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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Survival Health–Keep Pepto in Your Med Kit

Bill Sardi, who writes the “Knowledge of Health” newsletter, says we’re facing a much bigger problem with food borne illness than the media is telling us. Peanut butter isn’t the sole culprit. Sardi reminds us that in recent times lettuce and other vegetables have been determined to have been contaminated with Salmonella or E. coli. He observes that these bacterium generally come from animal waste and water runoff from cattle herds which contaminates nearby farms. Then the vegetable growers get blamed. Sardi alleges that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is likely protecting business interests and letting some food producers off the hook.

Sardi states that the most likely source of Salmonella contamination is chicken meat. He says about one-quarter of chickens sold in U.S. grocery stores are believed to be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The recommendation for consumers is to cook chicken very well before eating it.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, and diarrhea. Sardi urges purchasing Pepto-Bismol (bismuth), and at the first onset of symptoms, begin coating the lining of your stomach repeatedly, every hour. Sardi says this is especially important for younger children and older adults. He claims the cure is rapid and effective. Because symptoms can occur wherever you may be—work, away from home, etc.—it’s wise to have plenty of Pepto-Bismol on hand and be prepared.

Bill Sardi is a proponent of alternative medicine, so I view his recommendation to take Pepto-Bismol as a pragmatic approach to a serious health issue. I suggest having Pepto-Bismol in your survival med kit. Pepto-Bismol is a tried and true remedy for stomach ailments over many decades. It does not have to be refrigerated. However, it should not be allowed to freeze. You may wish to have it on hand in tablet form. If you don’t like the taste of the original Pepto-Bismol, it’s available in cherry flavor. You should also be aware that labeling has been changed to recommend users consult a doctor about dosage for children under 12.

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