Doctor's Note

I explain about Guillain-Barré syndrome (Campylobacter-triggered paralysis) in Poultry and Paralysis, in case you missed it. Fecal contamination from poultry is thought to be why more fecal bacteria can be recovered from kitchen sinks than toilet seats. See Fecal Contamination of Sushi. For cross-contamination and undercooking risks associated with eggs, see my video Total RecallMigrating Fish Bones documents a parallel to the fatal arterial puncture case presented here. And hundreds of other videos are available on more than a thousand subjects.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts:  Bugs & Drugs in Pork: Yersinia and RactopamineWhich Pets Improve Children’s Health?Why Is Selling Salmonella-Tainted Chicken Legal?, and Probiotics and Diarrhea

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    I explain about Guillain-Barré syndrome (Campylobacter-triggered paralysis) in Poultry and Paralysis, in case you missed it. Fecal contamination from poultry is thought to be why more fecal bacteria can be recovered from kitchen sinks than toilet seats. See Fecal Contamination of Sushi. For cross-contamination and undercooking risks associated with eggs, see my video Total Recall. Migrating Fish Bones documents a parallel to the fatal arterial puncture case presented here. And hundreds of other videos are available on more than a thousand subjects.

    • HemoDynamic

      I think Neal Barnard at PCRM should “sue the bastards” and make them place the labels on the packages. I can only teach so much at an office visit and the legal avenue is probably the most appropriate and rewarding!

  • Mary

    Does freezing the meat or poultry before using it destroy any or (preferably) all of the viruses or bacteria?

    • deb

      NO

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also, please check out my associated blog post: http://nutritionfacts.org/blog/2012/05/17/poultry-and-penis-cancer/!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please also check out my associated blog post, Poultry and Penis Cancer!

  • Ann

    You’re amazing.

  • Styve625

    My father is in the hospital since a month with this sickness, is there anything you could recommend to fasten the myelin sheath recovery ? Thanks a lot

    • Dr. Jen

      Hi Styve625,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your father. GBS can be a very frightening disease. Certainly we know that a high- calorie, high –protein diet is important early in the disease (1,2). However, after that, it is unclear. There are no good studies I could find on diet in GBS. That being said, we know that demyelination in GBS is mediated by an inflammatory immune response (2). There is some evidence that anti-oxidants may help diminish this response (3). And, luckily, there are quite a lot of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables! Check out Dr. G’s talks on this.

      Antioxidants in Spices

      Antioxidants in Food

      Good luck with your father, I hope things go well for him.

      1) Roubenoff RA, Borel CO, Hanley DF. Hypermetabolism and hypercatabolism in Guillain-Barré syndrome. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1992 Sep-Oct;16(5):464-72.

      (2) Meena, A. K., Khadilkar, S. V., & Murthy, J. M. K. (2011). Treatment guidelines for Guillain–Barré Syndrome. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, 14(Suppl1), S73–S81. http://doi.org/10.4103/0972-2327.83087

      (3) Smith KJ, Kapoor R, Felts PA. Demyelination: the role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Brain Pathol. 1999 Jan;9(1):69-92. Review.

      • Styve625

        Hi Dr Jen, Thanks for the quick response. It would be great to know this info before cause I thinks he’s in the recovery phase. Do you have some tips on “Remyelination” ? I heard vitamin b12, d and lecithin could help. By the way, in between my post and your, my mom text me he’s moving tomorow to a readaptation center ! Thanks again