Are We Poisoning Ourselves with Disinfectants?

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a hazardous rush to disinfect everything. The demand for disinfectants and cleaners has surged within the last couple of months across the globe. With the increased demand, are we poisoning ourselves and what are the effects to the environment, particularly the ocean where most water based products waste go to.

According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “Calls to poison centers increased sharply at the beginning of March 2020 for exposures to both cleaners and disinfectants.” How knowledgeable are we when it comes to using a high volume of disinfectant products? Are children educated enough to use these products independently?

Disinfectant Cases

Complaints that have been submitted to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tied to cleaners and disinfectants has increased by 20%.

In two reported cases, a woman had breathing difficulties after filling her sink with 10% bleach solution, vinegar, and hot water to soak her produce. The other, a child had swallowed an unknown amount of ethanol-based hand sanitizer, resulting in dizziness and vomiting. There are cases every day that showcases the need for more information to fully understand how to use these products effectively and productively.

The report concludes that “users should always read and follow directions on the label, only use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label), avoid mixing chemical products, wear eye and skin protection, ensure adequate ventilation, and store chemicals out of the reach of children.”

Health-Care Waste

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), disinfectants are a chemical health-care waste. Health-care waste contains potentially harmful microorganisms that can infect hospital patients, health workers and the general public. Hazardous waste if not recycled properly can be harmful to the environmental as well as health. They can cause such problems as:

  • Contamination of water supplies
  • Pollution of land, air and water
  • Can cause fires or toxic fumes
  • Unrecycled waste can lead to costly cleanup operations

We need to be more educated in the usage of disinfectants and cleaners to fully understand the risks and effects. The WHO wrote an interim guidance on water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) virus. The article has important information regarding the management of health-care waste. It is an interesting read and will help prevent bad practices that can cause damage to our health.

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5 Impacts of Long-Term Isolation

The coronavirus epidemic continues to dominate attention across the world. The lockdown has been a key feature of the pandemic. In the U.S., one report estimates that the entire crisis could take 18 months to resolve. While lockdowns shouldn’t last as long as that, it does give a taste of what’s to come. Isolation can bring with it a few negative side effects that can have a serious impact on long-term health. Being vigilant to these stressors and the signs that they are becoming a problem will be important as lockdown continues.

Cognitive Decline

The most pressing health problem associated with long-term isolation is cognitive decline. According to the American Psychological Association, studies in older people have shown loneliness and social isolation causes accelerated cognitive decline, noticeable in dementia-like symptoms such as a particularly short memory. The best way to combat this is to keep the brain active. Stay in touch with friends and family, and look into a hobby. Hobbies are one of the best ways to combat cognitive decline and are simple to pick up. Drawing, for instance, can be started using only the internet and pens and pencils. Try simple subjects at first, like drawing a dog, and then build your way up.

Mental Health

In addition to cognitive decline, isolation has been linked to a decline in mental health. According to the BBC, this is linked to a lack of social contact and the perspective that social contacts bring. Other people may struggle with having so much time alone and without ‘keeping busy’ with work. As much as time can exacerbate mental health problems, it can be an opportunity, too. Find more time for meditation and mindfulness to help your mental health.

Physical Illness

According to one report studied by The New Yorker, loneliness and isolation can cause serious health effects. These are largely centered around heart disease, with stroke and obesity also among the most widely reported illnesses. This is from a combination of two factors – the impacts of loneliness and depression on the mind, and the likelihood of isolated people to follow poor nutritional habits. As with mental health, the key here is to be vigilant as to what your daily routine brings.

Poor Nutrition

Nutrition creates a catch-22 situation with mental health. When isolated, it can be difficult to obtain good quality, natural foods and drinks; this is especially pertinent currently, as coronavirus has seen shop shortages globally. However, this can cause adverse mental health, which in turn can lead to poor eating habits. Make an effort while isolated to take stock of your diet and try to cook from scratch, no matter how simply – your brain will stay engaged this way.

