Common soap ingredients can kill sperm and damage the female babymaking equipment -- and now, a lawsuit-happy environmental group is suing the feds over it.
The feds, of course, could care less.
After all, they first proposed regulating these antimicrobial chemicals -- triclosan and triclocarban -- 30 years ago. They promised to act once they completed a study... but I'll bet you can guess what happened next. They never bothered to study it.
That's your government (not) at work.
So they washed their hands of it, and today these completely unregulated toxic chemicals are free to go to town on your endocrine system, reproductive system, and more every single time you lather up.
As I've told you before, triclosan is actually a pesticide -- not a soap. And when it gets in the water, fish die. With a chemical that powerful, your poor little sperm never even have a chance.
The group that filed the suit, the National Resources Defense Council, is the same organization that recently sued the feds over their lack of regulations on BPA. The FDA's bureaucrats may do a whole lot of nothing, but the agency's lawyers sure are keeping busy.
Don't wait for the lawyers, bureaucrats, and environmental groups to sort this one out, because while these things might be bad news for people, fish and sperm, they're not exactly terrorizing bacteria. Studies have found that antimicrobial soaps are actually no better at killing germs than the plain old soap -- and the FDA has even admitted as much.
What's more, the overuse of these soaps is helping to create drug-resistant superbugs... and boy do we overuse them: Triclosan residue is believed to be on 75 percent of Americans over the age of 6.
So do yourself and the rest of us a favor: Keep clean... but stick to plain old soap.