Martha Stewart's efforts to help people around the nation prepare their turkeys this past Thanksgiving came with one big downside: a wicked case of salmonella poisoning. 


The 71-year-old medial mogul was forced to cancel a number of appearances and meetings after she contracted the food-borne illness. Speaking with the NY Post, Stewart says she was in bed for several days. 


“I never get sick, but I came down with salmonella,” she said. “I think I caught it because I was handling so many turkeys around Thanksgiving. I was on the ‘Today’ show, I did a number of other [Thanksgiving] appearances.”


Salmonella, which Stewart accurately described as "terrible," is notorious for causing diarrhea and vomiting, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, fever, chills and muscle pains. It's generally passed by ingesting raw or undercooked meat but, as was the case with Stewart, can also be contracted by handling raw, contaminated meat. 


According to medical experts, most mild types of salmonella infection clear up in four to seven days without requiring any treatment other than rest and plenty of liquids.


Perhaps Martha should consider embracing a bit more the plant-based diet she was slowly moving towards last year? Either way, the takeaway here is simple: always wash your hands well after handling raw meat. 


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Martha Stewart's salmonella Thanksgiving
Television personality suspects her handling of so many raw turkeys during the holiday led to her being sidelined for days.