaii.com and www.asanediet.com.