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THE PERFECT STORM FOR GERMS

I am always looking out for you and your kids safety when it comes to germs and hygiene.

First let me make you laugh.

This may teach you NOT to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Some alleged intruder got into an elderly couples home in Oregon and proceeded to shave his head – with alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead of shaving cream.  Why the nerve of some people!

With all of that alcohol in it, that HAD to sting. The oaf SHOULD have at least used safeHands® NON-alcohol hand sanitizer!

Cops caught their alleged perpetrator.

When you stop shaking your head, begin to wrap your mind around staying healthy during this upcoming cold and flu season.

So you know NO hand sanitizer can stop viruses.

And antibiotics do NOTHING to halt viruses; only bacterial infections – and even that has had issues because of the use of antibiotics too often.

In most parts of the nation, we are going to have a colder winter season according to many reports

Other areas will have more precipitation as well. Oh joy.

Now what does all this mean to your health?

Staying in closed quarters (homes, work, stores, schools, dorms, etc…) because of cold and inclement weather can cause germs (and viruses) to be spread more easily; staying on hard surfaces used over and over again by all of us.

Subsequently, when you wipe your nose, eyes or mouth with the very hands that TOUCH those germ-infested surfaces, chances are you can get sick.

So what should you do? Wash your dang hands – often.

Then, use a NON-ALCOHOL hand sanitizer like safeHands® brand, the non-toxic and non-flammable product.

Disregard the mention of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in this memo to college students,  but pay attention to the rest of it to prevent colds and flu this season.

There are so many ways to protect you and your loves ones. But you actually have to work at it. Germs and viruses are everywhere.

In addition to the colder weather, it is also football season. Here are some logical ways to keep yourself safe if you will be enjoying some delicious tailgating.

As a precaution, I carry a small bottle of safeHands® with me everywhere I go because – while I may be careful about keeping my hands clean – some people simply forget, or do not care about good hygiene. Look around you. You see it every day.

The difference is I have begun saying something to guys in the restroom when I see they do not wash their hands. And to people who work with food who do not clean their hands after touching money and resuming touching food I consume. One day, I expect a sock in jaw for not minding my own business.

But what they do not know is that I was nearly deathly ill because a healthcare worker did not correctly clean their hands before examining me after surgery.

I ended up with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA (a hospital acquired staph infection)  too many times over the course of five years. It is not fun folks.

So stay safe INSIDE and OUTSIDE during this season by washing your hands often, and using safeHands® brand NON-ALCOHOL hand sanitizer. Read the science behind why safeHands® works to kill 99.9% of germs. 

Here is how you get YOUR hands on safeHands®

Spread the word, not the germs.

Contact me anytime at BigJaySorensen@gmail.com.

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Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Are Flammable And Toxic!

Here is the proof of what I have been saying for years about hand sanitizers that contain alcohol: They are FLAMMABLE and can be TOXIC.

A woman went into the office of Chicago-area Congressman Danny Davis and grabbed a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, drank from it, poured it on her body and THEN set herself on FIRE. A worker at the office grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Read this incredible story here. 

The fascinating thing about this narrative, at least on its first go around in the news cycle, was that the Congressman seemed more interested in making this incident a mental-health issue.

I can understand that, somewhat, as we see daily in most public places that there are many people in need of mental health treatment and they don’t always get it.

But for me, this incident (and others like it) is squarely about the availability of an easily available flammable substance (alcohol) as the main ingredient in those flammable sanitizing products that can be abused if ingested.

Look around you. Today, you see hand sanitizers everywhere.

And in the case of the story above, obviously, this alcohol-laden product was in plain sight in the lobby of a U.S. Congressman.

Of course, not everyone is going to drink it and then pour it on their body and ignite themselves.

But think about it. ANYONE (even children) can legally purchase hand sanitizers with alcohol as their prime ingredient in virtually any store in America!

And there are continuing stories about teens (and even younger kids)  drinking it to get drunk.

I am advocating a complete review by not only Congressman Davis but also the F.D.A. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) of the all too easy availability of hand sanitizers containing alcohol for the general public.

And I believe there should be a ban on all alcohol sanitizers being sold to minors.

The nation of Sweden has already put them behind the counters at their stores to help protect children.

Face it. We know that products that kill germs are usually a good thing. But perhaps we need to take a closer look at their availability if these alcohol-based products are to be in places where anyone can use them – sometimes for the wrong reasons. See my change.org petition to ask the F.D.A. to ban it for sale to children under 18. . Please sign this petition if you agree.

There IS an alternative called safeHands®, a non-toxic, non-flammable hand sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs, the same percentage as the alcohol sanitizing products. See the science behind safeHands® here. 

