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.