Germ phobia strikes even people who should know better - page 5

by GrnTea

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Someone who was very worried of being "exposed to things" at work posted recently; there were several follow-up posts on being afraid of things outside the hospital, not wanting to touch the shopping carts or the doors in public... Read More


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    Well! I expected a reaction before now.....measles, mumps, rubella having the disease conveys MUCH better immunity. Polio was never the big deal you hear about. Diphtheria and tetanus, yup, got those, actually got the polio too,,,,,too old for the MMR, and of course no chicken pox vac either.
    Quote from Miiki✿
    Lol. I already feel sorry for posting this because its a bit off topic, but should we just let ourselves get polio, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella so that we can build immunity naturally? I don't like that idea; I'll let YOU do that.



    I'm pretty sure that in the food worker's mind the gloves are meant to keep THEIR hands clean, not YOUR food.
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    I'm not a germaphobe. 7 years difference between my middle and younger children, and when I had my son the nurse came in with a manual if you will, on child care for my newborn. I told her I was a mom of two already, so she did the smart thing, figuring with 3 kids at home I certainly wasn't going to sit down and read that manual (which I did), but said well then let me give you the run down, we don't do everything the same anymore. She proceeded to tell me that we don't rock babies, and we don't sanitize bottles. I looked at her like she was crazy, although I was never a bottle boiler, I did wash them in the dishwasher. She said babies don't get as sick as they used to because we just wash the bottles and you can use tap water as long as it has fluoride and is treated, is not well water, for their formula. Made total sense to me, and my younger two haven't been nearly as sick as my older ones were when they were little.
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    Interesting read. What brought back memories for me was the part(s) about bad food sanitation practices. I have countless stories from inspecting food establishments, processing plants, warehouses, etc. The U.S. Food industry is disgusting! and I'm being nice. It becomes quickly apparent that our government is more concerned with corporate "health" as opposed to true food "safety"; there's so much the government and corporations can, but won't do because it hurts the bottom line... irrespective of people getting sick or being endanger of becoming sick. Law suits are cheaper. I can remember trying to track down bad food for over 48 hours before the corporation issued a food recall... a "recall" to me simply means damage control failed.

    I've seen people wearing gloves go into the bathroom, place their gloves on the bathroom floor by their feet while they use the bathroom... wipe their bottom, flush the toilet, put the gloves back on, and walk back onto the processing floor. So common, that I pulled a supervisor into the bathroom to witness such behavior.

    Some places disallow gloves because they find their employees being more sanitation conscious without them. They will wash their hands as opposed to doing everything from mopping the floor, wiping sweat from their brow, and counting money and using the bathroom with their gloves on. The reality is simply many workers just don't care and until they are in a position where they have a lot to lose, they won't care.

    Many food processing plants and eateries are also disgusting. I have found some of the highly automated plants to be the cleanest. A produce plant in the greater area of New Orleans was so clean that they not only regularly paid to be inspected by various agencies, but so clean during unscheduled visits, that we couldn't find one thing to write up even if we tried (which is near impossible at any facility anywhere on the planet.)

    I've seen disgusting ice plants that I couldn't write up for certain horrible practices because ice was considered a refrigerant and not a consumable. Hopefully that's changed today.

    Take your favorite swab/detection/lab kit and swab around toilets, dog mouth, people mouths, urinals, floors, etc... and you'll see just how nasty the human mouth really is. No wonder cats often scram when people try to kiss them... a dog just thinks (drinking from toilet, licking my own bum, kissing a human's mouth = generally the same)

    One the subject of using public bathrooms- I don't like touching knobs at the sink or door handles as fecal matter is very common on those items. A person with fecal matter on their hands turns on the water, washes up, and touches the same knob to turn the water off. You use the same sink, wash your hands adequately, but touch the "nasty knob" to shut the water off... then you touch the door handle on the way out, and when you get to the car, you offer your child a cookie or potato chip while you're sticking your hand in a newly opened bag.... yiiiikes!

    Keep your fingers and hands clean (simple soap and water goes a long way) and your kiddos hands clean and out of their mouths, and that alone will keep a lot of the "nasties" at bay.

    I enjoyed the article. Best of the day to everyone.
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    Quote from teiladay

    One the subject of using public bathrooms- I don't like touching knobs at the sink or door handles as fecal matter is very common on those items. A person with fecal matter on their hands turns on the water, washes up, and touches the same knob to turn the water off. You use the same sink, wash your hands adequately, but touch the "nasty knob" to shut the water off... then you touch the door handle on the way out, and when you get to the car, you offer your child a cookie or potato chip while you're sticking your hand in a newly opened bag.... yiiiikes!

    Keep your fingers and hands clean (simple soap and water goes a long way) and your kiddos hands clean and out of their mouths, and that alone will keep a lot of the "nasties" at bay.
    Yeah, and since most people don't do that, why aren't more children deathly ill? Hint: E. coli is in their guts already, been there since they popped out face down out of their mom's vaginas. There's a reason for that. You think humans were always born in a surgical field with a lot of Betadine splashed around, or even a pre-delivery soap and water shower? Think again.

    Go DIRT!
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    I am such a germaphobe when it comes to my food! I couldn't stomach eating at Subway for years because of it. It grosses me out when I see people touching things with their gloves they shouldn't (like the oven handle, fridge, cash register) and then try to touch my food!

    As a matter of fact this happened to me TWICE this week at the same place, with different people. I went to Panera to get my favorite bagel and they rang up my order and then went and grabbed my bagel. I told them both that I wanted them to change their gloves and get me a new one!

    On the second day I had it and reported it to the manager. She said she'd speak with her staff about it. We'll see the next time I go for a bagel run.

    When I eat at resturants I have a "dirty" hand and a "clean" hand. I only touch the salt and pepper shakers and my utensils with my "dirty" hand. I use my "clean" hand for eating finger foods (fries, bread, pizza).

    I also don't sit on public toilet seats....I have nice legs because of this! Lol!
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    Quote from NurseCutie

    On the second day I had it and reported it to the manager. She said she'd speak with her staff about it. We'll see the next time I go for a bagel run.
    Enjoy the spit on your bagel...
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    Quote from brownbook
    I hate to say it....I have a disabled grandson...but I do wonder if the strange increase in autism is related to anti everything, germ phobic, generation. Mothers don't drink, smoke, drink coffee, take any OTC, we keep everything so clean and sanitized, etc. and look what has happened!
    You do realize that smoking is a carcinogenic activity, right? And that drinking more than a glass or two a day is unhealthy?

    And don't bring up autism. Seriously.
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    I went through a really gremophobic phase but those days are long over. Not saying i don't do common sense moves - paper towl on a public restroom door handle after i wash my hands, spritz or drop of hand sanitizer before eating if i can't wash my hands, different shoes for working in my small area of my yard where i keep hens - but overall i don't dwell on who touched the cart in Shoprite before me. My daughter, is definitely healthier for the "go play in the dirt" attitude than some of here more protected peers. She knows the joy of drinking from the hose or plucking a carrot from the garden and wiping the loose dirt on our pants before we eat it right on the way in to the house.
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    I love this post!! Go dirt
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    Quote from teiladay
    I've seen disgusting ice plants that I couldn't write up for certain horrible practices because ice was considered a refrigerant and not a consumable. Hopefully that's changed today.
    In my state, and possibly others, the major ice company that supplies ice to convenience stores and grocery stores advertises on their trucks and bags "Ice is food". And it's not taxed, because food has no sales tax. So hopefully it's better when ice is considered food?


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