We’re just coming out of cold and flu season… and heading right into allergy season.
And you know what that means…
Stock up on the tissues!
Because when the wind kicks up, you’ll be blowing your nose right along with it.
Kleenex has become a staple weapon in our arsenal for fighting sniffles and sneezes.
But it wasn’t always that way.
And the more that corporate manufacturers try to “improve” tissues… the unhealthier we become!
Now, one of the most recent trends in treating runny noses has got the feds involved.
It’s not the FDA – and it won’t be, as long as we’re not eating our tissues.
The federal agency that’s regulating your tissue box is the EPA. Here’s why that should terrify you.
The bug-killer you’re sticking up your nose
Kleenex tissues were first introduced by their maker, Kimberly-Clark, in 1924.
Women had been reusing cloth towels to remove cold cream from their faces… and these paper tissues offered a more convenient and sanitary alternative.
In the 1930s, Kleenex was rebranded as a disposable handkerchief, used by both men and women.
Yet that wasn’t enough to keep it afloat over the next 60 years.
Kleenex sales began to plummet in the 1990s, and Kimberly-Clark had to continue innovating.
In 2004, the company introduced a viricidal version.
Because it contains “a mild pesticide” – the “bugs” being viruses — its marketing and distribution is overseen by the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs.
But those tissues… the ones that promise to kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses within 15 minutes… might’ve gotten pulled from shelves long ago, if it weren’t for one miraculous event that ensured its long-term success.
In 2009, the H1N1 flu virus (a.k.a. “swine flu”) emerged as a pandemic… and Kimberly-Clark cashed in.
But the answer to stopping this deadly strain of flu was NEVER locked within a 3-ply tissue.
Here’s how this product REALLY works…
Two active ingredients have been added to the tissue’s middle layer:
- citric acid (just like you find in citrus fruits)
- sodium lauryl sulfate (a.k.a. SLS, found in soaps, detergents, shampoos)
They can “inactivate” some viruses — but they might not TOUCH whichever virus has got you in its grip.
The ONLY viruses it CAN kill are:
- Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (the leading causes of the common cold , but among more than 200 viruses that CAN cause it)
- Influenza A and B
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV, which causes a lower respiratory infection).
And that 99.9% kill rate? That’s only those specific types of viruses… and only the ones that get trapped inside that third layer of tissue.
The germs in the air… on your nose and hands… and inside your body… will escape UNSCATHED.
Using Antiviral Kleenex won’t make you any less sick… and it won’t even shorten the duration of your illness.
And it might actually make you feel worse.
We’ve all experienced nostrils that turn red, painful, and chapped from too much nose-blowing.
Well, both active ingredients in Antiviral Kleenex are known skin irritants!
In fact, scientists use SLS to intentionally irritate skin when researching ways to treat skin irritation.
It’s why the Kleenex safety guidelines urge you to wash your skin thoroughly after handling the tissues… and to rinse with water for several minutes if you get any of the active ingredients near or in your eyes.
Don’t try to take a shortcut.
Instead of chafing your nose with wood pulp soaked in citric acid, get plenty of vitamin C… wash your hands often and thoroughly… and use whichever tissue or cloth handkerchief feels good on your nose.
Echinacea and elderberry can help reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms.