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The Benefits and Drawbacks to Using Hydrogen Peroxide

The Benefits and Drawbacks to Using Hydrogen Peroxide

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Hydrogen peroxide is a staple in medicine cabinets and first aid kits, and it should be part of your survival kits and bug out bags as well.  It has numerous uses, in addition to first aid, that make it worth having a supply on hand.  However, there are also some misconceptions about using hydrogen peroxide, particularly when it comes to cleaning wounds, that are important to know about.  Let’s take a closer look at hydrogen peroxide and how you can make the most of this fantastic product.

Wound Care

The effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide when it comes to cleaning wounds and preventing infections is hotly-debated.  On one hand, it’s been the go-to treatment for minor scrapes and cuts for decades, and people are simply conditioned to believe that it works.  On the other hand, an emerging body of research keeps confirming that hydrogen peroxide does little to disinfect wounds, and it can actually do more harm than good.

The reason is that while hydrogen peroxide does destroy bacteria by eating through their membranes and causing them to break apart, it also kills healthy cells as well.  Consequently, it can help to control infections, but it does so at the expense of healthy tissue that may interfere with the healing process.  On the other hand, by carefully applying the peroxide to the affected area and not the surrounding tissues, peripheral damage can be reduced. 

Another mixed-bag with peroxide is that it does lift dirt, grime, dust and other impurities from wounds and skin.  So, it is useful as a cleanser and disinfectant.  The question is how to apply it in a way that does the most good while minimizing damage.  The general consensus is that you should use it as sparingly as possible, avoid using it on deep wounds or serious infections, and dilute it with water in order to reduce skin irritation.  Finally, applying a dab of peroxide over a wound and then quickly rinsing with water can also reduce peripheral damage to healthy cells.

Antiseptic

Aside from wound care, hydrogen peroxide has quite a few beneficial uses that make it worth keeping around.  You can use it to kill bacteria in your mouth, whiten teeth and even slow the spread of gum disease.  Many people know about the traditional method of mixing baking soda and peroxide with a little bit of water to make an effective toothpaste, and it really works.  It also works as a gargle as long as it’s diluted with water and you thoroughly rinse your mouth afterward.  You can also use hydrogen peroxide to soak toothbrushes in order to kill off bacteria. 

Hydrogen peroxide, used in conjunction with olive oil, can help to loosen wax and relieve the symptoms of swimmers ear.  Apply a few drops directly into the ear canal and let it rest for a minute or two.  You may feel some burning or a sizzling, popping sensation, and this is good as it shows that the oxidation is killing bacteria and drying out earwax. 

Once the time has passed, add some olive oil and cover with a cotton ball.  Wait a few more minutes before draining the ear with some warm water, and the wax will start to dislodge.  Keep in mind that you may need more than one treatment, particularly if you have a considerable of excess wax that needs to be removed.  The peroxide can also help to kill off bacteria in the ear canal that causes swimmers ear.

It can also be used to disinfect surfaces, help to remove mold and mildew and clean grout between tiles.  It is also known to kill bacteria in toilets, bathtubs and sinks, and you can also use it to wipe down cooking surfaces and utensils in order to minimize the risk of cross contamination during food preparation.

Hydrogen peroxide is also a pretty-effective anti-fungal agent, and it can be used on people, pets as well as plants.  There is also a strong link to spraying a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on seeds to promote germination and minimize bacterial invasions that harm plants. 

These are just a few of dozens of benefits associated with hydrogen peroxide, but it’s important to use it under the right conditions for best results.  Take a closer look at why it may not be the first or best choice for wound care, but also learn more about how you can put it to everyday use in many other ways as well.  No matter how you slice it, hydrogen peroxide has earned it’s place as a staple item, and you definitely want to have some on hand at all times. 

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Aspire to be More Like the Honey Badger

Aspire to be More Like the Honey Badger

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A honey badger looks like cute blend of otter and beaver, but looks can be deceiving.  The honey badger is considered to be one of the most fearless, intelligent and tenacious predators on the planet. In fact, this animal has been introduced to participants in motivational talks and leadership meetings as one that we should imitate as we try and succeed in this badger-eat-badger world.  This is where the honey badger becomes relevant to us, and we can learn a lot from this little resourceful animal.

Designed for Defense

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Any predator can find their niche in order to stalk and catch prey with maximum efficiency.  However, many predators also have plenty of vulnerabilities as well.  The honey badger is an exception, and it seems built to be able to fend off an attack from a wide-range of predators.  They have very thick, rubbery skin that is also loose.  This makes it difficult to be punctured, torn, and the extra leeway allows the honey badger to maneuver into a more advantageous position during an attack. 

It is also outfitted with a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth, powerful jaws and an incredible set of claws.  Consequently, even if an animal did decide to tussle with a honey badger, chances are it will think twice about trying again in the future.

How many layers of defense do you have, and what skills do you possess that can give you the most amount of options during an attack or altercation?  The more you have to choose from, the greater the chances of gaining the upper-hand.

Adaptive

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Another skill that the honey badger has down is their ability to adapt.  They are excellent swimmers, but the aren’t bad climbers either.  They are agile, and their slender, long bodies allow them to slink in, out and around all kinds of nooks and crannies.  They use these skills while stalking prey as well as ways to escape from a predator when being attacked.  Being adaptive gives them more options and resources, and we can experience the same benefits if we follow suit.

Fearless and Tenacious

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Probably the most talked about aspect of the honey badger is its fearlessness.  They can be eating a bee, get stung and keep eating.  They can be scratched and bitten by prey as it fights for its life but they won’t stop.  In other words, they keep going, no matter what obstacles or challenges they face until they either get what they want or figure it’s not worth the effort or risk. 

Most animals will avoid prey that poses a physical threat, partly from experience and partly because they instinctively know they’ll get hurt if they try.  On the other hand, the honey badger can care less, and it shows.  They somehow know how to turn off the fear instinct and focus on the goal.  Now, it’s easy to question whether or not this is a good example to follow in the human world, but fear is something that we will need to contend with in a survival situation. 

The issue is how do we deal with that fear.  There is good fear, like the fear that keeps us from making poor choices or taking unnecessary risks.  Then there’s bad fear that is little more than tricks that our minds play on us for a variety of reasons.  The trick is to learn the difference, and to grow in fearlessness when it’s beneficial and beat back the fear when it is an impediment.

Patience

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The last quality, and there are still many more worth learning about, is that honey badgers are patient stalkers.  They know how to lie in wait, watch their prey and learn exactly when and where to strike.  They also learn from their experiences and put them to use in future hunting.  Patience is something that all of us can benefit from mastering, and there’s always room for improvement.  Patience allows us to get what we want without wasting time, energy while making fewer mistakes along the way.  It involves calculation, assessing different possibilities and not getting discouraged when things don’t work out.  The honey badger rarely gives up on his target or goal until it gets what it wants, and neither should we.

Take some time to learn more about the honey badger.  Chances are that these little predators can teach us a thing or two that can improve our success in the midst of a crisis.

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