I read this in my local paper a few days ago: Study finds dangerous bacteria lurks in shower heads. Warns: Do not stand directly under shower spray when first turned on.
Wait. Do people really have to be instructed to stand away from the shower head when they turn on the jets? Isn't the blast of icy cold on warm body deterrent enough?
But to my point. As if we don't have enough to worry about with drug cartels across our borders, economic forecasts dependent on Asia, and nuclear threat in the Middle East, do we really need news outlets publishing one
unreplicated study story after another that warn us of the dangers lurking right in our own homes? Cancer from barbeque, radiation from cell phones, hormone additives in our dairy, BPA in the baby bottles, pesticides on our produce, salmonella in the salad. Is there no safe harbor from unseen domestic dangers?
Yet, last I heard, people are living longer than ever. Nursing homes are crowded. No room at the Sunset Inn for grandma. How can this be?
And if is there a better example of toxicological irony, please share in the comments: After everyone
but me traded in their BPA laced Nalgene bottles for SIGG containers, SIGG
revealed that their proprietary ‘water-based epoxy liner’ which coated the inside of every SIGG reusable bottle made before August 2008, contained trace amounts of BPA.
So given all of this fear driven news, I sincerely expect to see an article that reads,
Scientists Warn: Kissing is Dangerous
Research microbiologists report findings from a study indicating hundreds of millions of bacteria are found in human saliva. Six hundred different microbial species of bacteria are waiting to spring from that red and white cavity behind your lips.
Stand back, study warns. There's fungi on your face. Cooties on your kisser. Protozoa in your piehole.
What can we do to protect ourselves from this bacterial quagmire?
Dr. Hal I.Tosis of U of OCD recommends donning protective head gear: