I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to my lip balm! I’m not thrilled about this. But at least I’m not the only one constantly reaching for that next lip fix.
‘Tis the season, after all – the sunny, hot and extremely dry season, that is. With temperatures rising and high pressure building, they just don’t make enough Chapstick to keep my miserably dry, cracked lips moist!
The spectacular autumn sun may be shining brightly, but with dry Santa Ana winds and humidity dropping below 10 percent, many of us look for relief from constantly re-applying our favorite lip balm. (Bee’s for me!)
Annoying and uncomfortable at best, chapped lips can become dry, cracked and sore interfering with daily activities such as smiling, eating, talking, singing and kissing. Even worse, cracked tissue can be painful and lead to infection.
So Cal’s “devil winds” aren’t the only reason our kissers become cracked and chapped. Yes, over exposure to wind, sun, cold and dry air are the main culprits, but people who breathe through their mouths (for a variety of reasons) can develop chapped lips. Certain medications or allergies to cosmetics or skin care products may also be the cause.
When lips are exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. No surprise there, but conversely, when dehydrated they can dry out. As we age, it’s hard for skin to retain moisture and dryness tends to increase in the winter.
So, what’s a person to do?
Check out these timely tips to help you keep those luscious lips soft and moist…
*Avoid lip smacking or licking your lips.
When you do, you provide a drop of moisture which evaporates quickly, leaving the lips drier than before. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down the protective barrier on the lips.
Drink plenty of fluids to moisturize from the inside out. Set up a humidifier in your home or office.
*Be sure your lip balm contains sunscreen.
According to researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, “sun damage to the lips can cause dryness and scaliness…the same way it damages the rest of the skin.”
*Ladies, wear lipstick!
A creamy lipstick (non-matte) can soothe chapped lips and opaque lipstick filters out harmful light. This may be why women seldom get lip cancer.
*Apply lip balm.
Look for hydrating ingredients such as beeswax and petroleum. Beware of camphor and menthol…camphor-based medicated lip balm may be irritating.
*It’s OK to reapply often.
Apply it before you go out…several times while you are out and after you eat or drink.
Apply a thick layer of balm at bedtime to lessen chapping. Many of us sleep with our mouths open, which leads to dry lips. (Since I began slathering on a generous layer of Aquaphor at night, no more painful cracks in the corners of my lips!)
Oh, and don’t be concerned about actually becoming “addicted” to your lip balm. There are no physically addictive ingredients in balms. A psychological habit? Maybe. But it’s safe…so grab another tube!
I didn’t believe she could do it.
And I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t think Diana Nyad should have even attempted the grueling ocean swim that recently catapulted the 64-year-old into the record books.
After all, Nyad had already tried to swim from Cuba to Florida four times since her first attempt in 1978…all unsuccessfully. And for good reason. Sharks, jellyfish, chronic nausea and exhaustion who could blame her? I remember talking to my TV as I watched Nyad’s fourth attempt come to a disastrous and disappointing end. “Enough already, Diana. Let it go.”
Besides, you’re too old, Diana. Face it. At 64, it’s too late to attempt something so physically taxing. You’ve already accomplished so much as a swimmer, author, motivational speaker and reporter. Rest on your laurels. Leave crossing the Florida straits to the youngsters.
Clearly, I had no idea what a woman with a dream and the iron will of Diana Nyad was capable of. As Nyad emerged victorious from the Atlantic Ocean after completing her historic swim, I was eating crow.
You’d think I’d have been her biggest cheerleader. After all, almost 60 myself, I’m also an open water swimmer. In fact, I had the great experience of being a “buddy swimmer” for my friend, Becky Jackman, as she successfully crossed the English Channel some years ago.
Honestly, it was sometimes difficult to watch as Becky pushed beyond her limits…spending12 hours in the choppy, bone-chilling waters of the Channel fighting exhaustion and the powerful current…literally crawling onto the beach at Calais…completely spent, swollen and delirious. But as Becky moved from delirium to euphoria, there wasn’t a dry eye on the boat. Our friend was glowing with the joy of achieving her lifelong goal.
