We have all been there, first the room gets hot, we start to sweat and then the nausea, but I guess it’s better then the other end. . . Must be food poisoning.
I was reading in the New York Times as they were discussing this topic just because it is a hot one, quite literally, right now. The interesting thing that I found was when they were discussing the topic with a gastroenterologist. “People tend to blame the last thing they ate, but it’s probably the thing before the last thing they ate,” said Dr. Deborah Fisher, associate professor at Duke University School of Medicine.
Our digestive systems take about 18 hours to digest something so when the symptoms are triggered by food, it was probably that potato salad that you ate at the lunch 8 hours ago that is just entering the nature of food.
Something else that we preach all of the time is being conscience of hygiene. Sure you can wash your hands, but what about that cell phone that you just put down on the counter at the checkout line and then took that call 2 minutes later. Or how about when you walked down the stairs to drop your kids off at daycare and held the rail on the way down. Mmmmm sounds like a good mix of bacteria soup.
The one thing that companies fear is killing someone, but chances are, people are just going to have a rough 3 or 4 days and then be back to normal. It’s the young, pregnant, sick and elderly people that we need to worry about.
The most interesting that I read in the article was that it may not be food poisoning at all. Here’s the scenario, which I am sure that I am guilty of. Fodmaps. These are essentially carbohydrates that, eaten in excess, are not well absorbed in the small intestine and then make their way into your colon to cause all kinds of trouble. They include myriad things we’re encouraged to eat including broccoli, brussels sprouts, radicchio, asparagus, avocados, mushrooms, peaches, whole grains and legumes. Did I mention over eating?
Lastly, we have our nerves and stress. This also has nothing to do with germs at all, but food poisening is most likely to blame. “The human brain and nervous system is very intimately mixed with another nervous system that is present in the walls of the intestine,” said Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic. “These nerve fibers, nerves and plexuses are located continuously in the wall of intestine from the esophagus to rectum.”
This is your biology course for the day.
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