Do you use antibacterial soaps? Well, if you do, you can say goodbye to them. The FDA says they don't work any better than plain soap. They also say that the makers of the antibacterial soaps have never proven them to be safe.
At least 2,000 different products contain special "antibacterial" chemicals. According to the FDA, "Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than soap and water." But that's not the worst of it.
Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research says that, "In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term." That's especially true of the most common antibacterial chemical, triclosan. While there's no proof yet that triclosan is dangerous to people, some animal studies suggest that high doses can affect the way hormones work in the body. Triclosan is also in toothpastes, hand sanitizers, and other products. So it would not be too hard to imagine that some of us, particularly babies and children, could easily be getting exposed to high doses. The FDA is also reviewing hand sanitizers and products used by hospitals.
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People have been sold a bill of goods from the pharmaceutical and medical industry. They have been told over and over that germs are bad and must be killed. But except in special situations, such as surgery or other medical procedures, this is just not true. Germs are actually good for us. It's a constant exposure to a variety of germs that gives us immunity against them.
No one will argue against common sense good hygiene practices, but this obsession that so many people have about needing to sanitize everything they come into contact with is not healthy. That's especially true when it comes to exposing ourselves to chemicals instead of germs. That practice gives us a one-two punch. One, our immunity goes down. Two, our bodies build up even more chemical toxicity. This is one action from the FDA that I support, although it took them long enough. They should have made it years ago when we told you how harmful these products can be.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed From Consumer Soaps by Maggie Fox http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-orders-antibacterials-removed-consumer-soaps-n642036 HEALTH SEP 2 2016, 7:18 PM ET.