Emerging from the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, that’s exactly what Nyad experienced – overwhelmed with emotion as she fell into the arms of her coach. All I can say is shame on me and everyone else who didn’t believe in Diana Nyad. Fortunately, she didn’t listen to us. She listened to her heart.
“I think it was her belief in herself that she could do this,” says Kathryn Olson, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “That’s what makes her different. She worked through the pain. She had such a strong belief in herself and her ability to do this.”
The fifth time was the charm for the determined Nyad. Her open-water swim encompassed roughly 110 miles and 53 hours. Her superhuman feat makes Nyad the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage fulfilling a dream that began 35 years ago.
Diana Nyad’s incredible feat has inspired millions to dream big and go for it. And the remarkable endurance swimmer has some pretty sage advice for anyone with doubts (or doubters!) about on pursuing their dream.
As she walked triumphantly from the water in Key West…deliriously jubilant…Diana Nyad smiled and told a mob of spectators, “We should never give up. You’re never too old to chase your dream.”
What’s Pickleball?! It’s the fastest-growing new sport in the nation and it has nothing to do with pickles!
At a recent family reunion, I learned my husband’s sweet, petite cousin, Carolyn, is also quite the athlete. I had no idea, but cousin Carolyn and her husband, Dale, are the reigning New York state double’s champions… in pickleball!
“Wow! That’s awesome,” I said…fake smile masking the fact I had absolutely no idea what Tom’s cousins were into. Pickleball? I’d never even heard of the game with the funny name. Turns out, Dale and Carolyn are on the cutting edge of a sports trend that’s exploding in popularity especially among older adults.
Unfortunately, I was still in a pickle about pickleball! So, I talked to Carolyn and got the “scoop.” First off, the game often described as a mixture of tennis and ping -pong has nothing to do with pickles!
Here’s the deal. If you take a game of tennis and slow it down, use a smaller court, slower racket and harder-to-hit ball…you get pickleball!
The sport is played with a wooden paddle and a plastic ball on a short, square court. The net is hung at 34 inches in the middle (it’s 36 inches for tennis.) There is a non-volley zone on both sides of the net to prevent high-speed spikes as dictated by the U.S.A. Pickleball Association rulebook. Players score when the other side can’t return a shot. The first side to reach 11 points with a two-point lead wins.
Pickleball’s popularity has made it the first sport to be added for competition in the National Senior Games (NSGA) in 20 years. The pickleball movement is averaging a thousand new players a year. There are now more than 100,000 players in the United States and the number of pickleball courts has doubled to more than 5,600…just since 2010.
“It’s good exercise,” says cousin Carolyn. “In my first six months of playing pickleball, my cholesterol dropped 40 points!” But she also loves the social aspect of the game. “It’s fun. It’s something Dale and I can do together and we meet so many wonderful people.”
Interestingly, the popularity among seniors is creating a trickle-down effect, with pickleball becoming more popular with school PE programs and at recreational camps nationwide.
And that includes the San Diego area. If you’d like to try your hand at pickleball, you can find teams and leagues from Oceanside to Alpine, La Jolla to Lakeside. Check out San Diego Parks and Recreation for more information and become part of the fastest growing sport in America!
In fact, San Diego boasts a gold medal-winning pickleballer. Pat Carroll took the gold in the 70-74 age division at the National Senior Games last month in Cleveland! (Where, if I may brag just a bit, Dale and Carolyn placed fourth in the doubles division. Way to go, Cousins!)
As more folks become sweet on pickleball, maybe it’s time to give it a try. “This is a game that has a lot of participation from people who have never been an athlete in their life,” says Tom Burkhart, pickleball competition director for the NSGA. “They can still acclimate and become a decent player.”
Need a little incentive to try your hand at pickleball? According to a report on San Diego’s KPBS, “Pickleball is really a great game with a silly name. It’s addictive and might just lead you on the path of health, happiness and a heck of a lot of fun!”
