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Am I becoming more vulnerable?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 01, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I am 54, male, 5'10", Paleo (90% - consume home made whole milk yogurt and occasional hard cheese) for over a year with excellent health results - lost over 40lbs, more energy, lots of libido and haven't been sick since, not even a common cold, which is remarkable, as I was quite prone to it.

Recently, at a community gathering, I consumed some infected food. A piece of grilled meat, which i now suspect was contaminated. I got the worst ever gut infection of my lifetime. Diarrhea, cramps etc. and it took me over 7 days to fully recover with the help of serious anti-biotics. Now I am taking pro-biotics and slowly coming back to life.

Every one who consumed that portion got sick. But none went through what happened to me. Most of them had a loose stomach for 2 days which healed by itself.

Is it just me, coincidentally?

Or have I become more vulnerable to unfriendly bacteria/fungus/virus due to my lifestyle?

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on June 02, 2011
at 02:43 AM

I checked with the host later, They had indeed used breadcrumbs as well in this preparation. But I never had Gluten tolerance problems before going Paleo.

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

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on June 02, 2011
at 02:41 AM

Travis, It was a piece of finger food, I consumed just a small portion, less than an oz. Paul, I have never had any major stomach issues, in fact I used to live on wheat and lentils and I am very tolerant to Gluten.

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on June 01, 2011
at 09:03 PM

+1 - I found out there were bread crumbs in my burger and it made me terribly ill. Any bit of gluten gives me a lot of GI issues.

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on June 01, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Second question to add to Travis's: Have you historically had stomach problems, even before paleo?

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on June 01, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Right, maybe the OP got the same food poisoning as everyone else and in addition something else on top of it.

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on June 01, 2011
at 07:18 PM

This could be true. At a school event, salmonella infected food was unknowingly served. My husband off the same plate as others who got very sick and he was fine.

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on June 01, 2011
at 05:18 PM

Being paleo, did you eat more of the meat than anyone else since a larger percentage of your meals are comprised of meat?

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on June 01, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Is it possible that the meat was marinated in something containing gluten - like soy sauce or teriyaki sauce?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 01, 2011
at 09:03 PM

+1 - I found out there were bread crumbs in my burger and it made me terribly ill. Any bit of gluten gives me a lot of GI issues.

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

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on June 02, 2011
at 02:43 AM

I checked with the host later, They had indeed used breadcrumbs as well in this preparation. But I never had Gluten tolerance problems before going Paleo.

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on June 01, 2011
at 02:23 PM

At stuff like this I tend to eat a lot of meat and not much else, so I suspect I would get a bigger dose that would not be diluted much by the other stuff in my digestive system at the time.

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on June 01, 2011
at 04:13 PM

I now have trouble eating any kind of restaurant food, about 7 times out of 10 I get diarrhea within an hour or two. I am not sure what ingredient it is, maybe bad oils, or maybe MSG or some other food additives. Chipotle is one of the worst, I know right after eating it that it's not going to be a fun trip through the ol' GI system.

This is not the same as food poisoning, but I wonder if you are getting some of the same effect. 7 days to recover from something you ate is a very long time, is it possible that you got the flu or something not related to food? All of my food poisoning episodes have generally lasted about 24 hours, basically the body goes into major eject mode and after a few hours there just isn't anything left. Maybe you picked up something serious like salmonella or E. Coli.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on June 01, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Right, maybe the OP got the same food poisoning as everyone else and in addition something else on top of it.

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on June 01, 2011
at 03:07 PM

Sounds like e-coli or salmonella. It can vary greatly in who it hits. I don't think you can treat one session as saying you're more vulnerable, there's a lot of variables. You definitely start paying a lot more attention to cross contamination after you get sick though. :)

3c49f67b3c8c0b580e89fdba0b95a8e8

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on June 01, 2011
at 07:18 PM

This could be true. At a school event, salmonella infected food was unknowingly served. My husband off the same plate as others who got very sick and he was fine.

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on June 01, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Good question, I was wondering the same thing and have noticed things hit me harder these days.

You would think that a gut thats in good condition (ok mines not but sounds like yours is) would be more able to handle a contamination when it hits.

Maybe it was a fluke and you just happened to have gotten a more contaminated piece?

More reason to bring a plate and stick to yours!!

hope you feel better soon!

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Interesting - I rarely get cold/flu sick anymore, and if I do it's very mild and short-lived. However, I've contracted every GI virus floating around work or home - I think I've had 3 this year. I know they were viruses because someone else at work/home had them before I did.

In my case, however, it could be that I've been exposed to way more stuff than I'm used to, as I just started living with 2 grade school-aged children.

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