1. Study finds airplanes are a cesspool of immune system challenging germs

    Flying the filthy skies

    If you're anything like me, you enjoy boarding an airplane as much as scrubbing the toilet. Except, chances are, the toilet is a lot less messy.

    It's bad enough that you're sharing an arm rest with some 400-pound chatterbox who's sweating through his T-shirt. But one row over, some fussy baby is blowing snot bubbles between his ear-splitting screams.

    And that's when you realize that terrorists are the LEAST of your worries -- because there's already a filthy germ bomb detonating all around you.

    In fact, it may have exploded DAYS before you stepped foot on the plane. That's because a new study from Auburn University found that disease-causing germs can live on airplane surfaces for up to ONE FULL WEEK!

    That means seven full days ago a passenger may have drooled on your headrest, or used the in-flight magazine as a Kleenex, and their germs could still be having a party in seat 23A. In fact, researchers found potentially-deadly MRSA bacteria living on seat pocket cloth seven days after exposure, and E. coli surviving for 96 hours on armrests.

    So much for the "friendly skies"!

    If you have a commercial flight coming up, spend the next several days getting your immune system into shape. Load up on vitamin C and start taking some probiotics to beef up your gut's immune defenses.

    And be sure you bring a Hefty-sized barf bag onto the plane. Because once you take a look around that jumbo germ jet, there's a good chance you're going to feel more than a little nauseous.

  2. Study finds doctor's stethoscopes are filthy

    Is your doc wearing a toilet seat around his neck?

    He'll tell you to wash your hands while reciting the A,B,C's. He wants you to sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. He's practically got you running around town in a radiation suit and a surgical mask swiping every surface you touch with a disinfecting wipe.

    Your doc has a million and one suggestions to keep you safe from the germs that surround us. Too bad he doesn't follow his own advice.

    Because at the start of every appointment, before he takes your blood pressure or shines that light in your ears, your doctor may be rubbing fecal matter, MRSA, and every other dangerous bacteria known to mankind all over your back and chest.

    And he's been doing it for years!

    A new Swiss study found that your doc's trusty stethoscope is likely to be filthier than a hobo's shoes! Turns out after he examines that sweating, morbidly obese guy with the oozing sores in the next room, he may not even bother disinfecting his stethoscope before he plops it down on your flesh.

    In fact, researchers found that most stethoscopes were carrying more dangerous germs than doctors' hands! It's no wonder you have trouble taking deep breaths once that filth factory is pressed against your skin.

    The next time you're getting a check-up, make sure you give your doc a taste of his own medicine. Before he presses that cold stethoscope to your skin, give him a warm dose of reality -- suggest he grab a disinfecting wipe and clean it up.

  3. Revealed: The dirtiest spots in your hotel room

    You might want to stay home after your read this: Hotel rooms are covered in germs and poop bacteria, especially in the spots you're most likely to touch.
  4. The doctors of the future are DUMB

    There's a simple way to stop the spread of disease in hospitals, where drug-resistant germs are running so rampant they're practically taking over: Wash your darned hands. Yet when it comes to this basic step -- a step we all learned in preschool -- today's leading medical students get an "F."
  5. Clean your room with H202

    Here's another one from the "everything old is new again" file: Plain old hydrogen peroxide is about to make a big-time comeback.
  6. Your hospital room is filthy

    If you're ever unlucky enough to find yourself admitted to a hospital, do yourself a favor: don't touch anything.
  7. Dirty docs and nurses spread germs

    The bartender acquires a deadly infection and kicks the bucket six days later. Now, who do you think gave it to him? My money's on the doctor -- and if you're a Daily Dose regular, you know why: Doctors are filthy... crawling with germs... and they don't even wash their hands most of the time.
  8. China starts to act on shoddy drugs

    China's shoddy manufacturing practices and seeming lack of health standards is probably far worse than anyone realizes - especially in China.

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