Nearly 400 Products

Made from

Cattle, Sheep, and Pigs

It comes as something of a shock to discover all the products that contain animal parts or derivatives. Many of these are in food, medicines, or medical equipment.

We live in a chemical age, and the raw materials the chemists have to draw from are rocks, plants, and animals. There is nothing else.


GENERAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS antibodies (immunoglobulins) / beef insulin / bovine collagen - used as injections to fill in scars / bovine fibrinolysin (brand name-Elase) ointment for necrotic tissue - bovine super oxide - dismutase cream (Orgotein) - cosmetic skin cream to prevent tissue aging / bovine thrombin (brand name - Thrombinar) clotting agent for blood / culture medium - diagnosis / fetal bovine serum - tissue cultures / Hyaluronidase - efficient drug use / PTH - control tetany / pegademase - bovine derivative (brand name - Adagen) - for patients who are immuno-compromised - helps prevent white blood cells from breaking down / pill capsules - GELATIN / whole serum - vaccine manufacturing

PRODUCTS FROM OVARIES estrogen / progesterone - a reproductive hormone

PRODUCT FROM STOMACHS pepsin - aid in protein digestion / rennet - aid in milk digestion

PRODUCTS FROM THYROIDS bovine thyroid (Thyrar) a thyroid replacement / TSH - thyroid diagnosis / thyroid extract - hypothrodism / thyroid hormones - myxedema and cretinism

PRODUCTS FROM ADRENALS cortisone - for arthritis, skin allergies, anti-inflammatory medicine / epinephrine - aid in raising blood pressure, heart disorders, and allergies

PRODUCTS FROM LIVERS heparin - anti-coagulant, prevents gangrene / liver extract - treatment of anemia / intrinsic factor - pernicious anemia / Vitamin B12 - prevention of B-complex deficiencies

PRODUCTS FROM LUNGS heparin - anti-coagulant, prevents gangrene

PRODUCTS FROM BLOOD plasma protein / blood albumin - RH factor typing / Fraction I - hemophilia / Fraction V - kills viruses / iron for anemia / thrombin - blood coagulant / protein extracts / diagnostic microbiology

PRODUCTS FROM HOG HEARTS heart valves for human transplant

PRODUCTS FROM INTESTINES medical sutures - surgery

PRODUCTS FROM BONES bone marrow - blood disorders / bonemeal - calcium and phosphorous source / mineral source in supplements / collagen and bone for plastic surgery / soft cartilage - plastic surgery / xiphisternal cartilage (breastbone) plastic surgery

PRODUCTS FROM PANCREASchymotrypsin - contact surgery / diastase - aid in starch digestion / glucagon - treat hypoglycemia / insulin - diabetes mellitus / pancreatin - aid digestion / trypsin - for burns, wounds, and infection - promotes healing - aid in protein digestion and in cleaning wounds

PRODUCTS FROM PITUITARY GLANDS ACTH - arthritis, allergies, rheumatic fever, skin and eye inflammations / pressor hormone - regulates blood pressure / prolactin - promotes lactation / vasopressin - controls intestinal and renal functions

PRODUCTS FROM SPINAL CORDS cholesterol - hormone products


PRODUCTS FROM CATTLE, SHEEP, AND HOG FLESH a huge variety of fresh, frozen, and pre-cooked meats and prepared and processed meat products

PRODUCTS FROM MILK/DAIRY butter / casein (proteins) / cheese and cheese products / cream / food ethanol / ice cream and ice cream mixes / lactose (carbohydrates) / milk powder / sherbet / whey (proteins) / fats (lipids) / yogurt

PRODUCTS FROM FATS AND FATTY ACIDS (edible)chewing gum / lard / oleo margarine / oleo shortening / oleostearin / pharmaceuticals / rennet for cheese (sheep) / shortening

PRODUCTS FROM BLOOD blood sausage / bonemeal / cake mixes / deep-fry batters / egg substitute / gravy mixes / imitation seafood / some commercial pasta preparations (i.e. frozen foods) / whipped toppings and coffee whiteners

PRODUCTS FROM BONES whitener in refined sugar

PRODUCTS FROM BONE, HORNS, AND HOOVES gelatin capsules / gelatin deserts / ice cream, malts, and shakes / marshmallow / potted meats