I can still remember my first spa experience. The day of pampering was a birthday gift from my husband – a relaxing day including a massage, facial, pedicure and a lovely (and healthy!) spa lunch on a peaceful patio surrounded by lush gardens. It was heavenly!
That special day years ago also included my first taste of spa “water.” Coolers of water throughout the facility were infused with fun flavors from cucumbers and lemons to mint and watermelon. Who knew water could be such a treat!
These days, you don’t have to pop for spa services to enjoy fruit and veggie-infused H20. Waiting for the color to set at my hair appointment last week, I relaxed with a glass of cool water infused with a delicious combination of fruits, veggies and herbs. Doug Yeagley, owner of TOPS Salon in Mission Hills, says he wants to provide his clients with a healthy alternative to coffee and sugary drinks.
“For good health, we need to drink lots of water,” says Yeagley. “But water can be boring. Why not add a little flavor and make a glass of ordinary water something special?!”
I’ve had cherry-flavored water in a hospital lobby and orange and pineapple-infused water at my gym. Even my favorite Coronado boutique features a cute cooler of water “seasoned” with basil and fresh chunks of strawberries.
And when you’re not out and about, why not have a taste of spa water at home? My friend, Pat always has a chilled pitcher of yummy water with all kinds of fun, floating fruits. (My fave is her lemon and ginger combo…so soothing.)
I’m excited about this growing trend that’s getting many of us to drink more water. We have an obesity epidemic in this country and replacing sugary soft drinks with healthy water alternatives is a great way to cut calories.
The summer heat has arrived. What better time to fill a water pitcher with your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs and drink to your health.
Here are 50 awesome flavored water ideas. Pick your favorite combo and have fun staying hydrated!
12. Blood orange
21. Honeydew melon
22. Fresh ginger root
And don’t be afraid to try fun combinations of the above ingredients. Get creative and combine them, so it never gets dull. Here are some of my favorites:
24. Watermelon and mint
25. Cucumber and mint
26. Lemon and mint
27. Cherry and lime
28. Watermelon and cucumber
29. Ginger and lemon
30. Orange and pineapple
31. Lemon and lavender
32. Lime and mint
33. Cucumber and lime
34. Lemon and basil
35. Strawberry and mint
36. Blackberry and ginger
37. Lemon and blueberry (yum!)
38. Thyme and blackberries
39. Cucumber and rosemary
40. Cantaloupe and watermelon
41. Cucumber, lemon and mint
42. Lemon and lime
43. Strawberry and basil
44. Cranberry juice and lemon (use a capful of unsweetened cranberry juice)
45. Ginger and lime
46. Pineapple and mango
47. Strawberries and lime
48. Orange, lime and lemon (my absolute favorite!)
49. Lemon and a pinch of cayenne
50. Papaya and mango
The possibilities are endless! Have fun coming up with your own creative combos. Then, drink up!
Helpful hint! For the herbs, crush or chop them up to get the best flavor. Similarly, squeeze citrus wedges, slick or cube melons and crush berries.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I hope you don’t mind, but I just have to brag a bit about my Dad. A “health nut” before it was fashionable, my Dad, Carter LeBeau, not only taught me the importance of healthy living, he has inspired countless others.
Dad was honored recently at a celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 40 years of participation in the bicycling event known as RAGBRAI. But even more than his participation in the ride, at 86, my Dad has been an inspiration and encouragement to thousands of cyclists…in Iowa and beyond.
RAGBRAI is an acronym for the (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. It’s the granddaddy of all cross-state bike rides, drawing cycling enthusiasts from around the world – from beginning bikers to seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong.
Palomar Health physician and Iowa native, Dr. Joan Meyer makes the trek “home” every year to do RAGBRAI. “I wouldn’t miss it, “says Meyer of the fun, folksy and challenging cycling event across the Hawkeye state. (see photo)
RAGBRAI is an annual, seven-day, bike-riding party that begins in a selected community along Iowa’s western border and ends in a town along the state’s eastern border. Ten thousand riders cycle some 470 miles while each year, seven different communities “host” the throng…providing everything from welcoming cheers and free lemonade to campsites and host homes.
