All Posts for June 2020

AARP’s info on Hand Sanitizer

Monday, June 29th, 2020

I receive emails from AARP, American Association of Retired People, bit basically for anyone over 50, since AARP deals with news and problems as we age, retired or not!  This is juts one more thing we have to worry about: hand sanitizers that are not safe.  For the complete article, go to AARP.org and search for hand sanitizers. This is only an excerpt.

P.S. I plan to take this list to the stores that require hand sanitizers and make sure their brand is not on AARP’s list.

9 Hand Sanitizers Subject to FDA Safety Warning

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

 

In response to COVID-19, the FDA reminds people to wash their hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If soap and water is not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol to kill most disease-causing germs. Anything less than that may not work as well “for many types of germs,” and could “merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright,” the CDC says.

Hand sanitizer works best when used correctly. Be sure to apply enough hand sanitizer to cover the entire surface of both hands. Rub the hand sanitizer into your hands (paying special attention to the fingertips) until your skin is completely dry – it should take about 20 seconds.

Our House Is on Fire by Greta Thunberg and Family

Friday, June 26th, 2020

NOTE: Earlier this month I posted about D-Day and under that short posting was my poem Crazy Dayze, with reference to this book and two others I will be reviewing.  Here’s the link back to the poem if you wish to read or reread it: https://wp.me/p82Ooe-6u8.

Greta Thunberg is the protesting teenager who crossed the ocean in a ship because of her carbon footprint by plane was unacceptable to her, speaking before the United Nations and directing her harsh and angry criticism to the older generations who have been destroying our home, planet Earth.

This book, Our House Is on Fire, narrated mostly by her mother, Malena Ernman, also contains input from Greta’s father, Svante Thunberg, her younger sister Beta Ernman, and of course Greta herself.  What surprised me about this heartfelt book is how open and honest all of the contributors are, starting with mental and physical health issues in their home, thus the subtitle: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis.

In the Preface, here is what Malena, a well-known opera singer who walked away from her career because of this dual crisis, says in the opening paragraphs, quoted directly, introducing herself and her family and noting the book is about the crisis that struck their family….

But above all it’s about the crisis that surrounds and affects us all. The one we humans have created through our way of life: beyond sustainability, divorced from nature, to which we all belong. Some call it over-consumption, others calls it a climate crisis.

The book begins with the issues in their home. Greta becomes anorexic and also is diagnosed with  high-functioning autism, and sometime later, her sister Beata is diagnosed with several problems, including ADD.
Chapter by chapter, which are called scenes, the family is seen to be unraveling. Without the issue of climate change, the book would be an interesting study on how a family copes with two children who have mental issues, which Malena notes is more and more common in Sweden, a country that seem to enjoy a high level of sophistication, using the planets resources the way most of us do, indiscriminately.

However, when Greta begins her demonstration at her school, solo, the scenes shift to one that goes beyond the family, but the impact of Greta’s mindset does create a family shift. As Malena notes (direct quote):

Surely, not everyone needs to become a climate activist. But at a bare minimum we could all stop actively destroying our environment and our planet, and stop showing off that self-same climate destruction as trophies on social media…….I am a big part of the problem myself.

I have so many pages turned down with important statements and quotes that I would need several pages to complete this review. Instead, I am urging you to take the book from the library or buy a soft-cover version for $17.00 (Penguin Books) and read about how this family is surviving this personal and global crisis. Hopefully, you will want to heed the alarm and make changes in your lifestyle that will curb the rapid changes on the planet. (The other two handbooks listed at the bottom of my poem provide specific steps, and I will review those in July.)

This excerpt from the back cover of the book has a good summary:

Steered by Greta’s determination to understand the truth and generate change, they began to see the deep connections between their own suffering and the planet’s…..(fighting) their problems at home by taking global action. And it is the story of how Greta decided to go on strike from school, igniting a worldwide rebellion.

 

P.S. This book, reminded me of a movie from the late 1980s called “Amazing Grace and Chuck.” Amazing Grace is a basketball player and Chuck is the young boy protesting nuclear proliferation. Reading about Greta and her mom especially reminded me of Chuck and his father, who supports his protest.

Here is the info from the Internet in case you want to watch it:

 

 

 

 

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