Would You Prefer Antibacterial or Regular Soap?
Have you ever walked down the aisles of a store and tripped over the plethora of soaps, conditioners, creams, softeners, grease removers, ink removers, antibacterial, anti-fungal, scented, unscented … and wondered why so many assortments for so many conditions? And do we really need them all?
When the world was less complicated, a simple bar of soap did it all. Most bought their favorite brand name, to wash, or to to clean. But in our wonderful modern hi tech society, we’re beginning to collide between various technologies.
According to Wikipedia, “Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in numerous consumer products. It is a polychloro phenoxy phenol.”
In addition “According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at the present time, there is no evidence that triclosan in personal care products provides extra benefits to health beyond its anti-gingivitis effect in toothpaste. The FDA does not recommend changing consumer use of triclosan-containing products one way or the other due to insufficient safety evidence. Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found triclosan to be an effective antibacterial. Triclosan safety is currently under review by the FDA and Health Canada. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that triclosan-containing toothpastes are marginally beneficial in reduction of tooth cavities and reduces dental plaque, gingival inflammation, and gingival bleeding.
It’s interesting to note how the FDA “does not recommend changing consumer use of triclosan – containing products …” And to sum up the rest of it, both FDA still feels it’s an effective antibacterial. And bothh FDA and Health Canada are currently reviewing triclosan.
But if you feel the way I do, and believe as I do, you’re likely sick and tired of the different arguments among members of the scientific community, you’d appreciate the following article: