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    I always wash my hands after the gym or bathroom visits. It's not just a matter of whether I am clean or not, it's a matter of various ****wits who may be using the same facilities and do god knows what there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    You pick up germs from every surface you touch, so you should wash your hands multiple times throughout the day.
    Word. And people who don't wash their hands probably get sick more often and wonder why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    Word. And people who don't wash their hands probably get sick more often and wonder why.
    I was just thinking about that because of this very thread. If every one would take the time to wash their hands frequently throughout the day I bet the incidence of the common cold would be halved.

    Up until a couple of weeks ago, my mom hadn't had so much as a cold in the previous four years. I asked her why she thought that was and she answered that it was because she washes her hands regularly.
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    Anyone see any studies about hand washing and getting sick less? Until then, it's still anecdotal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150 View Post
    Anyone see any studies about hand washing and getting sick less? Until then, it's still anecdotal.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407


    Interesting read but to be honest I have always thought of this as common sense.

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    How come killing germs isn't considered "animal cruelty"? Don't they have the same right to live like me and you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150 View Post
    How come killing germs isn't considered "animal cruelty"? Don't they have the same right to live like me and you?
    I thought that's what Unicef was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    I was just thinking about that because of this very thread. If every one would take the time to wash their hands frequently throughout the day I bet the incidence of the common cold would be halved.

    Up until a couple of weeks ago, my mom hadn't had so much as a cold in the previous four years. I asked her why she thought that was and she answered that it was because she washes her hands regularly.
    When I was in middle school and high school I'd say I contracted an average of maybe 4-6 colds a year. This past winter I was super anal about using my sweater or jacket sleeve to open door handles and washing my hands and I didn't get a single cold. When the weather warmed up and I stopped wearing long-sleeved clothing I caught my first cold of the year. I have another one now as I type this. It's anecdotal, but I'm convinced that washing hands and being careful about what you touch is in your best interest health-wise.

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    You don't wash your hands to get rid of urine, you wash your hands to get rid of stray bacteria. Any doctor/biology type person, feel free to correct me. Coliform bacteria (E. Coli is one type) lives in your intestines. Whenever your hand goes down town, to pee or such, the bacteria can make contact with your skin. You then touch door knobs and then like and deposit the bacteria. Somebody touches the door and then accidentally touches their mouth. Now the E. Coli is in their body and has a party while hospitalizing the innocent person.

    Random data I've heard, but not sure about: bacteria in feces can travel through 10 layers of toilet paper. When flushing a toilet, water and bacteria can spray up over 6 feet up. Granted, this might be false, but it makes you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    Word. And people who don't wash their hands probably get sick more often and wonder why.
    I was just going to comment on how the only time I probably wash my hands is during my daily shower, or IF I get something on them.

    I have not been sick in years. The occasional runny/stuffy nose is the worst of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blanche_Soprano View Post
    Random data I've heard, but not sure about: bacteria in feces can travel through 10 layers of toilet paper. When flushing a toilet, water and bacteria can spray up over 6 feet up. Granted, this might be false, but it makes you think.
    That's why I don't wipe or flush. I just run out of there like a crime scene just occured and let it cake and flake off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWebb78 View Post
    My thought: germs and bacteria are good for us! so expose your body to as many as possible to strengthen your immune system. keep it simple.
    I agree. It's like not eating something that fell on the ground.

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    Washing your hands is just a good policy in general. But lets face it, some people are so full of **** it doesn't matter if they wash it off their hands anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWebb78 View Post
    I was just going to comment on how the only time I probably wash my hands is during my daily shower, or IF I get something on them.

    I have not been sick in years. The occasional runny/stuffy nose is the worst of it.


    My thought: germs and bacteria are good for us! so expose your body to as many as possible to strengthen your immune system. keep it simple.
    n=1. Not a good sample size.

    Second, I think your theory was disproven back in the days of the plagues and influenza outbreaks that used to kill millions back before we knew about proper sanitation and hygiene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWebb78 View Post
    My thought: germs and bacteria are good for us! so expose your body to as many as possible to strengthen your immune system. keep it simple.
    I've seen evidence that suggests that there is some truth to that, but I still think it's important to wash your hands.

    Bacteria, writ large, isn't good or bad for you. Some bacteria can be very damaging though. And I've read that kids who are not exposed to bacteria/grow up in overly sanitized environments have weaker immune systems that aren't very good at dealing with harmful bacteria when confronted with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    I've seen evidence that suggests that there is some truth to that, but I still think it's important to wash your hands.

    Bacteria, writ large, isn't good or bad for you. Some bacteria can be very damaging though. And I've read that kids who are not exposed to bacteria/grow up in overly sanitized environments have weaker immune systems that aren't very good at dealing with harmful bacteria when confronted with them.
    I've heard that about allergies. If the child grows up in a spotless environment, there immune system won't know how to handle allergens.

    I've never heard that about bacteria. If that's true, it didn't work for me. As long as you aren't home schooled, you get exposed to many different viruses and bacteria throughout your school years. I think your statement is more along the lines of being exposed to different strains of a virus. Once your body has had a certain strain, then it knows how to kill it before it bothers you. This is why children are always sick and their parents do not get sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blanche_Soprano View Post
    I've heard that about allergies. If the child grows up in a spotless environment, there immune system won't know how to handle allergens.

    I've never heard that about bacteria. If that's true, it didn't work for me. As long as you aren't home schooled, you get exposed to many different viruses and bacteria throughout your school years. I think your statement is more along the lines of being exposed to different strains of a virus. Once your body has had a certain strain, then it knows how to kill it before it bothers you. This is why children are always sick and their parents do not get sick.

    Bacterias and viruses can both cause disease.
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    isn't it something as small as 1 or 2% of known bacteria can cause illness in humans?
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    Sure. But they outnumber us like infinity to one so 1% is .9999999999999% too many.
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    I have a question about those sanitation gels. They say they kill 99.99% of germs. Do they kill 99.99% of the germs on your hand at the time, or do they kill 99.99% of germs in existence (in that there are 0.1% of germs the gel is unable to kill)?
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    those sanitation gels with be the death of mankind when the germs mutate to adapt to them.
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    What I hate more are guys who are clearly sick (coughing constantly), who come to lift. If you're sick, at least try and keep it a secret. There was a regular that was sick for about two weeks. He'd consistently cough in his gloves... which of course, he'll use to touch bars, etc.

    Also, if you think that's sick, imagine people who work at restaurants who come to work sick. You think everybody can afford to call in sick? No, and I believe most of the colds, flus, stomach viruses I catch are from restaurants.
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    then stop eating out, better for your stomach, and your wallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWebb78 View Post
    then stop eating out, better for your stomach, and your wallet.
    No. Groceries cost way more than eating out... unless you eat out at fancy diners. Two meals at the grocery cost me close to 50 bucks. I can get four footlongs (4 meals) double meat at Subway for less than that.

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