I’m currently reading a book entitled The Great Physicians Rx Health & Wellness. Seven Keys to unlock your health potential by Jordan Rubin. It was written in 2005.
In the section where he talks about hygiene, he makes some very pointed observations that we need to really take heed to today, considering the Coronavirus and beyond.
In the book, he mentions Hand-to-face contact happens dozens, if not hundreds, of times a day. (I can relate, how about you?) The areas underneath the fingernails no matter how short you keep your nails is a place that germs love to hide. (90% of germs on the hands hide under the fingernails). An Australian scientist by the name of Kenneth Seaton, Ph.D., who discovered that ear, nose, and throat problems-which represent 80% of visits to doctor’ offices were linked to people touching their noses, eyes, mouths, and skin with dirty fingernails throughout the day. Dr. Seaton coined the phrase: “Germs don’t fly; they hitchhike. He believed that germs were more likely to be spread with hand contact as opposed to airborne exposure. He tested his theory by giving a survey: (This is an incredibly revealing survey!):
10 Healthy people and 10 people suffering from an active virus were put into a room for 8 hours together. The one rule: No physical contact. At the end of the day, the 10 healthy people were tested. Only two became infected. He then repeated the test with 10 healthy people and 10 sick people put into the same room together and this time were allowed physical contact. After 8 hours, the healthy people were tested and how many do you think were infected? Yep, all 10 healthy people were infected through physical contact.
When your hands have germs on them, as you are touching your face, rubbing your eyes and touching your mouth and nose with your hands and fingers, it’s how many germs are contacted and pass to the inside of your body.
Check this survey out! In 2003, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was part of a survey and sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) observed 7,541 people in a public restroom at airports in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, and Toronto. 31% of males did not wash their hands in Dallas. JFK 37% didn’t wash their hands, and O-Hare 38% didn’t wash their hands after using the restroom. Canadian guys were the cleanest: 95% washed their hands after going to the bathroom. If you lump them together, 26% of males bypassed the washbasin.
Women: 22 JFK, 15% O’Hare, and in San Franciso 41% of women left the bathroom stalls without washing their hands and headed straight for the gates! 97% washed up at Toronto International. So, in total 17% of women didn’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Incredible isn’t it?!
While germs may not necessarily lead to disease, they can lower your immune system, and that is something that we want to avoid, especially when there is a virus going around, currently the Coronavirus. We all need healthy immune systems that can work as effectively as possible. Something as simple as washing your hands is one way to keep our hands from spreading germs to ourselves and others. At home, I use Thieves Foaming hand soap. Foaming soap to make sure I’m using something while not anti-bacteria (which can put your body out of balance with good germs) does work really well with getting your hands and under the nails, clean, (see picture above in getting soap underneath the nails) since Thieves Foaming hand soap is a combination of soap and the pure essential oils that Thieves is made up of. Away from home, you can take with you either Thieves Hand Purification (currently out of stock at this writing) or Thieves wipes. You can also use Thieves toothpaste for a refreshing way to brush without toxic chemicals in your toothpaste. I prefer AromaBright Thieves Tooth Paste.
Lately, when I’ve gone to the grocery store during the Coronavirus, we are required to wear facemasks in the State of PA and when we get to the shopping cart area, there is an attendant there that sprays the grocery cart handle and wipes it down for us before allow us to get a cart, which is terrific because according to the book The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness shopping carts are repositories of bacteria, carrying 1.4 million bacteria per square inch, which is 1000 times more than on a toilet seat! Publix and Albertson’s supermarkets in Florida place containers of free disinfectant wipes at store entrances so that customers can wipe down their cart handles before grabbing a cart. Now, remember this book was written in 2005! Looks like wiping down shopping carts will be the new norm from now on, or at least I hope it will be (it will be for me anyhow) now knowing how much bacteria can be found on one! According to this book Chuck Gerba, a University of Arizona environmental microbiology professor says that 80% of infections, from cold and flu viruses to food-borne diseases, are spread through contact with hands and surfaces. “Since bacteria, viruses, and other germs can survive up to three days on some surfaces, grocery-cart handles can be one of the worst places to pick up germs.