Show Me the Science – Why Wash Your Hands?

Show Me the Science - Why Wash Your Hands

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

How germs get onto hands and make people sick

Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli O157, and norovirus that cause diarrhea, and it can spread some respiratory infections like adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease. These kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the toilet or change a diaper, but also in less obvious ways, like after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them. A single gram of human feces—which is about the weight of a paper clip—can contain one trillion germs 1. Germs can also get onto hands if people touch any object that has germs on it because someone coughed or sneezed on it or was touched by some other contaminated object. When these germs get onto hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.

Washing hands prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others

Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:

  • People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it.
  • Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
    Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
  • Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.

Teaching people about handwashing helps them and their communities stay healthy. Handwashing education in the community:

  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40% 2, 3, 6
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58% 4
  • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21% 3, 5
  • Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57% 7

Not washing hands harms children around the world

About 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the
world 8.

  • Handwashing with soap could protect about 1 out of every 3 young children who get sick with diarrhea 2, 3 and almost 1 out of 5 young children with respiratory infections like pneumonia 3, 5.
  • Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap to wash their hands. Washing hands with soap removes germs much more effectively 9.
  • Handwashing education and access to soap in schools can help improve attendance 10, 11, 12.
    Good handwashing early in life may help improve child development in some settings 13.
  • Estimated global rates of handwashing after using the toilet are only 19% 6.

Handwashing helps battle the rise in antibiotic resistance

Preventing sickness reduces the amount of antibiotics people use and the likelihood that antibiotic resistance will develop. Handwashing can prevent about 30% of diarrhea-related sicknesses and about 20% of respiratory infections (e.g., colds) 2, 5. Antibiotics often are prescribed unnecessarily for these health issues 14. Reducing the number of these infections by washing hands frequently helps prevent the overuse of antibiotics—the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Handwashing can also prevent people from getting sick with germs that are already resistant to antibiotics and that can be difficult to treat.

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Liberation From The Kitchen

How would you feel with some extra free time?  It’s easier than you think.

Let’s look at the current situation.  Many men and women work full time jobs.  After they get off work, they have to get home and figure out dinner for themselves and maybe their families.  Not sure about how many people feel about cooking dinner after working at least 8 hours, but it can be exhausting and that’s not exactly the first thing you feel like doing.

So how do you deal with this feeling of not wanting to cook?  Many people decide not to cook and instead go to their favorite take out or restaurant and buy dinner.  Not only is this pricey but most of the packaging comes in plastic.  Hopefully you grab something healthy for your body.  But if not then you bought something bad for one’s body and is bad for the planet as well.

How about thinking about a new solution?  I know this is not a new idea but actually a very old idea.  So maybe you have a good friend that is in the same situation as you.  So before you cook dinner you give them a quick call and say, “Hey friend, I’m making some mushroom soup and salad.  I cannot eat it all.  Would you like to stop by on your way home from work and pick some up on your way home?  Bring your own container and we’ll save the planet.”  Your friend is not only grateful but she replies, “Thanks so much!! I made some almond meal cookies and I’ll bring you some.”

The next night the cookie making friend calls her making friend and says, ” I made some quinoa with pesto sauce would you like me to bring some over?”  And they were both fed happy and they had the strength to carry on another day.

So if everyone started to do this, it would just create a world where people are sharing, caring and being fed.  It would be really great for the planet, families wallets and it would allow people to share some time together instead of being in the kitchen.

You can also try new and different food and if you like to cook, then someone to tell you how awesome your food is.  Also there’s nothing wrong with just giving food to someone with no expectation in return.  As you give, so shall you receive.  This is how we will transform our planet.  One small gesture of sharing at a time.  Let’s start the cycle of giving and receiving.

About the Author:  Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor.  Her dream is to see all people healthy and happy.  She shares with you healthy recipes, Anything good for Mother Earth as Mother Earth is in need of healing. As you Heal Yourself, You heal the planet.

These DIY Machines Let Anyone Recycle Plastic Into New Products

Originally Published on FastCompany.com on October 30, 2017 By Adele Peters

These DIY Machines Let Anyone Recycle Plastic Into New Products
Precious Plastic is giving instructions on how to build a series of simple machines that will let makers turn plastic trash into new material.

