Wash Your Hands: Dirty Truth About Germs, Viruses and Epidemics...and the Simple Ways to Protect Yourself in a Dangerous World

Wash Your Hands: Dirty Truth About Germs, Viruses and Epidemics...and the Simple Ways to Protect Yourself in a Dangerous World

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by Frederic Saldmann
     
 

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Did you know that the brown spots on apples are carcinogenic? That gardening can lead to Legionnaire’s disease? That a toothbrush can pass on the hepatitis virus, or that an improperly cared-for cavity can endanger your heart? These health risks—the very real results of diminished attention to personal hygiene, especially hand-washing—crop up in

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Did you know that the brown spots on apples are carcinogenic? That gardening can lead to Legionnaire’s disease? That a toothbrush can pass on the hepatitis virus, or that an improperly cared-for cavity can endanger your heart? These health risks—the very real results of diminished attention to personal hygiene, especially hand-washing—crop up in every part of daily life, from working and eating out to staying in and spending time around the house. Some threaten us not only on an individual level, but a global one as well. From allergies to the possibility of an avian flu pandemic, Dr. Frédéric Saldmann examines in detail the many dangers that may lie in wait and sets out simple measures for keeping them at a safe distance—his number one mandate being washing your hands as often and as thoroughly as possible.A nationally recognized expert in his native France, Dr. Saldmann introduces readers to new studies that show the incredible range of germs transmitted by our hands in the most commonplace interactions. This book not only concerns the bacterial dangers of bad hygiene, but presents a panoramic survey of health-endangering practices, rumors, and fears amok on the contemporary scene, offering a compendium of answers, advice, and condensed research in a single, handy reference. Other features include sections on psychological health and beating bad habits and on epidemics and worldwide health scares.Dr. Saldmann combines scientific study and practical advice in this veritable handbook for the personal hygiene our times demand. Rich in research, anecdotes, and unexpected humor, Wash Your Hands!, is a no-nonsense manual that is imperative to our daily lives.

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Publishers Weekly
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Saldmann, former administrator for the Hospitals of Paris, is an expert in food sanitation and nocosomial infections-those contracted in-hospital-and his primer on emerging diseases and everyday hygiene is an eye-popping look at the hazards around us. Fortunately, it's also efficient and practical (no doubt part of its popularity in Saldmann's native France), covering issues in the home, at work, on the street, in the garden and during travel in short, highly informative chapters. Among sound, practical advice on protecting oneself, he also questions the wisdom of putting elderly people, whose immune systems have weakened with age, into group living situations where diseases can spread like wildfire; describes the dangers of cosmetics (sharing lipstick, applying mascara), tattoos and piercings; documents diseases that jump continents literally overnight (e.g., SARS) and others that have spiked in virulence, like E. coli. Saldmann blames the success of antibiotics in the mid-20th century for society's careless attitude toward sanitation and personal hygiene, citing precautions that were routine in our great-grandparents' time. This is a guidebook worthy of attention from every parent, teacher, and medical worker, as well as anyone with a depressed immune system.
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As increasingly resistant microbial organisms are frequently discussed in the news, many of us look for reasonable ways to protect our health. Saldmann, a food sanitation specialist, recommends a return to the "three golden rules of hygiene": hand washing, cooking food thoroughly, and adequate refrigeration. In his brief book, a 2007 best seller in France, Saldmann provides, among other things, tips on food care, personal hygiene, tattoos, and improving indoor air. He describes the impact of recent epidemics and concludes with his thoughts on how to prepare for a possible pandemic. Although many of his suggestions are common sense or already covered in the popular literature, his easy style and practical advice may prove appealing for general readers. Since many of the entries are extremely brief, a bibliography or list of supplemental sources would have been useful for those wanting additional information. The lack of citations and the brevity will frustrate academic readers, who might find Nancy Tomes's highly regarded The Gospel of Germs more useful for a scholarly look at hygiene and society. A marginal purchase for public libraries.
—Tina Neville

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ISBN-13:
9781602860490
Publisher:
Weinstein Books
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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