Ok you think I just made up that headline to grab your attention?
It isn’t really the soap that’s the centre stage problem here. It’s the fiddling we do with this basically natural product that humans have been using for centuries.
How we fiddle with soap – to our detriment
In our efforts to make bigger, better, longer lasting, different, more attractive, something has happened to personal care items like soap, shampoo and skin moisturizers.
We added phthalates. And other stuff that we now know shouldn’t go on human skin, like Parabens and Bisphenol A (BPA). In retrospect, not the best decision.
Doctors have been using the skin as a portal into the body for drugs for centuries. Heart medication, nicotine patches hormone replacement therapy. What goes on, goes in. So we shouldn’t have been surprised to find that chemicals not meant for human consumption actually find their way in by other means.
A staggering 75% of Americans now have measurable levels of phthalates in their bloodstream. I don’t think Australians are doing any better.
The humble phthalate, applied liberally to our skin and the skin of our children has been making its way into humans for decades. And now this chemical is increasingly implicated in diseases like Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and as a player in breast cancer, endometriosis and male fertility problems.