Triclosan is an antimicrobial, endocrine disrupting chemical that pollutes people and the environment. It is found in most Americans, where it may be interfering with the hormone and reproductive systems and increasing sensitivity to allergens. According to a recent article from the Environmental Working Group, “Triclosan and other antimicrobials, added to many soaps and other everyday products…likely harm people's health and the environment, while providing no benefit to consumers, said more than 200 scientists and medical professionals. Scientists are concerned that widespread use of antimicrobials in consumer products could contribute to growing antibiotic resistance and make the vital medical uses of antimicrobials ineffective.
Triclosan can be found in the following personal care products:
· Shaving products
Triclosan will soon be banned from soaps because of concern that it is neither safe nor effective, yet it may be found in hundreds of other products.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interferes with any aspect of hormone interaction. The incidence of endocrine-associated pediatric disorders, including male reproductive problems (cryptorchidism, hypospadias, testicular cancer), early female puberty, leukemia, brain cancer, and neurobehavioral disorders have all risen rapidly over the past 20 years. The prevalence of developmental disability in US children increased from 12.84% to 15.04% between 1997-2008. Data from human, animal, and cell-based studies have generated considerable evidence linking EDC exposure to these and other human health disorders.
You can reduce your exposure to Triclosan and other EDCs by purchasing personal body products that do not contain these harmful chemicals, see a list of product here. In addition you can save money and time by making your own non-toxic (but very effective) cleaning solutions, click here for easy directions.
Toxic chemicals are prevalent in our daily lives; however, there are simple, easy steps that you can take to help get these toxins out of your life!