I Do It For My Patients

No sacrifice too great. When I start my day with a few cups of turbo-charged, locally roasted fair-trade coffee I endure the rich aromatic chocolaty taste and mild euphoria. Because someone on the net said that coffee prevents dementia. Or maybe people with dementia forget to set up their coffee maker and mistake decaf instant for something you can drink. (Lord, take me before that happens to me.) Anyway, I have to stay sharp for my patients and set a good example of healthy living.

Now I have another dubious, second-hand news item to use as a defense of paying $13/pound for the good stuff.

Coffee may kill MRSA.

20 years ago a nurse said to me, “We all have MRSA in our nares.” and she’s probably right. When I took microbiology, the class smeared nasal swabs onto petri dishes and all of us had yellow streaks of staph aureus to look at under the microscope. Staph is everywhere. MRSA is not the Andromeda Strain. It’s a variety of Staph that is mutated to resist antibiotics.

That can be a disaster if you have a deep wound, such as surgery. That’s why medical workers have to wash their hands and keep constantly vigilant. It’s good that they have alcohol disinfectant dispensers glued to the walls in nursing homes and hospitals, because good luck finding a sink to wash your hands in some places. Plumbers are expensive.

The Centers for Disease Control has a special site with the latest information on prevention of community-acquired MRSA. Every few years some outbreaks happen, but germs are everywhere. MRSA is one of them. If you go to the gym and touch the sweaty machines, wash your hands. You’ll be fine.

You could take up coffee drinking as a precaution. If you do that, buy the good stuff, Fair Trade tastes better.

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