Oh this is FUN!!
"WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it was reviewing the safety of triclosan, a widely used antibacterial agent found in soap, toothpaste and a range of other consumer products.
Despite the fact that this chemical is found in everything from soaps to socks, there are many troubling questions about triclosan's effectiveness and potentially harmful effects, especially for children.
The FDA noted that there was no evidence that triclosan could be harmful to people but noted that an animal study showed the chemical may alter hormone regulation and several other lab studies showed that bacteria may be able to evolve resistance to triclosan in a way that can help them also resist antibiotics.
Many experts agree that soap containing triclosan does little or nothing extra to remove bacteria that using soap without the ingredient, as washing the hands physically removes the excess bacteria."
That is AWESOME! Isn't that awesome?
It doesn't add anything! It may make you sick! Cool.
How long ago was it that they found parabens in breast cancer tissue and said "hey, come on, just because we found them accumulated in cancer tissue doesn't mean there's anything WRONG with parabens!" Anyone notice a reduction in paraben use by manufacturers yet?
And I just have to get this off my chest because it's been bothering me for so long! Since I work in a "boys club" I have often overheard the comment that girls during "my day" didn't have breasts like they do now....."must be prenatal vitamins"...and I just want to punch these particular gentlemen in the nuts. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Vitamins? Now it's been a while admittedly, but last I remember, you know when we all had to read books and stuff for school, I think I recall learning hormones would be what initiate growth in breasts, you know? not folic acid! So the idea that a vitamin, no matter how mighty that vitamin may be, is not going to make boobies grow. I know everyone who is reading this knows why the cleavage, it is mighter now... ladies, say it with me...the hormone overload is because our meat, cheese and milk that are being served up for us. We ingest that shit by the gross. And as someone with Stage IV endo and the subsequent wonked out hormone parade, I'd just like to say....Fuck You FDA.
I'd also like to put in my vote for notification relating to foods that are using genetically engineered ingredients. Did you know we're the only civilized country in the world who is not required to notify consumers a product contains genetically modified ingredients? Does anyone else get the skeevies over the term "genetically modified"? Zombie food. "Genetic engineering uses material from organisms that have never been part of the human food supply to change the fundamental nature of the food we eat". Good God. "Genetic engineering can cause unexpected mutations in an organism, which can create new and higher levels of toxins in foods." And this one... this one is my favorite "37 people died, 1500 were partially paralyzed, and 5000 more were temporarily disabled by a syndrome that was finally linked to tryptophan made by genetically-engineered bacteria." Neat! I'll have seconds please?!
God but I hate the FDA, those lobbyist driven, political pawn, for profit, pieces of shit. I'm always just curfubbled when I think of an organization created to act as a safety measure for the masses and ends up working for the bottom line buck without nary an IOTA of thought to what they're doing to the people they're supposed to be protecting.