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Triclosan Alert

Triclosan Alert!

Recently Triclosan made the news for its harmful effects on the body. It was announced in the media that  the FDA recognizes this chemical as dangerous and may ban it from soap and other body products.  

Our natural products are free of Triclosan! All our soaps and body products are chemical free and made from natural ingredients.

Triclosan is a chemical used by commercial soap manufacturers. I have mentioned triclosan, in many of my articles, as an ingredient to avoid in body products. Triclosan has been linked to serious health hazards, including reduced muscle strength, a compromised immune system, cancer, birth defects, heart failure, and an increased susceptibility to allergies.

Triclosan is showing up in water supplies and more alarmingly in the soil. Triclosan is known to undergo photo-transformation in water to form dioxin, a cancer-causing substance. Dioxins are environmental pollutants that are included in a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants. Dioxins are of concern because of their highly toxic potential. Once dioxins have entered the body, they endure a long time. Their half-life in the body is estimated to be seven to eleven years. In the environment, dioxins accumulate in the food chain. The higher in the animal food chain one goes, the higher the concentration of dioxins. For more information about dioxin, go to:http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a website with consumer information and warnings about triclosan. The FDA currently isconducting a new review of triclosan, results of which are expected to be released this winter.

A state Senate panel in Minnesota is attempting to ban triclosan, and will be the first state to do so. 

According to a statement released by UC Davis, triclosan has been previously linked the chemical to problems with reproductive hormones and brain activity.

In a 2010 article from the Los Angeles Times, writer Jill U Adams reviewed the case against the chemical. One big problem, she wrote, is that antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan don't do any better killing germson your hands than plain old soap and water.

Physicians and scientists worry that widespread use of antibacterial soaps might contribute to the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that cause antibiotic-resistant diseases such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE). antibioticresistant diseases have sharply increased and now may pose a greater threat than modern plagues like HIV/AIDS. 

Increasingly detected in human blood plasma, urine and breast milk, triclosan is setting off alarms in the scientific community. A study at the University of Davis in California showed that the chemical impairs the excitation-contraction coupling mechanism in mice, thereby hindering the heart's capacity to circulate blood. Limb muscle strength was seriously compromised as well.  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."

Taking into account the sheer levels an average person is exposed to on a daily basis, scientists are correct to be concerned. Isaac Pessah, principle investigator for a study at the University of Davis in California, warns,"These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health ... We have shown that triclosan potently impairs muscle functions by interfering with signaling between two proteins that are of fundamental importance to life. Regulatory agencies should definitely be reconsidering whether it should be allowed in consumer products."

In 2006, the Emerging Contaminants Workgroup of the Santa Clara Basin Watershed Management Initiative (SCBWMI), issued a "white paper” on triclosan, where they explain, in layman’s terms, the mechanism by which triclosan may cause resistance:

"Unlike bleach and natural soap that destroy bacteria microbes, triclosan works by interfering with a specific bacterial enzyme." 

Triclosan’s mode of action is different from alcohols and peroxide as well. Triclosan is fat-soluble and easily penetrates the bacterial cell wall; once inside the cell it attacks an enzyme that produces fatty acids that are vital to cell function.

This mode-of-action could ultimately lead to the development of antibiotic resistance. Through continual use of triclosan, non-bacterial strains would be killed, leaving only the bacteria whose enzyme system has evolved to resist the presence of triclosan. 

Some microbiologists fear that the commercial and personal overuse of triclosan could reduce the effectiveness of currently useful antibiotics. For instance, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis targets the same enzyme system.”

(http://www.scbwmi.org/PDFs/WMI_Triclosan_FinalJan06.pdf)

None of our products contain Triclosan!

All our soaps and body products are chemical free and made from natural ingredients.

These are some links that will provide further information about the hazards of the chemical ingredient triclosan: