I was reading an article this morning and I thought it was interesting enough to share with you all. I do not know how many of you know this already, but last month the FDA put out a notice to the hand soap industry. Apparently there is no proof that antibacterial soap is more effective than any other. The notice basically said that they must provide further information that antibacterial soap is safe for human use long term. After they did some testing on animals, they realized that the soap causes a hormone imbalance. However, it is hard to measure the long term effect on humans.
The hand soap industry has an amazing marketing campaign that has almost everyone convinced that it is the best soap that you can buy. After reading the article, I took it upon myself to do some research on antibacterial soap and triclosan (the ingredient that makes it antibacterial). Here is what I found:
- Antibacterial soap can increase the resistance of bacteria, which can make it harder to get rid of them later on.
- When washed down the drain, it has a negative impact on important bacteria in the aquatic ecosystem.
- Triclosan was originally developed as a pesticide
- Triclosan has been banned in many countries such as the European Union
- Triclosan mixed with chlorinated water creates Chloroform (I know many of you have seen this used in movies. It is usually poured on a towel and inhaled to make someone lose consciousness.)
Our skin is our largest organ, and anything that you put on it can easily enter your blood stream. Therefore please be mindful of the ingredients that are in the products that you use such as lotions, body wash, deodorant, and sunscreen. What can you do to make sure that the soap you use is not only effective, but harmless to you and your family? Below I have posted a picture an all natural hand soap my family uses by Jason. Below that I have posted a few links to articles, if you want to learn more. Have a great week everyone! I will be posting an update on my real food challenge later on this week.
Here are a few links to articles I used in my research, if you want to learn more.