PRODUCTS FROM HIDES AND SKINS sausage casings / gelatin / candies and confectionery / flavorings / foods / gelatin desserts / ice cream / marshmallows / mayonnaise / yogurt



PRODUCTS FROM MILK adhesives / animal feed / buttons / carriers for human medicine / cosmetics / glue / pharmaceuticals / sizing / specialty plastics / veterinary medicines

PRODUCTS FROM BLOOD adhesives / bone marrow / bonemeal / fabric printing and dyeing / leather-treating agents / livestock feed / minerals / plaster retardant / plywood adhesive / diagnostic microbiology from colloidal proteins - glue for automobile bodies / protein source in feeds / sticking agent / textile sizing

PRODUCTS FROM BONES bone charcoal / pencils / high grade steel / bone handles / bone jewelry / mineral source in feed / fertilizer / dried bones / buttons / bone china / glass / porcelain enamel / water filters / whitener in refined sugar

PRODUCTS FROM BONE, HORNS, AND HOOVES adhesives / bandage strips / collagen cold cream / cellophane wrap and tape / crochet needles / dice / dog biscuits / emery boards and cloth / fertilizer / glycerine / laminated wood products / neat's-foot oil / photographic film / plywood and paneling / shampoo and conditioner / wallpaper and wallpaper paste / syringes

PRODUCTS FROM BRAINS anti-aging cream / cholesterol

PRODUCTS FROM FATS AND FATTY ACIDS (edible and inedible)animal foods / biodegradable detergents / biodiesel / cellophane / cement / ceramics / chalk / chemicals / cosmetics / crayons / creams and lotions (sheep) / deodorants / detergents / explosives / fertilizer / fiber softeners / floor wax / glycerin / glycerol / antifreeze / herbicides / horse and livestock feeds / industrial oils and lubricants / insecticides / insulation / linoleum / livestock feed / makeup / matches / medicines / mink oil / nitroglycerin / oil polishes / ointment bases / oleostearin / paints / paraffin / perfumes / pet foods / pharmaceuticals / plasticizers / plastics / printing rollers / protein hair conditioner / protein hair shampoo / putty / rubber products / shaving cream / shoe cream / soaps / solvents / stearic acid (sheep) / tallow for tanning / textiles / tires / waterproofing agents / weed killers


PRODUCTS FROM HAIR air filters / artists paintbrush / felt and rug padding / insulation material / nonwovens / plastering material / textiles / upholstering material

PRODUCTS FROM HIDES AND SKINS belts / collagen-based adhesives (from trimmings) / bandages / emery boards / glues for papermaking and bookbinding / cabinetmaking / sheetrock / wallpaper / drumhead (sheep) / pharmaceuticals / photographic materials / leather sporting goods / leather wearing apparel / luggage / pigskin garments and gloves / porcine burn dressings for burn victims / shoes and boots / upholstery / wallets

PRODUCTS FROM HOOVES AND HORNS chessmen / combs / buttons / fertilizer / horn handles / imitation ivory / inedible bonemeal / livestock feeds / ornaments / piano keys / plant food

PRODUCTS FROM INTESTINES instrument strings / sausage casings / tennis racquet strings

PRODUCTS FROM MANURE fertilizer - used in gardens, lawns, and farm cropland / nitrogen / potash / phosphorus / minor minerals

OTHER PRODUCTS FROM CATTLE SOURCES airplane lubricants and runway foam / car polishes and waxes / hydraulic brake fluid / Stearic acid - helps rubber in tires hold shape under steady surface / friction steel ball bearings containing bone charcoal / textiles for car upholstery / various machine oils and viscous fluids

PRODUCTS FROM WOOL asphalt binder / carpet / clothing / cosmetics / fabrics / felt / insulation / lanolin / medical ointments / paint and plaster binder / pelt products / rouge base / rug pads / upholstery / woolen goods / worsted fabric / yarns

"The effects of a flesh diet may not be immediately realized; but this is no evidence that it is not harmful. Few can be made to believe that it is the meat they have eaten which has poisoned their blood and caused their suffering."Ministry of Healing, 315 (1905).

"I have the subject presented to me in different aspects. The mortality caused by meat eating is not discerned; if it were, we would hear no more arguments and excuses in favor of the indulgence of the appetite for dead flesh. We have plenty of good things to satisfy hunger without bringing corpses upon our table to compose our bill of fare."Counsels on Diet and Foods, 391 (1896).

