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[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Do you know your arse from your elbow?[/pullquote] In my day job I spend a lot of time talking about the science behind hygiene, infection control, plague and pestilence to some lovely clients, some in emergency medicine, some in healthcare, many running Michelin-starred restaurants. I get to talk lots about my favourite subject. Which is pretty cool.

But lot of the questions I and my fellow geeks field are along the lines of “we’ve just been told we should….” and then we have to unpick the woo, the myths and the pseudoscientific nonsense our poor customers get told, often by ‘experts’. Which is great fun. And sometimes it’s important because some of the nonsense we hear is just plain dangerous rather than merely misinformed.

We have a name for this: Rectofossal Ambiguity. People who don’t know a burro from a burrow. Or their ass from a hole in the ground.

So this blog is about exposing some of the nonsense out there to critical review and wherever possible some piss-taking. That’s the fun part. But also to balance that with some clear and sensible information if it’s about important stuff. Things like the RectoBugWiki giving technical info on foodborne pathogens or the RectoResource pages. There’s even a news section.

And please contact us here with questions!

Note for clinicians: Rectofossal Ambiguity (ICD-10: T71.231D) should not be confused with the similar but clinically distinct Procto-Cubital Dissociation Syndrome (ICD-10: Z73.4) which is more prevalent in the UK and trivially referred to as ‘not knowing your arse from your elbow’.