safeHands Supports Global Hope India

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July 7, 2016

Dear Safe Hands,

Thank you for your contribution of alcohol free hand sanitizer to Global Hope India! Your supplies will directly benefit orphans and vulnerable children and adults in India.

A short-term team of volunteers will take the donated supplies and distribute them in cooperation with GHI’s partners. These Indian partners serve local populations with limited access to healthcare services and supplies.

GHI believes that we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others. Your donation empowers our partners in India to bless others by meeting practical needs as they work to empower and train the next generation of leaders.

We are in the process of making a contribution page of every that has donated, and hope to put your organization on that page. If you would like a tax- deducible receipt, than email me the amount spent on the products and we will get one to you. For tax information, please see below. We are so grateful for your contribution and hope to partner with you again!

Sincerely,
Sarah Hitchings
Public Health Intern

Don’t Touch Your Nose, Eyes or Mouth (And A Couple Of Other Places)

Any of your mucus membranes can allow germs to get into your body – sometimes with disasterous results.

The more I think about it, the more I don’t want to use my hands or fingers to touch my eyes, mouth or nasal area.

I am becoming numb to how many people simply don’t wash their hands coming out of bathrooms, after they touch raw meat or sneeze. It makes me gag; as it should make you do as well, even if isn’t a pleasant reflex.

And that’s the reason I use a hand sanitizer. Some people stare at my wife and I when we go to a restaurant and pump the alcohol-free hand sanitizer safeHands® after we touch the menu. I’ve have more than one friend/acquaintance/co-worker/stranger look askance when viewing us do what simply seems the right thing to do.

Are they judging us as germ-o-phobes? It seems likely.

And we don’t care.

Just think about how many people use that menu in the course of a day? Perhaps hundreds touch it. And that’s after they’ve (perhaps) been to the bathroom without thoroughly washing their paws, if at all.

Sometimes your kids actually use a restaurant menu. Well, how about giving little Emma or Liam a squirt or two of safeHands®…it seems so simple.

But perhaps you are afraid of actually being seen by someone you know who might think you’re some kind of germ-obsessive nut for doing this quite necessary task.

Now, more scenarios:

How about that door handle for that incredibly small rest room in an airplane? Or even the seat belt metal clasp you MUST use? Gag city.

Or, you’re on a cruise ship this summer or at a casino in Vegas, Atlantic City or some other place that has a license to steal your hard-earned money. You’re playing some game, or maybe using a slot machine. How many people TOUCHED those?

But wait, there’s more:

Buttons on candy or soda machines are touched by hundreds of people a day.

And let me remind you, your smartphone is a literal Petri dish of germs of all shapes and sizes.

That little stick they use at the checkout at your local supermarket to delineate where the person in front of you and your items end and begin. And they touched raw meat in many cases, or just came out of the incredibly disgusting supermarket/superstore bathroom.

I could go on and on; but I hope I’ve made my point. It is almost impossible for a human being to be totally germ-free 24/7.

If you do have a chance to wash your hands often with soap and water, good for you, as that’s quite effective.

I can’t resist commenting on just one more thing:

I just read a story about how health care workers (including doctors) stop washing their hands as their shift dwindles. Really? You just touched your patients; some in isolation wards with an infectious disease, and you didn’t at least wash your hands? I ain’t making this up.

So using a hand sanitizer is at least an option. And use an alcohol-free sanitizer. Alcohol dries your hands (ask any nurse), is flammable and quite a number of people abuse it by DRINKING it!

I suggest you use the non-toxic foam-based safeHands® (which kills 99.99 percent of germs) as your alcohol-free alternative to versions with ethanol as their main ingredient.

Please sign the petition to end the practice of selling alcohol-based sanitizers to minors. Together, we will let the FDA know that YOU want it banned. Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/kMEDyg

Feel free to share this blog with parents just like you.

Together, we will spread the word, not the germs.

