Can Eating Fast Food Kill You?

The answer to this question is most certainly yes, eating fast food can kill you or at least make you very sick.

My answer is based on my own personal experiences. I have had food poison from eating at fast food restaurants and from buying from vending machines a couple of times. However, my greatest experience was from almost losing my grandson, Jacob, after he and some friends ate Buffalo chicken wings and chicken sandwiches from a fast food restaurant after school in December of 2016.

My grandson is 20 and taking college pre-med classes. He began having issues with diarrhea a few days after he and some friends stopped off after school for lunch at a fast food restaurant. My grandson had eaten a chicken sandwich. Unfortunately the food was laced with a very serious type of bacteria called  Campylobacter.

Although Jacob’s mom is a nurse, do to modesty, he didn’t tell her he was having diarrhea problems until a week had gone by. By this time Jacob had begun having episodes of fever and chills while the diarrhea was getting worse and he was becoming severely dehydrated. Jacob lives at home with his mom, but both he and his mom attend college. Jacob’s mom is taking classes to become a nurse practitioner and works two jobs as well so they don’t see much of each other.

When Jacob finally told his mom he had diarrhea and felt sick, she took my grandson to their family doctor where they said Jacob had a bug with flu-like symptoms, but no virus. They gave him intravenous fluids for the dehydration and sent him home. After another week and Jacob was getting no better his mom took him back to the doctor and once again they said the same thing. Jacob’s mom knew there was something more serious going on and took him to the emergency room at the hospital where she works as an ICU nurse.

After many tests the conclusion was an intestinal problem in his colon, but Jake continued getting worse and began having numbness in one side. He was coded blue and the ICU team was rushed in because they thought he may be having a stroke. Nothing was found so more tests were ordered and an infectious disease doctor was called in to look at the case. She called for another test.

The latest tests showed the emergency room doctor’s original diagnosis was off somewhat and that Jacob had a type of food poison called Campylobacter and the infectious disease doctor immediately placed Jacob on strong antibiotics.

Campylobacter are a group of germs (bacteria) that are a common cause of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when food or water contaminated with germs (microbes), poisons (toxins) or chemicals is eaten or drunk. Microbes include bacteria, viruses and parasites. A parasite is a living thing that lives in, or on, another living organism. Typically, food poisoning causes gastroenteritis, an infection of the gut (intestines). This leads to diarrhoea and sometimes also to being sick (vomiting). (Source: Patient.Info)

But, after still more tests they found that the Campylobacter infection had caused an active issue with severe colitis in Jacob’s colon. He continued to have fevers and they found that when he was given acetaminophen, the drug compound used in Tylenol, his fever would go up. His meds were switched to ibuprofen and his fever began staying down. After about two more weeks in the hospital Jacob was well enough to go home with continued treatments at home.

DHEC investigated the case to trace the cause of the infection and see if anyone else had contracted it. It turned out other folks including Jake’s friends who ate at the same restaurant had also become infected. Jacob has now made a full recovery, is back in school, and he also aquired his first job as a certified first responder with a paramedic team.

 

Why Donald Trump uses Twitter

Responsible news media outlets should be unbiased in their reporting and just report the facts, good or bad. The news media’s opinion should never be voiced to influence the opinion of their audience.  Doing so destroys democracy and legitimacy which in turn has taken down countries and the people within them time and time again.

Donald Trump uses his Twitter account because it is a direct link to the public and his messages will be immediate and powerful, thus giving more transparency and legitimacy which is something other past and current presidents and politicians have promised, but never delivered on.

I have friends in other countries who I check with about certain reports I hear in US mainstream news about happenings abroad and the answer I receive is,”That’s not actually true.” or “That’s not the whole story.”

If you have ever wondered why Donald Trump does not trust the mainstream news media and prefers to use Twitter instead, watching the reactions of the reporters to the Trump win of the 2016 election in the following video should clearly prove why.

Obama’s failures as president of United States

Who is Barack ObamaWhile doing a recent Google search for an article, I ran into some interesting figures when I searched the term, “Obama’s accomplishments as President of United States”.

As you can see, obamas-accomplishments1there were around 3,010,000 results of others searching this term at the time. But when I changed the word accomplishments to failures, the obamas-failures1numbers increased dramatically to 29,800,000.

It appears that folks around the world are more concerned with Barack Obama’s failures than his accomplishments.

Let’s see why that may be from just one journalist’s account.

Genevieve Wood is the senior fellow in communications at the Heritage Foundation and the senior contributor for the Daily Signal.

Tuesday night, exactly 2,899 days after his 2008 election victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, President Obama returned to his adopted hometown to give his farewell speech to the nation.

The president who promised to fundamentally transform the country ticked off a list of what he deemed as his administration’s accomplishments. Interestingly, he neglected to explain why such accomplishments ultimately led to Democrats losing the White House, Congress, and elected offices up and down state ballots over the last eight years.

Here are several other facts he didn’t include:

When Obama entered office, our national debt was $10.6 trillion. Today? It’s $19.5 trillion and counting.

On his watch, there was an unparalleled expansion of the regulatory state. Since he took office in 2009, more than 200 new major regulations have increased the regulatory burden by $108 billion annually. And these burdens fall directly onto the shoulders of everyday Americans.

