5 Urgent Reasons Why You Need to Stop Using Antibacterial Soap Immediately

One of the most remarkable – and scary – things about the world of consumer goods is the monumental difference between perception and reality.

Antibacterial soaps are used by 74% of people in the USA. Manufacturers have propagated the idea that these products are “necessary” to fight germs – instilling a fear of this invisible enemy into people – and the belief is almost universal that these are a “superior” product in the battle against germs.

Stop Using Antibacterial Soap Immediately

Recent research has not only found antibacterial soap to be ineffective in real world conditions, but that there are health dangers associated with the chemicals in these soaps.

However despite the research findings, 84% of US adults surveyed said they have no health or environmental concerns about antibacterial soap.

Most people just don’t even know…

Studies Found Antibacterial Soap Ineffective

In December 2013, owing to health concerns over the antibacterial agent Triclosan, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule stating that manufacturers must provide data to demonstrate that antibacterial soap is more effective than plain soap and water.

The results of the studies are now out and it’s official: Antibacterial formulas don’t work better than regular soap and hot water.

One study tested the products on 238 households and found that people who use antibacterial soaps and cleansers develop a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms just as often as people who use regular soaps.

A 2015 Oxford University study that compared antibacterial soap containing triclosan (at a concentration of 0.3% – the maximum allowed by law) with normal soap, found that Antibacterial soap containing triclosan (0.3%) was no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination when used under ‘real-life’ conditions.

A 2007 review also confirmed that antibacterial soap containing triclosan provided no additional benefit compared with a non-antibacterial soap.

Triclosan Causes Hormonal Disruption

The antibacterial and antifungal agent Triclosan (5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol) has been associated with several health dangers, leading to its being already banned in the state of Minnesota.

The structure of triclosan is similar to the notorious Bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxins, and it is degraded into various chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins by heat and ultraviolet irradiation.

Triclosan has been shown to alter endocrine function in a variety of species: A 2006 study found that exposure to low levels of triclosan disrupts thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and can alter the rate of thyroid hormone-mediated postembryonic anuran development of the North American bullfrog.

A 2009 study further demonstrated hormonal disruption – tatting that triclosan significantly decreases circulating concentrations of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) and to a lesser extent triiodothyronine (T3) in male rats.

Links To Cancer, Bone Malformation

Some animal studies showed that triclosan caused fetal bone malformations in mice and rats, which may hint at hormonal effects.

Triclosan has also been found to cause estrogenic activities in human breast cancer cells, which may stimulate the growth and development of cancer cells. The chemical has also been found to impair muscle function in both humans and animals, and is linked to an increase in allergies among children.

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