Triclosan? We don’t need no stinkin’ Triclosan!
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent.
Sounds like a good thing to have in your soap, doesn’t it? Well, think again!
In a recent Washington Post Article, is was reported that the FDA is taking another look at at the health side effect of this chemical found in a growing number of liquid soaps, hand sanitizers, dishwashing liquids, shaving gels and even socks, workout clothes and toys. It’s use is so common that it is found in the urine of over 75% of the population.
So what’s the issue?
Recent scientific studies raise questions about whether triclosan disrupts the body’s endocrine system and whether it helps to create bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
Triclosan also reacts with the free chlorine in tap water to produce lesser amounts of other compounds, like 2,4-dichlorophenol. Most of these intermediates convert into dioxins upon exposure to UV radiation (from the sun or other sources). Although small amounts of dioxins are produced, there is a great deal of concern over this effect, because some dioxins are extremely toxic and are very potent endocrine disruptors. They are also chemically very stable, so that they are eliminated from the body very slowly (they can bioaccumulate to dangerous levels), and they persist in the environment for a very long time. Read a report here
What does the FDA say about it?
“Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. However, data showing effects in animals don’t always predict effects in humans. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
In light of these studies, FDA is engaged in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient. FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.”
Should we worry?
Well, the FDA also told us that Thalidomide was safe back in the 50′s and 60′s and told us that Vioxx was perfectly OK for heart disease in the 90′s. I think the fact that they are even taking a second look at Triclosan should be enough for us to try and eliminate it from our daily use as much as possible!
The scary part is, while this chemical is being added to our soap (and to our bodies), there is no evidence that it works any better than plain soap and warm water! So, why use soap that’s loaded with unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients with pure all natural soap and water work just as well?
You can reduce you and your family’s risk of harmful side effects by eliminating at least one source of this chemical in your life. Buy 100% all natural soap and bathe worry free!
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