Upwards of six hundred cases of salmonella that could be linked to peanut contamination have been reported in 44 states in the US. Several deaths have resulted.
The outbreak is probably more widespread as only a small percentage of cases are laboratory-confirmed and tracked. The recent outbreak has been traced to contaminated peanut butter and peanut butter products from Peanut Corporation of American located in Blakely, GA.
Voluntary recalls for over 2,000 products have been issued and the list is expanding. Despite FDA assurances that they are not affected, sales of national brands have slumped.
What You Can Do
Check the recall list regularly and not the names of tainted peanut products.
Should any of the recalled items find their way to your pantry, don't consume! Dispose of the products in a closed plastic and deposit in a sealed trash can.
Avoid eating peanuts or peanut butter if unsure whether or not they're on the list.
Check pet food, it could be on the list.
If you think you're infected, consult a physician immediately
Salmonella bacteria pass from human and animal feces to humans and animals. It is usually transmitted through meat, eggs, vegetables and other contaminated foods. It can be transmitted by infected people who touch food wiithout washing their hands. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Typically, symptoms occur 12-72 hours following infection. The elderly, infants and those with compromised immune systems are most likely to be affected severely.
The majority of salmonella sufferers recover without treatment. Those with severe cases should drink fluids. Extreme cases may require intraveinous hydration and/or antibiotics. A small percentage of cases can lead to Reiter's syndrome, typified by joint pain, eye irritation and pain when urinating. This can lead to chronic arthritis.
Source of information from CareNotes.
A Natural Approach to Treating Hypertension
(NaturalNews) There are many nutrients available to individuals with hypertension who wish to take a more natural approach for addressing their condition. Clearly, improving diet and increasing physical activity are key to achieving normal blood pressure, along with a host of other positive benefits. Still, there are specific supplements that can assist in lowering blood pressure.
One very important mineral for regulating blood pressure is magnesium. Unfortunately, magnesium also represents one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in those who follow the Standard American Diet. There appears to be an inverse relationship between blood pressure and blood levels of magnesium. Furthermore, the Honolulu Heart Study showed that magnesium intake had the strongest association with blood pressure out of 60 other variables that were evaluated.
Now, vitamins are not all the same and if you're not aware of that fact, you're going to learn about it now. Some vitamins that you go to buy in the health food store or the drug store are made from petroleum – they're made from coal tar. In fact, most vitamins are made from that and these synthetic types of vitamins are not well assimilated in the body. Do you think if you plop in a plastic coated One-A-Day or Myadec or Centrum in your body that your body's going to know what to do with that plastic coated stuff?
I do a lot of intestinal fasts with people to give them a good cleansing. The patients call in and they reported "I have this black tar like stuff coming out of my body!" I explain to them this substance comes from the drugs and all the coal tar vitamins that they have been taken over the years. They are amazed when they see it and realize how much it really resembles actual tar.