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(CTV News)   Headline: FDA wants to see new hand sanitizer studies. Reality: People freaking out that hand sanitizer will kill us all. Farkliters: Hand sanitizer tastes yummy   ( ctvnews.ca) divider line
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2017-04-20 04:45:44 PM  
Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012
 
2017-04-20 05:18:24 PM  
Hand sanitizer is crunchy.
 
2017-04-20 05:53:31 PM  

lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


I have one friend who is an Oscar Madison...rarely, if ever, sick

I have another who is a Felix Unger...seems to get sick once a month

/Anecdotal evidence is proof to me, dammit!
//One of those two is me
///Filthy, disgusting, disease bearing three slashies
 
2017-04-20 06:40:57 PM  
We have a running family joke about the refrigerator in the break room at the My Strange Addiction studio.  Tupperware containers with bricks, cushions, drywall, etc.

/got nothing.
 
2017-04-20 06:50:16 PM  

lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


George Carlin - fear of germs
Youtube CnmMNdiCz_s
 
2017-04-20 06:53:39 PM  
It's breeding superbugs that worries me. The eldery and people with weakened immune systems or anyone else who actually needs a germ free environment: go for it. Everyone else: just use soap and water.
 
2017-04-20 06:54:40 PM  
The only negative I ever heard about the stuff is that it also killls useful bacteria that are naturally found on our skin.
 
2017-04-20 06:54:56 PM  
I'll have you know that my tract is spotless and pathogen free, submitter. Now excuse me while I have a near-death experience from the aftermath of this corndog I ate.
 
2017-04-20 06:57:54 PM  
What proof are they testing?
 
2017-04-20 07:00:01 PM  

lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


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2017-04-20 07:02:08 PM  
The best hand sanitirez comes in fifth-gallon bottles
 
2017-04-20 07:02:59 PM  
Hand Sanitizer is dangerous!  It can seriously harm you.

/csb....?

When I was stationed in Germany all of a sudden all the hand sanitizer stations all over the post disappeared.  Nobody could explain why.  Then one day after morning formation we all get called into the day room.  This is usually a sign that we have a surprise UA.  Nope, turns out we all had to do a training course on proper use of hand sanitizer.  They had to have 80% of the post do training on how to properly use hand sanitizer before they were allowed to put the units back in.  Turns out that a doctor was going out for a cig, on his way out the door decided to sanitize his hands, gets outside, cups his hands to light his cig......  And whoosh, burns his hands 2nd to 3rd degree burns and the fireball took off his eyebrows and eyelashes.

So us grunts and enlisted were banned from using hand sanitizer until we took a class because an Officer and Doctor didn't realize alcohol and fire didn't mix.

/csb
 
2017-04-20 07:04:21 PM  
I've been both a TFer and a Liter. Can confirm sanitizer tastes good.
 
2017-04-20 07:05:06 PM  
Firm believer hand sanitizer isn't good for you. I'd rather just use plain soap or the three sea shells.
 
2017-04-20 07:07:14 PM  
That stuff smells weird, feels gross and belongs in societies that lack running water.
 
2017-04-20 07:08:08 PM  

lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


All the dead kids don't count.
 
2017-04-20 07:12:00 PM  
what about telephone sanitizers? looks like the B Ark is about ready for loading
 
2017-04-20 07:19:58 PM  
Purell is 140 proof ethanol, of course it tastes good, it gets you farked up in no time. I mix it with grape soda, the good kind.
 
2017-04-20 07:22:08 PM  
I prefer beer but my hands get sticky and smelly afterward.
 
2017-04-20 07:23:47 PM  

lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


George Carlin - Fear Of Germs
Youtube GJKjwJSjRaM
 
2017-04-20 07:25:44 PM  
Hand sanitizer is a bad lubricant. Just saying.
 
2017-04-20 07:35:16 PM  
I rub germs directly on my anus.

/never sick
 
2017-04-20 07:36:34 PM  

jjwars1: Hand sanitizer is a bad lubricant. Just saying.


Yeah, it evaporates way too quickly. If you want to spice things up, sources tell me you can just add capsicum oil to water based lube.

Just...Make sure you negotiate on that first before trying with a partner.
 
2017-04-20 07:38:08 PM  
purell is like 100 proof

its why theres never in any public dispensers
 
2017-04-20 07:41:28 PM  

kindms: purell is like 100 proof

its why theres never in any public dispensers


That's some weak hand sanitizer.
 
2017-04-20 07:42:08 PM  
Hey!


The aloe flavored kind is gross :/
 
2017-04-20 07:43:04 PM  

dkulprit: kindms: purell is like 100 proof

its why theres never in any public dispensers

That's some weak hand sanitizer.


its probably higher but i couldnt recall offhand. but its strong enough drunks will take the plunge
 
2017-04-20 07:43:56 PM  
Hello? The hand sanitizer kills germs. And then the new germs feast on the dead germs. Soap and water much better.
 
