E. Coli information for preppers

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Facts about E. coli prevention
The severity of the illness depends on the site of infection, which
type of E. Coli., and strength of the person's immune system.
Below are some examples of recent E. Coli outbreaks.


  • Beefy news about E. coli: Something very interesting is
    that E. Coli comes mostly from beef and vegetables,
    according to TIME magazine. Around 80% of reported cases
    of E. Coli are traced to those two sources and not chicken,
    for example. Mostly it's ground beef that's the culprit.

  • Chlorine kills E. Coli! Get out your bleach. Yes, chlorine is a
    killer source of water disinfectant, which is one of the
    reasons why its in the municipal water supply. Too bad
    ordinary tap water has other bad things lurking in it like
    fluoride.

  • Copper is an antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of
    bacteria. In a study of copper against E Coli, the percentage
    of bacteria dying from exposure to copper for 30 minutes
    was more than 90%.

  • Did you know aspartame is the feces of E. Coli? Knowing
    that will make you become a label reader. While you can't
    get E. coli from a product just because it has aspartame, it
    certainly makes you think twice about this horrid man-made
    substance.

  • The father of E. Coli is... E. Coli (Escherichia Coli) got its
    name from Theodor Escherich, a German baceriologits who
    identified the infectious agent in 1885.

E. Coli in the news...
E. Coli in the pathogenic strains can cause serious food poisoning
in humans, and are responsible for costly product recalls:


  • Chipotle E. Coli. When Chipotle served up E. Coli it was just
    another reason for preppers not to eat at the chain, (open
    carry gun banning was the first reason). Chipotle continues
    to deal with the E. coli outbreak that made 52 people sick in
    nine states in October and November of 2015.

  • Costco rotisserie chicken salad. It was likely the
    vegetables and not the chicken that caused E. coli.


  • Other links to E. Coli outbreaks have included:


Chipotle E. Coli problem:
With so much attention being place on the E. Coli at Chipotle
restaurants, you may be wondering how to resolve the problem at
home. For starters, you should learn from Chipotle! Here's what
they are doing to avoid E. coli again...

Chipotle will:
  1. Dip onions into boiling water to kill germs before they chop
    them.
  2. Macerate onions with lemon or lime to kill germs.
  3. Chop tomatoes in centralized locations.
  4. Blanch jalapenos, lemons and limes to kill germs
  5. Marinate chicken in plastic bags instead  of bowls.
  6. Add cilantro to freshly cooked rice, so  heat destroys otential
    microbes.

Happy endings...
The good and happy news is that most strains of E. coli are
harmless and strangely are welcome in the intestinal tract! These
harmless strains of E. coli are part of the normal flora of the gut,
and can benefit their hosts by preventing pathogenic bacteria
from establishing in the intestine. For those who get sick with an
E. coli infection, most get better without treatment in 5 to 10
days.

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How to avoid E. Coli food poisoning

How to avoid E. coli food poisoning
Lurking in the intestines of people and animals is a bacteria:
Escherichia coli (better known as E. Coli). Some strains of E.
coli cause severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever.

How does you get E. Coli food poisoning? The answer is
appalling. It's usually as a result of fecal-oral contamination. In
other words, it's a result of ingesting small quantities of human
or animal feces! This will have you staring at that sign in
restaurants that says, "Employees must wash hands."

How to Avoid E. Coli Food Poisoning
Another common way to get E. coli is from tainted ground beef.
It happens in the slaughtering process, but even if you don't
cook with ground beef, you can get it from water and other
sources. It's important for preppers to know how to prevent E.
Coli food poisoning...

#1: Use a water filter daily, not just camping.
Preppers don't often realize that it's not just the food but the
water that can cause E. coli food poisoning. Uncooked fruits and
vegetables washed with tainted water can wreak havoc on your
intestines. Thankfully, getting E. coli through water is highly
preventable. For starters, you can filter your water. A filter
doesn't kill the E. coli bacteria, but it traps it.

Another important reason to have a water filter is that if you
become sick you must stay hydrated. That's because E. coli
usually causes diarrhea*.
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    * NOTE: Don't use anti-diarrheal medicines for E. coli.
    These kinds of medicines can slow down your intestinal
    tract. Most people recover from E. coli in about 5-10 days
    without antibiotics either.

  • Aquamira Frontier Water Filter. The Aquamira Frontier
    emergency water filter system filters up to 30 gallons of
    water. Aquamira Frontier traps omore than 99.9% of
    harmful Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other pathogens,
    including waterborne insect larvae, and E. coli.

