nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

A Natural Food Implicated In Cases Of Typhoid

Another caution about natural foods.  Not everything that's a fresh fruit is good for you.

An article in the Miami Herald Health AP blog (Aug 12) describes the problem:
"A rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies, health officials reported Thursday.  Seven cases have been confirmed - three in California and four in Nevada. Two more California cases are being investigated. Five people were hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.  The CDC said five of the victims drank milkshakes or smoothies made with frozen mamey (ma-MAY') fruit pulp. Four of them used pulp sold by Goya Foods Inc. of Secaucus, N.J.  Mamey is a sweet, reddish tropical fruit grown mainly in Central and South America. It is also known as zapote or sapote. It is peeled and mashed to make pulp, the CDC said."
A very low incidence of disease, I'll grant you.  And probably due to contamination.  But, for those who think you can't go wrong by using only fresh natural fruits, it's a word of caution.

Wherever you buy produce, wash it.

Doc D

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