Preventing Illness

February 28, 2012

Sick Man in BedI thought I had it down with prevention of colds, flu, and even germs from grocery carts to money. Recently I discovered one that had slipped by me. When we are at the bank, grocery, schools, or any where we have to sign receipts or our name beware of the pen.


They are every where,at the grocery or bank attacked to the handy chain ready and easy to use. When I think of every time I have asked to use a pen when getting gas etc. never did I think it is the one item which many maybe 1000's of other people have touched the same pen. It never gets sanitized, not even at the doctor's office.

While watching the Health Channel, I saw those pens have as many germs as a public restroom, spreading anything from flu, cold germs, and even skin viruses from one to another unknowing person. When I found this out, I was going to the doctor myself for a monthly appointment. I shared this new information with the staff, even they hadn't thought of it. This is in an environment where if you have a cough, they give you a mask!

Not any more, in fact if you ask for a pen now you get to keep it at the doctor I go to. Be safe and always carry your own pen for signatures and please teach your children not to share. I wish I had known this years ago. God only knows how many colds I could have prevented. After we use the pen, we follow by touching everything else from purse, to clothing, inside our cars, etc. Keep the sanitizers but please start remembering to use your own pen. Stay healthy with one more very important tip.


Source: Health channel

By Luana M. from San Diego, CA

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July 11, 2011

I know many of us have shared stories on here about being paranoid about germs and wiping down our grocery baskets, then our hands after shopping, but here's a couple some of you may not always think about.

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January 17, 2017

A wonderful tip was posted about not picking up reading material in a doctor's office to avoid germs. Reader's Digest suggested always using your own pen. Pens have so many germs, and you can really cut down on catching colds and the flu by avoiding pens that other people have used.


I always have a few in my purse.

Use Your Own Pen to Stay Healthy - photo of plastic bag with pens and other items kept in handbag in background

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Winter weather causes a multitude of health problems, but many of them can be avoided with low cost, preventative health care. Arm yourself against winter problems by stocking your home with healthy supplements to your daily routine.

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September 13, 2019

It's back to school and the kiddos are bound to get sick one way or another. To prevent spreading germs, I would recommend labeling their toothpastes separately.


Also, store toothbrushes away from others.

Two tubes of toothpaste with names marked on them.

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February 25, 2019

If someone in our home is sick and there are leftovers that can be eaten later on, we would label with initials. That way, everyone is clear who it belongs to. This will prevent any confusion on who's leftover are who's.

Leftovers labeled with initials to avoid spreading illness.

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