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Aug 2, 2012 10:22 AM

Food poisening at the same place every time

My husbands friend gets sick at the exact same restaurants (owned by the same company) every single time he eats at them ... and I mean, every single time.

It does not matter what the item is nor the fact that often we are all eating from the same combo platter (if its sushi or app's) or he orders a chicken sandwich or a Mex. dish.

No one else has this problem (meaning no one else ever gets sick) so I can't help but think its an allergy (or in his head).

I tease him that the restaurants must be too clean for his system because they have people test everything down to their ice regularly but now I'm wondering if maybe its the cause! LOL

Any thoughts on this?

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  1. I'd vote for a psychosomatic process at work. Or maybe the restaurant (chain?) uses a particular ingredient/additive to their foods that cause a reaction?

    The mind is a very powerful force.

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    1. re: tcamp

      I have considered an ingredient but its a chain and each place is slightly different - one is sushi; he gets sick from just eating the darned raw fish and yet, no one else even gets a grumble.

      Psychosomatic ... if its not a cleaner that that for sure LOL

    2. And he keeps going back because.....?

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      1. re: wyogal

        Because they offer a great value!

        1. re: redfish62

          Great value does not include getting sick repeatedly. Thinking of the Forrest Gump saying.....

          1. re: wyogal

            That was my first thought.

            "Doctor, it hurts when I do this!"

            "Then don't do that!"

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Yeah, Doctor Groucho certainly had a good prescription there :)

            1. He is not getting food poisoning, anyone who has actually had food poisoning would not even think about going back the place where you got it. I still remember the food poisoning I got from a convenience store sandwich in 1984, never ate a convenience store sandwich again.

              An upset stomach is not food poisoning.

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              1. re: redfish62

                and you know the details about his sickness because...? How do you know it's just an "upset stomach?"

                1. re: wyogal

                  Because anyone who has ever had real food poisoning and isnt required to wear a helmet 24/7 is not going to repeatedly subject themselves to getting it again and again.

                  1. re: twyst

                    According to the OP, they are. I'm waiting for a response from the OP. I still think it's weird that they go back, and then the "friend" is making light of the matter.

                    1. re: wyogal

                      I agree with you. No matter what the reason, even if it is "in his head", if a friend of mine repeatedly got ill from eating at a particular restaurant, I would be kind enough to suggest elsewhere, or take him up on his suggestion to eat elsewhere. If this guy is the drama king the OP suggests he is, then I am sure he would get his way (otherwise he is shaming his royal title!) . And since the OP already decided he is a drama king with no common sense, why ask the question here?

                      Anyway, there is a take-out chinese place we settled in to ordering from (we have about twenty to chose from in this nabe), because we really liked the food. It took several times experiencing a VERY upset stomach the next day before I realized it (i have a sensitive tummy to begin with). Certainly not food poisoning....but bad enough that I was glad I am currently a stay at home mom and didn't have to leave the house. My husband never had a problem. I chalked it up to an ingredient or their oil which affected me because I have a sensitive stomach to begin with. Too bad, I liked the food.

                      1. re: Justpaula

                        You didn't read all the way down ... and I am not sure why so many are upset with me for trying to figure out why a person that I know swears he only gets sick when he eats at the same two places and never ever ever anywhere else. He could literally just show up uninvited (small town) and start helping himself to a sushi platter and then laugh and say he'll get sick later, then call the house late in the evening to see how sick we got when we are perfectly fine.

                        He will take someone on a date to the other place and order mexican and call in the morning and tell us he got sick there ... again.

                        We've asked why he keeps going back. He just laughs. But because he is my husbands friend, I cared enough to try to figure out why ...

                        Coming to a food forum made sense because it is probably a food allergy I am not familiar with which was discussed earlier this evening at the bottom of the page ... feeling the need to explain a few words after it'd been said by others ... does not.

                        1. re: cabojenn

                          Well that is just just bizarre. From my own experience, it only took a few times to realize that there was a connection between a VERY upset stomach the next day after eating from a particular joint. I honestly, somehow, didn't even put two and two together the first few times. I also live in NYC, so even though I had a preference for the *taste* of the food at this place, there are plenty of others that I can and do we moved on to some of those other, quite sufficient, options. Giving it more thought, if he is describing it as food poisoning, maybe he is a bit of a drama king. I have had real food poisoning and even though my experience with this one Chinese joint made me glad I had access to my bathroom all day, it is still not the same as real food poisoning. There are many threads on here about being scarred for life, usually because of food poisoning. Real food poisoning can be enough to make one SWEAR OFF something like canteloupe for life. I would chalk up your friend's issues to an additive or excess oil this place may use vs. some sort of food borne bacteria. The Chinese place I spoke of genuinely affected me - it wasn't in my head. I think the general opinion here is that it is so peculiar that he keeps going...that none of us can explain why. Have you asked him? Now I am curious.

                          1. re: Justpaula

                            She mentions that they are from a small town. I can understand that coming from a small town way back. He wants to hang out with the friends and does not have a lot of options. You can have food intolerances, not food poisoning and agree if you have poisoning you will remember it forever. I was told for years that my ailment was because I was stressed, well, I had gallbladder disease and all the little reactions to food finally made sense. It might not be in his head.

                          2. re: cabojenn

                            my bet is that some restaurant sprinkle the food with various preservatives and that he is allergic to the preservatives.

                            there was a wave of this when salad bars first became popular and some of restaurants sprinkled chemicals on all the stuff on the salad bar.

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              A lot of restaurants still use "Fruit Fresh" or whatever it is on salad bars. :-/

                              1. re: mcf

                                but all that is is ascorbic acid -- yep, powdered vitamin C -- because it keeps things from oxidizing (going brown).

                                hardly a chemical, and only somewhat a preservative.

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  It's actually dextrose, citric acid and silica dioxide. Some salad bars may still use products with sulfites or foods containing them. .

                                  1. re: mcf

                                    Silica dioxide is an anti-caking agent so the stuff actually comes out of the can.
                                    Dextrose is a simple sugar.

                                    Still not preservatives, and still not dangerous chemicals (particularly in the ridiculously small quantities used and ingested)

                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                      Yes, but it's a dessicant that's also ingested. I know what dextrose is. But sulfites may also be used. Some folks, like my daughter when young, have severe inflammatory tissue response to citric acid, though that doesn't mean the OP's friend did.

                              2. re: westsidegal

                                I remember that stuff. It made my throat get a ticklish cough. Fortunately I have not experienced this in many, many years.

                      2. re: wyogal

                        Because no one on the planet is stupid enough to repeatedly get food poisoning from the same chain of restaurants and then fail to notify health authorities, hire a lawyer and sue the living daylights out of them.

                        Food poisoning can be life-threatening.

                        1. re: redfish62

                          Which is why I asked the question of the OP.

                      3. re: redfish62

                        I agree that it is not food poisoning.

                        The OP plainly states that food is shared from common platters "often we are all eating from the same combo platter (if its sushi or app's)", but it is only the subject of her post who suffers a bad reaction.

                        Please note "often".

                        1. re: FrankJBN

                          I also agree this not food poisoning but can attest that you can share food and have one person get I'll and another not. My last bout of food poisoning was after eating at a sushi restaurant several years ago. My wife and I shared a platter of sushi. Next day I got sicker than I have ever been. Pucking my guts out for a good part of a day and not able to hold my head up while in bed and my wife had no symptoms. Go figure

                      4. It sounds like he has food allergies or is misdiagnosing his malady.

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