Cleanliness in Good Health

1418 Words Jul 31st, 2012 6 Pages
The Importance Of Cleanliness In Good Health
The subject of cleanliness has been discussed from all angles for many years. Arguments against, as well as for, have been presented with various degrees of effectiveness. It was not so long ago that washing the whole body was considered a sin and a shame, and bath-tubs were originally introduced in spite of protests from the sanitarians.

The pendulum has now swung too far in the other direction. Cleanliness is sometimes claimed to be the means of prevention and cure of almost all kinds of diseases. Health Departments are often required to spend a great deal of time and money on municipal housekeeping such as street cleaning and collection of refuse. Expense of this kind should not be charged up
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Importance Of Cleaning Eating Utensils: Stop The Spread Of Disease!
One of the easiest ways for germs to be transferred from one person to another is via eating utensils.

- It does not take a great deal of imagination to realize what can happen at a restaurant or soda fountain where many people use the same dishes, glasses, forks, and spoons in the course of a day. What is done to these articles between customers determines to a great extent whether or not one eats there in safety.

Occasional checks are made on eating utensils by taking cultures from them to show whether bacteria are, present in small or large numbers. The results are easily demonstrated and are effective in securing improvements where needed. We are sometimes criticized for burdening the merchant, "struggling hard to earn an honest dollar," with expense that he claims to he prohihitive. The cost of tuberculosis, syphilis, influenza, pneumonia, and all the other catching diseases is also prohibitive and the public is entitled to protection. Health, rather than profits, should come first.

Stricter rules for cleanliness call for complete sterilization of eating utensils in public places with the result that equipment for soaking in boiling water or contact with live steam is being installed.

Paper cups and dishes are aids to safety
Patrons can protect themselves—to some extent at least—by asking for them whenever possible. Greater insistence on cleanliness by the…