Antibacterial Soap: Good or Bad?
Antibacterial soap is just about everywhere – you’ll find it in public restrooms and at your kitchen sink. Right now, on our skin, in our mouths and in our gastrointestinal tract there is bacteria present. The inside of the colon is actually outside of the body, technically speaking. The bacteria in the colon are really fine there just having a grand time replicating and feeding off of the goodies we eat. These vital bacterias do not cause disease unless they invade the body. Unless they enter tissue or leave their space in the lumen of the colon or the open area of the bowel, they are not harmful to us.
For example, you have these normal flora on the skin, and they actually do a good job at what’s called “colonization resistance.” That is to say the sites on my skin are occupied by these nice staphylococcus [staf-uh-luh–kok–us], (the good form) which says to any pathogen that might come along, “Sorry this site is occupied, I’m binding to this receptor and there’s no room for you, so fu*k off.”
Unless, we get a cut or an injury and the organism is now the bad form of staphylococcus aureus and gets implanted into our tissues, sort of subverting the nice colonization resistance that’s provided on our skin, or that’s provided on our GI tract, or mouth and so on.
Stop Using Antibacterial Soap
Got it? Moral of the story is, the “bad bacteria” have their place in and on our body. I brought up staphylococci as an example of a MRSA infection. Staph is happy on our skin, but if he gets inside the body and you are not healthy and more importantly, you have been using antibacterial soap, you’re pretty much screwed. Soap and water, folks. STOP the antibacterial soap!! They strengthen pathogens.
What I want my readers to understand is that you don’t have to catch a MRSA infection from someone else. The staphylococci is present on our skin at all times. Our good friend Staph is happy there and he’s also keeping other pathogens from entering the skin. When it gets inside the body and your immune system is not on point, is when it presents virulence – so stay the heck away from the antibacterial soap! It’s a bunch of BS.
These soaps remove most of the bacteria off of the hands and face that we need to survive. . . and the ones that they don’t get, will get smarter and smarter until one day you’re in the ER with some crazy ass infection wondering if you’re gonna live through it.
Soap and water, people. . . soap and water. This is key to good health. That’s the story. This is a huge, huge, huge problem right now. You guys don’t know this because you’re not seeing what is going on in the hospital scene right now. . . I do and I’m warning you. That’s all.
(Thank God for Manuka honey because it’s guaranteed to work on a MRSA or MSSA infection!)