Vegan Health ArticlesParatuberculosis and Crohn's Disease: Got Milk?
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From by Michael Greger, MD http://www.veganMD.org
Updated January 2001

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Microbial foodborne illness is the largest class of emerging infectious diseases. In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the latest figures on the incidence of US foodborne illness considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be the most complete estimate ever compiled. Seventy-six million Americans every year get food poisoning, more than double the previous estimate. In today's food safety lottery there's a 1 in 4 chance you'll get sick, a 1 in 840 chance you'll be hospitalized, and a 1 in 55,000 chance that an American will die from foodborne illness annually.[174]

The CDC estimates 97% of foodborne illness is caused by animal foods.[17] The latest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey, for example, found 9 out of 10 Thanksgiving turkeys contaminated with Campylobacter, the most common cause of bacterial food poisoning in the United States.[175] And 75% of the turkeys are contaminated with two or more foodborne diseases, most often Salmonella as well, which are becoming dangerously resistant to many of our best antibiotics.[55]

Although thousands die from food poisoning every year in the United States, most sufferers only experience acute self-limited episodes. Up to 15% of those that contract Salmonella, however, go on to get serious joint inflammation that can last for years. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people suffer from arthritis arising directly from foodborne infections each year in the United States.[101]

The most feared complication of food poisoning, however, is Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which infection with Campylobacter can lead to one being paralyzed for months on a ventilator. Up to 3800 cases of Guillain-Barré are triggered by infection with Campylobacter every year in the United States.[101]

Some scientists now fear, though, that an even more serious disease may be contaminating our food supply. Often touted as the Pulitzer Prize of alternative journalism, a Project Censored Award was given to what was considered one of the most censored stories of 1999 -- the connection between Crohn's Disease and paratuberculosis bacteria in milk.[20]

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