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Warning: These 16 Everyday Things Pose Huge Health Risks

Reader's Digest Logo By Lisa Marie Conklin of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 16: Anti-bacterial soap seems like the obvious choice to destroy bacteria on your hands but the caveat is it can create <a href='http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/healthy-habits-you-can-stop/1'>antibiotic-resistant organisms</a>. The ingredient, triclosan, is used to prevent bacterial contamination. It's in a lot of stuff we use every day—like soap, clothing, furniture, toys and kitchenware. That adds up to a lot of exposure and concerns. 'Some data shows this resistance may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics,' says <a href='https://alicensetoheal.wordpress.com/about/'>Steven Bentley, MD</a>, a retired emergency physician. The FDA recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and water instead. 'To be clear, antibacterial soaps can only be justified when a person has known prolonged exposure to such pathogens as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph) or other known pathogens,' says Dr. Bentley.

Anti-bacterial soap

Your cabinets are full of health products that can be hiding a dark secret: They pose a serious threat if you're not careful.

Anti-bacterial soap seems like the obvious choice to destroy bacteria on your hands but the caveat is it can create antibiotic-resistant organisms. The ingredient, triclosan, is used to prevent bacterial contamination. It's in a lot of stuff we use every day—like soap, clothing, furniture, toys and kitchenware. That adds up to a lot of exposure and concerns. 'Some data shows this resistance may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics,' says Steven Bentley, MD, a retired emergency physician. The FDA recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and water instead. 'To be clear, antibacterial soaps can only be justified when a person has known prolonged exposure to such pathogens as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph) or other known pathogens,' says Dr. Bentley.
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