Difficulty Adapting

Relevant both for going in and out of long-term isolation is the prospect of re-adaptation. An issue commonly associated with prisoners and military personnel, it can and will effect those who have been isolated from wider society for other reasons. Finding a strong support network to rely on and ways to gradually get back into the flow of day-to-day life is key.

Coronavirus has brought problems like long-term isolation to the fore. While once largely restricted to certain demographics, now, millions of people are experiencing isolation. Loneliness can do more than you think to hurt your health; be ever vigilant as to how you’re feeling, and always seek help.

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Are Sun-creams Destroying the Great Barrier Reef?

Corals are marine animals with a symbiotic relationship with algae, which gives corals their color. Up to 70% of the world’s oxygen is produced by phytoplankton like algae which undergoes photosynthesis the same way as plants. The chlorophyll in chloroplasts gives plants their color. Chlorophyll A gives a teal-green color while chlorophyll B gives a yellow-green color. Other compounds such as fucoxanthin, gives it a brown color while phycobilins gives it a deep red/blue color. Colorful corals arise from colorful algae caused by chlorophylls.

Healthy coral reefs

Corals along with sea anemones also have a symbiotic relationship with certain types of fish, like the clownfish (Nemo!). The clownfish feeds on small creatures which might harm the coral while the poop of the clownfish provides nutrients for the coral. It can be seen that these corals provide a home to a family of algae and sea animals.

When a coral is stressed, they expel algae from their tissues, leading to coral bleaching. As algae provides the coral with up to 90% of their energy, bleached corals will eventually starve and die. Few often recover. The main causes of coral bleaching are rising sea temperatures (~0.11°C each decade) as well as ocean acidification (drop of 0.1 pH since the industrial revolution). The Great Barrier Reef, covering up to 133,000 sq miles (344,468 km²) of coral is currently under threat. It has experienced severe bleaching events due to warming oceans in 2016/2017 and now in 2020. It is clear that more needs to be done to preserve corals.

Coral reef has been completely destroyed

Additionally, sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate have also recently proved to be detrimental to corals. “Oxybenzone and octinoxate cause mortality in developing coral; increasing coral bleaching that indicates extreme stress, even at temperatures below 87.8 degrees Fahrenheit [31°C]; and cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms. These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals’ resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals.

Furthermore, oxybenzone and octinoxate appear to increase the probability of endocrine disruption.” – HI SB 2571. Hawaii signed a bill in 2018 to protect corals (HI SB 2571) from sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, however, that bill will not go into effect until Jan 1st, 2021. Other coral-rich countries such as Palau, have already banned ingredients like parabens and octocrylene starting Jan 1st, 2020. Current sunscreen ingredients not threatened by a ban include avobenzonetitanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Nevertheless, one must balance the use of chemical and physical sunscreens as well as the importance of skin and coral protection.

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Conquering Eczema

My Battle with Eczema

Throughout my life I have suffered from quite severe eczema that has affected my body self-confidence. Eczema is a condition that makes your skin itchy and red, with a dry and rough consistency. The severity of my eczema has varied over the course of my life, ranging from mild to severe. I will go through my battle with eczema and how I managed to contain it. All the information regarding products is based on memory alone. Some creams may have been reformulated and may not have the same effects that I mention in this article.

Childhood Years

I was born in Singapore and moved to Scotland just before the age of three. I came into this world with some skin complications, with the main one being eczema. I was diagnosed with an allergy to G6PD, a common symptom when having eczema. My two brothers also suffer from eczema, with each of us having unique cases. I have a fuzzy memory and I can’t remember much about the condition of my skin as a child. I can recall it being quite mild based on the photos that I have seen of myself at that age.

