Recently I saw this headline, “Chemical in many antibacterial soaps linked with impaired muscle function.” Seriously? Good grief, what the heck are we doing to our doggone selves? We can’t even get soap right anymore! What a mess, and how scary to think that the soap you may be using could actually be causing you harm in other areas of your body.
Introduced in the 1970s, the compound triclosan has become an increasingly popular ingredient in many antibacterial soaps and other personal-care items, such as deodorants and mouthwashes. However, as the chemical’s popularity continues to grow, a recent report has raised concerns about some frightening risks that triclosan could pose to public health.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish. By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease and heart failure.
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Heart failure? From soap?! Wow. Just wow. Well, I swore off anti-bacterial soaps a long time ago when I found out they didn’t reduce germs any better than regular soap. But apparently this chemical is in other things too, so it pays to read labels.
As for soap, I’m all aboard the homemade soap express now. I think I have been for a bit, but reading this article just confirms that I’ve made a good decision. My friend Sherri makes a great soap that’s fragrance free and she’s going to be selling it, so check out her link if you’re interested. I can personally vouch for it because I’ve actually used it. I have a local friend who makes a soap designed for skin conditions, specifically my skin condition, and she’s going to be teaching me how to make it myself in the next few months since I go through her stock so fast. I love the homemade soaps – it’s like skin candy. But it really is so much healthier too, and you have control over what the ingredients are so you know what’s in it. No fears of heart failure from my soap, that’s for sure!
I’ll probably do a post on my first efforts, and I’m kind of looking forward to it. The thought of making my own soap feels so … pioneer-ish, heh, but it’s something I want to get into. I think it’ll be fun.