We've become a germaphobic culture. Do you obsessively wash your hands? If so, you may also have fallen prey to the hype about using hand sanitizers. These germicides are everywhere. They're available in highly portable bottles so you can have one in your car, purse, office drawer, etc. You can also find them at the entrance to grocery stores so you can clean your hands or wipe down your shopping cart. We've gone too far and overdone it.
The truth is that we need germs to help boost our immune responses and keep us healthier. Getting rid of all bacteria is wrecking havoc on well being, especially if you're using hand sanitizers.
3 main reasons why I avoid hand sanitizers like the plague (because they may cause the plague!):
1. By killing all bacteria, we are forcing natural forms of bacteria to evolve into superpowers. This fixation on being germ-free is leading to a population of superbugs. We're also undermining the biological functioning of our immune system which needs to be stimulated to react to bacteria. In addition, we're seeing the impact of this by the overuse of antibiotics but that's another whole article.
2. The alcohol found in most of these products is harmful to the skin. Alcohol is drying and can dehydrate cells. The repeated irritation can make our hands rough, wrinkled and essentially speed up aging. If alcohol isn't present then triclosan, an antibacterial is often used as a major ingredient. Studies have shown that this substance can disrupt hormone function and add to rise of bacteria and viruses that can resist antibiotics.