One low-cost machine that shreds plastic into flakes. [Photo: Precious Plastic]

In a workshop in downtown Chang Mai, Thailand, designers turn plastic trash–mostly plastic bags they collect from the street–into marble-like coasters and tabletops. In a maker space in Lviv, Ukraine, designers use DIY equipment hacked from old industrial parts and a shopping cart to recycle plastic trash into bowls. In Seoul, designers use a mobile plastic recycling cart for education.

The majority of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year isn’t recycled, and recycling that does happen typically happens at an industrial scale in factories using equipment that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But a growing number of designers are using a set of open-source, easy-to-build tools to recycle plastic and manufacture new plastic products on their own.

See how it works:

“We want to make small-scale plastic recycling accessible to everyone, as this can have an exponential effect on the amount of plastic recycled–eventually reducing the demand for new virgin plastic–and educate millions of people on plastic, plastic recycling, and how to handle it before it ends up in the environment,” says Dave Hakkens, the Dutch founder of Precious Plastic4, an organization that designed the machines now in use by the designers in Thailand and the Ukraine, and more than 200 others.

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“We want to make small-scale plastic recycling accessible to everyone.” [Photo: Precious Plastic]

One set of instructions explains how to build a low-cost machine that shreds plastic into flakes. Another modular machine extrudes plastic that can be used for 3D printing; an injection machine and a compression machine can form plastic into molds. A series of videos explain how to build the machines using basic materials and universal parts.

Designers around the world began using the machines to make recycled plastic products in 2016, and the organization is now sharing new instructions for building full recycling workshops inside shipping containers. They’ve also created a new map to connect people in the DIY recycling community.

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“This can have an exponential effect on the amount of plastic recycled–eventually reducing the demand for new virgin plastic.” [Photo: Precious Plastic]

“The map is intended to facilitate local collaboration among people to help the creation of hundreds more plastic recycling work spaces around the world as well as giving people a collaborative tool to fight plastic waste in creative ways–campaigning to pass laws, boycotting businesses, organizing protests, or any other form of action to end plastic pollution,” Hakkens says.

A new online marketplace called Bazar sells products made with the machines, in an attempt to help more people begin to make a living by recycling plastic.

While Hakkens says that the team is interested in building tools to recycle and use other materials, plastic is their priority. “Plastic is one of the most pressing issues facing the planet,” he says. “I think it will be our priority for many years to come.”

It’s Time to Start Taking Climate Change Seriously

sky-earth-galaxy-universe.jpgWake up dear one.  It’s time to wake up and get going.  You see our planet is a little bit sick.  It has too much plastic and the ice caps are beginning to melt.  I will be OK.  Most people reading this will be OK.  But our grandchildren are really screwed.

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They will have a really hot planet to deal with.  And it’s not fair because they are not the ones who created the mess in the first place.  It came about through the industrial revolution.  And also not really thinking about the long term effects of say plastic.  The fact that plastic does not break down.  It just gets broken down into smaller and smaller pieces.  It turns into micro plastic and the fish consume it  So when you eat fish, you are actually eating plastic too.

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It’s not a happy thought.  I am so sorry to be writing this.  I wish I did not have to write about this issue.  But we simply must get all hands on deck and get serious about what exactly is going on.

You may not know but China is not taking the world’s plastic anymore.  So where is all of the wonderful plastic going to end up?  I have no idea.  But I am really concerned about it.  I am going to ask you to please give up the big 4.  Plastic bags, disposable coffee containers, plastic water bottles and straws.  That’s not too hard, is it?

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Just think you can be a super hero just by drinking out of that really cool looking stainless steel water bottle.  “Hey hottie, can I have a drink because looking at you is making me hot.”  That’s what all the hotties are going to be saying to you.  Or when you pull out that reusable bag.  Oh don’t even get me started on that.  Basically it means you care.  And you have a good heart.

So do a favor for me and all of the fish, all of the marine life, the coral reef, the polar bears, the ice caps, the Swiss Alps and all of the people that are having their life impacted by climate change and babies that are being born today, please ban the Big 4.  You can do it!!  And we can clean up our planet.  And it’s all because of you Earth Angel.  Trust me I am singing that song to you right now.    And I think if you do those 4 things, you are going to start to develop a lot of good karma and good things will continue to come to you.  You just have to ask for it and also recognize the good things.  Pretty easy don’t you think?

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach, Yoga Instructor, Dancer, Singer, mom to a teenage daughter and her puppy.  She is convinced that by healing the planet, you will heal yourself and visa versa.  Check her out following her dreams.  Also subscribe to her channel so you don’t miss a thing.

