Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wash Your Hands!

I just read a study on Yahoo! Green which kind of surprised me. It appears that soaps labled "antibacterial" may do more harm than good. It said:

"The main ingredient in most of the liquid soaps lining store shelves is triclosan, a pesticide that kills bacteria. Turns out you just need to banish germs from your hands, not kill them. Studies show that antibacterial soaps aren't more effective at preventing illness or at removing germs than good old-fashioned soap and water. In fact, antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good.

There are concerns that triclosan may contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It's also present in human bodies and breast milk as well as in streams. The Environmental Working Group says triclosan has been linked to developmental defects, liver toxicity, and cancer in lab studies. It also may affect thyroid and other hormones that are crucial to normal development."

Interesting, isnt it? I am guilty of using antibacterial products, dishwashing soap and hand soap. But now, after reading this article, it looks like I may be changing my soap. You can read more on this at: http://green.yahoo.com/blog/the_conscious_consumer/6/say-no-to-antibacterial-soaps.html

Now if soap wasnt bad enough, there was another article about drinking water. We all try to eat and drink healthy, but if the water is contaminated, whats left? Here is another good read about drinking bottled water: http://green.yahoo.com/news/ap/20081015/ap_on_sc/impure_bottled_water.html

Kinda makes you go hmmmmm.... Nothing said about Arrowhead, which is what I drink.

2 comments:

Ghost said...

I have heard this before from my dermatologist.

THIS AND THAT said...

This was the first I heard of this - makes you wonder what else is out there.