Wash Your Hands!!

Soap and Water and Common Sense: How to Stay Healthy in a Germ-Filled World by Dr. Bonnie Henry (published by Anansi Press) is a VERY timely book.  If you’re at all concerned about your health re the flu or a virus – and who isn’t right now!! – you should definitely read this book. It’s so up to date that even the H1N1(Swine) flu is mentioned. Get the facts right, learn the difference between a virus and bacteria, when and when it’s not time to call in the heavy equipment and use an antibiotic, and what can be done to protect yourself from nasties like E. Coli and Salmonella.  Learn about the history of typhoid, smallpox, malaria, SARS, and even West Nile. They’re all mentioned, and all fascinating. Being bombarded daily by the media with info about the Swine flu, it gets so that you can’t sort all the facts out enough to make a consciencious decision about what to do to protect yourself. Dr. Henry lays it all out in plain English. She certainly has the smarts – she’s currently the Director of Public Health Emergency Management at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. She is a public health physician, a preventive medicine specialist and an epidemiologist. And the title of her book just about sums it all up … soap and water & common sense goes a long way in helping us fight off a host of  illnesses in our germ-filled world.

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