BE BIG!

safeHands Makes a Sizeable Donation of Alcohol Free Sanitizer to Global Hope India

 

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Global Hope India is a non-profit that connects global partners with the 500k unreached villages in India and provides the infrastructure and training that establishes measurable change and lasting hope.

Over 75% of India’s 1.21 billion people suffer in rural, undeveloped villages. Many are without clean drinking water, sanitation, food, electricity, education, or medical care. An estimated 900,000 people die each year as a result of drinking unclean water or breathing polluted air.

The children who survive must grow up in a hopeless life of dehumanizing poverty.  Forty percent of children under three are malnourished. Over half of the world’s 53M orphans live in India. Of India’s 400M children under age fifteen, thirty five million are orphans, eleven million are abandoned, and three million live on the streets.

Diarrhea-related illnesses causes malnutrition and dehydration, and unfortunately many of the children in the orphanage that they provide for are malnourished. One simple solution is hand-washing, which is not possible without soap or hand sanitizer. Diarrhea-related illnesses are actually the second leading cause of death for children under five, and it is preventable!

safeHands LLC, under the direction of CEO Dr. Jay Reubens (Dr. J) , has decided to help support the cause. From its beginning, safeHands’ mission has been to protect consumers and give them non-toxic solutions for smart healthcare. His company will make a generous product donation for the people of India.

Dr. J’s passion is to educate the masses both domestically and internationally about the importance of hand washing and the use of safe and effective hand sanitizers.

To learn more about the importance of alcohol-free hand sanitizers, please visit safeHands.com and momsadvocatingss.com.

SIGN THE PETITION BELOW The War Against Alcohol Hand Sanitizers (Can Be Your War Too)

sign_petitionI was in the hospital twice within the last couple of weeks. Both were related to a stubborn urinary tract infection. I was on pain meds, and antibiotics.

Then there were doctors, nurses, aides and technicians all scrambling to make me feel better.

One thing crossed my mind as I was poked and prodded while in the hospital was the fact that I only saw a couple nurses use a hand sanitizer before getting to my bed. NONE of the techs did.

My hearing is still good enough to know when someone entering my room has not washed their hands just before touching me.

I had the audacity to ask if they did. Just ONE said they washed their hands before entering my room.

Now if you’ve followed my blog, you know that I had MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) after surgery; a tale that ended up lasting over five years. I’m chapter 3 in this book. http://superbugthebook.com/

Now read this quick story. It’ll make your knees weak.

I will go to my grave fighting the ignorance and totally unnecessary spread of superbugs through proper hand washing, along with the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizers like safeHands®.

When I asked the nurses that did use hand sanitizer if it dried-out their hands, they all said, “Yes!”

So why would their hospital choose to use a product that nurses (and likely other hospital workers) don’t like to use BECAUSE it dries their hands; leaving them cracked and open for bacteria to hide?

Big Money.

It’s all about money and marketing.

We have the power to be our OWN marketers, by making the US FDA wake up to this nightmare.

M.A.S.S. (Moms Advocating Safe Sanitizers) http://www.momsadvocatingss.com/ started a new petition at Change.org to not allow ALCOHOL-based hand sanitizers to be sold to minors. BAN alcohol sanitizers to children!

I believe that if the public insists on allowing children under the age of 18 to purchase those products, sometimes with the intent on DRINKING it to get high—then the least we can do it make it a hard as possible for minors to be able to get it.

But everyone screams when their precious child ends up in the ER due to alcohol poisoning. Then it’s too late.

The goal is to make alcohol-based sanitizers available only BEHIND the counter at retail stores. Presently, anyone (even underage) can walk into any store and buy as much of those products as want. Nobody bats an eye.

Do a Google search and look up the countless stories of alcohol poisoning and those products bursting into flames. It is made with ETHANOL—some with over 70% alcohol!!!

So here’s what we want you to do.

Take less than 3 minutes of your day to sign this petition which is directed at the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) to tell them YOU want to have them BAN Alcohol Hand Sanitizers for Children.

Without your support, we can’t beat the BIG MONEY that is spent to promote products that can potentially KILL KIDS!

