A few years ago, Steven VanValkenburg was working in the office of a gastroenterologist in Los Angeles.
He was looking for a place to store the medicine he was taking.
And the doctor in charge, he had a question for him: “So you’re going to put the medicine in the bag?”
The doctor’s words were a bit of a shock.
“Well, yeah,” he replied, “I think it would be a good idea to keep it out of the trash.”
What was the doctor talking about?
The medical community has been trying for decades to educate doctors about the importance of properly disposing of unopened, unwashed, or contaminated medicine.
For many people, medicine is a sacred, and often expensive, resource.
“Most of us are aware of the health effects of germs and parasites, and our bodies are designed to fight these diseases,” says Dr. Michael W. Fuhrman, director of the Center for Food and Consumer Safety at Johns Hopkins University.
“But how do we know if a patient is ill and has symptoms?
We don’t know until the patient is sick.”
For a physician, a clean, sterile bag is the ideal storage place.
It’s easy to store and it can help to keep the medicine out of germinating germs.
And while it’s not necessary, it’s one of the best ways to avoid the potential health risks of germy-tinted water.
But when it comes to medicine, it can be a bit trickier to understand.
“We’ve been told that a lot of people are afraid of germbands,” says Steven Vanvalkenburgh, who has written extensively about the medicinal properties of various herbs.
“I don’t think that’s true.”
Instead, many people just take the medicine as-is, and that’s where the risks are.
“We’re not talking about a clean container here,” says VanVakenburg.
“The medicine’s in the bottle.
And if we can’t see it, we don’t feel comfortable sharing it.”
In fact, there’s a good chance that the germs are there.
“If we’re taking a medicine that’s contaminated, we’re not going to be sure what’s in there,” says Fuhrer.
“So we’re going in a place where we’re less likely to know what we’re doing.”
The first step to understanding the importance and dangers of medicine is to understand how germs work.
For the first few years of its existence, the immune system was much less evolved than it is today.
It doesn’t have a clear-cut response to bacteria and viruses.
It may not recognize foreign molecules or foreign substances.
And it has trouble distinguishing between harmless substances and potentially dangerous ones.
“In many ways, we can see the early stages of the evolution of this immune system, and we see it with germs,” says William G. Kuehl, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Chicago.
“It’s pretty basic stuff.”
But then, the evolution began to take hold and the immune systems evolved to be more specialized.
It now responds to many different types of bacteria, viruses, and other life-forms.
And as more and more people are exposed to germs, the importance grows.
“As we have more and better technology, we are now seeing more and further along in the evolution,” says Kuehls.
“Now we’re seeing that our immune systems are not going away.
They’re evolving in response to the more and stronger infections we have.”
What about germs that are harmless, but can cause problems for the body?
When germs have been around long enough, the body’s defenses are built to withstand them.
This includes a system that breaks down germs into smaller, smaller pieces and, as a result, the germer is destroyed.
This system, called the antimicrobial defense system, is called the “antibody defense.”
The antimicrobial response is the body reacting to germband-size threats by breaking down the germ and destroying the germinated cells, but the antigens are still there.
So what’s left is a pool of “non-antigens,” or foreign proteins and foreign substances, that are not killed by the body.
These “non antigen” pieces are referred to as the “non antigen” pieces.
“What’s happened over the last few hundred years is that a great deal of the antimicrobials we have in the environment are non-antigen, or non-infectious,” says G. David Risling, an immunologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“They are very potent, and they have a lot to do with the immune response.
If you look at the history of the