Antibacterial: Too much of a Good thing is Bad

We all know the saying: “too much of a good thing is a bad thing”. The most commonly sighted example is apples. Have 1 or 2, get your fiber and fruit for the day. Eat 50 and you are likely to end up with a terrible tummy ache. Turns out this is true especially for things like antibacterial agents.

ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2010) — Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may suffer more allergies, and exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public Health study suggests.

So where is all this BPA and Triclosan?  Closer than we know:

Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices. Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in many plastics and, for example, as a protective lining in food cans. Both of these chemicals are in a class of environmental toxicants called endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), which are believed to negatively impact human health by mimicking or affecting hormones.

As an antimicrobial agent found in many household products, triclosan may play a role in changing the micro-organisms to which we are exposed in such a way that our immune system development in childhood is affected.

“It is possible that a person can be too clean for their own good,” said Aiello, who is also a visiting associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard.   - Continue Reading

People accept products and chemicals sold to them as “safe” simply because they are legal to manufacture or sell in the USA.  Fortune 500 companies don’t have your best interest at heart.  They are in business to make money, not ensure that a legal chemical cocktail they sell as window cleaner or hand sanitizer is actually safe to use.  So what is the best way to be a smart consumer?  Start reading labels and caring about what you put on, in and around your body.

Learn more:  5 Steps to Healthy Lifestyle

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