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Dying for a Hamburger

Dying for a Hamburger

Modern Meat Processing and the Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease

Murray Waldman, M.D., and Marjorie Lamb

Thomas Dunne Books



One in ten people older than sixty-five, and nearly half of those older than eighty-five, have Alzheimer's disease.

It's widely accepted nowadays that memory loss comes with age. Alzheimer's currently robs at least 15 million people of their identity worldwide. This book makes the controversial claim that eating meat may contribute to the development of the disease.

In Dying for a Hamburger, Dr. Murray Waldman and Marjorie Lamb draw upon documentary evidence, historical testimony, and inspired speculation to suggest that Alzheimer's:

- is a new disease--elderly people did not experience symptoms of dementia in such alarming numbers in the past
- began appearing after modern meat production techniques were introduced
- has soared in nations where these techniques are used
- hardly exists in cultures where meat consumption is low
- has been attributed to many deaths that are actually the human equivalent of mad cow disease.

They present startling evidence that Alzheimer's may be part of a family of diseases linked to malformed proteins known as prions. They hypothesize that the conditions that allow these brain disorders to be triggered are similar. They propose that mad cow, its human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), other encephalitic diseases, and Alzheimer's may have a common antecedent.

We know that a form of CJD is transmitted to humans who eat contaminated beef. And we are becoming increasingly aware of the need to monitor the meat supply closely to avoid a repetition of the mad cow scare in Great Britain. But suppose that Alzheimer's also involves prions--the evidence that points in this direction is growing. And suppose that Alzheimer's is also associated with tainted meat.

This conclusion seems far-fetched--at first. In this compelling book, the authors come to a frightening conclusion about our seemingly insatiable hunger for hamburgers. Destined to provoke heated argument, this book on the prevention of Alzheimer's is definitely food for thought.


Praise for Dying for a Hamburger

“Dr. Waldman and Marjorie Lamb have done for the understanding of Alzheimer's disease what Dr. Martin Luther King did for civil rights. Dying for a Hamburger should be required reading if you are eating meat.” —Howard F. Lyman, LL.D., author of Mad Cowboy

“Waldman and Lamb lay out their case in a measured fashion that many will find convincing and disturbing.” —Publishers Weekly

“Gives serious pause . . . [this] book takes on Upton Sinclairian, muckraker dimensions that just may turn some beef-eaters into vegans.” —Booklist

“A convincing case . . . enough to make most people rethink becoming vegetarians. [This] disturbing new book . . . might be the wake-up call we need to determine once and for all if there is connection between the food we eat and these hateful diseases.” —Tucson Citizen

“Provocative . . . a very disturbing book.” —Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City, Utah)

“In a masterpiece of historical sleuthing, employing a writing style that is fluid, compelling, and accessible to both the scientist and the lay public, Dr. Waldman has fashioned an elegant argument concerning the modern epidemic of senile dementia and its possible cause.” —A. Neil Crowson, M.D., Director of Dermatopathology, University of Oklahoma (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

“Waldman and Lamb are to be commended for provoking a debate.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Dying for a Hamburger is a murder mystery whose victims are you and I and anyone else who has ever eaten any meat product that has passed through a meat-packing plant. That includes just about everyone, even vegans.” —Toronto Sun (Canada)

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About the author

Murray Waldman, M.D., and Marjorie Lamb

Murray Waldman, M.D., is a coroner for the City of Toronto and on staff at the University of Toronto. He has been chief of one of Canada's busiest emergency departments, medical director and chief of staff of a large rehabilitation hospital, and medical director of several major corporations. Dr. Waldman has published articles in the Toronto Star and many medical journals, and has lectured at both national and international meetings. He lives in Toronto.

Marjorie Lamb is a writer, broadcaster, and author of several books, including the bestselling Two Minutes a Day for a Greener Planet. She wrote and performed "Environmental Minute" for CBC Television, and hosted the award-winning environmental television series Your Green Home. She lives in Toronto.

Dr. Murray Waldman

Dr. Murray Waldman

Marjorie Lamb

Marjorie Lamb

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