As a parent, if that doesn’t resonate with you, nothing will.

I can scream it from the highest mountaintop; but unless we get some help from Moms (and dads) like you nationwide, your kids could be in mortal danger.

Help support this movement by visiting M.A.S.S. (Mothers Advocating Safe Sanitizers.)

Together, we can make this happen.

Now it’s your turn.

Spread the word, not the germs.

BE BIG!

DEMAND ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZERS BE BANNED TO MINORS (AND ONLY SOLD BEHIND THE COUNTER FOR ADULTS)

I suppose you saw that the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (F.D.A.) recently ordered E-Cigarettes, pipes, cigars and hookah tobacco be banned for anyone under the age of 18 nationwide. 

While the liquid used for E-Cigarettes (vapor) can be purchased without nicotine in it, the liquids with nicotine are the now the most frequently used way kids under 18 get the drug—more than tobacco cigarettes.

But I’m not here to pontificate about that F.D.A. mandate; although it is the right thing to do.

However with that ruling, NOW is the time for the F.D.A. to urgently mandate a ban of the sale of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to anyone under 18.

And with that ban, the F.D.A. needs to make those alcohol-based hand sanitizers available only BEHIND the counter.

Some of you may be wondering why this must happen—because most people think hand sanitizer is just lotion for the hands.

Here are some sobering stories.

Just one 2 ounce bottle of alcohol sanitizing gel is the equivalent of six shots of vodka or 140 proof! A one ounce bottle of Vodka is only 70 proof.

And the kids that can purchase alcohol-based hand products KNOW that it is a way to get a buzz—without having to go to a liquor store. There is research showing that alcohol-based sanitizer can be absorbed into the skin, causing issues for unsuspecting children and even adults.

Alcohol poisoning is causing thousands of trips to the ER yearly due to this fairly new problem. 

As a result of this disturbing crisis, the Scandinavian country of Sweden has taken alcohol laden gel hand sanitizers off the shelves (over the counter) and secured them behind the counter to at least attempt to take steps toward saving family catastrophes.

The U.S. F.D.A. must act with urgency to ban the sale of those products completely to minors, just like they did with E-Cigarettes, and mandate stores only sell hand sanitizers containing alcohol as their main ingredient behind the counter.

I will be soon be announcing a way that YOU can make YOUR voice heard; not only to the F.D.A., but to your U.S. Congressmen and women, and even state government to make this ban a reality.

Parents—your kids safety is at stake. We cannot sit back and wait for someone else to make noise.

I will be your leader in this mission; and I will not stop talking about this until the banning of alcohol-based sanitizers for minors is a reality—along with the secondary mission to make those products for purchase only behind the counter.

The other day, my wife and I were inside of a local COSTCO store’s pharmacy department. Lo and behold, the alcohol-based hand sanitizer was already BEHIND the counter. I am not sure yet that this is a chain-wide decision or just a local one. But either way, please look in stores that YOU frequent and see where they place those flammable, potentially toxic products.

If they are NOT behind the counter, make it your mission to ask them to do it voluntarily.

Together, we WILL prevail to make this happen across the country.

There ARE alternatives to those products, including safeHands®, the non-toxic alcohol-free hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs. Learn more here. www.safeHands.com

Feel free to share this blog with parents just like you.

Together, we will spread the word, not the germs.

BE BIG!

Blow Dryers Worse Than Paper Towels

I was inside a local ginormous warehouse club the other day. After I had exhausted myself staring at what seemed like 40 500-inch TV screens, packages of 24 gel pens for $14.99, large clear plastic containers filled with 1,398 ounces of salted cashews, pieces of meat that only a lion could eat and elderly workers handing out samples of off-beat food products I would likely never eat, I had to use the restroom.

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the hand blow-dryers in some restrooms. Call me weird, but I like the noise.

I’ve traveled this country by car a lot, encountering some of these devices that barely spit out enough air to dry a couple of drops of water. Others have had so much wind-power it almost blew me across the room.

