Stethoscopes are another matter. Recent research has shown that stethoscopes used to examine patients are as contaminated as the doctor’s hands by the end of the exam (Mayo Clinic Proceedings, March 2014).
The investigators note that 70 to 90 percent of physicians “do not disinfect systematically their stethoscope after every patient contact.” The lead author, Dr. Didier Pittet, says stethoscopes should be disinfected between patients to avoid spreading dangerous bacteria. Patients might want to request that it be cleaned before it is used on their skin.
Effect of vitamin D-3
Physical therapy did not work. Scans showed no arthritis. After two years of disability, a blood test revealed I was severely deficient in vitamin D. I don’t get much sunlight on my skin to produce it naturally.
I began taking vitamin D-3. Happily, I am now free of pain and can walk and climb stairs freely! I am convinced the vitamin D-3 has done wonders for my well-being. I wonder if combating vitamin D deficiency would help many of your readers as it did for me.
Too much calcium
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.