How can you make yourself sick?


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WebMD notes that six daily habits can make normal people sick, including using a sponge, vacuuming, sleeping with pillows and a mattress, grilling meat, opening windows and sitting in front of the television. Mayo Clinic explains that lack of sleep affects the immune system and can cause patients to become sick with viruses. Recovery times from sickness increase when people sleep less.

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Sponges cross-contaminate appliances and countertops with E. coli and other foodborne bacteria throughout a kitchen, according to WebMD. Vacuums without proper HEPA filters cause dust and allergens to go airborne. Skin cells, hair and fungal spores accumulate on pillows and in mattresses, and these items attract dust mites. Grilling meat at high temperatures creates carcinogens. Open windows let pollen and mold spores into a home environment. Sitting in front of the television causes a sedentary lifestyle, and weight gain adds risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

Mayo Clinic notes that sleep increases the production of cytokines in the immune system. These proteins need to have higher levels to fight off infections during an immune response. Lack of sleep can decrease production of cytokines and decrease the effectiveness of the body's natural defenses against disease.

In addition, Health magazine reveals that 14 foods can sicken people with food poisoning. A few classes of foods are responsible for many food poisoning outbreaks in the United States. Leafy greens, eggs, meat, tomatoes, tuna, oysters and potatoes cause the most cases of food sicknesses. Undercooked meats, raw foods and cross-contamination carry foodborne bacteria that make humans ill.

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