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Salmonella Poisoning

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 15, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Has anyone ever gotten salmonella poisoning or something similar on the paleo diet from eating good quality grass fed meat, or fresh seafood? How did you deal with it? Was it chronic or mild, and did you use anti-biotics, over the counter drugs, natural remedies, etc.?

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on November 24, 2010
at 11:30 PM

There is still the risk of parasites. I'm not too concerned about bacteria, but parasites do concern me.

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on November 10, 2010
at 11:35 PM

How do you tell if you have Salmonella?

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on November 10, 2010
at 05:07 AM

how are you treating it?

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on October 15, 2010
at 05:31 PM

You would know if you'd had it :)

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on October 15, 2010
at 03:08 PM

no, i do not think I have ever had it, and I eat undercooked meat, rare, medium-rare most of the time. I have been noticing an uncomfortable thickness in saliva in the mornings after eating undercooked meat for dinner, but this since to pass, and could be related to acidity or something of that nature.

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on October 15, 2010
at 03:00 PM

Did you get salmonella yourself? Just curious. I've never known anyone who actually got that. And I've eaten a fair lot of undercooked meat in my day, much of it long before paleo.

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37f1450fbce9bcbcf6736425936553d2

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on October 15, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Never. I eat my grassfed beef cooked to 140 degrees. I eat most of my eggs raw in a goat milk shake (goat milk also raw). Most of my eggs come from a nearby farm. I usually skip the whites due to the antinutrients though. Been doing this for 3+ years with no bad effects. Just good effects!

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on December 28, 2010
at 01:49 PM

Unfortunately on my wild bindge i contracted Salmonella, however i'm pretty sure it was from eating eolithic foods... Salmonella is tricky though, most people think it's from chicken mainly but it could be from a dirty counter to a piece of unwashed fruit.

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on December 23, 2010
at 03:01 AM

I eat most everything rare... I haven't gotten salmonella or parasites that I know of. I've gotten sick from food before, but never on paleo and it was mostly before I took a cooking class and knew how to prevent cross-contamination. If I did I would definitely use antibiotics or whatever the doctor prescribed me.

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on November 10, 2010
at 10:42 PM

"Undercooking" cuts of meat other than ground meat is normally safe, as long as the outside of the meat gets cooked at a high enough temperature to kill surface bacteria. Salmonella and e coli are gut bacteria, so they don't get into the animal's muscle tissue unless taken there by a knife (or a grinder in the case of ground beef). So don't go poking holes in your meat before marinating it, and you'll be fine.

And even ground beef will be very safe if you buy it from a small producer. The reason normal ground beef is responsible for so many outbreaks is because they run the meat from so many animals through common grinders that it only takes one infected cow to infect lots and lots of meat.

Eggs from a small producer should be relatively safe as well, but factory farmed eggs should be well cooked.

In the end, you are just playing the odds. For a healthy adult, I've heard these illnesses are not much more than a very, very unpleasant experience. But for the young, the sick, and the old, they can be fatal.

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on November 24, 2010
at 11:30 PM

There is still the risk of parasites. I'm not too concerned about bacteria, but parasites do concern me.

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on October 27, 2010
at 01:44 AM

I have it now and it sucks. Not paleo's fault but I should have been more careful.

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on November 10, 2010
at 05:07 AM

how are you treating it?

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