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September 3, 2012

Antibacterial Soap bad for us

Beyond Health is sharing some splendid  thoughts on the use of Bacterial soaps and the damage they can inflict on us.   Worthwhile and good advice.  Thank you Raymond Francis of Beyond Health Newsclips E-Newsletter.

Antibacterial in Soaps Weakens Muscle, Including the Heart

Posted on August 30, 2012

The antibacterial triclosan has become ubiquitous in our environment, showing up in tap water, breast milk and in the body fluids of ¾ of those tested in the US. Initially used to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals, it’s now found in soaps, toothpastes, kitchen utensils, toys, bedding and anywhere else that manufacturers believe it will bolster the price of their products.

Already shown to be an endocrine disrupter that prevents thyroid hormone from functioning normally, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that triclosan hinders muscle contractions at the cellular level by impairing the flow of calcium into and out of the cells.

A series of experiments in this and other studies have exposed mice, fish, minnows and human cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue to concentrations of triclosan similar to what the average person is exposed to daily.  Results were similar throughout: muscles failed to contract properly and heart function was significantly reduced.  In mice, heart muscle function dropped by as much as 25% after a single exposure to triclosan, and grip strength by 18%.

“The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic,” said co-author Nipavan Chiamvimonvat. “Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models.” Although exactly how living humans react to triclosan has yet to be studied, Chiamvimonvat speculated that triclosan may be responsible for exacerbating existing heart problems in cardiac patients.  Bruce Hammock, another study co-author stated that, “At the very least, our findings call for a dramatic reduction in its [triclosan’s] use.”

  • What’s particularly dismaying about all this is that while triclosan does substantial harm, it doesn’t protect against germs any better than washing your hands with regular soap and water. Even the FDA has said so.

So don’t buy antibacterial soaps, look for and avoid triclosan in other products, and use an infrared sauna to get stored triclosan out of your body. (This is one reason why everyone should be taking regular saunas.)  Triclosan is even showing up in tap water – another reason to use a Beyond Health Reverse Osmosis system to purify your drinking water.

(Jan’s Comment:

I am in complete agreement with Raymond Francis on this subject.  Have posted on it a few times.  Aside from the fact that I am opposed to the use of chemicals in our homes,  especially in the presence of  children or pets,  – – it is simply a foolish concept to begin with.  As is stated above and agreed to by the FDA, plain old soap and water will do the job as well.    It is  not in our best interest to try to free ourselves (or out children) from bacteria and germs.  The world will always have more than we can possibly eradicate.  It is our world,  no escaping that so it behooves us to go with the flow and understand that our immune systems adapt and thrive when given the chance. 

There have been studies done which conclude that infants and toddlers crawling around on the floor, playing and having a good time, most especially in the presence of their pets (dog or cat, etc.) thrive better with their immune systems adapting to “what is” and doing better than those whose parents are over-protective and trying to sterilize and disinfect everything.  

For years I have purchased wonderful imported soaps down at Trader Joes, glorious, hard-milled and fragrant soaps that make my skin and senses so happy.  They may cost a few pennies more, but they are so great and luxurious [and longer lasting].  You know,  I’m worth it!  I go a little nutso when I have to buy more soap. . . . there I am standing in the aisle and reading labels – can never remember from one time to another what I bought before.  Have some from my closet right here;   One is Oatmeal with Ginger and Almond, be still my heart,  then a Lavender from France, triple milled, enriched with shea butter.  .  .   also have a three-pack of vitamin E Soap containing E, A, D and Cocoa Butter.    Why would anyone want chemicals to sterilize when there is such luxurious pleasure to be enjoyed in a simple shower?)



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