Woof! Why Does Max Look Drunk?

If you’ve been reading Big Jay’s Big Blogs, you will have noticed that I usually get around to talking to moms with kids, telling them about the potential danger of having hand sanitizers with their “Active Ingredient” as alcohol. I will continue to do remind you of this to help you protect your kids.

But I’d like to tug on the heartstrings of all of my pet-loving health-conscious readers. The last thing you would want is for your beloved Max or Bella (the two top names of dogs in 2016)  or Oliver or Luna (the two top cat names last year) is to somehow get into a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The effects could be deadly for your pets.

And these days, with many people thinking their pets are truly a part of the family, this potential disaster may be something you didn’t think about; just how dangerous it is for your PETS to drink alcohol-based sanitizing product.

When I read an article about how hand sanitizers are on the Top 5 list of poisons to pets, it got my attention.

I must tell you, I don’t own a pet, as I simply don’t wish to get too attached; plus I dislike walking a dog in all kinds of weather and having to pick up after it, or cleaning a cat’s less than hygienic place to relieve themselves.

That being said, I know many of you would do anything for you pet. So perhaps you should be more mindful of where you keep your sanitizing products; much like you would with a child around.

As a dog parent, you know that chocolate can be harmful. Do you leave your daily medicines out so a child could reach it? I hope not. And the same thing applies to your precious pussycat or puppy. Do you leave tobacco products just lying around? I hope not. How about seemingly harmless mints, or chewing gum? Don’t do it. ALL are on the list. And obviously, you wouldn’t leave a pesticide or cleaning products within easy reach of a child or a pet. Read all about it here and get an eyeful.

Which leads me to my point; why are people still using alcohol-based hand sanitizers in the first place? It’s potentially bad for humans—and now we know about the dangers for Max or Luna.

You can eliminate at least one of the dangers to your kids AND pets virtually instantly by using an alcohol-free hand sanitizing creation. I recommend safeHands® once you make the switch. Buy it here.

Do it before something potentially deadly happens from a pet or child drinks an alcohol-based sanitizer simply out of curiosity.

Spread the word. Not the germs!

Be BIG!

Ma, I Don’t Feel So Good

The dreaded phrase heard by every mom, “Ma, I don’t feel so good.”

Moms are hearing that expression uttered a lot during these late winter/early spring days in many parts of the U.S.A.

One of the latest areas to be hard hit by the norovirus is in Florida, at the Citrus Cove Elementary School.

140 kids at this came down with symptoms of norovirus and stayed out of school recently. The school’s population is about 1,100 students. That’s 12.72% of the Boynton Beach school’s student body in one day not learning anything but the location of the toilet bowl and bed.

It was so bad; the Florida Department of Health had to get involved, determining that it indeed was norovirus that the children experienced.

So naturally, the local TV stations sent their “Kids in Peril” team out to check it out.

And what did we learn from these “Breaking News” stories? The thing I’ve been trying to drum into anyone’s head who will listen. WASH YOUR HANDS.

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And then use safeHands® alcohol free hand sanitizer to keep your hands as clean as possible. No hand sanitizer can stop norovirus; including the products WITH alcohol as their prime ingredient.

But it takes situations like this one for parents to remind themselves they MUST teach their kids about hygiene and washing hands before you eat, after you eat, and in between to use a hand sanitizer like safeHands to at least kill 99.99% of the bacteria that can be on human skin.

If you look on our safeHands® website, you’ll see there are products specifically designed just for kids. You can obtain them here.

Why does it take over 100 kids coming down with norovirus in one school on one day to remind us about the dangers of the simple task of washing hands? It beats me!

Parents, it is your responsibility to teach your kids this very basic premise when they are very young, and drive the point home constantly. Of course, kids must get sick at times in order to build up the immune system to viruses and bacteria. But why put so many kids through norovirus when it can be prevented.

And adults, I want you to read this carefully. If you don’t wash your hands regularly—especially if you handle food—you must wash your hands as often as you can. To keep your skin from drying, use safeHands® as it won’t dry your skin like other products filled with alcohol.

Thank goodness for spring break as the Citrus Grove Elementary School got a good cleaning by scrubbing and sanitizing places in the school that were used by virtually all students. But if MY kids went there, I’d expect the entire school to be cleaned and sanitized from TOP to BOTTOM before I’d let my child return after spring break; so you don’t have to hear the words, “Ma, I don’t feel so good.”

