Beach Bummer: Germs in the Sand

Bad news if you’re a beachgoer: that sand may not be as safe as you think. A study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (conducted in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency) took a look at the bacteria content of beach sand… and how it can affect your family. Researchers spoke with close to thirty thousand families about their beach visits between 2003 and 2007. Participants were asked about contact with the sand (for themselves and their children) and were asked about health issues during a follow-up interview about ten days later. Approximately six percent of study … Continue reading

Back to School Germs

My two children and I spent the summer home together. Yes we did venture out shopping and to the park, but I did not get a summer job and they did not attend the babysitter’s house or preschool. At the beginning of this month, we all got back into a routine of having a place to go each day. I began a new year of teaching, my daughter started part time preschool, and my son headed back to the babysitter’s house. Within a week of the family getting back on schedule, we all had a cold, cough, or runny nose. … Continue reading

Hand Sanitizer- It Does a Body Good

I’m not a germ-phobe but since I became a mother, I like to carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer with me wherever we go. I find them more convenient than carrying around a bunch of wet wipes or going to the restroom only to find there are no paper towels and having to grab a bunch of toilet paper as a substitute. According to the Mayo Clinic, using hand sanitizers is a more effective way than soap and water to kill germs that cause illness. This is especially important for families with young kids. According to an article in … Continue reading

Really Clean Sheets

How often do you wash your bed sheets? A few years ago Oprah interviewed a “germ expert” who mentioned that bed linen should be washed in extremely hot water every 3 days. A gasp went up from the audience and it was later revealed that the majority of Oprah’s fans routinely sanitized their sheets bi-monthly. So, in case you answered “twice a month—at best” you needn’t feel bad… though you may feel itchy. According to scientists, during the night your body sheds cells, which mites live off of. What’s more, doctors say breathing those microbes in as you sleep can … Continue reading

Happy Halloween! Did You Know …

Yes, today is Halloween! It’s a wonderful day and a great deal of fun, but today has historical significance in a great many ways. Be sure to take notes as you keep in mind that on October 31 in history, these events happened: In 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” was first published. In 1517, Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation by nailing a proclamation to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. In 1864, Nevada was admitted to the Union as the 36th state. In 1926, magician, illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini died of … Continue reading