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Believe it or not, one of the easiest, most effective ways to avoid certain types of infectious diseases and illnesses is completely free and takes approximately 20 seconds. Here are some of the most effective practices you can adopt to protect yourself against influenza and the common cold, several gastrointestinal disorders, and help to prevent the spread of infection to others.

Throughout the duration of the day we touch and encounter germs from a variety of different sources… contaminated surfaces, restrooms (no need to elaborate there), door knobs, foods, other people, computer key boards, even money. If you don’t wash your hands after touching these surfaces, you can infect and others with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Let me provide a little scenario…

John uses the restroom and forgets to wash his hands post flush (a toilet handle hundreds of others have touched over the past week). He exits the restroom stopping by the vending machine next to the restroom on his way back to his office on the 3rd floor. He takes out a dollar from his pocket, selects B7 from the vending machine (the Cheddar Cheese Cheetos). He picks up his bag and heads to the elevator where he selects floor 4. Upon exiting the elevator he runs in to Bob from central receiving and warmly greets him with a handshake. After catching up with Bob, he makes his way back to his office where he opens the door, sits down at his desk and cracks open the long awaited bag of Cheetos. Upon finishing the bags, his fingertips are of course cheese coated which can only be removed by, yes you guessed it, sticking his fingers in his mouth to remove the orange residue.

In this scenario how many germs did John come in counter with? Statistically speaking, between the flush handle, the vending machine buttons, the door knob, the elevator buttons, and Central Receiving Bob’s hands (not to mention everything Bob had touched that day) probably around 2,000,000, give or take a germ.

Am I suggesting you walk around everywhere with gloves, not touching anything, and not shake hands with people (especially people named Bob)? Absolutely not. The point of this scenario is to create awareness and the tidbit of knowledge that while we cannot always avoid coming in contact with germs, by one simple act we can help prevent from those germs unknowing entering our body! So for heavens sake…wash your hands! FYI: Here are some of the MOST germy places!

The bottom of a woman’s purse
Shopping cart handles
Remote controls (especially in a hotel or public place)
Hand rails
Door knobs

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Five years ago I was driving to work when I was hit from behind by a truck. My neck jolted as the car came to a halt. At first I didn’t know what had happened. My neck was hurting as I waited for the ambulance to come. I felt very strange as the EMT’s put me in the back of the ambulance. For some reason I became very nauseated and began to throw up which seemed strange considering I was hit in the back. I got checked out at the hospital and every thing was okay.

A week later as I was driving home I became very dizzy, when I pulled into my driveway and got out of the car, I couldn’t maintain my balance.

I made an appointment with a doctor (ENT). I told him of my symptoms and he ran some tests for vertigo. The tests showed that I didn’t have vertigo. The doctor’s diagnosis was something called Meniere’s disease. He described it as an inner ear disorder that has symptoms like vertigo but the causes of it are unknown and unfortunately there is no cure for it.

He told me that the usual treatment for this condition was to cut back on salt and take a diuretic.

That didn’t work for me.

I began to have Meniere’s attacks on a regular basis. I would get very dizzy to the point that I couldn’t stand up and I was so nauseated that I would throw up. These attacks would happen at any time without warning. I soon went from one doctor to another for about 4 years till I was sent to an inner ear specialist (Otolaryngologist) who specialized in Meniere’s problems.

I was given several options on how to proceed with the treatment of Meniere’s disease, from the least to most invasive procedures. My choice was to have injections in my ear to kill the inner ear balance in my ‘bad’ ear. This would prevent that ear from sending false information to the brain about my balance.

The procedure was painful as I received a total of 4 injections over the course of 2 months. What happened next was totally unexpected. My balance was worst than before and I was having attacks with greater regularity. It seems that this procedure takes time to work, sometimes up to 4 or 5 months.

But things did eventually settle down and I was feeling like my old self again for about 6 months. Of course this condition never goes away entirely, so I will probably have to deal with it the rest of my life.

David Stillwagon blogs on Meniere’s Disease, Sleep apnea and other things relating to sleep.

Morgellons is a disease in which the sufferer experiences the sensation of itching or bugs crawling under the skin. It can also sometimes involve lesions on the skin which burn or sting, and sometimes the patient will also notice fibers coming out of the skin. It is a fairly new condition in that it wasn’t named until the year 2002, and as such is just starting to become more well-known and researched by disease agencies.

Morgellons can often be a subject of controversy within medical circles, as no one is quite sure exactly what the condition is or what causes it, although there have been several hypotheses put forth.

The most common theory among dermatologists and psychiatrists is that Morgellons is actually something called delusional parasitosis, a condition where the sufferer thinks there are parasites crawling under his or her skin. However, in delusional parasitosis, there are actually no parasites at all and the condition is entirely psychological (hence “delusional” in the name). Within this theory, the fibers coming out of the skin are thought to be fibers from the patient’s clothes that got stuck in the lesions during normal daily activities, and the patient mistakenly believes they are originating from within the skin.

Some evidence exists, however, that the fibers may be biological in nature. A Police Crime Lab in Tulsa, Oklahoma examined some fibers from patients’ wounds and found that they did not match any known fibers, were not manmade, and didn’t come from a plant.

A significant number of patients with this condition also test positive for Lyme disease, and in some cases treatment with anti-bacterials used to fight Lyme disease leads to remission of the Morgellons.

As the theories of origin are varied, so are the treatment options. Treatment options for delusional parasitosis involves therapy and antipsychotic drugs. Some doctors will also prescribe antibiotics, antifungals, and antiparasitic medications. Light therapy has also been used.

With the widespread use of the internet, more and more sufferers of this disease are finding out that other people share their condition and they can discuss symptoms and treatment options as well as raise awareness in others.

Please visit these links to learn more about Morgellons and Morgellons Disease.


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