The oldest, largest and longest touring bicycle ride in the world, RAGBRAI celebrated 40 years of riding in July and my Dad has been on every one.
It all began when two Des Moines Register newspaper feature reporters decided to go on a bicycle ride across Iowa, writing about their experiences. Of 300 riders starting the ride, 114 (including my Dad!) completed the trek.
But while he’s pedaled all the miles over the years, his most important roles have been as encourager, cheerleader and mentor to cyclists just starting out. Before it was fashionable, Dad knew the importance of physical fitness. But he also believed fitness should be fun.
After retiring, Dad began a new career of organizing other cycling events including the popular TOGIR, TIGER, BEAR and LION rides. He’s bicycled cross-country twice, celebrated his 66th birthday by cycling the entire Route 66 and, with a buddy, biked from Sydney to Melbourne…Australia!!
He’s advocated for improved bicycle lanes, helped lead the Quad Cities Bicycle Club in its exploding growth and speaks to civic groups about the benefits of biking. My nephews call him, “Grandpa Bike!”
As for me, I’m so proud of my Dad and celebrate his 40-year milestone with RAGBRAI and his many years of promoting health and fitness through an event and sport he so loves! Way to go, Dad!
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.
I’ve never been impulsive. Practical and plan-full, I carefully calculate every possible outcome before making most decisions. Is it the best use of my time? Does it make sense financially, etc.?
So, when I received a wedding invitation recently from a childhood chum in Iowa, I naturally began weighing the pros and cons of making the trip. Gina and I had been classmates and friends from fourth grade through high school. Together with our BFF’s, Mary Beth and Anne, we’d shared years of sleepovers and birthday parties, homecomings and prom nights.
But our lives took us in different directions…coming together rarely at high school reunions, through Christmas cards and on Facebook. But looking at that invitation, something snapped inside. “Why not?” I thought. Maybe it’s not practical – flying all the way to Iowa for a 20-minute wedding ceremony. Maybe I shouldn’t spend the money. We need a new fridge, after all. So I bounced it off my husband.
“I want to go to Gina’s wedding,” I announced to Tom. “Way to take a walk on the wild side,” my husband said with just a hint of sarcasm. With his encouraging, “Go! It’ll be fun,” I booked my flight.
I know. A trip to Iowa may not sound like much to you. But for me, it’s just one of several mini-adventures I’ve been taking lately. I think last year’s cancer scare is one reason….wanting to live each day to the fullest.
But I’ve also been inspired recently by San Diegan, Bob Goff, who’s written a wonderful book called, “Love Does.” Positive and uplifting – like a box of chocolates, I’ve been devouring one delightful chapter at a time…the perfect bedtime snack!
Neither practical nor plan-full, Goff gives new meaning to living in the moment –taking his readers along on his life’s journey as he discovers a “secretly incredible life in an ordinary world.”
Get this: As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father, he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much, he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.
“Love Does” has become a New York Times bestseller and it’s no surprise. What fuels the book’s impact is love…without constraints. But it’s not, as the cover copy reveals, “the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob Goff is convinced love takes action. He believes “Love Does.”
Bob’s faith-based musings and stories have been an incredible inspiration to me. I’m beginning to see that sometimes it’s ok to throw caution to the wind, do something outrageous and become “secretly incredible.” I encourage you to check out “Love Does.” It’s light, fun, inspiring….maybe even life-changing.
By the way, the wedding was a blast. Anne and Mary Beth came, too. What a joy to celebrate our dear friend, Gina’s special day together. Thanks to Bob Goff, I’m learning love doesn’t always just send a card. Sometimes, love “does!”
Ready for my next adventure! Care to join me? I’m thinking about a trip to New Zealand! Wheee!!
BTW, “Love Does” makes a great beach read. Enjoy.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.
