Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other infections transmitted through food of animal origin PART 2
Professor dr. Richard Lacey, head of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Leeds, England, says that the existing data advocates us to renounce on the meat products. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is just one of the many diseases transmitted by animals, and to minimize the risk of disease the only effective measure is to avoid all animals products. It seems that total vegetarians are unbeatable!
But other infections can also be transmitted through food of animal origin. Escherichia coli is one of the germs well-known by the human. Each of us has millions of colibacillus living in the intestines. Unfortunately, some certain types of Escherichia coli are very dangerous. The serotypes O157: H7 and O104: H21 can produce bloody diarrhea, and in children, hemolytic uremic syndrome, the most frequent cause of kidney failure in children. Escherichia coli illness occurred not only after eating beef meat, but also raw milk or sometimes pasteurized.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can produce a illness similar to flu. In the US, it led to hundreds of deaths each year. Foods that present the highest risks are soft cheeses and insufficiently cooked poultry meat. Sausages sold on the street can be a source of infection with Listeria. Campylobacter, another germ that gives abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, often is found in poultry meat. In the US, produces annually hundreds of deaths.
Salmonella enteritidis cause intestinal infections, l0% of cases requiring hospitalization. Severe forms can cause meningitis or septicemia. Children, elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most exposed. Pasteurized milk, ice cream, chocolate, eggs and egg products are foods that can transmit Salmonella to human. Even if the egg looks good and has the skin intact, Salmonella can be present in the egg, because the infection occurred in the eggs producing organs prior to formation of the shell. But the sausage and beef meat can carry Salmonella.
Yersinia enterocolitis infection has the reputation of being a frequent cause of unnecessary surgery. Yersinia infection produce a clinical picture that mimics appendicitis. Infection is transmitted through pork meat, raw or pasteurized milk.
Beef and poultry meat can also transmit Clostridium perfringens, which causes abdominal cramps and vomiting.
Lately, researchers have seen a link between Crohn germ and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis disease.
Some consider the cancer as a disease of adults only, which is completely wrong. In the US, cancer is the second cause of death in children. Only accidents sickle more young lives, and leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death in children. We remember this fact because bovine leukemia virus it’s met in 20% of horned cattle. The virus passes into milk and may cause the illness of other animals (sheep, pigs, deer, rabbits, rats) which were fed with milk.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy history is an eloquent example that an infectious disease, initially considered of no risk to humans, it turned out to be a danger.
Of course, animals are not the only products that can be contaminated with microorganisms. However, as the Center for Disease Control US said, the vast majority of infected foods are meat, dairy products, poultry, eggs and fish. The adoption procedure of the total vegetarian would lead to an appreciable decrease of these illnesses.
Moreover, even professions that require close contact with animals represents a hazard. Cattlemen, veterinarians, butchers and slaughterhouse workers get sick more often of Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, Paget’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, gastric and prostate cancer.
The researches say that almost half of those working in pig and poultry farmers suffer from bronchitis, asthmatic status, sinusitis and viral infections.
I think you agree with me when I say that most of us postpone the decision to change the lifestyle until we are bound by the diseases that have occurred. It might, however, that sometimes be too late. Changing diets will not help much when was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. And in case of other infections we might not survive to change our diet. And even if we survive, we may remain with some irreversible damage, which no diet will remedy it. The safest way is that decisions to be taken while we’re still healthy. And the good decisions will never be repented.