Facts about food poisoning

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Fact 1. It takes about 2-6 hours after the consumption of contaminated food for the symptoms of food poisoning to take effect. Symptoms can range from: abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and weakness,

 Fact 2.  Depending on the type of bacteria, more serious complications can occur during food poisoning including: arthritis, bleeding, damage to the nervous system, kidney problems, swelling, and irritation to heart tissues.

Fact 3.   E. coli outbreaks has resulted in hospitalizations and even death as evidenced during a Cleveland County fair.

Fact 4.  Food poisoning during traveling, known as travelers’ diarrhea (TD),  afflicts about 20-50% of international travelers.  High-risk destinations are: the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Those vulnerable to TD include: young adults, immune-suppressed persons, those with inflammatory-bowel disease or diabetes, and persons on antacids. Frequently, the source of poisoning is the ingestion of contaminated food and water.

Fact 5.  Traveler’s diarrhea is commonly known by a slang such as ‘œMontezuma’s Revenge,’ ‘œDelhi Belly,’ or ‘œTurkey Trots.’

Fact 6. A precautionary measure for consuming food is:  ‘œIf it is not boiled, well-cooked, or peeled, avoid eating the food.‘

Fact 7. Herbal medications, such as milk thistle, is used in Europe for mushroom poisoning.

Fact 8.  There are various cures for food poisoning. Alpho-lipoic acid is an antioxidant found in broccoli and spinach. When combined with milk thistle, it could assist in treating mushroom poisoning. Similarly, Vitamin A and calcium phosphate could provide relief from food poisoning such as salmonella.

 Fact 9. Chinese and Japanese herbal medical advice suggests the dangers of listeria for food poisoning. Listeria’s active ingredients include Asian ginseng, Astragalus root, Chinese cinnamon bark, Ginger root, Licorice and peony roots.

Fact 10. From the homeopathy’s perspective remedies for curing food poisoning include substances such as arsenicum album, chamomilla, calcarea carbonica, podophyllum and sulphur.

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