2017-04-20 07:45:26 PM  
lycanth:

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


I miss Howie. But I must point out that he keeled over before what his normal expiration date should have been...
 
2017-04-20 07:47:34 PM  

lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

Howie Chizek, 1947-2012


Yea, well, what does he know?  He's dead, too.  Stronger my ass!
 
2017-04-20 08:10:12 PM  
We had a lovely honey-baked ham with a smooth Purell glaze for Easter dinner. It was excellent.
 
2017-04-20 08:10:47 PM  
Here's the article text without all the javascript ad and tracking crap from that website:

WASHINGTON -- U.S. health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim -- and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.

The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and rubs fight germs and get absorbed into the body, with a particular focus on children and pregnant women. The proposal unveiled Wednesday is part of an ongoing government effort to review decades-old chemicals that have never had a comprehensive federal review.

Agency officials stressed that the review does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe.

Hand sanitizers have become nearly ubiquitous over the last 20 years, offered in workplaces, schools, restaurants and other public spaces to reduce the spread of germs. Since 2009, about 90 per cent of sanitizers sold to the public have included either ethanol or ethyl alcohol, according to agency officials.

Under current regulations, manufacturers can make broad claims about their products' effectiveness in killing germs. Bottles of Purell hand sanitizer, for example, say: Kills 99.99 per cent of illness-causing germs.

FDA regulators suggested they may tighten such claims after reviewing the information submitted by manufacturer.

We're not trying to alarm people, said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drug centre. Obviously ethanol and humans have co-existed for a long time so there's a lot that's known about it.

But the agency has concerns about the possible long-term consequences of frequent use by children and women of child-bearing age, particularly those who are pregnant or breast feeding. The agency's proposal would require manufacturers to study whether three anti-germ ingredients -- ethanol, alcohol and a type of chloride -- show up in blood or urine after repeated, daily use. That could mean that the chemicals may be affecting the reproductive system or the production of hormones.

Regulators are also concerned about possible links between use of antiseptic chemicals and the emergence of so-called superbug bacteria, which are resistant to antibiotics.

We need to get this additional information so if there are situations where caution is warranted we can label that or inform the public, Woodcock said.

The American Cleaning Institute, a cleaning products trade organization, said it believes the FDA already has a wealth of data on hand sanitizers in their possession to judge them as generally recognized as safe and effective. But the group said it would work to provide the information.

The FDA will take comments on its proposal for six months before finalizing it. Companies will have one year to submit the information requested by regulators.

The FDA review is part of a long-established bureaucratic process which was recently jumpstarted by a lawsuit against the agency.

FDA scientists were first charged with evaluating antiseptic soaps, scrubs and sprays in 1972 as part of a law designed to set guidelines for hundreds of drugs and chemicals that were already on the market but had never been formally reviewed.

The agency agreed to complete its review under a legal settlement in 2013 with the Natural Resources Defence Council, an environmental group that accused the government of delaying action on potentially dangerous chemicals.

Environmentalists are mainly concerned about an ingredient called triclosan, which was used in many antibacterial soaps. The FDA is collecting safety and effectiveness data on that chemical with the goal of issuing new rules on its use by early 2018.
 
2017-04-20 08:39:13 PM  

stilted: lycanth: Agency officials stressed that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."

No, they're just making your precious snowflakes vulnerable to a host of allergies and diseases.

"When WE were kids, we ate dirt, and it made us stronger"

                                      Howie Chizek, 1947-2012

I have one friend who is an Oscar Madison...rarely, if ever, sick

I have another who is a Felix Unger...seems to get sick once a month

/Anecdotal evidence is proof to me, dammit!
//One of those two is me
///Filthy, disgusting, disease bearing three slashies


I'm a Felix because of my allergy to dust mites. If I'm not a clean freak I do get sick after about a month. I have three kids, two don't have a problem, but the middle kid has the same allergy I do. He's been on a nebulizer since he was 3 months old.

Totally genetic.
 
2017-04-20 08:42:56 PM  

BolloxReader: jjwars1: Hand sanitizer is a bad lubricant. Just saying.

Yeah, it evaporates way too quickly. If you want to spice things up, sources tell me you can just add capsicum oil to water based lube.

Just...Make sure you negotiate on that first before trying with a partner.


What, hostage negotiations? Dear lord...
 
2017-04-20 09:22:00 PM  

kindms: dkulprit: kindms: purell is like 100 proof

its why theres never in any public dispensers

That's some weak hand sanitizer.

its probably higher but i couldnt recall offhand. but its strong enough drunks will take the plunge


One of my sadder retail experiences involved a gentleman sneaking a bottle of hand sanitizer into the patio furniture area and sucking on that thing like he owed it money.