Primary school was when my skin deteriorated. Not much changed in my daily routine, although I did get a dog at this point! His name was Jambo and was dear to my heart. Looking back, his molting hairs were probably a trigger for my eczema. At the time I was scratching excessively and wasn’t in control. I’d scratch without thinking about it as it was a form of relief and comforting for me. I remember how rough and dry my skin was, to the point I looked like a burn victim. It wasn’t a pleasant sight and it was very concerning for my parents. I’d go to school in bandages to maintain the cream that was put on but the temptation to scratch was too much to bear.

My skin wasn’t the best during my childhood. It was mainly on my joints and I’d say it was on between 20% of my body. My legs were my worst location along with my neck and face. For the creams I used, it came from the NHS at the time. I used a mixture of creams, bath oils and steroid creams to try and control my eczema.

Product1Source

E45 Moisturising Lotion

E45 Dermatological Moisturising Lotion

potential risk index 7
Methylparaben
Propylparaben
Paraffinum Liquidum
Phenoxyethanol

Oilatum Bath Oil

Oilatum Emollient Bath Additive 500ml | Medical Dressings
 
potential risk index 6
Paraffinum

Aqueous Cream

Amazon.com : AQUEOUS CREAM 500 G : Beauty

potential risk index 6
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%

potential risk index 6
White Soft Paraffin

Johnson’s Body Wash

Johnson'S Baby Regular Bath 強生嬰兒特溫和沐浴露

potential risk index 6
CI 42090
Sodium Laureth Sulfate Parfum

PH 5.5 Body Wash

Johnson'S PH 5.5 2 In 1 Body Wash With Moisturizers

potential risk index 10
Methylisothiazolinone
Ethylparaben
Methylparaben
Propylparaben
Phenoxyethaol

Teenage Years

As a teenager I was more active and my skin got better as I aged. My joints were still a victim, especially my legs. I loved scratching my legs as a form of relief and it still continued into my teenage years. My skin was more controllable at this age as I was more educated about how to maintain it. I still used a variety of creams because it was always my goal to try and get rid of it.

The creams I used during my teenage years were prescribed by the NHS (National Health Service in the UK). I did not source my own creams however my mum would give alternatives to try out, but my core treatment were my prescribed selections. At the time, the cream settled my skin and was able to maintain my eczema to a more controllable state. I can’t remember what soap I used, but it was usually an unscented brand of soap. I remember experimenting with coconut oil as it had healthy nutrients that were proven to be great for skin. I did see some improvements, but all it really left me was a dirty bath tub and me smelling like coconut! 

Product1Source

Diprobase

Diprobase® ECZEMA CREAM

potential risk index 10
Chlorocesol
Paraffin
Paraffinum Liquidum

Oilatum Bath Oil

Oilatum Emollient Bath Additive 500ml | Medical Dressings

potential risk index 6
Paraffinum

Aveeno Moisture Daily Lotion

Aveeno Essential Moisture Daily Lotion | 艾惟娜水润保湿乳

potential risk index 4
Chlorxedine Digluconate

Neutrogena Norwegian Body Lotion

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Body Lotion Sensitive

potential risk index 5
Phenoxyethanol
Mineral Oil
 

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%

potential risk index 6
White Soft Paraffin
Betnovate Cream

Betnovate Cream

potential risk index 10
Chlorocresol
Liquid Paraffin
White Soft Paraffin

Coconut Oil

potential risk index 2

Adulthood

Throughout my adulthood my skin has been at its best and worst. Currently I can gladly say it is at is best; however this wasn’t always the case.

During university I had many complications with my knee. I had a total of five surgeries in the time period of 4 years which is quite excessive. I had to take a lot of antibiotics and painkillers when I was undergoing my physio therapy. My social life was different, as I indulged myself in what adults can do, like drinking alcohol. I was working in kitchens at the time, exposing myself to many different kinds of cleaning products that contain chemicals that were potentially harmful to my sensitive skin.

