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Organisms (Definition)

1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living ...Read more


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Can putting silverware in the freezer can cause botulism?

Botulinum toxin: Is not denatured by heating cooking or microwaving. The baceria, corynbacteria botulinum may be killed, but not the toxin. And you cannot freeze kill the toxin either. ...Read more

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Can18 months baby eats honey,friend told me that honey may cause fatal botulism before 24 months,safe after 1 or 2 years?

Can18 months baby eats honey,friend told me that honey may cause fatal botulism before 24 months,safe after 1 or 2 years?

Safe after age 1: The prime issue is the ability of botulinum spores to germinate and elaborate toxin in the infant gut. As they get past a year of age the variation in diet and advancing maturity of the gut seem to cancel out this risk. ...Read more

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How does honey cause botulism?

How does honey cause botulism?

Intestinal growth: Spores of clostridium botulinum bacteria can be found in honey. When a child less than a year old ingests these spores they may not move them through the GI tract fast enough to prevent them from growing in the tract. When the bacteria begins to grow in the infant's intestinal tract it creates a toxin that leads to botulism. ...Read more

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Is there anything from the grocery store that might cause botulism nowadays?

Is there anything from the grocery store that might cause botulism nowadays?

Raw Honey: Honey can be contaminated with botulinus. Under 1 year old kids should avoid this completely. ...Read more

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I was concerned because I wasn't sure if an open store bought spghetti sauce can cause botulism ?

I was concerned because I wasn't sure if an open store bought spghetti sauce can cause botulism ?

No: Botulism is rare, but if concerned follow these rules for commercially or home-canned foods: throw out foods that are discolored, moldy, or smell bad. Do not use products that spurt liquid or foam when the container is opened. Do not use if the container is leaking, bulging or swollen, looks damaged or cracked or seems abnormal in appearance. ...Read more

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How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

See answer below: Botulinum neurotoxins essentially prevent the release of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) in the synaptic cleft, thus preventing the trigger of muscle contraction. The paralysis in the skeletal muscle lasts for about 3 months. It lasts up to 9-12 months if used in the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Strength eventually returns when new connections are created between the nerves and the muscles. ...Read more

Dr. Ricardo Maselli
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Botulinum Poisoning (Definition)

Infant botulism is a potentially life-threatening disease in which the bacteria Clostridium botulinum grows within the baby's gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more