Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I Received a Severe Scolding Last Week...


The scolding was from my own daughter.

The scolding was about an article entitled “Fact or Myth: Eating Raw Eggs Carries a High Risk of Salmonella” READ IT HERE

You see, my daughter is a microbiologist. And she violently disagreed with my conclusion. And she was right.

Though my conclusion was correct according to the FDA and CDC, to her being correct is not necessarily being right. She made some very valid points.

1.     Though the incidence of salmonella is relatively low and “it probably won’t kill you but it will make you wish you were dead”. And there is a likely chance of relapse since salmonella is an intracellular organism.

2.     There is an array of other organisms that are associated with raw eggs.

·        Campylobacterosis- Symptoms typically include headache, muscle pain and fever followed by bloody diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain, which occur two to five days after ingestion and can last from three to 10 days.

·        Staphylococcus aureus - Onset of symptoms usually occurs rapidly, and symptoms include nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping and fatigue. More severe cases may cause headache, muscle cramping and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse rates.

3.     Eggs come from a chicken’s butt….

Just to name a few...

I tried to persuade her to write an article on this subject but she “chickened out” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that)

Anyway, I will try to think these things through and use a wider lens. Especially if it has anything to do with microbiology.

My daughter has your back.

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