Mad Cow disease is one of the prion (special kind of protein) diseases like Creuzfeldt-Jakob disease that produces a rapidly progressive dementia (cognitive decline) with serious neurological signs and symptoms such as myoclonic jerking, seizures, vision loss, weakness, etc... culminating in death within a matter of months. Given the benign nature of your symptoms, it is extremely unlikely that they represent mad cow disease, epsecially if you have not eaten any beef from England (or from anywhere for that matter). Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and possibly a neuro referral just to make sure everything is ok. Sense of unreality could potentially represent a special kind of seizure called complex partial. And it can also represent manifestations of stress. GOod luck
the chance of having mad cow disease is very, very remote. the sask man who died of vCJD recently lived and worked in Britain during the height of the beef issues and probably contracted it there. There is little reason to think that Canadian food supply is at risk. vCJD (mad cow disease) is a brain-wasting disease, who's progress is fairly rapid, I believe, and the psychological changes come on quite quickly. I don't know the symptoms well, just that doctors seem to be able to 'suspect' vCJD quite easily based on patient presentation. I know they can't confirm the diagnosis until autopsy. I guess what I'm trying to say, it's far more dangerous to cross the street than eat a canadian hamburger; so maybe see your doctor for reassurance, but really, I hope you find peace of mind from this worry.
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