RE: [Histonet] chewing gum

From:"Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)"

Gee Barry....gum for equipment repairs?  Any self-respecting
laboratorian knows that you use duct tape for that! 

Jeanine Bartlett
Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch
(404) 639-3590

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rittman,
Barry R
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 7:30 AM
To: Joe Nocito; histonet
Subject: RE: [Histonet] chewing gum

Chewing gum can be justified on a medical basis.
It was recently shown that chewing gum after meals decreases reflux.
A few minutes after starting chewing you are not actually eating, just
maintaining salivary flow (unles you actually swallow the gum).
You could also ask that what would she do if you had a pebble in your
mouth to accomplish the same effect?
Two conditions,
do not spit in the lab and
only use the gum for repairing equipment in case of emergency.


From: on behalf of Joe Nocito
Sent: Thu 4/3/2008 6:17 AM
To: histonet
Subject: [Histonet] chewing gum

I know I'm going to feel stupid, so I'll get this over quick. I looked
up in the CAP website and found 10 references to gum disease, but
nothing about chewing gum in the lab. If you put a piece of gum in your
mouth BEFORE entering the lab, can you still chew the gum? The reason
why I ask is that we are getting a new medical director and we have
already have problems.
    I could not chew gum, then after lunch of beef fajitas with peppers
and onions, beans, and salsa, causing me to have dragon breath, I guess
I could have a close up discussion with her. Forget the brushing the
teeth road. I brush my teeth once a week whether I need to or not (only

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