Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria - O My

Hi Sweets,

Yesterday's short post took a lot out of me. See, for the last 48 hours I have had food poisoning. Of course I can't prove it, but I have a feeling the culprit was Whole Foods inadequately refrigerated salad bar. Whatever. I am all better and eating my first meal in two days.

We are very lucky in the United States because we have such strict regulations on our food. It is very rare to get sick from food. I have a lot of friends, and I know there are a couple of bloggers out there, who are following the Paleo Diet. You know my stance- if it works for you, keep at it. However, this diet pushes (or at least plants the idea of) drinking non pasteurized milk (raw milk). Because most of us don't have friends who have died from Salmonella, E. Coli, or Listeria, we don't appreciate the benefits of pasteurization.

In the most basic terms, pasteurization is the slow heating of raw milk to a certain temperature for a duration of time.

This process kills the bacteria that can be harmful to us while maintaining most of the nutritional value. Most. This is the platform on which the Raw Milk movement stands. Yes, pasteurization kills some of the nutrients that can be obtained from milk, but is also kills the stuff that can harm us. I am not of the 'Go Big Or Go Home' mentality. I am not an 'All Or Nothing' girl. If you tell me I can get most of the benefits with none of the negatives OR all the benefits with a chance of being harmed or killed, I would choose the first option EVERY time. Unless we are talking milk, which we are, in which case I would choose neither. Remember this post?

I notice that people have a nostalgic yearning for yesteryear. The more removed we become from a time of diseases like Polio, Listeria, Measles, and Mumps, the less we appreciate the innovations that have been made to protect us. There are downsides to immunizations and pasteurization (and the like) but those risks are so small considering the benefits and lives saved. To the people out there that wish to eat like cavemen and consume raw milk, this I ask you....would you like the life expectancy too?

Year / Life expectancy

So for anyone reading this post who has considered obtaining and drinking raw milk. Please don't. I really like you as a follower and I would hate to see you bite the bullet on your 37th birthday (or before if you drink a bad glass). Take it from me, who was all too clearly reminded this weekend, food borne illness is not fun. Just drink your pasteurized milk and take a multi vitamin would ya? Of course there are some cheeses, that due to the aging factor, are made from unpasteurized milk and are perfectly safe. If you want to live on the wild side....eat Parmesan, m'kay?

As always, if you find this post objectionable, please see my Lawyer Love page. Until then, it is great to be back and healthy and I can't wait to read the hate mail!! Just kidding sweets, have a wonderful day!


  1. I am a milk drinker but I definately want my milk nuked (pastuerized). I agree with you 100% regarding the controversies around immunizations. My kiddos are fully immunized and always will be.

    I'm glad you are feeling better. It always sucks when you eat something and get sick.

  2. oh dear!!! i hope you are feeling better!! food poisoning is the worst :(

  3. Yikes, poor thing. I can only imagine how you felt. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

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