More on flip flops ! Sunny Torbay has a fun night life that seems to leave revellers without their shoes ! After a night on the happy juice the flip flops are aimed at women that have had a few too many. Costing the council some £30,000 to implement the scheme, they hope the flip flops will help prevent ankle injuries. So instead of falling off their high heels they will wear this inexpensive flat footwear–and the flip flops have a safety message about alcohol on them as well. The police have said this is just part of their drink awareness campaign and hope the scheme will help keep some of the party goers from turning up at Casualty with injuries. Interesting to see how it works out !
When joining a gym the first thing that happens is the induction. Learning to use the exercise equipment safely is important for your health and safety and prevents injury. Something though that doesn’t come in to mind much or is never mentioned are the hidden problems like bacteria covered equipment, stale sweat exercise mats and fungal infected floors. A good gym that recognises that many people use equipment in various states of cleanliness will provide some form of antibacterial sprays and paper towels to wipe down the equipment. If you use an exercise bike or tread mill this will provide a moment of time just to look around to see how often the equipment is cleaned. This is an exercise that may surprise you !
Although few in gyms pick up the Community-Acquired MRSA, it can trigger a lethal type of pneumonia which infects vulnerable individuals causing boils and sores, joint infections and and at worst septicaemia via open cuts and abrasions. Some clubs that issue towels to members have through incomplete or inadequate washing also passed on this bug. So take your own towel is an answer here.
Good precautions are; wipe down the equipment with the sprays provided and if none are available find out why and wear flip flops in the gym around changing areas and most certainly in showers. Another consideration is the anti bacterial Silvatec soap which kills 99.9% bacteria and produces a protective layer over the skin protecting you from harmful bacteria.
Researchers in the US have scrutinised data from 2000-2002 and discovered that a high proportion of children examined in Casualty departments had injuries caused by trampolining. As the popularity of trampolines purchased to use in our own back door increases, so do the injuries.The most common injuries, over 250,000, were to the under 15’s included soft tissue (bruising to tendons or ligaments) More serious dislocations and fractures occured in over 168,000. Many injuries happen when colliding with others on the trampoline and some unfortunately have been fatal. The American Academy of Paediatrics simply recommend parents never to purchase a trampoline as their best safety advice. If a trampoline is used simple advice is one person at a time,good supervision and no somersaults that could cause neck injuries.
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Silver, Chemical symbol Ag, coming from the Latin Argentum,has been known for its useful anti-bacterial properties and for reducing the harmful affects of both fungi and viruses. During the Napoleonic Wars Tsar Alexander lined water barrels with silver knowing that Silver purified the drinking water. Further back in time, in 1250 BC, The Phoenicians also knew of the properties of the metal, using Silver bottles they kept both water and wine from spoiling.
The Greek physician Hippocrates who was born in 460 BC, knew of the healing properties of Silver on wounds. He had simply based his practice on the observations he had made in dealing with the human body. How does this precious metal work on bacteria? In 1893 Swiss Botanist Karl Kageli discovered what he called the Oligodynamic effect. This showed the toxic effect of metal ions on living cells, indeed apart from Silver other metals such as Copper,Iron,Mercury,Gold and Aluminium,amongst others all exibit the same property, that is the ability to inactivate enzymes.
A recent newspaper article told a story of Scottish explorer Dr David Livingston. Livingston was attacked by a Lion in 1843 leaving eleven deep tooth marks in his arm also splintering the boneand he survived! The explorers theory was that the tartan jacket he was wearing saved his life wiping the lions teeth clean with the cloth, others who were attacked and not wearing a tartan jacket suffered very painful wounds. Big cats like domestic cats, dogs and rabbits carry the infective Pasturella multicoda in the respiratory tract which could have easily given him septicaemia. Typical dyes of early cloth have included Cochineal: producing Red, Madder (Rubina tinctorum): a Red/purple colour and Weld (Reseda Luteold) :Yellow, all have been found to contain Carminic Acid known to inhibit bacterial growth. So the dyes in his jacket may very well have had the anti bacterial affect on the animals teeth.
In the foot care profession dyes have also been used for their antiseptic properties for many years but have largely fallen out of favour due to the stains produced and a study that linked Gentian Violet to cancer, although it had to be used in large quantities. The main ones used are then Gentian Violet in water or spirit which has anti fungal properties, Brilliant Green used against gram positive organisims and Triple Dye controlling Staphylococcal (gram positive) infections (this made up of Gentian Violet, Brilliant Green and Proflavine Hemisulphate)
Having a local anaesthetic for some can be a traumatic experience. A chance discovery by Ear Nose and Throat medics noted that when using a local anaesthetic in this area numbing of their patients gums occurred. US researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have developed a nasal spray that with further research could mean no more injections at the dentist. Wider population tests could come as early as March 07. How deep the anaesthetic is and for what type of dental work it will be suitable for will be interesting to see. It may mean a reduction in one of the dental phobiasthe fear of injections, estimated to be about 8% of the UK population (The Adult Dental Health Survey UK 1988) Now we just need something to help us in foot care !
Many of us remember the red Rosehip Syrup of our childhood, full of vitamin C it was eagerly awaited and one of the more pleasant medicines that we were given to keep us healthy. During the second world war volunteers collected many tons of Rosehips to keep the whole nation healthy, it was also easy to make at home and was a favourite made from a simple recipe in The Hedgerow Harvest written by the Ministry of Food (1943). For fun the hairy seeds are also known by generations of schoolboys as an effective itching powder to be placed down an unsuspecting friends shirt !
Recent research has now shown a Rosehip extract may help sufferers of Arthritis and Crohns disease, both diseases in which inflammation plays a part. A small trial by Biochemist, Dr K.Winther in Copenhagen looked at the product LitoZin made from the ground seeds of Rosa Canina and found a marked reduction in the pain of Osteoarthritis sufferers. In his study of some 94 people they found a significant pain reduction from their conditions which very importantly meant they could reduce their other pain killers. Further research will be needed however. What is LitoZin? A Rosehip extract containing the active ingredient of GOPO Galatolipid compound