/Target
//Arizona
 
2017-04-20 09:48:27 PM  
Oh stop messing with the liters; hand sanitizer only tastes good with ice and a splash of tonic water.
 
amb
2017-04-20 10:40:59 PM  
It work great for cleaning dry erase boards.
 
2017-04-20 11:09:28 PM  

Badgers: But the agency has concerns about the possible long-term consequences of frequent use by children and women of child-bearing age, particularly those who are pregnant or breast feeding. The agency's proposal would require manufacturers to study whether three anti-germ ingredients -- ethanol, alcohol and a type of chloride -- show up in blood or urine after repeated, daily use. That could mean that the chemicals may be affecting the reproductive system or the production of hormones.


All they have to do is do blood-draws from nurses.
 
2017-04-20 11:17:07 PM  
Untreated water from Ganges river kills 99.99% of germs too. It doesn't make it a good idea considering what is left in the .01%

I thought one of the reasons that MRSA was doing so well is that the hand sanitizer kills most of the bacteria that normally kills it and lets the fungi that tends to live in the dead layers of the skin to get out of hand which makes nice holes in the skin just big enough for MESA to get in.
 
2017-04-21 03:30:48 AM  

DON.MAC: Untreated water from Ganges river kills 99.99% of germs too. It doesn't make it a good idea considering what is left in the .01%

I thought one of the reasons that MRSA was doing so well is that the hand sanitizer kills most of the bacteria that normally kills it and lets the fungi that tends to live in the dead layers of the skin to get out of hand which makes nice holes in the skin just big enough for MESA to get in.


You have to buy the Spicy Southwest Purell to kill MESA.
 
2017-04-21 05:06:47 AM  
"a type of chloride".  Lack of basic chemistry knowledge makes me sad.
 
2017-04-21 09:54:05 AM  

Animatronik: "a type of chloride".  Lack of basic chemistry knowledge makes me sad.


A type of chloride?  How about table salt?  Will that work?

/not enough caffeine to be a wise ass yet.
 
2017-04-21 11:48:23 AM  

dkulprit: kindms: purell is like 100 proof  its why theres never in any public dispensers

That's some weak hand sanitizer.


Stronger is not always better.  The most effective concentration has been shown to be in the 60-95% (120-140 proof) range; this is more effective than 100 per cent as the water content enhances the disruption of cell membranes (bacteria) and the outer coat of some viruses.

Purell is 62-70% ethanol, along with some Isopropyl alcohol as an "inactive" ingredient.
 
2017-04-21 02:24:28 PM  
I use hand sanitizer dozens of times a day (hospital), with an occasional hand wash thrown in there to rid myself of hand sanitizer residue.  I hate the cruise ship workers who try to force everyone to use sanitizers as our experts specifically said that one of the times that soap and water is preferred is before meals.  Remember, kids, ethyl alcohol is yummy tasty goodness but isopropyl alcohol is a deadly poison.  What's the treatment for isopropyl alcohol poisoning?  Ethyl alcohol!


dkulprit

Hand Sanitizer is dangerous!  It can seriously harm you.

/csb....?

When I was stationed in Germany all of a sudden all the hand sanitizer stations all over the post disappeared.  Nobody could explain why.  Then one day after morning formation we all get called into the day room.  This is usually a sign that we have a surprise UA.  Nope, turns out we all had to do a training course on proper use of hand sanitizer.  They had to have 80% of the post do training on how to properly use hand sanitizer before they were allowed to put the units back in.  Turns out that a doctor was going out for a cig, on his way out the door decided to sanitize his hands, gets outside, cups his hands to light his cig......  And whoosh, burns his hands 2nd to 3rd degree burns and the fireball took off his eyebrows and eyelashes.

So us grunts and enlisted were banned from using hand sanitizer until we took a class because an Officer and Doctor didn't realize alcohol and fire didn't mix.

/csb


Some of the hand sanitizer dispensers disappeared a few years back.  Apparently the fire marshals considered too much in a confined space to be a fire hazard.
 
2017-04-21 02:38:00 PM  
Hand sanitizer is a bad thing. Using the damn crap, inconsistently, results in "superbugs", that are harder to kill. Just wash your damn hands with soap, which just kills the damn things.
 
2017-04-21 03:46:12 PM  

whitroth: Hand sanitizer is a bad thing. Using the damn crap, inconsistently, results in "superbugs", that are harder to kill. Just wash your damn hands with soap, which just kills the damn things.


Many parents conflate the "triclosan in antibacterial soap"  freakout with the "soapless hand sanitizer" FUD.

With ethanol-based hand sanitizers, instead of superbug breeding you're supposed to worry about kids turning into alcoholics.
 
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