Food Poisoning: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

With the right measures taken, this very common illness can also be very preventable.

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With Father’s Day fast approaching and family meals being planned, food poisoning may be the last thing you want to think about. Following the food safety tips below will ensure everyone remembers your meal for the right reasons.

Food poisoning is a miserable experience that strikes millions each year, and many of us know it all too well. Caused by eating contaminated food or drinks tainted with harmful toxins, bacteria, viruses, or parasites, it’s mindlessly easy to get, but also largely preventable with the right precautions in place.

Read on to learn about what causes food poisoning, how to prevent it, and ways to treat it.

 

What makes us sick?

The culprits behind food poisoning are varied. Common bacterial offenders include salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter. These can cause nasty cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Antibiotics may be prescribed for severe bacterial infections, but often rest and fluids are the best course of action.

Parasites like Giardia can also wreak havoc, causing similar symptoms along with bloating and gas. Anti-parasitic medication is typically needed to eradicate these unwelcome guests.

 

| According to the CDC: Each year 48 million people get sick from food poisoning, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 cases are fatal |

 

Prevention is Key

Follow these food safety tips and prevent getting sick in the first place!

  • Safe Handling: Practice proper hygiene in the kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly before handling food, and clean surfaces regularly.
  • Cook it Right: Ensure meats reach proper internal temperatures to kill bacteria. Use a food thermometer for accurate readings.
  • Chilling Out: Refrigerate leftovers promptly and avoid reheating food multiple times.
  • Beware BBQ’s and Buffets: Be cautious at buffets, potlucks and BBQ’s, especially during hot weather, as food can spoil more quickly.
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Treatments for Food Poisoning

Treatment for food poisoning depends on the cause and severity of the symptoms:

  • Bacterial Infections: Mild bacterial food poisoning often resolves without specific treatment. For severe cases, antibiotics like ciprofloxacin or azithromycin may be prescribed.
  • Viral Infections: There is no specific treatment for viral food poisoning; supportive care, such as hydration and rest, is essential.
  • Parasitic Infections: Antiparasitic medications, such as metronidazole or nitazoxanide, are used to treat parasitic infections.

In all cases, maintaining hydration is crucial, as food poisoning often causes significant fluid loss through vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Increased Risk in the Summer and During Travel

The risk of food poisoning is always present, but the warmer weather, or traveling to new destinations can increase the odds of encountering the dreaded belly rumble.

 ✈️ Food poisoning is more likely when traveling because your body is not used to the local bacteria in the food and water, potentially exposing you to pathogens that are not common back home. This is especially true when traveling to regions with different sanitation standards. Drinking bottled water, avoiding raw foods, and eating at reputable establishments can help reduce this risk.

☀️ Bacteria-based food poisoning is more prevalent in the summertime due to warmer temperatures, which promote bacterial growth. Foods left out at picnics, barbecues, or buffets can quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria – highlighted recently by the state of Oregon.

 

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| This past week the FDA issued a warning, saying to take extra precautions while eating shellfish – particularly oysters and clams – after 21 people have been sickened in the northwest in the past month. |

Fortunately, most of the time passing the food, rehydrating, and resting are enough to recover. OTC medications like Loperamide (Immodium), and Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) can help alleviate the symptoms during your recovery.

In more serious cases antibiotics such as Azithromycin, and Ciprofloxacin (both come in every Jase Case) can be used for food poisoning stemming from bacteria.

When it comes to food poisoning, be vigilant! Clean your cooking surfaces, wash your hands, and know your food sources! Always remember, when in doubt, throw it out. If food seems off, don’t eat it!

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What is Dexamethasone?

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid medication widely used for its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant properties. It helps reduce inflammation and modify the body’s immune response, making it effective in treating a variety of conditions in both adults and children.

It’s wide array of applications make it a valuable medication to have on hand in your emergency kit at home, should the need arise.

