How is Your Germ Farm?

I bet you didn’t know that you had a germ farm, now did you? Well, we all have one and it’s right in front of you. If you haven’t guessed it, I am talking about your hands. Your hands are an amazing germ farm. You don’t need to fertilize it, or water it. Your germ farm does well during droughts as well as floods. Your germ farm can withstand hurricanes and tornadoes too.

If you could count the little rascals that inhabit your hands you would be amazed. Your count would take you to well over 3,000 germs on your hands. What a wonderful carefree germ farm you have and you didn’t even have to plow! In some ways you are a successful farmer. Unfortunately, your germ farm is not the same as a field of broccoli or spinach. In fact, your germ farm can make you and other people sick.

I guess what I am saying is this. Your germ farm is a health hazard to you and anyone else. Those little buggers are tough too. You can wash your hands all day long and you won’t get them all. Oh, no, a few little rascals will be hiding somewhere under one of your finger nails. Don’t get discouraged if a couple germs escape. The reason is this: If you wash your hands, you will reduce the number of those nasty little devils to a just a few. Now you can sleep at night.

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Germs: You can’t avoid them even if you try!

If we dipped your body in a vat of Clorox for a few minutes, that might rid your body of most germs. Since that is not possible, we coexist with the little rascals.

Calling germs little rascals makes germs sound user friendly. While most of the zillions of germs on your body won’t harm you, there is always a few outlaw germs that can.

Hands…a history lesson

Your hands are a recorded germ history of everything you touch. I bet we have all heard about the shopping push cart  handle that is home for thousands of germs.

All I can think of when I grab a push cart is the music from the movie Psycho. Golly, I think of that same music when ever I carve a turkey!

Most grocery stores have hand wipes to combat those nasty germs on the shopping carts. The chances of me grabbing a hand wipe and scrubbing down the push cart is as likely as me juggling hand grenades.

There is one thing I do, however, when leaving the store…I grab one of those hand wipes and use it as I struggle not to drop the bag of groceries.

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Biologist are very small minded people. They are always peering down microscopes at tiny things. They get so excited, I bet some of them end up with a black eye from the intense joy of watching a wiggling, living germ.

“Look! It’s alive”, they yell to their cohorts who are also peering down similar microscopes. It reminds me of Doctor Frankenstein when his creation sat up on the gurney. He too yelled, “It’s alive!”

“Life is a petri dish,” one chimes in.

“Feed the little suckers,” another says.

“I got the Whole World on my Hands,” one biologist sings as he scrutinizes his own hand under the microscope. His hands are alive, but not by the sound of music, they are alive with thousands of microbes.

All this activity reminds us of one thing: Hand washing is an important thing to do to reduce your chances of getting ill.

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You Can’t Avoid Germs Regardless What You Do

Oh, don’t be depressed over the fact that you can’t avoid germs. Take a bath…you are still covered with germs. You grab your keys…you just grabbed another bunch of germs. You open a door…your hands just gained a few hundred germs. You meet a friend and shake hands…yup, this is a bonafide germ exchange.

What can you do to reduce the number of germs in your life? One of the easiest things you can do is wash your hands. Will the act of hand washing rid your hands of every single germ residing there? No it won’t. However, you will reduce the number of germs that were on your hands and the odds are in your favor that you won’t become ill.

It doesn’t mean that you are paranoid if you wash your hands more often than everyone else. It simply means that you know hand washing is the one thing you can do to reduce your chances of becoming ill.

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GERMS! They're Everywhere!

Pity the Poor Toilet

Now, how can one feel sympathy for a toilet? Let me explain. First of all, toilets have a bad reputation. Toilets are associated with vomiting, diarrhea, and all manner of disgusting things. Ask anyone where the filthiest, dirtiest, most germ infested place in your home and they will quickly say…the TOILET. The poor toilet is getting a bad rap. There are several places around the house where you will find far more germs than the toilet.

With a drum role, I will identify the germ leader in your home. It’s your kitchen sink, far and away the winner of this dubious award. Your toilet can’t even come close to this level of germ infested filth. This fact may be hard to believe, but it’s true.

Now let’s get grossed out by watching this amazing video featuring the germs around us. Oh, there’s more as well.

