Thursday, September 2, 2010
Kate Gosselin Wasn't So Quirky After All! Maybe Jon Does This Also! Wash Your Hands and Leave Your Shoes at the Door!
It Turns Out That Maybe Kate Wasn’t so Quirky in Her Habits After All!
A recent program by the famous Dr. OZ, M.D. was about avoiding deadly “superbugs.”
Dr. Oz says: Did you ever think MRSA)would become a common household term? It has, because last year MRSA killed 19,000 Americans, and experts believe that over 2 million of us are living with this deadly bacteria on our bodies…” He listed some key steps to help reduce your family’s chances of contracting a superbug: 1. Wash your hands often and try to avoid sharing towels. 2. Leave your shoes at the door of your house and keep another pair of “inside” shoes at the door to switch.
Kate Gosselin was ridiculed for requiring the SAME thing of people entering the Gosselin residence. Immune systems of very small children are particularly vulnerable. Dr. Oz is suggesting the steps for everybody. You heard that right! Not just small children but everybody!
Another example needed? Try this link: http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/sitesearch/?query=Washing+hands&x=0&y=0
Advice by Dr. Kerry Peterson (M.D.) on the Rachael Ray show included: What's the best thing you can to do to avoid getting the flu? "All the basics ... and keep your hands clean; washing your hands for 20 seconds (rubbing your hands together vigorously), is the best thing you can do for yourself. And make sure you use soap."
Kate Gosselin was ridiculed for having instructions posted in the bathroom about how to wash your hands. Doctors' offices have similar signs. Schools have similar signs. There’s even a website on hand washing! Kate wasn’t giving her helpers a hard time! She was making sure they actually knew how to do it. Most adults don’t even realize how long you have to do it. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend.
Here's a link with details: http://www.washinghands.net/proper-methods-procedures.php
Then there were the comments labeling Kate a complete germ-a-phobic for leaving shoes at the door. You’ve seen Dr. Oz’s comments above. He does it. Is he a kook also?
Why is this idea so strange? In much of the world it is the NORM to leave your outdoor shoes at the door. These countries include Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Czech Republic, Scandinavian countries, and much of the UK until fairly recently to name a few. Some do it for religious reasons. Some do it as a measure of respect. Some just do it because, “That’s the way it’s done here!” All of these cultures benefit from a reduction in germs, bringing in pesticides from lawns, fungicides, dirt, etc.
WHY would Kate Gosselin want her precious babies crawling around on the floor to be exposed to stuff from other people’s shoes. To do that would be the ultimate YUCK factor!
If you ever plan to visit Hawaii, bring a pair of “flip flops or slippers” to use indoors. It is considered VERY rude there to enter someone’s home with your "outside" shoes on. You’ll see signs there at doors with “Mahalo for removing your shoes.” (Mahalo means thank you.) There are humorous ones that say, “Please remove your shoes. Don’t take better ones on your way out. –Mahalo”
Perhaps the next time you hear somebody ridiculing Kate over hand washing and shoes, you might want to gently say, “I think she was right. And so does Dr. Oz, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)...” Just continue the list as long as you like. Let's follow Kate's tips: Wash your hands and leave your shoes at the door! Mahalo to Kate Gosselin for the reminder.