TRICLOSAN: Check out what is lurking throughout your home!
So what is Triclosan? It is an ingredient that is added to products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys. It also may be added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics. (http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm205999.htm) It’s used as an antibiotic; but making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
They are currently conducting studies to see how it’s affecting humans, not just the animals species. Triclosan is possibly known for altering hormone levels AND making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. I remember when the personal sized hand sanitizers were coming out, there was a debate about them cause more problems then good because they are not completely killing off the bacteria and so they were growing from that and becoming super bacteria.
Interesting that dioxin levels have dropped by 73 to 90 percent, but the levels of dioxins derived from the antibacterial soap ingredient, Triclosan has risen by 200 to 300 percent in the last 30 years!
The Huffington Post wrote a story about this lovely chemical saying that Triclosan “has been used for over 40 years and in recent studies of triclosan in animals have led scientists to worry that it could increase the risk of infertility, early puberty and other hormone-related problems in humans.” It’s funny because all three of those things have been conversation headliners for a few years now, especially early puberty. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/02/triclosan-safety-antibacterial-soap-safe-fda_n_3202847.html)
Look for these names when trying to avoid products with Triclosan:
Trade names: Ultra-Fresh, Irgasan, Irgacare, Viv-20, and Microban. (Note: Biofresh and Amicor are other trade names, but they are used for fabrics).
Chemical name: 5-Chloro-2-(2,4- dichlorophenoxy)phenol
We do the research that we can to make sure that we are providing you with the cleanest products possible. We’re sick of living in a world that’s filled with chemicals that are creating more problems within our bodies than there should be. We do urge people to do the research too and know what you are using, ingesting, and giving to your families.