Antibiotic Soap: another STUPIDITY (1), what’s next?

I am very concerned with they way of company advertise their products. Especially in my home-country, Indonesia.  Not only in Indonesia actually, it is happen in many countries. This can be the longest post in wordpress history if I wrote all off that stupidity here. That is why I put (1) in this post title. We will start to discuss it one by one , even though  my expertise is far beyond this field (and perhaps you too) there are some valid sources we can learn 😉 .

ANTIBIOTIC SOAP

Have you ever heard about antibiotic/antibacterial soap advertise? Antibiotic soap is any cleaning product to which active antibacterial ingredients have been added. These chemicals kill bacteria andmicrobes, but are no more effective at deactivating viruses than any other kind of soap or detergent, and they also kill nonpathogenic bacteria. This type of soap should only used for surgery in pre-surgical procedure  in laboratory to prevent infection and for laboratory purpose.

In the surface and deep inside our skin layer, we have Human mircrobiomethe aggregate of microorganisms that  include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for the human host. Every person has a different complement of friendly bacteria on their skin surface and there can be as many as 180 different species growing there. These include the friendly species of Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus hominis, Micrococcus luteus, Arcanobacterium haemolyticum and Propionbacterium acnes. Other commensals are part of the Corynebacterium group, the Brevibacterium species and the Dermabacter group. Disturbances in the bacterial balance can lead to foreign species moving in and possibly contributing to human diseases.

My antibiotic soap can kill 99% bacteria.  What about the rest? The rest of 1% of the bacteria doesn’t seem so bad but if  the 1%  survive breed. The genetics that allowed them to survive make the next generation more resistant. Darwin gonna loves to say this process as a mutation. The strongest, the survival, the winner is Superbugs! 

Learning from MRSA, millions of free misused antibiotic prescriptions worldwide has proved Superbugs case,  some bacteria — like the MRSA superbug — are immune to select antibiotics. We must be careful with any kind of antibiotic.

Triclosan

Triclosan and Triclosaban inside antibiotic soap.Triclosan and triclocarban are antibacterial chemicals commonly added to consumer product,  they are toxic compounds which can promote cancer. In laboratory studies, they have been shown to disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.” Animal studies have shown both of these chemicals can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Triclosan has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility. Triclocarban has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls antibiotic resistance one of the most pressing health issues facing the United States. Infections caused by bacteria with resistance to at least one antibiotic have been estimated to kill more than 60,000 hospitalized patients each year. Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin. One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan.

Triclocarban

Most of these products get washed down the drain, where they enter our waterways and are then transported widely throughout the environment. Triclosan is one of the most frequently detected chemicals in streams across the U.S. and both triclosan and triclocarban are found in high concentrations in sediments and sewage sludge where they can persist for decades. In the environment, antibacterial compounds could disrupt aquatic ecosystems and pose a potential risk to wildlife. Traces of triclosan have been found in earth worms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. In the lab, triclosan has been shown to interfere with development of tadpoles into frogs, a process that is dependent on thyroid hormone.

In toothpaste, when tap water meets toothpaste, the triclosan reacts freely with the chlorine in the tap water to become chloroform (a chlorinated aromatic) and is similar to the dioxins found in the compound Agent Orange. It’s a chemical reaction occurring right in your mouth while you brush yourteeth. And don’t think you are safe once you rinse it all out of your mouth: research shows that it can remain in your mouth after brushing for up to 12 hours, and can be easily absorbed into the tongue and through mucus into thebody. (Children are at the greatest risk, as they tend to swallow their toothpaste more while brushing their teeth.)

According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), “Manufacturers of a number of triclosan-containing toothpaste and soapp roducts claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Thus, consumers are exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or brush their teeth.” Triclosan is commonly found in everyday consumer goods such as antibacterial soaps, deodorants, body washes, creams, lotions, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, detergents, dishwashing liquids,  mouthwash and toothpaste.

