This make me, someone who ate foie gras at least once a week for several years, a bit uncomfortable. (A big FU to Allan the third for intentionally tampering with my ignorance.)
From NEUROPHILOSOPHY: Eating foie gras may increase risk of Alzheimer’s
"Researchers from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, in collaboration with a group from Uppsala University in Sweden, have found a potential link between foie gras consumption and the development of a number of amyloidogenic diseases.
The amyloidogenic diseases include Alzheimer’s Disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), tuberculosis, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. They are termed “amyloidogenic” because they all involve a process called amyloidosis, whereby genetic mutations lead to the synthesis of abnormally folded and insoluble proteins which accumulate within or around cells and interfere with their function. In all the amyloidogenic diseases, the mutated proteins are believed to accumulate by a process called nucleation (or “seeding”).
Thus, the consumption of foie gras is potentially hazardous to those who are genetically predisposed to (i.e. have a family history of) amyloidogenic disorders. Discounting the consumption of infected brain tissue (during, for example, the ritual of mortuary cannibalism), this is the first time that a dietary component has been implicated in the amyloidogenic diseases."
The finding from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
Abstract: Amyloidogenic potential of foie gras
Amyloidogenic potential of foie gras
From The Sherman Foundation Archives:
A Foie Gras Parable
Foie Gras Survey: Casa Mono (NYC)