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The Loxton News, Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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Loxton Charity For All Bingo, Loxton Club,
Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton, 7pm for eyes
down at 7.30pm. This week’s bingo is in aid
of Loxcare’s Mardi Gras senior ambassador
entrant Ken Jaeschke.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22-24
The 62nd Loxton Mardi Gras will be held
over three days. Enjoy a movie night, watch
the parade and ambassador presentations
and the Sunday Appreciation Service. For full
details visit (loxtonmardigras.org.au).
LOCAL CLUB NEWS
LOXTON LADIES PROBUS
Ladies Probus Club of Loxton’s first meeting
for 2019 will be held at the Loxton Hotel
Reflections Room, starting at 10am. The guest
speaker will be Dr Ryan Seaman from Seaman
A session will be held on Wednesday, February
13, from 11am to 12 noon at the Loxton RSL
for ‘card making with a difference’. Suitable
for beginners or experienced card makers.
Materials supplied. A minimum fee of $20 plus
$2 per card applies. Contact 0427 792 339
for more information.
If you were alive in the early 1960s
you may remember the black and
white TV commercial in which a
mum, dutifully preparing dinner,
reminds her lad to “wash your
hands, Geoffrey – with the Solvol,
Mum was not only visibly happy to be
fulfilling her destiny as breeder, child
carer, cook and domestic engineer,
but was very well groomed and smart
enough to understand the importance
of hand hygiene – what a model of
Many scientific studies over the past
200 years have proven the value of
hand washing in reducing the spread
of infectious disease – in operating
theatres, nursing homes, schools, child
care centres, shops and the military etc.
Despite the data and Geoffrey’s mum,
however, we know that this simple,
cheap, safe and effective practice is
vastly under utilised, even in hospitals.
Many germs are spread from infected
individuals or passive carriers when they
touch (or cough or sneeze on) taps or
bench tops or money or food which you
You may pick up the germs on your
hands and transfer them to your system
through your eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
This process may be interrupted if any
of the participants in the chain wash the
Clean water works, but soap improves
protection and, in some circumstances,
sanitizer solutions work best.
Listeriosis is an infection caused by
the germ listeria which may be spread
in this way. The bacteria, is named after
Joseph Lister (5/4/1827 – 10/2/1912)
a British surgeon and prominent
Quaker, educated at University College,
Practicing at the Glasgow Royal
Infirmary, he read about the work of
French biologist Louis Pasteur. Pasteur
had concluded that microorganisms in
milk and wine caused them to go off
and recognised that cows with TB could
transmit this germ to humans through
He advocated a heat treatment we
now call pasteurization to preserve
liquids and prevent spread of infection.
Lister was one of a number of doctors
who recognised that germs, accidentally
introduced to wounds by well meaning
doctors at the time of surgery, caused
He became aware that carbolic acid
(phenol) was being successfully sprayed
on fields, which had been irrigated with
sewage to reduce the stench.
He surmised that the phenol was
killing germs and, having observed that
infected human wounds smelled a little
like poop in a paddock, thought it might
be effective as a human antiseptic.
Encouraged to note that cows ate the
grass from these fields without evidence
of harm, he began using phenol to
sterilise his hands, instruments and the
patients’ skin, with outstanding results,
which he published in 1887. He has
been honoured with the title ‘father of
modern surgery’ for this work – but wait
In 1879, an American chemist
named Joseph Lawrence, invented a
mouthwash which “kills germs that
cause bad breath” and called it Listerine
in honour of the clever Brit. Interestingly,
although Listerine survives to this day,
with little change in its original recipe
they say, it hasn’t always been popular
as an oral rinse and has been used
as a floor cleaner, hand disinfectant,
dandruff tonic and gonorrhoea
In 1920, Lambert Pharmaceutical
Company even marketed Listerine
So finally, to the point. Listeriosis is a
rare, but potentially serious form of food
In healthy adults it usually causes only
mild symptoms including headache,
fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea,
but may present as inflammation of the
brain, meningitis, fits and brain damage.
It accounts for about 150 hospital
admissions in Australia per annum.
Death is a rare complication.
More importantly, it can be passed
from a woman to her unborn baby
and can cause serious foetal injury,
malformation or miscarriage.
Farm animals can carry the germ,
which is killed by cooking and is
suppressed for a time in a good
refrigerator, but not killed by cooling or
Hence, the foods most likely to spread
listeria infection are pre-prepared
salads and sandwiches, deli meats, soft
cheeses, pate, soft-serve ice cream,
raw vegetables, uncooked seafood and
Pregnant women are routinely
counselled to avoid these items. Now
let’s all raise a glass of pasteurised milk
to Joseph and Louis (and Ernie – who
drove the fastest milk cart in the west).
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
Do you have
We have experienced
in the area,
please call for a
Call 8633 5400
0458 028 628
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A local councillor was recognised for
his commitment to local government at
Australia Day celebrations recently.
At the Australia Day breakfast, District
Council of Loxton Waikerie (DCLW) council-
lor John ‘Jody’ Flavel was presented with a
certificate, acknowledging his 35-years as a
DCLW Mayor Leon Stasinowsky said Cr
Flavel was appointed to the District Council of
Brown’s Well in 1983.
“Over the years he’s enjoyed a strong work-
ing relationship with his fellow councillors and
staff,” he said.
“As well as council duties, he has served
on many community and sporting bodies and
farming associations as a committee member.”
Cr Flavel thanked his family for their sup-
port, as well as mayors, councillors and council
staff – both past and present.
“When you go into council, you don’t do it
for gain or gratification,” he said.
“You do it as a community commitment.
“You won’t find my name in the headlines
very often as I like to fly under the radar and
work behind the scenes quietly to achieve what
I believe is needed for the area.”
District Council of Loxton Waikerie councillor
John ‘Jody’ Flavel was presented with his
Local Government Association Certificate
of Outstanding Commitment by Mayor Leon
Stasinowsky at the Australia Day breakfast
celebrations last month.
PHOTO: Stephanie Thompson
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