The Path of Least Resistance according to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

waterlily-pink-water-lily-water-plant-158465.jpegWell I’ve been reading The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer for quite sometime.  I bought it years ago and it was on my book shelf for at least 5 years.  Then when I finally decided to read it I was only reading one page before bed.  So I have been reading this book for at the very least 1 year.  And if a better book comes along, I will drop this one so fast.

Something about the book is difficult for me because he challenges my thinking and of course I want to keep doing things the way I am doing them.  So if I find a great book on Essential Oils, I will drop this book so fast, it won’t even know what hit it.

But anyway Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has some amazing things to say and so when something is just like “Whoa!!”  I’ve just got to blog about it.  I can’t keep it to myself.  So my service is spreading these really profound concepts that can just be life changing.

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So he talks about the Path of Least Resistance.  The Universe loves you so much and when you love yourself in the same proportion, then you are matched up with the field of intention.  You have opted for the path of no resistance.  As long as the ego is present, you’ll retain some resistance.  Take the path in which resistance is minimized.

The shape and quantity of your thoughts determine the amount of resistance.  Thoughts that generate bad feelings are resistant thoughts.  Any thought that puts a barrier between what you would like to have and your ability to attract it into your life is resistance.  Your intention is to live a tranquil life, free of stress and anxiety.  You know that stress doesn’t exist in the world, and that there only people thinking stressful thoughts.  Stressful thoughts all by themselves are a form of resistance.  You don’t want stressful, resistant thoughts to be your habitual way of reacting to your world.  By practicing thoughts of minimal resistance, you’ll train yourself to make this your natural way of reacting, and eventually you’ll become the tranquil person you desire to be, a stress-free person free of the “dis-ease” that stress brings to the body.  Stressful thoughts all by themselves are the resistance that you construct that impedes your connection to the power of intention.  

We’re in a world that advertises and promotes reasons to be anxious.  You’ve been taught that feeling good in a world where so much suffering exists is an immoral stance to take.  You’ve been convinced that choosing to feel good in bad economic times, in times of war, in times of uncertainty or death, or in the face of any catastrophe anywhere in the world is crass and inappropriate.  Since these conditions will always in in the world someplace, you believe you can’t have joy and still be a good person.  But it may not have occurred to you that in a universe based on energy and attraction, thoughts that evoke feeling bad originate in the same energy Source that attracts more of the same into your life.  These are resistant thoughts.  

Here are some examples of sentences on the PATH OF RESISTANCE, which are then changed to sentences on the path of least resistance.

I feel uneasy about the state of the economy; I’ve already lost so much money. I live in an abundant universe; I choose to think about what I have and I will be fine.  The universe will provide.

I have so many things to do that I can never get caught up. I’m at peace in this moment.  I’ll only think about the one thing I’m doing.  I will have peaceful thoughts.

I can never get ahead in this job.  I choose to appreciate what I’m doing right now, and I’ll attract an even greater opportunity.

My healthy is a huge concern.  I worry about getting old and becoming dependent and sick.  I’m healthy, and I think healthy.  I live in a universe that attracts healing, and I refuse to anticipate sickness.

My family members are causing me to feel anxious and fearful.  I choose thoughts that make me feel good, and this will help me uplift those family members in need.

I don’t deserve to feel good when so many people are suffering.  I didn’t come into a world where everyone is going to have the same identical experiences.  I’ll feel good, and by being uplifted, I’ll help eradicate some of the suffering.

I can’t be happy when the person I really care about loves another and has abandoned me.  Feeling bad won’t change this scenario.  I trust that love will return to my life if I’m in harmony with the loving Source.  I choose to feel good right now and focus on what I have, rather than what’s missing.

All stressful thoughts represent a form of resistance you wish to eradicate.  Change those thoughts by monitoring your feelings and opting for joy rather than anxiety, and you’ll access the power of intention.

Valerie back again.  Wow isn’t that just amazing.  We can change our negative scary thoughts into something positive.  My favorite is : I have so many things to do that I can never get caught up.  Man I say that a lot.  But who is keeping track that all this stuff needs to get done anyhow?  Nobody really cares.  There’s no inspector coming over anytime soon.  So I just need to calm the fuck down and just remind myself that I’m at peace in this moment.  I’ll only think about the one thing I’m doing.  I will have peaceful thoughts.

