By Nurse Mark
Antibiotic-Resistant bacteria: MERS, Ebola, MRSA, streptococcus, enterococcus, psuedomona, C-difficile, salmonella, e-coli, T.B, the list goes on… “Superbugs” are a part of our modern world now, and there is little we can do about this unintended consequence of our over-use of antibiotics.
Even our companion animals have been found to carry “superbugs.” Pets Can Carry Same ‘Superbug’ Strains as Owners cries a headline from the online health news organization WebMD.
People are getting sick. Some are dying. Everyone is far more aware of the need to avoid these diseases than ever before.
Hand washing is preached like a religion – and rightly so. It is becoming commonplace to see people out in public wearing surgical masks. Hand sanitizer dispensers are ubiquitous – they are in grocery stores, restaurants, schools, workplaces. Personal hand sanitizers are commonly carried and used when hand washing might be impractical.
But how safe and effective are those “hand sanitizers”?
Most commonly available hand sanitizers contain alcohol – and alcohol is indeed quite effective at killing both bacteria and viruses. It is also harsh on the skin – remember how it stung when mom would “disinfect” our cuts and scrapes with alcohol?
Not only is alcohol harsh on healthy skin, it is also flammable.That’s right, it can catch fire and burn – as one Florida man discovered. That man spent 3 weeks in hospital receiving skin grafts for burns suffered after he spilled hand sanitizer on himself and it ignited.
Most hand sanitizers also contain perfumes – which many people can be sensitive to.
Other hand sanitizers may be alcohol-free, but they contain the chemical triclosan – which was first registered with the EPA as a pesticide in 1969. While it might be marginally effective as an antimicrobial, it is being found to have thyroid and hormone-disruptive effects.
That might be an acceptable trade-off (to some people – not to us!) if the stuff actually worked – but it turns out that triclosan is not really very effective. Even the FDA is questioning the use of the antimicrobial chemical triclosan and warning of it’s dangers, as is explained in the recent Reuters news article FDA Questions The Use Of Antibacterial Soaps.
So – your choices; you can slather yourself with alcohol and hope you don’t have any little paper cuts (ouch!) and hope no one lights a cigarette or strikes a spark near you, and hope you are not sensitive to the perfumes, or you can use a pesticide that really doesn’t work all that well but can harm your thyroid and mess with your hormone balance. What a choice!
Or, you can use Mother Nature’s antimicrobial – silver.
Colloidal silver has long been recognized as a first class antibacterial – up until the advent of “modern” synthetic antibiotics it was the “go-to” treatment of choice for ancient healers dealing with difficult infections. Even today it is still the first choice as a topical treatment for burns.
We have written about the use of silver before – Silver – The Antibiotic Of Our Ancestors.
We are so impressed with the usefulness of silver that we carry tubes of silver gel with us when we travel – we use it as hand sanitizer, without the harsh alcohol or dangerous chemicals.
ASAP 365 – 24 ppm Silver Gel is a highly effective, safe, everyday, natural healing alternative to chemical-laced hand sanitizers.
Dr. Myatt recommends colloidal silver gel both for it’s valuable effects in soothing and healing damaged skin and for daily use as a non-toxic hand sanitizer. This gel rubs in quickly and easily, is non-greasy, and contains no perfumes or dangerous chemicals. It is a valuable addition to a natural first-aid kit for treating minor burns, wounds, fungal and bacterial infections – there are even those who swear by colloidal silver fir the treatment of “Cold Sores” and “Fever Blisters”, and scientific research supports their belief in it’s effectiveness!
ASAP 365 Silver Gel, with it’s non-prescription strength of 24 ppm (parts per million) is gentle enough for everyday use and safe even when used multiple times daily, while being potent enough to be highly effective as an antimicrobial hand sanitizer. This 1.5 fl oz tube is perfect for purse or pocket and is a must-have for your natural first aid kit.
ASAP 365 – 24 ppm Silver Gel can be found here.
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