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Hand Washing:
Getting Clean With Structured Silver Soap

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By Dr. Pedersen Ph.D
04-22-2019

Destroy Germs on Skin Safely with Silver

With all the recent concern over the safety and effectiveness of commercially available over-the-counter hand sanitizers, it’s way past time to consider a safer alternative.

Structured silver may be just what we need. In fact, silver is not just safer, but it is considerably more effective.

Structured silver destroys microbes like bacteria, viruses, and fungi… even those that have become resistant to other bactericides and fungicides.

It works by attacking the cell wall of the microorganisms on contact. The cells immediately break up, destroying the organism.

How’s that for effective!

The Why and When of Clean Hands

Lots of illnesses and diseases can be spread when people don’t wash their hands… or don’t wash well enough to actually get rid of the germs.

There are three types of illnesses that dirty, germy hands can use to make a person sick or spread an illness.[1]

1. Some illnesses are transmitted through contamination with saliva 🤤 or urine… things like typhoid, staph infections, and the Epstein-Barr virus.

2. Others are shared through mucus or respiratory secretions 🤧. Things like the flu, Strep infections, and the common cold.

3. And finally… we saved the most grotesque for last… many illnesses come from fecal matter 💩. Illnesses in this category include hepatitis A, noroviruses, salmonella poisoning (salmonellosis), and giardia infection (giardiasis). Think diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting… common symptoms for many of these ailments.

This list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) goes over all the situations when hands should be washed.[2] Most of these situations are common knowledge. Do any of them surprise you?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Hand-Washing to Get Rid of Germs

You might think it’s a no-brainer. It’s simple enough… just wash your hands. But we found some interesting information from the CDC about hand washing… some you may be familiar with. Some maybe not.[3]

1. The temperature of the water doesn’t matter. Contrary to popular belief that hands should always be washed in warm or hot water, the same number of germs are washed away with cold as with warm or hot water. Warm water is just easier on skin.

2. Perhaps you’ve been told to let the water run and turn the faucet off with a paper towel. There’s very little information supporting the claim that germs are transferred to and picked back up from the faucet. So turn the water off after wetting your hands. Turn it back on to rinse them. There’s no need to waste water and extra paper products to turn off a faucet.

3. Soap helps in two ways… 1) it loosens up the germs and dirt, and 2) people scrub their hands better when they use soap, which also helps to get rid of the germs.

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4. Using soaps with added antibacterial products does not help the typical (non-healthcare) consumer. Healthcare professionals aside, antibacterial soaps are just as effective as regular soap at washing the germs away.

5. When you rub your hands together and work up a lather, the friction helps do the work… it loosens up the dirt and germs. Don’t forget the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, and underneath those fingernails (there’s nothing like a nice fingernail brush to get under long nails).

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6. Give it at least 20 seconds of scrubbing. There’s evidence showing that between 15 and 30 seconds of washing removes more germs. But the circumstances also make a difference. For example, if you’re doing something that exposes you to more germs, you’ll probably want to wash longer. If you’re preparing to do surgery, you’ll definitely need to scrub for a longer period of time.

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7. It’s also important to dry those hands. It’s easier to transfer germs when hands are wet. Unfortunately, the verdict is still out on the best method to dry them. Seeing as how most public restrooms don’t offer a choice, it should be safe to go with whichever method is available.

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The take-home message here is… you guessed it… WASH YOUR HANDS!

But what about when you don’t have soap and water? Well, that’s when people turn to hand sanitizers.

Hand sanitizers that are at least 60 percent alcohol are an ok alternative. They reduce the number of germs… sometimes. They do not, however, destroy or get rid of all types of germs. They also do nothing to remove actual dirt, grease, or chemicals. They simply destroy some germs.

But that’s not all. Hand sanitizers… the kind you rub on your hands until they evaporate or dry… can be toxic!

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Ineffective Hand Sanitizers

When soap and water aren’t available to wash hands, over-the-counter (OTC) hand sanitizers are the next best thing according to the CDC. They report that sanitizers need to have an alcohol concentration of between 60 and 95 percent to be most effective.

So, what about those that aren’t effective? Besides giving the user a false sense of security, an ineffective sanitizer may make the problem worse.[4]

First of all, there are different classes of bacteria and germs. Some of these sanitizers don’t destroy all of the classes or types of germs that may be on hands. Even the alcohol-based sanitizers recommended by the CDC for use when soap and water aren’t available may not eliminate every type of germ.

They also might not destroy the germs, but rather slow their growth. Meaning… the germs are still there!

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Germs can become resistant to the sanitizers. Just like when they become resistant to antibiotics or antifungals, bacteria and fungi can become immune to the chemicals that are being used to destroy them on the surface of your hands. When this happens, they continue to multiply. Then none of them are destroyed by the sanitizer because they’ve all inherited the chemical immunity.

Another thing… this may be hard to believe because alcohol is known to dry the skin, but the harsh chemicals in non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers are harder on your skin than alcohol.

The FDA Ruling on OTC Hand Sanitizers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently established a new rule that’s meant to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter hand sanitizers.[5]

The rule states that certain active ingredients are not allowed to be used in OTC hand sanitizers. The rule shows that the FDA is keeping up-to-date with current scientific knowledge about the active ingredients in hand sanitizers. It also reflects present-day use patterns (the frequency and circumstances of sanitizer use).

