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WESmith
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03:27 PM on 05/02/2013
Hexachlorophene, also known as Nabac, is a disinfectant. The compound occurs as a white to light-tan crystalline powder, which either is odorless or produces a slightly phenolic odor. In medicine, hexachlorophene is very useful as a topical anti-infective, anti-bacterial agent, often used in soaps and toothpaste. It is also used in agriculture as a soil fungicide, plant bactericide, and acaricide.
2,2'-methylenebis(3,4,6-trichlorophenol). This taken off the shelves in the 1980s
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It is a polychloro phenoxy phenol.
5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol
As one can see, the difference is two less chlorides and one more oxygen atom.
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angelcakesinc
Check your privilege
03:48 PM on 05/02/2013
That's a BIG difference though. The slightest substitution in a molecular makeup can make it into a completely different thing. Even if they're similar, the slightest change can dramatically alter the toxicity of something, right? Kinda like how O2 is breathable oxygen, and O3 can cause serious respiratory problems. That's not to say this triclosan is safe, but the chemical similarity to another chemical that's a known hazard isn't the best indicator, is it?
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WESmith
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07:58 PM on 05/02/2013
They are both benzene compounds.  That lights up alarms everywhere.  The second if dried out can be explosive.
03:26 PM on 05/02/2013
This is EXACTLY why you should think twice before accepting what the FDA has to say about GMOs.
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03:24 PM on 05/02/2013
The FDA is a joke.
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blindsquirl
Compliance is not a virtue
03:45 PM on 05/02/2013
...and the patrons of the administrators, of the FDA, are the ONLY one's laughing.
03:22 PM on 05/02/2013
Better than Windex for a stain.
03:21 PM on 05/02/2013
I've used antibacterial soap for decades and then a couple years ago my hands started to peel. The skin all over them would peel and flake and it was disgusting. I tried lotions and things thinking it was dry skin. It finally, completely went away when I stopped using antibacterial soap to wash my hands.
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Cautious
03:20 PM on 05/02/2013
From Wikipedia: "5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol". If I understand chemistry correctly, the use of chlorine attached to benzene rings is not a good thing. I could be wrong, but I'll at least start the discussion. Polychlorinated biphenyls anyone?
03:15 PM on 05/02/2013
The FDA never had a legal mandate to go back and review products on market containing Triclosan. Most product reviews are executed within 12 months - but BEFORE the products ever go to market. That is the gate that the FDA keeps. Colgate's data had a federally mandated maximum review period because it was a new product.
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blindsquirl
Compliance is not a virtue
03:48 PM on 05/02/2013
In plain English... the FDA will OK anything... the Pharma and Chemical people produce.....

IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT.!
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WESmith
Energy Conservation can save you M-O-N-E-Y!!!!!!!!
03:13 PM on 05/02/2013
Every chemical that we scream bloody murder when Industry spills some are in everyone's homes. Just list the chemicals in your home and look up the MSDSs. Americans wash these chemicals into the sewers with copious quantities of dispersant. The waste water treatment plant adds more dispersant and finally the water is used on the grass in the parks where our children play.
High Fructose Corn Syrup that is in most of the food people buy for their children and in foods labeled "Lite" causes cirrhosis of the liver, obesity, Diabetes and death.
Most of the chemicals in sunscreen says "Do not allow this chemical in natural bodies of water." Read that the dead coral reefs of the Gulf of Mexico are covered in sunscreen.
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Cautious
03:21 PM on 05/02/2013
Well put.
03:44 PM on 05/02/2013
Not to defend High Fructose Corn Syrup but it's usually in processed foods which aren't the greatest in the first place. Even without HFCS those foods are likely to cause some health problems.
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WESmith
Energy Conservation can save you M-O-N-E-Y!!!!!!!!
08:02 PM on 05/02/2013
Remember the great bait and switch?  Coca-cola made New Coke which tasted nasty.  Everyone complained.  They came out with Coke Classic which had HFCS instead of sugar.  Everyone was pleased.  I unfortunately was in Eastern Europe at the time.  When I returned to the US.  I bought a Coke and spit out the first and only sip.  After all of that, you are right.
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MarsAmbassador
Per angusta ad augusta
03:13 PM on 05/02/2013
It's in my toothpaste and body wash. Time to switch up! I also want to remove the anti-bacterial soaps from my house and just get an alcohol hand pump like you see on the wall at the hospital, instead.
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we-r-stardust
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03:44 PM on 05/02/2013
Try organic ...7th Generation ....
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0vercast
They misunderestimated me
04:34 PM on 05/02/2013
Frequently using alcohol to sanitize your hands will dry them out like you wouldn't believe. Just ask any nurse.
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Edward Starsmith
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03:11 PM on 05/02/2013
As a Registered Nurse I've seen a lot of emphasis on hand washing and for the most part I agree with it. But I have always questioned "hand sanitizers". I used to wonder what are we going to do when the bugs (i.e. germs) use the same process that allowed them to become resistant to antibacterial medications to become resistant to common sanitizers. And a few years ago I've learned there are bugs out there that have already gained that resistance.

