Right behind the witches, warlocks and candy bars headed to your door this season is another visitor: cold and flu season. Help your kids remember the new "not in your hands!" coughing and sneezing protocols with a few quick demonstrations of what even the Surgeon General refers to as the "Dracula Sneeze."
Raising your arm to cover your nose and sneezing or coughing into the crook of your elbow may look a little odd at first, if not outright horror-show worthy, but it’s what happens when kids cough or sneeze into their hands that should frighten you. Those little germ particles are off and running on their infectious journey to the next surface or playmate, and some of them can wait awhile to meet their new hosts. Scary!
The "Dracula sneeze" has been shown to dramatically reduce transmission of colds and flu in schools and between family members, so help keep your kids healthy (and laughing at the same time) by channeling your inner vampire!
October ends with one famously bad nutrition day (Halloween!) but it also marks the birthday of scientist James Lind, who in 1747 discovered the link between citrus and the prevention of scurvy, a major killer of seamen on long voyages. After the British Navy adopted Dr. Lind's prescription for health, their sailors came to be called "limeys."
The British went on to become the dominant force at sea. It's worth remembering that it was citrus as much as firepower that helped build an empire!
We've been reading that makers of high-fructose corn syrup are lobbying to switch the name to "corn sugar" since their product sales have been affected by people not wanting lots of empty calories in their foods and drinks.
Change the name? Do these companies really think consumers are that easy to fool?