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Antibacterial Soap Linked to Crime and Psychiatric Illnesses
by Lourdes Salvador
Washing your hands may not be all it´s cracked up to be. In fact, it may be dangerous. If you use antibacterial soap products, you may be exposed to a toxic chemical that has been linked to psychiatric illness and increased crime.
The soap chemical is an ingredient in antibacterial hand soaps that are often found in fast food restaurants. It is thought to be a major cause of psychiatric illness and crime according to William Shaw, Ph.D., Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
Shaw´s latest discovery was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Volume 25, Number 3, 2010 and is entitled "The Unique Vulnerability of the Human Brain to Toxic Chemical Exposure and the Importance of Toxic Chemical Evaluation and Treatment in Orthomolecular Psychiatry"
Shaw says that toxic metals encountered in low levels have also been found to lead to decreases in learning, and higher rates of crime, including murder.
The toxic antibacterial hand soap chemical in question is a chlorinated phenolic compound called parachlorometaxylenol (PCMX). PCMX has been linked too depression, central nervous system dysfunction, and neurotoxicity. Tricolsan and hexachlorophene are chemically very closely related to PCMX. Tricolsan is found in everything from soap to toothpaste.
Shaw says, "The human brain and the brains of whales and dolphins (cetaceans) are especially susceptible to a variety of toxic chemicals because of natural selection that favors brain structures promoting advanced brain functions such as long-term memory and rapid learning. The high fat content of these brains also makes them especially susceptible to long term storage of the same fat soluble toxic chemicals that accumulate in adipose tissue. The high rate of metabolism in these mammalian brains and high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids also makes them much more susceptible to free radical damage mediated by toxic chemicals, leading to increased damage to brain macromolecules like deoxyribonucleic acid, ribonucleic acid, proteins, cell organelles, and small molecules."
Because of this susceptibility, humans may experience neuropsychiatric disorders and engage in criminal behaviors when exposed to a variety of toxic chemicals.
Shaw believes that toxic chemicals are involved in many different psychiatric disorders and are likely a large part of criminal behavior.
William Shaw, PhD. The Unique Vulnerability of the Human Brain to Toxic Chemical Exposure and the Importance of Toxic Chemical Evaluation and Treatment in Orthomolecular Psychiatry. JOM. 2010. 25(3).
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