Wash your hands people.
03:17 PM on 05/02/2013
I mean - the alternative is to not wash your hands and let viruses move about freely and that way they won't develop resistance to soaps we don't use....
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Edward Starsmith
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03:39 PM on 05/02/2013
You missed my point entirely. I don't have a problem with hand washing. The vigorous use of soap and water will physically remove bugs to the benefit of all. I question the use of sanitizers that bugs will eventually learn to survive.
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blindsquirl
Compliance is not a virtue
03:52 PM on 05/02/2013
I wonder what "good" hand-washing is, when the water coming out of our taps, has as many chemicals in it as you can buy off ANY supermarket shelf.
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steph hugnis
Don't tread on me.
04:23 PM on 05/02/2013
Acetic acid producing bacteria simply metabolize alcohol.
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mrhandyman3105
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03:09 PM on 05/02/2013
Best Bathing Soap-- Plain Ivory Bar Soap,
Best Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap--Ajax Dish-washing Liquid.
Best Skin Moisturizer--Plain Baby Oil.
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03:51 PM on 05/02/2013
Most non-saponified soaps contain sulfates and other surficants that irriate the skin
Anti-bacterials are called into question, did you check whether or not Ajax contains Tricolsan?
Baby oil isn't good for the skin at all. Not sure how or why this tradition got started.
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Jay Daterman
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04:09 PM on 05/02/2013
I like to use olive oil now and then on my skin if I am in the sun a lot. Like the ancient Greeks did. It is rather expensive to use all the time but keeps your skin supple and gives you a great tan.
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mrhandyman3105
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04:19 PM on 05/02/2013
They all work for me and my skin. Can't say for others, everyone is different. Plain Ivory does not contain any sulfates. Lotion has too many chemicals in it for my comfort and some that claim to be high in moisturizers actually seems to dry out my skin. Maybe because they want you to use it frequently and often so you can buy more. Baby oil does not, and I only need to use it once a day at the most. Ajax does not contain Tricolsan. Next time at the store compare the ingredients in Ivory and Ajax Dish Liquid to other similar products & soaps. You might be surprised.
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Katina Cooper
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03:09 PM on 05/02/2013
I've been told not to ever use that type of soap because it kills all the good bacteria. It's why I only use soap that doesn't have any of this stuff in it. It's getting hard to find.
03:17 PM on 05/02/2013
Good bacteria.... on your skin? Where did you read this?
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FactsvsFear
I'm just saying!!! Gosh
03:33 PM on 05/02/2013
Of course there is good bacteria. You don't know this? Not at bacteria is bad. There are protective bacteria on your skin and in your body. That if you disrupt it or wipe it out you can get very sick. You really didn't know this?
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FactsvsFear
I'm just saying!!! Gosh
03:36 PM on 05/02/2013
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_flora

Read up.
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SpeakupNation
Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the livi
03:07 PM on 05/02/2013
Triclosan can degrade onto chloroform and dioxins. Regulation saves lives.
03:18 PM on 05/02/2013
Lots of things can do that. Data still supports the relative safety of using it to brush your teeth, though.
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samseed
We're here for a good time, not a long time
03:06 PM on 05/02/2013
This is the first I'm hearing of this ingredient. 40 years to study it? It makes you wonder how many other ingredients and things that we use on a daily basis are bad for our health. Shouldnt they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that something is safe before its allowed on the market, especially if its suspected to cause health problems. Oh, yeah, I forgot,...its all about the money, who cares if a couple people get sick right?
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Independents Rule
If it ain't broke, fix it till it is !
03:00 PM on 05/02/2013
And here people are saying that the FDA approved the Morning After Pill so it must be safe for our women to ingest....

Yeah right !
03:20 PM on 05/02/2013
ECs have been thoroughly studied. Triclosan was in common use before the FDA recieved its legal mandate to review such products prior to them ever reaching the market. Finding fault with the FDA here is baseless.