Best & Simple Protection Against Illness

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wdlove, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Now that we are in the Fall season, cold season is also here. The Flu season is not far behind. Now is the time to get your Flu Shot.

    The easiest way to prevent illness is low cost and easy wash your hands. It is best not to use hot water because it can damage the skin. The skin is our largest organ and our 1st line of defense against infection. Hand washing just requires water and soap. It is the mechanical rubbbing causing friction that will remove bacteria and viruses. With the common cold, salmonella and Hepatitis A, hand-washing makes a difference.

    "The majority of infections are spread by touching," said Dr. Elaine Larson of the Columbia University School of Nursing.

    "Getting people to clean their hands as often as they should," Boyce said, "is a problem worldwide."


    http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/other/articles/2003/11/04/to_kill_germs_its_simple_wash_your_hands/
     
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to wash my hands right now.;)
     
  3. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6

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    Thank you that is my purpose. It is such a simple answer to illness. Cost is only less than a minute of you time. The benefit is to be illness free.
     
  4. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Hey, what's your opinion about anti-bacterial stuff? I usually avoid it in my house so as not to help produce resistant-bacteria, but other people swear by it.
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    It's not do much "producing" resistant bacteria, as survival of the fittest. The bacteria that are already resistant will continue to reproduce, and the resulting bacteria will also be resistant, providing that the resistance is genetic.
     
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Your health tips are appreciated, wdlove. On the topic, here are some exceprts from an article titled "Flu shot gave you the flu? It's a myth" in today's Los Angeles Times:
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  7. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6

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    The problem with over use of anti bacterial soap is that it can produce resistant bacteria as you mentioned. Antibacterial soap is very important to health care professional, my wife uses it as visiting nurse. In that case it's important to prevent the transmission of illness.

    Thank you Doctor Q, you approval is of great value. Those are great quotes, thank you.
     
  8. etoiles macrumors 6502a

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    vitamins and lots of sleep help, too...

    So what is the best way to get out of the restrooms once you washed your hands ? Use a corner of your jacket on the handle ? Use your left hand ? Just kick in the bloody door ? :p
     
  9. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    I rarely get sick. I attribute it to regular hand washings and constantly drinking fluids.
     
  10. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    I find that using the force works well... unless all you have are those crappy matrix powers. Then you have to pull the handle.:D

    Just kidding all... I hope I don't need my flame-retardant suit!
     
  11. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    When I got my food handler's license, the training suggested using the paper towel to hold onto the door handle. Then hold the door open with your back against it and toss your paper towel into the garbage can.
     
  12. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Bathroom doors usually swing in, so kicking won't help. Your best bet is to wait helplessly in the bathroom until somebody else comes in, finishes, and leaves. Then dart through after them before the door closes. If it takes a long time for the next person to arrive, you simply get a longer work break. See? Problem solved!
     
  13. etoiles macrumors 6502a

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    You are a genius !
    :D

    just don't tell the solution to anybody else, or the bathroom might get a bit crowded:

    guy 1: after you.
    guy 2: No, no, sir, please.
    guy 3: Hey, don't push
    guy 1: get out NOW !
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    guy10 (entering) : excuse me, coming through...
    ...
    Daveman comes in, pees, gets out. 20 men stare at each other in silent.
     
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    We can solve that problem too. Eventually, the cleaning crew will be in.
     
  15. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    When I was a college TA, I taught plant tissue culture to undergrads. Bacteria and fungus just love to grow on the agar media. I really had a hard time getting through the kids heads that you don't touch ANYTHING once you wash your hands. As careful as those kids thought they were, we still had 96% contamination. The best one was the kid who sneezed into the laminar flow hood.
     
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I'm sure it would be so much funnier if I actually knew what that was. I'm still laughing though. No, really, I am! :D
     
  17. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6

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    I always have the same thoughts myself etoiles. I use a paper towel to open the door. Then I put my shoulder against the door and discard the towel. If there are no towels then I try to use my little finger on my left hand to open the door. Then use my shoulder.

    Not really sure how much vitamins help, personally don't take any. I had an A&P professor that said Americans have the richest urine in the world. If you eat a healthy diet you get most of what you need. I think that sleep is the most important to help build up the immune system.
     
  18. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6

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    I just got my Flu Shot on Saturday November 15th. Has anyone else got the vaccine. I would be interested to know if anyone has tried the new Flu Mist via the nose. Have seen advertisements on TV.

    I was thinking with the washing hands at a public place and having to open the door. It dawned on me while I was attending the Primary Medicine East Conference November 6 - 9. Just like the airport they had no door on the men's or women's bathrooms. Just a partitioning for privacy. So with a design technique it eliminated the problem of recontmaination.
     
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    I got my flu shot yesterday. The vaccine is in good supply, unlike some previous years. I read in Newsweek that they are reformulating the vaccine so, in the future (and even now if you can find the new version) the vaccine won't have even a trace of mercury. Currently, the vaccine most of us get can have a very small amount of mercury, less than a can of tuna contains, and there is no actual evidence of risk from that. But, given how people worry over the slightest thing, they are wisely eliminating even the concern that there is any unnecessary risk to flu shots. I know one person who says "I can't get the flu shot because it gives me the flu", despite the fact that it's not a live virus (and I tell her this every year). If people happen to get a cold the same week or mistake a temporary fever from the vaccine as a sign of flu, they often make this incorrect assumption.

    I advise everyone to listen to wdlove. Play the odds, which are overwhelming that a flu shot will increase your chances for good health and lack of one will decrease your chances.

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    Doctor: Drink plenty of fluids.
    Patient: That's all I ever drink!
     
  21. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Ah yes, but the NYTimes said that the latest Flu is not covered by the vaccinations... I suppose a new strain (don't quote me)...

    They said it was resistant... ah well.

    I got mine... :rolleyes:
     
  22. Dros macrumors 6502

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    It is too bad that the vaccine doesn't protect against one of the more active strains of virus going around. As the article says, it is still worth getting vaccinated since it will protect you against the other active strains. I'm surprised they can predict at all which strains will be active considering the flow of people around the globe these days.
     

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