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E. coli fact sheet!

Dec 09, 2008 - 1 comments

E. coli and Pregnancy
  
This sheet talks about the risks that exposure to E. coli can have during pregnancy. With each pregnancy, all
women have a 3% to 5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This information should not take the place
of medical care and advice from your health care provider.
  
What is E. coli?

E.  coli  (Escherichia  coli)  is  a  bacteria that lives in your colon (gut) and vagina. There
are many different types of E. coli bacteria and most  are  harmless  to  humans,  but  some  can
cause severe illness. Some ways people can get infected with E. coli are:
•  Eating contaminated raw and unwashed fruits and vegetables
•  Drinking  unpasteurized  milk  and  fruit juices
•  Eating raw or undercooked meat
•  Drinking or swimming in infected water
•  Coming  into  contact  with  feces  from infected farm or petting zoo animals
  
What are the symptoms of E. coli infection?

Most people will have stomach cramps, slight  fever,  and  diarrhea,  but  many  people have  no  symptoms.  In  severe  cases,  there  can be  bloody  diarrhea, which  requires  immediate medical  care.  Rarely  people  with  E.  coli infection can develop a  form of kidney  failure called  hemolytic  uremic  syndrome.  This condition  is  a serious  health  concern  and  can lead to kidney damage and death.
  
How  is  E.  coli  infection  diagnosed  and treated?

If  you  have  symptoms  of  E.  coli infection,  a  doctor  will  test  a  sample  of  your bowel movement  (feces). Most  healthy  people recover in a couple of days without the need for antibiotics or over-the-counter medications that stop diarrhea.
  
Does  E.  coli  infection  cause  birth  defects  or pregnancy complications?

There are no reports of E. coli infection causing  birth  defects  in  humans. Because diarrhea causes  the body  to  lose a  lot of fluids, pregnant women with  an E.  coli  infection can easily  become  dehydrated.  In  rare  cases, they may start to bleed heavily. There may be a risk for  miscarriage  or  premature  delivery  with severe E. coli infection.  If you  think you have an  E.  coli  infection,  you  should  see  a  doctor right  away  so  that  you  can  be  diagnosed  and treated if necessary.
  
If I have an E. coli  infection, can I pass  it  to my unborn baby?

Some  types of E. coli  that are normally present  in  the  vagina  can  cause a  baby to become  infected  during  delivery.  It  is  not known  if  E.  coli  from  contaminated  food  or water  can  cross  the  placenta  or  infect  a  baby during delivery.  
  
How  can  I  prevent  getting  an  E.  coli infection?

•  Always wash your hands with soap and water  after  using  or  cleaning  the bathroom,  changing  diapers,  handling dirty  towels  or  linens,  and  touching farm animals.
•  Always wash your hands after handling raw  meat  and  clean  any  surface touching raw meat with a disinfectant or bleach and water solution.
•  Cook  meat  thoroughly,  especially ground  beef,  to  160°F,  or  until  the juices run clear (no pink).
•  Wash  all  vegetables  and  fruits  before eating.
•  Drink only milk and juice that has been pasteurized.
  
I  have  an E.  coli  infection. Can  I  breastfeed my baby?

Yes. The E. coli bacteria do not get into the  breast  milk,  so  it  is  okay  to  continue breastfeeding.  There  are  important  immune factors in breast milk that can help protect your baby  from  infections.  Having  diarrhea  and
other symptoms of E. coli  infection may cause a decrease in your milk supply, so drink plenty of  fluids. Make sure  that you wash your hands before  you  hold  or  breastfeed  your  baby.  If your  baby  gets  diarrhea  or  other symptoms  of
E.  coli  infection,  contact  your  pediatrician immediately.

This fact sheet is from www.OTISpregnancy.org.
  

FYI please read to the end, I can't pass the pictures, if you are interested give me your e-mail I'll forward it ASAP

Nov 11, 2008 - 2 comments

This is fairly long to read but very informative

Make sure you look at the end – very interesting – perhaps a way to tell where things are made….  

