Ever wonder what germs are? They are Microorganisms called pathogens which harbor a specific infectious agent. They are also known as biological agents such as bacteria, virus, prion, fungus, or biological toxins that cause disease.
There are several ways whereby germs can invade your body; the air, bodily contact, blood exchange or the food we eat. Each has its own time frame for manifestation.
Soil contamination has the longest or most persistent potential for harboring germs other than your warm body. Once germs reach the body either through the nose, skin, gastrointestinal tract or body fluids, it is only a matter of time before they are eradicated by our immune system or surface through symptoms.
The good news is that your body contains many natural orders of defense against some of the common germs (such as Pneumocystis pneumonia) in the form of the human immune system and by some “helpful” bacteria present in your body’s normal flora (good bacteria). However, if your immune system or “good” bacteria is or becomes damaged in any way (by chemotherapy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or antibiotics to name a few), germs such as bacteria that were being held at bay can proliferate and cause harm to your body. Such cases are called opportunistic infection.
In the past some germs, such as the bacterium which may have caused the Black Plague, the Variola virus, have been responsible for massive numbers of casualties and have had numerous effects on afflicted groups. Of particular note in modern times is the HIV virus, which is known to have infected several million humans globally, along with the Influenza virus.
While many medical advances have been made today to safeguard against infection by germs, through the use of vaccination, antibiotics, and fungicide, germs continue to threaten human life. While social advances such as food safety, Dietary Supplement safety, hygiene, and water treatment have reduced the threat from some germs, some still remain. It should also be mentioned that not all germs are bad or negative.
As recently as 1-3-11 we hear about germs in the news. The latest news is centered on “Germs found in Restaurants.” What a surprise! Of course, germs are everywhere and have been since the beginning of time. Ever wondered what those “Big Letters” in the windows of restaurants mean? This is a letter-grading system set by the health & sanitation departments in most cities. Customers may find any of three grades in the window: a favorable “A,” passing “B” or disastrous “C.”
Giving consumers more information will help make our restaurants safer and cleaner. The signs just might be an indication of where certain germs may be lurking, so pay attention. Los Angeles, which has used a similar evaluation method for more than a decade now, has seen a 13 percent decline in food-borne illnesses because of this letter grading system.
The top 5 most popular areas germs are spread throughout the year are:
- Door handles & counter tops
- Money exchange.
As you see it’s not always altogether possible to avoid germs. The best way is to avoid them is to:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Use hand sanitizers whenever appropriate
- Take Vitamin D3 (5,000 UI approx.) daily
- Get plenty of rest
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-  http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6383.
-  http://www.metapathogen.com
-  The prion diseases Stanley B. Prusiner, Scientific American