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Could 'Contagion' Really Happen? Print E-mail

The film — about a deadly pandemic that sweeps the world killing millions — is leaving people wondering, ‘could this really happen’? As it turns out, we could find ourselves in this exact situation any day.

Hand sanitizer companies are going to be thanking Contagion director Steven Soderbergh after this weekend. HollywoodLife.com attended the NYC premiere of the film and it left us terrified. Could all this worrying about how to prevent natural disasters and terrorist attacks have been the least of our concerns? We spoke to the Centers for Disease Control’s Senior Advisor on Crisis Communication Dr. Barbara Reynolds, who says that those of you who dismiss this film as a simple thriller flick are wrong.

“I know it’s pretty surprising but yes this could happen,” Dr. Reynolds tells us. “I think it’s important for people to recognize there’s a threat out there. Not only can it happen, but in different degrees it already has happened. We at the CDC continue to be out in the world looking for the next potential deadly virus.”

The film follows the individual lives of six people — played by Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Laurence Fishburne — as they go to great lengths to survive a disease that is rapidly spreading around the world. It’s eventually discovered that the quickly mutating disease was transferred from a bat to a pig then to a human.

“I can tell you that based on what I know, the film unfolds in a realistic way,” Dr. Reynolds says. “It captures the true struggle that would take place if a real deadly virus were to emerge. CDC has people out every week looking for health threats. It’s a scary movie in that regard but people should be reassured that we’re there for them.”

But could a disease break out and rapidly spread across the globe, killing millions within days? Dr. Reynolds reminds us of the Influenza Outbreak of 1918, also known as the Spanish flu. In this influenza pandemic, most victims were healthy, young adults and it killed between 50 and 100 million people. It’s considered to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in history.

“I was in Hong Kong when H5N1 broke out [in 1997],” Dr. Reynolds tells us. “This was a pretty deadly virus, but it hadn’t mutated. When we are looking at viruses, we look at how deadly they are and also we have to look at how easily they transmit. It’s that combination that can turn a virus into a real killer. The most dramatic example of a pandemic would be the 1918 influenza. It killed over 50 million people in the world. With that illness people would get up in the morning and not feel really good and be dead before they got home that night.”

In the movie, epidemiologists at the CDC were working around the clock to find a cure. After testing monkeys and various other specimens, a cure is found. But it takes at least a year for everyone to receive the vaccine.

“We are hoping this movie doesn’t cause hysteria but we hope it shows viruses can kill. Diseases do happen and the CDC is there 24/7.”

Just this last week, the CDC reported two new cases of influenza.

“We found strains of pig, bird and human virus we are monitoring that always have the possibility of turning into something like Contagion,” Dr. Reynolds says. “We detected it through a very strong health care system. Two individuals were suffering from influenza, and lab tests say it’s a different kind of strain. We put out health alerts to our health care providers and we shared that information internationally.”

Who gets the vaccine first?

* “As CDC was planning for a potential pandemic of influenza, we knew we couldn’t develop a vaccine to help everyone at first. So we put the question out there to the public and did public engagement meetings. We laid out the hypothetical situation: a deadly virus and limited amount of vaccines. People recognized that some people need it first and the ones that we put into our recommendations were: health care workers first. This is because we want the people who can help us get it first. Certain positions in our society need to be protected like utility workers. These people that keep our electricity running, etc. Then those that are most susceptible. I can’t say for sure how it would go. But I would say decisions would need to be made. When we create a vaccine we share it across the states, and local decision could be made too. We give guidance as to how the vaccine could be distributed.”

What should you do if this happens to you and how do you prevent things like this from happening?

* “The first thing we would ask you to do is distance yourself from each other. We’d ask you to be very vigilant about washing hands and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you did become sick you’d need to stay home. We don’t want people to become obsessive, but you should get vaccinated. 36,000 Americans die from influenza in a regular season. Protect your health, exercise, eat well, get sleep.”

Could you really wait almost a year to get a vaccine for a virus that’s killing millions?

* “It’s tragic isn’t it? To see how vulnerable we can be. We have good science, vaccines can be developed, we are on the cusp of making them quicker and more easily. We are using some technology that is half a century old! Science wants to move as quickly as possible. Look at HIV, how long has it been affecting humans? We still don’t have a better vaccine. For the influenza virus, it takes about six months for us to develop and mass produce a vaccine.”

Article courtesy of HollywoodLife.com.

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Affected Pathogen List Print E-mail

Here is a partial list of the bacteria, protozoa, viruses, pathogens, fungi, algae, mold, yeast and spores whose growth is affected and inhibited by our Vitacide Z-71 microbiostatic agent and Germ Free HandZ.  (The same active ingredient is used in both of these products; they simply use different binding agents.)

Bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus
Salmonella cholera suis
Escherichia coli
Clostridium Difficile
Candida albicans
Chlorella vulgaris

Protozoa

Cryptosporidium parvum

Virus

Influenza A2 (Aichi)
Herpes Simplex Type 1
Norovirus

Pathogens

Pathogens inactivated by Vitacide include:
Gram Positive Bacteria Reference
Bacillus sp. (vegetative cell) 5, 6, 11
Clostridium difficule 25
Corynebacterium diptheriae 1, 13
Listeria monocytogenes 24, 25
Micrococcus lutea 5, 6, 11
Micrococcus sp. 2, 5, 15
Mycobacterium tuberculosis 14
Mycobacterium smegmatis 14
Propionibacterium acnes 5
Staphylococcus aureus 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 24, 15, 21
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) 25
Staphylococcus epidermidis 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15
Streptococcus faecalis 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14
Streptococcus mutans 5, 6, 7, 11
Streptococcus pneumonia 1
Streptococcus pyogenes 5, 6, 7, 11
Gram Negative Bacteria
Acinetobacter calcoaceticus 2, 5, 6, 11, 14, 15
Aeromonas hydrophilia 5, 6, 11
Citrobacter deversus 5, 6, 11
Citrobacter freundi 5, 6, 11
Enterobacter aerogenes 5, 6, 7, 11
Enterobacter aglomerans 2, 5, 14, 15
Enterobacter cloacae 5, 6, 7, 11
Enterococcus 10
Escherichia coli 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14
Klebsiella oxytoca 5, 6, 11, 14
Klebsiella pneumoniae 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14
Klebsiella terriena 19
Legionella pneumophila 1
Morganella morganii 5, 6, 7, 11
Proteus mirabilis 5, 6, 7, 11
Proteus vulgaris 5, 6, 7, 11
Pseudomonas aeruginosa 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14
Pseudomonas fluorscens 5, 6, 7, 10, 11
Salmonella cholera suis 5, 6, 7, 11, 14
Salmonella typhi 5, 6, 7, 11, 14
Salmonella typhimunium 1, 5, 6, 7, 11
Serratia liquifaciens 5, 6, 7, 11
Serratia marcescens 5, 6, 7, 11
Xanthomonas campestris 5, 6, 7, 11

Viruses

Adenovirus Type II & IV 17, 18, 21
Bovine Adenovirus Type I & IV 17, 18, 21
Feline pneumonitis 21
Herpes Simplex Type I 16, 17, 18
Herpes Simplex Type II 21
HIV-1 (AIDS) 21
Influenza A2 (Aichi) 17, 18, 21
Influenza A2 (Asian) 17, 18
Influenza B 17, 18
Mumps 17, 18
Parinfluenza (Sendai) 21
Rous Sarcoma 17, 18
Reovirus Type I 17, 18
Simian Virus 40 17, 18
Vaccinia 17, 18
MS2 19
PRD1 19

Fungi, Algae, Mold, Yeast, Spores

Alterania alternate 8,12
Aphanizomenon sp. 22
Aspergillus flavus 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 14
Aspergillus niger 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Aspergillus sydowi 5, 6, 7, 11
Aspergillus terreus 5, 6, 7, 11, 14
Aspergillus versicolor 2, 5, 6, 7, 11
Aspergillus verrucaria 14
Aureobasidium pullans 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12
Candida albicans 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 14
Candida pseudotropocalis 5, 6, 7, 11
Chaetomium globsum 1
Cladosporium cladosporioides 8, 12
Chlorella vulgaris 19
Dreschslera australiensis 8,12
Epidermophyton sp. 9
Gliomastix cerealis 8, 12
Gloeophyllum trabeum 5, 6, 7, 11
Microsporum sp. 9
Microsporum audouinii 21
Monilia grisea 8, 12
Oscillatoria 20
Penicillium chrysogenum 5, 6, 7, 11
Pencillium commune 8, 12
Penicillium funiculosum 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 14
Penicillium pinophilium 5, 6, 7, 11
Penicillium variable 5, 6, 7, 11, 14
Phoma fimeti 8, 12
Pithomyces chartarum 8, 12
Poria placenta 5, 6, 7, 11
Scenedesmus 20
Saccharonyces cerevisiae 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14
Scolecobasidium humicola 8, 12
Selenastrum sp. 22
Trichoderma viride 5, 6, 7, 11
Trichophyton interdigitale 2, 14
Trichophyton maidson 14
Trichophyton mentogrophytes 5, 6, 7, 9, 11
Trichophyton sp. 9
Protozoa Parasites
Cryptosporidium parvum (oocysts) 19

