The Global Effect of the Invention of Soap

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Cheslee Morgan Felux Period 4 January/February 2013 “If I rub my hands with it, soap foams, exults… The more complaisant it makes them, supple, Smooth, docile, the more slobbers, the more Its rage becomes voluminous, pearly… Magic Stone! The more it forms with air and water Clusters of scented grapes, Explosive… Water, air and soap Overlap, play At leapfrog, form Combinations less chemical than Physical, gymnastical, acrobatical Rhetorical? There is much to say about soap.” --Francis Ponge, Italian Renaissance Literature, “Soap.” The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy. Soap; such a simple word with a huge meaning. Oxford dictionary defines soap as, “a substance used with water for washing and…show more content…
Rob Dunn, a contributor to Scientific American Blog, states, “Increasingly, the world seems to be rife with contamination. Fortunately, all of the main companies producing hygiene products have offered a solution–sanitary, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antibiotic, wipes, and soaps to kill anything that dares to creep into our wholesome lives. These salves will cure us of the demons that dare to grow near us.” When Dunn says this, he is completely correct. Without the proper and frequent use of sanitation products, such as soap, the general public would be more exposed to the world full of deadly germs. Sickness could be avoided through the simple wash of your hands. CNN wrote an article on their website called “Lack of soap means, illness, death for millions of children,” where they explain, “Across the globe, 2.4 billion people do not have access to clean sanitation, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 1.5 million children die every year because their immune systems are not mature enough to battle diarrheal and respiratory diseases spread in contaminated environments.” Dr. Eric Mintz, leader of the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Epidemiology team at the CDC further adds to the statement made by CNN by saying, “It seems so simple, soap and water. But imagine never being taught how to do that.” Dr. Mintz has a point that can relate further back into history when there wasn’t any product like soap to
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