E. coli and hemolytic anemia
Healthy Eating: Don't eat canned, packaged or processed food.

They call it an e. coli infection but technically it's a rash of cases of hemoltyic uremic syndrome, or HUS. I  don't know if they are doing this in order to keep it simple or to cover up something. HUS is not caused by the e. coli bacterium per se, but by a mold, fungus or biofilm  which e. coli forms with a. niger under adverse conditions. The most adverse condition, from our oxygen-breathing point of view, is anaerobic, or without oxygen.

Once upon a time there was no oxygen on this planet, and the air was made of gases that were poison to us, and the only life-forms were microbes that could grow in anaerobic conditions. As oxygen replaced methane as a dominant gas in Earth's atomosphre, those anaerobic organisms either had to adapt, move to a part of the planet where there was no air, or die. Of those that adapted, some (or all) retain the ability either to revert back to their anaerobic form or have other strategies that enable them to live again as anaerobes, producting the poisons that are deadly to .us. A familiar example is botulism, caused by c. botulinum bacteria being left alive in a can that has been hermetically sealed (industry-speak for turned into an anaerobic environment).

The infection that affected Germany in May of 2011 was similar to one that occurred in the U.S., that was eventually blamed on eating baby spinach. Originally, the German infection was blamed on Spanish cucumbers, but, under intense pressure from the Spanish government, blame was shifted to German bean sprouts. And what do baby spinach, Spanish cucumbers and German bean sprouts all have in common? They are sold in anaerobic plastic packages. (For non-European readers: cucumbers in Europe are frequently sold in plastic shrink wrap.)

The reason for shrink-wrapping cucumbers and putting spinach and bean sprouts into sealed plastic bags is to prolong shelf life, which increases profit. The packaging operation involves first gassing or irradiating the food so that it is sterile (hopefully) and then putting it into the plastic bag and sealing it so that it is airtight.  However, if the sterilzation is incomplete, then there can be microbes left under the plastic that can grow (or "evolve")  in their anaerobic form. This is what I believe happened in each of the cases involved. I doubt that there will ever be even a whiff of a suggestion that plastic packaging is causing this latest outbreak, because plastic packaging, like sterilizing raw milk, is profitable to big "food"-producing industry.

I  recommend avoiding eating anything sold in packages, especially sealed ones.

Beware food from the health food store labelled "Organically Grown".

"Organically grown", instead of "Organic", means that the food was subject  to non-organic chemicals or processes after it was harvested. If you want to avoid being the first case of food poisoning from toxins produced in food in airtight packages, buy foods such as rice or grains from large, open bins rather than sealed packages.

Update
6 hours after I first posted this page, I saw a news report on Al Jazeera (an English-language TV news station broadcasting from Qatar) that showed an interview with a health official in Germany. The interviewer asked the health official if they knew, for sure, where the e.coli outbreak came from. He said they did not, but he "had heard" that the problem might be in "the distribution", and he was interested in learning more about that.  A half hour after that, I turned to a European news station (BBC) which reported that officials were saying they did not know where the outbreak occurred from "and we may never know". The next day, an official in Germany said that they were positive the outbreak came from bean sprouts grown at a specific farm in Germany, though he conceded that they didn't actually have a DNA match with any bacteria found at the farm and the bacteria found in the tainted bean sprouts. They traced the offending bean sprouts back to a specific farm (which happened to be organic), admitted that there was no trace of the offending bacteria at the farm, and then dropped all further investigation because they knew the bean sprouts came from that farm and that was the end of it. Other than me and that one official on an Arab television news broadcast, not one mention was made of the fact that, if we are sure this rash of food poisonings comes from these bean sprouts from this farm, and we can't find any evidence that the bean sprouts were bad when they left the farm, then we ought to check to see what happened to the bean sprouts between the time they left the farm and the time when the plastic package there were in was opened up in someone's kitchen.

Listeriosis and cantaloupes
(an outbreak of Listeriosis triggers a recall of cantaloupes from Colorado in Sep., 2011)

Judging from what has been reported, my guess is that the melons were contaminated with a mold called fusarium, a melon-loving mold, as well as Listeria monocytogenes, as, by itself, L. monocytogenes is a common bacteria found in soil, food and the digestive tract.

Fusarium produces a toxin called gibberelin, which contains the poisons zearalenone (ZEA) and deoxynivalenol (DON). Deoxynivalenol  is used in weight loss and birth control medicines. Gibberellin causes loss of appetite. In farm animals who are exposed to it, they will, if they have other choices of food, lose their appetite, possibly lose weight and not eat the tainted food any more. If the mold is in fodder that is their only choice of food so they have to keep eating it, it can cause miscarriages. There is no antidote for the poison except to stop eating it and then, in time, its effects will wear off.

Although most of the time L. monocytogenes lives in the gut flora without causing problems, in the presence of DON and ZEA it is  able to invade cells and carry on its cell functions intracellularly.

There is probably no connection, but in 2008 science began testing a "cancer vaccine" that contains live Listeria monocytogenes on humans, thus spreading the live bacteria in the general population. I do not think this is causing the outbreak of listeriosis, but as allopathic medicine loves juxtaposing two unrelated biological phenomena in order to further its own agenda, I just wanted to point out that orthodox medicine is injecting what it calls deadly bacteria into people and claiming they are doing it to prevent cancer. (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/104193.php)

What To Do?
Most molds are safe, even edible, unlike fusarium. Fusarium is a pink mold, so watch out for any pink (beige, orange etc.) molds on anything. Mold needs moisture, so be more vigilant during wet spells.DON and ZEA are both most dangerous to pregnant women and immune compromised individuals, so, if you are healthy and not pregnant, you are less likely to be susceptible. Fusarium can grow on maize corn, celery and melons, so be careful with those foods. If you think you have consumed some, there is no specific thing you can do except stop eating the tainted food, but  I would suggest a general detox diet of supplemental clay, activated charcoal and lots of water while it is being flushed out of the body.



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