My skin condition varied. When I was working in kitchens during my time at university, my face was my main area of concern as it was my most exposed area. I was too reliant on steroid cream to try and get a ‘quick fix’ to the conditioning of my skin. I wanted to go out, so I wanted to have clearer looking skin every time. This was a bad practice; it made my skin on my face very fragile and thin. My joints on my legs especially were still the same as, like I mentioned before, was my comforting location to scratch. When I lost weight, my skin got better as I was healthier than before.

Hong Kong

I moved to Hong Kong in 2016 and the humidity did wonders to my skin. Although I did have a complication as my eczema took another turn for the worst in 2018. It became very raw and to the point that it started oozing out what can be described as skin discharge. I never saw a dermatologist or went to a doctor as I was confident with my knowledge of my body and past experiences with products that I could solve the situation myself. Cost was another big factor; there wasn’t a guarantee that a specialist can cure me.

My eczema was towards the severe scale. It covered 30-40% of my body and parts of my skin were oozing out discharge, mainly in my legs. My whole torso excluding my chest was covered to what can be described as a rash. I didn’t get any allergy test as I thought it was only a temporary thing. My lifestyle didn’t really change and it came at a shock. I was living in a new place and it had some mold problems. My skin started deteriorating when the temperatures and humidity were rising, around spring time. My skin was at its worst during summer and I had to take serious measures when it became unbearable to look at and affected my joint movements.

During this stage of my life I took great care in my daily routine. I became aware of what I was eating, the products I was using, how active and fit I was and the cleanliness of my surroundings. This is what I changed in my lifestyle that helped me get to my skin to the best condition it has been;

  • When showering, a full scrub down with sensitive soap that worked for myself
  • Cool down then apply my moisturizing cream
  • Increased my activity to at least 5 workouts per week
  • Limited the amount of junk food I had, increased my fruit and vegetable intake
  • Santized and cleaned my living area multiple times a week (bed lining every 3 days and towels everyday)

It wasn’t an overnight fix. It took months of a fixed routine but it was important to have that consistency. It worked for me and now my eczema is at a level that doesn’t require as much treatment. My cream consumption has gone down considerably and my new fixed routine has allowed my body and skin the chance to flourish.

Product1Source

Childs Farm Sensitive Skin Moisturiser

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, 250 ml, Shea and Cocoa Butter ...

potential risk index 6
Alpha-Isomethyl Lonone
Benzyl Alcohol
Parfum

Zerobase Emollient Cream

Zerobase Emollient Cream

potential risk index 10
Chlorocresol
Liquid Paraffin
White Soft Paraffin
 

Aveeno Moisture Daily Lotion

Aveeno Essential Moisture Daily Lotion | 艾惟娜水润保湿乳

potential risk index 4
Chlorhexidine Digluconate

Cetaphil Moisturizer Lotion

CETAPHIL MOISTURIZER LOTION | 丝塔芙保湿润肤露

potential risk index 5
Benzyl Alcohol

DML Moisturising Lotion

DML Moisturizing Lotion 16 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) - Buy Online in Aruba ...

potential risk index 6
Benzyl Alcohol

Hydrocortisone Ointment

Hydrocortisone Ointment 1%

potential risk index 6
White Soft Paraffin

Betnovate Ointment

Betnovate Ointment

potential risk index 6
Liquid Paraffin
White Soft Paraffin

Dettol Body Wash

Dettol Original Antibacterial Ph-Balanced Body Wash 滴露 經典松木沐浴露

potential risk index 10
Methylchlorisothiazoinone
Chloroxylenol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Parfum

Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Amazon.com : Dove Body Wash for Softer and Smoother Skin Sensitive ...

potential risk index 10Methylisothiazolinone (10)
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Fragrance

What Products I Use Now

These are the products I use every day to maintain my conditioning of my skin. It works for me but it may not work for all. I’d say the products I use along with my daily routine have allowed my eczema to in a more controlled state.

