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2012-10-02 12:10:55 AM
New product idea for germaphobes: Air sanitizer.
 
2012-10-02 12:23:19 AM
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Scientists have discovered that stomach cancer is caused by swallowing minute amounts of saliva over the course of many years.
 
2012-10-02 12:24:29 AM
Oh look, another "Bacteria are scarey" link.
 
2012-10-02 01:28:49 AM
I thought this had been established for quite some time now.
 
2012-10-02 01:33:42 AM
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Maybe I shouldn't breathe so much Terry. Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa!
 
2012-10-02 01:39:39 AM
Quick, someone tell the GOP!
 
2012-10-02 01:41:52 AM
Very very few microorganisms are actually bad for you. The majority of virus and bacteria species are either benign or benefitial. And for those that are bad for you, that's what we have immune systems for. Unless someone has a compromised immune system it's very difficult to get sick through an airborne virus/bacteria.
 
2012-10-02 01:47:11 AM
I wish people would stop relying on auto-correct, but I'm not holding my breathe.
 
2012-10-02 01:51:37 AM

fusillade762: New product idea for germaphobes: Air sanitizer.


t1.gstatic.com

They've been around for quite some time.
 
2012-10-02 01:53:49 AM
A note to hypochondriacs: holding your breathe may keep viruses from coming into your body, but as a lifestyle choice, it has some drawbacks.

WHAT DRAWBACKS? I need to balance out the two propositions!!!
 
2012-10-02 01:54:10 AM
I hope you like toxic ozone with those air purifiers.
 
2012-10-02 01:56:24 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Scientists have discovered that stomach cancer is caused by swallowing minute amounts of saliva over the course of many years.


But the good news is that swallowing copious amounts of semen can be protective against stomach cancer.

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2012-10-02 02:03:46 AM
Whenever I go into a public restroom that someone dropped a bomb in, I can't get out of my mind that I'm breathing something that came out of some stranger's ass.
 
2012-10-02 02:11:22 AM
FTA: "holding your breathe"

Journalism continues making its way down the toilet. I really hope it hasn't passed the U-bend...
 
2012-10-02 02:19:15 AM
It can be statistically proven! Everyone that has breathed air WILL DIE! Eventually
 
2012-10-02 02:24:07 AM
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2012-10-02 02:38:17 AM
 
2012-10-02 02:43:14 AM
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2012-10-02 02:46:49 AM

divx88: Whenever I go into a public restroom that someone dropped a bomb in, I can't get out of my mind that I'm breathing something that came out of some stranger's ass.


Well if it makes you feel any better, you are anyway - it's just easier to get out of your mind.
 
2012-10-02 02:49:40 AM
Perhaps if our bodies had a means, a system if you will, to combat pathogens and render our bodies immune to them... What would such a theoretical thing be called?

Pure supposition, obviously, since our bodies don't have such a thing.
 
2012-10-02 02:52:02 AM
Isn't it just amazing how God designed our bodies from the start to be able to survive all that stuff?

Praise Jesus.
 
2012-10-02 02:54:10 AM

Ambivalence: Very very few microorganisms are actually bad for you. The majority of virus and bacteria species are either benign or benefitial. And for those that are bad for you, that's what we have immune systems for. Unless someone has a compromised immune system it's very difficult to get sick through an airborne virus/bacteria.


I know of beneficial bacteria, but what viruses are beneficial?
 
2012-10-02 03:07:34 AM

fredbox: Ambivalence: Very very few microorganisms are actually bad for you. The majority of virus and bacteria species are either benign or benefitial. And for those that are bad for you, that's what we have immune systems for. Unless someone has a compromised immune system it's very difficult to get sick through an airborne virus/bacteria.

I know of beneficial bacteria, but what viruses are beneficial?


They recently discovered one that lives on our skin and attacks the bacteria that cause acne; I was going to link the BBC article but it's got a gross picture with it so I chose not to. Googs can tell you more though. It's a 'phage' type virus or something.
 
2012-10-02 03:16:46 AM

ladyfortuna: They recently discovered one that lives on our skin and attacks the bacteria that cause acne; I was going to link the BBC article but it's got a gross picture with it so I chose not to. Googs can tell you more though. It's a 'phage' type virus or something.


Phages can hurt, or harm. The gene that encodes for the deadly enterohemorrhagic E. Coli strains which produce Shiga 2 Toxin is carried by a phage, for example.

They're also REALLY specific, which is what limits their applications in Medicine.
 
2012-10-02 03:21:42 AM
That doesn't surprise me, but if they can figure out how to stop this scourge on my skin... bring it on.
 
2012-10-02 03:50:51 AM

RightWingWacko: It can be statistically proven! Everyone that has breathed air WILL DIE! Eventually


100% of life activities end in death.

It's true. I have studies.
 
2012-10-02 05:02:55 AM

BronyMedic: Isn't it just amazing how God designed our bodies from the start to be able to survive all that stuff?

Praise Jesus.


And his dad, Allah.
 
2012-10-02 07:47:33 AM

Acharne: BronyMedic: Isn't it just amazing how God designed our bodies from the start to be able to survive all that stuff?

Praise Jesus.

And his dad, Allah.


And his brother, Vishnu.
 
2012-10-02 08:51:03 AM
www.mangarush.com
 
2012-10-02 09:05:33 AM
I'm suffering with a really bad cough currently, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2012-10-02 11:11:40 AM
And don't forget that dihydrogen monoxide filth, that stuff can kill you.
 
2012-10-02 11:14:01 AM
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The fremen had an idea about this.
 
2012-10-02 11:27:05 AM

viscountalpha: I hope you like toxic ozone with those air purifiers.


If you're trying to get her into the O zone by using an air purifier then you're one kinky bastard.
 
2012-10-02 01:47:23 PM
maybe we should do some double-blind tests comparing breathing to not breathing and study the results... I'll volunteer to be in the breathing group.
 
2012-10-02 02:08:42 PM
What, air isn't sterile? At this moment, the germaphobes of the world are inhaling atomized bleach.
 
2012-10-02 02:57:22 PM
This is news?

Every breath you take
brings you one breath closer to your last.

At least that's what I tell the kids every night.
 
2012-10-02 05:24:54 PM
Can we all agree that life will kill ya?
 
2012-10-02 11:35:31 PM

fusillade762: New product idea for germaphobes: Air sanitizer.


A hospital I got a tour of with an environmental safety expert used UV lights in the HVAC system to attempt to sanitize it as much as possible. So that kind of already exists, even without using filters. I guess you're thinking something more consumable, though.
 
2012-10-02 11:36:17 PM

rwa2: This is news?

Every breath you take
brings you one breath closer to your last.

At least that's what I tell the kids every night.


Do you whisper "memento mori" to them as they sleep too?
 
2012-10-02 11:46:58 PM

fredbox: Ambivalence: Very very few microorganisms are actually bad for you. The majority of virus and bacteria species are either benign or benefitial. And for those that are bad for you, that's what we have immune systems for. Unless someone has a compromised immune system it's very difficult to get sick through an airborne virus/bacteria.

I know of beneficial bacteria, but what viruses are beneficial?


I doubt they actually infect humans much, but bacteriophages could probably be helpful. Maybe?
 
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