We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We've all had it. It only lasts about 24 hours, but it is miserable and not treatable.
It's not treatable because the Staph bacterium (Staphlococcus aureus) produces a toxin which causes the physical reaction. The toxin is the problem, not the Staph. Staph is everywhere.
Food poisoning is avoidable by proper food management. Specifically, don't leave susceptible foods out of refrigeration for more than 2-3 hours. Yes, I know, we all do sometimes but it's not "best practices."
My last food poisoning incident was from a shrimp dish.
My last food poisoning was a sandwich at Disneyland. I was sick as a dog for 36 hours. I suspect someone there didn't wash their hands after #2.
Many years ago on a visit to Mexico I got food poisoning. Feeling pretty bad one of the other guests at the hotel informed me that food poisoning was so common in Mexico that most visitors began a tetracycline prescription before they left home. He also told me that in Mexico you can just walk into a pharmacy and ask for it no prescription needed. Which I did and got better in 24 hours.
Two pieces of advice:
1. Don't ever eat gas station or 7/11 prepared food.
2. If you go to a picnic or other long event eat food less likely to cause problems and don't eat anything after the food has been served. That is don't go back and snack 3 hours later.
I go with my gut, so to speak. When I eat something that immediately makes me question it, I chase it with a shot or so of vodka or other purifying spirit. Can't say I've ever actually had food poisoning. Just incidents that feel like I might and abatement after medicinal use of alcohol.
But I wasn't sure of the mechanism. I see, that killing the bugs before they excrete toxins, and multiply, is the right strategy.
How Amazon's Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore
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