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

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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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  • Rdog 2012/08/28 20:49:28
    No
    Rdog
    Not regularly, but some people need it to combat acne. Aside from that, I'd stick to the regular stuff unless you've been visiting an ER waiting room, casino or brothel. I think there are always times to employ the exception to the rule!
  • jere.chievres 2012/08/27 15:59:13 (edited)
    No
    jere.chievres
    Dial or Lifebouy whn I can find it. Plain old bleach is one of the best disenfectants available also.
  • lucythetooth 2012/08/23 00:35:47
    No
    lucythetooth
    +2
    Humans were not meant to live in a completely sterile environment. Our immune systems need germs to practice on so when we get hit with an especially nasty one, it will be up to the task. I've noticed that people who use hand sanitizer 24/7, and wash everything they can with antibacterial soap, and spray everything they can't wash with Lysol are generally the ones who are sick the most.
  • katywon lucythe... 2012/08/23 22:23:12
    katywon
    +2
    Right. they use them in medical situations to protect the patients from getting staph or strep. But most of us have immune systems that protect us from many diseases. You really have to be vulnerable in some way for the germs to take over your system. Wash your hands especially before and after personal situations and most people will be fine. There is no way to predict when a contagious disease will hit you so be safe. Plus shaking hands is a good germ spreader but everyone does it.
  • Crische 2012/08/22 17:25:09
  • katywon Crische 2012/08/24 07:20:41
    katywon
    +1
    Soap and water especially in medical situations is the best and easiest prevention. Soap and water is simple. Children should be taught early to do it automatically. No one says don't get dirty or play in the sand. They only say washing hands is the key to avoiding colds and minor illnesses too. Obviously you can only wash hands when you are near soap and water. Yes children need some exposure from early on and their immune systems do build up. But the key is not letting the bad germs take hold. Plus people have different immune systems. One never knows in the beginning of life just who will be more vulnerable.I Apologize if I sound preachy but its one of my beliefs coming out of training and experience. No one has to agree with me, just an opinion.
  • Crische katywon 2012/08/24 16:26:03
    Crische
    +1
    Empower your core and whole body with all the happiness and energy you can muster, and it can take care of all other forms of life which try to hijack it. Leave it weak and wilted and full of bad food and drinks, and stagnant through lack of motion, and it becomes very vulnerable indeed.
  • katywon Crische 2012/08/24 16:43:33 (edited)
    katywon
    +1
    I agree with what you say but its complicating a simple message. Wash your hands. Don't worry about the poor bacteria. They shall return. They always do. Washing hands might prevent an invasion of unfriendly bacteria or "germs" as we uneducated people put it.
  • Crische katywon 2012/08/24 17:00:15
    Crische
    +1
    I get what you are saying. There are some things that soap on your hands just cant fix though (cancer for example). Yet your body has intensely powerful immunity and self-preservation potential when you get it operating on all cylinders.
  • katywon Crische 2012/08/25 17:23:52
    katywon
    +1
    Yes it does. Our body and mind working together can perform miracles. The human brain and body is a miracle. No it can't cure cancer or a lot of other problems. But it sure helps to have a positive outlook. I have seen amazing recoveries of ill people with truly positive outlooks. I also have seen failures. Life is La Vida Loca.
  • katywon Crische 2012/08/27 17:13:33
    katywon
    very true. Also there is nothing that will stop you from going into permanent sleep when your time has come. Unless you live like Mother Theresa or Ghandi we are human and we run on an invisible clock which can be affected by disease,genetic forces, accidents,murder,riding a bike in traffic. Taking any chances at all in life including opening the door and walking out of your house. And if you live in a dangerous area your life line can be shortened. La Vida Loca.
  • sandiellette 2012/08/21 17:36:49
    No
    sandiellette
    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!
  • sandiel... sandiel... 2012/08/21 17:41:11
    sandiellette
    +2
    I vote no not just because of this study but many studies. Bacteria does not equal "germ". Bacteria aids life more than anything. Humans are not the only important life on this planet. geez!
