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US Economy Literally Making People Physically Sick

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Some physicians in the Dayton, Ohio area have seen a marked rise in emergency admissions over the past five years and believe the economy is at least partially to blame, according to local CBS affiliate WHIO.

"I would say the economy, both directly and indirectly, is making people sick," Dr. Norman Schneiderman of Miami Valley Hospital's Emergency Department, tells the station.

He says worries over money "often wait too long and suffer more before they ever seek help," turning simple problems into much larger ones.

"They had a bad cold. They thought they'd wait and hoped they'd get better and then it turned into pneumonia and they come in and they're very sick," he says.

What's more, pretty much everything around you also seems to be killing you:


According to Bruno Chomel, a professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, "documented cases show people contracting infections by getting too cozy with their animals," such as "plague... MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection, a bacterial infection resistant to multiple strains of antibiotics originating from the canine family, and various parasitic worms."


Anne Lipscomb of Seattle discovered a "lump on the lower left leg that was painful to touch." Writes Lipscomb: "I... realized I had moved my computer from the top left corner of my desk to under the left side of my desk next to my left leg. And when I worked on the computer, I would rest my left leg against the side of the computer. Just for the heck of if, I moved my computer back up to the top of my desk. In 2 days, the lump was gone and it's never come back!!"


“Floor coverings are a major reservoir for indoor and outdoor aller­gens, including animal dander and dust mites,” Jonathan Bernstein, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati in the Division of Immunology and Allergy, tells "The larger and plusher a rug, the harder it is to remove allergens from it. Low-pile rugs are better, because fewer allergens get stuck in the fibers.”


It began as a medical mystery that made big news in  Phoenix, Arizona. A healthy 15-year-old boy played a round of golf, went home and by morning he was dead. For days, Scott Beeman had no idea why his son died... but then, a clue: He’d played in a junior golf tournament that day, and dozens of others young golfers also got sick. Officials believe a a sick employee who had not washed his hands contaminated the ice in the coolers.

Once the economy turns around, a new problem is poised to show itself. As much as not having money causes illness, money itself has been found to contain enough bacteria (coins: 26 germs per square inch, bills: 161 germs per square inch) to "cause an infection in perfectly healthy people," as have credit cards and cash machines.

“We were interested in comparing the levels of bacteria contamination between heavily used ATM machines and public lavatories,” microbiologist Richard Hastings told The Telegraph in January. “We were surprised by our results because the ATM machines were shown to be heavily contaminated with bacteria; to the same level as nearby public lavatories. In addition, the bacteria we detected on ATMs were similar to those from the toilet, which are well known as causes of common human illnesses.”

Ladies and gentlemen, we appear to have a dilemma on our hands...
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