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THE POWER OF UV

Here at Violet Defense, we are passionate about protecting our world from germs. As part of this journey, our blog helps us all to become more “germ aware” about the risks that germs pose to our health and wellness in everyday places, but more importantly how UV light has the power to help us fight this war against harmful bacteria and viruses.

 

 
 
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New Solutions Needed for Drug Resistance
antibiotic resistance MRSA

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Several articles were published this week on the latest "superbugs" and the dangers they pose to the public. An antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae has taken hold in Houston putting the city at risk for broadly spreading this bacteria which may cause serious infections. A specific strain of this same bacteria in Nevada was found to be resistant to all 26 antibiotics used in the United States. 1

While much of the focus on the growing resistance to antibiotics has been focused on better treatment protocols for doctors and hospitals, we may need to look more broadly at the issue and how to deal with germs before people get sick. First, let's look at how antibiotic resistance actually occurs. As one author put it - "It's basically just Darwin's idea of the survival of the fittest, reduced to a microscopic level. 2"

Bacteria will find a way to resist antibiotics - whether that is changing their structure to resist the antibiotic effects, actually destroying the antibiotic like certain bacteria that can produce enzymes called beta-lactamases that actually destroy penicillin, or by acquiring drug-resistance from other bacteria. While antibiotics will kill many of the bacteria causing an illness, the few bacteria resistant to most, if not all antibiotics will grow and eventually take over.

The increase in antibiotic resistance is largely due to misuse of antibiotics through improper taking of the medication (i.e. stopping a 10-day dose when you start to feel better at day 7) or by taking antibiotics when they are not needed. So what can we do?

Preventing Infections

Preventing infections in the first place is actually the best solution for dealing with the growing resistance to antibiotics. Fewer infections also reduces the number of antibiotics that are used, reducing the chances of developing more antibiotic resistant bacteria and viruses over time.

We all know rule number one of stopping the spread of disease is to wash our hands with soap and water. For many years, antibacterial products were prevalent based on people looking for an additional layer of protection. However, the FDA eventually ruled that products with certain ingredients, such as triclosan, could no longer be marketed as manufacturers had not proven their products to be safe or that they were actually any better than plain soap and water. Some tests have even suggested that chemicals such as these were actually contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.

Ultraviolet Light for Disinfection

According to the CDC, "Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics developed by humans, which is why aggressive action is needed now." One strategy that can be used to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, is the deployment of proven germ-killing technology that microbes have not demonstrated an ability to build a resistance to since researchers discovered this benefit. Around since the beginning of time, UV can kill all bacteria, including drug-resistant bacteria and there have been no reports of microbes developing resistance to light-based methods. This is because UV light is actually attacking the DNA and RNA of microbes which high doeses of pure energy in the form of photons - hindering its ability to reproduce and ultimately killing the cells when enough UV energy has been delivered.

Violet Defense Technology has solutions that can bring this proven germ-killing light technology to every day spaces, including bathrooms, commercial buildings, doctor's offices, assisted living facilities, and restaurants. Contact us for more information.

1 http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/17/510227493/a-superbug-that-resisted-26-antibiotics

2 "How do bacteria become resistant to antibiotics?" 30 January 2001. HowStuffWorks.com. 17 May 2017

Natural Cleaning Power of Sunlight
Sunshine - Alternate to Clorox Bleach

Spring Cleaning

When spring cleaning time hits, check out any home magazine and you'll see a cadre of the latest tips on how to clean your home faster, deeper, or with less chemicals.  We all want to find fast, inexpensive, but effective ways to clean our spaces, freshen up our linens that have been closed up all winter, or to get rid of the mildew on our gear that's been hidden away in our closet for too long.

You can spend a lot of time soaking and scrubbing those items, or you can take the advice of many sites and take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.  Remember the days when we all put our clothes out to dry and they smelled a little fresher and our whites were a little whiter?

That's because we were using the power of sunlight which has provided us a natural, effective bleaching agent that is gentler than chemical bleaches.  Sunlight has the ability to kill bacteria, mildew, mold, and even viruses.  One of the great things about putting your clothes out on the line was you hung them in the morning, went about your day, and when you came back, they were fresh, clean, and dry.  

Ultraviolet Light for Disinfection

While the days of clothes dried in the sun are gone for most of us - left to the nostalgic memories of childhood - we can still get the germ-killing benefits that sunlight brought us.  Violet Defense Technology has created a technology that can bring the power of sunlight indoors into every day spaces and uses.  With our S.A.G.E. whole room units, leave the room and the germ-killing lights will activate.  When you come back later, you are returning to a room where bacteria, fungi, and mold have been killed.

Contact us for more information or to get a quote on how you can bring the power of sunlight to your indoor world.