Dr. Michael Craig, Vol. 5, #26 – July 4, 2017
Happy 4th of July! While you are enjoying your hot dogs and fireworks, there is a little known danger lurking in plain sight that already killed one president, and knocked yours truly for a loop as well!
What danger…? Fireworks? Guns? Car accidents?
No. I’m talking about food poisoning.
In case you haven’t noticed, the weather in the northern hemisphere in July is usually very hot. And hot weather spoils food faster than the final stretch of the Indianapolis 500!
This was also the case back in 1850 in Washington DC when President Zachary Taylor scarfed down a bowl or two of milk and cherries for a hot July 4th treat. He developed intestinal bacterial food poisoning (the doctors then called it “cholera morbus”) and died 5 days later at age 65, only 16 months into his presidency. Ouch.
I’m about the same age as Old “Rough and Ready” was when he died, and I too got food poisoning from eating cereal yesterday morning with some milk that tasted “funny.” Fortunately for me, I had some Lugol’s iodine, some cleansing herbs and routines, and lots of Advil to get me back on my feet in a day. Whew.
Refrigerate Those Suckers
Word to the wise: Keep perishable food in the fridge and always check the expiration date! The bad milk I drank was beyond that date by several weeks. That, plus hunger and momentary stupidity, knocked me off my feet for over 24 hours.
While antibiotics or a good cleanse can knock it out these days, the resulting agony from bacteria running wild in the meantime is scary. So why take a chance?
July 4th History and Trivia
The fourth has a long history and is worth checking out.
Talk next week,