Day marks the beginning of backyard BBQ, potluck, beach and picnic season.
With these activities, food safety takes on new complexities and, because
our immune systems arenít what they should be, food poisoning is a very
Now, before I get into the immune system and how to never get food
poisoning, letís go over a few tips outlined by Dr. Oz on food safety
with some special rules for the summer.
Wash hands thoroughly with warm soapy water for 20 seconds
before and after food preparation.
Allocate separate color-coded cutting boards for meat,
Wrap meats in protective coverings like butcher paper
or plastic wrap and place on a low shelf in the fridge to prevent
Practice LIFO: Last In, First Out. Pack your cooler
with what you're going to eat first on top.
Bury your cooler or lunch bag part-way in the sand
(at the beach) and shade it with an umbrella.
Use a meat thermometer with a sensor at the tip
so you get an accurate reading inside the meat.
Cook beef to 160 degrees; cook chicken to at
least 165 degrees until juices run clear.
In reality, if our immune systems were as
strong as they should be, we would never get food poisoning.
Unfortunately, our modern life exposes us to a constant
bombardment of toxins and stress and our food is sorely
lacking in the nutrients we need. So, our bodies just
arenít up to the challenge of fending off Staphylococcus,
E.Coli or Salmonella but we can help turn that situation
We all know that young children and the elderly are the most
at risk when it comes to bacterial infections but did you
ever think about why that is the case? A child is born
without immunities. Immunities must be acquired. So, keeping
your child super-clean, is actually doing more harm than
good. The sooner they are exposed to everyday germs, the
sooner their immune systems will be able to do the job they
were designed to do. The immune systems of the elderly are
simply overwhelmed (too many attacks and not enough
So, the best way to never get food poisoning is to help the
immune system get strong and stay strong. Like everything
else in our bodies, the immune system must be exercised in
order to be in peak condition. This process actually begins
before a child is even conceived. Parental health before,
during and after a child is born has a direct affect on the
health of the child. The healthier the parents are, the
healthier the child will be.
Proper nutrition (locally grown, organic, in-season foods
for your ancestral type and very little to no processed
food), low body fat (fat affects hormonal balance and stores
toxins), regular exercise (to strengthen the bones, maintain
muscle tone, boost metabolism and expel toxins), exposure to
midday sunlight (to produce endorphins, serotonin and
Vitamin D, which control 2000-3000 of the bodyís genes),
clean water (for proper hydration and detoxification), clean
air (pollution that can and canít be seen adds a
tremendous strain on our systems), no antibacterials or
antiseptics (they weaken our immune systems and create
superbugs), no drugs (prescription or OTC, which only treat
symptoms, prevent the immune system from doing its job and
add toxic stress to the body), and no obvious negatives
(smoking, too much alcohol, illegal drugs, etc.), will all
help to get and keep you healthy and happy for a very long
Because most humans want an easy way to do things, you can
also drink a juice called (M)mūn, to stimulate your
immune system. In our processed and antiseptic world, yeasts
have been all but eliminated from our food supply. It turns
out that these yeasts are keys that turn our immune system
engine on. So, while youíre doing all of the other things
you should be doing to get and stay healthy, drinking this
juice is a quick way to rev up your immune system.
Hereís wishing you never get food poisoning and, as
always, I hope you found this article thought-provoking and
Eat Right for Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo (), Dr. Perricone's Weight Loss Diet (click here)
Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Dr. Elson M. Haas, MD
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