In the ginormous warehouse club, I encountered a new kind of hand dryer—the kind where you stick your hands into a thin slot with what seems like hurricane-force winds, drying not only your hands but those of the eight guys behind you.

Later, I was checking my smartphone for news and found a story saying that some new studies suggest hot air hand-drying devices are more harmful than using paper towels in restrooms.

The story said how you dry your hands can be just as important as washing your hands.

The basic finding was that those jet-like blasts of air can blow viruses, fungi and bacteria several yards into the air, only to be breathed-in or landing back on your skin surface. When the machines blow them back into the air, it hastens the process of these organisms landing on your skin or clothing; It can enable the illness-causing pathogens to find a quicker way inside your body via your mucous membranes.

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In theory, the very types of microbes you want to get rid of on your hands when you use soap and water, can then be blown around the room, landing back on your skin or in your lungs.

The article suggested that paper towels may be better for you after all. But there is still danger, as those paper dispensers are not necessarily the cleanest devices. If you have to use a crank to get the towels to come down through a slot, that handle could be laden with unmentionables, making washing your hands in the first place moot!

So what should you do? Bring along an alcohol-free hand sanitizer wherever you go. I use safeHands® and it’s never far from either my pocket or my wife’s handbag. It’s impossible to be totally germ-free. But why risk the danger, if (after washing your hands) the way you DRY your hands isn’t the most sanitary?

Use an alcohol-free product like safeHands® so you don’t have dry skin caused by alcohol filled brands of sanitizers. The result of using alcohol can cause bacteria to sneak into cracks in your skin and make a home.

We have the data to back-up the facts about the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizers vs. the potential dangers of using sanitizers WITH alcohol.

Purchase safeHands® here.  Or, find a store near you that has safeHands®.

Next time, I’ll focus on the fact that you may be washing your hands all wrong.

Feel free to share these blogs with other parents. Also, please suggest topics you’d like me to write about regarding the hygienic safety of you and your family.

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be Safe and BE BIG!

What Lurks In That Locker Room Or Gym?

Ah…the smell of green grass.

The baseball fields are geared up for spring play. The outdoor tracks are ready for the running shoes. The tennis courts are waiting for those yellow balls (that Golden Retrievers also happen to love) to be volleyed. Golf courses are havens for people in spikes waiting impatiently to hit little white balls. And indoor gyms across our great land have their members sweating profusely on multitudes of machines. You get the idea.

But what those mentioned above have in common is locker rooms—possibly quite dangerous locker rooms.

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And why are they potentially dangerous? The prevalence of bacteria and quite possibly, plenty of it.

It has become so common for people to get quite ill due to potentially deadly superbugs that some people have resorted to wearing gloves when they work out at public gyms.

School sports almost always include locker rooms available for their athletes, as do tennis clubs, golf clubs, etc…

So how can you protect yourself and your kids from coming in contact with possibly deadly bacteria in these locations?

Hand washing and more hand washing. Plus, bring along an alcohol-free hand sanitizer like safeHands® after you do that hand washing.

It is likely you are presently more aware than non-readers of my blog. So, tell everyone you know that there are a myriad of bacteria lurking in places like these that we simply didn’t pay attention to—until now.

Think about it. You are coming in contact with the sweat (containing bacteria) on doors, handles and various buttons on machines via water droplets.

You are also touching things that people touch after going to the bathroom. You touch things that people sneeze or cough on. I know that’s a bit disgusting, but it does happen.

So why use alcohol-free hand sanitizers as opposed to those with ethanol as their main ingredient?  Read the science here. 

The most visible drawback of those alcohol laden products is the skin irritation experienced by some individuals who use them frequently. The redness, dryness, and irritation suffered by some individuals are more than just a nuisance – skin that is rough or even cracked provides a shelter for germs. For these individuals, the alcohol-based sanitizers may become less effective over time.

Some studies have indicated that alcohol-based sanitizers do not produce a long-term persistence of activity, and that repeated use of the product degrades its antimicrobial effectiveness, as germs become trapped in dry skin.

