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Does antibacterial soap cause more harm than good?

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57582621/does-antibacterial-soap-cause-more-harm-than-good-fda-to-decide-after-four-decades/

 

The Food and Drug Administration is finally going to decide whether antibacterial soap actually works, or if it's causing more harm than good.

Government researchers plan to deliver a review this year on the effectiveness and safety of triclosan, the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of antibacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the United States. The chemical has been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, used for cleaning kitchens, people's bodies and clothing.

The chemical is also found in mouthwash, toothpaste and toys, and depending on what the FDA finds, a $1 billion industry could be affected.

The agency's review comes amid growing pressure from lawmakers, consumer advocates and others who are concerned about the safety of triclosan. Recent animal studies of triclosan have led scientists to worry that it could case hormone-related problems in humans including an increase the risk of infertility and early puberty.

"To me it looks like the risks outweigh any benefit associated with these products right now," said Allison Aiello, professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. "At this point, it's just looking like a superfluous chemical."

The concerns over triclosan offer a sobering glimpse at a little-known fact: Many chemicals used in everyday household products have never been formally approved by U.S. health regulators. That's because many germ-killing chemicals were developed decades ago before there were laws requiring scientific review of cleaning ingredients.

 

 

Click the link for the rest of the article. The FDA still hasn't finalized its review of the most common antibacterial soap ingredient for over 40 years.. and on top of it, the chemical could cause hormone related issues? wtf.


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Just like they've never reviewed any "anti-aging facial cream" there is no telling what they put in those. Its not regulated.


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ugh wtf I wash my hands w antibacterial soap 10-20? frigin times a day. Pets food cleaning gardening using the toilet! Even my fuckin windex is anti bac wtf.....


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The common theory about it being harmful is that while it does kill bacteria, it makes surviving bacteria much stronger and resistant.


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