Food and Hygiene

E. coli bacteria attacks mostly women because they are more likely to eat vegetables, and raw cucumber, tomato and lettuce, which in this case an accused in Germany as a source of infection, says prof. Dr. Gordana Mlinarić Galinović  from Croatian.

The epidemic caused by Escherichia coli, which is extremely rapid spread north German concern, but according to Croatian epidemiologists and microbiologists, there is no place concerns, much less panic. Although, according to previous information, as a result of infection with the bacteria died four among approximately 400 patients (10 percent in hospital), no question about superbugs, "said prof. Dr. Gordon Mlinarić Galinović, Head of Department of Microbiology, the Croatian Institute for Public Health (CIPH). For such an epithet of the new features are needed in any bacteria, no description available.

It is a well-known bacterium in our laboratory diagnosed at least ten years in many laboratories, but does not appear as often as salmonella. The simple answer to the question of why and how bacterial epidemics appeared in  Germany, which, judging by the news, attack women. Prof. Mlinaric Galinović problem seen in a beautifully packaged vegetables that look like washed out, while women more frequently for their diet selection of green foods, including raw cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, which in this case the accused as the source of infection. These foods are grown in soil treated with organic manure, feces of ruminants. No, not a problem in vegetables even in the bacterium, but in poor hygiene, unwashed fruit, hands and surfaces on which it stood. In Croatia, there was no case of infection of hemorrhagic type of E. coli, and experts argue that this is unlikely given the control measures on importation, cultivation and distribution of food .

Rising consumption of raw foods (especially fruits and vegetables), no matter how nutritionally sound, it can be dangerous if they are not properly washed. Even if the package says that it is washed, such vegetables should soak for a while in tap water (the chlorine), washed, and one that is peeling, because the pathogen can be transmitted from the surface to the interior of the fruit, says Dr Krunoslav Capak, Head of Service for Environmental Health and HZJZ. Dr. Capak still believes it is unlikely that an epidemic like this can happen in Germany and Croatia. Although in recent years the number of controls in our small (which is probably due to the recession of savings), there were very rarely positive, and such goods are not given permission to import. Besides, he adds, none of the 'suspect' food is not imported from the north of Germany, so there is no danger that the occurrence of such an epidemic here.

But you can never be enough because it is a very dangerous bacteria which in particular children and older people can cause so-called. uremic syndrome from which they can die. However, according to Dr. Capak, should have confidence in our producers, the system control of food and epidemiological service that is better organized in Croatia than in Germany (where it is still looking for the source of infection) and should have taken measures to combat infection.
"Croatia is currently very quiet in terms of the epidemiology of infectious diseases, including the gut, and hemorrhagic diarrhea, of which the word now, we have," says the prof. Dr. Ira Gjenero-Margan, head of the epidemiology department. Currently there is no report of E. coli that produces dangerous toxins. Moreover, in its long practice Gjenero-Margan recalls only one case resulting in death, and never called. Grouped what now existed in Germany. He notes that the Department continually refers to the underlying population measure, hand washing and hygienic food preparation, while the inspection service relevant to food would not be infected with pathogens found in the market.

Even if the package says that it is washed, such vegetables should soak for a while in tap water (the chlorine), washed, and one that is peeling, because the pathogen can be transmitted from the surface to the interior of the fruit, said Dr Krunoslav Capak.

 Recalls that the control of food produced from the beginning to the end of cultivation, importation and sale in Croatia is regulated by law. In the microbiological laboratory HZJZ a daily basis to analyze stool samples and the E. Coli, which is almost 200 serotypes. Most commonly recognized causes of diarrhea, and diagnosed to those that cause bloody diarrhea, with toxins dangerous to life because of this there is no standardized reagents, as noted Dr. Cheryl Kružičević, director laboratory in which last year was diagnosed with a dozen cases of E. coli from about 1340 samples. Dr. Kružičević says that the bacterium spreads easily, but it is easy to suppress and washing your hands, and would like to investigate how much everyone really respect this simple hygiene measures. In this sense, he concludes, in contrast to the diagnosis, we did not progress.

