Natural Antibacterials: Get Triclosan and Other Nasty Chemicals Out of Your Home. Let's quash for good the notion that only harsh and harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria.
Scientists fear that antibacterial chemicals such as triclosan actually may encourage drug-resistant stains by selecting bacteria resistant to them and cross-resistant to antibiotics. “After years of overuse and misuse…bacteria have developed antibiotic resistance, which has become a global health crisis,” Tufts University School of Medicine researcher Stuart B. Levy reports in “Antibacterial Household Products: Cause for Concern.”
“The relatively recent increase of surface antibacterial agents or biocides into healthy households may contribute to the resistance problem.” Registered as a pesticide, triclosan has a chemical formulation and molecular structure similar to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth—including dioxins and PCBs.
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