Quantum Lung

Here at the _floss, we don't usually do product reviews or promote many items other than the goodies we sell in our store. It's just never been part of our brand. And that's a good thing. However, every now and then something comes along that inspires this blogger, at least, to break with our philosophy. Quantum Herbal Product's Lung Formula is just such a product. Ever have a cough you just can't get rid of no matter how many different formulas you try? One of those nagging, unremitting, half-a-year coughs? I tend to get one about every other year. I'd tried everything you can get your hands on over-the-counter, and nothing worked. I even tried alternative, gentle herbal stuff - nothing doing. Then someone suggested this really foul tasting Lung Formula by Quantum - I mean it couldn't taste any worse if they'd made it with asphalt.

But guess what? IT WORKS! (at least for me)

And not only does it work, it works pretty much the first time you use it. I'm not entirely sure how it works, since the only stuff in it is Mullein leaf, Chickweed, Lobelia herb and seed, Marshmallow root, Aloe Vera, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, and a big bowl of gag-me-with-a-spoon-flavoring, but holy smokes does the formula make your cough take a powder. On the bottle, they suggest putting some drops in a little glass of water or juice, but I've found that squirting it directly under the tongue works more effectively, if you can withstand the taste undiluted. If you're going to try this, be sure to have a piece of chocolate or something ready to chase it down. Also be prepared for the little buzz you get from the grain alcohol that keeps the formula together.

A couple other words of wisdom: It doesn't work for everyone. I've given bottles of this stuff as gifts over the last couple years and people have reported mix results. For some, it works wonders as it does for me. For others, not so much. Still, there's nothing worse than a cough you can't shake - so I thought it important to get the word out. Lastly, please know that I have no connection to Quantum, nor did they approach me to write this post.

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The Very Disgusting Reason You Should Always Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

It’s sometimes assumed that clothing with a price tag still dangling from the sleeve can skip an initial wash. Someone else may have tried it on, sure, but they didn’t run a marathon in it. Why not just throw it in the closet as soon as you get home?

One big reason: lice. As The Independent reports, Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, told NBC's Today show recently that clothing fresh off store racks can harbor infestations of lice, scabies, or fungus.

You might be familiar with head lice as the dreaded insects that occupy the scalp and give school health monitors cause for concern. Head lice can be transmitted via clothing and other fabrics, and anyone who tried on a shirt or dress before you did can be a carrier. While they only live for one or two days without a blood meal, that’s still enough time to cause problems if something is being tried on frequently.

Scabies is far more insidious. The mites are too small to see, but the allergic reaction they cause by burrowing into your skin to lay eggs will be obvious.

Both scabies and lice can be treated with topical solutions, but it’s better to kill them by washing new clothes in hot water. A good soak can also get rid of formaldehyde, a common chemical used in fabrics to help ward off mold in case stock gets wet in transit. Formaldehyde can cause allergic skin reactions. For all of these reasons, it’s best to hit the washing machine before those new pants ever hit your hanger.

[h/t Independent]

How Promoting Handwashing Got One 19th Century Doctor Institutionalized

Regardless of how often we actually do it, it's common knowledge that washing our hands before eating, after coughing, and after using the bathroom is good for us. But the connection between handwashing and health wasn't always accepted as fact. As Danielle Bainbridge explains in the PBS web series Origin of Everything, the first doctor to campaign for cleanliness in hospitals was not only shunned by other medical professionals, but ended up in an insane asylum.

Prior to the 19th century, handwashing primarily existed in the context of religious ceremonies and practices. It plays a role in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Buddhism in some form or another. But washing up to stop the spread of disease wasn't really a thing for most of history. People weren't aware of germs, so instead of microbes, they blamed illness on everything from demons to bad air.

Then, in 1846, a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis made a breakthrough observation. He noticed that women giving birth with the help of midwives were less likely to die than those treated by doctors. He determined that because doctors were also performing autopsies on victims of puerperal fever (a bacterial infection also known as childbed fever), they were somehow spreading the disease to their other patients. Semmelweis started promoting handwashing and instrument sterilization in his clinic, and the spread of puerperal fever dropped as a result.

Despite the evidence to support his theory, his peers in the medical community weren't keen on the idea of blaming patient deaths on doctors. Partly due to his commitment to the controversial theory, Semmelweis was shunned from his field. He suffered a mental breakdown and ended up in a mental hospital, where he died a few weeks later.

Germ theory did eventually become more mainstream as the century progressed, and washing hands as a way to kill unseen pathogens started gaining popularity. Even so, it wasn't until the 1980s that the CDC released the first official guidelines instructing people on best handwashing practices.

If this story suddenly has you in the mood to practice good hygiene, here's the best way to wash your hands, according to experts.

[h/t Origin of Everything]


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