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The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs: What Everyone Should Know about Bacteria, Viruses, Mold, and Mildewby Anne E. Maczulak
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They're everywhere! In water, food, air, and soil. On the kitchen counter and in the bathroom. On our skin, in our intestines, and even swimming in our mouths! They affect us every second of our lives, but most microbes are terribly misunderstood. The Five-Second Rule and Other Myths about Germs does away with the notion that you need a doctorate to understand the microscopic world. Dr. Anne Maczulak addresses all the questions we have about microbes in a fun and informative way. Loaded with myth-busting sidebars, health and sanitation tips, and illustrations of our invisible friends and enemies, this is the one how-to reference every person needs to live a healthy life in our microbial world.
While giving readers a primer on the science of microbes, Dr. Maczulak explains:
• Whether or not the "Five-Second Rule" really applies when you drop food on the floor.
• The bacterial dangers lurking in the workplace and at home, even in your laundry!
• Surprising facts about household cleaning products.
• What cautions we should take during food preparation.
• What we should do about anthrax.
• Why it may be safer to eat your sandwich in the bathroom than in the kitchen.
"The five-second rule, told to children by generations of mothers, says that if you drop a cookie on the floor, you have five seconds to snatch it up before germs swarm over it and render it unsafe to eat. Microbiologist Maczulak uses this bit of home-spun wisdom to introduce readers to the world of bacteria, viruses and fungi. As the author reminds us, many of the manifold creatures in the microscopic world are needed for our bodies to function normally; only a relatively small number are pathogens. Maczulak reveals the current thinking on how long you're contagious when you have a cold, what's the dirtiest room in the house (not the bathroom) and why your doctor is right in refusing to prescribe antibiotics for the flu. Maczulak's writing can be repetitious and unfocused. Nevertheless, addressing such questions as whether or not to use disinfectants, and with sidebars listing food-borne microbes and antimicrobial essential oils, this may prove a helpful home companion. As to that cookie: as grandma always said, just brush it off." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For the closet germaphobe in all of us, a fun, easy-to-understand resource for everything you ever wanted to know about bacteria, viruses, algae, yeasts, mold, and mildew but were afraid to ask
About the Author
Anne E. Maczulak, Ph.D. has been a microbiologist in industry and academia for 20 years. She currently consults in quality assurance for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, consumer product, and chemical companies. Maczulaks career has covered research in a range of microbal environments, such as the skin and scalp, kitchen drains, and even the inside of a cows stomach. She lives in Novato, CA.
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