"Many die of diseases wholly due to meat eating, when the real cause is scarcely suspected by themselves or others. Some do not immediately feel its effects, but this is no evidence that it does not hurt them. It may be doing its work surely upon the system, yet for the time being the victim may realize nothing of it."Counsels on Diets and Foods 391 (1890).

"You have repeatedly said in defense of your indulgence of meat eating, However injurious it may be to others, it does not injure me, for I have used it all my life. But you know not how well you might have been if you had abstained from the use of flesh meats."Counsels on Diet and Foods, 391-392.

"Physicians who claim to understand the human organism ought not to encourage their patients to subsist on the flesh of dead animals. They should point out the increase of disease in the animal kingdom. The testimony of examiners is that very few animals are free from disease, and that the practice of eating largely of meat is contracting diseases of all kinds,cancers, tumors, scrofula, tuberculosis, and numbers of other like affections."Counsels on Diet and Foods, 388 (1897).

"People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculosis and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated."Ministry of Healing, 313 (1905).

Caution Regarding Some Herbal Products

The following news release, dated September 27, 2000, points to a related problem: that of "herbal" supplements which contain animal products.

"New YorkDespite their plant-based image, some herbal supplements contain raw animal partsincluding, according to a report, cow brain matter.

"There is no evidence that any herbal product has been contaminated with the agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the mad cow disease that triggers a similar brain-wasting disease in humans who eat tainted beef.

"However, Dr. Scott A. Norton said in an interview, I would advise all of my patients not to take supplements that contain central nervous system tissue from animals. [Norton did not realize that CJD can be contracted by eating other parts of BSE-infected animals.] The problem is that herbal-supplement labeling is not always clear, Norton writes in a letter in the July 27th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Although he found one product that listed, with its ingredients, 17 cow organs, from lungs to brain matter, other manufacturers are not so forthright. For example, most consumers would likely not realize that hypothalamus refers to brain tissue, said Norton, a dermatologist and botanist from Chevy Chase. He mentioned one product which contained bull testicles (on the label called "orchis").

" The public, Norton said, doesnt fully understand what theyre getting into when they buy these products. The public should at least be aware of what is there, according to Norton. I think a lot of us would feel weve been duped, he said, if we think were getting a wholesome product and then find out it contains animal parts. "

[Special note: It is very possible that this article was planted by the anti-natural remedies people who use every possible way to belittle or attack the use of natural remedies, including herbal preparations. Nevertheless, we do well to be very cautious regarding the herbal products we use. Not mentioned in this article is the danger of taking calcium supplements which may have bonemeal in them. vf]

There are those who take food supplements which are not vitamins, minerals, or herbs, but "glandulars" which consist of various animal organs.

"Washington (AP)Dr. Scott Norton was browsing through herbal supplements when he spotted bottles containing not just plants but some unexpected animal parts: brains, testicles, tracheas and glands from cows and other animals.

"The Maryland physician sounded an alarm: How can Americans be sure those supplements, some imported from Europe, are made of tissue free from mad cow disease?

"Norton's complaint has government scientists scrambling to investigate a possible hole in the nations safety net against mad cow disease and its cousin that destroys human brains . . Just what bulk ingredients containing cow brain or nerve tissue might be slipping from Europe through U.S. ports? . . The FDA inspects less than 1 percent of all imports under its jurisdiction . . FDA officials contend the issue isn't a huge concern. They note the majority of supplements are made from plants, not animals . .

"The [supplement] industry's Council for Responsible Nutrition also calls the worry exaggerated, saying gland-containing supplements account for less than 1 percent of sales. Officials are trying to determine how much is imported and plan to meet soon with FDA."Organic Consumers Association, Associated Press, February 5, 2001.

Mad Cow Disease in U.S. Pigs

It has been increasingly suspected that many Alzheimer's cases are actually CJD (the human form of mad cow disease). In this article, Joel Bleifuss reports that pigs are believed to be a significant cause of mad cow disease. You are going to read about breakthrough research into a serious aspect of the BSE problem in America. A link between BSE and eating clams and oysters is also shown.

This article first appeared in These Times, a Chicago-based paper, April 26, 1997.

"Porcine" means relating to pigs, and comes from the Latin: "porcus" for pig. Our English word, "pork," is derived from it.

"TSE" stands for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. This came into usage in the 1990s, and means BSE or CJD which can be passed from one animal/person to another.

