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Are antibacterial hand soaps linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria?

One simple way of fighting off germs involves the use of soap and water. (Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

One simple way of fighting off germs involves the use of soap and water. (Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Washing your hands with soap and water—good way to fight off disease, right? So washing with antibacterial hand soaps would be even better. That may be the logical conclusion that many people draw, but it may not be correct. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that antibacterial hand soaps may not be better than plain soap and water when it comes to fighting disease and keeping us healthy. Are these products contributing to antibiotic resistant bacteria as well, which have been causing more and more concern among public health officials in recent years?

Germ Theory

According to Questia’s introduction to germ theory, this “pathogenic theory of medicine, postulates that micro-organisms are the cause of many diseases. Read more

FDA ruling sets standards for gluten free diet foods labeling: Buy with confidence

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...On Friday, August 2, 2013, an FDA ruling was finalized that set a standard for the labeling of gluten-free diet foods. This is good news for the more than three million Americans who must modify their diets in order to deal with the effects of celiac disease. Friday’s ruling enhances a 2004 law that addresses the levels of trace gluten in foods that bear the label of gluten-free. Read more