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Firefighters, Wet Wipes and Cancer

 

Recently, the media has reported about the increase incidence of firefighters and cancer, in particular skin cancer. These reports target soot as a carcinogenic agent. Although firefighters wear protective clothing when battle fires, soot has been shown to enter gaps in the clothing and thus reaching various parts of the skin.

There have also been reports that “wet wipes” can be a way to remove this soot from the skin. With that said, one of our competitors have jumped on this marketing bandwagon to promote their pre-moistened towelette brands to service the firefighters in this country. In doing so, they have come very close to implying that their brand can prevent cancer by using their wipes. In addition, they attempt to down grade other wet wipe brands in stating that only their specific wipe formulation can help firefighters remove the carcinogenic soot from their skin. When in fact, any pre-moistened wipe can remove soot. Unfortunately, Body Wipe Company’s Paper Shower has been mentioned as one of these brands, but we have never made this claim, nor marketed directly to firefighters. In fact, each time that we have been approached by various fire departments across this country, we have been adamant in explaining that although our wipes will remove soot from the skin, there is absolutely no scientific correlation to a possible reduction in cancer among firefighters from using our wipes.

When it comes to the actual proof that wet wipes can reduce or prevent cancer, randomized clinical trials need to be performed to assess various wet wipes vs. other possible remedies and then scientifically evaluate these products to determine if in fact they do prevent or reduce cancer among the US firefighter population. Until such clinical research has been reported in the literature, the wet wipe “cancer prevention or reduction” claims by removing soot from the skin is just anecdotal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ass Fire Prevention Month

March is Ass Fire Prevention Month! Each year hundreds of people start ass fires by using dry, scratchy toilet paper. By using our Paper Bidet (pronounced: ba-day) individual, flushable, biodegradable butt wipes, ass fires can be prevented. Paper Bidet wipes are specifically designed to provide you with a more comfortable and effective way to wipe when dry toilet paper just doesn’t do it for you! Remember, only you can prevent Ass Fires!

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The Healthy Perks of Exercising 30 Minutes Per Day

 

In addition to temporarily losing a few pounds, starting and maintaining a regular exercise routine can be an effective way to ward off certain physical and mental issues. Just 30 minutes a day spent being physically active can bring about impressive results within a relatively short amount of time.

Losing weight may be the most popular reason many people begin an exercise regimen. Depending on a person’s weight and the intensity of the workout, approximately 90 to 360 calories can be burned in a single 30-minute workout. At half an hour a day, 5 times a week, the pounds can begin to melt away surprisingly quickly.

Exercising to prevent heart and cardiovascular disease is an excellent way to be proactive about personal health. Walking, running or doing a moderately intense workout for 30 minutes strengthens the heart muscle, lowering the risk of getting heart disease by nearly two times. Regularly exercising also raises HDL levels, the ‘good’ cholesterol, and lowers LDL levels, the ‘bad’ cholesterol. This can lower blood pressure, decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A 30 minute per day workout schedule can help to regulate your blood sugar and burn body fat, leading to a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes. If type 2 diabetes is already an issue, exercising can help keep the important blood glucose levels in the safe range.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety can ease during and after physical exercise. The body releases endorphins, a ‘feel-good’ chemical while exercising. Another positive aspect of having a regular exercise routine is that it’s something that can be started right away, without the need to make an appointment or drastically alter a day’s schedule. Just a 30-minute walk during lunch hour or after work can have a considerable healthy effect on the body and mind.

 

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Purple Grease Wipes Product Demo

Body Wipe Company, Co-Founder-Jim Bahcall, demonstrates the company’s newest personal care wipe product: Purple Grease Wipes. Purple Grease Wipes are pre-moistened grease-cutting towelettes that are designed to lift away tar, adhesives, wax, ink, paint and lubricants from your hands. The wipes are formulated with natural oils and an emollient that is safe for hands and skin; and will not cause drying. The non-scratching towel is abrasive on one side and smooth on the other side.

Purple Grease Wipes contain a citrus scent that dissipates when your skin dries!

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New Purple Grease Wipe Product Release!

  

We are happy to announce the release of our new Purple Grease Wipe Product! Purple Grease Wipes™ are pre-moistened grease-cutting towelettes that are designed to lift away tar, adhesives, wax, ink, paint and lubricants from your hands. The wipes are formulated with natural oils and an emollient that is safe for hands and skin, and will not cause drying, unlike similar products. The non-scratching towel is abrasive on one side and smooth on the other side. Purple Grease Wipes™ contain a citrus scent that dissipates when skin dries.

 

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Outdoor Winter Activities To Keep Your Heart Healthy

 

In northern climates, winter is the pitfall of many people who would rather seek comfort indoors. Countless people become sedentary in the winter, but this isn’t the best choice for wellness. According to a health article, regular exercise provides benefits to the heart and the whole body (Kemi & Wisloff, 2010). The good news is that there are many activities you can do during the chilly season. By trying any of the options below, you’ll be on your way to a healthier heart, and hopefully, a new-found appreciation for the winter! Just make sure to check with a physician before starting any new exercise program to ensure it is suitable for you.

Walking:

This is a simple, cost-effective, and less strenuous form of exercise that works many muscles in the body. If you want more of a workout, choose a path that has more hills. Also, be sure to dress appropriately in cold temperatures as doing so will allow you to walk for longer; during icy conditions, consider using boots with proper grips. Another good idea is to bring hot chocolate and a friend with you. By talking to someone while you walk, you can make the activity much more enjoyable.

Snowshoeing:

Another classic form of winter exercise is snowshoeing. Besides your regular winter attire, you’ll need a good pair of boots and of course, snowshoes. With this activity, you can walk at your own pace with or without the aid of poles, but the gear gives you more of a workout than regular walking would. Snowshoes require you to lift your legs higher with each step, which will make your heart beat faster. Look forward to fresh air and wonderfully-worked muscles!

Cross-country Skiing:

Popular among Scandinavian countries, cross-country skiing is fun and strenuous at the same time. The equipment is generally costlier than the gear used in snowshoeing, but it usually isn’t hard to find items on sale or for rent. Before trying this sport, it is recommended that you watch a video that offers tips and advice. You can also find someone who knows the sport to teach you. Who knows, you may really learn to enjoy cross-country skiing!

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding:

For the more adventurous, downhill skiing or snowboarding can give thrill-seekers something to talk about. As with cross-country skiing, you’ll need to purchase or rent equipment, as well as take lessons if you’ve never tried downhill sports before. The good news is that most ski hills have shorter, less steep hills to learn on, and more challenging ones for when you’re ready. You can choose a hill suitable for your skill level; this way, you’ll be certain to find enjoyment.

As you can see, there are a variety of outdoor winter activities. Find something that matches your interests and fitness level and go for it. Make winter a season you live for!

References:

Kemi, O. J. & Wisloff, U. (2010). High-intensity aerobic exercise training improves the heart in health and disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 30(1), 2-11.