Loren Nancarrow is battling a brain tumor. You may already be aware of the sad news because the popular Fox 5 News Anchor made the announcement himself in his blog posted February 13, 2013. “The reason I haven’t been in my anchor chair for the past few weeks,” Loren explained, “is because I have brain cancer.”
Loren is a friend and former colleague. I was blessed to work with him for many years at 10 News where he would greet me each day with a big smile and a cheery, “Hi, Miss Carol!”
But friendship with Loren is something I share with thousands of other San Diegans who have known and watched him over the years as he has covered everything from devastating wildfires and environmental disasters to the weather, home remedies and gardening tips.
Like many of you, my heart hurts for Loren and his family as they go through the difficult and emotionally draining process of cancer surgery and treatments. But leave it to Loren to make things easy for those of us who care about him by putting a positive spin on what would turn a lesser man to despair.
After giving thanks following surgery for the return of his speech, Loren blogged,
“The doctors tell me I have between one and three years to live. So, boo-hoo, poor me.”
But the affable newsman didn’t stop there. “Oh yeah,” Loren continued. “I forgot to mention – I’m gonna beat this thing!”
I just read a short piece Loren recently wrote for San Diego Magazine that captured the essence of Loren’s take on his situation…both charming and courageous. It made me smile and I thought it might be an encouragement to you especially if you’re facing a major trial.
And please keep our friend, Loren and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
When Life Gives You Lemons
Posted on March 25, 2013 by Loren Nancarrow
My favorite news photographer likes to tell me I can do anything with a couple of lemons. Need to keep an avocado fresh? Squirt a little lemon juice on it before you put it in the fridge. Wanna clean some copper? A squeeze of lemon helps out. Well, life recently handed me a whole bushel of lemons.
Ironically, on January 31, I had surgery to remove a lemon-sized cancerous brain tumor. I couldn’t find much use for that particular lemon. I’ve spent the last several weeks wishing this phase of my life could be as simple as coming up with one of my do-it-yourself remedies. Got a tumor? Baking soda and white vinegar should clear that puppy up. The reality is it will take a neurosurgeon’s knife, an oncologist’s concoction, and a radiologist’s isotopes to do the trick this time.
Following the surgery, I thought it might be fun to get my nails painted a Milk-of-Magnesia-bottle-blue. There’s no deep explanation for this; it just struck me as a soothing color. What I hadn’t anticipated was that suddenly hundreds of friends, neighbors, and coworkers joined in the cobalt blue movement by sending in photos of them with blue nails. It was a show of support I had not expected and it still chokes me up.
I don’t know how this chapter of my life will end. I’m hopeful and I’m treating it much as I’ve treated other challenges in my life – with hard work where it’s needed and plenty of jokes where they’re not.
By the way, if you’ve been part of the cobalt blue movement you may have noticed that blue polish can discolor your nail beds. Guess what? A little lemon juice soak will clear that up quite nicely.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
Humility is not a word usually associated with a leader these days. Yet that was the word the media have most often used to describe the new Pope of the Catholic Church…to be known only as Francis.
While extensive media coverage highlighted the new Pontiff’s impressive academic background and doctrinal stands, the “buzz” kept coming back to his servant’s heart.
In Buenos Aires as Bishop, he rode the bus. He cooked his own meals. He washed the feet of people with AIDS. Radical stuff!
Really? Has the whole world become so self-absorbed that the notion of a leader who serves is breaking news? How sad.
Humility and modesty are two character strengths often overlooked in the modern day. Look how much of our attention is focused on “worshiping” celebrities who are completely self-absorbed and egotistical.
Like the popular country song, “it’s hard to be humble…” but it’s of critical importance if we’re going to get along and be happy in life.
Part of the problem is that humility gets such a bad rap! To be humble is not to be weak. It’s also not about being a doormat to be walked over.
Humility is simply this…having a healthy perspective of your abilities (neither egotism nor low self esteem) as well as your limitations – combined with value for the importance and abilities of others.
Tao Te Ching said this about humility:
“All streams flow to the sea
Because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.
