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Is Your Hand Sanitizer Making You Sick?




Imagine with me, if you will, a pre-Covid world? 

You know, when hand-washing was just something we routinely did. And, hand sanitizer was mainly just a fragrant fashion accessory hanging off the backpacks of teenage girls. 

Gone are those days. 

More than just a fashion statement, sanitizer especially, seems to be a matter of life and death. 

Not using it could make you (or grandma) more susceptible to sickness, right?

Or…do we need to rephrase that statement? 

With what we’re learning regarding what’s in these now abundantly made sanitizers, could using them actually make you sick?

Toxins In Hand Sanitizers

At the first mention of this pandemic having breached America’s doorways, grocery shelves emptied almost instantly of anything that could possibly ward off the virus. 

From soaps to sprays, to wipes, to bleach, to sanitizers…to toilet paper…um, yeah, we still can’t figure that one out. But, you get the picture, the shelves quickly became bare.

So, with the demand for such items, namely hand sanitizers, having instantly grown to such extremes, many manufacturers rose to this demand-ridden occasion. 

The FDA temporarily relaxed standards on these alcohol-based products to provide ease for the influx of multiple new manufacturers in light of this overwhelming need. 

But, as both foreign and domestic companies have been working tirelessly to deliver, the corners that have been cut are leading to even more health concerns for consumers.

In other words, all sanitizers are not created equal. And, some are truly toxic.

In fact, at nearly 150 items, the FDA’s “do not use” list of sanitizers they deem harmful seems to be growing at an alarming rate.

The following toxic substances have been identified by the FDA in some recently manufactured hand sanitizers:

Methanol: In June, the FDA warned of methanol contamination in various hand sanitizers. This is considered a wood alcohol and is toxic when absorbed through the skin. 

When large amounts are used on the skin, methanol can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headaches. 

If ingested, nervous system damage, blindness, seizures, and even death can result. 

1-Propanol: Recently, the FDA alerted the public to the fact that some hand sanitizers are now containing a toxin called 1-propanol. The products in question were labeled as containing ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, but tested positive for this toxin instead.

Poisoning from this toxin can cause depression of the central nervous system.

Since your nervous system is responsible for communicating needed bodily processes back and forth to your brain, depressing or weakening this system can cause disruptions to these processes.  

This can be evidenced in lowered heart rate, slowed breathing, confusion, and decreased or lost consciousness. 

Ingesting sanitizers containing 1-propanol can be fatal.  

In case of exposure: If you have used sanitizers that contain methanol or 1-propanol and are experiencing any of the adverse symptoms associated with exposure to these toxins, the FDA recommends that you seek medical treatment immediately. 

What to do if you have these contaminated products: If you have any of the products on the FDA’s list of harmful sanitizers, it is recommended that you dispose of those, preferably in a hazardous waste container.  

But, obviously not all sanitizers have been deemed unsafe. There are still many acceptable options available. 

So, when you are using sanitizers or washing your hands, consider the following:


First and foremost, if you are able to, go old school. 

Washing your hands with soap and water will always be the best practice (pandemic or not) to both remove germs and preserve the good, needful bacteria on your skin.

Also, hand sanitizers just won’t cut it if:

  • your hands are visibly dirty
  • you know you’ve touched some kind of chemical
  • you have come in contact with raw meat
  • you have used the restroom or helped someone else use the restroom (changing diapers, etc)

In such instances, you should always wash your hands with a non-toxic soap. 

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The CDC recommends washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. 

Hand Sanitizer

According to some studies, quick applications of ethanol hand sanitizers won’t actually kill cold and flu-type viruses. 

If you are going to use hand sanitizers when hand washing is not available or convenient, consider the following recommendations by the CDC:

  • should contain at least 60% ethanol (ethyl alcohol)
  • rub the sanitizer into your hands for at least 30 seconds
  • rub over the surface of your hands and fingers until dry

Be sure to check out the list of sanitizers deemed unsafe by the FDA to ensure you aren’t using a toxin-laden product. 

The list begins at the bottom of the page. 

And, one final thought for those that may be wondering if they could indeed be sanitizing too much…

Sanitizers And Your Immune System

Just a few things to consider here…

Being clean, being hygienic, those are good things. In fact, they’re important to your health. But, is there a line to be drawn there too? 

Perhaps you’ve heard the motto, “everything in moderation.” 