 

USES:

  • Inflammation
  • Acute altitude sickness
  • High-altitude cerebral edema
  • Certain eye conditions (uveitis, conjunctivitis, keratitis)
  • Severe allergies (by suppressing the immune system’s response to allergens)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma

| 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to Yale Medicine

 

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Also, this medication is used in children to treat asthma, allergic reactions, some auto-immune disorders, croup, and pneumonia.

 

Dexamethasone is available as an add-on (only $27) to any Jase Case order, AND is also now included in every KidCase at no extra cost, just to make the KidCase more robust for our little ones.

 

Things to consider:

  1. Dexamethasone was on the list of drug shortages from 2019 into 2023
  2. In its injectable form is is still in short supply as of June 2024

Safeguard against potential shortages by having your own personal supply on hand in your Jase Case.

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Men’s Health Awareness Month

Don’t overlook regular checkups or mental health!

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June is Men’s Health Month, a time to shed light on the importance of prioritizing well-being, and implement habits for a healthier lifestyle.

We all know the basics of how to live a healthier life: eat healthy natural foods, exercise, get adequate sleep, practice good hygiene, avoid harmful behaviors, etc. But men in particular often fall short in two key areas that women are typically more adept at: getting regular health screenings, and evaluating and addressing their mental health.

So as this month serves as a springboard to commit to a full spectrum approach to a healthier lifestyle throughout the year. Let’s take a look at these two crucial areas, and other ways men can be proactive in improving their overall health.

 

1. Regular Health Checkups: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

Preventive health care is crucial, yet many men delay or skip regular checkups. This tendency to put off visiting the doctor can lead to undiagnosed conditions and worsened health outcomes. Regular check-ups and screenings can detect potential health issues early when they are most treatable. Men should prioritize the following screenings:

  • Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke. Regular monitoring can help manage it effectively.
  • Cholesterol Levels: High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Screening every 4-6 years is recommended.
  • Diabetes: Blood sugar tests can help diagnose diabetes early.
  • Prostate Health: Men over 50 should discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctors. Those with a family history may need to start earlier.
  • Colon Cancer: Screenings should begin at age 45, or earlier if there is a family history of colon cancer.

| 65% of men avoid going to the doctor as long as possible, according to an annual study by the Cleveland Clinic |

 

2. Mental Health Care: Breaking the Silence

Mental health is as important as physical health, yet men are often less likely to seek help for mental health issues. The stigma surrounding mental health can prevent men from talking about their feelings or recognizing symptoms of mental illness. Addressing mental health involves:

  • Recognizing Symptoms: Men should learn to recognize the signs of mental health issues, such as persistent sadness, anxiety, irritability, or changes in sleep and appetite.
  • Seeking Help: Professional help from a therapist or counselor can be crucial for those dealing with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. There are many resources available, including hotlines and online therapy options.
  • Stress Management: Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and hobbies can reduce stress.
  • Social Connections: Maintaining strong relationships with family and friends provides emotional support. Don’t hesitate to talk to someone you trust about what you’re going through.
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3. Balanced Diet

A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can prevent many chronic diseases. Key dietary tips include:

  • Reduce Processed Foods: Limit intake of processed and sugary foods.
  • Increase Fiber Intake: Fiber aids digestion and can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  • Healthy Fats: Include sources of healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support bodily functions.

 

4. Regular Exercise

Physical activity is vital for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and improving mental health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week. Incorporate:

  • Cardiovascular Exercise: Activities like running, cycling, and swimming.
  • Strength Training: Builds muscle mass and strengthens bones. Include exercises like weightlifting or body-weight exercises.
  • Flexibility and Balance: Yoga or stretching exercises can improve flexibility and prevent injuries.

 

5. Dental Health

Oral health is a critical aspect of overall well-being that is often overlooked. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even cardiovascular disease. Tips for maintaining dental health include:

  • Regular Dental Visits: Schedule check-ups every six months.
  • Daily Brushing and Flossing: Brush twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
  • Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks: Excessive sugar intake can lead to cavities and tooth decay.