Product1Source
DML Moisturising Lotion

DML Moisturizing Lotion 16 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) - Buy Online in Aruba ...
potential risk index 6
Benzyl Alcohol
Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Amazon.com : Dove Body Wash for Softer and Smoother Skin Sensitive ...
potential risk index 10
Methylisothiazolinone (10)
Phenoxyethanol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Fragrance
Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1 Hair Energizer | 欧倍青咖啡因洗发露C1
potential risk index 6
Methylparaben
Propylparaben
Phenoxyenthanol
Sodium Laureth 

Reflection

The information that has been provided by 1Source has highlighted that the products I have used in my lifetime have a high potential risk index. After reviewing my results, I can pinpoint what products and ingredients may have contributed to the severity of my eczema. By exposing these ingredients, I can research more into how it may be affecting my skin and look for alternative products that are considered to be safer in terms of ingredient safety.

The products that I use now currently work for me and I have seen great results. However 1Source is a platform that has allowed me to further my knowledge of ingredients in products and how potentially harmful they may be. I highly recommend anyone with skin problems like myself to check the products you have been using and to see if there are ingredients that may be considered harmful.

9 Ways to Improve Survival in COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Currently, there are a large number of people who are being affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in different countries.

The situation will likely overwhelm medical systems in many localities. Many people tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus but with mild symptoms will not be admitted into hospitals or medical facilities for treatment, but are told to administer self-quarantine at home. We would like to provide important tips for you to have the best chance of recovery

1. Do Not Drink Too Much Fluid

When we suffer from a viral illness, our body will gradually develop immunity to fight the virus and recover. The main reason people die in Covid-19 and SARS is when the illness progresses into severe viral pneumonia. The most common problem when treating severe viral pneumonia is that it was treated like bacterial pneumonia. In bacterial pneumonia we want the patient to have ample fluid intake so that the antibiotics can be carried by the blood to kill the bacteria. However, in the case of severe viral pneumonia, it is the opposite. The amount of fluid intake should be decreased because the virus does make holes in the vascular alveoli junctions in the lungs and causes body fluid leakage into the lungs.

This leads patients to be literally drowned in their own fluid, which is primarily responsible for the ugly chest x-rays at the early stage. Fluid leaking into the lungs’ alveoli causes the patient to not get enough air and is followed by further secondary inflammatory damages. Using ventilators, doctors can attempt to push air into the lungs to keep the alveoli of the lungs open for a while. But keeping the alveoli open becomes more and more difficult, and hence results in subsequent death. Hence, the most important KEY is to keep the lungs dry by keeping the fluid intake on the low side.

When your mouth and tongue feel dry, you are probably 5% dehydrated. But keeping the lungs dry will give the best chance of survival in a severe viral pneumonia. Thus, the key is to avoid drinking large volume of fluid. Nevertheless, In order to avoid too much dehydration, taking small sips of liquid is okay to relieve the dry mouth discomfort. This fluid overload problem also explains why some doctors found some of their patients who appeared to be getting better clinically during recovery, suddenly deteriorated. This is because Instead of just receiving intravenously previously, the patient was allowed to start drinking a lot of fluid orally.In the event you begin to have breathing difficulty, you should immediately go to the hospital.

2. Keep Your Body Warm

Increase in body temperature to 39C (102.2F) will increase the production of interferon by our lymphocytes by a multitude of 10 times. Interferon is what our body produce to defend against virus. So unless you fever is making you feel very uncomfortable, you may want to tolerate a little bit of fever in your body which is a natural response to combat the virus. You may consider taking antipyretics that you are not allergic to, e.g. Paracetamol (Panadol or Tylenol) when you feel discomfort, or when your body temperature reaches 38.3C (101F) or higher, so that you may feel better.

3. Take a Warm Bath

Taking a warm bath not only makes you feel better but also does 3 things for you:

1. The increase in body and skin temperature to 38-40C (100.4-104F) will increase the number of circulating lymphocytes in your blood

2. The increased body temperature will increase the production of Interferon by the lymphocytes 10 times

3. Gentle massage of your skin will activate the body immune system which is heavily stationed under your skin

After the warm bath and shower, you may want to drink a cup of hot coke with 2-3 pieces of lemon in it. The lemon will give you Vitamin C. The caffeine in the coke will ameliorate your negative feeling from the illness.After the hot bath and the coke, take a nap under a warm blanket. You may sweat after the nap. If that occurs, change you wet clothes to dry, clean clothes. The wet clothes will have to be washed with laundry detergent and in hot water because they may contain virus and toxins excreted in the sweat.

4. Plenty of Sleep

Our body repairs itself during rest and sleep. Sleep not only raises your body temperature but also raise your immunity. In additional to the pituitary adrenal axis, there are substances called neuropeptides which are secreted by our brains like messengers that regulate the body’s immunity function. During sleep and generally around 4 a.m., the brain also secretes a small amount of growth hormone which is responsible to help our body to stay young. Another benefit for those who are always at peace in their heart, the energy system of the meridians called yin and yang will try to connect with each other and run through a small or large cycle (小周天, 大周天). If this is successful, a person’s energy system is revitalized and becomes a stronger field in defending against the negative energy of the virus.

5. Be Calm and Peaceful

Try to resolve your emotional conflicts, stress and let go of your anger, grief and fear. You may want to realize that 45% of people who contacted the virus do not get the COVID-19 disease. And even if you become a confirmed case, 85% of people do not develop into severe cases that require intensive care. Try to understand that worry and fear will not help the situation at all. Instead, negative emotions increase your stress hormone such as adrenocortical steroids and will lower your immunity. Try to be hopeful and have positive thoughts. Research has shown that the most effective stress relief method includes prayer to your God and meditation.

6. Avoid Chicken or Fatty Food

Try your best to avoid chicken, chicken soup, fatty food, or deep fried food. These kinds of food will supply lots of phospholipids which will provide the raw material for the virus to synthesize large amount of viral capsular materials for their reproduction and hence to attack the host’s body. Just forget about the erroneous belief that chicken soup is good for common cold.

7. Practice Good Hygiene

Practice good hygiene so that you do not spread the virus to those who come in contact with you or take care of you, particularly your family members:

1. Always wear 99% Viral Filtration Efficiency face mask unless you are eating or on a ventilator

2. Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and hot water for 20 seconds or more each time, or use a 70% alcohol hand sanitizer

3. Spray 70% alcohol or antiseptics onto the bottom and top of your shoes that you wore outside your home. Avoid bringing your street shoes into your home. Sanitize things your bring home, such as your brief case, after going out.

8. Food and Herb

1. Include ginger, garlic, green onions and onions in your food.

2. Do NOT take Ibuprofen (Brufen) because it will block the ability of the body to combat the virus when the virus enter into the lung.

3. You can take N-acetylcysteine 600 mg twice daily which improves immune function via increasing glutathione in the body. Take Vitamin C and Vitamin A daily.

4. China has used oriental medicine (3 tablets and 3 herbal tea prescriptions)[ 金花清感颗粒、连花清瘟胶囊、血必净注射液、清肺排毒汤、化湿败毒方、宣肺败毒方] in combination with western medicine, and the herbs has shown to decrease the progression of the disease and hasten recovery.

5. China has also created a herbal formula of Q-14 to treat the COVID-19 with a 90% response rate. http://www.scio.gov.cn/xwfbh/xwbfbh/wqfbh/42311/42768/index.htm

9. Pray

Last but most important of all, pray to the God you know, for his mercy and grace!

May you have good health!

© 2020 Dr. Yeung DW
Health Consultant
Hyatt International Holdings Ltd.

Date: 31 March 2020

Credits: Hyatt International Holdings Ltd.

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