Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Warnings on antibacterial chemicals

The current mania over putting anti-bacterial chemicals in everything from cleaning wipes and hand soap to detergent and toothpaste has resulted in the widespread contamination of the environment with two related toxins often found in these products -- triclocarban (TCC) and triclosan.
Never mind that in lab studies these chemicals have been found to disrupt hormones, probably cause cancer and spur the growth of drug-resistant superbugs. The FDA seems to think it's fine and dandy that humans keep pumping these substances into our bodies through contact with skin, and flushing these toxins down the drain into the water table.
At the recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Anaheim, California, scientists sounded yet another warning about the clear and present danger of the antibacterial ingredient TCC -- at least in the aquatic ecosystem. For the first time, scientists have evidence that this endocrine system disruptor is accumulating in fish. The animals encounter TCC as they swim in water that washes down drains and flows out of sewage treatment facilities into lakes and streams. - NaturalNews

These dangerous chemicals are not necessary in soaps and personal care products at all.
There are far better antibacterial options that are totally natural and whats more they are totally bio-degradable which means they will break down in nature and not polute our waterways or our food chain.
One remarkable and totally natural antimicrobial product is the essential oil of the New Zealand Manuka plant.
This oil is proven in studies to be very effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria and also to inhibit the growth of fungi that can infect the human body.
It is available at very low concentrations in a wonderful natural soap, as well as in creams effective in treating a wide range of bacteria related skin conditions

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