Posts Tagged 'Sickness'

Over-Sanitized Nation

Cough, wheeze, sigh, sniff and sneeze. Being sick is awful. The only great thing about being ill is calling in sick to work (or school) to stay home and watch 1980’s John Cusack while eating chicken noodle soup. After the second day of being sick, the luster wears off. By the third day, it’s time to get back to life and quit breeding things that only Preparation H can kill.

I just read an article where British scientists claim that using antibacterial wipes actually spread “superbugs” because overuse of them may allow germs to become immune. Side note: when did “superbugs” become a term used in national news about medical issues? I mean really, what is a superbug? I picture this…

Imagine this sucker eating away at your bone marrow and white blood cells.

Any ways, onto my observation. Are we becoming over-sanitized? I am no bio-molecular scientist, but are we cleansing our-selves to the point where our bodies can’t even decide what is bad or good? That is what an immune system is, according to the New English Dictionary. Immunity: the condition that permits either natural or acquired resistance to disease. Immunity is built in and can be acquired, kind of like chicken pox. You get it once and it goes away. Too bad cancer or hepatitis C wasn’t like that.

From an AP Article, a microbiologist named Gareth Williams said that “we found that the most effective way to prevent the risk of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus a.k.a. a nasty mofo that can cause boils and infections in the lungs and bloodstreams) spread in hospital wards is to ensure the (antibacterial) wipe is used only once on one surface. Total side note, BOILS??? Didn’t those only happen in the Bible?

Basically, the less antibacterial wipes you use, the more germs you kill. The germs can do what we do, build up immunities. Those are smart suckers. I’m not a germ-o-phobe, but I have no love of germs. Nothing annoys me more than a guy who uses the urinal, molests the door handle, than walks straight out the door. Classy.

Because of this article I guess I’ll wash my hands less and not use wipes. I’m kidding, wash your hands, it’s just gross.

You can read the whole article here.

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