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Your Views: Antibacterial products pose risks if used daily

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March 22, 2014

Nobody likes getting sick, and no parent likes to watch a child get sick. To try to avoid it, many people have turned to antibacterial soaps and cleaning products to kill the bacteria that cause disease and keep themselves and their families healthy. It seems logical, and is undoubtedly well-intentioned, but it’s actually one of the worst things you can do for yourself and your family.

When you use these products, they kill most of the bacteria, both good and bad. The key word there is “most.” The 0.01 percent of bacteria left over is very strong. With the rest of the bacteria killed off, the resistant bacteria no longer have any competition and multiply rapidly. This is part of the reason we are now finding antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases that used to be curable with antibiotics.

Though these products have their benefits in certain situations, such as when people know they have been exposed to serious amounts of bacteria, these products aren’t something meant to be used every day.

Our bodies are built to withstand everyday bacteria, but just as we sag if we don’t work out our muscles, without exposure to everyday bacteria, our immune systems fail to combat disease. Parents or simply concerned citizens who want to keep themselves and their families healthy should make the choice to keep antibacterial products out of their homes and out of their lives.

ALLISON BRADLEY

Delavan



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