Although it has become a staple of millions of households across the country, the widespread use of antibacterial soap can cause more harm in the long run, especially for your family’s health and the environment.
The main problem is that the widespread use of antibacterial soap can make certain strains of bacteria even more resilient to not only the antibacterial soap, but also to prescribed antibiotics as well.
Additionally, antibacterial soaps can also cause more damage to your child’s immune system instead of protecting it. Why? Because a developing immune system needs to flex its muscles by fighting relatively harmless bacteria.
In other words, a developing immune system is only weakened by antibacterial soap.
Unfortunately, this type of soap has become so ingrained into our homes and culture that we’ve become completely blind to the dangers it brings into home and environment.
It’s so dangerous that it was banned in Minnesota.
It’s true, in 2014 Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a measure banning the antibacterial chemical triclosan from all products sold in the state.
So before you even consider buying some antibacterial soap, please be aware of the following problems it presents.
The Dangers of Antibacterial Soap
1. It Doesn’t Protect Your Against IllnessIt’s a common misconception to think antibacterial soap will help you avoid illnesses and keep you healthy. It’s in the name, right? Antibacterial should protect you.
Wrong. The common cold and flu are viral in nature, rendering the antibacterial properties of these soaps useless. Don’t fall for the ads; killing germs won’t keep you healthy.
2. It’s Anti-Environment
Triclosan, an ingredient in most antibacterial brands, not only has unforeseen side effects in the human body; it has a hazardous effect in the environment via our aqueducts. It’s even been banned in Minnesota.
With millions using antibacterial soap on daily basis, the water they use to rinse becomes saturated with triclosan. The problem is that most of our water treatment plants cannot filter out triclosan.
With this pesticide leaking into our streams and lakes, algae growth is disrupted. This in turn unbalances nature’s carefully choreographed life cycle.
3. It Only Strengthens Bacteria
There’s a reason antibiotics are prescribed by your physician instead of being over the counter products at your pharmacy. Ubiquitous use of antibiotics only leads to the creation of super bacteria that has survived the strongest doses.
The same principle applies to widespread use of antibacterial soap. By gradually enabling bacteria to build up resilience, we’ll create a public health hazard. Soon, we’ll see a superbug that will resist medication.
4. It Kills the Good Bacteria
Killing 99.9% of all germs and bacteria is the main selling point of these brands, right? Well, it also kills 99.9% of the healthy bacteria that prevents the growth of potentially dangerous bacterial infections.
It also indiscriminately kills the bacteria your immune system uses to build up its resilience to new dangerous bacteria.
5. It Causes Hormonal Imbalance
Triclosan, that common ingredient discussed before, also has been linked to causing disruptions in your endocrine system.
Your ability to release hormones like testosterone and estrogen will gradually weaken, leading to some health complications.
Next time you’re at the supermarket, make sure you avoid these toxic soaps. I also recommend using castile soap as the perfect replacement.
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By Michelle Toole via Healthy Holistic Living
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