Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Do You Want Your Home To Be As Clean As A Hospital?

Walk down any aisle in the grocery store and you will see an abundance of cleaners and sanitizing products for the house and for our personal hygiene.  Most people don't like to be dirty or exposed to the thousands of germs out in our world.

Hospitals especially require a clean, sterile environment because they deal with people's health and people in vulnerable states. Many times difficult and resistant infectious germs can linger for days and weeks. Recently, hospitals have begun using new protocols to clean for some of the more persistent and virulent germs by using old fashioned bleach and scrubbing instead of relying on chemical anti-bacterials and anti-microbials.  Further, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has begun investigating whether commonly used anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agents in consumer health and safety products are harmful.  Recent evidence is showing that the presence of these chemicals are being absorbed and retained by the body in a much stronger way than previously thought.  This lingering presence has been linked to many illnesses  and hormonal imbalances. Additionally, these chemicals are contributing to the creation of the persistent super bugs that are resistant to antibiotics.

So how are we to keep clean? The director of the Division of Nonprescription Drug Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Dr. Theresa Michele, recommends washing with plain soap and water because there has not been sufficient data showing that these anti-bacterials and anti-microbials are better at fighting disease.

In Ayurveda, the skin is considered a living organ and is the largest organ in our body. It has the ability to absorb and the ability to remove toxins. The skin also acts as a protective barrier and an early warning system to the body.  On an emotional level, touch to the skin. affects the body's nervous system and can excite, disturb or calm a person.  Knowing this should make us more conscious about what we put on our body.  It really isn't just the surface because it becomes us.

Meanwhile as the FDA investigates, we should use old fashioned soap and cleaners that offer natural alternatives.  Sometimes even basic bleach may be needed as seen by hospitals adopting its use in their protocols.

Stay healthy & well,

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