The sole purpose of antibacterial soap is to kill germs while natural soaps are intended to work with nature. To clarify, one kills all germs, the other lessens the power of bad germs. The importance of understanding this difference is there is and has been a war against microorganisms for quite some time. There are many diseases out there and many fear being susceptible to them. The fear is easily validated with media bombardment of preventive measures available at the local pharmacy by prescription or over the counter.
In the past, children would play outside practically everyday. It was almost inevitable that someone would fall and get cut. When this happened, the child would come inside and a band-aid would be placed over the wound. Peroxide, alcohol, aloe vera, vitamin E or some other healing assistance might be put on the cut first and that would be the end of it. Disease education and fear have helped other options to take hold. Washing with antibacterial, or natural soap, though not the same thing, is part of the process of fighting germs.
CNN reports, according to the FDA, the antibacterial route is not effective. The report indicated that the use of the pesticide triclocarbon (TCC in bar soaps) and triclosan (liquid soaps) may negatively affect bacterial resistance and hormonal function. In addition, Mother News reports researchers at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that 75 percent of TCC stays in surface water, even after going through existing chemical filters. The resulting, possibly contaminated water may be sprayed on U.S. crops via the fertilizer. Unless consumers are eating strictly organic vegetables, their food may have been sprayed with this chemical during its growth process. The Bloomberg study also uncovered triclosan, and this antiseptic is known to promote the growth of E.Coli.
To shed some light on the situation, GAIAM Life writer Diane Kidman, author of e-book, Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose offers some tips on natural antibacterial options. She says the availability and uses of these herbs is too numerous to mention in total. To provide an overview of the large body of information, Kidman mentions these basics: lavender, garlic, rosemary, peppermint, and apple cider vinegar.
There are various ways to combine these ingredients together, or use them individually. Kidman states regular soap is also good to use. Research these natural ingredients before using these items. Consumer will find that only a small amount is required for effective cleaning and disinfection purposes. These avenues affect the bad germs.
Hearing about all the bad stuff can make it difficult to remember all the great germs in and on our bodies that fight for human health 24 hours, seven days a week. Sharon Begley, writer for the Saturday Evening Post states there are approximately 100 trillion single cell microbes living within each human body. If they were not there, people would be a lot less healthy.
One might question the validity of the value of good germs with so many diseases around. That is when awareness of what is going on becomes so important. Using antibacterial soaps that kill good and bad germs is similar to getting rid of some of the armed forces of a country and still expecting to be fully protected. On the other hand, using soaps that naturally dispel bacteria is like standing with the troops helping to make sure the bad guys go away. As with many cases this is another example of the power of choice, and it is important to choose wisely.
By Dada Ra