The Doctors TV Show: Surprising Health Dangers

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The Doctors: Kitchen Hazards

The Doctors TV Show addressed Surprising Health Dangers today, and one of the risks comes from Hazardous Home Kitchens!  Here are some of the things to look out for when you cook meals at home, so that you can keep yourself and your family healthy:

1.  Keep your fridge at 41 degrees or lower. The Doctors Surprising Health Dangers

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2.  Raw chicken and meat should not be stored above fresh fruits and vegetables.

3.  Wash your hands before preparing meals.

4.  Dry your hands on a different towel than the one that you use to dry your dishes.

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5.  Make sure you cook your chicken to an internal temperature of 365 degrees.  A meat thermometer comes in handy for checking this, but if you do not have one, at least make sure that you cook chicken until the juices run clear.

Dr Travis Stork said that it is hard to prevent touching the faucet handle, spices or the salt shaker when you are cooking and your hands have touched raw chicken.  So please be careful, or you will have to disinfect everything afterward.  Using your elbows to turn on and off faucets is a great trick my mom always uses.  Also, sponges can harbor bacteria, so place a wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill the bacteria or place it in the dishwasher.

The Drs TV Show: Cell Phone Dangers

Lady Gaga is said to have a hear of holding a cell phone to her head, so she always has someone hold it away from her head when she needs to use one.  So far, there has been no direct link found between cell phone use and cancer, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.  After all, doctors used to think that cigarettes were safe until they found out decades later that they are bad for you.

The Doctors: Fountain Soda Bacteria

The Doctors also discussed how Fountain Sodas could make you sick.  Did you know that there is often bacteria growing in Fountain Soda machines?  The EPA makes sure that none of this bacteria is present in our drinking water, but nearly half of the Fountain Soda Machines that were tested had bacteria.  11% of them had E.Coli, which is from fecal matter.  17% of the Soda Machines had a bacteria that causes Pneumonia.  While this test was only done one 30 Fountain Soda Machines, my guess is that you can extrapolate the results across the country.  Dr Jim Sears said that he is still more worried about Diabetes caused by the soda itself.  One option is to opt for cans or bottles of soda instead, but still make sure to wipe these off because bacteria is present there as well.  I generally avoid soda, but often the water at restaurants also comes from one of these Fountain Machines, so they could increase your risk of being exposed to bacteria.  I think I will be opting for bottled water going forward!

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