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Using Antibacterial soap? Think Again

Minnesota has just banned 2,000 products that contain the chemical Triclosan. Congratulations Minnesota! Unfortunately, the law in Minnesota does not go into effect until 2017. This chemical has been shown to cause hormonal imbalances in animals which means it is probably doing the same to us.

In December 2013 the FDA asked the manufactures to show evidence that these soaps reduce infections. In fact, none of the manufacturers have shown any convincing evidence that antibacterial or antimicrobial soap is more effective in reducing infections than washing with regular soap and water. In addition, Triclosan has been shown to increase bacterial resistance and may indeed lead to more serious infections because it kills the healthy bacteria on our skin.
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