You do have a choice in which type of hand sanitizing products to utilize. I choose not to use alcohol in my sanitizer. I choose safeHands®. Buy it here. 

So remember the next time you find yourself in a locker room, gym or even on the playing fields, shower—or at least wash your hands—before wiping your eyes or putting any fingers near your mouth or other mucous membranes.

And especially watch those open wounds (scratches included) that come in contact with public machines, playing surfaces and locker rooms.

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be Safe and BE BIG!

Wash New Clothes Before Wearing

It wasn’t until my wife Andrea told me not to put on new clothes before washing that I realized just how disgusting a practice it is. Then, of course, I looked it up and my eyes almost popped out of my head like the cartoon characters Ren & Stimpy after reading why she was totally correct.

If you just read that article you too now understand just how many gross organisms lurk in clothes that haven’t been washed. The one that was near and dear to my heart was the MRSA superbug, which I suffered with too many times I wish to remember. And that ain’t all.

How about hepatitis A, traveler’s diarrhea, norovirus, yeast infections, salmonella, and streptococcus? These could be in the pair of jeans you try on at your favorite department or clothing store.

Is this enough to change your mind? I hope so. And with this being “International MRSA Testing Week” (April 1st -7th), I thinks it’s a good time to remind you of just how important good hygiene practices truly are.

Yes, there is a group out there called the MRSA Survivors Network.  It’s needed due to the still alarming rates of MRSA due partly to the overuse of antibiotics.

This sounds like a contradiction. The more you get rid of bacteria, the more those little bugs find a way to mutate and do an end run around antibiotics that can kill them. Ask your doctor for a more detailed explanation. Your doc will likely tell you it’s why he or she doesn’t prescribe antibiotics the way they used to. As a parent, I will wager that you insisted your child have an antibiotic when you brought them to the pediatrician because that’s what was drummed into your head your entire life.

It turns out that doctors now know that the overuse of antibiotics can have a detrimental effect on fighting certain bacteria.

So how does this pertain to washing clothes before you wear an item? Easy. When you try on ANY clothing items, just think for a moment about all of the possible people who tried it on before you did. Oh…and don’t forget shoes and sandals can contain various fungus and germs.

Yeah, if your imagination is as fertile and mine, you now realize why it’s so necessary. I want to wash the clothing items three or four times before I wear them now that I am aware.

So here’s my tip of the week: get a bottle of safeHands® alcohol-free hand sanitizer, and take it with you so you can clean your hands after each and every piece of clothing you put on. All safeHands® products kill MRSA and 99.99% of germs.

And when you get home, take a shower as you simply don’t know who has what—or what they didn’t do when they tried it on! Yuck. I’m only looking after your well-being. And make your kids do the same if they enter one of those try-on cubicles.

You can purchase safeHands here.

In my next Big Blog, I’ll remind you of the dangers lurking in school locker rooms and even playing fields, now that spring sports are in full swing in your kids’ district.

Feel free to share these blogs with other parents. I’d love to hear your stories about how you use safeHands®, or if you have any questions. We have the data to back-up the facts about the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizers vs. the potential dangers of using sanitizers WITH alcohol.

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be Safe and BE BIG!

Ma, I Don’t Feel So Good

The dreaded phrase heard by every mom, “Ma, I don’t feel so good.”

Moms are hearing that expression uttered a lot during these late winter/early spring days in many parts of the U.S.A.

One of the latest areas to be hard hit by the norovirus is in Florida, at the Citrus Cove Elementary School.

140 kids at this came down with symptoms of norovirus and stayed out of school recently. The school’s population is about 1,100 students. That’s 12.72% of the Boynton Beach school’s student body in one day not learning anything but the location of the toilet bowl and bed.

It was so bad; the Florida Department of Health had to get involved, determining that it indeed was norovirus that the children experienced.

So naturally, the local TV stations sent their “Kids in Peril” team out to check it out.

And what did we learn from these “Breaking News” stories? The thing I’ve been trying to drum into anyone’s head who will listen. WASH YOUR HANDS.