References

1. Y. Hsiao, Chinese Pat. Appl., PCT/CN98/00207 (1998)
2. James Malek, John Speir, "Method of Reducing the Number of Microorganisms in a Method of Preservation"; U.S. Pat. 4,259,103 (1981)
3. Stewart Klein, "3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyldidecylmethyl Ammonium Salts and Method of Inhibiting growth of Microorganisms Therewith"; U.S. Pat. 4,394,378 (1983).
4. William Eudy, "Organosilicon Quaternary Ammonium Antimicrobial Compounds"; U.S. Pat. 4,406892 (1983).
5. Richard Gettings, William White, "Skin Treatment Method"; U.S. Pat. 4,908,355.(1990)
6. Lynne Blank, William White, "Antimicrobial Rinse Cycle Additive"; U.S. Pat. 5,145,596 (1992)
7. Richard Gettings, William White, "Opthalmic fluid Dispensing Method"; U.S. Pat. 5,013,459 (1991).
8. Richard Avery, Frederick Martin, Sean Dwyer, "Production of Stable Hydrolyzable Organosilane Solutions"; U.S. Pat. 5,411,585 (1995).
9. Lynne Blank, Richard Gettings, William White, "Method of Treating Tinea Pedis and Related Dermatophytic Infections"; U.S. Pat. 4,865,844 (1989).
10. David Battice, Michael Hale, "Antimicrobially Effective Organic Foams and Methods for their Preparation"; U.S. Pat. 4,631,297 (1986).
11. Bruce Higgs, William White, "Solid Antimicrobial"; U.S. Pat. 5,359,104 (1994). This patent also describes the method of antimicrobial activity.
12. Richard Avery, Frederick Martin, Sean Dwyer, Colin Brown, "Production of Stable Hydrolyzable Organosilane Solutions"; U.S. Pat. 5,411,585 (1995).
13. William White, Jerry Olderman, "Anitimicrobial Techniques for Medical Nonwovens: A Case Study"; Book of Papers, 1984, 12th Annual Nonwovens Tech. Symposium, pp. 13-46. No bacterial adaption (no increased bacterial resistance to Vitacide) reported.
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16. I-Fu Tsao, Henry Wang, Charles Shipman, "Interaction of Infectious Viral Particles with a Quaternary Ammonium Chloride Surface"; Biotechnol. Bioeng., 34, (5), pp. 639-46 (1989).
17. I-Fu Tsao, Henry Wang, "Removal and Inactivation of Viruses by a Surface Bonded Quaternary Ammonium Chloride", ACS Synp.Ser. (1990), Volume Date 1988, 419, pp. 250-67. Reaction with Lipidophilic Viruses.
18. M. Klein, A. DeForest, "Principles of Viral Inactivation", Disinfection, Sterilization and Preservation. 3rd Ed., S. Block, Ed., (Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia, PA) 1983, pp.422-434.
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20. P. Westerhoff, D. Bruce, "Biocide Coating Experiment", Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85257; 8/00.
21. W. Peterson, D. Giaccio, R. Berman, "Antimicrobial Skin Preparations Containing Organosilane Quaternaries", U. S. Patent 6,613,755 (9/2/03).
22. Third Party Testing; Univ. Iowa, Hygienic Laboratory, (No.27, AIHA,NELAD, USEPA, NVLAP), Iowa City, IA, 10/05
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24. T. Pometto, et.al., Iowa State University, Private Study, 12/7/07.
25. Independent Testing.

 
What Is Germ Free Life? Print E-mail

GFL is a totally-new way to think about your environment - your personal space, the objects around you, the air you breathe.

As our understanding of germs and pollutants grows, we are becoming increasingly aware that our world is a dirty and dangerous place.  The things we touch, the objects we use, the places we go, the people we meet - everything affects our health and wellness. And until now, most of those factors were outside of our sphere of influence. But now, with the products offered through GFL, we as individuals CAN take better control of the germs and pollutants around us.

Don't The Existing Products on the Market Inhibit The Growth of Germs?

Yes, other products inhibit the growth of germs, but not in the healthiest of ways. Many of the products you find on the shelf today are simply 'cookie-cutter clones' of the old and ineffective products of the past.  These other products use bleach, ammonia, alcohol and other '19th century' ingredients as their base. And while it is technically true that they kill germs, most are based on old-school technology that, in essence, poisons the germs to death.  By using them, you are spraying poison on the surfaces that you and your family make contact with all day long!

The problem is, germs are becoming increasingly resistant to the poisons - so manufacturers are increasing the strength and toxicity of these poisons.  The germs, in turn, are mutating into 'super bugs' - resistant to the poisons, and resistant to any and all efforts to eradicate them.  And once these hyper-resistant bugs are inside our bodies, they defy the powers of modern medicine and become  resistant to the strongest of antibiotics. Staph infections in hospitals are becoming more serious than the original reason for the surgery. Without a radical re-thinking of our approach to eliminate these super bugs, the end game is within site.  That is the fatal point, when our capability to kill these bugs is totally eliminated.  That is when the bugs will win, or at the very least will seriously affect our health, well-being and ability to function normally.