"Some pigs in the United States may be infected with a porcine form of mad cow disease, according to an alarming study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists that has recently come to light.

"This previously unrecognized form of the disease in swine may be infecting humans, according to epidemiological studies that link pork consumption with mad cows human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

"In late 1978, Dr. Masuo Doi, a veterinarian with the Food Safety and Quality Service, observed signs of a mysterious central nervous system (CNS) disorder in some young hogs that had arrived at the Tobin Packing Plant in Albany, N.Y., from several Midwestern states.

"For the next 15 months, Doi studied 106 of the afflicted pigs. He described their symptoms this way: Excitable or nervous temperament to external stimuli such as touch to the skin. Handling and menacing approach to the animals is a common characteristic sign among those affected with the disease. These symptoms, Doi now notes, are strikingly similar to those of British cattle infected with mad cow disease, which is scientifically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

"Doi sent the brain material from these pigs to Karl Langheinrich, the head pathologist at the USDAs Eastern Laboratory in Athens, Ga. In a November 1979 report, Langheinrich noted that one pigs brain exhibited what the veterinary reference work, Pathology of Domestic Animals, defined as the classical hallmarks of viral infection of the central nervous system. Langheinrich went on to report that the damage in the pigs brain was similar to the damage observed in the brains of sheep afflicted with scrapie and of mink afflicted with transmissible mink encephalopathy, the two other variants of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) known at the time.

"In March of this year, Dr. William Hadlow, a retired veterinary pathologist who is one of the worlds leading TSE researchers, examined the microscope slides of pig brain from Doi and Langheinrichs 1979 investigation. The pig could have suffered from a scrapie-like disease, he reports, but adds that such a conclusion cannot be "justified by the limited microscopic findings, however suggestive of a TSE they may be."

"The Government Accountability Project (GAP), a Washington-based organization that supports public-sector whistle-blowers, has been working with Doi to alert the public that a porcine form of mad cow disease may be circulating in the American pig population. In a March 27 letter to Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, GAP points out that if we assume a similar incidence of central nervous system disorders in swine being slaughtered nationwide as that found among swine at the Tobin Packing 

Plant, it is reasonable to question whether, since at least 1979, USDA has been allowing 99.5 percent of animals with encephalitis, meningitis, and other CNS disorders into the human food supply.

"And what happens once those thousands of diseased pigs are eaten by the American public? Two epidemiological studies found pork to be a dietary risk factor in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). A 1973 study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, discovered that 14 of 38 CJD patients (36 percent) ate brains. Further, of those who ate brains, most (10 of the 14) preferred hog brains.

"Another study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in 1989, looked at how frequently 26 CJD patients ate 45 separate food items. Nine of these foods were found to be statistically linked to increased risk of CJD. Of those nine, six came from pigs roast pork, ham, hot dogs, pork chops, smoked pork and scrapie. (The three that were not pig-derived were roast lamb, raw oysters/clams and liver.)"

The authors of the study concluded: "The present study indicated that consumption of pork as well as its processed products (e.g. ham, scrapie) may be considered as risk factors in the development of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. While scrapie has not been reported in pigs, a subclinical form of the disease or a pig reservoir for the scrapie might conceivably exist."

"The number of Americans who develop CJD in a given year is in dispute. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that the human form of mad cow disease occurs at a rate of one in a million. Further, ignoring evidence of a new variant of CJD found in Britain, the CDC maintains that people who eat an infected animal cannot contract the disease. In January, CDC Assistant Director for Public Health Lawrence Schonberger told a Congressional hearing, The bottom line from our perspective is that its a theoretical risk . . but it is not as yet a real risk.

"But does the CDC really know how many Americans contract CJD? Evidence indicates that CJD may often be misdiagnosed, and thus go unreported. A 1989 study at the University of Pittsburgh autopsied the brains of 54 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and discovered that three of the patients (5.5 percent of the sample) actually had CJD. A 1989 study at Yale University reported similar findings.

"Postmortem examination of 46 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's revealed that six (13 percent of the sample) actually had CJD. The New York-based Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, argued in a paper presented to the USDA, Since there are over 4 million cases of Alzheimer's disease currently in the United States, if even a small percentage of them turned out to be CJD, there could be a hidden CJD epidemic.

