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We have nothing to fear

By Jim Birchard

Is anything safe any more?

If you keep up with the latest reports in the media about the dangers that are lurking around us, you probably would not want to get out of bed in the morning.

It wasn't that long ago that the greatest fear we had was from west Nile Virus and those pesky disease carrying Mosquitoes.

Then it was the impact of global warming and the fact the increase in worlds  temperature  would increase our exposure to more tropical diseases.

Of course there is the danger of using cell phones too much and the fear that would cause brain cancer because of the radiation from the phones transmitters.

If that isn't a concern, then how about the worry about chemicals like besphenial A in plastic drinking containers causing cancer, or toxic fish in the great lakes or too much salt in our diet.

With all that weighing on our minds, then comes along the threat of swine flu and how the h1n1 visus will mutate and came back and really hit us hard this fall.

But what is really worrisome is the latest report on the dangers of sand castles.

U-S researchers find beachgoers who build sand castles and play in the sand are at higher risk of developing diarrhea and gastrointestinal diseases than folks who avoid digging in the sand.

The researchers also found evidence of rashes, earaches, infected cuts, eye ailments and upper respiratory illnesses among the more than 27-thousand participants of the National Epidemiological and Environmental Assessment of Recreational Water Study.

Study author Chris Heaney says beach sand can have fecal contamination.

So with that in mind......maybe i will just head back to bed


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