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Cold and Flu Precautions

It's a tough flu season! 

I checked the CDC weekly report (Jan. 5 - 11) and thought you’d be interested in this weeks’ activity, which remained very high in the US:

  • Viral Surveillance: Of 10,841 specimens reported during week 2 by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) 2,721 (25.1%) were positive for influenza.
  • Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold.
  • Influenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths: Ten influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
  • Influenza-associated Hospitalizations: A cumulative rate for the season of 13.8 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported.
  • Outpatient Illness: The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 3.6%, above the national baseline of 2.0%. All 10 regions reported ILI above region-specific baseline levels. Fourteen states experienced high ILI activity; 12 states experienced moderate ILI activity; eight states and New York City experienced low ILI activity; 16 states experienced minimal ILI activity, and the District of Columbia had insufficient data. 

Friends, hand sanitizers are a must! 

Popular alcohol-based hand sanitizers are convenient but research does not show them to be more effective than hand washing with soap. The CDC recommends hand washing first, and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers only if hand washing is not available.

Because of their 65% Ethyl Alcohol content, hand sanitizers should not be used around open flames such as cigarette lighters. There have been verified reports of prison inmates getting drunk on hand sanitizers and of children licking hand sanitizers off their hands and getting drunk. Research with adults showed measurable amounts of alcohol in the bloodstream after using a large amount of hand sanitizers. The same research has not done been done with children.

The next ingredient, Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), is a petrochemical that can be absorbed through the skin and through inhalation of vapors. It is a known neurotoxin, meaning toxic to the nervous system. It also dries the skin out. Research shows toxicity even in low doses when used around the eyes and lips.

The artificial fragrances in hand sanitizers are made from dozens of chemicals, many of them highly toxic. Repeated daily application of hand sanitizer adds up. Artificial fragrances contain phthalates. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they affect sex hormones, especially in infants. Some experts believe that chronic phthalate exposure is feminizing boys.

Then there are the “alcohol-free” hand sanitizers. But they contain “Triclosan.” Triclosan accumulates in the body and has a long list of serious safety concerns. Studies have increasingly linked triclosan (and its chemical cousin triclocarban), to a range of adverse health and environmental effects from skin irritation, endocrine disruption, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistance, to the contamination of water and its negative impact on fragile aquatic ecosystems.

Yes, the toxic chemicals and alcohol in commercial hand sanitizers are toxic, drying and irritating. 

But There is a natural solution: Wild Bergamot Hydrosol! All organic, artisan distilled from a plant that is commonly known as Bee Balm, Monarda fistulosa. This hydrosol is pure plant with no added ingredients at all! The anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents are amazing! Wild Bergamot contains thymol & geraniol, both ingredients in Listerine mouthwash...  it's makes for an incredible spray for sore throats! You can read about many other therapeutic actions of this hydrosol on my website, www.thecreeksidecreations.com.

I would suggest putting a bottle by your front door, carry one in your purse, and the glove box of the car. Spray your hands frequently! 

Stay healthy, happy and natural! All my best,