Otherwise, Escherichia coli is widespread in nature. Belongs to a group of bacteria that are normal inhabitants of intestines of many animals and humans, where it helps in digestion of food. He regularly or very often in human stool, and the sanitary inspection of drinking water and food indicator of fecal contamination. Are grown in laboratory conditions, and most serotypes, is an optimum temperature for multiplication of about 37 degrees Celsius. Belongs to a fairly resistant bacteria: can live for months in water and soil and long on various subjects. The different types of foods and ingredients are easily and quickly multiplies, but the heat of 60 degrees Celsius kills them after 15 minutes.
Most types of E. coli are harmless to humans, but some can cause various diseases in the human body, most commonly urinary and genital organs.


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The fungus Candida - scourge of the modern age

Bacteria Candida, urine analysis, infection, sweet food

There are many types of yeast leavened fungi that live in our digestive tract and the vagina in women, which in certain circumstances (such as the bacterial imbalance after treatments with antibiotics) can be transformed into an aggressive form and lead to many health problems. Modern lifestyles, fast foods, excessive intake of sugar and white flour products, stress, routine prescribing of antibiotics, birth control pills, etc. can lead to infection with pathogenic forms of fungi that cause many chronic disorders in the body. Usually lead to infection of the fungus Candida albicans, which attacks the skin, nails, and oral, vaginal, urinary and anal mucosa. Can attack the bronchi, lungs and intestines.

Normally benign bacteria in our intestines, the immune system and the right pH value kept under control leaven yeast. But if the intestinal flora is disrupted fungus is converted into a pathogenic form. The presence of Candida can be diagnosed by means of tests, stool, saliva, blood or urine. Depending on the laboratory analysis can be carried out chairs on the fungus, the analysis of saliva or blood for antibodies (IgG and IgA), Candida, or urine analysis, which shows the presence of fungus (yeast / fungal dysbiosis markers).

The most common symptoms of yeast infection yeast are: a strong desire for sweet foods, bread, pasta, etc., bad breath, white plaque on the tongue, gas and bloating in the stomach during and after meals, feeling of surfeit, infection and inflammation, road colds, allergies, or hypersensitivity, dry mucous membranes, dry skin and eczema, problems concentrating, chronic fatigue, frequent headaches, impaired blood sugar, psychological instability and mood swings, PMS, cold hands and feet, hemorrhoids, diarrhea or constipation, vaginal infection / pain, itching, discharge from the vagina.

Candida can lead to various biochemical disorders in the body. For example, can produce one type of estrogen, which causes false signals to the body as it has enough estrogen. This will disturb the natural production of hormones which can lead to disorders menstrual cycle. If blood sugar levels are high, yeast can produce ethanol, that alcohol. This leads to the fact that you can feel a little drunk even though you're not drinking anything. Another byproduct Acetaldehyde is a substance similar to formaldehyde, which sees the bad breath.

Candida can cause another whole series of disturbances in the body, such as interference with the production of collagen, the oxidation of fatty acids and blocking normal nerve function. So candida is a very serious disease. Because of the diversity of weights and types of symptoms, it is difficult to estimate how many people have Candida infection, but statistics show that every third person (!) In Western countries has or has had a parasitic form of Candida.

The most common causes of candida infections are excessive intake of foods rich in sugar and starch, treatments with antibiotics, use of birth control pills, cortisone therapy, hormonal changes. All these factors can damage the delicate balance between good and bad microorganisms in the intestinal flora which can easily lead to infection. This imbalance negatively affect the protective function of the intestinal flora and thus weakens the body's natural resistance to disease.

  AntiCandida program

You can get rid of candida infections in a way that radically change the way food and keep a strict diet one to two months. Fungi feed on carbohydrates, glucose and fructose are types of sugar, of which fungi usually live, so it is most important to limit carbohydrate intake.

  Cut out eating:

~  All foods that contain sugar and all kinds of sugar, sweets, biscuits, cakes, chocolate
~  honey, jam, juices
~  all foods containing flour and starch, bread, pasta, biscuits, cereal boxes
~  All grains and legumes (beans)
~  milk and all dairy products (except the domestic kefir)
~  All kinds of fruits, dried fruits, berries
~  root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, etc)
~  Nuts and seeds
~  all alcoholic drinks, vinegar
~  yeast, fungi
~  purchasing ketchup
~  sausage and canned products
~  coffee, black tea

Design meals in a way that one and the same dish usually eaten every fourth day.

