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1 freetoken  Mon, Jul 5, 2010 6:01:09pm

I say let’s keep the plastic bags and ban the automobile in stead!

2 Killgore Trout  Mon, Jul 5, 2010 6:27:56pm
Plastic bags are bad for the environment, so I got some of these reusable bags. The article assures me I’m not going to make my family sick by using these, but sheesh - is there no end to all the things that are potentially bad for you?


People are just germphobic these days. Humans survived for millions of years before some marketing dickhead came up with hand sanitizer gel. I use the reusable bags all the time, never wash then and never made me sick.

3 reine.de.tout  Mon, Jul 5, 2010 7:19:30pm

re: #2 Killgore Trout

People are just germphobic these days. Humans survived for millions of years before some marketing dickhead came up with hand sanitizer gel. I use the reusable bags all the time, never wash then and never made me sick.

I agree.
I don’t use anti-bacterial soap, just regular stuff.
I don’t wash the bags.
I kiss my cat’s fur.
My cat sleeps with me, right next to my face.
I don’t dust nearly as often as I ought to.

You know, I’m sure, that studies have shown that kids who grow up in less than pristine conditions have FEWER ALLERGIES than kids who grow up in super-clean environs.

4 Interesting Times  Mon, Jul 5, 2010 8:56:45pm

re: #3 reine.de.tout

You know, I’m sure, that studies have shown that kids who grow up in less than pristine conditions have FEWER ALLERGIES than kids who grow up in super-clean environs.

Not quite a “study”, but I’d count this as evidence for your point:

Peanut Paste Saves Starving African Children

For years, powdered milk laden with vitamins had been a solution to malnutrition. But preparing the milk required hygienic environments and refrigeration, which usually necessitated inpatient treatment, and was costly and time consuming. Teaming with Michael Golden, an Irish nutritionist, Briend…sought to create a take-home, spoil-proof, preparation-free food to treat malnutrition.. In 1999, Plumpy’nut, a thick, edible, pastelike substance containing peanuts, vegetable oil, milk powder, vitamins and minerals, was created. Each packet — roughly the size of a cereal bar — contains 500 calories of perfectly proportioned proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Two packets a day for two weeks are enough to nourish and rehabilitate a starving child.

While widespread distribution of a peanut-based product like Plumpy’nut could pose a danger to allergy-prone children in the United States, that is not a concern on the African continent.

“Food allergy seems far less common in poor countries than in rich countries,” said Briend. “This well-known observation has been explained by different factors, but apparently, crowding and repeated exposure to infections seem to play a role.”


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