Spokane Naturopathic Medicine | Doctor Lindsay Donahue
July 23rd, 2017
It’s time to reach your health potential.

Staying Well in Cold Season: Anti-bacterial Soaps are not Anti-viral!

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The number one method of cold prevention is good hygiene and preventing transmission of the cold virus. Catching a cold can be as easy as shaking hands or touching a surface such as a door knob. Everyone should wash his or her hands before eating, after sneezing or coughing, before touching your face, and after going outside. Ordinary soap is sufficient. Antibacterial soaps add little protection, especially against viruses. One study suggests that common liquid dish washing soaps are up to 100 times more effective than antibacterial soaps in killing respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is known to cause pneumonia. Anti-bacterial soaps also promote bacterial resistance to the antibiotics used in the soap.

One of the common synthetic antimicrobial agents in antibacterial soap is Triclosan, found in many products- recent evidence suggests that Triclosan may impact an individual’s hormone system by disrupting levels of thyroid hormone and reproductive hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. When soap containing Triclosan reacts with chlorinated water it can produce dangerous levels of chloroform, a probable human carcinogen.

Ordinary soap and a nutritious diet can help you stay well during cold and flu season. Healthy diets with foods rich in color: fresh, dark colored fruits and vegetables, delicious stews, chicken soups and bone broths are full of nutrients that boost the immune system.

Vitamin D from sunlight or supplement helps improve immunity if you are deficient. This can be discovered by a simple lab test.

Studies report that people who are well rested, have low stress, and an active social life have fewer colds than people who have a high stress level or those who have low stress and few social connections. We are social beings.