The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to be concerned that our germaphobia is creating a far more dangerous situation than the one we are theoretically trying to prevent. With the rising use of antibacterial household cleaners we are creating super germs, which are becoming more and more resistant to our efforts to rid ourselves of them. We are also killing the beneficial bacteria we need to maintain a healthy environment.
Antibacterial cleaners were originally developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, but have since been marketed aggressively for home use with substantial success. Most households use antibacterial products with regularity even though no one in the home is ill. The CDC has repeatedly said that there is no scientific evidence that shows that the use of antibacterial cleaners have any significant effect on the reduction of illnesses in a family over that of ordinary soap and water.
We are also seeing more bacteria resistant to antibiotics as well. We tend to think that every time we become ill the doctor should prescribe a miracle in the form of a pill or shot which will cure us instantly. This has led to the over use of antibiotics which in turn is creating resistant strains of bacteria.
With the rise in incidences of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylcoccus aureus (cMRSA) we are seeing evidence that the super bug issue is a real one.
Can we be too clean? Apparently we can.
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