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Not Feeling Right? Maybe It’s Food Poisoning

By John Fleming

Everybody’s had an experience when they ate some leftovers that were a little marginal. Throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the slightly funky smell, we figure that a little heat will fix things up. Anywhere from 2 to 6 hours later the truth sets in and we realize how big a mistake that was.

Everyone at some time spends a long, sleepless night with stomach cramps and diarrhea and has to call in to work the next day thinking they have the 24 hour flu. The more likely cause of your discomfort is something that you ate or drank. Food poisoning is probably the number one cause of missed work in the United States and can be completely avoided by properly storing, preparing and cooking food.

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you have food poisoning or maybe something else. Allergies seem to be blamed for a lot of discomfort these days as well as alcohol consumption. If you ask around and do a little detective work with the other people who ate or drank the same things you can narrow it down a little.

There are some food groups that are more likely to cause problems with food contamination. Any raw food, food made from animal products and vegetables that haven’t been washed properly are likely sources of the germs that can make you sick. Not as common anymore, unpasteurized milk used to be a major cause of illness in young children. Seafood, especially shrimp, eggs and poultry are also foods to be especially vigilant about.

Salmonella is a bacteria that is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. It is usually passed on to humans from animal products such as meat or poultry but most often by undercooked chicken or turkey. Even if you’re careful to cook poultry thoroughly, salmonella bacteria can be passed on to other foods by surfaces like cutting boards or counter tops.

Food poisoning is unpleasant and no one looks forward to it but with modern medicine most people recover in a fairly short time. It is possible though for food poisoning to lead to other more serious maladies and can even lead to death. Be sure to stay away from raw or undercooked animal products and make sure that you wash your hands and cooking utensils between use to avoid the contamination that can occur when cooking.

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Fleming, John "Not Feeling Right? Maybe It’s Food Poisoning." Not Feeling Right? Maybe It’s Food Poisoning. 25 Aug. 2010. 8 Sep 2014 <>.

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