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Fiber, Calcium and Antibacterial Soap


Last Edited: October 8, 2006, 8:28 pm

Nothing important to write - no big political rant.  A thought came to me as I just washed my hands. I ran out of soap, so I reached into my shower to get a bottle of Target liquid body wash, (the one with extra moisturizers and shea butter) and poured a few ounces into the Soft Soap dispenser.  My hands smell wonderful and feel smooth.  However, does this mean they are still full of nasty germs? 

Notice how everything nowadays is antibacterial?  I wonder if the new generation won't have a strong immune system because they've been disinfected so much.  I remember eating dirt when I was a kid.  I was also thinking about the anti-germ supplies I have in my cabinet like Lysol that will kill e Coli.  The warning says not to swallow it, so I can't put any on my packaged spinach or my ground beef.  So what good will it do when I use it in the bathroom, but I eat infected food?  I guess that's so my toilet seat will be germ free when I need to run to it 20 times after eating a spinach salad and a hamburger for dinner.

I was also walking by the refrigerated section where Publix keeps the orange juice.  Ouch!  OJ is really expensive these days.  Maybe if they didn't have to make so many different cartons, it would cost less. I mean there was orange juice from concentrate, not from concentrate, low acid, with pulp, with added calcium, with added vitamins, and a new one "orange juice with fiber."  I suppose the thought of adding Metamucil to that refreshing morning glass might be a turn off, so they're doing it for us. I'm really not sure I like all this added invisible, tasteless stuff in my food or juice.  How do we know the government isn't adding something that will influence our vote? That's about the only way another Republican is getting into the White House in 2008.  Anyway, it can't be orange juice any more.  Orange juice is juice squeezed from an orange - case closed.  So if you start adding stuff to it, it has to be something else.

Calcium is also added into many things we eat, including bread, cereal, and juice. This practice has been growing over the past several years. I think I know the reason.  When I was a kid in school, the teachers wrote on blackboards and had to use chalk which is CaCO3 or or calcium carbonate.  Nobody uses blackboards any more.  Now think about it - there is a very high rate of osteoporosis in the United States and we consume an awful lot of calcium, so what's the deal? Osteoporosis is really from a high protein diet with a lot of meat and dairy products, but if the word leaks out, what are they going to do with all that chalk?

Well, I better make dinner since it's after 8.  I wonder if I need to rewash my hands, since I've been typing on my computer keyboard and I haven't sprayed it with any disinfectants lately. (although I am running anti-virus software.....groan)

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truecriticComment by truecritic - October 8, 2006, 9:13 pm
Recent articles have stated that the average office keyboard has more germs than the average bathroom.   Better go buy some more anti-bacterial detergent.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 8, 2006, 9:27 pm
Interesting...really? This is in my home, but I guess it makes sense when you think about all the times we touch a keyboard. I suppose the same goes for a public telephone or even a door knob. Speaking of doors, if you wash your hands carefully and then use the door in a restroom how to you know that 10 people ahead of you didn't forget? Yuck!! What a subject. LOL At Albertson's they have disinfectant wipes for your cart at the entrance. A survey showed that a shopping cart is home to a lot of bacteria. I always wonder about that when I see kids in poopy diapers riding in them. Funny thing I once heard, since we are on this subject. I don't go to bars any more, but many years ago I'd get together with friends for a beer and munch on the food in the bowls on the bar. Think of all those dirty hands reaching into the bowls. I read somewhere that at the end of a Saturday night, those beer nuts are soaked in all sorts of germs. (Nothin' a few shots of tequila won't fix!)
TenajComment by Tenaj - October 8, 2006, 9:59 pm
Heard E Coli is in lettuce now.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 9, 2006, 12:27 am
Yes, Tenaj. The evening news said Foxy brand is being recalled, although it's voluntary. What about carrot juice? A woman in Tampa became paralyzed after drinking it and several people became very ill. It was botulism. I'll check Google to see if it's national news, but she was paralyzed by the toxins. I was in the food packaging business for over 20 years and botulism isn't too common. Apparently the juice wasn't heated at a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria. If it's fresh juice it has to be refrigerated all the time, especially in a warm climate.

