Definition: Esch-e-rich-ia coli is a bacteria in the intestines that can cause kidney infections and diarrhea leading to muscle weakness.

A few days prior to the battle between the NY Giants and 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 spread through foods and drinks that have been contaminated by dirty hands. I am not aware what foods or beverages Manning had consumed before he became ill, but as I watched the press coverage, it was obvious that he looked washed out and dehydrated, which diarrhea can cause.
An infection with E-coli (commonly known as food poisoning) not only disturbs the gastrointestinal system but can also weaken the muscles due to dehydration. In fact, an infection with this bacteria can even lead to death.
I recall, in the Bible, that David killed a Giant with just one stone. Well, Eli was a great Giant who was almost made incapable of playing his most important football game for the season because of a tiny bacterium.
Personally, I think all superstars, whether man or animal, should be carefully monitored for drugs, diet and drinking habits before championship games or races. Millions of dollars are bet on the outcome of these events, and something like a simple bacteria such as E-coli can change the outcome.
Well, I hope Eli is very careful about what he eats and drinks prior to the Super Bowl game on February 5th in Indianapolis. I would also strongly advise my readers to practice good hygiene by always washing your hands the right way as the best protection against infection. Here’s how you do it:

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 front and back of your hands, 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 God’s speed for a Super Bowl win.

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Garry Pierre-Pierre

Garry Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer-prize winning, multimedia and entrepreneurial journalist. In 1999, he left the New York Times to launch the Haitian Times, a New York-based English-language publication serving the Haitian Diaspora. He is also the co-founder of the City University Graduate School of Journalism‘s Center for Community and Ethnic Media and a senior producer at CUNY TV.

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