The Dangers & Health Consequences Associated with the Use of Antibacterial Products
One of the ingredients frequently found in antibacterial soaps and other personal care items is Triclosan, as it is effective in reducing and controlling bacterial contamination on hands and on treated products. A 2001 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found triclosan (or triclocarban, which is very similar and also used as an antibacterial in cosmetics) in 76 percent of liquid soaps and 29 percent of bar soaps on the market.
Triclosan is restricted for use in Canada and Japan, and the European Union labels it "Irritating to eyes and skin; Dangerous for the environment; Very toxic to aquatic organisms." Even the FDA showed concern about the use of triclosan in products that are not immediately washed off the skin in a September 2007 letter to Proctor and Gamble.
Triclosan is found in:
- Antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, mouth washes, and cleaning supplies
- This agent is even infused in an increasing number of consumer products, such as kitchen utensils, toys, bedding, socks, and trash bags, as the proprietary Microban treatment.
Researchers warn that triclosan, a chemical used as an antimicrobial and preservative, acts as an endocrine disruptor.
- Exposure to endocrine disruptors can lead to:
- early puberty
- serious reproductive issues
- breast cancer
- Additionally, this chemical irritates organs and bioaccumulates (meaning it builds up and lingers in humans)
- Bird owners - please keep in mind that antibiotic soaps are TOXIC to birds! Do not use on birds or on any items that birds chew on or play with. Follow this link to find out how to safely bathe birds.
- Triclosan's hormone-mimicking behavior could also be responsible for harming aquatic wildlife, since this chemical is washed into our waterways.
- Build up in and disruption of the ecosystem.
Other Products That Contain Triclosan:
- L'Oreal skin cream
- Johnson & Johnson's Kids' Hand Soap
- Ahava Aftershave
- Countless other products used daily by men, women and children in the United States
Why do they sell products with such harmful ingredients?
Because cosmetics companies can use ingredients that cause harm and/or have never been tested, retailers can sell products that contain these risky ingredients - and it is all legal, according to the U.S. government.
Our advice for long-term health:
Wash your hands frequently with triclosan-free soap and warm water.
Ask stores to stop selling products that contain triclosan. Read labels carefully!
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