We often think we have the best insight into our health because it’s our bodies. But that is clearly incorrect. It takes years for doctors to gain expertise in healthcare – and even then, doctors will tell us just where their limitations lie. No one doctor can know everything, whether about their own bodies or patients’. We should therefore be as aware as possible about the various ways we can get sick and the things that pose a danger to our health.
The idea that we should be critical of our soaps might seem outlandish. But no less of an institution than the Smithsonian wants us to think hard about what we’re using on our bodies. Indeed, the institute notes: “We’re here to tell you that you probably [should] stop using antibacterial soaps.”
About 75 percent of all liquid antibacterial soaps and 30 percent of soap bars use a chemical called triclosan as one of the active ingredients. But the Smithsonian notes that after more than four decades of research, the FDA – as well as other independent studies – found no evidence triclosan provides any health benefits as compared to traditional soap.
Worse still, anti-bacterial soaps could worsen, not lessen, bacterial problems by creating resistant strains. There’s an even bigger danger to kids, with a higher chance of their developing allergies, including peanut allergies and hay fever, the more exposed they are to triclosan. “Scientists speculate that this could be a result of reduced exposure to bacteria, which could be necessary for proper immune system functioning and development.”
We hear a lot of unconfirmed fears about phones causing cancer, but none of it has been significant enough to trouble doctors. What is troubling doctors with phones is our spines. As the Guardian highlights: “new research carried out by a US doctor, they are far worse – ‘text neck’ is becoming an epidemic that could lead to permanent damage.”
Experts recommend using voice or taking breaks in order to counter prolonged strain.
Alcohol and smoking
Many people take pleasure from drinking and smoking. Everyone knows these are dangerous but like to excuse it by appealing to moderation. Yet, alcoho lcan cause enormous damage, even if consumed in small amounts. And there is absolutely no medical benefit to smoking. These are vices most of us could do without and, indeed, are not necessary at all to life. We live shorter, less healthy lives – all we need to do is cut these out. If we want quality health care, it needs to start with ourselves and no one else.
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