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kenny

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You should. . . YUCK!
In navels they are finding bacterial strains new to science. :knockout: :knockout: :knockout:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scientists-find-a-rich-array-of-unknown-bacteria-in-human-navels/2011/07/01/gHQAJ476xH_story.html

Scientists find a rich array of unknown bacteria in human navels
By Peter Aldhous, Published: July 4

The human navel should be designated as a bacterial nature reserve, it seems. The first round of DNA results from the Belly Button Biodiversity project are in, and the 95 samples that have so far been analyzed have turned up more than 1,400 bacterial strains. In 662 cases, the microbes could not even be classified to a family, “which strongly suggests that they are new to science,” says team leader Jiri Hulcr of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The project was conceived as a lighthearted exercise in science communication, but it is making a serious contribution to the understanding of microbial diversity. Since April, samples of bacteria taken when volunteers swabbed their navels have had their “DNA barcodes” read by sequencing the gene for 16S ribosomal RNA, which is widely used in studies of bacterial evolutionary relationships.

The results reflect our ignorance of microbial diversity, Hulcr suggests: The inhabitants of our navels seem weird because biologists haven’t sampled extensively enough to document the full diversity of microbial life in a variety of habitats. He likens the reactions to the first round of belly button results to the astonishment of the first European explorers seeing African big game, which today seem commonplace. “Now you’re expecting rhino and elephants,” Hulcr says.

Also, identifying the species of bacteria is difficult. Noah Fierer’s team at the University of Colorado at Boulder classified them into “operational taxonomic units” having 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequences that differed by 3 percent or less. Apply this standard to mammals, Hulcr explains, and dogs and cats would be lumped together. It means that a “match” between a belly button strain and a species known from the deep ocean, for instance, may actually represent two microbes separated by several million years of divergent evolution.

Although the total number of strains recorded was large, the results so far indicate that a small group of about 40 species accounts for around 80 percent of the bacterial populations of our belly buttons. “It is tempting to think of the abundant species as the good, core biome of bacteria and the rare ones as transients, struggling to take hold, sometimes at our expense,” says Rob Dunn, author of “The Wild Life of Our Bodies” and head of the lab where Hulcr works.

Confirming that theory will require studies on a new scientific frontier: belly button ecology.

— Peter Aldhous

A longer version of this story appeared in New Scientist magazine and can be found at:
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/06/peter-aldhous-san-francisco-bu.html
 

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Haha, not my own, but I do clean DH's. He gets little lint balls in there from his white cotton tees. :cheeky:
 

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I do, very regularly, along with the jewelry that goes in it. Seems crazy to think there could be so much icky-ness in there.
 

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Kenny, where on earth do you find these things??? LOL!

Yes. Regularly. Mine is pierced. If I didn't it miight get infected.
 

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The doctor did a good job on my belly button; I have a pretty deep innie, so yes, I have to clean it. SO's is always full of lint. Men and all their hair!
 

kenny

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texaskj|1310095498|2964401 said:
The doctor did a good job on my belly button; I have a pretty deep innie, so yes, I have to clean it.
So deep ones are better?
Why's that?
 

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Outies can be painful; all that friction.
My first husband had a niece with such an outie it made your stomach hurt just looking at it. I wonder of she ever had to have plastic surgery on it.
And on another body-parts note.....my grandmother used to have a thing about making sure the area between my toes was completely dry before I could leave the bathroom when I was a kid. She was the same way with hers. What's up with that?
 

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yes,i clean mine with the jewel jet .
 

kenny

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texaskj|1310097007|2964417 said:
And on another body-parts note.....my grandmother used to have a thing about making sure the area between my toes was completely dry before I could leave the bathroom when I was a kid. She was the same way with hers. What's up with that?
I don't think that's so weird.
After a shower I dry my feet (and some other places) with a hair dryer.
My dad had really gross feet, with fungus and I never wanted to get that.

