As soon as my kids started back to school they started bringing home the germs. Ben, my 9 year old just recovered from an upper respiratory infection that knocked him down for 3 days. Yuck. And all the girls around me in nursing school are sniffling and sneezing. Flu season is coming!
One of my teachers was actually teaching a section on proper procedures and systems to help employees be able to go home sick without consequences to keep from spreading contagious illnesses in the nursing home.
She taught this class while she was so sick she couldn’t even talk.
I was sick this semester and didn’t want to contaminate the patients at the hospital and stayed home for one day, but I probably should have stayed home 2 days.
Sometimes it’s hard to go home when we should.
You may have heard me say it before, we are 10 times more bacterial cells than we are our own cells. We need those little buggers. But we don’t want to get those germs that make us get sick and have to call in.
I have a bad attitude towards the toxic hand sanitizers that are all over our kids’ schools, hospitals, and in the checkout lanes of the major stores. The ones that are alcohol based are just fine. The ones you want to watch out for are those containing TRICLOSAN. It is a thyroid and estrogen disrupting chemical that is also related to an increase in food allergies. It is found in hand sanitizers and toothpastes and has been banned in Minnesota, and is being investigated by the FDA.
When we are looking at products we can put our name behind here at the spa we look for products that do the job, but don’t make you sick in the process.
We carry a hand sanitizer at I.M. Spa that uses Tea Tree Oil and we love it. So if you feel like you need a hand sanitizer this flu season and you don’t feel like damaging yourself in the process, come by and pick some up.
When I took Microbiology at the University of Arkansas, we did a lab test on different kinds of antiseptics to see which ones were most effective, and tea tree oil outperformed all the others.
I think the future of medicine is going to involve more development of healthy bacterial biomes and environments, and less attempts to wipe out bacterial populations. In the meantime, this hand sanitizer will help you maintain your bacterial biome without threatening your hormonal balance, your potential for food allergies, or your risk for getting the flu.
Can’t wait to see you at the spa! Happy shopping!
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health. Schedule an appointment for a massage 479-251-7422