May 03 2015

Overuse of Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Wipes

Published by at 10:31 am under General

Are Antibacterial Wipes & Cleansing Products Making You Sick?  Recent studies published in Natural News say YES!  In our effort to keep things nice and sanitary, we could well be killing off the very bacteria that actually keep us healthier.

As a society, our obsession with cleanliness has run rampant. Clean is better, right? Or is it?  Over the past couple of decades, consumer-products companies have taken aim at our “germaphobic” nation, marketing bacteria killing products, from hand and dish soaps, to counter and bathroom cleaners, to mouthwash and baby whites. Grocery store shelves are stocked with products promising to kill all the bacteria (or at least 99% of it), from the kitchen, to the bathroom, to your hands and your baby’s bottom. But if you use these products regularly you may be killing more than just the unwanted bacteria.  

Just as in the case of antibiotics, sometimes too much of a good thing is just not good for us! In our effort to kill the bad bacteria, we are often stripping away the good bacteria as well — the bacteria we need to keep our immune systems strong and our bodies healthy.

Research is pointing more and more to the fact that by over sterilizing an infant’s environment, you may be depriving them of exposure to natural microorganisms that are good for them in building and growing a strong immune system. By being exposed to dust mites, animals, dirt and other unseemly environmental properties, children actually become less likely to suffer from allergies, asthma and other inflammatory diseases later in life.1

“…This line of thinking, called the “hygiene hypothesis,” holds that when exposure to parasites, bacteria, and viruses is limited early in life, children face a greater chance of having allergies, asthma, and other autoimmune diseases during adulthood…”1

Parents, in an effort to protect their kids, could actually be doing them harm. We try to keep our kids from putting their hands in their mouths and heaven forbid that binky should hit the floor! All those times kids play in the dirt and then stick their hands in their mouths, they may actually be doing something that is inherently good for them. “…Just as a baby’s brain needs stimulation, input, and interaction to develop normally, the young immune system is strengthened by exposure to everyday germs so that it can learn, adapt, and regulate itself, notes Thom McDade, PhD, associate professor and director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern University…

“…In one study, McDade’s team found that children who were exposed to more animal feces and had more cases of diarrhea before age 2 had less incidence of inflammation in the body as they grew into adulthood… Inflammation has been linked to many chronic adulthood illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s… ”1

Many of the germs to which we are exposed in our daily environment are harmless, and in fact necessary. They have been around since the beginning of time. “…As human behavior has changed over the past century many microbes, such as some that live in the gut, are disappearing…”1

According a recent World Health Organization report, our determination to kill off every little germ has resulted in antibiotic-resistant bacteria all over the world. This is greatly, in part, due to the over use of wide-spectrum antibiotics and our addiction to hand sanitizer.2

Though many hand sanitizers are alcohol based and are not considered the culprits in the cause of bacterial resistance, the documented concerns are involving those that contain triclosan or triclocarbon Triclosan is a synthetic compound found in soaps, deodorants and some toothpastes! Just as antibiotics kill the friendly bacteria along with the bad, these products do the same, thus compounding the issue of bacteria resistance and the development of superinfections. (We’ll talk more about Triclosan next week.)

“…Possibly the greatest concern is the belief that these products and their use are contributing to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria strains….”3 And, the ironic thing is that “…Studies have shown that people who use antibacterial chemical products get sick more often…”3

The bottom line is you don’t have to go overboard with cleanliness. Use common sense. Take reasonable precautions. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and take extra care when you are exposed to someone who is sick. But in our every day environment in the home, yard and park, let your children play and don’t get crazed about every little germ…some of this exposure may be healthy. Hopefully, by doing so, they will gleam some of the friendly SBOs so vital for our health. Supplementing with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotic Consortia™ ensures that you and your family are getting these friendly critters that perform all these functions of immune building. Enjoy your life and don’t fret about every little germ. As we have discussed here, it may do more harm than good!

Happy spring,








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