Spread the word. Not the germs!

Be BIG!

 

 

 

Germanoia. Is That A Word?

Germanoia. According to my synonym-finder on my office suite of choice, it’s not a word. Neither does my dictionary of choice on the internet show it as a word.

I just thought of it. Think of paranoia. Now you see how I got there.

And people (particularly Americans) seem to have germanoia.

Here’s my definition of germanoia: a large group of humans who are scared or at least extraordinarily concerned about germs that can kill.

And I am proclaiming myself the leader of this cult.

We buy things to clean and hopefully disinfect nearly everything today, because many of us have germanoia.

Why does America suffer from germanoia? Because we’ve witnessed friends, acquaintances or family members getting sick from life-threatening bacteria (like MRSA) in hospitals or in environments like nursing homes, gym locker rooms or even on sports playing fields.

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And all we want to do it KILL it, because this particular superbug found a way to outsmart and become resistant to most antibiotics.

I had never heard of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) before I got it for the first of 10 times back in 2005. I can’t prove it (thanks lawyers) but got my first foray after surgery, in what I thought was a reputable health care providing facility.

Back in 2005, hospitals were just getting the notion that they better get a handle on this drug resistant SUPERBUG. There are other “bugs,” but I’ll save that for another blog.

Now, due to people (like our family friend Chris) having lobbied our state government, hospitals have to report how many cases of MRSA and other bugs had to be treated in their facility. And while the reports of MRSA are beginning to slowly subside, there is still a lot to be done to inform lay people, and the continuing education of health care workers—from the doctors, right down to the cleaning staff about good hygiene.

Staph infections are not fun. Ask my wife who stood over me praying for my survival for sometimes 16 hours a day while I was in an isolation room for months—yes, months at a time. My story is the entire chapter 3 in a book called Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, by Maryn McKenna. 

So how did I come up with the made-up word germanoia? Simple. It’s a cousin of the noun germophobia. That IS a real word. It means: a person who has an abnormal fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness. Can you blame me if I’m one of those too?

Over the course of five years (from 2005 to 2010) I was hospitalized over a dozen times treating either the MRSA itself, or repairing the internal and external damage it did to my body. All told, I figured out that I spent over a year in the hospital during that span—a whole year in the hospital. How much do you think THAT had to cost? I wager over a million bucks. Thank God for health insurance; because if I didn’t have it then, I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for the 14-watt bulb I’m using to see my keyboard right now.

Let it be known, it is now my mission to educate as many brains as possible about the damage that can be caused by people who spread germs; even unknowingly. My target is moms.

I realize we must have some bacteria in our lives. Humans must be able to fight them off naturally. That’s where good hand hygiene comes into play. Wash hands regularly, and then apply safeHands® with a safe active ingredient, with other inactive components that make your hands feel good, not cracked and dry. That happens from sanitizers that have alcohol as their main ingredient.

I bring safeHands® an alcohol-free hand sanitizer with me virtually everywhere. The way I see it, everything I touch has germs on the surface (some worse than others) making me suffer from germanoia. It may seem irrational, but if you’ve been through what I’ve been through, you surely can understand.

My made up word should be in every dictionary—and thesaurus for that matter. Germanoia. You saw it here first.

Get safeHands® here. 

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be safe and BE BIG!

Mom, I’d Like You To Meet Elizabethkingia Anophelis

The name Elizabethkingia Anophelis is becoming all too well known in some parts of the U.S.A. Health officials are looking for the source of this mysterious infection; particularly in southern Wisconsin.

According to a newspaper account, this kind of bacteria is connected to 18 deaths and 44 cases of infection in that section of Wisconsin recently, with six cases announced between just before New Year’s Eve and the first five days of 2016.

So in addition to the norovirus that is spreading through some parts of the country, we now have to look out for Elizabethkingia Anophelis. At the time of this writing, it has only been found in southern Wisconsin. It’s being discovered in hospitals, nursing homes or assisted living locations or via skilled nursing services.

So you know, this strain of bacteria’s symptoms include: bacterial skin infections like cellulitis, chills, fever and shortness of breath. In order to have confirmation that a person has this type of bacteria, people need to have lab tests.

It appears that health care officials are reluctant to report this type of situation, for fear of panic occurring. But they must weigh the delicate balancing act of telling people, or trying to deal with it behind a curtain of silence.

