Fecal Matter in Hotel Rooms, on Toothbrushes and Grocery Carts, Oh My!

It’s not as if the world isn’t difficult enough, but really, fecal matter, everywhere you go?

I wish I could say it’s not true. Researchers have discovered feces in the most unthought-of places. Read at your own disgust;

Do all toothbrushes contain fecal matter?

Good question! The answer is, probably yes! Every time you flush the toilet, the toilet releases a tiny spray, an aerosol spray of fecal tainted water. Tiny droplets that are almost invisible to the naked eye distribute throughout the bathroom and land on what you put in your mouth; your toothbrush.

According to one test, the dirty truth was uncovered by outfitting a bathroom with 26 toothbrushes. In this study, two of the toothbrushes were used by the scientist each morning. The others were rinsed each morning. To control the experiment, 6 toothbrushes were placed in a room far away from the bathroom. At the end of the study, the scientist sent their “specimens” to a microbiologist for bacterial testing. To our amazement, all of the toothbrushes were tainted with fecal matter, even the ones that never saw the inside of the bathroom. I wonder if they were equipped that way in the factory…

What’s the answer to this situation?

Sterilize your toothbrush with boiling water, then take a fresh piece of saran wrap, and wrap your toothbrush every time you get finished with it. Store it in the fridge and change it often.

Coming soon to a grocery cart handle near you; fecal matter!

Can you say “antibacterial wipes”? How ’bout “disposable gloves”? You should become very familiar with these items, because clearly 72 percent of grocery carts are littered with fecal matter. These things you put your children in, are dirtier than public toilets. Again, 72% had positive markers for feces, and 50% for E coli. Bathrooms are disinfected more often than these carts, so the carts are a swamp of germs waiting for your hands or child. Reusable grocery bags hold a close second.

What’s the answer to this situation?

Wipes, gloves and washable bags.

Hotel rooms? Really? Fecal Matter? Yes!

You’ve just checked in to that swanky hotel for a bit of R &R with your significant other and… you hit the remote control. Guess what? You’ve just “stepped” in fecal matter. Researchers have found that 81% of hotel surfaces contain feces. Feces is on the not just on the remote control, but the headboard, the telephone and the lamp too.

Who’s to blame? Try the maid! It’s not really his or her fault, but the reality is they clean on average sixteen rooms in an eight hour shift, and housekeeping practices vary. There is no industry standard, in an industry where bacteria is blooming on every mop and sponge that you think is doing their job.

What’s the answer to this situation?

Antibacterial wipes!

The truth be told, as sick as it is to think about, people have had fecal matter in their lives, all of their lives, and somehow they have not died. Maybe your immune system needs the challenges that fecal matter, and other assaults to the body culture offer, to keep itself fit…

My Stool was Green and Yellow, What should I Do?

My Stool was Green and Yellow, What should I Do?

Your fecal matter can change from day to day, more than you think. Brown is considered normal, and brown comes in many shades. A discolored stool, almost always, is not an indication of a serious intestinal condition, because stool color is generally a result of what you eat, and bile; a yellow-green fluid that digests fat. Here’s what happens: As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, it is altered chemically by enzymes, which change the color from green to brown.

As always, if you are concerned, talk to your doctor.  Take note, if your feces is dark red or black, which could indicate the presence of blood, seek immediate medical attention.

Let’s talk about the different shades of feces…

Green feces, and what it means.

Green feces is typically a result of food moving through your system too fast. This may be due to diarrhea. The speed of which it moves means the bile does not have time to break up completely. When you have diarrhea, always remember to drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration occurs quickly, and be life threatening.

Possible dietary reasons for green feces.

Obviously, green leafy vegetables and food coloring (green) in any format (think popsicles and Kool-Aid) and iron supplements can cause your stool to turn green.

Light-colored, White or Clay-colored feces, and what it means.

Usually this is an indication of a lack of bile in the stool, which you do not want. Lacking in bile speaks of a bile duct obstruction. See a doctor about this situation.

Possible dietary reasons for White or Clay Feces.

As aforementioned, stool color is the result of what you digest, and medicine is something you eat. Large doses of Bismuth Subsalicylate (Koapectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrhea drugs will certainly affect the color of your stool. If the problem persist, it’s probably not Pepto-Bismol, see a doctor.

Black colored Stool and what it means.

Black stool, is not to be taken lightly! The reasons; you may be bleeding internally in the stomach or esophagus. With this symptom always speak with your doctor.

Possible dietary reasons for a black stool.

Iron supplements, Bismuth Subsalicylate, (Koapectate, Pepto-Bismol) and black licorice.

A bright red stool, and what it may mean.

Like black colored stools, bright red stools are not to be seen as happenstance, because it is an indication of bleeding in the rectum. If you engage in anal sex, there is a possibility that you may bleed when defecating. See your doctor.

Possible dietary reasons for a bright red stool.

Personally, I don’t want beets anywhere near my plate, but if you enjoy them, this may be a reason for the discoloration of your feces. Additionally, red Jell-o or Kool-aid can cause a color change.