Poultry and Paralysis

The Poultry and Penis Cancer study featured last week on Care2 found an association between poultry exposure and cancer mortality, but what about non-cancer mortality? The cancer-causing viruses in chickens and turkeys (and eggs) also cause a wide variety of other diseases. In my 3 min. video Poultry Exposure and Neurological Disease I profile a study that found a link between poultry exposure and death from thyroid disorders, schizophrenia, and autoimmune diseases such as myasthenia gravis.

There is one neurological condition definitively caused by an infectious agent in poultry, Guillain-Barré syndrome. Also known as acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, it’s a brutally rapid, life-threatening auto-immune attack on the nervous system triggered by a fecal pathogen found contaminating 70% of U.S. retail poultry. It’s like multiple sclerosis in fast-forward, where instead of taking years, you can end up paralyzed on a ventilator in a matter of days. Now that polio is largely a thing of the past, the most common cause of acute paralysis in the United States is, ultimately, chicken consumption. More details in my 2 min. video Poultry and Paralysis.

Given the risk of bringing fresh or frozen chicken into one’s home (or even handling it in the store) why does the U.S. poultry industry oppose safe-handling labels? Find out in today’s NutritionFacts.org video pick posted above.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Image credit: cyclonebill / Flickr

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MRSA Superbugs in U.S. Retail Meat
Bladder Infections from Eating Chicken

64 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R18 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R18 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R18 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R18 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R18 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Dale O.

Teresa W pontificates about those of us eating chicken:

"Dale, Janet and other cannibals! Please, stop flaunting your lack of compassion!"

Teresa W, do you even know what a cannibal is? I do not eat people. Cannibalism is highly illegal and I don't even know a true cannibal. I have seen some movies about fictional ones. I am sure that there are still a few out there in remote rain forest locales and if they do find me and put me in their cook pot, rest assured that since I eat organic fruit, legumes, veggies, grains and small amounts of non-factory farmed meat, they will most certainly find me very delicious. Will they have me as the main course or add kale chips as a side? If they add kale then that would make them omnivores. Which is what I am, not a cannibal. You are not on my menu.

Here is a basic primer on cannibalism for you, Teresa W:


cannibalism ~ Web definitions ~ the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibalism

I hate to tell you this Teresa W, but omnivores are just as compassionate as everyone else on the planet. Flaunt, flaunt my compassion. Is that flaunting enough?

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Lisa Ann Magerman
Lisa Ann M5 years ago

Ugh, TY for the Info.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

thanks for sharing

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

And I agree with Paula E.

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Evelyn Wadsworth
Evelyn W5 years ago

I agree with you Harlson D

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