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Your Kids Are Poisoning Themselves With One Thing You Have In Your Purse!
Check out some little known facts about hand sanitizers:
- Lowers Immunity – Science Daily published a report which found that a child’s immune system was seriously affected by the frequent use of hand sanitizers. Researchers stated that an ultra-clean environment when a child was very young lowered their immunity to such a low level that that body was forced to go into a perpetual fight mode which leads to lower immunity. This danger doesn’t pass once we reach adulthood. Adults who have weakened immune systems are extremely vulnerable to inflammatory response by the body, which makes them super vulnerable to diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s as older adults.
- Check the Alcohol Content – Yes, hand sanitizers kill germs, but for this to work the alcohol content must be more than 60 percent. Anything lower simply won’t kill germs. So even though you might have found a sweet deal on a discount brand of hand sanitizer, read the label. Even if it says that the alcohol content is 59 percent, you might as well just spit on your hands because it offers just about the same protection.
- Downright Dangerous – As we have just been talking about, alcohol based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning more quickly and more easily than regular alcohol.
- Non-Alcohol Based Isn’t Much Better – Hand sanitizers that are non-alcohol based use a substance called triclosan instead. This is a common anti-fungal, antibacterial compound found in many antibacterial soaps and other cleaning products, even some toothpastes! Unfortunately, triclosan is known as being one of the compounds that have caused the formation of our antibiotic resistant super bugs. Triclosan is absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream quickly. It is a known hormone disruptor often causing allergic reasons, infertility, muscle weakness due to neurological problems, and has even been linked to cancer.
- Not as Safe as We Have Been Told – It’s an interesting fact that what affects bacteria also affects us. One of the common ingredients in hand sanitizers is called benzalkonium chloride. This compound dissolves the outer layer, or covering of bacteria, which kills them. For humans, this compound also increases the irritation of mucus linings of the nose and throat. It also makes allergic reactions worse. Some studies have shown that this substance is also toxic to birds and fish.
- Toxic Smell – That “fresh” odor that so many people love about hand sanitizers actually comes from a substance called phthalates. This substance is a known carcinogen and it easily leaches into foods or into the body through the skin. The Centers for Disease Control conducted a study which found that children now have 20 times the amount of phthalates in their bodes than any time before. A very popular study called the Swan Study found that women who were exposed to phthalates gave birth to boys who were infertile or who had anal openings that were not positioned properly.
- Causes Skin Damage – Although some hand sanitizers add aloe vera or other substances to their product to help moisturize the skin, using too much or using this product too often causes skin damage. In some severe cases, it can even cause the skin on your hands to become permanently rougher than they normally are.
If you have small children, be sure to store your hand sanitizers out of their reach. Avoid buying products that have scents and colors that are attractive to children. You can try to teach your child that these things are medicine and not candy. Encourage them to not be pressured into eating anything that was not given to them by an adult.