triclosan

What’s the Deal with Antibacterial Products?

Over the last 20 years, antibacterial products have popped up in everything from soaps and toothpaste, to clothes and toys.  In soaps with antibacterial agents, the most common active ingredient is triclosan.  In hospitals, triclosan has been proven effective in preventing hospital-acquired infections – but at home? Many studies have found it works no better than basic soap and water.

Researchers have raised concerns about triclosan and its link to dioxins, which are highly carcinogenic chemicals that can cause severe health problems such as weakening of the immune system, decreased fertility, altered sex hormones and cancer.  Triclosan is also a likely endocrine disrupter that interferes with thyroid function. Lastly, recent studies have raised the concern that triclosan may promote the emergence of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics – a real problem with people with comprised immune systems. {source}.

I really wanted to pass on this info from Healthy Bitch Daily. They explain perfectly why there is debate and concern over the widespread use of antibacterial products in homes today.

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