Talk the thickness of the Antibacterial Soap Chemical solution
It turns out antibacterial soaps aren so after all. A common chemical in antibacterial products, triclosan which can be found soaps, toothpastes and mouthwashes was found to impair muscle function in lab and animal tests.
Originally, the chemical, developed in the 1960s, was used in hospitals toprevent bacterial infections. Since then, it been used in countless household products, and several studies mostly in animals have hinted that the effects of triclosan may not be entirely beneficial.
Studies have shown that the chemical can disrupt the endocrine systems of several different animals, binding to receptor sites in the body, which prevents the thyroid hormone from functioning normally. Additionally, triclosanpenetrates the skin and enters the bloodstreammore easily than previously thought, and has turned upeverywhere from aquatic environments to human breast milkin troubling quantities.
(MORE: Can Overuse of Antibacterial Soap Promote Allergies in Kids?)
Now, in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,researchers from the University of California, Davis, found that triclosan also interferes with muscle function. In the lab, they exposed human muscle cells, from the heart and elsewhere, to triclosanand discovered that the chemical interrupted cellular communication necessary for muscle contraction. Then the researchers exposed mice and fathead minnows to the chemical to see what would happen: after a single dose, the exposed mice showed 25% reduced heart muscle function and 18% reduced grip strength. In the fish, which were exposed to as much triclosan as would be expected in a week in the wild, the chemical led to poor performance in swimming tests that simulated escape from a predator. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) has not found the chemical hazardous to humans, but is in the process of reviewing the safety of products containing triclosan; those findings are expected at the end of the year. The FDA notes further that there no evidence suggesting that antibacterial soaps containing triclosanoffer any additional health benefits over regular soap. So yes, ozone or H2O2 does provide a viable, natural, eco friendly and reside free alternative to chemicals. If it's good enough for an army being bombed with genetically modified bacteria I'm sure it's good enough to replace Triclosan in the average kitchen!
The study in question completely distorts the real world safety and everyday use of this of tested ingredient, based on faulty comparisons to overdosed test subjects. I have coworkers (I am a teacher) that not only use a lot themselves, but they teach the students to use a full pump of it after every single bathroom break, runny nose, and sneeze. For some kids, this can be 6+ more times a day. Then, their parents whip out the bottle every where they go for shopping carts, toilets, and eating out. I completely understand your position that it would take large quantities to affect people, but where that line is a question worth asking.
A question worth asking, I most definitely agree. My problem is with the reporting. There are specific ways to determine
1. a toxic dose, and
2. how much of the stuff rubbed on the skin is required to reach that toxic dose. Basically, generalizing from the readily available
literature, you can probably sit in a tub of antimicrobial soap for 24 hours and you still not soak up enough triclosan to do you
much, if any, harm. Humans are exposed to dozens (possibly hundreds) of chemicals before they even leave the house in the morning.
Our environments are saturated with known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, and we don't know in what concentrations these will
cause problems, particularly in susceptible individuals like young children.
2) There are usually better alternatives to chemically derived products.
I don't mind the teachers giving chores to the children. For one thing, the custodian is busy cleaning up unnecessary messes
(graffiti in the bathroom, barf in the hallway, etc.), but it's also good for the children to have some responsibilities. Most kids
these days don't do any chores at home. However, it's upsetting that the teachers don't read the usage instructions on the products.
You're supposed to either wear gloves or wash your hands after using those wipes. The kids do neither; then they rub their eyes or
eat something. While I don't think the chemicals are concentrated enough to cause immediate harm, I also don't think it can do them
any good in the long term.
So you can keep the skin healthy and clean all day without any residue. We still suggest everyone washing the hand and face before