[Since it’s been over two and a half years since this UC Davis study was published and triclosan is still widely used, I am republishing this post from 8/21/2012.]
Due to an obsession with germs by Americans, antibacterial products have flooded the marketplace. Triclosan, introduced in the 1970’s, has become a popular antibacterial agent in consumer products.
Studies have raised the possibility that the overuse of triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, but new studies now attribute it to weakening cardiac and skeletal muscle contractility — a problem that can affect people with heart disease and heart failure.
Retaining the integrity of your skin is the first step to maintaining good health. The skin is the largest organ of the body and your first line of defense against infection, injury, damaging pollutants, and harmful ultraviolet rays. Dirt and debris need to be removed from your skin and face, but without degrading the valuable skin layers. Stop the germ cycle with the following nine tips:
Cleansing Tip #1 – Soaping Up
Rub, Recite, and Rinse. Practice the 3 R’s of good basic hand washing. Rub well, recite the alphabet, and rinse a lot. Frequent hand washing is one of the best preventive measures against spreading infectious diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends spending at least 20-30 seconds (about the time it takes to recite the alphabet from A to Z) lathering your hands to thoroughly dislodge & remove germs. Then rinse well in warm water!
Cleansing Tip #2 – Rinsing
Soap works by attaching itself to dirt and lifting it off. Therefore, if the lather isn’t rinsed off completely, germs and soap end up drying on the skin. Most people don’t rinse well enough after washing. When you think you’re done rinsing, splash your skin at least three more times. Better yet, recite the alphabet while rinsing as well.
Q: What’s the difference between the more expensive soap made with vegetable oils and the cheaper commercial brands of soap? ~ D.W., Los Angeles, CA
A: Soap is the resultant compound made by reacting fat (either from vegetables or animals) with sodium hydroxide. The less expensive, commercially-manufactured soaps use tallow (animal fat).
Tallow – Is It Fit To Be Fat?
Tallow is a low-cost waste product of the meat industry. It is basically fat stripped from slaughtered cattle, but it may also include fat rendered from slaughtered sheep and pigs.
Soap manufactured from animal fat is called sodium tallowate. 50% of a slaughtered steer is tallow and bones – the main ingredient of commercial mass-produced soap. Ivory® states that their tallow comes from meat processing scraps and consists of beef and/or pork hide and bones.