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Avoid anti-bacterial soaps! Triclosan will harm development
« on: September 18, 2010, 12:11:16 PM »
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  • Antibacterial Soaps Contain Endocrine-Disruptors Capable of Interfering with Hormones Critical for Normal Development and Reproduction
    September 18th, 2010


    Via: Natural Resources Defense Council:

    The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit today against the Food and Drug Administration for failing to issue a final rule regulating the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban, which are commonly found in antibacterial soaps. These chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory studies. NRDC filed today’s lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.



    The majority of consumer soaps claiming to be “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” contain the chemicals triclosan or triclocarban. FDA first proposed a rule that would have removed these chemicals from soaps in 1978. Until this rule is finalized, these chemicals can be widely used with no regulatory oversight — despite evidence that they are not effective and numerous studies associate them with serious health risks. The growing use of these chemicals in products has led to widespread residues in the environment and in people; recent bio-monitoring results found residues of triclosan in 75 percent of Americans over the age of six. The chemicals are absorbed through contact with the skin and tests have found them in human blood, urine and even breast milk.

    Laboratory studies have shown that these chemicals are endocrine-disruptors capable of interfering with hormones critical for normal development and reproduction. Such hormonal interference has the potential to cause long-term health problems including poor sperm quality and infertility, and damage to the developing brain leading to poor learning and memory. Several studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban also may contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

    In April, FDA acknowledged soaps containing triclosan offer no additional benefit over regular soap and water. FDA also expressed concern about the development of antibiotic resistance from using antibacterial products and about triclosan’s potential long-term health effects, but did not move ahead on the rule-making.

    “Three decades of delay is outrageous,” said Avinash Kar, an attorney with NRDC. “FDA needs to issue a final rule on triclosan and triclocarban now, and that rule should ban both chemicals in hand soaps.”
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    Avoid anti-bacterial soaps! Triclosan will harm development
    « Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010, 09:14:46 PM »
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  • I stopped using antibacterial soaps about 8 years ago when I found out that the good germs on your hands get taken off as well as the bad, and cause superbacteria to become immune to it, causing antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

    Don't use any of it! A little dirt is good, and the good bacteria are good. Use soaps that don't have any antibacterial qualities, and are natural. They worked in the past, they still work now. You can keep your house clean using natural cleaners. Murphy's oil soap is awesome for wood, and just plain dish soap (without the antibac) is awesome. I use the natural kind (smells like almond.)
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    Avoid anti-bacterial soaps! Triclosan will harm development
    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 09:32:22 PM »
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  • I have never used them-always knew there would be this exact announcement.  Anyway, they smell so awful and tear hard-working hands to pieces.


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    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2010, 10:33:39 PM »
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  • Does anyone here make soap?

    Right now I use ivory bars and kirk's castile soap.

    Does anyone make dishwashing soap?

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    Avoid anti-bacterial soaps! Triclosan will harm development
    « Reply #4 on: September 19, 2010, 07:48:23 AM »
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  • Kirk's seems really good, and not as expensive as the soap from Whole Foods.  Tea Tree oil products are supposedly effective for germs and bugs, but have an unpleasant smell IMO.


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    « Reply #5 on: September 19, 2010, 07:57:03 AM »
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  • Quote from: Elizabeth
    Kirk's seems really good, and not as expensive as the soap from Whole Foods.


    I use it for shaving.  The Ayurvedic bars from India are interesting, but a bit strong smelling.

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    Tea Tree oil products are supposedly effective for germs and bugs, but have an unpleasant smell IMO.


    Yes it's quite strong.

    I find liquid castile soap made from olive oil to be hard to use with the water here in town.

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    « Reply #6 on: September 22, 2010, 01:16:57 AM »
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  • I use Earth Friendly Products dishmate liquid. The almond scented stuff.
    Matthew 5:37

    But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

    My Avatar is Fr. Hector Bolduc. He was a faithful parish priest in De Pere, WI,

     

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