E. Coli’s impact on digestive health can be good or bad, depending on the strain.

A recent study brought to light some interesting information about how different strains of E. Coli(Escherichia coli) affect those with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease. The study looked at patients who had Crohn’s Disease & where infected with the “adherent-invasive E.Coli”(AIEC) strain “LF82”. It appears that another strain of E. Coli called “E. Coli Nissle 1917” is an effective way of treating LF82 infection & can improve symptoms considerably. Continue reading “E. Coli’s Relationship With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases” »

I posted a few days ago about Chelsey Macey who was suing Mission Organics, Natural Selection Foods & Dole Foods over E. Coli contaminated spinach which caused her to become deathly ill and later develop life altering Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Well the lawsuit is now settled out of court with the amount awarded to her sealed, so we don’t know exactly how much she was given, but the jury was already about to award $5 million in damages & had yet to decide on the award for pain & suffering. One would probably reason then that the the settlement was for over $5 million. Continue reading “Woman Settles Out of Court in Irritable Bowel Syndrome E. Coli Spinach Lawsuit” »

Chelsey Macey is the¬†plaintiff¬†of a lawsuit taking place in the Utah U.S. District Courts against Mission Organics, Natural Selection Foods & Dole Foods; who grew, packaged & distributed spinach that was contaminated with E. Coli in 2006. Macey’s infection with E. Coli was so severe that she was near death before recovering and developing chronic intestinal dysfunction which was diagnosed as Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Continue reading “Lawsuit Claims E. Coli Caused Irritable Bowel Syndrome” »

Plantains at market stand.

Plantains - Photo By Daegis

Well it appears your mother may have been right about eating your broccoli, especially if you’re dealing with Crohn’s Disease. Scientists have found that people dealing with Crohn’s Disease seem to have problems with certain bacteria invading their gut, specifically a certain type of E. Coli. The fiber in Broccoli & Plantains may help block the E. Coli bacteria from being absorbed by the gut, thus reducing chances of infection & irritation.

Just what is a plantain? It’s basically a banana that isn’t sweet. In some places you can find “plantain chips” which are salted, not sweetened. As far as broccoli goes, the best way to cook

it is to steam it until it’s brilliant green, then remove it immediately. This will allow it to retain flavor & texture. I really do no like mushy broccoli. Even with these findings some people may not be able to tolerate these foods, so don’t put caution to the wind. Take it slow.

References:

University of Liverpool Press Release

E. Coli in Drinking Water for Portland, OR USA

Yikes! Looks as though the Portland, OR water bureau has found E. Coli in our water reservoir and there is a boil water notice in effect. I am wondering if this played a part in me not feeling so great a few days ago. I was doing pretty good early last week what with starting an Iberogast & magnesium regimen. Last Thursday I got a stomach ache and felt nauseated. The stomach ache developed after eating an apple I had washed off under the sink using tap water. I normally drink distilled water from a jug, but I wash vegetables & fruits under tap and then shake them off really good. In the past if I drink tap water it seems to usually give me a stomach ache, perhaps it’s the chlorine or other microbes in the water causing problems. This incident on Thursday felt a bit worse than the minor belly ache I’d get in the past from drinking water. They’re going to be testing the water again later today to see if it still contains E. Coli. *crossing fingers*

My Supplements Arrive… Finally…

My Primadophilus Junior, Magnesium Complex & Psyllium Husk capsules finally showed up. I had used a vendor that was not AllStarHealth.com & it took like two weeks to arrive! :( I have not started taking them yet, I’ll post some info on them in the coming week or so… :)

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