Ground Beef E. Coli Alert
Was it just last newsletter that I mentioned that despite everyone's obsession with E. Coli and spinach, E. Coli in hamburger was a far bigger problem -- and one that got far less publicity? Why yes it was.
Anyway, as if on cue, there was an announcement this morning of a recall of 5,200 lbs of ground beef because of E. Coli contamination.
So yes, once again, E. Coli contamination is a far bigger problem in ground beef than in produce. And once again, E. Coli contamination is only a health problem in the very young and the very old and in those with weakened immune systems. Look, exposure to E. Coli is far more common than people think (it's in dirt, it's on people's hands, and it's in far more food than is ever identified and recalled), but it is no big deal (in fact in most cases it's a non-incident) if your immune system is strong and if the beneficial bacteria population is maintained in your intestinal tract. If beneficial bacteria line your tract, there is no space for E. Coli to colonize, and the good bacteria actually eat up the stray E. Coli.
Bottom line: avoid antibiotics and chlorinated water (which kill good bacteria), use a good probiotic formula to maintain beneficial bacteria populations, and use immune building herbs and supplements to keep your defenses at peak level. Also, be sure and keep a keep a good anti-pathogenic formula (garlic, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, etc.) on hand for emergencies. Do that and you won't have to worry about about E. Coli.