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Eli (the Giant) had a bout with E. coli

Gerald W. Deas | , M.D. | , Mph | 2/2/2012, 4:32 p.m.
Esch-e-rich-ia coli: A bacteria found in the intestines of man that can cause infections of...
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Esch-e-rich-ia coli: A bacteria found in the intestines of man that can cause infections of the kidney and diarrhea, leading to muscle weakness.

A few days prior to the battle of the New York Giants with the San Francisco 49ers, Eli Manning was struck in his gut with a bacteria known as E. coli. It was reported in the press that he had had a bout with the flu, which I doubted. It was further reported that he missed practice for the big game due to running back and forth to relieve himself, which could have been diarrhea.

E. coli is a bacteria that is not found in the air but in food and drinks that have been contaminated with dirty hands. (Though I am not aware, however, of what his food or beverage intake might have been.)

As I viewed Manning in the press coverage, it was obvious that he was washed out and looked totally dehydrated, which diarrhea can cause. An infection with E. coli can not only disturb the gastrointestinal system but can also cause dehydration, which weakens muscles. In fact, an infection can even lead to death.

I recall in the Bible when David killed a giant with just one stone. Well, Manning is a great Giant who was almost made incapable of playing his most important football game for the season against the 49ers.

Personally, I think all superstars, whether they be man or animals, should be carefully monitored for drugs and diet and drinking habits before championship games or races. Millions of dollars are being bet on the outcome of a particular event and something like a simple bacteria such as E. coli can change the outcome of a sporting event and its participants.

Well, I hope Manning is very careful of what he eats and drinks prior to the Super Bowl game, which will take place on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

Finally, speaking of E. coli infection due to unclean hands, I would strongly advise that you wash your hands the right way to ensure good hygiene:

  1. Wet hands with warm running water prior to reaching for soap, either in bar or liquid form.
  2. Rub hands together to make a lather. Do this away from running water so the lather isn't washed away.
  3. Wash the fronts and backs of your hands and in between fingers and under nails. Continue washing for 15 seconds or more.
  4. Rinse hands well under running water.
  5. Dry hands thoroughly with a clean towel or air dryer.

After a wonderful football season for the Giants and their organization, I wish them good luck and Godspeed for a Super Bowl win.