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Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:31:50 AM »

HEALTH & WELLNESSApril 23, 2012, 6:22 p.m. ET
Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets

No matter your relationship status, you never go to bed alone. Nestled within your sheets are countless intruders. For an explanation, we turned to Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

How often do most Americans change their sheets?

It varies. Most people have a standard of once a week. But many people go three weeks, a month or more. "Younger people seem to leave their sheets on the bed longer," Dr. Tierno says.

How often should they change their sheets?

Wash sheets and pillowcases once a week, and you'll eliminate that debris that has accumulated in the bed for that week. You'll be safer from breathing in that material.

Debris? How can sheets possibly get that dirty?

Human skin cells become food for dust mites. That is one of the biggest problems associated with bedding. Mites accumulate, along with their feces. But there is also animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions and bacteria. Also: dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand and cosmetics. "One person can perspire as much as a liter in a night—even more if you have a lot of covers," he says. And, of course, people eat in bed as they watch TV.

All this stuff is yucky, but is it a health risk?

It is mainly a threat to respiratory tracts and not an infectious source. If you have allergies or asthma, this matter can exacerbate it. If you don't have an allergy, you could develop one because you're constantly challenged.

Is there an ideal way to wash bedding?

The water should be 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, typically the washing machine's hot-water cycle. Then dry using a hot drying cycle. That is germicidal; it actually kills and destroys a lot of vegetative material. It also kills the dust mites. For extra protection, "bleach is excellent. It is probably the cheapest germicide and can be used in a low concentration." Cold water non-bleach bleaches use peroxide, so they're also germicidal.

Once a week, hot water. Then I'm safe?

No. To protect the mattress, I use an impervious outer cover. If you look at a mattress, it collects debris by gravity. All kinds of things collect on it that are absorbed into its core. Without the impervious cover, your mattress is a "zoological and botanical garden," he says. The outer covers are made of pliable, plastic vinyl and are commonly used by people with asthma and allergy symptoms. The covers should also go on pillowcases. "If you put an impervious outer cover over the mattress and mattress pad, your mattress won't harm you."

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Re: Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 11:55:46 AM »
I used to say this at the FR and took a lot of flack for it, but here goes ...

The CDC put out a report that greater than 1 in 10 pet owners are infected wtih their pets parasites, roundworm, hookworm, toxocariasis,and other things you'd dare not think about it. The numbers go up drastically if you let them on or sleep in your bed.

The amount of pets in America has skyrocketed, in fact, it's literally out of control. The amount of people infected with parasites in America is in the 10's of millions and there are only a handful of parasitologists in America, and most are completely ignorant. Call your doctor and tell him you think you have parasites, that you even seem them in your stool and the first thing he'll ask you is what countries have you been too, a parasitologist will ask the same thing, yet the CDC has the numbers of Americans infected in the 10's of millions. A lot of illness is causes by this but goes undiscovered and people simply die.

Drugs like Abilify (Aripazole) are anti-parasiticals, just like all other azoles, Fenbendazole, Menbendazole, Albendazole and so on. That is why the side effects listed for Abilify (used to treat depression) are exactly the same as anti-parasiticals. One wonders what they truly know vs what they are willing to let the American public know.

Letting dogs and cats sleep in your bed? I think not, especially if you have children.

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Re: Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 04:10:10 PM »
Guilty Scythian........ but I also wash my sheets as well as my blankets each week....... and my comforter is always turned down so no one lays on it at night..
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Re: Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 11:09:44 PM »
I'm guilty too, my cats sleep on the comforter cover - but I wash that frequently.  I love sleeping with my cats, they're like little heaters in the winter.  If letting them sleep with me is wrong - then I don't want to be right. 
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Re: Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 11:09:23 PM »
I too am guilty of letting the critters sleep in the bed.  With the exception of the day I change the sheets, I need one night a week to sleep on clean sheets.
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Re: Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 11:34:17 PM »
Let the pets sleep in the bed??  I'm lucky if our pug Gus lets ME sleep in the bed!  

I have an electric blanket on my side of the bed in the winter, and Gus' favorite spot is right next to me on that blanket, right in the middle of a king sized bed, and once he's anchored there is no moving him.  He rolls over at night, plants all four feet and stretches.....pushing me closer to the edge.

Ever wake up in panic in the middle of the night because of the adrenaline rush you just got from nearly falling out of bed..??

That's me.

When I get up in the morning and the Missus stays abed, Gus shifts over and crawls under the blankets to snuggle next to Mom until she gets up.

And yes, the Missus changes the sheets weekly and the bedding seasonally.  Like watching sausage being made, there are some stark truths in life that will never be comfortable to talk about.....

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Re: Quick Cures/Quack Cures: When to Clean the Sheets
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 11:40:52 PM »
For my 50th birthday, our daughter presented me with a rescue ferret named Mippsey.  She had a pair of ferrets and knew how much I enjoyed playing with them so she got me started on ferreting with one of my own, and I still have four, seven years later....

Before I knew what little sneaks they could be, Mippsey managed to stage a jail break and got out of her cage.  I went looking for her, and this is exactly where I found her, sound asleep, on the bed propped up against my pillow.....

Scythian, you bastard!  You've got me itching all over now!!


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