BSE – let us look at this disease that affects cows, or should we say, is a label placed on cows. The full name instead of  the misleading acronym is bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Bovine – cow

Spongiform – sponge like

Encephalopathy – disease of the brain, it is a syndrome, meaning “encephalopathy does not refer to a single disease, but rather to a syndrome of overall brain dysfunction; this syndrome can have many different organic and inorganic causes.”

HIV – this is a label placed on humans and AIDS is also. The s is syndrome. In other words it’s also a broad category of diseases.

Whaaaaaaaaaaat? AIDS is a broad category of diseases? I thought it was one.

BSE aka MCD (Mad Cow Disease) is then basically E (Encephalopathy).

AIDS is basically ID (Immune Deficiency).

What causes immune deficiency? LOTS OF THINGS.

To say that a positive test proves one has something that could cause immune deficiency discounts the reality that more likely that alcohol you drink and the oil slicks in your food and intestines is more likely to cause it, or be THE cause of it.

HIV/AIDS/BCE are nothing new, but they seem new when they are acronymized, and then the sales forces come along. I said “force” instead of men or women to be equal but I just realized using the word “force” (the f-word) is not fair to other words not being used.