Think Antibacterial Soap is helping you fight germs and bacteria?? Think again says the FDA.
For over a decade Dr. Villar has been warning that the body’s bacterial colonization is a delicate symbiotic relationship. “When we interfere with our natural flora (abusing antibiotics and antibacterial soaps) we create and unbalance which leaves us vulnerable to virulent bacteria and viruses”. ~ Luis F. Villar, MD. Thankfully, the FDA has finally caught up to Dr. Villar. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378393.htm
“In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water”, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA.
Moreover, antibacterial soap products contain chemical ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven.
“New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Rogers says. There are indications that certain ingredients in these soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to FDA.