I would hope I am not the only person appalled by the news story at the beginning of this blog. And make no mistake, I hope the woman pulls through from this horrible incident, and gets the mental health help she needs.

We need to rethink the availability of a product that is KNOWN to be flammable, even in a government office.

You should use the non-flammable and non-toxic safeHands® brand of hand sanitizer instead…completely alcohol free! Buy it here. 

Reach me anytime if you agree or disagree about what I discuss at BigJaySorensen@gmail.com.

Spread the word, not the germs.

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Back-To-School Sickening Stories

In between reading news stories recently about some guy drinking a gallon-sized alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get drunk, the toxins spewing from the mouths of politicians and revolting water at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro with all of the water-based athletes given hand sanitizer – it’s enough to make me gag.

Up until 100 years ago, most people in the world did not know (or understand) why hygiene for hands was so important.

I am sure there are places on the globe that still don’t know.

Until the advent of antibiotics, if you got a very bad infection, you usually died.

That’s the main reason most people back-in-the-day didn’t live beyond their fifties or sixties. Ok, I’ll give you Ben Franklin; He reached age 84.

There was no way to wash hands in most workplaces, even if you worked hauling manure for a living.

But today, the only stories about hygiene that truly resonate with most of you (because how many of you are Olympians or running for President) are about how to keep your kids safe, in and out of your eyesight.

Every back-to-school season, there are slownews-day tips about what’s toxic in your home, including those same alcohol-laden flammable and potentially toxic hand sanitizing products.

And then there are these stories that you SHOULD pay attention to.

As colleges and some K-12 school districts are already back to school (and others across the country will be soon) I’ve also noticed a wave of stories bombarding the airwaves, newspapers (do they still exist?) and online news sites about sending your child to school safely with certain things included in their already too heavy backpacks, especially hand sanitizer.

Parents, please pay attention to those stories.

The only problem I have is that most print writers and TV story producers think the only type of hand sanitizer is made with alcohol.

We know that’s not the case with safeHands®, an alcohol-free alternative that doesn’t dry your hands that can lead to cracks that can harbor germs in skin. If you see stories that tout ALCOHOL-BASED hand sanitizers, contact the writers and tell them safeHands® IS the alternative.

I repeatedly tell you about why safeHands® should be your choice to stuff into that backpack when you send little Noah and Emma back to school in 2016. In case you haven’t seen it in my weekly blog, see the science here.

Add to that knowledge, there is an epidemic of children drinking alcohol-based sanitizers across the world. It will happen again this school year. Stop that in its tracks.

As a smart parent, you know NOT to send them to school with a toxic alcohol sanitizer. You will send them to acquire knowledge with safeHands® which is NON-TOXIC and includes a main ingredient that has been proven to kill 99.99% of germs.

Kids touch everything and don’t think about what can happen when they touch their eyes, nose or even put fingers in their mouths. Why do you think the absentee rate is as high as it is at some schools, even after the first week?

We will surely see news stories about that topic in the weeks and months ahead.

Prevention is so important.

See how you can purchase safeHands® here.

Spread the word, not the germs.

And keep sending me potential topics for me to write about at BigJaySorensen@gmail.com

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Don’t Touch That Doorknob or Shopping Cart Handle

During a bathroom run while visiting my local supermarket (the half-moldy produce aisles at this store usually have that effect on me), I noticed something odd on the inside of the door.

They gave two options to get out of the men’s room. One was the usual germ-infested door knob. The other was a piece of a U-shaped metal that allowed you to use your arm to open the heavy door.

At first I was stunned that someone was actually thinking about the safety of shoppers, but in the end, I liked the concept.

Face it. Many people don’t wash their hands after doing their business. I even wash my hands before I go.

Businesses that serve food must have a notice inside telling EMPLOYEES to wash their hands before returning to work. LOL.

Do they really think their employees thoroughly wash their hands before returning to work? Sometimes I see an employee put their hands under the water for a second or two, but to see them spend the recommended 30 seconds with soap and hot water is a pipe dream.

I found a story on the internet the other day that claimed a germ-ridden doorknob can infect an entire building in hours.

Magnify this by hundreds of people using one shopping cart in just a single day. Most markets have hundreds of carts. And they are gross.

Some businesses have sanitizing wipes available to clean the push handle of the cart, but others don’t.

Then, think of how many people use the bathroom, don’t wash their hands, and then touch the wagon. I use the terms shopping carts, basket and wagons to describe the four-wheeled things we push around a store. I have heard these devices called many things in different regions of the U.S.A.

