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A Fact to Cripple Your Enthusiasm for Burgers

A Fact to Cripple Your Enthusiasm for Burgers

Posted 16 October 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 14 Comments

Tags: vegetarian, health, E. coli, news, video, meat

Ever heard of someone being paralyzed by their food? I hadn't. Ok, I could imagine it happening if someone slipped on a banana peel ;) But seriously, I wouldn't have thought it possible.

But then I read about Stephanie Smith, a 22 year old dance instructor who suffered such severe seizures from eating a hamburger that doctors had to put her in a coma for 9 weeks. And when she woke up, she was paralyzed!

What could Stephanie have possibly eaten to cause that? An 'Angus Beef Patty' contaminated with E. coli - a bacteria found in faecal matter (or should I say poo particles). And how would faecal matter end up in food? Take your pick: rubbed onto the meat from dirty skin, from unclean tools, or from an intestine being knicked whilst carving up the corpse.

Granted, not all E. coli is harmful to humans, and Stephanie's reaction was severe, but all the same, EEK! And while E. coli contamination may be a gamble, one thing that is a sure bet is increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes. Hmm .. no thanks!

So anyway, if you've got some time to spare, the NY Times article about Stephanie and food safety is very interesting. As is this one by Jonathon Safran Foer (author of Everything is Illuminated) about his experience of becoming vegetarian. They're both long, but they're worth the read.

And if you've still got some time to burn after that, then you probably need to find yourself some friends (yes I know that includes me!). But also, you might like to check out the Larry King Live debate on the safety of eating meat in response to these articles.

Now that oughta keep you out of trouble for a while ;)

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_Matt _Matt 16 October 2009
1
interesting video. two people speaking for vegetarianism and veganism too, which is always great.

but wow, anthony bourdain really is a dick.
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Mean people wear fur Mean people wear fur 16 October 2009
2
Eww thats gross! Glad I don't eat em  innocent
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littlemisstofu littlemisstofu 17 October 2009
3
idea Mcdonald's should advertise a new McPoo burger.
Yummy...
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Kirrilly Kirrilly 18 October 2009
4
That burger looks like a pile of poo IMO
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Johanna. Johanna. 18 October 2009
5
that reminds me of something that happened in Sydney in a KFC. a girl went in there and ate their chicken, got salmonela or something like that and received brain damage from it because the people working there weren't doing proper food handling procedures :/
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.ellehcoR .ellehcoR 19 October 2009
6
How McShit
And it still makes me wonder why people even consider eating that crap.
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Cj Cj 19 October 2009
7
.ellehcoR
I agree, McShit.

how do people eat that
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ChloeMB ChloeMB 19 October 2009
8
oh ew ew ew!
its like that story where someone bit into their pie and it had someones thumb in it or something... supposedly it had gotten chopped off in the mincer?
another reason i am so glad i'm vegetarian.
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f3xstar f3xstar 2 November 2009
9
eewwww how can ppl eat at maccas anyway. they put pig fat i their ice cream and i reckon they put beef by-products in their burgers to get away with calling them 100% beef. yuck yuck yuck!
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annabellaar annabellaar 4 November 2009
10
yea and the one from KFC now is paraplegic or quadriplegic. i forget which one
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Stew822 Stew822 10 November 2009
11
Gross, gross, gross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i wonder if she sued them?
i would...EWWWWWWWWWWW banana
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Teweesa! Teweesa! 11 November 2009
12
That's revolting! I'll have to show this tp my best friend - he LOVES those things.
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Jen Jen 19 December 2009
13
It's poison... really I think it is. 0.0 most junk food is.
It can give you severe stomach pains etc. actually it can do a lot of nasty things. makes you wonder what's actually in them.
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Animallover12 Animallover12 15 September 2010
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Kirrilly
4 That burger looks like a pile of poo IMO

I totally agree!happy
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