Valerie is a health and wellness coach.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and Black Labrador Retriever puppy, Amber.  Check out their dance moves here.

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Fast Track through Dr.Wayne Dyer’s The Power of INTENTION

Have you ever read a book and it’s called something like How to have The Best Sex of your Life?  And you really want to find out, How to have the best sex of your life.  And the author is just talking about the history of sex and ethics and religion and mores.  And you want to just get to the part about the sex.  But no you have to weed through all of that stuff until way back on page 250, they start to get down to the nitty gritty.

Well I read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, called The Power of INTENTION.  Now I will say that it was a very good book and I do recommend reading it in its entirety.  But if you want to read this blog instead, I will give you the highlights of how you can go about living a really abundant life and hopefully cut through a bunch of bull shit.

Now some of these concepts may be a little bit advanced, and that’s fine.  But it’s kind of like something to shoot for.  It’s like when you read the Olympic Athlete’s training schedule and then you say, Oh that’s how they are in such good shape.  So it’s kind of a way of taking your spiritual blood pressure and heart rate.  Just a little assessment about where you are and maybe where you might choose to be.

Step 1:  See the world as an abundant, providing, friendly place.  When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.  When you see the world as an abundant and friendly, your intentions are genuine possibilities.  They will in fact, become a certainty, because your world will be experienced from the higher frequencies.  In this first step, you’re receptive to a world that provides rather than restricts.  You’ll see a world that wants you to be successful and abundant, rather than one that conspires against you.

Step 2:  Affirm: I attract success and abundance into my life because that is who I am.  This puts you into vibratory harmony with your Source.  Your goal is to eliminate any distance between what you desire and that from which you pull it into your life.  Abundance and success aren’t out there waiting to show up for you.  You are already it and the Source can only provide you with what it is and consequently what you are already.

Step 3: Stay in an attitude of allowing.  Resistance is disharmony between your desire for abundance and your beliefs about your ability or unworthiness.  Allowing means a perfect alignment.  An attitude of allowing means that you ignore efforts by others to dissuade you.  It also means that you don’t rely on your previous ego-oriented beliefs about abundance being a part of or not a part of your life.  In an attitude of allowing, all resistance in the form of thoughts of negativity or doubts are replaced with simply knowing that you and your Source are one and the same.  Picture the abundance you desire freely flowing directly to you.  Refuse to do anything or have any thought that compromised your alignment with Source.

Step 4:Use your present moments to activate thoughts that are in harmony with the seven faces of intention.  The key phrase here is present moments.  Notice right now, in this moment, if you’re thinking that it’s hopeless at this stage of your life to change the thoughts that comprise your belief system.  Do you defeat yourself with thoughts of having had such a long life practicing affirmations of scarcity and creating resistance to your success and abundance that you don’t have enough time left to counterbalance the thoughts that compromise your past belief system?

Make the choice to let go of that lifetime of beliefs, and begin activating thoughts right now that allow you to feel good.  Say I want to feel good whenever anyone tries to convince you that your desires are futile.  Say I want to feel good when you’re tempted to return to low-energy thoughts of disharmony with intention.  Eventually your present moments will activate thoughts that make you feel good and this is an indicator that you’re reconnecting to intention.  Wanting to feel good is synonymous with wanting to feel God.  Remember, “God is good, and all that God created was good.”

Step 5: Initiate actions that support your feelings of abundance and success.  Here, the key word is actions.  I’ve been calling this acting as if or thinking from the end and acting that way.  Put your body into a gear that pushed you toward abundance and feeling successful.  Act on those passionate emotions as if the abundance and success you seek is already here.  Speak to strangers with passion in your voice.  Answer the telephone in an inspired way.  Do a job interview from the place of confidence and joy.  Read the books that mysteriously show up and pay close attention to conversations that seem to indicate you’re being called to something new.

Step 6: Remember that your prosperity and success will benefit others, and that no one lacks abundance because you’ve opted for it. Once again, the supply is unlimited.  The more you partake of the universal generosity, the more you’ll have to share with others.  In writing this book, wonderful abundance has flowed into my life in many ways.  But even more significantly book editors and graphic designers, the truck drivers who deliver the book, the auto workers who build the trucks, the farmers who feed the auto workers, the bookstore clerks… all receive abundance because I’ve followed my bliss and have written this book.