What is even more disturbing to health-minded individuals is the fact that we are being poisoned along with the germs. When the floors, fixtures and fabrics we live within are covered in extremely toxic poisons, the side-effects we experience are often worse than the original problems we were trying to solve! If killing MRSA requires that we kill ourselves a little bit more each day, are we really serving the best interests of mankind by introducing these massive poisons to our systems?

How Are GFL Products Different?

Our products inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and they use NO POISONS OR TOXINS to do so.  We offer products that are so new and innovative, they simply are NOT SOLD ELSEWHERE.  Our products use use all-new technology that is tested, proven and patented to inhibit germ growth in an all-new way. The research and technology is all available for your review on this web site.  And frankly, it's extremely technical and complex.  But it's important to understand the basic concepts.  This is true 21st Century technology that tackles 21st Century germs head-on.

Are These Products More Dangerous Than the Germs?

No.  All 4 of these products are tested and certified. They have been through more than 15 years of laboratory testing, and have passed the most stringent examination and review possible.  Complete documentation of the safety and effectiveness of these products is found on the research tab above.

PRODUCT 1: NatureMagiX Living Enzyme Cleaner

NatureMagiX is an environmentally-safe cleaner degreaser made from the Yucca plant. It is extremely concentrated and powerful cleaner, yet it is harmless to people, pets, plants and the environment.  When activated in warm water, the living enzymes literally consume dirt, grease, grime and pathogens. Spray it on and wipe, but don't rinse!  The enzymes get into the 'nooks and crannies' and continue to eat bacteria 24-7.Other cleaners have fragrance to mask odors; NatureMagiX removes the source of odors completely, leaving your room odor-free and pure.

PRODUCT 2: Vitacide Z-71

Vitacide Z-71 is a microbiostatic agent used for material preservation; it inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria such as MRSA, E Coli, Legionella and 99%+  of all germs, bacteria, odors and mold in your home or workplace – for 30 to 90 days – with one treatment.

Vitacide Z-71 has 1000s of commercial and consumer applications and benefits. Because it inhibits the growth of 99%+ of all germs and pathogens on surfaces, it largely prevents the transference of cold and flu germs, illness-causing bacteria, fever-inducing viruses and much, much more. The health and wellness benefits are tremendous, as are the financial implications of reduced sick days, reduced medical costs, reduced employee down-time and more. For a complete list of the germs, pathogens and other harmful bugs effectively inhibited by Vitacide Z-71, select the "Pathogen List", a sub-item of Vitacide Z-71 on the Products menu above.

PRODUCT 3: Germ Free HandZ

Germ Free Handz is the world's first 24-hour continuous germ-growth inhibiting hand sanitizer. It's totally different from the common alcohol based hand sanitizers you'll find elsewhere. Our product is water-based, so it won't dry your skin or cause redness, chapping and flaking like harsh alcohol-based sanitizers. Germ Free Handz contains the active material AMOSILQ which is a highly effective inhibitor of bacteria, viruses and fungi. On application to the skin, Germ Free Handz forms an invisible, odorless, moisturizing layer that will not wash off and continues to be effective against microbial pathogens for up to 24 hours or more - even after 10 or more washings with soap and water!

PRODUCT 4: Green Wonder Odor Eliminator

GREEN WONDER OE Odor Free Odor Eliminator inhibits odor-causing bacteria using its powerful enzymes, usually with just one application. It penetrates into the pores of fabric, rubber and even hard surfaces to eliminate odor naturally. The blend of unique enzymes and chemicals are fast, effective and completely safe for the environment, leaving only CO2 and water as by-products.

GREEN WONDER OE was developed to combat airborne bacteria and germs in hospitals and health care facilities. Now it’s available for your home, car, office, and RV use. It works in seconds and most surfaces or rooms typically require just one treatment. NO OTHER PRODUCT removes odors better than Green Wonder OE - guaranteed!

In Summary

These descriptions barely scratch the surface of the many features and benefits of our Germ Free Life products.  Please, dig deeper throughout this website.  See for yourself, learn more, and discover for yourself the many benefits of living the Germ Free Life!

 
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Will Germ Free HandZ damage my skin? Print E-mail

Simply put, no.  Germ Free HandZ will not only NOT damage your skin, it will actually MOISTURIZE your skin, giving them a silky-smooth feel.  Frequent use will NOT dry out your skin like alcohol-based hand sanitizers. You will enjoy the pleasant odor and the gentle, luxurious softness of your hands upon application.

 
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