The modern world has run amok with people fearing germs. Germs are, to some, more feared than spiders, the boogeyman, and even Hanibal Lecter. I was brought up to fear germs. In school, we were told to wash our hands constantly and avoid interactions with sick people. If we didn’t comply, we were accused of “spreading germs.” As a kid, I always believed that the idea that germs were apocalyptic precursors was a bit dramatic.
Germs are propaganda. The pharmaceutical companies have created a “good cop, bad cop” marketing campaigns. Pharmaceutical companies have vaccines and pills and wipes all used to stop germs from every “invading” or existing. If germs do happen to break the human barrier, pharmaceutical companies have you covered. Pharmaceutical companies have painted themselves as the savers of lives and have painted a picture of germs as being the enemies attempting to take down our lives. Germs being the enemy isn’t just propaganda, it is huge revenue. It’s the basis for inflated revenues.
Antibiotics have been around for decades. They’ve been overprescribed and leaked into our food sources for much of that time. We developed resistances to them, these “enemy germs” have mutated and we’ve put ourselves all at risk for unnatural consequences. When it comes to antibiotics, the pitch was easy: germs are making you sick, we can kill those germs with these pills. People are so deathly afraid of germs that just hearing a series of pills are capable of killing germs is sweet music to their ears.
Antibacterial soaps and wipes have also taken over society in alarming ways. That’s a billion dollar industry. People are obsessed with the idea of killing germs, they are compelled to use antibacterial soaps and wipes to kill those germs, all the while companies such as Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Dial) just keep getting richer.
But how warranted is this condemnation of “evil germs?” Well, unless you are getting rich pushing products based on anti-germ marketing, the premise is not very valid. A study in Atherosclerosis showed that measles and mumps infections were associated lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The study in Japan followed 43,689 men and 60,147 women aged 40-79 beginning in 1988-1990 and followed them until 2009. Here are the results.
Men with measles only had multivariable HR (95% confidence interval) of 0.92 (0.85–0.99) for total CVD, those with mumps only had 0.52 (0.28–0.94) for total stroke and 0.21 (0.05–0.86) for hemorrhagic stroke, and those with both infections had 0.80 (0.71–0.90) for total CVD, 0.71 (0.53–0.93) for myocardial infarction, and 0.83 (0.69–0.98) for total stroke. Women with both infections had 0.83 (0.74–0.92) for total CVD and 0.84 (0.71–0.99) for total stroke. We also compared subjects with measles only or mumps only (reference) and those with both infections. Men with both infections had 0.88 (0.78–0.99) for total CVD. Women with both infections had 0.85 (0.76–0.94) for total CVD, 0.79 (0.67–0.93) for total stroke, 0.78 (0.62–0.98) for ischemic stroke and 0.78 (0.62–0.98) for hemorrhagic stroke.
This tells us that men who prior had measles had an 8 percent reduction in cardio vascular disease and those who have had mumps had a 48% reduction in mortality from stroke and a 79% reduction in mortality from hemorrhagic stroke. Women showed similar results as well: 15% for cardio vascular disease; 21% from stroke; 22% from ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.Those are huge margins.
We need germs. We have an immune system which works with germs to help us thrive. Pharmaceutical companies did not invent us, we evolved. But germs allow pharmaceutical companies, the CDC, and WHO, to create police states. It allows them to force feed us vaccines and pills. It is a billion dollar industry and we are the pawns.
Offices across our country push flu shots on employees, they have antibacterial wipes on the secretary’s desk, they have antibacterial soaps in the bathroom. People comply with them all, thinking they are defeating the big bad enemy called germs. But all they are doing is helping to fuel unnatural mutations while compromising their own immune systems. And to end, really? This cyclical profit machine has no end. There is no victory to be had, just an annual, daily push of products to fight a war which simply does not exist.
This isn’t me saying that we don’t need to wash our hands, this is me saying that the push of vaccines and antibiotics and even antibacterial merchandise has been nothing short of irresponsible and in some cases, criminal.
Parents guard their children against germs as much as they guard them against staying out past dark. Here’s the thing, though, germs are great for your kids. Just because your kid feels a little sick, that’s no reason to just run to the pediatrician and get antibiotics. According to Live Science:
A new study suggests that higher levels of exposure to common everyday bacteria and microbes may play a helpful role in the development of the body’s inflammatory systems, which plays a crucial role in the immune system’s fight against infection.
“Inflammatory networks may need the same type of microbial exposures early in life that have been part of the human environment for all of our evolutionary history to function optimally in adulthood,” said Thomas McDade, a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and lead author of the study.
So then why do we all believe that germs are going to kill us? Again, it goes back to pharmaceutical companies painting pictures in our minds that germs are bad.
In this staples commercial, check out how they paint the idea of “normal” and “healthy” as something clearly anything but.
Does this part of the commercial seem “normal” to you?
So now think about this for a second, how many people do you know that commonly say “I’m OCD about my house being clean” or “I am OCD about my office being clean?” That’s the injection of humor in this commercial. The image I’ve highlighted above relates to people. It’s a cycle of product push.
In this Ajax commercial, we are being sold that a “germ filled” house equates to shame from family and friends. This causes people to feel compelled to constantly use an antibacterial product so that neighbors and family members don’t think less of them. The family shows up to the grandma’s house only to scold her for being “unclean” due to the presence of germs. The product is sold on a basis of unreasonable shame. It is sold on a concept that actually isn’t even slightly true.
There are commercials using babies as props, telling us that if we don’t subscribe to antibacterial concepts, we may kill a baby. And this is another basis for the push on vaccines (if you don’t get vaccinated, you can’t touch your baby). We are all being subjugated by our puppeteering pharmaceutical companies and government agencies such as the WHO and CDC. We need to seriously consider waking up at this point. Living in a medical police state is simply no good way to live.