Dr. James Chandler, N.D.,  Ph.D - Chandler Naturopathic Health Center
Chandler Naturopathic Health Center

Food Poisoning

     Today I received a frantic call from a client of mine.  She stated that her husband had went to restaurant the night before and now he was vomiting, had direahea, and was running a temperature.  She didn't know what to do.  Her husband refused to go to the hospital but was open to some "natural" ideas to help eliminate the symptoms. 
    As the days get warmer heading into the summer months, food poising becomes more and more prevalent.  Food poisoning causes 76 million cases of illness and 5,000 deaths every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The common causes of food poisoning is under cooked foods, improper handling of foods, improper storing of foods, and improper temperature control of food items.
     There are different types of food poisoning, depending on the agent that causes it.  I can be caused by bacterial agents like Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Botulism, Campylobacter, Clostridum perfringens, and Vibrio bacteria.  Food poisoning can also be caused by viral organisms such as: Hepatitis A and E, Norwalk virus, and Rota virus.
     If you suspect food poisoning, call your regional poison control center immediately.  If you suspect that you have been poisoned by food from a public restaurant contact your local health department (you may save someone else from getting sick). 
  •  At the first sign of illness, protect your immune system by taking six (6) charcoal tablets (you should have these on hand for such emergencies).   After six (6) hours, take six (6) more tablets. 
  • Replace lost fluid and electrolytes with clean water or liquids designed  specifically for rehydrartion.
  • Take 2 - 3 capsules of aged garlic 3 times a day with meals.
  • Take 99 mg of potassium to restore electrolyte balance.
  • Take 5,000 - 8,000 mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids daily, in divided doses.
  • Take Probiotic twice daily, as directed on the label.
  • Milk Thistle is an excellent detox for the liver and the blood.
  • At the first sign of poisoning, take a dropper fully of Goldenseal extract every four (4) hours for the first day only. Do Not Take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week, do not use if you are pregnant, nursing, or allergic to ragweed.
Despite regulation and safety laws food poisoning remains a major problem and strikes with an alarming frequency.  An increasing number of us are simply unaware of the prevalence of dangerous microorganisms in our vast food supply, let alone the basic sanitation procedures for handling, storing, and preparing foods safely.  We eat out more, trusting that the people that prepare our foods know the requirements and following the safety rules.
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