According to pest control experts, flies carry over 200 different types of bacteria. It’s easy to shoo these nasty insects away when they seem to approach your food. But other times, people who are used to the sight of flies, might no longer be bothered by their presence.
But again, a fly is more dangerous than one might think. Most people know that flies vomit on the food that they landed on. Because they can’t chew, they need to soften their food by vomiting on them before eating them. That may be the grossest part of having a fly on your favorite piece of snack but it’s actually not responsible for the spread of diseases.
Flies land on just about anything and that is one way of spreading germs.
A fly’s legs are covered with tiny hairs that carry the germs. Of course, they have this because they land on basically anything they want – including icky trash and yes, poop. Imagine the bacteria that would attach to those legs and just seconds of landing on your food, you already have a contaminated snack.
Flies vomit on their food to soften them up, but that’s not how your food gets contaminated.
A fly’s tiny legs are covered with hairs that spread bacteria on your food when the insect touches it.
Most healthy adults can fight off diseases from the bacteria, but children and the elderly are susceptible.
Here’s what pest control expert Ron Harrison has to say:
“They only need to touch your food for a second for their legs or the tiny hairs all over their bodies to transfer germs from all those nasty things they eat onto what you are eating.
“And since flies can transfer serious, contagious diseases like cholera, dysentery, and typhoid, it is probably best if you avoid eating things a fly lands on.”
So the next time a fly stays even just for a second on your food, you already know that the part has been contaminated. Instead of throwing all the food out, just throw away the portion that has been touched by a fly.
Doctors Bullying Nurses Is A Sad And Terrifying Epidemic
Nurses deserve respect, too.
Within an eight to twelve-hour shift, nurses deal with a lot of problems - emergencies, patient concerns, issues with other hospital departments, and probably their own personal troubles, to name a few. And, as if those are not enough loads for a nurse to carry, here comes patients and relatives who rudely treat nurses. The thing is, even other healthcare professionals treat nurses poorly - even doctors do.
Sadly, a significant number of doctors are bullies and such bullying culture places nurses and patients at risk. Stories of doctors berating nurses, screaming profanities at them, and even physically assaulting them at times have been circulating on the internet, in the news, and in the hospital break rooms. Sure, nurses don't always fight back, but the effect that such kind of treatment and behavior has on them and on patients affect the quality of care delivered.
An article published on Slate revealed just how massive a problem is nurse bullying. A survey conducted by the Institute for Safe Medical Practices in 2013 shows that in the year prior, 87% of nurses came across doctors who were "reluctant or refused to answer questions or return calls," while 74% received “condescending or demeaning comments or insults.” About 42% answered that they have experienced being shamed and humiliated by doctors, or had malicious rumors spread about them. Another 26% of nurses responded that physicians have thrown objects at them.
The Story of Kolmanskop, Former Diamond Mine and Now Ghost Town in the Namib Desert
The town has long since said goodbye to its glory days.
Ghost towns may be creepy, but they always have good stories to tell. Case in point, the Kolmanskop in the middle of the Namib desert in South Africa. Here, no humans can be found, only decrepit houses partly swallowed by the sand. They are witnesses to a once thriving town.
The story goes that in 1908, railway worker Zacharias Lewala, while shoveling in the desert, noticed a sparkling stone. Convinced the stone was a diamond, Lewala decided to show his discovery to his supervisor, German railway inspector August Stauch, for confirmation.
Kolmanskop is located in the middle of the Namib desert in South Africa.
Here’s Why You Should Eat And Not Discard Your Eggshells
Don’t discard them; eat them instead!
Most people eat the eggs and throw away the eggshells without thinking about eating it. After all, having to think about eating eggshells might gross some people out. But science has found eggshells are nutritious and they are great sources of calcium. According to a 2003 review, eggshells have been found to have a number of good properties, especially when they are ground to become powder.
For instance, an animal study has shown the positive effect eggshell powder has on bone density in postmenopausal osteoporosis. It was also stated that the bioavailability of calcium was the same as or much better than the food-grade purified calcium carbonate.
Eggshells contain 95% of calcium carbonate and so they are good for bone and teeth health. The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition says that half an eggshell is enough to provide the recommended daily calcium intake. Eggshells cannot be eaten straight up though after breaking the eggs. To make it work, they will still need to be pulverized – this is an important step in eating eggshells.
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