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I was astounded that Edlow did not even mention the role of public heatlh, not medicine, in solving these "mysteries." Apart from some peripheral mention of "epidemiologists," he totally ignored the critical role played by public health professionals who are the ones who receive reports from individual physicians, suspect a pattern, collect the facts, conduct the interviews, investigate the cases and connect the dots...
Cooking at high enough temperatures kills bacteria, but some, like the botulism bacterium, produce poisons that remain in the food & aren't broken down by cooking even though the organism itself is killed. (Dr. Edlow may have mentioned this--I missed parts of the segment because I'm having my lock replaced!)
Sounds like an interesting set of stories.
Just one point .. there are good bacteria as well as bad.. any efforts to deal with them with such things as anti bacterial soap does not distinguish.
Isn't it also interesting now that we are suffering for a lack of our infectios brethern in our to clean society.rheumatoid artritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory disease, allergies etc now are rampant.Now we have helminthic therapy to resore our native friends.ThanksPaul
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