 Heritage Foundation economists predict that Obama’s regulations to counter climate change alone will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and increase what American households spend on electricity by 13 to 20 percent over the next 20 years.

And then there is the president’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act, which has proven to be anything but affordable. Contrary to what he originally promised, many Americans have not been able to keep their doctors.

So far, more than half of the 23 co-ops have failed, costing taxpayers $1.2 billion and forcing more than 740,000 people in 14 states, at last count, to scramble to find new health insurance.

Premiums did not go down, they went up. And by 2025, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that employment-based coverage will cost about 60 percent more than it does today because of Obamacare.

When it comes to fighting poverty, instead of building on successful measures, such as requiring able-bodied adults on welfare to work, prepare for work, or do a job search, the Obama administration gutted work requirements. And though unemployment has dropped in recent years, the food stamp program has grown dramatically. In 2008, fewer than 30 million Americans were receiving food stamps. By 2014, that number had risen to 46.5 million.

Then there was his tendency to act like an imperial president.

From granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants to mandating transgender bathroom policies on public schools, the Obama administration showed a complete disregard for Congress and the people’s elected representatives, using executive orders to get its way.

And, as Obama comes to the end of his two terms in office, is the world a better place? Is it safer?

Let’s take a look . . .

By any objective measure, trans-national terrorist threats are far greater today than when Obama took office in 2009. There have been more than 90 Islamist-related terror plots aimed at the United States since 9/11, and most of them have occurred on his watch.

The Iran nuclear deal can already be deemed a failure as Tehran is now more aggressive than ever. It is accelerating its ballistic missile program, has escalated its military intervention in Syria, and continues to stoke the sectarian divisions in Iraq.

Our relations with China are worse, and we’ve done nothing to stop its attempts to lay claim to the South China Sea in defiance of international norms. Obama clearly feels that getting the Chinese to sign the Paris agreement on climate change matters more than their island-building and tests of new ballistic missiles in that region.

The president promised to reset relations with Russia and signed the New START agreement. The result? Russia continues to modernize nuclear weapons. It seized Crimea and continues to conduct a proxy war in Ukraine and support genocide in Syria.

And closer to home, there is little evidence that Obama’s normalizing of relations with Cuba has done anything but strengthen the Castro regime. Violent beatings against pro-democracy activists have escalated, and the number of political dissidents being detained is on schedule to break previous records.

But perhaps one of the most concerning outcomes of Obama’s policies is that the state of our military has deteriorated – primarily as a result of inadequate funding, which led to a shrinking force that possesses aging equipment and modest levels of readiness for combat. The Heritage Index of U.S. Military Strength now grades the state of the military as marginal – not exactly a term that puts fear in the hearts of those who might seek to challenge us.

Despite the president’s attempt to suggest otherwise, America is not better off and the world is not a safer place after his eight years in office.

I doubt this was the “hope and change” most Americans were counting on. And Americans followed his “Yes, we can” mantra by electing a completely new direction for the country in November 2016.

This column first appeared in the Illinois Review.@genevievewood

geirlundestadIn yet another note of Obama’s Presidential failures, according to the BBC News, Geir Lundestad, the ex-Nobel Commitee’s secretary, regrets giving Obama the peace prize. “Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would,” the ex-secretary has said.

The Real Reason Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 Election

Hillary's Defeat in 2016The electoral college consists of 538 electors, and of those, a candidate needs 270 votes to become president. Although the Founding Fathers wanted the people to have a say, there was concern that a charismatic tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come into power. Alexander Hamilton briefly addressed these concerns in the Federalist Papers. The idea was that the electors would be a group of people who would ensure that a qualified person would become president. (Source: reference.com)

Hillary Clinton’s demise in the 2016 US Presidential election was of her own undoing. Her past has finally caught up with her. The following two videos were published on November 2, 2016 and November 7, 2016 the day before the election. The first is a hard hitting and sobering list of her past deeds most folks are not aware of. However, I am sure the electoral college of voters were quite aware and decided enough was enough. The second is of her husband and former President Bill Clinton’s past and ongoing deeds.

Donald Trump has been close friends with the Clintons for years and I feel he was quite aware of Hillary’s ruthlessness. Years ago when asked in an interview if he would consider running for President, Donald Trump stated that he would if he felt the need to. I also imagine long before the 2016 election he felt that need rise more than ever. His children are grown now so they can run his businesses while he runs the country.

The United States has not been a democracy for some time now. It is an oligarchy run by the super rich elite as revealed in a major university study. President Jimmy Carter made this observation as well.

HILLARY’S DEMISE

THE CLINTON CHRONICLES

When is enough enough; does North Korea pose a real threat to the United States? The following short video shows the supposed ballistic missile threat by North Korea.

In the past North Korea has always backed off, due to concessions and sanctions made by the United States and the United Nations, after making threats of war. The concessions made by Kim Jong-il due to these actions of the US and UN were solely for his own benefit and the benefit of his army, not for the benefit of his country’s people.

I feel, as do many others, that the actions and threats of North Korea are now being controlled by something other than Kim Jong-il’s own maniacal ego. Who or what is currently fueling his need for war?

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