Some studies in animals have shown that the chemicals, triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps, can lead to the early onset of puberty and the disruption of metabolism and fertility, and health experts warn that their effects could be the same in humans.
Blasdelb: Something that is important to note is that the problem of drug resistance is an entirely separate issue. These are chemicals that would not make effective antibiotics for internal use and resistance to them would be a trivial thing for a bug to gain."
Lutoslawski: "I'm interested in this point, as the article says that one of the reasons for this action is that the chemicals promote drug resistant infections. Could you explain a bit more or point me to I feel like I've always been under the impression that the reason, say, MRSA, is so antibiotic resistant is because it's evolved in hospitals which are particularly sterile environments."
Blasdelb: "(aside from the concentrations of fecal bacteria on their belt buckles)"
forgetful snow: "I genuinely do not understand"
"Every time you flush a toilet, it releases an aerosol spray of tiny tainted water droplets.
Astonishingly, all the toothbrushes were speckled with microscopic fecal matter, including the ones that had never seen the inside of a bathroom. The confirmed myth unfortunately proved that there's indeed fecal matter on toothbrushes — and also everywhere else."
Federal regulators started to look at the chemicals in the 1970s, with the F.D.A. first creating regulations to control them in 1978. But very little has been done since, public health advocates complain, partly because of agency slowness but also because of industry lobbying. The Natural Resources Defense Council, frustrated by the inaction, filed a lawsuit in 2010 to force the agency to issue a final rule. Mae Wu, a lawyer with the council, said that under a settlement signed with the F.D.A. last month, the agency committed to taking final action by 2016.
You're in a public bathroom.
> Use bathroom
You relieve yourself. You wipe yourself.
> Wash hands
You stand and awkwardly shuffle over to the sink with your pants around your ankles. After washing your hands thoroughly, you activate the hand dryer with your elbow and dry your hands.
> Belt pants
I don't know how to do that.
> Lift pants
You take off your pants and lift them over your head. You would resemble a circus strong man lifting a barbell, if that barbell were shaped like pants.
> Buckle pants
You buckle the belt of your pants.
You're in a public bathroom, lavishly equipped with a toilet, a sink, a mirror and a hand dryer. In the mirror, you can see a half-naked man holding a pair of buckled pants. He looks familiar. An exit door leads east.
The toilet has not been flushed recently.
The sink is wet, as if someone recently washed their hands.
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