China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report. Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and not to eat.

1.What really is poisoned milk?

It is the milk powder mixed with 'MELAMINE'

What is Melamine use for? It is an industrial chemical
use in the production of melawares.

It is also used in home decoration. ' US resistant board'

Do you understand? Melamine is use in industrial production & it cannot be eaten.

2.Why is Melamine added in milk powder?

The most important nutrient in milk is protein. And Melamine has the same protein that contains 'NITROGEN'

Adding Melamine in milk reduces milk content and it is cheaper than milk so it lowers capitalization.
It can give the business man more profit!

Below is Melamine; doesn't it look like milk?
It doesn't have any smell, so cannot be detected.

3.When was it discovered$B!)(B

Year 2007, US cats and dogs died suddenly, they found that pet food from China contains Melamine.

Starting 2008, In China , an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones.

August 2008 China Sanlu Milk Powder tested with Melamine

Sept. 2008, New Zealand gov't ask China to check this problem
Sept. 21, 2008, lots of food products in Taiwan tested with Melamine

4.What happens when Melamine is digested?

Melamine remains inside the kidney. It forms into stones blocking the tubes.
Pain will be eminent and person cannot urinate. Kidney will then swell.


Although surgery can remove the stones, but it will cause irreversible kidney damage.  
It can lead to loss of kidney function and will require kidney dialysis or lead to death
because of uremia.

What is dialysis? In fact, it should be called 'blood washing'; it is filtering all of the body's blood into
the machine and then go back to the body.

The whole process takes 4 hours and it is necessary to dialysis once for every 3 days for the rest of your life.

Here is a dialysis center

Large dialysis center

A small hole is required in the arm to insert the sub-dialysis catheter.


Why is it more serious in babies$B!)(BBecause the kidney is very small and they drink a lot of milk powder.

Here is a baby undergoing dialysis.

China currenty has 13,000 infants hospitalized

It does not matter how much a human being took Melamine. The important point is
'It cannot be EATEN!'


5.What are the foods to be avoided?

Foods that contain dairy products should be avoided.


Remember: Foods with creamer or milk should be avoided.


6.Which companies are affected?

Hereunder are the companies affected with Melamine.

7.What do we do next?

Avoid the above foods for at least six months.

If you have snack bar, restaurant or coffee shops, stop selling dairy products for the meantime.

If you have infants at home, change to mother's milk or find other substitutes.

Finally, share this information with friends so they will understand the risk of milk poisoning.

The whole world is scared of China made 'black hearted goods'. Can you differentiate which one is made in the USA , Philippines , Taiwan or China ? Let me tell you how... the first 3 digits of the barcode is the country code wherein the product was made.

Sample all barcodes that start with 690.691.692 until 695 are all MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan


This is our human right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products 'made in china', so they don't show from which country it is made.

However, you may now refer to the barcode, remember if the first 3 digits is 690-695 then it is Made in China .

00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Lienchtenstein
628 ~ Saudi-Arabien
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
740 ~ 745 - Central America

All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines.

Please inform your family and friends for them to be aware.


Job Inetrview

Nov 08, 2008 - 0 comments

Today I'm a little tired because I wok up with alarm clock.
I had an job interview and I passed it very well, looking from my side :-) but I have mistakes in my translation from Macedonian to English instead to write advantages a wrote privileges, and instead to write trade I wrote market (I need more knowledge in English language, Americans and British people please help and correct your language used by me :-))
The recruiter surprised me and I can tell that he doesn't know his job, he was very stupid as I can tell, he ask me about my family, DH? were he is working, were do we leave, do we have children??, this are private questions don't you think? he was surprised about my working experience but didn't ask much about it??? not as much as I expected?!?!  Only God knows what will happen and I'll let you know soon.  
Tonight me and DH are going out to visit his aunt.
Have a nice day and good night all of you.