If you want to govern people,
You must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
You must learn how to follow them.”
Don’t we all love humility in other people? How many times have we pointed out the boss, athlete or celebrity who’s so nice, kind and down to earth? Maybe that’s why so many are drawn to the humble leader of a 1.2 billion-member church who still pays his own hotel bill?
And guess what? Humility is good for your health! Here are a few benefits mental health experts say come from humility:
A reduction of anxiety, fear and depression
A reduction in conflict, anger and aggression
An increase in happiness and well-being
An increase in optimism
An improvement in friendship and intimate relationships
Openness for new experiences and new learning
Greater empathy, compassion and altruism
Higher job satisfaction and morale at work
While humility may be good for the soul, clearly a servant’s heart is also good for daily living. The new Pope apparently agrees. As he took his place for the first time on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis did not seek to bless but to be blessed. What a concept.
“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I recently read a story about a veterinarian, a 6-year-old boy and his dog, Belker, that so touched me, I’m passing it along to you.
A veterinarian was called to examine Belker, a 10-year-old Irish Wolfhound. The dog’s owner, Ron, his wife Lisa and their little boy Shane were all very attached to sweet Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
After examining Belker, the vet told the family the sad news. Belker was dying of cancer. The doctor said there was nothing that could be done for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
All agreed it would be good for little Shane to observe the procedure to help the boy experience closure.
The doctor said he felt a catch in his throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time. He also wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without and difficulty or confusion.
As the doctor tells it, they all sat together for a while, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
What came out of the 6-year-olds mouth stunned all of them. None of them had ever heard a more comforting explanation. So profound were the boy’s words, the vet says it’s changed the way he tries to live.
Shane said, “People are born so they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
The little boy continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Wow! “Out of the mouths of babes” comes a profound lesson.
Think about it, if dogs were teachers, you would learn things like:
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- Take naps.
- Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simply growl will do.
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie on your back on the grass.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Be loyal.
- Never be something you’re not.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
If you’ve been going through a rough patch and feeling blue – think of the wisdom from 6-year-old Shane. Maybe we’re taking it all a little too seriously!
I’m heading outside to lie in the grass! Care to join me?
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I’m a pretty easy-going “go-with-the flow” kind of person. Few things truly bug me.
OK. Maybe a few things. Drivers who don’t use their turn signals make me a little crazy. So do people so afraid of being politically incorrect, they refer to Christmas trees as “Holiday Trees.” (For the record, there is no other winter holiday for which a tree with lights and ornaments is used…except Christmas!) Oh…and that ridiculous TV commercial touting the benefits of a drug for erectile dysfunction. You know the one that ends with the couple sitting in separate bathtubs in the middle of nowhere! I go a little nuts every time I see it.
But the thing that really frosts me? Restroom hand dryers! The last time I made a visit to the ladies’ room at Nordstrom, one of their new hi-tech, supersonic hand dryers nearly blew my wedding ring right off my finger! And even with the power of a jet engine, those dryers just take too long. I still had to wipe my hands on my pants to get them completely dry.
I’m not alone in my disdain for hand dryers. A recent study found the blowers turn off a lot of folks who would rather dry off with a paper towel. Well, we’ve all been vindicated.
Mayo Clinic researchers have published a comprehensive study of every known hand-washing study done since 1970. The authors concluded that drying skin is essential to staving off bacteria and that paper towels are superior to driers:
They’re more efficient
They don’t spatter germs
They won’t dry out hands
Most people prefer them (hello!)
With all the new technology in restroom hand driers, you might think blowers are more hygienic that a simple sheet of paper. It’s just not true. Environmental concerns are also eradicated by the paper towel. The study concludes, “electric blowers use more energy than making a paper towel.”
Bottom line – while driers are hands-free, paper towels are faster and less likely to spread germs.
So, next time I’m at Nordstrom, I’m going to politely ask store management if they might consider replacing their mini blast furnaces with simple paper towels.
Anyone care to join me?
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.