ARTICLE – Weird Ways We Are Exposed to Germs and How To Protect Ourselves
Hello and Happy January! Is Christmas put away and 2018 launched for you? It always takes a little while to adjust, doesn’t it? It was such a fun Christmas that I’ve had a harder time than usual letting it all go … although …
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Every time we talk to friends or family, it seems that the flu has struck again. I know I sent the article last week about the flu shot not protecting against the strains that are most prominent this year. If that’s the case, or flu shots are not part of our own game plan, what more can we do?
Here’s a reminder of the basics (boring but importan t) but more interesting are the quotes from doctors, health specialists, other professionals on some very astute ways we are exposed and how to protect ourselves. Their books and sources are listed, which sound very interesting also!
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. It is not rude to say to someonw who is clearly not feeling well, “Please don’t take this personally, but I just can’t sit next to you today.”
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If at all possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. Keep the big picture of other’s needs first and think of staying home/indoors as a “service” to those around you rather than “getting important things done.”
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Our hand sanitizer is THE BEST!
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. (i think we’re all guilty of not being as conscious about this as we should.)
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
7. Get enough protein.
“Research shows that diets that are too low in protein can deplete the immune system. Make sure to get protein rich foods throughout the day.” Douglas Kalman, PhD, RD, director of nutrition and applied clinical trials at Miami Research Associates.
8. Put On Your Gym Smarts
“Gyms are crawling with sweaty towels, dirty sneakers and germy grossness. Instead of sitting directly on a mat or bench, I’ll place a clean towel on it first. Any equipment that I have to touch – like rfree weights or handlebars, I’ll clean first with antibacterial wipes.” -Franci Cohen, group-exercise instrotr and owner of Fuel Fitness, Brooklyn New York.
9. Mr. Clean To The Rescue!
Sanitize your Office Space: “I clean everything that gets touched by lots of people – microwaves, fax-machine keys, doorknobs, elevator buttons, the arm rests on chairs, etc. with a good disinfectant at least once a week, even if it looks clean. It’s just basic hygiene. Rhinoviruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours !” (Philip Tierno, PhD, author of The Secret Life of Germs)
10. Start With Zinc
“If I get a scratchy throat and think I might be getting a cold, I pop “Cold-Eeze lozenges with zinc for a few days. They relieve symptoms and can get you better faster.”
11. Hold Your Breath, Then Breathe Out!
“When I’m walking past another person and he is sneezing or coughing, I gently and slowly breathe out until I’m beyond the 6-10 foot zone around him. This keeps me from inhaling the air he just contaminated.” (Stafford Broumand, MD, a plastic surgeon in New York City.)
12. Use Your Own Pen.
“With an immune-compromised child at home (my son got a bone-marrow transplant when he was just a year old for an unusual illness) I’ve become us ed to bringing my own pen to the bank, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. I even touch the ATM with it. That way, I avoid picking up germs I might spread to my child … and myself!”
13. Pamper Your Nose.
“I do a daily nasal rinse with a bulb syringe to flush out viruses and help clear secretions. You can buy nasal saline irrigation at the drugstore – I like NeilMed Sinus Rinse – or make yourown: Mix 3 teasponsse iodid-free salt and 1 tsp. baking soda. Add 1 tsp. of this to 1 cup of distilled or cooled boiled water. (Jeffrey Demain MD Director of the Alergy Asthma and Immunology center of Alaska)
14. Start Juicing.
“As a paramedic, I never know what germs I’ll be encountering. ISo I drink water constantly to flush toxins out through the lymph system. During cold and flu season, my EMT partner and I start our day by making and drinking juice. We use kale, broccoli, apple, arugula, parsley, cucumber, carrots, swiss chard, lemon and mint. That way if I don& rsquo;t get the recommended servings of whole fruits and veggies every day (who does? Juicing allows me to drink that amount in a concentrated form.” (Kristina Economou, a paramedic in Montrerey, CA
15. Hand Railings and Drinking Fountains
“I never use water fountains or the railings on stairs. They’ve got the prints of hundreds of germy hands (and mouths!) and the don’t get sanitized as often as other surfaces, like sinks. And I always use my own water bottle, thank you very much.” (Cheryl Lassiter, a kindergarten teacher in Atlanta)
16. Embrace Essential Oils
“I’ll use a few drops of lavender essential oil as a natural hand sanitizer on the go.” (Frank Lipman, MD, integrative-medicine practitioner and founder and director of Eleve-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City
17. Release Bad Energy
“My job is to keep patients calm in the ER, so I tream them with Jin Shin Jyutsu, a form of Japanese ligh-touch energy therapy. The practiceunlocks blocked energy to help the body fight infection. I do it myself every morning – I put my right hand on top of my head and my left hand in between my eyebrows and I take relaxed breaths for five minutes.” (Julia Millspaugh, RN< Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ)
18. Massage Therapy.
“I receive massages once a month to increase my circulation, which boosts immunity by nourishing cells with more oxygen and blood. It also makes me relaxed and less stressed, and when you’re less stressed, you’re less likey to be a germ magnet.” (Christine Nelson, a massage therapise in Las Cruces, NM
19. Sweat Therapy.
“I run whenever and whenever I possibly can. When I tavel, I try to stay in a hotel that has a dry sauna and use it every day. Sweating makes me feel like I’m getting all the toxins and germs out.” (Mike Martinez, a city-council member in Austin, Texas)
20. Call It A Day – Get Enough Rest!
My strategy is to double down on trying to get enough sleep, even if it just a power nap on a plane. Research shows that our bodies need 7-8 hours of sleep in order to stimulate an immune response from our ‘natural killer cels,’ which attach viruses. Sleep is my most reliable defense against infection.” (David Katz, MD, founder of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and author of “Disease-Proof: The Remarkable Truth About What Ma kes Us Well”)
21. Dry Your Hands After Washing
“I wash my hands often and path them fully dry so they don’t get flaky, which can allow germs in. Then I moisturize.” (Diane Berson, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital)
22. Cell Phones.
“As a doctor, I need to keep my cell phone with me at all times. During the day, I might place it on a counter or use it in between opening doors, pushing elevator buttons, or shaking hands with patients or colleagures. Cleaning my phone with a sanitizine wipe regularly cuts back on the germs that get near my face and mouth. (Dr. Broumand)
Those are pretty amazing, don’t you think? Even if we implmented just a few of them, I know we’d be safer. We’ve started keeping the sanitizer in the car for when we go shopping, to the gym, to Church, etc.
Here’s to a great week! I’ll be back over the weekend!