Cleaniness is next to Godliness, but
aseptic is only good during surgery.
Bacteria. The mere mention of the word causes awkward knee-jerk reactions. Why? Because the world is prejudice against bacteria. Ranting and raving, squirting anti-bacterial hand soaps while vigorously wiping down shopping cart handles with calloused abandon, bacterial bigots prey on all species of bacteria, not just the ones that cause disease. And this is a problem, because wiping out both good and bad bacteria is causing a burden to our immune systems, creating drug resistant stains and allowing the proliferation of bad bacteria in our bodies.
Wreaking havoc with their antiseptic behavior, insensitive bacterial haters blindly kill all bacteria because they don’t understand good bacteria protect us from bad. It is essential to restructure bigoted bacterial thinking, because if we kill the good bacteria so the bad have no competition, the bad are more likely to flourish.
Competition between microscopic organisms creates a profound balance between bacteria species that in turn promotes wellness in animals, including the animals known as human beings. This balance has been in place for thousands of years, and is how we got to where we are today, helping to stimulate and develop our immune systems. But, the disruption of the balance is encouraged by casually implementing unnecessary drugs and chemicals, many of which are dangerous in the long term.
Antibacterial products are falsely marketed for flues
and colds which are actually caused by viruses.
You see, we have all become too clean. We’ve upset the balance between health and illness not only by killing good bacteria, but by over exposing bad bacteria to the few killing means we have. By bad bacteria being over exposed to antibiotics, antibacterials and antiseptics, the best artillery we have against them, they have had more opportunity to mutate and, by chance, develop resistant strains.
In effect, we are losing the war with bacteria, because we are showing them our hand too often. We expose them to the substances that kill them so often, we make it easy for their sheer numbers to mutate in such a way that a resistant strain develops. It is by sheer chance that this resistant strain develops, but because mutations are a numbers game, the more bad bacteria are exposed to our killing techniques, the more likely a resistant strain will be developed.
These are big problems, in fact they are big, big problems. Every time someone uses antibacterial hand cleaner, the possibility that a mutant strain will develop rises. It is also important to realize that the hand cleaner benefits do not warrant such exposure. Not only are the chemicals that are rubbed into the skin not healthy, but the antibacterial soaps and creams are not nearly as effective as the mechanical action of rubbing hands vigorously together under hot water and towel drying. On top of it all, company marketing indicates these antibacterial creams and soaps lower the risk of flues and colds, which is impossible and flues and colds are caused by viruses, not bacteria.
Unlike this little boy in the 1930s, we’ve all become too clean.
We come from a time where wondrous advances in science and technology have improved our lives giving us more leisure time for friends and family, but one will always have to be careful of chemicals that are put on or into the body. Using chemicals to fight a perceived threat must be weighed against the long term effects on metabolic systems. Many times, the danger from the chemicals is greater than anything resulting from the perceived threat.
FDA Acknowledges Potential Harmful Effects of Antibacterial Chemicals
NRDC, Rep. Ed Markey, Urge Agency To Take Further Action to Protect Public
WASHINGTON – April 8, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged today the antibacterial chemical triclosan is no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing infections. The agency also expressed concern about the development of antibiotic resistance from using antibacterial products and triclosan’s potential long-term health effects. Today’s announcement stems from correspondence earlier this year between the agency and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
“It’s about time FDA has finally stated its concerns about antibacterial chemicals like triclosan,” said Sarah Janssen, a medical doctor and staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The public deserves to know that these so-called antibacterial products are no more effective in preventing infections than regular soap and water and may, in fact, be dangerous to their health in the long run.”
According to the FDA, the majority of consumer soaps contain the chemicals triclosan or triclocarban. These chemicals are also found in some body washes, shaving creams, powders, makeup, toothpastes and other products. Animal studies have shown that both of these chemicals can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Such interference could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities or infertility.
Triclocarban is particularly concerning because it has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancers, according to health experts at NRDC.
“It took three decades to get us here, but at least the FDA has finally taken a step in the right direction,” said Mae Wu, an NRDC attorney in Washington, D.C. “Now it needs to take the next important step and remove triclosan and triclocarban from consumer products. Let’s hope it doesn’t take the agency another 30 years to do it.”
FDA first proposed a rule that would have removed these chemicals from soaps in 1978. Until this rule is finalized, these chemicals are allowed to be widely used with no regulatory oversight. The growing use of triclosan in products has led to widespread residues in the environment and in people; nearly three-quarters of the U.S. population carries residues of this hormone-disrupting chemical in their bodies.
FDA has said it will be moving forward on additional regulatory action in the future. Markey also has made a number of strong recommendations including a ban on triclosan in personal care products. NRDC supports this recommendation and also wants triclocarban to be banned from personal care products because of its similar widespread use, lack of effectiveness and concerns for hormone disrupting effects.
Are you guilty of overkill?
Experts warn that if we don’t stop overusing antibiotics and antibacterial products now , we will shoulder the blame for creating a warrior class of drug-resistant supergerms that will threaten not only our children but their children and beyond. Hard evidence exists that the crisis has already begun. But understanding the long-term effects of antibiotic abuse is one thing, and taking responsibility for our own health day after day, year after year, is another. Or is it?
In this timely and thought-provoking reference, Dr. Kimberly M. Thompson tells you exactly what you need to do to protect and promote your family’s good health without endangering their future. Because, let’s face it–there is no real comfort in winning the battle against germs if we are destined to lose the war.If you have an interest in “Overkill,” hover your mouse over this link: