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    University of Arizona study reveals just how germy our shoes are

    By Briana Collins - Jan 04, 2017

    A new study from the University of Arizona may have many of us re-thinking our house rules. The study shows bacteria lives for days inside and outside our shoes. Researchers say they found more than 421,000 units of bacteria on one shoe. Bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections, meningitis and pneumonia.

    "It could be any combination of what we've walked in...whether that's been animal droppings or what's been on bathroom floors or restaurant floors," says Infection Preventionist Teresa Bastin. "Now you're moving what's outside, inside."

    The study tells us washing the shoes with detergent can clean them up to 99%. Bastin says carpets hold more bacteria than hardwood floors so she suggests we use a steam cleaner, and wash our hands right after taking our shoes off to avoid getting sick.

    http://www.wifr.com/content/news/University-of-Arizona-study-reveals-just-how-germy-our-shoes-are-409705695.html

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    Scientific studies reveal high levels of bacteria on shoes

    By Lia Blanchard - August 6, 2017

    Several studies have confirmed that the bottoms of our shoes commonly carry any number of potentially harmful strains of bacteria. A study published in a 2014 issue of Science Direct noted that shoe bottoms were the highest carrier of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) in all of the common household items or environmental dust tested -- 39.7 percent of the shoes tested were positive for the bacteria, which can cause life-threatening intestinal infections. A University of Arizona study found "large numbers" of bacteria on the bottom and inside of shoes, including: Escherichia coli (E. coli), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Serratia ficaria, reports a 2008 article in CIRI Science.

    "Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria," notes Dr. Charles Gerba, the microbiologist who conducted the University of Arizona study. In fact, the study found that the transfer rate from contaminated shoes to previously uncontaminated living spaces was 90 percent to 99 percent.

    The good news: Simply washing the shoes is an effective method of significantly reducing the number of bacteria. The University of Arizona study confirmed that machine-washing shoes with detergent eliminated 99 percent of bacteria from the outside of the shoes, and 90 percent of the bacteria from the inside. ABC News made "Kick off your kicks" its No. 1 method of "detoxing your home," suggesting that leaving your shoes at the door will leave 80 percent of certain environmental pollutants -- such as road sealant and pesticides -- outside.

    http://sfglobe.com/2016/02/02/scient...eria-on-shoes/

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    Study shows wearing shoes inside your home invites unwanted germs

    by Sonu Wasu - Jun 13, 2017

    As part of the "Healthy Homes" initiative, the City of Phoenix is warning residents about the dangerous germs and fungi you could be tracking into your homes through the soles of your shoes.

    There is a direct correlation between health and housing, according to Laura Smith, the Project Manager of the city's Lead Free and Healthy Homes program.

    "Although we live in a beautiful state in a beautiful city, most people spend about 70% of their time inside their homes," said Smith.

    Studies done by researchers at the University of Arizona and the Environmental Protection Agency showed everything from fecal matter to E-coli, rodent droppings, toxic herbicides, cigarette residue, pollen, and lead dust on the soles of shoes they tested.

    This is all stuff you're potentially bringing inside your home. Smith warned that this could affect the health of young children who often put their hands in their mouth after playing on the floor, as well as it could affect the elderly population.

    Health experts advised keeping your homes cleaner and safer with a no-shoes rule, something practiced by many Asian communities for centuries.

    Reiko Yasui Reavis, the Executive Director of the Japanese Friendship Garden brought the tradition of removing shoes at the doorway, right before entering the home, from Japan to her home in Phoenix.

    "The reason why is in Japan we sit on the floor, we sleep on the floor on the Futon, so we are always close to the floor. It's kind of dirty to bring shoes into the house," said Yasui Reavis.

    Studies showed the floors of your home are actually dirtier than your toilet seat.

    "I don't want those germs in my house, especially when you have little babies," said Yasui Reavis.

    Health experts advise removing your shoes and carrying them into your shoe closet at home, then washing your hands. You can also wipe the soles of your shoes with anti-bacterial wipes, or throw tennis shoes in the washing machine to get rid of germs.

    For more information on having cleaner, toxin and germ-free homes visit the city's website HERE.

    http://www.abc15.com/news/state/study-shows-wearing-shoes-inside-your-home-invites-unwanted-germs



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    This Is Why You Absolutely Need To Stop Wearing Shoes In Your House

    by David Benjamin

    The University of Houston did a study and found that 39% of shoes contained bacteria C. diff (otherwise known as Clostridium difficile), this is a public health threat that is now also resistant to a number of antibiotics. C. diff infections can cause multiple health conditions such as bad diarrhea which can also progress to colon inflammation and further serious health problems, especially if it doesn't respond to antibiotic treatment effectively.

    In another study done by the University of Arizona 9 different forms of bacteria were found on the bottom of shoes. Good Morning America did a test and found that the bottom of shoes were dirtier than toilet seats also. Furthermore, Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona did a test with a brand new pair of shoes and found that within just two weeks of wearing a new shoe 440,000 units of bacteria were found on the shoe. An astonishing 27% of that total bacteria were deadly E Coli. Klebsiella pneumonia was also found, which can lead to and cause pneumonia and wound and bloodstream infections and another type of infection called Serratia ficaria, which can lead to infection of the respiratory tract.

    "Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes," says study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.

    The Clostridium difficile is only the tip of the iceberg though because only 4 out of 10 people have this on their shoes. There are many different types of bacteria that get into your home from your shoe. For example, most most public restroom floors contain around 2 million bacteria per square inch (interestingly enough the average toilet seat only contains about 50 per square inch). These are two very good reasons to avoid wearing shoes in your home at all. If you have young kid's who crawl around on the floor all day (whether 2 years old or 4 years old) it's even more important to not wear your shoes inside your home. Children 2 and under should NOT be playing on floors that shoes have been walked on. It is best to leave your shoes outside the home if you have a one or two year old child.

    What's interesting is that many countries like I previously mentioned earlier in this article leave their shoes completely outside their home with that door closed so you cannot even see shoes in the home. A great idea is to leave them at the front door or in the garage by the door to avoid bringing any unwanted bacteria or germs in the home. What's worse is that many of us will be barefoot in our homes (especially during the summer time) and to wear your shoes in your home even just once or a few times if you forgot something and are in a rush can potentially bring this dangerous bacteria in your home. Avoid it and do your best to keep the shoes outside for your health and safety.

    Not only do shoes contain bacteria but they also contain germs, chemicals and oil or petroleum by-products. The bottom of your shoes are full of plenty of chemicals and pathogens that you do not want to spread all over your home then walk barefoot on later.

    It's uncommon in western countries such as America and Canada for guests to ask to remove your shoes at the door but most cultures around the world ask that you leave your shoes at the door. It will help keep those germs and bacteria out, as well as bacteria C. diff which can be more dangerous. Taking your shoes off at the door is a sign of respect for your home and the home of guests. In many religious traditions shoes are removed for prayer and entering the home. Shoes carry many germs and bacteria and it's best to leave the outside world just outside your door along with your shoes.

    Let's recap, what's on the bottom of your shoes? Fecal matter, multiple forms of bacteria causing fecal matter as well as infections and inflammation of the colon, germs, chemicals, petroleum and so much more! Where are you going to leave your shoes from now on? and maybe you'll rethink that 5-second rule (or 5 BECOMING a 10-second rule) of dropping food on the floor and picking it up to eat it next time.

    https://healthywildandfree.com/this-...in-your-house/



 

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