  • Big Berkey. The Big Berkey water filtration system,
    pictured right removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and
    parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as
    herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222
    and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and
    unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system
    is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water
    without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs.

  • Lifestraw. Lifestraw water filters come in many sizes and
    varieties for emergencies. Lifestraw surpasses rigorous
    standards for water filtration, adhering to EPA guidelines
    for E. coli, Giardia and Cryptospordium oocysts.

#2: Get a water test kit.
Did you know E. coli can get in the public tap water? Finding
traces of E. coli bacteria in drinking water isn't all that
uncommon:


  • Montreal, Canada E. coli. Boucherville had a boil-water
    advisory in May 2017 because of E. coli in the water.

It's good to have a water filter for everyday use to get rid of
chlorine,
avoid fluoride in the water, or get rid of the lead. A big
Berkey is good for emergencies to ensure you always have
potable water. Equally important is to check your water
regularly for contaminants and bacteria. Avoid E. coli by testing
your water!

Did you know you can test your water without sending it to a
laboratory? Before you take your next sip of water know that
the
First Alert Drinking water test kit can help you test your
water for bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrites/nitrates, chlorine,
hardness, and pH. Right now save 25%.

  • Bacteria: Strains of E. coli can cause serious illness or
    death.

  • Lead: Causes developmental harm, neurological damage,
    and kidney damage.

  • Pesticides: From agricultural uses, linked to increased
    cancer rates.

  • Nitrates/nitrites: From fertilizers and animal waste,
    causes developmental problems.

  • Chlorine: By-products can increase cancer risk and cause
    bad taste and odor.

  • Hardness: Causes lime scale and higher detergent use.

  • pH: Can cause heavy metal (such as lead) leaching and
    plumbing damage.

#3: Wash hands frequently.
You can handle food safely starting by washing your hands the
way employees at restaurants are supposed to do. Simple and
effective, keeping your hands clean in the kitchen will minimize
spread of food borne illness.

  • Always wash hands before food preparation.
  • using toilet
  • changing diapers
  • handling animals (yes, even your dog or cat)
  • Using the toilet

#4: Avoid cross contamination.
Use bleach or Steramine tablets, pictured right, to help avoid
cross contamination.  Just one bottle of 150 Steramine
Sanitizing Tablets will help you make 150 gallons of cleaning
solution (1 tablet per gallon of water).

  • Keep raw foods separate. Raw meat should always have
    a separate cutting board from your fruits and vegetables.

  • Clean cutting boards. If you don't have a dishwasher
    available, you can boil water to help sterilize your cutting
    boards, along with soapy water, or use bleach or
    Stearamine tablets.

  • Keep utensils clean. Keep utensils separate, especially
    knives, to avoid cross contamination. Use hot soapy water
    as a quick and easy solution to the problem. Again, if you
    don't have access to running water, you should boil your
    water and use bleach.

  • Glisten Diswasher Magic. As an effective disinfectant
    against Eschericha Coli (E. Coli), Glisten Dishwasher Magic
    is also effective against Salmonella Choleraesus. The
    product intensively removes lime, rust, grease, and other
    build-up that affects your dishwasher's cleaning
    effectiveness over time. Unlike other machine cleaners,
    however, Glisten cleans, disinfects and removes germs
    from even the hidden areas. Best of all Glsten improves
    the cleaning performance of your dishwasher, and is safe
    for plumbing and septic systems.

#5: Know where E. Coli hides!
E. coli is hiding in food and water. You can also get the
infection by swallowing water in a swimming pool contaminated
with human waste.

Where does E. Coli hide?
The list is numerous, but has been found in the following
sources:
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Animals, particularly cows, sheep and goats
  • celery
  • Contaminated water (Get a Berkey pictured right)
  • Cookie dough
  • Cutting boards
  • Dry cured salami
  • Frozen pizza
  • Lettuce
  • Outdoor water sources  (lakes, ponds and streams)
  • Petting farms and zoos.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Raw milk
  • Spinach
  • Soft cheeses made from raw milk
  • Swimming pools, including kiddie pools with fecal matter
  • Undercooked ground beef, rarer roast beef
  • Water parks
  • Well water
  • Wooden pallets. This one is surprising, but a survey that
    found E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella grow on wooden
    pallets.

#6: Learn basic principles of food safety and
handling.
To help avoid food poisoning and prevent infection, handle food
safely.Take proper precaution in the kitchen. Cook meat well,
wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them, and
avoid unpasteurized milk and juices.


Proper ways to store your food...
Best practices for cooking, reheating and defrosting foods:
  • Don't leave food on the counter to defrost.
  • Travel with frozen foods in a thermal bag.
  • Keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold.

To keep hot foods hot, remember to...
  1. Cook foods, properly and thoroughly.
  2. Get a candy or meat thermometer to help you confirm food
    is at the proper temperature.

To keep cold foods cold, generally, keep food out of the danger
zone -- don't leave food out too long from the refrigerator.
  1. Don't leave food out for more than 2 hours. If it's really hot
    outside (90 degrees Fahrenheit or more), don't go longer
    than one-hour unrefrigerated.
  2. Use a thermal bag. As you transport food from grocery
    store to your kitchen, keep foods in a thermal bag.
  3. Put sensitive foods in the front seat. Turn on the air
    conditioning in your car on hot days and keep food in
    transport in the front seat with you, instead of in the trunk.
  4. Do food shopping after the errands. Shop last, so that your
    other errands don't cause food to sit out unnecessarily.

#7: Know bottled water could become tainted with
E. coli bacteria.
It's true that even bottled water could contain E. coli. Proof
positive that your
bottled water may be tainted with E. Coli
comes from Niagra Bottling, who issued a voluntary recall June
20, 2015. E. coli bacteria is of particular concern to people who
have a compromised immune system.

The following waters were recalled for the E. Coli scare:

If you think that's scary, see the other
bottled water warnings.

#8: Look to essential oils.
There are several essential oils that can help you battle the
problem of E. coli. Here's a list of essential oils effective
against E. coli:



  • Thyme oil ~ Both thyme oil and clove oil have
    antimicrobial activity against E. coli, according to an
    abstract published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
    National Institutes of Health.

  • Sweet Orange Essential oil ~  An antimicrobial, the U.S.  
    National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    found antimicrobial activity of sweet orange essential oil
    against three micro-organisms (Staphylococcus aureus,
    Listeria monocytogens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa). As
    well, sweet orange essential oil can help with E. coli.


    An active ingredient of oregano essential oil is carvacrol a
    substance that inhibits the growth of bacteria and can help
    the immune system take action against viruses, fungi and
    parasites. Carvacrol is effective against E. coli as well as a
    variety of bacterial infections:
  • candida albicans (yeast infection)
  • salmonella
  • giardia
  • listeria

#9: Use a proper disinfectant, around the sick.
In addition to bleach or Stearamine, you can keep your home
clean with appropriate disinfectants, especially if one member
of your household is ill.

  • Clorox Germicidal wipes. EPA-registered to kill C, difficile
    spores in 3 minutes, Clorox germicidal wipes are 35% off.
    Germicidal cleaning wipes are a must have for the next
    pandemic. It's good to stock up on the stuff the hospital's
    use and this is the real deal.

  • Vital Oxide Heavy Duty Odor eliminator. Vital Oxide, also
    pictured right, kills harmful bacteria and is proven effective
    against H1N1 Influenza Virus, MRSA (superbug), E-Coli,
    Norovirus, and Legionella pneumophilia.

  • Protex One Step Disinfectant. One-step disinfectant.
    Protex One Step disinfectant spray, pictured right is a
    powerful one-step disinfectant effective against a broad
    spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA, HIV, Staph and
    many others. Useful in disinfecting ultrasound transducers,
    probes, mammography compressor plates and other hard
    nonporous, non-surgical surfaces. This powerful one-step
    disinfectant is an EPA approved, one-step spray that
    effectively kills a wide range of bacteria, viruses.

What is E. coli?
You may not want it in your body, but E. Coli lives in your gut
right now! No worries, though, because the E. Coli in your body
is there to help you digest food. The problem is when it gets
outside of your gut. That's when it causes sickness and disease.

E. Coli is diverse group of bacteria includes both harmless and
pathogenic strains.  The harmful and pathogenic E. Coli can
cause:
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody diarrhea - dysentary (infection of the intestines
    resulting in severe diarrhea with the presence of blood and
    mucus in the feces)
  • vomiting
  • kidney failure (the potentially fatal  kidney failure is called
    Heolytic-uremic Syndrome).
  • pneumonia
  • respiratory illness,
  • urinary tract infections (including a bladder infection)
  • and even death

Below WebMD.com shares some simple tips on how to prevent
food poisoning from E. Coli bacteria:
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