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And then use safeHands® alcohol free hand sanitizer to keep your hands as clean as possible. No hand sanitizer can stop norovirus; including the products WITH alcohol as their prime ingredient.

But it takes situations like this one for parents to remind themselves they MUST teach their kids about hygiene and washing hands before you eat, after you eat, and in between to use a hand sanitizer like safeHands to at least kill 99.99% of the bacteria that can be on human skin.

If you look on our safeHands® website, you’ll see there are products specifically designed just for kids. You can obtain them here.

Why does it take over 100 kids coming down with norovirus in one school on one day to remind us about the dangers of the simple task of washing hands? It beats me!

Parents, it is your responsibility to teach your kids this very basic premise when they are very young, and drive the point home constantly. Of course, kids must get sick at times in order to build up the immune system to viruses and bacteria. But why put so many kids through norovirus when it can be prevented.

And adults, I want you to read this carefully. If you don’t wash your hands regularly—especially if you handle food—you must wash your hands as often as you can. To keep your skin from drying, use safeHands® as it won’t dry your skin like other products filled with alcohol.

Thank goodness for spring break as the Citrus Grove Elementary School got a good cleaning by scrubbing and sanitizing places in the school that were used by virtually all students. But if MY kids went there, I’d expect the entire school to be cleaned and sanitized from TOP to BOTTOM before I’d let my child return after spring break; so you don’t have to hear the words, “Ma, I don’t feel so good.”

Spread the word. Not the germs!

Be BIG!

 

 

 

Mom, I’d Like You To Meet Elizabethkingia Anophelis

The name Elizabethkingia Anophelis is becoming all too well known in some parts of the U.S.A. Health officials are looking for the source of this mysterious infection; particularly in southern Wisconsin.

According to a newspaper account, this kind of bacteria is connected to 18 deaths and 44 cases of infection in that section of Wisconsin recently, with six cases announced between just before New Year’s Eve and the first five days of 2016.

So in addition to the norovirus that is spreading through some parts of the country, we now have to look out for Elizabethkingia Anophelis. At the time of this writing, it has only been found in southern Wisconsin. It’s being discovered in hospitals, nursing homes or assisted living locations or via skilled nursing services.

So you know, this strain of bacteria’s symptoms include: bacterial skin infections like cellulitis, chills, fever and shortness of breath. In order to have confirmation that a person has this type of bacteria, people need to have lab tests.

It appears that health care officials are reluctant to report this type of situation, for fear of panic occurring. But they must weigh the delicate balancing act of telling people, or trying to deal with it behind a curtain of silence.

Let’s hope that now that it has been uncovered by good journalists, the message will be quickly absorbed by people who might be at risk. And that is mostly elderly people in hospitals and the other locations mentioned above. Elizabethkingia Anophelis is resistant to a good amount of the antibiotics doctors use to take on infections; making early detection critical, and by making the right choice of antibiotics by doctors in a timely manner.

And yes, it was named after a bacteriologist named Elizabeth O. King who stumbled upon it back in 1959. So much for happy days!
How do we, as the general public, protect ourselves from things like this?

Wash your hands. And that goes for patients, visitors and health workers in any kind of health care facility.

How does this apply to you and your family? I think awareness is the key. Clean facilities and clean hands are SO important. Sometimes I think we forget just HOW important clean hands can make the difference between good health and possibly deadly germs.

And that’s why, whenever I wash my hands, I virtually always add the foaming NON-Alcohol hand sanitizing product safeHands®. It kills 99.99% of bacteria on the skin. It won’t dry your skin out like an alcohol-based product; and safeHands moisturizes as it sanitizes. Plus, if there happens to be an open flame nearby—like from a lighter or even a gas stove, it won’t ignite because it contains no alcohol.

Now that you’ve met Elizabethkingia Anophelis, say hello to safeHands NON-Alcohol hand sanitizing products. Just in case.

Click now to get safeHands. 

Spread the word. Not the germs.
Be SAFE and BE BIG!