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News1990April › Food infections: start taking them seriously › April 1990

Food infections: start taking them seriously

We all know that gastrointestinal infections such as by Salmonella and Campylobacter from contaminated food can be very nasty

We all know that gastrointestinal infections such as by Salmonella and Campylobacter from contaminated food can be very nasty. In a few cases, they can be fatal.

But they are much nastier, and more tenacious, than any of us realized, and could have an effect on our health up to a year after we were infected. New research from Denmark has gone so far as to claim that a food infection could be fatal 12 months later.

The researchers, from the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, looked at the progress of 48,857 people after they had a food infection, and compared them with 487,138 who had not been infected. They found that those infected were three times as likely to die within a year as those in the healthy group, after taking into account other factors. This was a trend that also emerged six months after infection.

Not only can these infections have a serious long-term effect, they could also be far more dangerous in the immediate term.

So if you ever get a food infection, take it seriously. Seek out a herbal remedy, such as berberine, or a homeopathic nosode, to treat it.

(Source: British Medical Journal, 2003; 326: 357-60).


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