In a press release, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Janet Woodcock, M.D., stated, “Our action today aims to help provide consumers with confidence that the over-the-counter hand sanitizers they’re using are safe and effective when they don’t have access to water to wash with soap.”

This rule also says that “28 active ingredients, including triclosan and benzethonium chloride, are not eligible for evaluation” for use in OTC hand sanitizers. These ingredients were deemed to be either ineffective or too dangerous to use in this type of product.

The agency states that they still need more information (and will continue to collect it) regarding three other frequently used active ingredients. These three, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and benzalkonium chloride, are found in 97 percent of over-the-counter hand sanitizers. Ethyl alcohol is the most common of these.

The FDA will continue to collect data regarding the effectiveness and safety of these three active ingredients. The agency provided no deadline as to when they’ll reach a final decision. As of this time, they don’t plan to ban or further restrict these ingredients in OTC hand sanitizers.

As part of this ruling, the FDA will require any drug products (which is what OTC hand sanitizers are considered to be) containing active ingredients that aren’t on the approved list to submit a new drug application and have it accepted before they can market the product.

According to the FDA’s press release, they are aware that a few hand sanitizers containing benzethonium chloride are still being marketed and sold. Benzethonium chloride is a toxic chemical. More specifically, it is toxic if swallowed. It can be absorbed through the skin and contact with the skin causes severe skin burns. If it gets in the eyes, it causes serious eye damage. It’s very “toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects”.[6]

Benzethonium chloride is used in hand sanitizers, cosmetics, and dental health products like mouthwash. If you’re ready to grab a trash bag and head to your bathroom sink, you’re not alone!

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They did confirm that sanitizing products containing triclosan are no longer being marketed. Triclosan messes up endocrine system function causing problems like thyroid and reproductive issues, allergies, and asthma. Besides being a poison, it does not destroy all bacteria, so it’s ineffective as an antibacterial anyway and could lead to resistant bacterial growth.

Unfortunately, triclosan still shows up in other products… those that aren’t regulated by the FDA. So watch out for it. It may be especially dangerous for young children and pregnant women.

It pays to be suspicious of any commercial product that’s being marketed as antibacterial, antimicrobial, or odor-fighting.[7] Read the labels and look up (or better yet, avoid) anything you aren’t familiar with.

Dangers of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Even if they are considered to be safe, the ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and isopropanol (isopropyl or rubbing alcohol) that are still being used in over-the-counter hand sanitizers are technically poisons. If taken internally, either accidentally or on purpose, they can make the person very ill. Especially if that person is a child.

An average of 17,000 U.S. poison control center calls a year between 2011 and 2015 were from people concerned about their kids being exposed to hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain ethyl alcohol, or ethanol. If too much of it is swallowed, it can cause alcohol poisoning.

Many hand sanitizers are in fun-looking containers. Some are bright, pretty colors. Many are even fragranced to match those colors. They smell good. Some smell outright yummy… fruity fragrances like strawberry, lemon, or peaches. And who doesn’t love the fragrance of vanilla?

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They look like food. They smell like food. We can hardly blame a young child for wanting to eat the stuff!

Sadly, not all cases of hand sanitizer ingestion are accidental. Ethanol is the alcohol in alcoholic beverages… hand sanitizer may be swallowed intentionally.

Despite the inherent dangers, millions of Americans use OTC hand sanitizers every day. Many people use them repeatedly.

Silver – A Safer, More Effective Alternative

Structured silver works overtime. It attacks germs in multiple ways. It starts by taking an electron from a nearby microbe’s cellular membrane. Then it fires off an electron to another one… destroying both of the cells in the process.

Alkaline structured silver destroys bacteria, fungi, and viruses on contact. It is bonded to pure, distilled water molecules giving it a tetrahedral, crystalline structure.

Structured silver works overtime. It attacks germs in multiple ways. It starts by taking an electron from a nearby microbe’s cellular membrane. Then it fires off an electron to another one… destroying both of the cells in the process.

Other forms of silver, like colloidal silver, are single-shot destroyers. Each molecule can only steal one electron and then it’s chemically complete, having neutralized its charge. It becomes inactive after just one cell.

Used like you would an over-the-counter hand sanitizer, structured silver gel makes a fabulous hand sanitizer, destroying germs and microbes on the surface of the skin.

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Not only is alkaline structured silver safe to take internally, but it’s beneficial, too. It destroys bad bacteria and fungi like yeast in the gut, leaving it ready to welcome good bacteria in the form of probiotics.

With so many issues surrounding commercial antibacterial products, structured silver could be the perfect solution. It is a safe, natural, and more effective alternative to the toxic, less effective OTC hand sanitizing products.

In addition, My Doctor Suggests silver mouthwash and organic natural silver soap are natural and free from toxins.

To get your hands on some alkaline structured silver (literally), or to learn more, check out My Doctor Suggests or give us a call at 1-866-660-9868 where our friendly customer service team is waiting to help.

[1] Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Handwashing Fact Sheet

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, When & How to Wash Your Hands

[3] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Show Me the Science – How to Wash Your Hands

[5] U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of consumer hand sanitizers, Release date April 11, 2019

[6] National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Benzethonium chloride, CID=8478, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/8478 (accessed on Apr. 16, 2019)

[7] WebMD Health News, Banned from Soap, is Triclosan in Your Toothpaste? July 5, 2018

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