If look around this day in age you will notice one thing, many parents and children are Spermatophobia-fear of germ and contamination. Since the recent outbreak of H1N1, many people have increased their usage of antibacterial soaps in hope that they will avoid getting sick or becoming ill. Antibacterial products are include Plastic bags hand soap, toothpaste, personal care products detergents & cleaning products and the list continues. However, lately these products are doing more harm than help for those who use them in everyday life. Studies have surfaced that antibiotic resistant bacteria have increased.
Antibacterial soaps originally were used in the hospitals where initially it was effective in killing bacteria and other “Hospital” germs. However, it has been noted that in a healthy house these products are ineffective in doing keeping the family well. The soaps that the average Americans use is three parts water, which is quite diluted, compared to that of the hospitals. In addition, when washing hands, the necessary precautions to avoid more contamination are often not taken or fully remove all the bacteria that might harm us.
The parents of generation Y are spermatophobic. This generation simply hates germs and will do anything to insure we do not get one that we believe we can avoid. With this spermatophobia attitude Americans have been taken advantage of, the consumer department make most products today antibacterial from toothpaste to blankets. Many American do not know the risk of these products nor do they know the risk of these ingredients used in their “safe” products.
The ingredient that is the antibacterial agent of all these soaps and products are triclosan and triclocarban-which replaces triclosan. Triclosan is a manmade chemical, it belongs to the chemical functional groups of phenols an organic compounds characterized by a hydroxyl group attached to a carbon atom that is part of an closed ring structure formed by six carbon atoms, with a single hydrogen atom attached to each Carbon. Triclosan is also part of the ethers a functional group of organic compounds characterized by an oxygen atom bonded to two organic essentials resulting from a scented compound by the removal of one hydrogen atom. Triclosan works by disrupting protein production, also by binding to the active site of a critical carrier protein-reductase that is essential for fatty acid synthesis. Triclosan productivity depends on three genes in bacteria fabK, marA, and acrAB. FabK is a gene that make the bacterial cell automatically resistant to triclosan, therefore triclosan has no effects on these cell. When triclosan is used on these cells, the non-resistant cells die and the ones with fabK remain and multiply on the surface or area in which it was used. MarA is a regulatory gene, when active; the cell is resistant to antibacterial ingredients such as Triclosan, even when barley express yet still expressed resistance is high. AcrAB is a gene for an...