FuzzyKitten: Antibacterial Madness

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    I bought a pack of pens today. They are Papermate Flexgrip Elites. On the package it said that they have "Anti-Bacterial Pen Protection."

    Seriously. Anti-bacterial pens. Wow.
     
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    LMAO :) Marketing schemes...have gone buggy. :)
     
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    A great way to encourage the mutation of more medication resistant bacteria.
    Does anyone have any idea how dangerous this is?
     
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    Nope - or they do but don't care because a LOT of people are germophobes.
     
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    I don't see how the soap could do this being they aren't any better than regular soap. I thought that came from the over use of antibiotics.
     
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    The more germs are exposed to "anti-bacterials", the easier it is for them to mutate into a form that is immune to the medicines we currently use to save lives with.
     
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    Oh.
     
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    uhhh...now they have gone too far. Are they gonna start sanitizing money and credit cards now?? :rolleyes:

    I try not to buy anti-bacterial stuff because it is essentially a pesticide that is in that stuff. And you have an immune system for a reason-let it get some practice. You're not even supposed to use anitbacterial anything on baby stuff that has the slightest chance of getting to the baby's mouth or on their hands because the antibacterial agent leaves a poisonous residue. I learned this from my aunt who is an anesthesiologist at the U of M hospital. Even the hospitals are sticking to steam/heat sterilization, because the antibacterial stuff is starting to lead to super-bugs that aren't affected by them any longer.

    Soap and water is all that is needed. Disinfectants are used very sparingly if at all.
     
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    What actually happens is that some microbes are resistant to the anti-bacterial (or antibiotic) substances, and some aren't. The ones that are survive to reproduce. This is how we are breeding a drug-resistant microbial population.
     
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    Hummmmm..I’m on a different page I guess. My understanding of the potential harm of anti-bacterial soaps is their effectiveness. We need some bacteria on our hands that are transferred into our body that will enhance our immune system. That makes the constant use of anti-bacterial soap a danger. Without this natural process we become more susceptible to illness.
     

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