Mad Cowboy

Mad Cowboy

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DVD - 2005
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Lyman is well aware of what goes into our livestock-- high doses of pesticides, growth hormone, and the ground-up remains of other animals. A fourth-generation Montana farmer, he regularly doused his cattle and soil with chemicals. It was only when he narrowly escaped paralysis from a spinal tumor that Lyman began to question his vocation and the effect it was having on people and on the land he loved. The questions he raised and the answers he found led him, surprisingly, to adopt a vegetarian diet. As a result, he lost 130 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by more than 150 points. He is now one of America's leading spokesmen for vegetarianism. Along the way, Lyman learned even more about the alarming dangers associated with eating meat. Here he blasts through the propaganda of the beef and dairy industries (and the government agencies that often protect them) and exposes an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country.
Publisher: [United States] : Voice for a Viable Future, 2005.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately ? min.) : color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 22, 2018

If you read the book Mad Cowboy, you might find this movie especially interesting.
Most people who have heard of Howard Lyman ( aka The Mad Cowboy) know him as the man who got himself and Oprah Winfrey sued for 20 million dollars in 1996, by a group of wealthy Texas cattle ranchers, who didn't like Howard and Oprah telling the truth to the American public, about how we were grinding up dead cows (not suitable for human food, because they died before making it to the slaughter line) and feeding them back to cows -- essentially making these herbivorous creatures cannibals.
But perhaps more of a concern to most people, was that this is how Mad Cow disease was created, and Lyman, perhaps more than anyone deserves credit for this practice being outlawed...except that the law's intent gets circumvented, by feeding dead cows to fish and chickens -- and then feeding by-products of those animals to cows.
Prions, the causative agent in Mad Cow Disease are resistant to most methods of sterilization. Prion diseases can have up to a 40 year incubation as well. But most concerning is the fact that some forms of prion diseases are indistinguishable from Alzheimers, (without an autopsy) and some studies have suggested that up to 1/4 of deaths from Alzheimers are really the human form of Mad Cow. Given that Alzheimers is exploding, and autopsies are rarely done....these are facts worth knowing. This documentary tells the moving story of Howard's journey from 4th generation cattle rancher to vegan activist, including footage about the infamous lawsuit intended to stifle free speech and scare Oprah away from interviewing whistle blowers.
It is a bit dark at times, (that's why I didn't give it a five star rating) but is an important story for people to know -- especially if they are still eating meat, or for that matter even eating organic greens -- that have been sprayed with blood and bone meal (a common organic farming practice!) as these could be carriers of the mad cow disease prion.


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