Lyme Disease From Meat?

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SickInCT
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
If a cow has Lyme disease and you eat the infected meat\blood why can't it be transmitted to humans from just eating the meat? It got me thinking after I got sick shortly after my Atkins diet. How come I am the first to think of this!?

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't see how since if it's cooked, it would kill the bacteria.

You know what? I got sick after becoming a vegetarian. I had to go back to eating meat.

Any radical change in diet can cause your body to react.

SickInCT
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hopingToFindCure said...
I don't see how since if it's cooked, it would kill the bacteria.


Well if your eating a lot of meat it would be possible for some of it not to be cooked thoroughly enough. I ate a lot of meat rare where the inside may not have been cooked long enough to kill all bacteria. All it would take is a few spirochete to survive.

Did you ever hear of the increased risk of colon cancer from eating red meat?

Post Edited (SickInCT) : 1/11/2009 8:00:20 AM (GMT-7)


Razzle
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have heard of the increased risk of colon cancer from eating red meat. Today's meat (if not organic grass-fed) is pro-inflammatory, that's why red meat is limited or avoided on the anti-inflammatory diet. It has to do with the ratio of essential fatty acids in the meat - grass fed meat has a healthier fatty acid profile.
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Dowa
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   Posted 1/11/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am from NH, a state with MANY deer hunters and I had this question years ago. A friend of mine that butchered the deer said that when it was infected with any bacteria, disease, etc you could actually see it in the meat and he would discard those deer that showed contamination. I had always wondered about this as most people in NH are raised on wild game and birds. I do not eat it but always was concerned about it as it is not inspected in any way before consumed.  D

SickInCT
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting information guys. I think one thing we can conclude is that eating rare meat is dangerous to say the least. We should all limit our red meat intake and make sure it is cooked "well done". I was on Atkins diet for about a year before I got sick eating quite a bit of rare meat.

Did I mention that I also live 15 minutes from Lyme CT where Lyme disease was established!?
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