 

6. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Managing weight is crucial for preventing a host of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Tips for maintaining a healthy weight include:

  • Balanced Diet: Focus on nutrient-dense foods and control portion sizes.
  • Regular Exercise: Incorporate both cardio and strength training exercises into your routine.
  • Monitor Your Progress: Keep track of your weight, dietary habits, and physical activity to stay motivated and on track.

 

7. Healthy Habits

Incorporating healthy habits into daily life can significantly impact overall health:

  • Quit Smoking: Smoking is a leading cause of many diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease. Seek support to quit smoking.
  • Limit Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver disease, cancer, and other health issues. Moderation is key.
  • Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Good sleep hygiene includes maintaining a regular sleep schedule and creating a restful environment.
  • Safe Practices: Wear seatbelts, use sunscreen, and take precautions to prevent injuries.
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Men’s Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder for men to prioritize their health, especially through regular health checkups and attention to mental well-being. By incorporating these tips into daily life, men can take significant strides toward a healthier, happier future. Remember, it’s never too late to start making positive changes. Small steps can lead to big improvements in health and well-being.

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It’s that time of year. The weather is lovely, the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and the tissues are flying? Summer’s around the corner, and Spring is certainly in the air, but so are the allergens.

With all the increased activity in springtime, both from us and in nature, the pollen, mold, dust, dander, and dirt all get stirred up too. This not only exacerbates allergies but can lead to respiratory infections too – unless we take precautions.

So let’s look at why springtime allergies can be a double whammy for your respiratory health.

 

The Allergy Season

Spring through Fall are notorious for their higher pollen counts, which can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and coughing. These symptoms occur when the immune system overreacts to the presence of pollen, releasing chemicals like histamine that cause inflammation and irritation.

 

| According to the CDC 25.7% of adults, and 18.9% of children in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies. |

 

The Link to Respiratory Infections:

One of the lesser-known effects of springtime allergies is their potential to increase the risk of respiratory infections. The inflammation and irritation caused by allergic reactions can weaken the immune system’s ability to defend against viruses and bacteria, making individuals more susceptible to infections like the common cold and flu.

 

Drainage Difficulties:

Another way allergies put you at risk is by creating drainage issues. The constant runny nose and congestion that plague allergy sufferers are your body’s attempt to flush out irritants. However, this constant flow can actually become counterproductive. Mucus can become thick and sticky, making it harder to clear out and potentially trapping pathogens that could lead to infection.

 

What can you do to combat allergies and the risk of a respiratory infection?

 

    • Know Your Triggers: Pollen counts are a big culprit, but mold, dust mites, and even pet dander can trigger allergy symptoms. Identifying your triggers allows you to take specific steps to avoid them. Check the daily pollen count before you decide to spend time outdoors.
    • Medications are Your Friend: Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids can significantly reduce allergy symptoms and inflammation. Consult  your doctor about the best option for you. And if a respiratory infection does develop then there are medications to treat and shorten those infections.
    • Be Proactive: Start taking allergy medication before symptoms even appear. This helps prevent the inflammation that makes you more susceptible to infection.
    • Minimize Exposure: Stay indoors on high pollen count days, keep windows closed, and shower after spending time outdoors.
    • Boost Your Defenses: Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and manage stress – all these factors contribute to a strong immune system
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If you have severe allergies, a higher risk of respiratory infections, or even a weakened  immune system, consider having medications on hand for both mitigating allergic reactions and treating respiratory infections.

Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, and Azithromycin are some of the most common medication for treating respiratory infections. And all 3 are included in every standard Jase Case.

So get yourself a Jase Case for some peace of mind this allergy season!

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Ten Ways Parents Can Improve Their Child’s Health Today

Small changes can make a big difference!

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As parents, there’s nothing we want more than for our children to be healthy and happy. We dream of them skipping through life with boundless energy, tackling new adventures with enthusiasm, and growing into strong, confident individuals. But let’s be honest, between busy schedules, picky eaters, and the allure of screens, fostering healthy habits can feel like an uphill battle.

