Saturday, March 31, 2012

Back to basics…..

I have seen so many commercials about disinfectant cleaners, sprays, wipes and I’ve also been reading a lot lately, about Natural Cleansers, and Germ Killers.  I have learned more about disinfectants and antibacterials then I thought there was to know. 

One common ingredient that is under so much scrutiny is Triclosan.

Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is a common ingredient in a lot of the liquid hand soaps available on the market today, as well as many other products we use every day.  In recent studies, conducted by the FDA, evidence has not been found that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water.  In a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the chemical was found to be present in the urine of 75% of Americans over the age of 5.

Several studies have pointed to the possibility of triclosan altering hormone regulation in laboratory animals and can cause antibiotic resistance.

 So, with these findings, and tests continuing as more concerns are brought forward, I have to ask myself (and you) one question. Why are we using this chemical, when washing with soap and water accomplishes the same mission: cleaning the germs and bacteria off of our skin to prevent infection.

The FDA has said “At this time, the agency does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.”

For generations we survived on basics. Soap and water cleans effectively.  Why do we rely on chemicals?

Let’s step back and make some decisions about our safety and health, instead of being persuaded by commercials made by marketing executives, designed to convince you that their product is the best.

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