Follow Up: Public Transportation Seating Should Be Made Of Easy To Clean Plastics To Limit Germs And Infections

This is a follow-up to the April 2, 2017 article “Public Transportation Seating Should Be Made Of Easy To Clean Plastics To Limit Germs And Infections.”

On May 16, 2017 it was reported in the mainstream press, “Nine of the world’s most dangerous superbugs found on the tube.” The tubes are the British subway trains. Researchers found, “More than 120 different types of mould and bacteria growing on the seats and handrails” (see mainstream news article excerpt below).

As proposed in the aforementioned April 2, 2017 article, public transport worldwide would be easier to clean and on a regular basis, making it far healthier to travel, if fabric seating was replaced by plastic.

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Nine of the world’s most dangerous superbugs found on the tube 

16 May 2017 at 5:49pm –  Potentially deadly bugs have been found on the tube network  The research was commissioned by insurance company Staveley Head, and carried out by scientists at London Metropolitan University.

They took four swabs on each of the different tube lines, and found more than 120 different types of mould and bacteria growing on the seats and handrails.

Of the bacteria they found, nine were antibiotic resistant bugs that the World Health Organisation had issued a warning about, including the potentially deadly Klebsiella Pneumoniae. The bug doesn’t usually cause problems among healthy people, but can be very dangerous for sick people and those with weakened immune systems.

Usual health advice including washing your hands, keeping any wounds clean and avoiding touching your face or eyes with dirty hands should help to prevent any infections…

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-05-16/nine-of-the-worlds-most-dangerous-superbugs-found-on-the-tube

The Importance Of Sleep To The Human Body (Repairing The Body, Burning Calories)

Woman sleeping in state of REM sleep (photo illustration by Lorenza Walker)

Sleep is very important to the human body. The body needs sleep to function properly. It can be equated to charging a phone battery.

When the phone’s battery is at a lower percent, the unit begins sending out warning messages indicating there is not enough power for some of the phone’s components to function and therefore cannot be loaded for use (camera, video camera ect).

When the phone’s battery is at 100% it functions at its best. Just so humans function best when properly rested.

Some people go without proper sleep, stating they only need 2-3 hours per night. However, medical science has established the optimal number of sleep is 8-hours per night.

People who lack sleep make more mistakes at work and while driving. They are also less productive due to decreased energy levels. They become forgetful, irritable and error prone.

Sleep is vital to brain health. Scientific studies have shown a repeatedly lack of sleep can lead to brain damage over time.

Sleep is the body’s way of regenerating and repairing any and all damage that can be repaired through said bodily process.

While you sleep, your body also burns calories. Lack of sleep means the body burns less calories, which can lead to weight gain in men and women.

Lack of sleep also throws off a woman’s menstrual cycle. Frequently missing sleep can cause missed periods, when you should aim to keep your body’s functions as normal and regular as possible.

Lack of sleep can also be a hindrance when trying to get pregnant. Women who are trying to get pregnant must eat a balanced diet, drink an adequate amount of water each day, maintain a healthy body weight and get the proper amount of sleep each night.

Sleep quality is important as well. Sleep in a quiet, dark room. Turn off the television and computer/tablets. Make sure the light from your mobile phone is off as well, by putting it in sleep mode.

Taking a relaxing shower or bath before bed is also conducive to a good night’s sleep. When you feel relaxed and clean from the soap and water, your body is in a more tranquil state.

Do not watch or read distressing or disturbing items right before you go to bed, as it will create anxiety, toxic thoughts, negative sleep patterns and disturbing dreams.

Sleep gives your brain and heart a type of semi-rest, where the organs do not have to work as hard as when you are awake and on the go.

Case in point, when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, a near fatal drowning or has complications during surgery that negatively impacts the heart and or brain, they are placed in a medically induced coma to stem the damage and give the body a chance to repair itself as best it can, via a very deep state of drug induced sleep.

Don’t dismiss the importance of sleep and the adequate daily amount of 8-hours. It is a necessary function that assists the body in daily recovery and the cells in maintaining proper working order in the system.

Public Transportation Seating Should Be Made Of Easy To Clean Plastics To Limit Germs And Infections

Modes of public transportation such as trains, buses and taxis harbor germs. The problem is multiplied by the types of seat covering in use in trains, buses and taxis, namely fabric. This is a worldwide problem, not specific to any one nation, but all countries with the aforementioned modes of travel.