Think of how many people touch meat packages and then use the handle on the basket.

Now remember how unsanitary some people can be when they touch a handle as I’ve described; and then touch their nose, wipe their eye, etc… It’s enough to make you hurl your lunch.

You CAN protect yourself against germs if you use a hand sanitizer; preferably the alcohol-free version called safeHands®. See the science here. 

Sanitizers that use alcohol as their main ingredient can dry your hands and make them more susceptible to cracks in the skin; allowing germs to hide there, making some people not want to use it.

On the contrary, safeHands® encourages repeated use, as this alcohol-free product initially kills 99.99% of germs, but testing also shows that its “kill-rate” is persistent and increases with repeated use. The safeHands® brand kills germs more persistently than alcohol because it preserves the skin’s natural oil, leaving hands smooth and soft.

Supermarkets (also called grocery stores in many areas of our nation) should think about giving each and every employee a bottle of safeHands® to carry with them.

And I would also recommend that YOU take one with you wherever you go – because you never know what is on that door handle or shopping cart.

To order safeHands® now, click here.

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SHOW ME YOUR HANDS

With that headline, you might think this is going to be some political rant about race and/or police issues.

But sit down and chillax please.

I don’t share my views about that publicly in print or social media. 

But I will share my views about how unclean our so-called civilized society can be.

You would think that most healthcare professionals would be more concerned about the cleanliness of their hands. I believe many do. But healthcare observers had to come up with a new way to monitor the cleanliness of hands, or lack thereof. This is a must-read. 

It’s heartening that someone finally came up with a way to see exactly which healthcare personnel take enormous care of the way they wash and sanitize their hands before and after they see patients—and the people who don’t. 

If you read the article linked above, you see that they used electronic monitoring of hand hygiene to show the real truth.

I am appalled that they even have to do that in the first place. You would think they ALL would know better.

Think again.

Show me YOUR hands!

If you look at statistics of how infectious diseases are acquired and where, you see just how pervasive this scourge has become. 

As a result, most healthcare facilities now have hand sanitizer dispensers every few feet. I guess they’re there to remind hospital employees that they should actually clean their hands. What a novel idea.  

The problem I see is those healthcare facilities are using the wrong kind of hand sanitizer. They get snookered into using alcohol-based formulations.

The big firms have almost become the de facto sanitizer. And with that, big money including big advertising budgets and agreements with the colossal healthcare giants to have their products displayed prominently.

But, alcohol is toxic. Everyone knows that, right? Wrong.

Alcohol or ethanol is flammable. Everyone knows that too, right? Apparently not!  

Alcohol can also be abused. And your teens know it can be consumed as a means to get a buzz, sometimes with tragic results. Are you aware of that?

Do yourself a favor if you are the parent of a teen or even pre-teen and do a google search about that topic.

And while I have your attention, please read my petition at change.org to get alcohol-based sanitizers banned for sale to minors. Sign the petition here. 

Given a choice, you may want to try a product that is scientifically proven to be just as effective but can’t potentially harm you—plus it feels good on your hands, without drying—unlike those alcohol sanitizers.

I recommend using the non-toxic, non-flammable, effective and totally alcohol-free hand sanitizer called safeHands®. It actually moisturizes as it sanitizes.

Add to that, safeHands® kills 99.99% of germs, just like those alcohol-based products, without the possible toxicity. See the science. 

If you work at a healthcare facility, doctor’s office or any setting that requires hand sanitizing, demand…yes, DEMAND they get rid of the alcohol-laced products.

If you are a nurse, doctor or any kind of aide, you already know that alcohol sanitizers dry your hands. DEMAND CHANGE.

Why on earth are you putting up with that nonsense?

Tell them you want safeHands®. Or, buy it yourself. Find out how to get safehands® here. 

Then, show me YOUR hands!

Spread the word, not the germs.

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Wash Hands And Use Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Before AND After Eating

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As Foghorn Leghorn would say, “Now hold on, I say hold on a minute. You mean we should all wash our hands, and use a hand sanitizer before AND after we eat? Why son, I say why?”

According to an “infection preventionist” in Ohio (a new category of people like me who truly want better hand hygiene) we need to be cautious about what we handle and how we sanitize our hands before we touch things, and subsequently as well.

The science comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention near Atlanta.

Before we eat, we want our hands to be as germ-free as achievable, so why not afterward as well?

The same logic applies to doing other everyday things, like feeding an infant or elderly person, putting in or taking out contact lenses and even going to the restroom.

Yes, I wash my hands before I use a men’s room. I head for the sink first, then do my thing, and wash them again when done.

