Dr. Robert J. Rowen
January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! I hope you rang in 2014 with joy and happiness. As 2013 was coming to a close, you may have seen reports that the FDA is going to take another look at hand soaps and body washes. I've told you many times through the years that you should avoid these anti-bacterial soaps for a couple of simple reasons. They don't work any better than regular soap and water for dealing with germs. And they could encourage antibiotic resistant germs. But there's a third reason to avoid these soaps: They're dangerous!

The FDA made international news in 2010 when it announced its concerns about the chemical triclosan in sanitizers, soaps, and even toothpaste. This chlorinated organic chemical has been in many extremely common products for decades.

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