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gachrons
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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
skull  Hope none of you in the States are eating those tomatoes I seen on TV that over 200 hundred down there have gotten sick .lol gail

Crohn's 4 ever
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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Also hoped that some states had tornado's and flooding, hope you all made it, and damage free!

LBJ
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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't touched a tomato since it all started!!! LOL
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
Still trying to figure out if I truely have it.
(This is such a confusing disease)
 
Meds I have tried:  Just about everything 
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 35mg tapering
No Surgeries
 


gumby44
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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Trust me, Salmonella and Crohn's is not a good combo...It took me months and months to recover....local tomatoes are the way to go, or for me, I'm playing it safe and not having any!!!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics


petittarte
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   Posted 6/16/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm in NY. I guess I'm lucky because I eat tomatoes almost every day (including today) and haven't had any problems. But when you think about it 200 people out of the hundreds of thousands eating tomatoes isn't really a lot.
Jodi

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Jen77
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   Posted 6/16/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh, I had totally ate some the day the news broke a few weeks ago. We were gone on vacation. That was a long 72 hours of seeing if I was going to get sick! I was so upset, because things like that will completely land me in the ER!

But no, haven't touched them since. Funny we went out to dinner last night, and the manager (he took our order, since they were busy) gave me crap about not wanting to eat the tomatoes. Told me HIS tomatoes were FDA approved safe! Ok, that's nice, still don't want to chance it. Gee, what if I just didn't like tomatoes? LOL I miss them so though, didn't realize how many things I eat them with.

My husband said the same thing, 200 people sure isn't many considering all the people eating them. But still, not gonna chance it. Not worth a trip to the ER. Seems like it's always something lately too getting recalled. Makes you really wonder how safe our food really is.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 25 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


Matthew
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   Posted 6/16/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   

 

 

     For me, the rsult would be the same, wether or not any Salmonella bacilli were present. Very ill with salmonella like symptoms. Tomatoe's are a skull & cross bone symbol in MY food diary.. redface

 

 

     Matthew


broomhilda
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   Posted 6/16/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Local & organic for me on the tomatoes!

Matthew...please pray for my youngest son tonight....he's trying to pass a .5cm kidney stone!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Ultracet Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, peri-menopausal.


potatoqwn
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   Posted 6/16/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I grow my own every year and have tomatoes from May until December here in Southern California. If it weren't for them I would not touch a tomato. Pretty scary.

Nanners
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Tomatoes are no longer allowed on my diet, too acidic for me. But if I did eat tomato's I would definetly hold off until the all clear is sounded.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


gachrons
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I gave them up too because of the seeds .

Broom hope your Son gets that stone out without too much discomfort. lol gail

FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/17/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Please remember that the tomato scare is from a major distributer. You can still eat tomatos from local growers without concern. Also, many of your local resturants grow locally. It is so sad that people are not educating themselves about this scare and putting local farmers out of business for no reason. We have a local organic resturant and they stopped selling tomatos w/ their meals not because theirs weren't safe but because they were going to waste because no one would eat them. And like others here said, in the big scheme of things 200 is not that many people. So buy local and eat plenty!

PS: Can someone explain how tomatos end up w/ salmonella? I thought that was an animal only issue found in eggs and raw chicken. I though veggies could only transmit e-coli?

Jen77
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   Posted 6/17/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm educated on all of that Fitzy, and as sad as I feel for those local growers ect..., it's still not worth the risk for me. Considering they are just NOW linking them to Tomatoes from possibly Florida and Mexico, and this has been going on since April! Unfortunately I have no way of knowing for sure what is safe and where it really came from. Someone's word just isn't good enough, with the risk of becoming that ill and (for me anyway) needing to be hospitalized. I believe I've been there done that with the ecoli and lettuce more then a few times, just couldn't get the hospital to do the testing to see what made me so ill. Seems like every time I turn around something else is being recalled for Ecoli or something else that causes a bad illness. I'll have to cook everything to death in order to eat veggies at this rate. I think they should start protecting us a little better then this, otherwise I can't blame people for not wanting to risk getting sick.

As for how it ended up with salmonella? Probably the same way the spinach came in contact with Ecoli a while back. Comes in contact with contaminated water, or animals are kept near by to where they can contaminate it.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 20 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/17/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jen - so sorry if you took offense. I wasn't attacking you. I guess I was more upset with the mass hysteria among the healthy (not immuno-compromised) folks. I understand taking precautions. BTW when I had a bad flare once further testing showed some e-coli in my system. Because I worked in a jail it caused some hysteria and anyone with flu like symptoms had to be tested. I never did find out where I got it from, but another immuno-compromised colleague had e-coli as well.

Matthew
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   Posted 6/17/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Broomhilda:

.5 Cm? Yikes! A huge <<<PRAYER>>>> for a swift passage. and all the Dilaudid they can use. 4.5 felt like DYING to me..

Matthew

not creative
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   Posted 6/17/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been avoiding them extra, but I don't really eat them anyways (except from my local co-op as they are generally pretty icky tasting.) For some reason, it seems tomatoes are hard to grow well- because a lot of times I pull them off food due to being dull red and spongy. YUCK!

I think (and this is merely a slightly educated guess here) that salmonella can get onto plants from fertilizer from infected cows. Fast Food Nation has a chapter about slaughterhouses and how easy it can be to transfer deadly bacteria onto meat and from cow to cow. If the cows are infected, it would be present in their waste and then possibly used for fertilizer on plants which can then become infected. Also water supplies can become tainted. I could be wrong, but it wouldn't supprise me that it was Big Meat's shoddy standards in an effort to make more money that was once again screwing us over. I buy organic/free range meat only.

WOW, sorry, that was a tangent!!
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)


Jen77
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   Posted 6/17/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
FitzyK23 said...
Hey Jen - so sorry if you took offense. I wasn't attacking you. I guess I was more upset with the mass hysteria among the healthy (not immuno-compromised) folks. I understand taking precautions. BTW when I had a bad flare once further testing showed some e-coli in my system. Because I worked in a jail it caused some hysteria and anyone with flu like symptoms had to be tested. I never did find out where I got it from, but another immuno-compromised colleague had e-coli as well.
No offense taken! :-) I can just understand why people are leary of buying them at all, when they say certain ones are safe, but don't have a lot of answers as to where it's coming from to begin with. Even now they *think* it's Florida and Mexico. Scary, given what it can do to you!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 20 mg, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


songstress
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   Posted 6/17/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I had some the other day like an idiot...now I hear Taco Bell has pulled them from the menu! whoa!!!! think I will skip them from now on...hehe

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005--spread to ileum and small intestine as of April 2008. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently on Remicade every 8wks, 40mg Pred, Pentasa.

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