Infectious Connections reviewed by Large Print Reviews

September 23, 2011 18:26 by Bradi

Infectious Connections, in 2 Volumes
How Short-term Foodborne Infections Can Lead to Long-term Health Problems
By Beatrice Trum Hunter
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Basic Health Publications, Inc.)
Volume I - ISBN: 978-1-4596-0432-2
Volume II - ISBN: 978-1-4596-1278-5
Genre: Health

Please note: If ordering from Amazon.com, each volume needs to be ordered individually.

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - September 23, 2011

E.coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria, Rotaviruses, Hepatitis, Cyclospora, the list of food borne viruses, parasites, and other organisms goes on and on. Odds are that sometime during your life-time you will be infected with at least one food borne illness. Most likely you'll be 'hit' multiple times over your lifetime. If the infection is slight, you might never experience anything more than an upset stomach, if the infection is suffered, you may well die or be left with life long disability. In Infectious Connections, Beatrice Trum Hunter examines the supposition that even short term, mild, food borne illness can result in long term health problems.

Within the pages of this sometimes scary book, Hunter explains what food borne illnesses are, how they often manifest themselves and she sets forth the empirical evidence that shows that these illnesses can cause long term health problems. Hunter provides tips and suggestions on safe food handling, and how to safeguard your kitchen and food preparation techniques to minimize the risk of food borne illnesses. She also provides a detailed analysis of the most common types of food borne illness, with chapters covering:

  • Salmonella
  • E.coli
  • Campylobacter
  • Shigella
  • T.gondii
  • Listeria
  • Noroviruses
  • Rotaviruses
  • Vibrios cholerae (Cholera)
  • Yersinia enterocolitica
  • Hepatitis
  • Cyclospora
  • Cryptosporidia
  • T.spiralis (Trichinosis)
  • C.botulinum (Botulism)
  • Streptococcus (Strep infections)
  • Staphylococcus (Staph infections)
  • H.pylori (thought to cause some forms of stomach ulcers)

Each of these chapters provides an overview of the contaminant, and any related forms. Hunter explains how these various microbes grow, cause infections, how the various infections are diagnosed, and what the symptoms and likely outcome is for anyone unfortunate enough to contract one of them. Information on how infections by these various microbes or parasites may lead to long-term health problems - along with information on what those health problems might be. Also provided is an overview of the history of the various diseases caused by these microbes, steps you can take to prevent becoming infected, and information on how modern factory farming, climate change, and abuse of antibiotics, is contributing to the increased rate of infections around the world. Most important, Hunter reiterates that one of the simplest and most effective means of preventing illness and in halting its spread is often nothing more than thoroughly and often washing your hands!

Hunter's book was written with the non-specialist in mind, and as such is very readable even by someone with a limited scientific background. For those interested in investigating this subject in greater depth, at the end of the book you will find an extensive list of the sources that Hunter used in writing this book. This source list can be used as a guide for further study. From housewives to food service handlers to public health officials, Infectious Connections should be read by anyone concerned with food safety, the rise in food borne illnesses and the long term consequences of these infections.


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