Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick
What sex is to interpersonal relationships, eating is to the human-environment relationship: a consummation of humans’ connection to the living biosphere. But while sticking one’s tongue into a new and exciting environment may be an act as old as the planet, it can also lead to some nasty surprises. In this lively look at foodborne illnesses, David Waltner-Toews discusses food-related problems caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites, including death by puffer fish, rollicking tales of tapeworms, neurological problems brought on by ciguatera poison, and that old standby, botulism. He also examines the chemicals and antibiotics that have entered the food supply and the havoc they can wreak. And to help readers stop problems before they start, he offers common-sense solutions to confronting the complicated issue of foodborne disease. His witty approach makes a deadly serious subject accessible to all readers, while never minimizing the risk.
Preface to the Second Edition 1 Preface to the First Edition 6 French Kissing on the First Date Food, Sex, and Salmonella: What's the Problem? 11 The Voice of the Unseen Guest: How People Get Sick 23 When She Stays for Breakfast Salmonella Reading in Turkey: Foodborne Infections, Focusing on Salmonella 41 Cows, Cats, and Pure Country Water: E. coli and Other Waterborne Bacterial Infections 54 The Young and the Retching: Foodborne Bacterial Intoxications (Except Botulism) 69 Grandma's Revenge: Botulism 79 It May Be Worms to You: (But It's My Bread and Butter) Parasites 88 Zombies from the Deep: Seafood Toxins 104 When She Moves in Are We Safe Yet?: Transforming Danger into Risk 119 One Person's Cure, Another Person's Coffin: Antibacterials, Pesticides, and Preservatives 140 Dancing Cat Meets Cadmium Carrot: Heavy Metals 163 Breadwiches, Peanut livers, and Cancer-Free Airline Snacks: Mycotoxins 172 There is a Crack in Everything: Radioactive Contaminants 179 Spicing up the Long-Term Commitment Risks, Rights, and Righteous Eating: Revisiting Risk 195 Montezuma Rules the World: Deal with It 216 Further Reading 238 Acknowledgments 241 Index 244