Washing hands and using an alcohol-free hand sanitizer like safeHands® makes a lot of sense after touching a garbage bag, changing a diaper or touching raw meat and poultry products.

I have a sick feeling there are still people who only cleanse their hands if they can SEE certain “materials” on their paws.

If you work at a restaurant and toil with food products like vegetables and meat, you (hopefully) clean your hands before AND after coming in contact.

If you touch coins or paper currency and don’t wash your hands and then touch food, you will make me speak up. Food workers, Lord HELP you if I see you in a restaurant lavatory and you don’t wash your hands before you leave. Read this little article and you’ll surely get what I mean.

As a customer, I have gotten food workers FIRED for touching garbage, and then touching food, having not even given a second thought about washing their hands.

These things must be discussed by food managers before any of their employees touch food.

The same thing applies to health care service employees at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or even a doctor’s office.

Write to me and tell me some of the things you’ve spotted at a food establishment, hospital or anywhere people touch things where they certainly should have cleaned their hands thoroughly before and after.

Email me here: BigJaySorensen@gmail.com. I’ll mention your story in my next blog.

Anyone who comes in contact with the public or even just family members should be vigilant about washing hands and using an alcohol-free hand sanitizer like safeHands® that kills 99.99 % of germs, just like those toxic skin-drying alcohol products that can also be combustible.

I even use safeHands® after I shake someone’s hand; I don’t know where your hand has been before you grabbed mine.

Plus, if you went through what I did (nearly dying several times) after contracting MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) at a hospital, you’d do the same.

If we can prevent just one person a day from contracting some kind of infectious disease, my mission will be a success; hand washing combined with using the non-toxic/non combustible formula that comes from safeHands®.

You can order safeHands here: https://www.safehands.com/shop/

Protect you and your family.

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

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

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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!

There Oughta Be A Law

Another BIG company has produced a hand sanitizer with alcohol in it. It’s possible that someone in a board room said, “Hey, let’s put out a hand sanitizer with our name; but let’s make SURE we alert people who can read there is NO BLEACH in the product. Duh.

Of course that was, indeed, a fictitious scenario. But you can bank on it that the compnay lawyers said they must print on the label that it doesn’t contain bleach.
But it CAN say it contains alcohol, and as long as the alcohol content is reading 71% (as this particular product claims) kids and adults CAN drink it to get drunk. A small child may not do it on purpose, but let’s be honest. Kids over 10 now know more than YOU did when you were 15 back in the day.
And try they will.

Abusing the alcohol in these hand sanitizers has happened with similar products for several years now. Do a search for those stories. And we’ll read in the near future of another overdose due to drinking alcohol-based hand sanitizers. If that doesn’t make your head spin, not much will.

Is there a law saying anyone under 21 can’t buy an alcohol-based hand sanitizer? If there is a law like that in any of our 50 states, I can’t find evidence of it on the internet.
With our so-called, “Nanny-State” telling us what to do and not to do, why ISN’T there a law making it illegal for a MINOR to buy an alcohol-based hand sanitizing product? In cases like this, I have no problem with the government stepping in.

I saw an online advertisement for an alcohol based hand sanitizer “kills most germs in as little as 15 seconds.” “Formulated with 71% ethyl alcohol.” “Provides excellent hand coverage to promote proper hygiene.”

Yet another product seemingly ignoring all of the facts about alcohol laden hand sanitizers; ignoring that kids have and will continue to abuse it.
Ignoring that bacterium can get stuck in the deep cracks of your skin, just waiting to head to the surface due to the drying effects of alcohol.

Ask almost any nurse. They’ll tell you that while using an alcohol-based product does kill most germs, they HATE that their skin is always so DRY from using these products. So here are a few tips. Use a NON alcohol-based hand sanitizing product. There are a few good brands to choose from. Make SURE it doesn’t contain TRICLOSAN, as that’s believed to cause all kinds of other problems. Mom—read the labels. Get educated.

We’ve got to keep our kids safe!
Be smart and BE BIG!

Allergic To Hand Sanitizer?

Some people are sensitive to regular and common hand sanitzers.  These people experience symptoms which can include dry skin, red blotches, or an extreme cooling or burning sensation when applied to the skin. Not everyone… but some people have very sensitive skin. 

If your precious hands are unable to tolerate alcohol, then you should give us a try. We are an alternative. 

safeHands® Sanitizers are for people with sensitive skin that cannot tolerate alcohol.

Our safeHands® brands do not contain alcohol.  If you are allergic to your current hand sanitizer there is no need to worry anymore.

Non-Toxic, non-flammable, non-stinging and it also leaves your skin soft.

It all starts with SafeHands!!

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