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Antibacterial Soaps, The FDA & You

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would require manufactures of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that their products are safe. Studies in animals have found that exposure to high doses of certain chemicals found in these products can cause hormonal and metabolic disruptions. Rolf Halden,director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, talks about the chemicals and the questions about their safety.

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Comments [10]

Bloom -- just as i suspected - you work for a lobbying group sponsored by manhattan institute, along w life sciences companies who support gmos. that said, i would like to hear the answer to your reasonable question,

Dec. 19 2013 10:15 PM
MikeInBrklyn from Clinbon Hill

@Wes in B'ville one of the most effective way to fight bacterial growth below the gumline is to floss with water infused with an essential oil (eucalyptus, etc.), using a hydro pick type divise. This was recommended to me by my dentist 10 years ago, and since I have been 100% plaque free. After hydro flossing, you will probably be suprised by the amount of debris that remains between teeth and below the gumline after brushing. Teeth-brushing is largely effective for freshing your breath (my opinion).

Dec. 19 2013 01:58 PM
Josh Bloom

I would like an explanation of how triclosan contributes in any way to resistance to antibiotics. It makes no sense. Also, a correction— triclosan does not bioaccumulate. It is metabolized and excreted in the urine. Please comment.

Dec. 19 2013 01:56 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The Center for Science in the Public Interest said back in 2008 (http://www.cspinet.org/nah/10_08/oct08.pdf, p. 5) that 1 aspect of the problem is that antibacterials kill off the "good" bacteria that compete w/disease-causing bacteria, so if we're exposed to the "bad" ones there's nothing to keep them out, in addition to our not getting other positive effects from the beneficial ones.

Dec. 19 2013 01:53 PM
John A

Next stop: the meat industry.

Dec. 19 2013 01:52 PM
jf from THE FUTURE

EVERYBODY! USE BAKING SODA IT WORKS BETTER THAN AJAX AND IS SO SAFE IT IS AN ANTACID WITH A DRUG FACTS LABEL. IT HAS OVER 1000 USES AND WORKS BETTER THAN ALL THE TOXIC PRODUCTS THAT ARE DESTROYING THE WATER SUPPLY.

Dec. 19 2013 01:51 PM
jf from reality

These corporations are criminals. Poisoning Americans with chemicals that are banned in Europe. They are murderers, poisoners, exponential destructors of earth. The corporations are made of people with names and addresses. They must be stopped before it's too late and the natural world, garden of Eden is broken forever.

Dec. 19 2013 01:48 PM
Wes from Bernardsville

My dental hygienist is recommending a national brand of toothpaste because it contains triclosan which she claims fights plaque .... what are your guests thought on this additive to tooth paste?

Dec. 19 2013 01:48 PM
ellen

question: there's a lot of talk about triclosan in so-called 'antibacterial soaps.' isn't triclosan also in a lot of toothpastes? is it present at unsafe levels in toothpaste?

Dec. 19 2013 01:47 PM
matt from UWS

Is there any justification for using triclosan in dishwashing liquids that are used to clean up from raw chicken and similar foods that often contain dangerous food-borne bacteria?

Dec. 19 2013 01:47 PM

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