The use of fabric seating on public transport can harbor bodily sweat, urine, trace amounts of feces, vomit, sperm and vaginal secretions.

Another issue of public health concern regarding fabric seating on transport is infectious, easily spread mites such as scabies. Bed bugs can also burrow into the fabric via small breaks in the material.

There is also residue from spilled drinks and food present in the fabric.

Due to the difficulty of cleaning/washing seating fabric and in such large quantity in public transportation settings, they are only cleaned annually.

It is best to use plastic materials for seating on pubic transportation, as they can be thoroughly cleaned more frequently, for the sake of public health and do not harbor insects in the manner fabric can.

Spinach Is Very Good For The Heart

Spinach is very good for the heart. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients that aid in strengthening the heart (vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, among others).

Adding spinach to your meals on a regular basis improves your heart health (provided you are not eating very unhealthy foods on a regular basis, which clog the arteries).

For people recovering from heart problems, it is wise to follow your doctor’s prescribed regimen of medicine.

When you are able, it is wise to take light exercise, in accordance with the physical activity approved by your doctor, such as riding a stationery bike at a moderate speed, walking on a treadmill, ect. (very strenuous exercise can lead to a heart attack).

It is wise to avoid lifting heavy weights when you have heart problems, so as not to put too much strain on your heart, as it can lead to chest pains and a cardiac episode.

As you recover from health problems, such as a heart attack, it is wise to incorporate spinach into your diet. Spinach can be served as a side in a meal or included in the main dish.

For example, people recovering from heart attacks can add spinach to an egg white omelette or scrambled egg whites, which makes a great meal.

1.) Wash the spinach with water.

2.) Simply steam the spinach with sliced mushrooms in a pot of water for 5-minutes.

3.) Drain the water from the spinach and mushrooms.

4.) Place whisked egg whites in a small non-stick pan coated with a teaspoon of virgin olive oil, using a medium heat stove setting for cooking.

5.) While the egg whites are still runny (liquid) but beginning to become firm, place the spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the middle of the egg whites.

6.)  If you are making scrambled egg whites, stir the mixture of whisked egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the non-stick pan, until cooked to desired consistency (approximately 1-minute cooking time).

If you are making an egg white omelette allow the mixture to cook for approximately 1-2 minutes without stirring, permitting it to solidify (become solid). Use a heat safe spatula to loosen the edges of the omelette from the pan as the mixture cooks.

7.) Using a heat safe spatula, remove the omelette or scrambled egg whites from the pan and serve on plate.

8.) If your doctor permits, you may add a small amount of salt substitute, a product that is sometimes recommended in hospital/doctor’s office cardiac diets (most salt substitutes do not taste good and have a very unnatural flavor, which makes one question its ingredients). If you are not permitted to eat salt (sodium), do not add it to the recipe.

You may also add black pepper, which is beneficial to the heart.

The Destructive Effects Of Stress On The Health

People underestimate how destructive stress can be on human health. Stress can lead to cancer, strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. Worrying never made a problem go away. People must learn to process stress correctly. Stress management can save your life.

Problems and worrying creates stress, which in turn can lead to deadly disease. It is best to be productive, logical and rational when dealing with problems. Keep problems in perspective and know they are solvable. It is not the end of the world. Do not wallow in self-pity and sadness.

Learn to identify the sources of stress in your life and how to avoid them. If you cannot avoid the source of stress, learn to minimize and handle it is a better way that will not damage your health and well-being.

When faced with a stressful situation, train yourself to remain calm and take deep breaths. Think things through soundly and logically. Work to towards solving the problem, enlisting help from others if need be, in the event things become too overwhelming.

Not to mention, many of the things people worry about never happen. Worry is wasted emotions and thinking time that can be used more productively on fruitful and good things.

It is also beneficial to have a hopeful outlook. A positive attitude and thinking good thoughts, rather than imagining the worst, will reduce your stress levels. It also staves off depression.

Eat healthy, nutritious foods, drink a sufficient amount of water and get the proper amount of rest each night (at least 8-hours of sleep per night is recommended by doctors and scientists).

Do not dwell on the negative. Learn to take time out of your day to relax and de-stress. Learn to enjoy the good things in life, such as pleasant walks, meals with family and friends, comedic films and funny television shows, concerts, reading a good book, finding love.

Go outside and get some fresh air. Engage in physical activity for exercise such as dancing, walking, jogging or cycling. Take up a hobby such as painting or drawing, among other things. Do the good things you love.