   You can eat:

~  All kinds of vegetables that contain fewer carbohydrates ie vegetables that grow above ground
~  avocados, citrus
~  onion, garlic, herbs
~  fish and seafood,
~  meat and offal,
~  eggs
~  soup bone, meat, chicken, fish
~  olive and coconut oil
~  butter and lard
~  water, herbal teas
~  vegetable soups, vegetable juices
~  mixed vegetables - smoothie
~  of sweetener: Stevia

It is especially important to eat lots of garlic, preferably with each meal. Domestic kefir preferably from domestic milk (cow or goat) Take several times a day, one cup. Coconut oil is an excellent anti-fungal as well as for strengthening the immune system, take it 2-4 tablespoons a day.

  Dietary supplements and herbal preparations:

~  Start with taking antifugal preparations and means for strengthening the intestinal mucosa as wormwood, gentian, marigold, or grape seed extract.
~  Take fiber supplement for bowel cleansing in 2 tablespoons freshly grind flax seeds or 1 tablespoon of psyllium burst with at least 3 ml of water.
~  After a week you start taking vitamins and minerals: biotin, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and E, with the best vitamin B complex.
~  When they loosened the worst symptoms begin taking probiotics helped to create a healthy intestinal flora (in the form of tablets, powder, homemade sauerkraut, kefir).
~  Occasionally take remedies to strengthen immunity as Echinacea, and timjan uno de gato and chew caraway seed.

Another herbal remedy for Candida is Tea Pau D'Arco. To decide which remedies will use the best that you consult with fitoterapeut, doctor or pharmacist.

Many experts recommend a diet that excludes antiCandida sugar and white flour but contains grains. Unfortunately this diet is not effective because all the grains consist of starch, consisting of pure glucose, so there is no difference between white flour and whole wheat flour as for the giving of food yeast. All of them should be removed. After the child performed the tests go back a bit in certain foods diet: root vegetables, fruits, nuts products, dairy products, beans, and "healthy" cereals. Sugar and white flour from your diet forever to eject if you want to preserve good health.

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Truth and lies about milk

Raw milk vs. industrial processing milk

Milk and dairy products are another group of foods which are very much a story, and about which opinions are divided. On the one hand, assured us that milk is good and very healthy food, on the other hand, it is advisable to avoid it or even reject completely from the diet. About what this is, why such a rule completely opposite views, who believe and finally, whether or not to drink milk?

Raw milk, as I mean to local fresh milk that has not been processed industrially, it is natural and healthy food of man, and all dairy products made from raw milk. Raw milk is an excellent source of nutrients, but also a very important beneficial bacteria such as laktobacteria, for which we now know to play a crucial role in enhancing immunity and protecting the body from various illnesses. Raw milk is also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and contains much valuable proteins and fats, which are building materials for our bodies. Raw milk and products of it are actually perfectly natural and much valuable food for man.

What's the problem? I believe you guessed it. The problem is in the industrial processing of milk. As is the case with many other foods, industrial processing of milk destroys this extraordinary food, and gives it a completely different properties. Milk we buy in stores is pasteurized and homogenized. Pasteurization (sterilization) is the process by which the milk is heated to high temperatures to destroy bacteria in milk. This at first glance may sound just fine, knowing that the pathogenic bacterium causes of various diseases. However, pasteurization completely changes the structure of milk, and milk instead of becoming a safe and beneficial to use, it actually becomes something else entirely. Except that heating to high temperatures kills pathogenic bacteria, it kills the beneficial laktobacteria as well as many other nutritional components. High temperature completely changes the structure of the dairy-sensitive proteins that denature and become very hard to digest and harmful for health.

Pasteurization completely destroys enzymes in milk that are needed for the breakdown and digestion of milk. Pasteurization reduces the vitamin content, denature milk proteins, destroys vitamin B12 and B6, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, prevents the absorption of calcium from milk, kills beneficial bacteria and promotes pathogens! Can it get any worse? If you leave raw milk at room temperature, the milk will not spoil but you get sour milk - a very healthy food. This is because the beneficial bacteria in raw milk keep bad bacteria under control. However, pasteurized milk has beneficial bacteria that keeps it from rotting.

