Always read the label if there is one on all perishable items. You might not really remember when you purchased it. Sprouts of many kinds are particularly quick to go bad and my family remembers an 8 hour day that I spent with the porcelain god at our local “Y” when several of us worked there. The sprouts parmesan wasn’t worth it. Also if you buy the same item before the old one is used up you might use the new one first and let the old one go bad. Buying a different type of a usual product might also lead you to not being able to tell if your stuff has gone bad. I will just say that if you have suffered a head injury like I have you might not be able to taste or smell and therefore not be able to tell if food is bad. Sometimes I can’t taste. Sometimes food tastes like something else. Serve me chocolate and it may smell like poop to me and then it will never get past the lips. Serve me iced tea and I might think its chocolate.

                Last week there was stomach flu going around of the 24-48 hour variety. It was one of the worst I have ever had. The worst was the one from the sprouts at the “y”. My middle daughter Jazz had it last week along with my dogs, my brother and my brother’s dogs. Jazz’s lasted maybe 72 hours and some enzymes and bacteria helped.  Mine seemed to be worse and last for more than twice as long, especially the cramps and the weakness. My daughter Chelsea  got over it in 48 hours with some pepto, reiki and acupressure. I also have MSG poisoning as a consequence of eating the wrong food. I get all those symptoms and unilateral orchitis (swollen left testicle) ouch.

                About 5 days into the torture Risa a girl im dating asked for as turkey sandwich; Innocent enough even for her. I made her that turkey sandwich and she asked me if the turkey was bad. I said no, but if you think it is at all then I’m throwing it out. She said “No”! I said “yes”! I threw out out sandwiches. Then she read the expiration date and it was 2 weeks ago. I week ago I had a big, fat turkey, sourdough, lettuce, tomato onion sandwich with pickles, green olives and hot peppers on the side. If that was not enough to perplex my taste buds it was smoked turkey. This is one of the health tips itself. We are used to regular, dinner roast turkey which tastes like thanksgiving. The smoked turkey was on sale so I bought it. It disguised the taste of bad meat to me at least. That was a different type of the same food that I usually eat.

                If you did the math that smoked turkey was one week bad when I ate it. Ach du leiber was I sick. I didn’t figure out that it was food poisoning and not the “going around” stomach flu till she read the date on that spoiled turkey. Well we usually have turkey in the house, of the lunch meat variety. I bought a new package of turkey before the old one was finished and someone opened the new one and the old one went bad. I ate the old one. Also I did suffer that testicular phenomenon making think it might be MSG poisoning. I had eaten tomatoes pie from the Italian market in Philadelphia and I wondered if they used MSG. One would think with the pride they take in their cooking.

                This could all have been avoided by reading the expiration date. Restaurants that want to stay open check their stock, maybe we should too. My head injury made me less likely to tell bad food which should make me more likely to read expiration dates. I bought smoked turkey instead of the usual dinner roast which hid the spoiled taste as well. We ate the newly bought before the old and that contributed as well. In short be more careful especially me.

DR PAUL TEICH

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