There’s no doubt that precautions should be taken to facilitate health amidst these uncertain times, but going overboard may not actually be facilitating health at all. 

In fact, research shows that we need to encounter germs. 

Essentially your immune system works like an athlete. And, what athlete do you know who doesn’t train or undergo conditioning to perform at their best?

Your immune system goes through conditioning and “training” by encountering germs as you go about your day. It is strengthened as it fights off these germs in small doses. 

If you block off any and all exposure to germs due to going overboard in sanitizing every last thing you touch or could ever possibly touch, then basically you’re denying training time for your immune system. 

I’m not saying to lick doorknobs in public…or at home, ew! 

And, I’m not saying to live in filth…also ew!

I’m not saying to never use sanitizer. 

And, I’m not saying to never wash your hands. 

Based on the serious need lately for precautions around viral infections, it’s even more important than ever to be careful with hygiene…

You definitely NEED to be washing your hands.

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Exploring the Role of the Health Belief Model in Preventative Health Behaviors




Preventative health behaviors are essential for maintaining overall well-being and preventing the onset of various illnesses and diseases. One model that has been widely used to explain and promote these behaviors is the Health Belief Model (HBM). The HBM is a psychological model that was originally developed in the 1950s by social psychologists Hochbaum, Rosenstock, and Kegels. It aims to explain and predict health behaviors by taking into account individual beliefs and perceptions.

The HBM is based on the premise that individuals are more likely to take action to prevent or control a health issue if they believe that they are susceptible to the issue, that it is severe, that taking action will be beneficial, and that they are capable of taking the necessary steps. These four key elements are known as perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, perceived benefits, and perceived barriers, respectively.

Perceived susceptibility refers to an individual’s belief about their personal risk of developing a particular health issue. For example, someone who believes that they are at high risk of developing heart disease may be more likely to engage in preventative behaviors such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Perceived severity is the individual’s belief about the seriousness of the health issue. If someone believes that the consequences of not taking action to prevent a particular health issue are severe, they may be more motivated to engage in preventative behaviors.

Perceived benefits refer to the individual’s belief that taking action to prevent or control the health issue will be effective in reducing the risk. If someone believes that exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet will help to lower their risk of developing heart disease, they may be more likely to engage in these behaviors.

Perceived barriers are the obstacles that may prevent an individual from taking action to prevent or control a health issue. These barriers may be financial, logistical, or psychological. For example, someone may be deterred from exercising regularly due to a lack of time or access to a gym.

The HBM has been applied to a wide range of preventative health behaviors, including cancer screenings, vaccinations, and healthy lifestyle choices. Research has shown that individuals who have higher levels of perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits, and lower levels of barriers are more likely to engage in preventative health behaviors.

Healthcare providers and public health professionals can use the HBM to design interventions and communication strategies that promote preventative health behaviors. By addressing and changing individuals’ beliefs and perceptions, these interventions can help to increase motivation and enable people to take action to protect their health.

In conclusion, the Health Belief Model is a valuable framework for understanding and promoting preventative health behaviors. By considering individuals’ beliefs and perceptions about their health, healthcare providers can design effective interventions that motivate and empower people to take control of their well-being. The HBM plays a crucial role in shaping public health strategies and encouraging individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent the onset of diseases and illnesses.

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How to Perform CPR Fast and Effectively




( – EVERYONE HAS SEEN THE tense moments in movies where someone collapses, and someone else dashes to the scene to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

One crucial action, such as retrieving an automated external defibrillator (AED), can make the difference between life and death. This action is typically not given much emphasis.

Follow these life-saving steps immediately:

Step 1: Check the Scene

Check to see if the person is alright by tapping them and asking if there are any chemical spills or downed electrical lines.

Step 2: Check for Breathing

Proceed to the next step immediately if they are not breathing or are only sometimes gasping for air.

Step 3: Call 911 and Grab the AED

Tell anyone close to perform these actions so that you can start CPR. Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., a former president of the American Heart Association, advises skipping the AED and beginning compressions as soon as possible if you have to search for the device that shocks the heart back into rhythm.

Step 4: Start CPR

Use the AED first if it’s nearby: When an AED shock is administered within the first minute of a cardiac arrest, nine out of ten victims survive. Perform chest compressions until aid comes if an AED is not available.

