Believe it or not, a medical anthropologist in Hilo, Hawaii, says shaking hands with others spreads a bacteria containing diabetes.
Sydney Ross Singer says for more than 30 years, pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly and NovoNordisk have been altering the bacterium E. coli and the food ingredient Bakers yeast in order to produce human insulin for medical treatment.
Problem is, every year there are accidents that cause the spores to spill into wastewater. Also, many farmers feed cakes of the yeast to pigs.
Either way, he suspects the insulin-enriched products are getting into human intestines and causing a condition called hyperinsulinemia, that can lead to obesity and diabetes.
Even worse: Humans may be spreading their obesity by shaking hands, and Singer suspects this is why obesity has become an epidemic in the last few years.
He suggests folks avoid handshaking until officials create an international registry of peoples intestines to track exactly who might have the belly-expanding bacteria.
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