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Flesh eating bacteria showing up in gyms.

December 6, 2016


Flesh eating bacteria showing up in gyms.

5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Gym Germs

Have you ever heard of the word fomite? No? A fomite is an inanimate object that can become contaminated by an infected person then serve as a source infection for others. The best fomites are non-porous, solid objects like door handles, elevator buttons and counters just to name a few. Once infected these surfaces are capable of transmitting bacterial, viral and fungal infections without discrimination.

Gyms are a perfect breeding ground for infections and dumbbells, benches and locker room floors are excellent fomites. Think about it. How many times have you seen someone leave the restroom without washing their hands as they head out into the weight area? What about the gal that keeps coughing and sneezing without covering her mouth? And, let’s not forget about the guy that drips sweat all over the weight bench. All of these people are potential shedders and spreaders of infection.

According to a position paper released by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the nature of athletics exposes the skin to a wide variety of stresses. Vigorous exercise, environmental factors and infectious agents act together to continually attack the integrity of the skin and challenge the immune system. The successful results of these attacks are infections and colds. In fact, one of the most common type of infections picked up in gyms are skin infections. Other infections include things like ringworm, herpes simplex, influenza, HPV, E. coli, staph and MRSA.

I personally treated a 21-year-old young man who contracted MRSA from the gym. The most popular place to contract MRSA is in a hospital, the first thing that the doctor will do is prescribe antibiotics, the problem with this is, there is a serious side effect when using antibiotics, the western doctors seem to forget to mention this. Antibiotics will destroy your good gut bacteria; gut bacteria are the first line of defense to protect you from contracting some type of degenerative disease like cancer.

The other issue when using antibiotics is some MRSA strains have adapted to antibiotics, in the case of this 21-year-old young man that is exactly what happened. MRSA is a flush eating bacteria, it started as a bump on his left hand he scratched it fluid came out. The next morning the spot was 10 times bigger and infected, after a couple of days the infection was growing they went to the doctors they diagnosed as MRSA and began treatment of antibiotics, after a week the infection  kept getting worse, at this point it was eating his skin and had travel up ¾ of his arm, doctors tried many different types of antibiotics they just were not working.

Through church the parents heard that we had a electrolysis device from Japan that could possibly help him, the parents decided it was worth a try, it was really the only option they had left, their son did not want to lose his arm.

Japan hospitals have been using 2.5 strong acidic water for 50 years they call it medical grade water, yes you heard me right it is water not a toxic chemical and it has been proven to kill 99.9% of all bacteria and virus. What is crazy our own wound care clinics here in the U.S have been using it to treat skin diseases like MRSA for decades yet most doctors still have not heard about it. The clinical name for it is hypochlorous acid the FDA approves it to be used on wound treatment or any type of skin disease. We started treating the young man, in about 3 days started to see the infection improving, in two weeks we killed it, that’s right we killed the MRSA, the doctors still did not want to give the credit to a proven wound treatment even though there is scientific case studies showing 2.5 strong acidic medical grade water works for skin infections.

This is not the only case we have helped, we had a little 7 year old girl who was attacked by a dog, tore her ear off, in the hospital the little girl contracted a bacteria in her ear, it was spreading fast, they tried several antibiotics they were not working, the parents new we have helped others and contacted us, I told the father to tell the doctor to contact a local wound care clinic that uses hypochlorous acid, the doctor told the father he had never heard of that and did not pursue it.

The father then called us back we rushed down there with a quart of 2.5 strong acid medical grade water (hypochlorous acid) 4 days killed it, by the way this was Children’s Hospital.

We have helped others as well.

Here is some information about hypochlorous acid (2.5 strong acidic water)

Hypochlorous Acid 2.5 as a Potential Wound Care Agent

EOW case study

3rd party lab test

Expected & unexpected sources of infection

The list of expected and unexpected culprits involved in the transmission of infections is fairly extensive. Here is an abbreviated list of the more common culprits that can be found in any standard gym.

• Shower stalls
• Locker room floors
• Locker room benches
• Steam rooms
• Weight benches
• Water fountains • Your clothing
• Weight gloves
• Gym bags
• Yoga and stretching mats
• Dumbbells
• Cardio equipment

Before you give up on going to the gym all together, continue reading for a couple of ways to reduce your risk.

1.Use disinfectant Sprays

So, you might be thinking that you’re protected from the germs listed above because you use the disinfectant spray provided by your gym. Well if you are thinking this, your wrong, these sprays are toxic chemicals that are leaching into your skin, they will not kill most of the bacteria, they are not strong enough, after you have learned about 2.5 strong acidic water you can now see how important it is to carry a spray bottle of 2.5 in your gym bag.

Check this out:

A study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrated that twice-a-day equipment disinfection wasn’t effective in reducing virus exposure. The study found that 63% of the exercise equipment in two gyms was contaminated with viruses, namely rhinovirus. Rhinovirus is the primary cause of the common cold. Certainly, I’m not suggesting that you stop using disinfectant sprays because they do help…a little. Honestly you may even want to purchase your own personal can of disinfectant spray versus using the watered-down stuff that your gym provides.

2.Don’t touch your face

Believe it or not you can actually infect yourself with viruses like rhinovirus and influenza. If you touch infected surfaces, then rub your eyes or wipe your mouth then you’ve just introduce an infection to your body. The solution is to stop touching your face—problem solved, spray your hands with 2.5 strong acidic water a few time while you are working out.

3.Create a Barrier

I would suggest that you create a barrier between yourself and the equipment that you use. A simple towel can provide you with an effective barrier. In addition to being used with equipment, towels should be used on locker room benches—including those in the steam room.
Shower shoes or flip-flops are also a must as fungal infections like athlete’s foot and plantar warts, caused by HPV, are easily spread in warm, moist locker rooms and shower stalls. If you have any open cuts, sores or skin abrasions then you’ll want to cover them with a bandage or Band-Aid, when you are done working out be sure to spray any open sores with 2.5 strong acidic water.

4.Shower with antimicrobial soap

Showering with an antimicrobial soap from head-to-toe is recommended to kill any germs you may have encounter. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recommends that you shower prior to leaving the gym. Why? Because you can easily transport germs with you.

5.Wash all athletic gear daily

While non-porous materials are the best fomites, your clothes, weight gloves and weight belt can also become infected if they come into contact with viruses, bacteria or fungi. And, by all means you should also spray your gym bag and lifting straps with 2.5 strong acidic water as soon as you are done.

Through careful planning and adherence to the above tips, you can go a long way towards protecting yourself from potentially serious infections.

For further information please contact me at on how to get 2.5 strong acidic water. videos on 2.5 strong acidic water.

Bill & Emily Mabry 6A
Wellness Coach/CHS


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