Living Hand To Mouth

Hands do everything. They pick up things from the floor.

They handle money. They touch other peoples' hands. They clean

up bottoms. They touch all kinds of door knobs. And then they

pick up food to eat. Some people even lick their fingers when

they're sticky or just to turn a page!

What is on the hands that you don't want to eat but can't see?

Bacteria and viruses from coughing and sneezing into your

hands! And cysts! Cysts are the “eggs” made by parasites. Cysts

are so tough not even bleach kills them. They hide under our

fingernails when we wash our hands. Then we eat them along

with our food. This is called oral-fecal route. They hatch in the

stomach and go to the intestine to live.

To stop reinfecting yourself the little cysts under the nails

need to be killed. Food grade alcohol solution kills them. Buy

EverclearTM or Protec (potable) alcohol and make a 5% solution

(add ¼ cup of 95% alcohol to a quart of water). Keep it in a

small pump bottle at the sink. After using the bathroom and

washing your hands, treat your fingernails with alcohol. Pump

alcohol into one palm. Put the fingernails of the other hand into

it. Scratch a bit. Pour it into the other palm and do the remaining

fingernails. Rinse.

• Don't eat with your hands! Use a fork.

Never eat food off the floor!

• Always wash hands after petting an animal!

• Never touch the bottoms of shoes! Keep shoes off couch or

bed or chair.

• Always cough or sneeze into your clothing or a tissue, not

your hands.

• Keep your fingers out of your mouth. Don't lick your fingers

to turn pages or open plastic bags.

Sick persons need a 50% alcohol solution. Add ½ cup 95%

alcohol to ½ cup cold tap water or buy plain vodka, 80 to 100

proof. Pour the vodka into the pump bottle. Be careful that nobody

tries drinking it. If there are teenagers in the house, add a

hefty dose of cayenne to it.

Lugol’s iodine will also sterilize your hands. However most

commercial Lugol’s is polluted with isopropyl alcohol. Ask your

pharmacist to make it from scratch for you (there are only two

ingredients and water, see Recipes). Then make a solution to

wash in (1 tsp. to a quart of water). This can stain some things.

Do not use “tincture of iodine.”



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