Milk proteins are denatured due to its structure is very difficult to digest, except that in pasteurized milk and destroyed all the enzymes useful laktobacteria that help the breakdown and digestion of components of milk. Because of these problems is the industry treated milk is one of the most common allergens and is associated with a full range of symptoms and illnesses such as digestive disorders, allergies, colic in infants, tooth decay, osteoporosis, arthritis, problems with growth in children, recurrent ear infections in children , heart disease and cancer. On the other hand, raw milk has no connection with these problems, but just the opposite and people who have for years been allergic to milk, usually can not tolerate raw milk. Raw milk is one of the healthiest and most complete foods that can be consumed and so different from the industrially processed milk that these two ingredients would not be called a common name.

With pasteurization began 20-years of last century at a time when tuberculosis was a road, as well as other infectious diseases caused by bad health of animals and poor hygiene conditions and production methods. But times have changed and today is used in stainless steel tanks, milking machines and refrigeration systems, and implement strict sanitary inspections thus pasteurization becomes completely unnecessary. The only one who benefits from the industry pasteurization pasteurized milk because it extends shelf life.

Another process where the milk output is homogenization, fat molecules break up under pressure, to prevent the formation of cream on milk. And this is a very unnatural process because the fat that gets no more its natural structure. In addition to the milk removed (shrinkage) fat milk by buying more than 3% fat. Here's a comparison: the milk that I buy directly from farmers, from the Jersey breed of cow, contains more than 6% fat. The worst is that they deceived consumers that whole milk is harmful and nonfat skim milk is fine and healthy. Only thanks to the campaign against the natural fat and aggressive propaganda of light products, the industry managed to rid the industrial surplus that remains after shrinkage cream provided for the production of other dairy products, as well as to market the products of poor quality grease.

Milk fat contains vitamins A and D needed for assimilation of calcium and protein, and calcium without these vitamins and proteins are becoming harder exploitable and potentially dangerous. Milk fat is also rich in short and medium length chain fatty acids that provide protection against disease and stimulate the immune system is. Furthermore, milk fat contains high CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which has potent anticancer activity. All of these important nutrients disappearing industrial processing of milk.

Today, the stores can get not homogenized milk, however, each buying milk is pasteurized, even that which is called "fresh milk". The difference between "fresh" and "permanent" milk in the temperature and time in which the milk is coming out in the process of pasteurization. Fresh milk is heated to approximately 60-70 degrees, preferably in a length of 30 minutes, while long-life milk heated to temperatures over 100 degrees (UHT process) which he still more extended duration.

There are further problems and the antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones, and the fact that almost all commercial cattle feed grains instead of grass-fed, which is their natural food. All this changes the composition of fat in milk, especially CLA. The rights of a natural food for cows that give milk is green grass in spring, summer and fall, and hay in winter. No soy flour, cereals and various industrial wastes can not be a good feed. Vital substances such as vitamins A and D, and "Activator X" (by Dr. Weston A. Price found in all natural full-fat foods and who is today considered to be a vitamin K2) needed for optimal assimilation of minerals and are largely present in the milk of cows that graze on grass, especially rapidly growing grass in spring and fall. However, vitamins A and D are drastically reduced and activator X disappears completely feed the cows commercial grains and soybeans.

Not so long ago, before "modern" industrial methods, for generations the people used to children growing up in the domestic fresh whole milk, natural yellow butter, fresh homemade cheese and cream. If you are able to procure local raw milk, it is the best thing you can do for the health of their families. It is not difficult to make domestic yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese ... need a little time and energy, but it is negligible compared to the value you get, because the value of good health can not be measured in any way.

Demand creates supply, and what we're seeking a more natural fresh milk and meat of animals that live freely and graze on green pastures, it will be faster Manufacturers have to adjust to consumer demands. The future is in our hands because we are the ones who'll decide where to invest their money and what products we buy and the market is depending on customers. Help small local producers, who are engaged in the production of livestock, poultry, vegetables and fruits in a little so that you'll buy their products. Boycott the worst impoverished processed foods in which no nutrients and which contains many harmful additives. Industrial ruined food contributes to various disease conditions as natural and healthy food keeps good health and improve quality of life.

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