18.04.24 E Coli & Women

April 23, 2018
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Is This In Your Fridge?

Women MOST Effected By Romaine Lettuce Recall

53 people in 16 states infected with E. coli strain.

70% of those sick are female.


Why Women?

High Veggie Diet:A Studies show women consume more fruits & vegetables, less meat & fewer high-fat foods than men.

“Health Socialization”: High number of women effected may be a result of them relaying more information to their doctors.

Skip the salad


CDC: Don’t eat romaine lettuce – unless certain it isn’t from Yuma, AZ.

Recall expanded to include romaine heads, chopped & salad mix.

“This bacteria can actually get inside of the lettuce leaf. Washing it doesn’t make it safe.”

Ian Williams, CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch Chief to CNN

What You Need to Know

Mayo Clinic: E. coli O157:H7 is one of the nastiest strains.

Kidney failure can develop A – even afterA you feel better.

Outbreak started more than a month ago – March 13:

  • 31 hospitalized, 5 w/kidney issues.
  • No deaths reported.

Where E. Coli Comes From

Mayo Clinic: Lettuce can be contaminated by E. coli when run off from cattle farms that have infected cows mixes with vegetable crops.A While most cattle don’t develop symptoms, they expel the bacteria in their feces, which then contaminates soil & crops.

Common inA ground beef, unpasteurized milk & produce.

Bigger Picture? "The CDC is doing their best to protect us. …Identifying the exact source of the outbreak is proving to be difficult and this may be due to the sheer size of the modern farming conglomerates. …Visit a Farmers Market this weekend." Read Op-Ed:

  • Multistage Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html
  • MAP of where the infections are:
  • Why the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak affects mostly women:A https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/21/romaine-lettuce-e-coli-outbreak-affects-mostly-women/539024002/
  • Mayo Clinic on this particular strain of E. Coli – Symptoms & Causes: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/e-coli/symptoms-causes/syc-20372058
  • WORTH-IT-TO-READ: OP-ED -A The E. Coli outbreak doesn’t surprise me
    http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/384268-the-e-coli-outbreak-doesnt-surprise-me“Salad combinations of every type are available for the consumer, seeking convenient, ready to serve foods. All of these products are at risk for contamination due to the human and/or mechanical handling that is required to get them into a bag. The labels on the salad bags boast that they are triple washed and ready to serve.
    They lure you into thinking that this is some sort of a sanitized food product. It is my gestalt that as we create more food items, especially the ready-made foods, we are further exposing ourselves to food-borne illnesses. During these outbreaks, the goal is to pinpoint the source of the infection. However, the bagged lettuce you bought because you didn”t want to chop a fresh head may be a mix of multiple heads of lettuce from multiple growers. Tracking the source is almost impossible.
    From my perch in Texas, this is how I see these latest outbreaks. The checks and balances to keep contaminated fecal waste out of the food chain has been corrupted. Identifying the exact source of the outbreak is proving to be difficult and this may be due to the sheer size of the modern farming conglomerates.The CDC is a world-renowned organization we should all be proud of A that may be stretched to their limits. Visit a Farmers Market this weekend. You”ll know the name of the farmer who grew your fruits and veggies by their first name.__Dr. Joe Galati is the president of Liver Specialists of Texas and author of the new book,A Eating Yourself Sick-How to Prevent Obesity, Fatty Liver and Diabetes from Killing You and Your Family.

by Jenna Lee,