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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: coliform bacteria | yeast | retail | Dr. Oz

Wash Underwear Purchases Before Wearing

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Thursday, 07 February 2019 11:40 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Last year, a woman in London made headlines getting herself out of debt by selling her dirty underwear on the Internet for $60,000. Creepy but true.

If only her customer base had known that their desires might be satisfied at a local chain store.

It turns out far too many stores are restocking returned, used undergarments. (Yes, that's illegal). And unsuspecting customers are buying them.

“The Dr. Oz Show” launched an investigation into this retail misstep. Staffers purchased 11 pairs of underwear from top chain stores and sent the items out to a lab for testing. All but one tested positive for coliform bacteria, which exist in the digestive tracts of humans.

The good news is that most coliform bacteria don't cause disease. But they do come from the same source as certain potentially pathogenic organisms.

Half the samples also contained trace amounts of yeast. All but two samples were soiled with mold, which may indicate that the garments were kept in a damp factory or storage facility.

Fortunately, there haven't been any reported cases of illness caused by wearing contaminated underwear, but chances are you wouldn't associate diarrhea or another related GI disease with such a possible cause.

So let's just assume you should wash all garments before wearing — even those in sealed plastic packaging.

For hand-wash-only undergarments, add distilled vinegar to hot water and soak them before using soap. This will disinfect like bleach, without ruining them.

© King Features Syndicate


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It turns out far too many stores are restocking returned, used undergarments. (Yes, that's illegal). And unsuspecting customers are buying them.
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