Let Me Poison Myself If I Want To: FDA Interferes With the Free Market Yet Again

Published on January 22, 2014

by Karen Serna
Clash Daily Contributor

A couple of weeks ago the FDA announced that manufacturers of antibacterial soap had to prove that this soap is more effective than regular soap and thorough washing at preventing the spread of disease.1 The FDA is deeply concerned that this soap is harming us. How kind of them to save me (huge role of the eyes since you can’t see me through your computer screen).

Let me say that I personally don’t buy antibacterial soap. As a chemist, I have always considered the antibacterial soap craze nothing more than a marketing scheme since soap/detergent is, by its nature, antibacterial. So for me, I see no need to pay higher prices when regular soap is just fine.

Having said that, it infuriates me that once again a government agency is going to come in and rescue us. I don’t want them to rescue me. I don’t want them to regulate the soap industry. The market and the consumer can regulate it just fine.

If people discover that indeed this antibacterial soap has negative effects, then people will stop buying it. And if people stop buying it, then the manufacturers of said product will stop making it. Why is that so hard for the government to understand? It’s not complicated!

1 http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/health/fda-antibacterial/

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Karen S smallKaren Serna is a wife and homeschooling mom with two children. She holds a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Math from Angelo State University. In addition, she is a certified secondary educator. Prior to having children, Karen worked for Texas State University-San Marcos as an analytical chemist and industrial hygienist for over twelve years. Her passion lies in seeing a generation of Americans once again embrace true freedom.