The E-coli and Spinach Myth

by Dr. Robert O. Young / NOVEMBER 7, 2006

DrYoung In the most recent headlines associated with E-coli from spinach where medical savants suggest caused kidney failure and then death of several people, I perceive I am left to ask some very important questions -- "how were these folks living, eating, drinking and thinking?" Was the real cause of death from a germ called E-coli or was it the acidic waste products from digestion and metabolism from lifetsyle and dietary choices that killed or shut down the function of the kidneys?

The non-profit organization, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine began tracking folks having health challenges. For example, in the Good Medicine Magazine from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Volume XIII, Number 1, addressed medical complaints from users of protein diets such as Atkins and South Beach.

Here is how they responded:

Loss of energy 50%
Constipation 50%
Bad Breath 34%
Difficulty concentrating 31%
Gallbladder problems 14%
Heart problems 10%
Reduced kidney function 9%
Kidney stones 9%
Elevated cholesterol 8%
Gout 6%
Osteoporosis 6%

Other problems cited include colon polyps, colon cancer, other forms of cancer, heart attacks, severe stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome, arotic aneurysm, daily hives, elevated iron levels, rheumatoid arthritis, brain hemorrhage, diverticulitis/osis, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, cramps, diarrhea and numbness in limbs, just to name a few. In 1997, the largest study in the world on food, nutrition and the prevention and cause of cancer was published in a 670 page report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Reserach (AICR). This very important ten year study is called, "Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective." The researchers listed protein from animals and fish as the number one cause of cancer of the kidney, prostate, breast, colon, rectum and pancreas. They also listed vegetables, including spinach as the number one food to prevent and cure cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesopharus, lung stomach, pancreas, liver, colon, rectum, breast, ovary, ednometrium, cervix, prostate, thyroid, kidney and bladder.

I guess you might say that acidic lifestyle and diets are to die for not live for.