Let’s hope that now that it has been uncovered by good journalists, the message will be quickly absorbed by people who might be at risk. And that is mostly elderly people in hospitals and the other locations mentioned above. Elizabethkingia Anophelis is resistant to a good amount of the antibiotics doctors use to take on infections; making early detection critical, and by making the right choice of antibiotics by doctors in a timely manner.

And yes, it was named after a bacteriologist named Elizabeth O. King who stumbled upon it back in 1959. So much for happy days!
How do we, as the general public, protect ourselves from things like this?

Wash your hands. And that goes for patients, visitors and health workers in any kind of health care facility.

How does this apply to you and your family? I think awareness is the key. Clean facilities and clean hands are SO important. Sometimes I think we forget just HOW important clean hands can make the difference between good health and possibly deadly germs.

And that’s why, whenever I wash my hands, I virtually always add the foaming NON-Alcohol hand sanitizing product safeHands®. It kills 99.99% of bacteria on the skin. It won’t dry your skin out like an alcohol-based product; and safeHands moisturizes as it sanitizes. Plus, if there happens to be an open flame nearby—like from a lighter or even a gas stove, it won’t ignite because it contains no alcohol.

Now that you’ve met Elizabethkingia Anophelis, say hello to safeHands NON-Alcohol hand sanitizing products. Just in case.

Click now to get safeHands. 

Spread the word. Not the germs.
Be SAFE and BE BIG!

Won’t You Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise—But Beware!

Is it bad weather or norovirus that kept the cruise ship Anthem Of The Seas dry-docked? It depends what you take from the spin of the public relations (PR) of the owner of the ship. This ship can’t get a break. Bad-Luck Cruise Ship Can’t Catch a Break, Cuts Another Trip Short

This was the one that went through extremely rough seas not too many weeks back that made big headlines.
I can tell you that I experienced rough sailing on a cruise with my wife 16 years ago on a trip to Bermuda. On the way there, we endured a tropical depression. I didn’t get seasick, but my wife did and almost kissed the ground when we docked in Bermuda. And we got to know the Captain of this mid-sized vessel that left from Philadelphia. He said at dinner that we would likely experience a tropical storm on the way to home port. He said they couldn’t go around it; so we plowed right into it. Gulp. It was horrendous, with bottles flying off the shelves in the bars, elevators grounded and everyone remanded to their cabins for well over 24 hours. It wasn’t fun walking or trying to get to sleep.

Otherwise, there was plenty of food to take in when the seas weren’t angry. And eat we did. But even then (2000) I thought about the hygiene of the food crew below deck that we didn’t see. Did they wash their hands often? Remember, this was before the proliferation of hand sanitizers. We didn’t get sick because of the food, thankfully. But I wonder to this day about the cleanliness of crews aboard these types of ships carrying several hundred to a couple thousand people.

I’m shocked that cruise lines obviously don’t better monitor their staffs washing their hands, which is the single most important thing to do to prevent the spread of norovirus. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers DO NOT kill norovirus as some brands have attempted to make you believe. No sanitizer can.

That said, the best way to put up a wall of defense is to wash hands thoroughly—and that means EVERYONE who comes in contact with food—and anyone who comes in contact with the public. After washing, I want you to make sure you use products like safeHands®. I would think that cruise lines would WANT you to use a product like safeHands, perhaps on every table or buffet area. But then they’d have to acknowledge there IS a major problem in the first place!!!

Knowing what I know now about norovirus and other viruses and germs, after we touch a menu at ANY restaurant, we use safeHands hand sanitizer before we even think of picking up a fork or a spoon. Think about how many people TOUCH a menu in the course of a day! Were they sick? You simply don’t know.

safeHands is a NON-ALCOHOL based hand sanitizer. Why should you use NON-alcohol hand sanitizers like safeHands? Because if a sanitizer contains alcohol, it can cause your skin to actually absorb the alcohol into your bloodstream; plus, alcohol can cause your skin to dry, allowing bacteria and viruses to hide there. Ask any nurse or healthcare professional who uses an alcohol-based product. They know. Ask one yourself.

So, if you’re thinking of taking a cruise with your family, make SURE you take along a little kit that includes safeHands. Of course use it AFTER you wash your hands to at least have a barrier to many hidden germs. Buy safeHands here.

Spread the word. Not the germs.
Be SAFE and BE BIG!