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Hygiene Habits That Can Do More Harm Than Good

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  • Based on a Reader’s Digest article citing a number of so-called “healthy” hygiene practices, I call out 10 popular personal care habits I consider to be harmful
  • There are many misconceptions about hygiene and you may be doing something you consider to be helpful — such as brushing your teeth immediately after a meal — when it, in fact, does more harm than good
  • Some examples of harmful hygiene routines are applying hand sanitizer, cleaning your ears with cotton swabs, douching and using fragrance-laced products on or near sensitive skin areas

By Dr. Mercola

An article featured in Reader's Digest called out a number of so-called "healthy" hygiene practices that actually do more harm than good. Given the condensed nature of their commentary and the many misconceptions involved with these particular areas of hygiene, I would like to elaborate on some of them. You are probably aware that many commercial personal care products, such as bubble bath and hand sanitizer, are laced with harmful chemicals that can potentially damage your health.

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