Symptoms of food poisoning varies greatly. Symptoms can manifest as quickly as 30 minutes to one hour if due to chemical food poisoning; one to twelve hours in cases due to bacterial poisoning; 12 to 48 hours in cases due to viral or salmonella poisoning. Symptoms can range from stomach pain and nausea, to constipation, diarrhea (sometimes in alternation with each other) and, in very severe cases, collapse and shock.
Food poisoning is far more common than is typically believed. Many cases of diarrhea each year, for instance, are probably due to food poisoning. Many of these cases go unreported as the cause is not known and is usually attributed to the stomach flu.
Flu, gastrointestinal disorders, digestive enzyme deficiencies, drug interactions, stress, and nutrient deficiencies or excess (too much magnesium can cause loose stools and abdominal cramps) can all mimic symptoms of food poisoning. In infants, symptoms can also be due to an intolerance to honey.
You should suspect food poisoning if a number of people who ate the same food come down with similar symptoms.
The most common forms of food poisoning are infective types such as salmonella, found in farm animals or passed on by food handling or flies from contaminated fecal material; frozen poultry that is not completely thawed before being cooked; contaminated drinking water; foods that remain at room temperature too long, which can encourage Clostridium – often referred to as the “cafeteria germ” – to grow; and food products such as chicken, duck, or geese, raw or partly cooked eggs, or raw fish such as clams, oysters, or sushi.
Other causes include organisms such as Staphylococcal bacteria, which can be passed through the hands, coughing, sneezing, or breathing onto the food, botulism, which can occur in food preserved at home; viruses that contaminate shellfish due to contaminated waters; and other infective organisms such as Giardia and Campylobacter, which can take up to one week before causing symptoms.
Noninfective food poisoning is another factor, and is caused by poisonous mushrooms, toadstools, and fresh vegetables and fruits that have been contaminated with chemicals and insecticides, stored in inappropriate containers, or from leakage of metals from the containers into the food.
Note: If food poisoning is due to chemical or bacterial toxins, proper treatment may require pumping the stomach. Food poisoning usually improves within three days unless due to botulism, chemical poisoning, or mushroom poisoning. However, some infective organisms do not cause identifiable initial symptoms but can linger in the body and may cause long-term health problems that are difficult to diagnose.
Caution: In cases of food poisoning that cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, seek immediate emergency medical care and keep samples of food available for testing, if possible.
Stop eating all solid food, drink plenty of fluids to avoid severe dehydration and immediately take six charcoal tablets, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacteria, L. bulgaricus, and grape seed extract.
Replace lost electrolytes, if needed, by dissolving one teaspoon of salt and four teaspoons of sugar in one quart of water. Be accurate with salt amount or it may create more dehydration. Garlic cloves can also be helpful. Once symptoms abate, slowly reintroduce high-fiber foods such as grains to help settle your stomach.
If you are travelling in areas where food poisoning is common, try eating hotter, spicy foods to encourage more gastric secretions and avoid all drinking water except bottled water and do not eat any raw vegetables or use ice in your drinks.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system during the healing period so also adhere to the following once solid foods are reintroduced:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
The following nutrients can help hasten recovery and prevent long-term side effects related to food poisoning: acidophilus, charcoal tablets, grape seed extract, garlic capsules, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, and kelp tablets.
Lipoic acid is also useful because it can protect the liver from damaging free-radical attack caused by ingesting poisonous foods.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
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- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Detoxification – How to tackle internal pollution using one of nature’s most remarkable minerals.
Food poisoning can be alleviated with acupuncture.
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body blogs.naturalcures.com/the-best-way-to-cleansing-and-purification-of-the-body/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) blogs.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean/
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Chemical ALERT: Poison in YOUR Personal Products www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPCHw4ibEgQ
Garlic fights food poisoning bacteria www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9238912/Garlic-fights-food-poisoning-bacteria.html
Further Information (links and books)
Food Poisoning: A Practical Guide to Safe Cooking, Eating and Food Handling by Elizabeth Scott and Paul Sockett
Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Bruce N.D. Fife
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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