E. coli scare was a worthy warning,
but don't be afraid to go out and live your life
By Megan C. Tschida
October 19, 2006 | A recent trip to an Italian restaurant
in Cache Valley surprisingly opened eyes to a scare
that has hit the U.S. When ordering an appetizer of
hot spinach dip off the menu the restaurant informed
us that most spinach has been wiped out of Cache Valley
restaurants due to an E. coli scare found recently.
Is nothing safe anymore, people now ask themselves?
If you thought that E. coli was something only
found in meat, think again. The first recognized E.
coli scare was found in hamburgers in 1982. But
according to the Division
of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, E. coli
(Escherichia coli) is a strain of bacteria; most stains
are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans
and animals. This strain produces a powerful toxin and
can cause severe illness. The most "common symptom of
E. coli is bloody diarrhea, and in some cases
there is no symptom at all. To prevent an infection
of E. coli, cook all ground meat, do not drink
unpasteurized milk, and wash hands carefully." If this
does not work than be very paranoid about everything
that you do.
Cache Valley residents should be concerned about what
spinach they are eating and try to avoid it all together.
An Idaho toddler who ate spinach died Oct. 20 at a Salt
Lake City hospital. The toddler had a kidney infection
and doctors have associated it with an E. coli
infection. With a documented 61 deaths from E. coli
reported in the United States each year we must ask
ourselves if anything is safe anymore. Now that E.
coli is connected with spinach and no longer just
uncooked meat, being a vegetarian is not even the safest
way to eat. There must be a scare among vegetarians
around the United States because spinach is a big part
of their diet.
Another thing connected with death is getting into
a car, the most dangerous thing a human being can do.
But count how many times you get into a car each day.
Even if it is riding with a friend you are still involving
yourself with being in a car and taking a risk. Eating
food, as shown above, is not safe anymore. With the
above statement; think of how many other foods you should
be cautious with, check the expiration date, and make
sure it comes from a popular food brand. Even just walking
down the street you must make sure you are not run over
by a car swerving out of control.
Washing your hands is a good way to prevent sickness
or disease, but sinks may not be accessible every second
of the day. They say money is a very dirty thing to
touch and contains the most germs. As humans we must
live cautious and be paranoid, being very careful of
every decision that is made throughout the day. Living
in fear is something that can overcome your life and
cause constant worry. Being paranoid is being obsessively
anxious about something. In fact paranoia is closely
connected with psychiatry and people have now associated
it with a disorder.
Nicolas Cage played a phobic man in the movie Matchstick
Men in 2003. This shows how obsessive people can
get with disease and death. Watching this movie it is
shocking how much Cage's character goes through to avoid
germs and the sort. It is hard not to call the character
crazy. So what then do people think of during the day
to not have to constantly be in fear of the unknown?
Simple, the only thing to fear is fear itself. Everything
on this earth is made for people to go out and enjoy.
Not just the local swimming pool or public grocery store,
but the mountains, parks, and every tree and flower
put on this earth. It is there for you. Of course the
E. coli scare is not to be ignored, but it should
just be extra information for future decisions. The
quote "Live as if there is no tomorrow" is something
we should all live by and realize that there may not
be a tomorrow.
Fall into your life, not looking ahead of time before
turning a corner, but enjoying the walk and remembering
that you are here to live a life that is meant to be
free and meant to be your own.