a cautionary tale

I’m hatin’ again.  Once again, it’s at the pharmacy.  Honestly, there are few things I don’t hate at  the pharmacy.  This hate is different than previously posted predecessors. The onset was  gradual.  The blame – the American consumer, of course.  Why wouldn’t it be?

Hand sanitizer

Before I continue, I should qualify something.  The concept of hand sanitzier is actually plausible and practical.  And, it’s a pharmacy – everyone is sick.  I get that.  But, when a seemingly harmless task like applying hand sanitizer becomes obnoxious… .  Then, only then, is it blog worthy.

Professional Observations

the product – the smell makes me gag.  Always has, always will.

demographics –  creepy, late-middle aged males use it in public more frequently.  Women are ‘closet’ users; subtle in their application technique.  The reason –  a ‘private’ stash is always in their purse.

application – This IS my hate. Worst, most common occurrence –  someone walks up to the pharmacy counter,  pumps the display bottle at least 3 times, then massages the gel onto their hands slowly and methodically. Oh, did I mention the person breathes heavily and often moans?  Well, they do. It’s fucking disgusting. Get a room and clean up after yourself.

The ‘Goodline’ News

According to a recent World Health Organization report, obsession with germ killing has resulted in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, thanks in part to our love of hand sanitizer. Last December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put the antimicrobial army on notice, informing the makers of antimicrobial soaps that they will have to prove that their products work better than soap and water. Consumers have been urged to resist overusing antimicrobials. More ominously, the FDA stated “Some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks.”

However, many hand sanitizers, like Purell, are alcohol based and have not been named as a cause of bacterial resistance.  Still, these products have concerns of their own.


Five Hidden Dangers of Hand Sanitizer

  1. Antibiotic resistance – Triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Using hand sanitizers may actually lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against bad bacteria.
  2. Alcohol poisoning  
  3. Hormone disruption – The FDA says triclosan may lead to hormonal disruptions and cause bacteria to adapt to its antimicrobial properties, which create more antibiotic-resistant strains.
  4. Weaker immune system
  5. toxic chemicals

Granted, these dangers are redundant and relatively weak.  Alcohol poisoning? I know it sounds ridiculous, but there are the OCD types that even slather the shit on their face.  You would think a dermatitis rash would warrant more concern.  But it doesn’t.  I realize little can be done about obnoxious hand sanitizing offenders – except to make fun of them, of course.  Therefore I will close, leaving Andy Samberg to deal with the … clean up.  According to him, you can never have  “too much Purell“.


You Only Live Once, baby!

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