Compressions can increase the chances of survival by two or three times if performed in the first few minutes after cardiac arrest.

How to Do Chest Compressions: Place the heel of one hand in the center of the chest, precisely at the nipple line, while kneeling next to the individual to perform chest compressions.

Put the other one on top of the initial one. Put your fingers together. Locked elbows, apply force quickly. Compress between 100 and 120 times per minute; this is the beat of “Stayin’ Alive.”

Each time, delve two inches deeper.

Step 5: Follow the AED’s Instructions

The AED’s audio instructions walk you through every stage of using it after you turn it on. All you have to do is listen and answer. The instructions will tell you how to position the electrode pads and whether you should click the button to shock someone.

They also recommend restarting CPR if a shock is ineffective.

Step 6: Continue CPR

Hands-only CPR is equally successful in the initial minutes following cardiac arrest in adults and teenagers as it is when combined with rescue breathing.

Continue until your breathing returns, assistance comes, or you cannot continue.

If you are faced with a situation where someone near you requires CPR, follow the step-by-step guide below to potentially save a life.

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Your 4-Week Plan for Better Mental Wellness




( – Everything in your day to day and your life is impacted by your mental health. There are other options outside therapy, medication, and even meditation to maximize it.

You can do many little things to improve your mental health, remove obstacles in your path, and achieve your life goals.

Being happy with your mental health does not imply that you never experience terrible days. It means you can handle those days with more extraordinary fortitude and less effort.

And perhaps you can figure out how to prepare yourself for even fewer of them down the road.

This four-week strategy helps you do things differently, think outside the box, overcome obstacles, and feel joy and amazement. In essence, it improves your mental health.

Week 1: Take a Breather

Day 1: Pause for a Minute

Take a moment to ground yourself by noticing 5 things you can see, 4 you can touch, 3 you can hear, 2 you can smell, and 1 you can taste.

Day 2: Focus on Your Breath

Practice 4-7-8 breathing: inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and exhale for 8. Repeat a few times to relax.

Day 3: Let Your Mind Wander

Sit quietly without distractions, allowing your mind to relax and think positively, boosting creativity and mood.

Day 4: Embrace JOMO

Limit social media use and enjoy the joy of missing out (JOMO). Focus on what matters to you rather than online content.

Day 5: Get Some Rest

Prioritize sleep by setting a bedtime, keeping your room cool, and avoiding screens before bed.

Week 2: Ask a Question a Day

Day 1: What’s Going Well?

Focus on what’s working well to boost positivity and well-being.

Day 2: How Will This Decision Affect Me?

Consider the short-, medium-, and long-term consequences of your decisions to reduce anxiety.

Day 3: How Am I Feeling Right Now, Really?

Identify and understand your genuine emotions without labeling them as good or bad.

Day 4: What’s Possible Today?

Adapt to daily challenges by asking what’s achievable rather than striving for perfection.

Day 5: What Can I Let Go Of?

Identify and start letting go of negative self-talk or unhealthy relationships.

Week 3: Fuel Your Mood with Food

Day 1: Eat a Day’s Worth of Greens in One Meal

Incorporate two cups of leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, into your diet for mental and physical benefits.

Day 2: Sample the Rainbow

Eat various colorful fruits and vegetables to boost optimism and reduce stress.

Day 3: Dive Into Seafood

Include fatty fish like salmon for omega-3s and vitamin D, which support brain health.

Day 4: Shift Your Snacks

Choose nuts like almonds or walnuts to nourish your brain with essential nutrients.

Day 5: Add Friends

Share meals with friends to enhance mental wellness through social connections.

Week 4: Use These Mind Hacks

Day 1: Embrace Uncertainty

Accepting what you can’t control helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Day 2: Plan for Hurdles

Prepare for daily challenges to stay balanced and resilient.

Day 3: Change Your Language

Reframe negative emotions by noting them as feelings rather than defining yourself by them.

Day 4: Balance Your Negativity with Positivity

Counter negative thoughts with positive ones to improve mental well-being.

Day 5: Be Amazed

Experience awe through nature, art, or inspiring talks to boost creativity and mood.

Mental health impacts how we think, behave, and feel. It’s closely tied to physical health, and nearly everyone faces mental health challenges at some point.

This 30-day plan offers simple daily changes to help reduce stress and anxiety, enhancing mental well-being and resilience.

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