I am a big believer in hand washing.  That might have something to do with
the fact that my mother is a nurse.  Anyhoo...I've spent a lot of time
around children that aren't my own, and I rarely get sick.  I strongly
believe that I wash my hands thoroughly as often as possible.  I'm not
obsessive about it, but I do wash my hands thoroughly before eating and
after using the loo, before and after being around children (like, serving
in the nursery or looking after the neighbors' kids, etc), and also when
I've touched animals (like petting a dog).  I've taught my children to be
careful about washing their hands as well, and they rarely are sick beyond
having allergies...

Also, I don't use anti-bacterial soap at my house.  In both bathrooms and
in the kitchen, I have liquid soap pumps filled with regular,
non-anti-bacterial soap.  Also, and this is an eccentricity (if you want to
call it that) passed on to me from my mother...after using a public
restroom and washing hands, I use a paper towel in my hand (or, failing
that, a tissue from my purse) to open the door to leave - in recognition of
the fact that most people don't regularly wash their hands well, if at all,
and then they go touch that door handle.  Ish!

Heidi the fair

Heidi Page
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> [Original Message]
> From: Jon Spencer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: 6/22/2003 12:17:08 AM
> Subject: Re: [ZION] hand shakes
>
> Antibacterial soap is no more effective than regular soap.  Here's the
> facts:
>
> 1.  The skin keeps bacteria and viruses out of the body.
> 2.  Bacteria and especially viruses lurk in the oil on your hand.
> 3.  Washing with water only does a poor job of removing these disgusting
> oils!
> 4.  Washing with a wetting agent such as soap or detergent removes these
> oils.  But ya gotta wash ALL of the surface of your hands, including
between
> the fingers.  Most people do an extremely poor job of washing their hands.
> 5.  Antibacterial agents kill some bacteria, but certainly don't do
anything
> about viruses (you know, colds, flues. etc.)
> 6.  Stop poking your face with your hands.  That will eliminate much of
the
> infection that occurs.
> 7.  If you are worried about shaking hands, then also do not touch any
> handrails, nor any door knobs, nor anything else anyone has touched.
>
> As an interesting side note, there was a study done on the causes of
> intestinal infection on wilderness backpackers.  What made them sick?  Was
> it untreated water?  Bad jokes?  What was it?
>
> It turns out that the highest correlating factor was whether or not they
> washed their hands before eating and after pooping.  Those who did seldom
> got sick.  Those who got sick seldom did.
>
> Jon
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Paul Osborne" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 9:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [ZION] hand shakes
>
>
> >
> > On Fri, 20 Jun 2003 12:29:45 -0500 "Ronn! Blankenship"
> > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > > Paul, maybe you should consider carrying around one of those big
> > > squirt
> > > bottle of that anti-bacterial hand gel and use it every time
> > > immediately
> > > after you shake someone's hand . . . and hope you never get called
> > > as
> > > Sacrament meeting door greeter . . .
> >
> >
> > That's really a good idea, seriously, a good idea. I'll talk to my wife
> > about it.
> >
> > Paul O
> > [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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