“If it dangerous why they still sell it?  Just remember the lead. Ah, I will use the old fashioned soap in my bathroom, and use vinegar as a pesticide”

Must read sources (click to get the journal):

1. Blaser, Martin. Antibiotic overuse: Stop the killing of beneficial bacteriaNature (25 August 2011). 476, 393–394 .

2. Aiello, Allison E.;  Larson, Elaine L. ; Levy, Stuart B. Consumer Antibacterial Soaps: Effective or Just Risky. CID 2007:45 (Suppl 2).

3. Dann, A.B.; Hontela, A. Triclosan: environmental exposure, toxicity and mechanisms of action. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2011 May;31(4):285-311

4. Calafat AM; Ye X; Wong L.Y.; Reidy J.A.; Needham L.L.; Urinary concentrations of triclosan in the U.S. population: 2003-2004. Environ Health Perspect. 2008. 116(3):303-7.

5. Veldhoen N.; Skirrow R.C.; Osachoff H. The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development. Aquatic Toxicology. 2006;80:217–227.

6. Gee R.H.; Charles A.;Taylor N.; Darbre P.D. Oestrogenic and androgenic activity of triclosan in breast cancer cells. J Appl Toxicol. 2008;28:78–91.

7. Braoudaki, M.;  A.C. Hilton. Low level of cross-resistance between triclosan and antibiotics in Escherichia coli K-12 and E. coli O55 compared to E. coli O157. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 235:305–309.

8. Canosa, P.; I. Rodriguez; et al. (2007). Determination of parabens and triclosan in indoor dust using matrix solid-phase dispersion and gas chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Anal Chem 79(4): 1675-81.

9. Crofton, K.M.; Paul, K.B.; DeVito, M.J.; Hedge, J.M. Short-term in vivo exposure to the water contaminant triclosan: Evidence for disruption of thyroxine. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, 2007. 24: 194–197.

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32 thoughts on “Antibiotic Soap: another STUPIDITY (1), what’s next?

  1. That is a very informative article and I agree with you in everything except for one thing.
    I guess you don’t mean chloroform but polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, because Chloroform is not a chlorinated aromatic but a chlormethane with four chlor-residues. 🙂

    I also noticed this development of desinfecting everyone and everything with great concern. However, I didn’t know that these chemicals are even in toothpaste or other products. I’m gonna go and check on all my hygiene and cleaning products.
    Do you know if there is any alternative?

    • Dear geralin89, I take the words from JAT research report. I have been asking the writer since I am far from pretty good in chemistry 🙂 . Here is his answer:

      Chloroform is vastly different than dioxin.
      Chloroform is a trihalomethane which is a common solvent and a byproduct of chlorination in our treated drinking water.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloroform
      There are limits that the EPA has deemed safe for drinking water and if you live in an area where the drinking water is treated you can get laboratory results for the trihalomethanes in your water.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trihalomethanes
      however triclosan is a ringed chlorinated compound and so is dioxin.
      The below link does have dioxins listed as impurities in the triclosan so I can only hope that the toothpaste companies that use it use a very pure form of it.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triclosan

      The alternative for pesticide is vinegar, as long as I know 😛 I need further study 😀

  2. No wonder if L**buoy advertises how bacteria would mutate everyday and haunted every one of us.
    Probably the advertising company tried to reach Indonesia people intelligence.
    I curious to know how far all those info are true.
    Great post, as always.
    Sure, what’s next stupidity?

  3. I totally agree with you about anti-biotic soaps! No chemicals for this girl, please! I have a friend who makes homemade lye soap. We also get Amish soap here at our Herbal Solutions store.

  4. Thank you for doing the homework and saying what common sense tells us. Mess with nature?? Nature wins. Just last week my daughter went in to her doc to see if she had “walking pneumonia.” Nope, just a cold. And walked out with a prescription for ‘Z-pak.'” What is wrong with these doc’s???? Superbugs will Win. Thank you again–Barb

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