Just found several articles. I wonder why this is the first time I heard of this since apparently it started in mid Sept.
emilygComment by emilyg - October 9, 2006, 1:09 am
and ground beef being recalled.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 9, 2006, 1:32 am
Yup. Maybe the cows have a right to be mad! Seriously, I'm not trying to sound paranoid, but it seems as if all of this is happening at the same time. Maybe I should start a garden. Sure, I can just see it now, especially with all the sand here. I'm the only person I know who can kill a philodendron. Even my silk plants start to wilt after a while.
Rick GComment by Rick G - October 9, 2006, 9:15 am
While we're on the subject of germs...think about how many germs are on the pens they hand you to sign something. I always bring my own.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 9, 2006, 11:22 am
I understand, Rick. When I started to write this entry, I actually was in the opposite state of mind. I was really saying that we have too many new products on the market that kill germs, like Oust is a spray for bacteria in the air, since Lysol only kills surface germs. Now there are Clorox wipes and Clorox just came out with a spray you can put on and in anything, even your refrigerator (so they claim.) When I added the fiber and calcium remarks, I began to wonder about all the advertising we are bombarded with as part of our world of consumerism. I mean, how did my Grandmother make it to 106 without ever using Tilex or Purell hand santizer? I've read our indoor air is probably one of the dirtiest substances we inhale. In FL most people never open a window. Forget about what's hiding in your carpet and if you've never seen a film showing all the little dust mites in your mattress, you'll probably sleep better at night. I rarely worry about germs, but I have to admit when the cashier at Publix was sneezing his head off while scanning my groceries, it did bother me quite a bit. On the other hand, what we don't see can't bother us, so the same thing could be happening in the kitchen in a local diner or a fancy restaurant. Bon appetit!
Rick GComment by Rick G - October 9, 2006, 1:14 pm

Another angle on germs...the more you are exposed to them, the stronger your immune system will become because of the antibodies your body is creating.

As a young man I spent two years working in a hospital laundry. I sorted dirty laundry and shoved it into giant washing machines. The laundry was always a few days old and came from OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency, etc....you can imagine what it contained. In those days we didn't use latex gloves (Before AIDS), we used our bare hands and the laundry was flying in the sorting room so many of these germs became airborne.

For the last 30 years I have worked on toilets, sewer back ups and in other germ-filled situations.

I think the over-exposure has strengthened my immune system because I rarely get sick...just an occasional cold and that's why I use my own pen.
LAVERNE MALONEYComment by LAVERNE MALONEY - October 9, 2006, 3:56 pm
WOW, I remember clapping erasers outside after school. I was not then & I still do not drink milk. I get my source of calcium from other things. I have a juicer you would be surprised at all of the nutrients in fruits & vegetables, especially when they are broken down into the juice form. The body can aborb it better.
That's why they have liqui-gel capsules, the medicine is in the form of a liquid therefore the absorption rate is higher into the body.
I am finding that illnesses in seniors are mainly due to poor nutrition. Most seniors should not be taking vitamins in the form of a solid pill, rather a pill that is designed to dissolve under the tongue for quicker absorption or liquid vitamins.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 10, 2006, 3:24 am
I agree, Laverne. As we age our stomach acids don't break down food or pills as well, so we lose so much of the nutrients in vitamins. Sublingual is good (I almost wrote bilingual! lol) Juicing became very expensive for me and I also got a little lazy. I have one of those single auger juicers and it now sits in a corner in my kitchen. I still have a crock pot sitting in the original box unused. I'd rather eat raw veggies, but I have a lot of trouble chewing, so I have green drinks and other liquid nutrition.

Rick, that's just what I was saying in the 2nd paragraph of my blog entry when I said kids are being too disinfected. It never hurts to be careful, but some people are germaphobic. I know there are probably some kind of microbial dust mites on me, but they need to eat to, don't they? I think we need to be more concerned about pesticides, at least here in Florida.

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