"Which brings us to the issue of what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is doing to address this food-borne threat to public health. In the past several months, in response to questions about Dois 1979 pig research, USDA officials have put out a good deal of misinformation to public-interest groups, the media and even the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. On repeated occasions, officials have said that the slides of the pig brains from the 1979 study were unavailable because they had been sent to scientists in England who were studying mad cow disease. But as it turns out, the USDA never sent any slides to England.

" Agency officials repeatedly misrepresented scientists investigations and conclusions to consumer groups and government employees and neglected to keep other agencies also working on TSE issues informed, says Felicia Nestor of GAP. The USDA had to be pushed to investigate scientific evidence which only they had.

"The USDAs lackluster response to this public health threat comes as no surprise. For years, the agency has done its best to ignore evidence that a distinct American strain of mad cow disease may already afflict the U.S. cattle population. Veterinary researchers in Mission, Texas in 1979 and Ames, Iowa, in 1992 found that cattle injected with brain matter from scrapie-infected American sheep developed BSE. However the brains of these infected cattle did not exhibit the spongy holes found in the brains of their BSE-plagued British cousins. Furthermore, cows afflicted with this American strain of scrapie-induced BSE do not go mad; they simply collapse and die.

"The distinction is important because the American strain of the disease leads to symptoms that resemble what happens to the 100,000 American cattle that succumb to downer cow syndrome every year.

"Veterinary researchers fear that the widespread practice of feeding downer cows (in the form of rendered protein feed supplements) to other cattle, sheep and hogs could already be fueling a TSE epidemic in the United States like the one that plagued Britain. In fact, in 1979, before BSE was discovered in Britain, Doi pointed out in his study of deranged pigs that many animals have been found to be downers at first observation.

"On January 3 [1997], the FDA finally drafted a rule that would ban the fortifying of animal feeds with any Mammalian tissue. USDA researchers, critical of the governments foot dragging, have been calling for a ban for seven years. But undercutting this important step, the FDA has played a taxonomical shell game and arbitrarily removed pigs from the class mammalia. [According to the U.S. Government, pigs are not mammals!]

"Consequently, if the FDAs proposed rule is adopted, animals being fattened for slaughter will stop eating cow renderings and instead eat only pig remains. Since mad cow disease in Britain was spread by feeding mad cows to healthy cows, the FDA's pigs-are-not-mammals proposal gives any porcine form of mad cow disease a point of entry into the human food chain.

"On April 28, Consumers Union filed comments with the FDA on the agency's proposed regulations. The group advocates a complete ban on the use of all mammalian protein in all feed intended for feed animals, as is now the case in England. [That means Britain now has a stricter feed ban than the U.S. does!] The draft rule, says Consumers Union, is not adequate to protect public health, because it would continue to leave the door open for a porcine TSE to contaminate pork and other meat.

"It would be nice if the USDA were as concerned about protecting public health as it is about the financial health of the $30 billion-a-year pork industry and the $60 billion-a-year beef industry. Ditto for the Wall Street Journal, where editors have put on hold a story by a staff reporter on mad pig disease and the possible link between pork consumption and CJD.

"ABCs World News Tonight has also sat on the information for a couple of weeks. On May 12, the network did air a story that examined the fact that CJD was being misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's. But the network failed to note that CJD is the human form of mad cow disease. The network also neglected to mention the possible connection to pork or the fact that the CJD patient featured in the story, Marie Ferris, had been employed at a packing plant where she handled slaughtered pigs."


"Those who use flesh meats freely, do not always have an unclouded brain and an active intellect, because the use of the flesh of animals tends to cause a grossness of body, and to benumb the finer sensibilities of the mind."Counsels on Health, 115 (1890).

"It is impossible for those who make free use of flesh meats to have an unclouded brain and an active intellect." 2 Testimonies, 62-63 (1868).

"There is an alarming lethargy shown on the subject of unconscious sensualism. It is customary to eat the flesh of dead animals. This stimulates the lower passions of the human organism.

"A meat diet changes the disposition and strengthens animalism. We are composed of what we eat, and eating much flesh will diminish intellectual activity. Students would accomplish much more in their studies if they never tasted meat. When the animal part of the human agent is strengthened by meat eating, the intellectual powers diminish proportionately. A religious life can be more successfully gained and maintained if meat is discarded, for this diet stimulates into intense activity lustful propensities, and enfeebles the moral and spiritual nature. The flesh warreth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. "Counsels on Diet and Foods, 389 (1896).