  • katywon sandiel... 2012/08/25 17:18:50
    katywon
    right
  • Beccy 2012/08/21 16:01:12
    Yes
    Beccy
    +1
    If you listen to every study you would live in a bubble
  • 10997 2012/08/21 15:33:29
    Yes
    10997
    +1
    I should really stop though, I think I'm mildly allergic to it anyway..
  • Kozmo 2012/08/21 06:21:22
    No
    Kozmo
    only when at hospitals. Improper use at home may lead to poorer washing technique &/or may enable super-bugs to flourish.
  • Shonny 2012/08/21 05:53:37
    Yes
    Shonny
    +1
    And I will continue to.
  • Mud 2012/08/21 05:31:15
    Yes
    Mud
    +1
    Just hit it with the windex!!
  • garyt212 2012/08/21 04:53:02
    Yes
    garyt212
    +2
    Oh no, not another BS study....LOL
    animated laughing
  • duns 2012/08/21 02:35:58
    Yes
    duns
    +1
    I DON'T MIND.
  • Merlin 2012/08/21 01:53:06
    No
    Merlin
    Not often but I absolutely love it. Smells great
  • Arel 2012/08/21 01:42:39
    No
    Arel
    +1
    I always thought it made you more susceptible to bacteria over time.
  • pdt_ski 2012/08/20 23:56:05
    Yes
    pdt_ski
    +1
    Sometimes but most often bar soap or dish soap (and water, of course).
  • Vision of Verve 2012/08/20 23:47:55
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/20 23:15:41
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I can still bench press 200 lbs.
  • raschell97 2012/08/20 23:13:56
    No
    raschell97
    +1
    it is expensive and it kills off the good germs as well as the bad
  • Elz 2012/08/20 21:17:14
    Yes
    Elz
    +1
    what else am i going to use to keep my hands clean?
  • Kozmo Elz 2012/08/21 06:27:43
    Kozmo
    You can use an alcohol-based sanitizer or
    just do a proper job with washing in the 1st place.
    Lulls you into a false sense of security.
  • Depp30UK 2012/08/20 20:34:16
    Yes
    Depp30UK
    Well I guess we should just go back to when nothing was harmful and everyone lived to the ripe old age of 30.
  • Kozmo Depp30UK 2012/08/21 06:29:48
    Kozmo
    +1
    A few centuries ago (in Europe) , taking a bath was dangerous from water-borne diseases. Folks got around that by dousing themselves with copious amounts of perfume. Once annually was common then.
  • Depp30UK Kozmo 2012/08/21 21:22:57
    Depp30UK
    +1
    That must have made crowded days a fun experience! I suppose though, one would get used to the smell, like city people get used to smells from cars and such.
  • Kozmo Depp30UK 2012/08/22 06:13:47
    Kozmo
    +1
    Most baths then were taken early in the year so spring weddings were popular because the bride didn't stink that much. Knew a friend who'd just douse himself with Aramis between bi-weekly showers. Was always puzzled why folks wouldn't visit.
  • Will 2012/08/20 19:49:46
    No
    Will
    +1
    Heard that it actually doesn't really do much for your hands
  • DP 2012/08/20 19:34:35
    Yes
    DP
    +3
    And I will continue to do so. "Everything damages everything according to new study."
  • Elz DP 2012/08/20 21:16:43
    Elz
    thank you i so agree with you.
  • Shahd DP 2012/08/20 22:05:15
    Shahd
    Exactly what's on my mind.
  • Michael 2012/08/20 19:34:10
    Yes
    Michael
    +1
    OMG, what's next! I heard sun block is now harmful! There is always a delay between using the products and findings of harm. Why is that?
  • Kozmo Michael 2012/08/21 06:32:36 (edited)
    Kozmo
    Human Nature, as soon as something good is found, it's used extensively until problems are found & is hard to put the genie back in the bottle very quickly most of the time. Don't forget some folks will attempt conceal & obfuscate news of problems routinely too.
  • kmay 2012/08/20 18:43:32 (edited)
    No
    kmay
    +3
    The skin is largest organ of the body and we continually put toxic chemicals on it.....they are absortbed into the body......Common sense tells me that can not be good for the body. Natural / organic is best.

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