Now we are entering the Season of Eating with Halloween candy all stocked up, Thanksgiving a few weeks away and Christmas parties to begin shortly afterwards. Not a lot of fun for a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free guy like me, but I’m not complaining.
When I was a kid, the only time we ever ate turkey was on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now I eat turkey every week so it doesn’t have the same mystique it once held. As a starving college kid in Chiropractic college, my roommates and I would cook a large turkey every month and could eat for a week on the leftovers. Pretty cheap meals for a week!
Of course, and I warn you about this every year, the holidays are also a great time to pick up parasites. You are eating food at parties, restaurants, potluck dinners, homemade cookies and candies, etc. All increase your chances for picking up a foodborne illness.
This is from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:
· Campylobacteriosis(and the closely related H-Pylori; which causes ulcers if not treated)
· E. coli
· Hepatitis A
· Norovirus Infection
Infectious diseases spread through food or beverages are a common, distressing, and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people in the United States and around the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year in the United States, 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
Foodborne disease is extremely costly. Health experts estimate that the yearly cost of all foodborne diseases in this country is 5 to 6 billion dollars in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.
There are more than 250 known foodborne diseases. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Natural and manufactured chemicals in food products also can make people sick. Some diseases are caused by toxins (poisons) from the disease-causing microbe (germ), others by the human body’s reactions to the microbe itself. To better understand the epidemiology (study of disease origin and spread) of foodborne diseases in the United States, 10 states across the country are collecting annual data on the occurrence of new cases of the most common causes of bacterial and parasitic infections through the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, a CDC-sponsored program known as FoodNet. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodborne/pages/default.aspx
Maybe that 3 bean salad doesn’t look so tasty after all! I am not afraid to eat food anywhere because I take 1-2 packs a day of GI Synergy. It has 3 pills in a pack which help protect you from parasites, bacteria and yeast (mold and fungus, too). It will not kill every bug on the planet that you could possibly ingest, but it does help with the more common things. It is also what I take when I travel to protect me from getting sick. If you are going to Asia, Africa or India, I would add Wormwood Complex as well. We sell GI Synergy by the bottle of 90 or by the pack for those short trips or after your meal at the local restaurant. The sealed pouches make them easy to carry, too.
I have a seminar to attend this weekend so the office will be completely closed this Friday Nov 2nd. We will be closed on Thanksgiving and will reopen Friday November 23rd during our usual hours 9 am to noon. I also will be gone next month on Monday and Tuesday Dec 3 & 4. I am always working to stay on top of the latest research in this ever changing health field so we can better serve you, your family and friends.
It’s hard to believe that both my girls are seniors this year: Colorado State and Boulder High. Alexis is coaching gymnastics after school here in Boulder.
Amber is getting her degree in Finance and Real Estate in May but is already looking for employment opportunities. She wants to get into the oil and gas land sales.
She is the salesman in the family (takes after both her grandfathers) and can sell ice cubes to Eskimos! She has had sales jobs in different industries since high school and is always the top producer.
This past summer she did an internship with Northwest Mutual Insurance and got certified to sell all types of insurance and financial planning. Her resume is on Linkedin.com under Amber Reese if anyone is looking for an outgoing, hard working college grad to hire.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!