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New Study Says Antibacterial Soap May Damage Muscles: Do You Use the Stuff?

Living 2012/08/20 00:12:02
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According to a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, triclosan—a common antibacterial substance—can result in muscle impairment in both humans and animals.

Triclosan was originally developed in the 1960s to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals. These days it is commonly found in hand soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, kitchen utensils, toys, and bedding. Many manufacturers add the ingredient in order to convince consumers that their product will kill harmful bacteria. However, the substance may actually do more harm than good.

“Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment,” said lead author Isaac Pessah. “These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.”

With the potential risk of muscle impairment, including cardiac function, we may find ourselves switching over to conventional soap and water. And according to the FDA, there is little evidence that antibacterial soaps with triclosan end up killing germs any better than the traditional stuff.

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  • mblack 2012/08/20 03:47:07
    No
    mblack
    +6
    Bacteria is good for you. I took microbiology way before use of antibacterial soaps became common practice so I never bought into it.

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  • Linnster wtxwoman 2012/08/24 19:32:24
    Linnster
    +1
    How interesting. I put a lantana and a nerve plant in a 2' long planter and they now have taken up all the room there is and I have already split the nerve plant!
  • wtxwoman Linnster 2012/08/25 01:50:34
    wtxwoman
    +1
    I've never heard of a 'nerve plant'. Does it have another name?
  • Linnster wtxwoman 2012/08/25 01:55:35
    Linnster
    +1
    I'm sure it does, but I don't know what it is. The leaves are small and dark green and there are white lines on them that look like nerves. I'll post it.

    nerve plant
  • wtxwoman Linnster 2012/08/25 01:58:56
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Interesting looking plant. I don't think I've seen one before.
  • Linnster wtxwoman 2012/08/25 02:39:37
    Linnster
    +1
    I've always seen them as small houseplants. Mine started out that way and took off like a shot. They're very pretty and different.
  • wtxwoman Linnster 2012/08/25 04:55:17
    wtxwoman
    +1
    I've had no luck with house plants since moving to WTX. Back home, I had beaucoup house plants and they all died within 2 weeks of moving here.
  • Linnster wtxwoman 2012/08/25 06:01:19
    Linnster
    +1
    Well,I'm not sure where you came from, but I know that if the growing conditions where you used to live are very different from where you are now, it's difficult to keep plants alive. Talk to you tomorrow - I'm heading for bed now. :)
  • wtxwoman Linnster 2012/08/25 13:03:00
    wtxwoman
    +1
    Good night.
  • Omni Linnster 2012/08/20 08:46:55
    Omni
    +1
    That'd be fine if you were buying organic veggies and fruits...
  • Linnster Omni 2012/08/20 12:40:33
    Linnster
    +1
    I'm 66 years old and have done this my whole life. I think it's working for me, so far. :)
  • Omni Linnster 2012/08/20 18:04:58
    Omni
    +1
    It's a risk, but if you're fine with eating veggies and fruits sprayed with toxic preservatives, so be it. After all, it is working out for you :P
  • Linnster Omni 2012/08/21 16:37:59
    Linnster
    You're right. Everything is toxic.
  • blackri... Linnster 2012/08/20 12:16:57
    blackrings70
    +1
    Yep, learned that in Bio:)
  • Linnster blackri... 2012/08/20 12:42:02
    Linnster
    +1
    Too many people think this that's a better idea. Some you can't convince otherwise. the only time I use hand sanitizer is when I leave a hospital after visiting.
  • Mecynogea 2012/08/20 00:58:13 (edited)
    No
    Mecynogea
    +1
    I only use it when there's no normal soap around and I really need my hands clean.
  • dani 2012/08/20 00:57:23
    Yes
    dani
    I have stuff like that ,don't think I will be getting more
  • Kyle 2012/08/20 00:52:58
    No
    Kyle
    nope never used it
  • Osaka 2012/08/20 00:52:24
    Yes
    Osaka
    +1
    Well, I am a bit of a germaphobe. Why is it in kitchen utensils?
  • jacob crim 2012/08/20 00:47:24
    No
    jacob crim
    +2
    I do not use anything antibacterial unless I have a very bad wound. I like my body to build up its own defenses.
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/08/20 00:45:18
    Yes
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    I do use it... Perhaps I should switch... :/
  • L1 2012/08/20 00:35:26
    Yes
    L1
    It's mandatory at my job, and our hands are a mess because of it....
  • chrystal97 2012/08/20 00:34:52
    No
    chrystal97
    +3
    These antibacterial soaps have led to multi drug resistant bacterium. I don't use anti bacterial anything. This is what causes your immune system to be healthy.
  • Jenn 2012/08/20 00:33:13
    Yes
    Jenn
    +1
    I did't know they made hand soap without it.......hum, learned some thing new today
  • M A 2012/08/20 00:22:27
    No
    M A
    +1
    never, dont need it
  • Sister Jean 2012/08/20 00:15:23
    Yes
    Sister Jean

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