Once again…..my rest and mental relaxation comes to a screeching halt…..tomorrow it is back to the world as we know it…….
You have seen those signs in restrooms…….you have seen all the ads on the tube about how to keep germs away……..and your Momma was always telling you to wash your hands…..but really? Does all this hand washing really protect you from harm?
Anthony Gucciardi writing for Natural Society……..
Drug-resistant superbugs, such as the heavily defiant strain of tuberculosis that is now popping up across the globe, are causing serious shockwaves throughout the medical community.
Rampant use of antibiotics for unnecessary conditions and pumping livestock up with an exorbitant amount (around 80% of the entire United States antibiotic supply) of drugs is a leading factor, but research shows that anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and cleaners are also contributing to the problem.
Anti-bacterial products have become commonplace in many households and classrooms across the nation, though they are especially prevalent in India — where scientists say the overall use of antibiotics in drug and cleaning form alike are way overused.
In addition to containing the problematic ingredient triclosan, these anti-bacterial hand washes and disinfectants are also contributing to the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that pose a serious risk to human health. At least when trying to ‘treat’ them with the same pharmaceutical interventions that spawned them in the first place.
In fact, it should be noted that both antibiotic drugs and sanitizers also kill beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. Probiotics are integral to a properly functioning immune system and overall health.
Without the flourishing of this ‘good’ bacteria, your ability to fight off any infections — let alone superbugs — is compromised.
In a study conducted by Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS) and CHOICE, published in the consumer magazine Insight, the scientists found that soap and water is actually as good or better in fighting off unwanted germs and bacteria without fueling the superbug epidemic.
They also found the ubiquitous endocrine-disrupting chemical triclosan to interfere with both thyroid and sex hormone function.
First it was eggs….then coffee…..then white rice…..and now washing my hands could be a harmful activity………what could possibly be the next health bomb to be dropped?