Step7: Monitor your emotions ad a guidance system for your connection to the universal mind of intention.  Strong emotions such as passion and bliss are indications that you’re connected to Spirit, or inspired, if you will. When you’re inspired, you activate dormant forces, and the abundance you seek in any form comes streaming into your life.  When you’re experiencing low-energy emotions of rage, anger, hatred, anxiety, despair and the like, that’s a blue that while your desires may be strong, they’ve completely out of sync with the field of intention.  Remind yourself in these moments that you want to feel good and see if you activate a thought that supports your feeling good.

Step 8: Become as generous to the world with your abundance as the field of intention is to you. Don’t stop the flow of abundant energy by hoarding or owning what you receive.  Keep it moving.  Use your prosperity in the service of others, and for causes greater than your ego.  The more you practice detachment the more you’ll stay in vibratory harmony with the all giving Source of everything.

Step 9: Devote the necessary time to meditate on the Spirit within as the source of your success and abundance.  There’s not substitute for the practice of meditation.  This is particularly relevant with abundance.  You must have an understanding that your consciousness of the presence is your supply.  By repeating the sound that is in the name of God as a mantra, you’re using a technique for manifesting as ancient as recorded history.  I am particularly drawn to the form of meditation I’ve mentioned previously, called Japa.  I know it works.

Step 10: Develop an attitude of gratitude for all that manifests in your life.  Be thankful and filled with awe and appreciation, even if what you desire hasn’t arrived yet.  Even the darkest days of your life are to be looked on with gratitude.  Everything coming from Source is on purpose.  Be thankful while empowering your reconnection to that from which you and everything else originated.

Well there you have it.  Wish you all the abundance and love in your life now and forever.

Love,

Val

Fight For your Right to Dream

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This time of year it’s very popular to make changes with New Year’s Resolutions and all.  We have great expectations but when it comes time to actually implementing those changes or intentions.  That’s when the difficulty comes in.  I mean you are already super busy with a jam- packed schedule, so how on earth can you find time for one more thing?

This answer is that something has got to leave your schedule or you just have to make that new thing a priority.  Meaning that you do it first before you do that other thing.  Now maybe you like to get on social media.  So make a little agreement with yourself that before you even think about pushing that little Blue square with an f on it that you will do that priority.  After you have done you’re “priority”, you can f away.  I mean get on the blue f as much as you want.

I think the morning routine is an essential part to having a great day.  If you wake up and do some stretches or yoga, breathing, praying or simply have some quiet time for positive affirmations before you start doing all of the stuff to get ready, you can have a much happier day.  So that’s where that blue f comes into play.  This means don’t f your day away.

Other things may have to give in order for you to make your priority.  Maybe you’ll have to take some time off of work in order to give yourself that time.  Is that the end of the world? HELL NO.  Trust me when you are on your death-bed, you’re not going to think, “I should have worked more.”  You might think, I’m glad I followed my heart and my passions.  But you have to fight for your dreams and passions.  (Think of Twisted Sister here: “You’ve got to fight for your right to dre am”).  Yeah that was me singing there.  But you have to be fierce with it.  You have to just say you know what, I’m going to do this and nothing is going to stop me.  Not laundry, not dishes, not TV, not work(don’t get fired though), not your spouse or partner, not your kids. But if you can rearrange things a little bit, I’m sure you can find the time to pursue your dreams.

Twisted Sister i.e. the big hair band of the 80’s that sang Fight For Your Right to Party

This is my quick story with this.  So as a Yoga Instructor, you would think I would be doing yoga everyday and just be super flexible and bendy.  Well last year, I wasn’t.  Life can get in the way.  And it can be difficult to just pull out that yoga mat.  But when I knew I was going to do a dance performance.  I knew that I need to get flexible AF and fast.  So what I did was got my phone, put it on stop watch and did 2 full sun salutes.  It took 6 minutes.  I just decided that every morning before work I was going to give myself 6 minutes for yoga.  And it did help me to get flexible.  I was able to do the splits, believe it or not.    But in any case it all started with me just giving myself 6 minutes in the morning.

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2017 not bad for 49 but my daughter snapped this picture fast because I was not enjoying  this. 

Remember Newton’s first law of motion, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  So you have to be that unbalanced force and mix things up a little bit.

And it can be scary to change things up because you are letting go of the old way of doing things.  But in no time, those old habits will just be a thing of the past and you can go on with your life knowing that you were able to make one small change.  The next step is to decide  what else you would like to change.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a Health and Wellness Coach. She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  You may contact her at estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

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