Garden Health Issues good ones and things to avoid

Bending, twisting, pushing and pulling all exercises. I dont know about you but when I am about in the garden an I identify a task I do it without any warm-ups aside from a cup of coffee. These days I just sort of break up large tasks and switch off to others or just sit and look about for a hummer till I got to move. Ive been known to do this over several days due to dew point or just other tasks that afford quicker gratification. In another post the mention of Melanoma came it. I believe that this long term aka childhood exposure to sun is of import. Ive got a grapefruit size scar on my back which caused me to look into the sun issue. I take 4000 IU of vitamin D BTW.
Anyway this YOUTUBE dealing with DNA which I posted in the past is interesting.
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Another garden health issue is tetanus, which lives in most garden soils. As we get older'n'older we become increasingly susceptible to tetanus. One-third of tetanus cases are from gardening injuries. Stay updated with tetanus shots (stay updated with ten-year boosters); try to wear gloves for most gardening duties; and habitually clean injuries with antibacterial soap.
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paghat said:

Having very recently had a trip to the emergency room for a nasty gardening-related wound to one of my fingers...
The emergency room doctor recommended a fresh tetanus shot as my last had been more than five years ago and I most definitely had what he would call a dirty puncture (actually, two of them).
And my regular doctor recommends every seven years for 'high risk' patients, and my gardening (especially as I often neglect to use gloves) puts me at higher than average risk of exposure.
Apparently, even people who've kept up to date (every ten years) have gotten tetanus. (Though it seems that tetanus is not quite as deadly as reputation has it.)
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The deadly reputation is deserved in developing countries, where it kills about a million people every year. In the USA it kills only about five a year. But now and then there's an unexpected pocket of fatalities. On Vancouver island alone this year so far, there have been three tetanus deaths.
But of course one doesn't have to be dead to be awfully sorry about the serious neurological damage due to the periodic imunogobin boosters having not been kept up with. It's only "not quite as deadly as reputation has it" in developed countries because of preventative measures are standard.
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snipped-for-privacy@paghat.com (paghat) wrote:

Thanks for the reminder, It has been almost ten years since my last tetanus shot.
Several years ago. a little girl about 8 years old died from it. She lived one mile down the road from me. Fell on her bike, dirt road. Kids get scraped and cut all the time. When does one know when to go to the hospital?
Must be an unusual case. The township sprays chlorine on the roads every year to prevent such things. I think that is why they spray the roads.

I would like to use it. However, I was told not to use that stuff. I have a septic field and the use of antibacterial soaps and toilet cleaners will kill off the bacteria in the septic tanks that breaks down the waste. I do use "hand sanitizers". However, I do not think they are better than the antibacterial cleansers. A complex world we live.
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We used to call it lockjaw. Stepping on rusty nails was considered not only painful but life threatening. Sill I garden with bare hands and endure minor issues.
Found this while looking for lockjaw.
Last line seems what we do E.G. clean wounds.
The disease can be prevented by immunization with tetanal toxoid and appropriate wound care.
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Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2008 Jun;6(3):327-36. Links
Current concepts in the management of Clostridium tetani infection. Brook I. Georgetown University School of Medicine, 4431 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA. snipped-for-privacy@georgetown.edu This review summarizes the microbiology, management and prevention of tetanus. Tetanus is an acute toxemic illness caused by Clostridium tetani infection at a laceration or break in the skin. It can also occur as a complication of burns, puerperal infections, umbilical stumps (tetanus neonatorum) and surgical-site infection. Tetanus is an intoxication, manifested mostly by neuromuscular dysfunction, caused by tetanal exotoxin (tetanospasmin), a potent exotoxin produced by C. tetani. It starts with tonic spasms of the skeletal muscles and is followed by paroxysmal contractions. The muscle stiffness initially involves the jaw (lockjaw) and neck and later becomes generalized. Treatment goals include interrupting the production of toxin, neutralizating the unbound toxin, controlling muscle spasms, managing dysautonomia and appropriate supportive management. Specific therapy includes intramuscular administration of tetanus immunoglobulin to neutralize circulating toxin before it binds to neuronal cell membranes. The disease can be prevented by immunization with tetanal toxoid and appropriate wound care. PMID: 18588497 [PubMed - in process
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