Why You Should NOT be Using Hand Sanitizers


34 years ago I had a month long bout with antibiotic resistant pneumonia. Had I not finally began responding to the IV super antibiotics they gave me I would have died. Not long after that I gave up dairy, wheat and soy…haven;t had an infection since. BUT it could happen to you, please minimize your use of antibiotics unless YOUR LIFE IS AT RISK! We do not need to be germ free, we build an immune system through exposure to a germ filled environment. Children nowadays have compromised immune system, in part because most are malnourished, and because we keep them so darn clean!

The concern about superbugs centers around a chemical ingredient found in many antibacterial products called triclosan. Triclosan is not found in most hand sanitizers, but it is found in many antibacterial hand soaps and cleansers.

Recent studies have found that the chemical may alter the way hormones work in the body, according to the Federal Drug Administration, and may also contribute to “bacterial resistance to antibiotics” or superbugs. Triclosan is not considered an essential ingredient for many products and its use is currently under review by the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Soap and water is generally the best option – It’s best to wash hands with soap and water when you can, according to the CDC.  Studies show that soap and water are more effective than sanitizers at removing certain types of germs, including norovirus, the highly contagious virus often called the “stomach flu.”

Millie’s One a Day

Today is a very simple one- MOVE!

I know, I know…who has time to make it to the gym, right?

I realized decades a go when I was a single mom with 5 kids, that bicycle riding, gym visits and running were off the table…couldn’t get away.  And by the time you get ready, go to class, get back home…that 45 minute workout turned into a hour an a half time commitment!  And we were told for years that we had to get out heart rate up and sustain it for us to offer us any cardiovascular benefits.  That simply isn’t true.  Any movement, a degree of exercise is great..and you reap benefits.

For 25 years now I have practiced yoga and weight lifting.  BUT, my main sources of aerobic exercise is dancing, hula hooping, gardening, yard work, standing 8 to 10 hours a day (I am a Chef and author, I use a standing desk).

Several times a day, and every evening I take a break, turn on some kick ass music (BB King, Peter Gabriel, Keb’ Mo, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner are some faves) and I dance like crazy!  I also usually follow yoga with hula hooping with a 7 pound hula hoop. I also go several times a week and swing at the park.  And remember that sex, if done with enough enthusiasm, is a great workout!!

So get off the couch, and simply move, have fun…you’ll be healthier for it!  You’ll sleep better, aid digestion, stave off depression, oxygenate the body (a great cancer preventative)…and enjoy life more!