Triclosan Dangers – “Found in a variety of soaps, hand sanitizers, fabrics, toothpastes, mouthwashes and even tap water, researchers have discovered triclosan is far from harmless. Linked to heart failure and decline in muscle strength, the agent has come under scrutiny due to its widespread use in common household products. …
Triclosan Dangers: Are Common Household Products Causing Heart Failure?
The Triclosan Problem
What does triclosan do, anyway? Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Because of its antibacterial properties it has become a common ingredient found hand sanitizers, shampoo, fabrics, toothpastes, mouthwashes and antiperspirants to name a few. It is also found in cookware, furniture and toys to prevent bacterial contamination. Do you know it is also found in pesticides and flooring?
The EPA estimates that 1 million pounds of the chemical are produced each year in the United States. Currently it is found in 75% of liquid soap products. When you use a product contain triclosan you can absorb it through your skin. A 2008 study which was designed to assess exposure of triclosan, found it present in the urine of 75% of U.S. children and adults tested. Past research has shown triclosan alters hormone regulation in animals, and also found it possibly harmful to the human immune system.
A new study conducted at the University of Davis in California shows that triclosan hinders the heart’s capacity to circulate blood, and that muscle strength in limbs might also be compromised by this dangerous chemical.
Here’s is an article by Carolanne Wright at “Natural News” that discusses the study more thoroughly.
Triclosan Dangers – Antibacterial Agent In Common Household Products Shown To Weaken The Heart And Muscles
Dr. Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, the study’s co-author and professor of cardiovascular medicine, said in a press release, “The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic … Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models.”