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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Why Using Antibacterial Soap is a Bad Idea

Keeping your body and your home clean has been highly recommended over the years as a good way to kill germs and prevent illness. But are we as a society becoming too germaphobic? Now, instead of just soap, there is anti-bacterial soap. The idea is that if clean is good, cleaner is better, right? Wrong! Antibacterial soaps have been linked to altering hormone regulation and causing allergies, inflammation, thyroid dysfunction and more.

Why antibacterial soap is bad

Many antibacterial soaps contain a chemical called triclosan which has in testing shown to cause many health problems. It is dangerous for pregnant women because it can interfere with the development of the fetus. It can even promote the development of tumors. According to recent research published in The Atlantic, one author stated that "triclosan promotes the development of the tumor. The compound also causes inflammation, which means that all the ingredients necessary for developing cancer are present.”


Cancer? They are not saying that triclosan directly causes cancer, but what they are saying is that triclosan can cause other conditions that can promote the development of cancer.

So, what started out to be a good idea, to make everything clean and germ-free, has turned out to be a very bad idea. What's more, triclosan is now found in soaps, detergents, toothpastes, toys and, surgical cleaning treatments. It's a chemical that is capable of altering hormone regulation, and that comes with dangerous side affects that can include breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.

So far, the FDA has not banned the chemical, but even they agree "there is currently no evidence that [antibacterial soaps] are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water."

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