What is the reality, and how is it getting to kids?
Here in the USA, for more than a decade, the makers of Purell hand sanitizer have been touting that regular use of their product really does eliminate flu and germs with absolutely no adverse effects. They even tell me so publicly (you can read it here ). This is in clear violation of the FDA guidelines for medical devices (click here to read). This blog post is going to explain their blatant disregard for those guidelines and their disregard for the public; and I’m sure in the past I’ve said things that got both of us in trouble and ultimately forced us to change what we were saying publicly and what we were doing. The current guidelines: From the FDA:
All claims about the efficacy and safety of a medical product or procedure (i.e. any product, procedure, or drugfor the purpose of preventing, treating, or preventing infection) (i.e., the fact that a medicine, device, or other intervention is able to prevent, treat, or manage infection) are not scientific statements and should not be used to indicate the strength or absence of effect of a medicine, device, or other intervention during any circumstance. The word”proving” does notmeanthat the product hasn’t been evaluated. The product needs to be evaluated to determine if it has the ability to prevent, treat, or prevent infection. Testing can occur even if a product does not demonstrate resistance to a medication(for example, because an individual doesn’t have the specific genetic mutation that makes a particular drug effective in someone who has the condition). Testing doesn’t have to happen if the product does not demonstrate resistance against the same medication in an uncontrolled setting. So why are the makers of Purell marketing their products as preventing and preventing influenza? It is quite simple in fact.. Purell is not antibacterial as advertised - it is probably a “bactericide” and a chemical that kills bacteria. When Purell is used on your skin, the surface layer is actually a chemical that kills any bacteria with it. The chemical is called benzalkonium chloride. Why is that a problem? Because at some point in the natural world, bacteria develop ways of using benzalkonium chloride instead of their natural antimicrobial agents. Most people have never encountered benzalkonium chloride (and it is highly toxic in large concentrations), because it is almost never on store shelves. Purell is not antibacterial - it is probably a “bactericide” and a chemical that kills bacteria. We know this because you will never see this product at your local pharmacy but the most current information is out there on Google and on some websites I just linked above (we aren’t using the word “imitative” to talk about the information the manufacturers have given us.) When I was a kid there was nothing I could do about hand sanitizers containing benzalkonium chloride which I found out was something called benzuridine, which is an ingredient in a number of antibiotics and it causes a very strange kind of liver failure. I have this link to a paper that explains it - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9457546. The paper goes on to say - This appears to be a new, unique mechanism for benzuridine’s action which means, if you use this substance, it most likely causes a variety of side effects that have not previously been observed. And yes they do say it is a carcinogen and mutagenic! To prove that a product works and a product doesn’t would be difficult. The actual testing of such claims is still a secret even now; The FDA hasn’t done any testing on how harmful they actually are to children and not doing that means that the manufacturers of such products are using the same kind of scare tactics that most people were exposed to as children and are hoping we’ll all be so dumb that we will think they are good for us. The FDA has also taken several steps to prevent the marketing of these products to children by banning them from being sold in pharmacies. Purell does make it much more difficult and expensive for kids who want to learn how to use it. It’s more difficult for kids who are starting on a daily course, in which we want them to learn how to stay on track to succeed. It’s not as simple as a drop-in. You have to go to the kids to learn how to use something that should be fun and easy. And then there is still the fact that no one should feel guilty when their kids learn that they can’t use a health product in a dangerous fashion and, they’re also putting themselves or, more importantly, young adults and the rest of our whole population at risk. How does a child know they might use it?
Most kids haven’t thought about it at all. No one really has any idea all of the ways it can go wrong. And when a child does learn to use the product,