A hope note
At last report, there have been 943 reported cases of salmonella and 130 related hospitalizations since mid-April. The leading theory is that fresh tomatoes or cilantro or chili peppers made the victims sick.
I doubt that anyone has kept count of the people who, upon hearing a report on the salmonella outbreak and having eaten tomatoes recently, got sick as a dog. They hauled themselves into a physician’s office or an emergency room, but their stool culture showed no salmonella. I bet they number up in the thousands.
Norman Cousins, in ‘The Biology of Life,’ cites the true story of several people at a football game who reported to the first-aid station with symptoms of food poisoning. It was quickly ascertained that they had all consumed carbonated drinks from the refreshment stand.
A warning went out over the loudspeaker not to drink beverages purchased from the concession stand. Immediately the stadium became a sea of retching, sick people. Hundreds left and headed for emergency rooms. Over 100 were hospitalized.
As it turned out, there was nothing wrong with the soft drinks. Whatever the cause, that the sick people had all consumed soft drinks was coincidental. As soon as that news got out, the sicknesses disappeared as quickly as they had appeared.
What made hundreds of people sick? Words! Thoughts that transmit into the cells and tissues of our bodies have the power to make us sick or well, to make or break our day. We can develop the symptoms of salmonella without actually having the bacteria in us.
Kenneth Pelletier’s book ‘Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer’ says it well. So did Shakespeare in Hamlet: ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’