Luckily, even small changes can make a big difference! By making simple adjustments into your daily routine, you can significantly improve your child’s overall health and well-being.

Below, we’ll explore ten easy-to-implement strategies you can put into practice today to start your child on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Health:

 

1. Encourage Physical Activity:

    • Encourage your child to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This can include activities like running, jumping, dancing, or playing sports.
    • Take family walks or bike rides to make physical activity a fun family routine.
    • Consider enrolling your child in organized sports or activities they enjoy to keep them motivated and engaged.
    • Limit sedentary activities like watching TV or playing video games, and encourage active play instead.

| According to the CDC 20.7% of children ages 6-11 were considered obese in a recent study. |

 

2. Provide Nutritious Meals and Snacks:

    • Offer a variety of foods from all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products.
    • Involve your child in meal planning and preparation to teach them about healthy food choices.
    • Limit sugary drinks and snacks, and opt for water, milk, or unsweetened beverages instead.
    • Make nutrition a family affair. Encourage healthy eating habits by eating nutritious meals and snacks together as a family.

3. Ensure Proper Hydration:

    • Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day, especially before, during, and after physical activity.
    • Avoid sugary drinks like soda and fruit drinks, as they can contribute to weight gain and dental problems.
    • Let them pick out a reusable water bottle with a fun design for them to take to school or activities to promote hydration throughout the day.

4. Promote Good Hygiene Practices:

    • Teach your child the importance of washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.
    • Show your child how to properly brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to prevent dental problems.
    • Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their elbow when they cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs.

5. Set Time Aside for Play:

    • Encourage unstructured playtime, as it helps children develop social skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
    • Provide age-appropriate toys and games that encourage physical activity and imaginative play.
    • Limit electronic device time and encourage outdoor play whenever possible to promote physical activity and exposure to natural light.

6. Foster a Positive Mental Attitude:

    • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and emotions, and provide a supportive environment where they feel safe and valued.
    • Teach your child coping skills to deal with stress and challenges, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, or talking to a trusted adult.
    • Keep a positive attitude and resilience in the face of adversity to teach your child how to handle life’s ups and downs.

| In a study from 2016-2019, 9.4% of children aged 3-17 years had diagnosed anxiety, and 4.4% of the same age group had diagnosed depression. |

 

7. Limit Screen Time:

    • Set limits on the amount of time your child spends in front of screens, including TV, computers, tablets, and smartphones.
    • Encourage screen-free zones and times, such as during meals or before bedtime, to promote better sleep and family interactions.
    • Monitor the content your child is exposed to and engage with them in discussions about what they are watching or playing.

8. Ensure Adequate Sleep:

    • Establish a regular bedtime routine to help your child wind down and prepare for sleep.
    • Create a sleep-friendly environment by keeping the bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
    • Encourage your child to avoid screens at least an hour before bedtime, as the blue light can interfere with sleep.

9. Set a Good Example:

    • Model healthy behaviors, such as eating nutritious meals, being physically active, getting enough sleep, and managing stress effectively.
    • Involve your child in your own health and wellness routines to show them the importance of self-care.
    • Use positive language when talking about your body and health to promote a healthy body image in your child.

10. Schedule Regular Health Check-ups:

    • Ensure your child receives regular check-ups with their pediatrician to monitor their growth, development, and overall health.
    • Stay up-to-date with vaccinations and screenings recommended for your child’s age and health status.
    • Discuss any concerns or questions you have about your child’s health with their healthcare provider to address them promptly.

| 8% of children ages 5-11 missed 11 or more days of school from illness or injury, according to statistical data from the NHIS |

 

Implementing these things on a daily basis lays a good foundation for them becoming habits, leading to lifelong well being for your kids!

We would do anything for our kids, but sometimes all we can do is not enough. With circumstances outside of our control, such as natural disasters or extended power outages, we are at the mercy of the situation. Keep your family prepared, and their health a priority by having a KidCase on hand – just in case.

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