1000 Flowers for the Planet - #152 Eliminate Antibacterial Products
The use of products with antibacterial and antimicrobial agents is resulting in more microbes being exposed to and therefore developing resistance to these agents. Bacteria is capable of evolving and becoming more virulent than ever before. Somehow we’ve become afraid of bacteria, thinking that all bacteria are detrimental to good health, but this is not the case. A lot of bacteria are very good for us, in fact, they help our immunity and keep us healthy. By using antibacterial products, good bacteria are eliminated along with the bad and we therefore develop more allergies as our immune systems weaken. Children, in particular, will grow up with weaker immune systems if not permitted to encounter a vast variety of microbes and allergens. By using antibacterial products, we weaken ourselves and create microbes that are resistant to many antibiotics used in healthcare today.
There is a great deal available to read on the Internet in regards to this matter. It’s another one of those mine fields. So many studies have been done with varying and opposing results – I would be interested to know who funded each study. Nonetheless, grandma wasn’t a complete and utter twit, and in this matter she is probably right. Good old fashioned soap will keep things clean enough, and we all need to take on board a few microbes now and then. It makes sense from a financial perspective to eliminate antibacterial products from your household, and errs on the safer side of the health issue.