By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods
December 20, 2013
More applause for the FDA! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning whether the chemical ingredients in antibacterial soaps are actually safe. I tell my children twenty times a day to wash their hands. Well, we all know germs can be nasty and make us sick, and none of us here at Sunflower Shoppe wants to get sick so we choose products that do not contain potentially harmful chemicals. While the idea of antimicrobial and antibacterial soaps and cleaners is a good one, the choice of chemicals that are being used by the mass market according to recent new reports, are not. In fact, animal studies have shown these chemicals to cause hormone and metabolism disruption, plus they increase our resistance to antibiotic therapy creating superbugs that can be impossible to treat or even life threatening.
The specific chemical ingredient to look for is Triclosan in liquid soaps and Triclocarban in bar soaps. Be sure to check other products that you may use such as mouthwash, household cleaners and even laundry soap as they may also contain these harmful chemicals.
Essential oils such as thyme, tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon and others have studies to back up their effectiveness as safe alternative antimicrobials. There is a link below with a study published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery 37 (7): 392–397 showing there were large prevailing effective zones of inhibition observed for thyme white, lemon, lemongrass and cinnamon oil. Remarkably, almost all tested oils demonstrated efficacy against hospital-acquired isolates and reference strains, several common and hospital-acquired bacterial and yeast isolates (6 Staphylococcus strains including MRSA, 4 Streptococcus strains and 3 Candida strains including Candida krusei).
Sunflower Shoppe is proud to carry health and beauty products as well as household cleaning products that are safe for the whole family, yet still tough on those nasty germs! For more information about this and other wellness topics, come see us at Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!
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