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Kitchen Sponge is a Septic Tank of Germs

When you wipe down your counter top with a smelly sponge, and yes, most kitchen sponges take on nasty smell, you are spreading germs all along the counter. Why is that? In one cubic inch of a sponge it’s estimated to contain 82 billion bacteria. Some of these interlopers can make you ill.

Germs love and adore kitchen sponges. Sponges are warm, moist, and filled with delicious juices and food particles. Why you could call a typical slimy kitchen sponge a germ buffet. To put it in graphical terms that you will never forget, human stool may be the only place on earth with that kind of germ density.

Microwave Won’t Kill All the Germs on a Sponge

Placing a sponge in a microwave will reduce the number of germs in your typical kitchen sponge, but not all of them. In fact, some of the survivors may be the most dangerous ones. Maybe you are near a verdict on the use of sponges for cleaning surfaces in your kitchen. In my court and kitchen, I pronounce the sponge guilty as charged. I suggest that you avoid using a sponge in your kitchen. But wait, there’s more.

Clorox May Do the Job

The Clorox company has a method of cleaning a sponge that may eliminate all the germs. This method involves soaking a sponge in a mixture of water and Clorox. Knowing my luck, I would end up with a clean sponge and a shirt and jeans with a lovely pattern of white stains.

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Study: Men Do a Lousy Job at Hand Washing

According to a study done at Michigan University, men generally do a poor job of hand washing. Hey, I resemble that comment. I mean, I resent that comment. Actually, the information about men not being up-to-par in hand washing is well documented. Associate professor Carl Borchgrevink attributed this to the fact that many men don’t want to be told what do do. Okay, let’s take it to the extreme. All men hear this…Don’t walk in the middle of the road. After such an order would many men walk in the middle of the road?

To be fair, both men an women fail terribly at doing an acceptable job at hand washing. In this study, only 5% of the people washed their hands long enough to eliminate disease causing bacteria. What is really ugly about this study is this: About 10% of the people leaving the bathroom didn’t wash their hands at all.

The important message in this study is that most of us need to do a better job of washing our hands when leaving the bathroom. That means using soap and scrubbing the hands for about 20 seconds. What about that 10% percent who didn’t wash up at all? Well, they may be seen walking in the middle of the road!

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Typhoid Mary is a term used to describe anyone who has poor hygiene habits especially around food and kitchens. The term itself goes way back to an Irish girl named Mary Mallon who emigrated to America in in 1883. The bad news is that Mary was a cook.  Mary also carried and spread the bacteria called Salmonella typhi.

Mary was working for a wealthy banker and several of his family members came down with Typhoid fever. Mary worked for other families as well spreading the disease all along the way. Eventually, the authorities traced the outbreaks to Mary, and for a period of time, she was exiled to the Riverside Hospital.

Accounts of Mary being the cause of hundreds and thousands of deaths is totally false. It’s debated that one or two people may have died because of contamination from Mary. Most people survive a bout of Salmonella poisoning and recover in a relatively short time. However, the disease can be very dangerous to the very young, and to people in a weakened state of health.

Unfortunately, some strains of Salmonella can be deadly. The strain of Salmonella that Mary Mallon spread was a milder form of the bacteria.

This little story reminds us of the importance of hand washing especially while working in the food business.

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Salmonella Poisoning Common in Summer

Salmonella poisoning is more common in the summer. Food can be contaminated during processing or when handled in a restaurant kitchen. All it takes is for one kitchen worker to leave the bathroom without washing their hands. If that person makes a potato salad for instance, the salmonella germ can spread like wild fire. Many pets can carry and spread salmonella. Reptiles, chicks, dogs, cats, and rodents are common carriers of the salmonella germ. That’s why petting zoos offer handwashing products so children can clean their hands after handling the animals.

Fruits and vegetables can be contaminated from animal feces. When there is a widespread contamination of salmonella poisoning, the CDC starts an immediate investigation to locate the source. In the past year there has been melon, ice cream, and cheese recalls because of salmonella contamination.

The good news is that most people sickened by salmonella recover in a few days. However, I am not trying to minimize this illness because it can be very serious especially with young children and people with weakened immune systems. Salmonella causes dozens of deaths in our country every year.

One lesson here is this: Wash your fruits and vegetables as well as your hands to reduce your chances of becoming ill.

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