Antibacterial soap sounds like it’s very effective for cleaning out hands and bodies, but the truth is the term “antibacterial” is more of a marketing ploy than anything else when it comes to effective cleaning of our body’s and homes.
Even the FDA(Food and Drug Administration) has admitted that “there is currently no evidence that [antibacterial soaps] are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.”
Over time concerns about antibacterial soaps, mainly about an antibacterial ingredient called Triclosan, have been raised stating that we don’t know the dangers or long term effects and therefore should be weary of using it. Unfortunately like many other concerns, it went ignored, by North American countries mainly, and now studies are showing the clear dangers.
The Many Health Hazards
Research has shown that triclosan can disrupt hormone function and cause issues with allergies, thyroid function, endocrine disruption, weight gain and inflammatory responses.
A recent study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology found that Triclosan encourages cancer-cell growth. Various studies over the past few years have clearly outlined the health dangers associated with this chemical.
Triclosan can also pass through the skin and interfere with hormone function (endocrine disruption). A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives from 2008 shows how scientists detected triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 percent of those tested (2,517 people age six or older). Interestingly, the highest levels were found in people in the third decade of life and who had high income levels. Perhaps the cumulative effects of triclosan will show very harmful effects later on for that age group.
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences it was found that mice who were exposed to triclosan regularly for six months showed abnormal cell proliferation, liver fibrosis, and inflammatory responses. Each of these conditions resemble the environment within which human liver cancer forms. Researchers stated that they would expect that the same triclosan-induced formation of liver tumors “would occur in humans as it occurs in mice.”