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What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent outbreaks in Europe are due to a specific type of STEC called strain 0104:h4. In the USA E. coli o157:h7 is a more common strain.Each produces a toxin (shiga) which can disrupt colon cells causing bloody diarrhea or destroy kidney cells & lead to HUS. ...Read more

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Toxin (Definition)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small ...Read more


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My anxiety disorder began developing 5 months ago about the time i tested positive for shiga toxin (e-coli o157:h7), treated with flagyl. Connection?

My anxiety disorder began developing 5 months ago about the time i tested positive for shiga toxin (e-coli o157:h7), treated with flagyl. Connection?

Internist: Please be sure to have your blood tested and consider further work-up. Shiga is hard to clear and Flagyl has many side effects. Please discuss with your internist. ...Read more

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How many toxins are in cigarettes?

Lots: According to http://quitsmoking.About.Com/cs/nicotineinhaler/a/cigingredients.Htm, over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette. ...Read more

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What type of fruit collects most toxins?

What type of fruit collects most toxins?

Strawberries, peach: From livestrong.Com: perhaps the greatest risk of toxin exposure from fruit comes from pesticide use. The risk stems from the direct application, as well as indirect contamination through water. The fruits most likely to be contaminated include apples, strawberries and peaches according to the environmental working group. Buying organic may cut the toxin amount in these fruits.Proper washing helps. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the dialyzable toxins?

Toxin and dialysis: Toxins removed well by dialysis are below 500 daltons in size. If the toxin is tightly bound to plasma proteins it less easily cleared by the dialysis membrane. The pore size of a peritoneal cavity is larger than the pore size of a hemodialyzer membrane and larger sized toxins can be cleared better by the peritoneal membrane. Water soluble toxins are cleared better than fat soluble ones. ...Read more

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What can I do to rid my body of toxins/bad things?

Which ones?: Many of the toxins in your body are made by you from your cells doing what it is they do. Your liver and kidney play the major role in cleaning these from your body. Other toxins such as lead can be removed with medicines that chelate (bind) the metal and pull it out . There are many metals, hormones, antibiotics etc that your body accumulates are picked up from the environment. It is unc..>>. ...Read more

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Which toxins frequently build up in the human body?

Which toxins frequently build up in the human body?

What toxins?: Many people use the vague term "toxins" to scare u and drive u to buy their product. While there are toxic byproducts of metabloism, urea, carbon dioxide etc that your body needs to clear, it does this already (excellently) using you liver, lungs and kidneys. Most other "toxins" are imaginary. Eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids, exercise etc and dont waste your $ fighting fake toxins! ...Read more

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Are there any enviroonmental toxins that mutate genes?

Are there any enviroonmental toxins that mutate genes?

Yes: There are always toxins in the environment that can cause cells dna to become corrupted. The key is to maintain a strong immune system so that it can fight off the enviromental toxins so that the cancer cells will be destroyed and not grow and spread. ...Read more

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Can your genes determine how you will respond to toxins?

Yes: This is a work in progress. Some genes (present or absent) determine the efficiency or even presence of enzymes which can chew up toxins in your body. There are certainly many to be discovered that will help in this as well as determine the effectiveness of drugs. This whole area is termed pharmacogenetics. ...Read more