Humans who consume antler velvet as a nutritional supplement are at risk for exposure to prions.Prions, for those of you who don't pay attention to stuff like Mad Cow, are miscropic entities responsible for a number of diseases, like bovine spongiform encepholapathy in cattle (Mad Cow)and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk. So is eating antler velvet some sort of woo (alternative medicine)I haven't heard about before? And should I be glad?
According to the article, it's yet another supposed aphrodisiac imported from the Far East. I know actual antlers get ground up for use as virility boosters, so why not the velvet, too? I wonder how long it'll be before Smiling Bob comes down with CWD?