antibacterial soap

  1. Antibacterial soap contains a dangerous chemical

    The dirty secret about your soap

    It's so dangerous that it's about to get banned. But first... expect to find it just about everywhere!

    I know. That makes ZERO sense.

    Yet that's exactly what's happening right now, as the FDA gets ready to take long-overdue action against a dangerous chemical that's widely used in antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.

    It is finally getting ready to enact the ban on triclosan that it's been talking about for nearly four years now.

    The reason for the ban will make your skin crawl -- perhaps literally -- because this chemical agent has the power to slip through your skin when you wash with it.

    From there, it can enter your bloodstream and travel anywhere in your body.

    It can mimic estrogen and thyroid hormone, which can throw your hormonal balance out of whack and boost your odds of chronic disease.

    It can even cross the blood-brain barrier, where it can strangle the neurons that help deliver signals between the brain and muscle, according to animal studies.

    Some studies have even found evidence that it might reduce heart function.

    Obviously, banning this junk is a GOOD thing, and I'm all for it -- even if it's taken way too long to get the job done.

    Better late than never.

    Yet the FDA's not quite banning it. Not yet, anyway.

    While triclosan has already been pulled from the market for consumers, the agency left a massive loophole in place that allows it to continue to be sold for "healthcare" settings.

    Now, finally, the FDA is claiming that it is pulling it off the market for those uses, too, except it hasn't really.

    The feds are giving the companies that make antibacterial soaps for healthcare a FULL YEAR to get rid of the triclosan, and you know what that means.

    They're going to pull out all the stops to sell their entire inventory -- so they're not left with warehouses full of triclosan once the ban kicks in. Expect to find it in everything for a while, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if this stuff leaks back onto the consumer market.

    Sure, the label will say it's for healthcare settings, but some consumers won't realize what's really going on, and they'll snap it up fast, thinking they got a great deal on a powerful soap used in hospitals.
    Plain old soap and water has shown to be just as effective as antibacterial soaps containing triclosan. Just make sure you lather up and give your hands a good scrubbing for at least 30 seconds.

    If you like hand sanitizers, check the ingredients and avoid anything with triclosan. Stick to the ones that contain germ-killing alcohol as the only active ingredient.

  2. Triclosan is too dangerous to use

    Get the dirt on antibacterial soap

    Antibacterial soap sure sounds like a great idea. Who doesn't want to kill the germs that cause disease?

    So most people don't even think twice about washing their hands with it... washing the dishes with it ... and even showering with it.

    But the dirty secret about antibacterial soap is an ingredient called triclosan -- a dangerous chemical, technically a pesticide, that has the power to slip between your skin cells and into your body.

    It's so dangerous that even the do-nothing regulators at the FDA are finally getting ready to regulate it -- some 40+ years after first being ordered by Congress to take action.

    This being the FDA, however, the process is expected to take at least two more years.

    Don't wait; Put your own triclosan ban in place today -- because this stuff is far more dangerous than anyone at the FDA will admit.

    Triclosan has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, or the natural protection that keeps many toxins out of your brain.

    Triclosan passes through it like a hot knife through butter -- and once inside, it can block signals between brain and muscle, according to animal studies. Triclosan can also damage the thyroid, disrupt hormone production and even reduce heart function.

    There are two steps you can take right now to protect yourself and your family (not to mention any houseguests who use your soap).

    First, go on a hunt throughout your home and remove all antibacterial soap, including dish soap, hand soap and body wash.

    The new FDA rules will apply only to soaps, but don't stop there.

    Triclosan -- and its equally dangerous sister chemical, tricloban -- are also found in everything from cosmetics to deodorants to toothpastes and more. Read all labels carefully, especially if says "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial."

    If you have doubt, throw it out.

    And second, remember the single best way to make sure you're not infected with disease-causing germs is to wash your hands with plain old soap and warm water.

    Nothing fancy, but you do have to wash up the right way -- and believe it or not, most people manage to get it wrong. Odds are, you might even be one of them.

    Learn the right way to wash your hands and keep yourself free of bacteria and other germs with this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. New risks linked to common chemicals

    Chemicals such as BPA and triclosan are everywhere -- but they're both dangerous, and new research identifies even more risks.

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