I also never go barefoot, even when showering at the gym or pool.
I don't want to be exposed athlete's foot fungus. :knockout:

So far so good; the skin on my feet is perfect.
 

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kenny|1310098558|2964426 said:
After a shower I dry my feet (and some other places) with a hair dryer.
A new thread:
Kenny's 101 uses for a hair dryer

:lol: :lol: :lol:
 

jstarfireb

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I don't really pay special attention to cleaning mine, but it's not really that deep. It just kinda gets clean when I wash the area around it.

This is actually relevant to my life, believe it or not. I work in an OR, and most laparoscopic surgeries include an incision in the belly button. It's super-gross when someone who clearly hasn't washed in there in years shows up in the operating room!
 

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kenny|1310098558|2964426 said:
texaskj|1310097007|2964417 said:
And on another body-parts note.....my grandmother used to have a thing about making sure the area between my toes was completely dry before I could leave the bathroom when I was a kid. She was the same way with hers. What's up with that?
I don't think that's so weird.
After a shower I dry my feet (and some other places) with a hair dryer.
My dad had really gross feet, with fungus and I never wanted to get that.

I also never go barefoot, even when showering at the gym or pool.
I don't want to be exposed athlete's foot fungus. :knockout:

So far so good; the skin on my feet is perfect.
:confused:
 

kenny

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Dancing Fire|1310103726|2964463 said:
kenny|1310098558|2964426 said:
texaskj|1310097007|2964417 said:
And on another body-parts note.....my grandmother used to have a thing about making sure the area between my toes was completely dry before I could leave the bathroom when I was a kid. She was the same way with hers. What's up with that?
I don't think that's so weird.
After a shower I dry my feet (and some other places) with a hair dryer.
My dad had really gross feet, with fungus and I never wanted to get that.

I also never go barefoot, even when showering at the gym or pool.
I don't want to be exposed athlete's foot fungus. :knockout:

So far so good; the skin on my feet is perfect.
:confused:
:confused:
 

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megumic|1310092782|2964369 said:
Haha, not my own, but I do clean DH's. He gets little lint balls in there from his white cotton tees. :cheeky:
Ditto!
"Belly Button Biodiversity Project"???? :cheeky:
 

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I mean to, but I regularly forget. It usually takes an embarrassing experience to remind me to clean it. Earlier this summer as I was lying in the hammock, my husband told me with a look of horror on his face to look at my belly button. I had been slathering on self-tanner, and apparently it gunked up my belly button. It looked rather like a big brown raisin. It was horrible. And now my husband won't stop teasing me about belly button hygiene habits.
 

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Yes. Every day.

I also carefully dry my toes after every shower making sure to dry the rest of me first so that the towl does not touch anywhere else after having touched my feet. (good way to spread any fungus that may be present on the feet :knockout: )
 

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DH and DD always do and I can not stand to watch. YUCK!

They laughed and said I should clean mine and when I said mine does not collect lint or anything else for that matter they laughed and bet me there was. So to oblige I used a q-tip and it came out clean ( I am now $20 richer). Maybe there are some of us lucky enough to have a self cleaning belly button.
 

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I have a very deep belly button and have always obsessed about cleaning it. Still, no matter what, I had always thought there was 'lint' I couldnt get out....UNTIL.....I got pregnant. At about month 7 my belly button popped out and---surprise---I have a birth mark there! I mentioned this to my mom and she said that I was born with it.

I still clean it every day though.
 

texaskj

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This thing just keeps getting funnier and funnier.
I love it, soocool is making $$$ off her belly button. :D
 

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LMFAO. This thread is gross, lol. I have a really deep belly button, and after giving birth I found the most disgusting stuff in there from the surgery. So. Gross. So now I am a tad obsessed with cleaning it out lol.
 

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Yes, I do it about once a week. A couple drops of baby oil, and a q-tip works wonders.
 

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My innie's not as deep as it used to be, as a result of 2 laparascopic surgeries, so I am able to clean it daily in the shower no problem.
 
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