October 31, 2007

Grossly Informative

I don’t consider myself a germ-a-phobe. I don’t feel the need to wash my hands 1,000 times a day. I don’t freak out if I don’t have hand sanitizer on me at all times. I don't go AWOL on people who sneeze within 5 feet of me. I also rarely ever get sick, so I just generally don’t freak out about germs – at least I didn’t.

There is this article in my new Health Magazine . I read it last week and have not stopped thinking about germs since. Let’s just say I learned a lot I may not have actually wanted to know. It was aptly titled “The 12 Germiest Places in America” and should you choose to read this article, you too might start thinking differently about grocery shopping. “Saliva. Bacteria. Fecal matter. Those are just a few of the choice substances Gerba found on shopping cart handles. Carts rank high on the yuck scale because they’re handled by dozens of people every day and you’re 'putting your broccoli where some kid’s butt was,' says the professor of environmental microbiology."

Ick.

3 comments:

kelsalynn said...

Sometimes they'll do shows about that stuff on 60 minutes or whatever and I cannot watch it. If I do, I can't sleep at night...I feel like there are bugs crawling on me!

Neese said...

oh goodness. i hate to hear this stuff, yet am grateful I have...I certainly will never look at a "buggy" (how they say cart in the south) the same way again!!!

SunshineCityLassie said...

I wonder how much those sanitary wipes at the grocery store actually help...