Monday, October 22, 2007

Of Germs and Men

I am still busily at work on my Halloween props and decorations so there hasn't been a lot of time for blogging. The body count is rising and there currently are three (possibly soon to be four) groundbreaking corpses and one autopsy torso residing in my garage. They will be painted and dressed in the next day or so then I'll be able to move on to the electric chair.

So anyway, speaking of making monsters and corpses, let's talk about something that can make you dead (how's that for a segue?). I read an article this morning that I thought I'd share. One of my pet peeves is the over-prescribing and general lack of education on the use of antibiotics. This leads to the individual taking longer to get well but more importantly, it creates antibiotic resistant bacteria (this process by the way is a directly observable example of natural selection in action). Add to that our infatuation with everything "antibacterial" and you have a recipe for "The Superbug that Ate Mississippi". Years ago I worked in a biological containment laboratory with some really nasty stuff like Anthrax and worse. We had to take a shower before we left the lab. Even in that setting we did not use antibacterials. Plain old Dial soap and hot water. It works just fine.

There was a report last week about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and the fact that it kills more than 18,000 people a year. While Staph is all over the place most of those cases acquired the infection in healthcare setting (hospitals, the WORST place to be when you're sick). MSRA also turns up in places like gyms, locker rooms, and schools. You may recall that I spent several hours recently with my daughter in the emergency room - no wonder I felt like showering when I got home. Ick.

Here's the article I mentioned. It's from Newsweek and it's titled Caution: Killing Germs May Be Hazardous to Your Health. One more example of us screwing with the environment. Just something to think about.


Tequila Mockingbird said...

i would be proud to be in your haunted house. i would dress up as a pirate ninja jesus cyborg.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Thank you. I would be proud to have you. And you just gave me an idea for a costume...

Mike said...

We don't use anything "antibacterial" in our house. It just makes sense not to.

moooooog35 said...

I believe that 99% of all colds and infections would be irrelevant if the OLD PEOPLE GOING TO THE GYM WOULD JUST PUT THEIR F*CKING UNDERWEAR ON WHEN THEY SIT DOWN IN THE LOCKER ROOM!!!


Stupid old pricks. I'm going to be sitting on that same bench in, like, 20 minutes...and there's old ASS all over the f*cking thing.

No wonder I feel like sh*t.

Anonymous said...

I have to admitt I am a germ freak. Most times our house smells of bleach from scrubbing everything down ,including the bathrooms.Those are a must with 6 boys.

I also keep a huge jug of hand sanitizer in the car for when we go shopping.

My husbands grandmother is suffering with MRSA.I believe she caught it after her leg surgery. It's some spooky stuff to deal with.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Mike, I agree. Like Good ole soap and water does it for most things.

Moooooog, I go to the gym about as often as you go to church (actually I go to church as often as you go to church), but when I do go I wear my workout clothes to and from. Hate locker rooms, they have a unique smell that I hate.

Prepon, just dip the boys in bleach. It would save you time.
Yeah, my sister-in-law dealt with the flesh eating variety. Actually, I think it was Strep not Staph. It started out as a scratch and she almost lost her arm. A month before their wedding. Fortunately everything worked out and she's fine.