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Old 05-05-2009, 06:35 AM   #1
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Default Swine Flu: Wash Your Hands, Wash Your Hands But Not with Triclosan

Anti-Bacterial Personal Hygiene Products Triclosan And Triclocarban May Not Be Worth Potential Risks

Triclosan - the antibacterial ingredient in antibacterial soap is potentially a health and environmental hazaard. . . ..

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Using human and animal cell lines, researchers found that triclocarban disrupts reproductive hormone activity and triclosan interferes a type of cell signaling that occurs in brain, heart and other cells.

"Americans spend nearly one billion dollars a year on these products even though recent studies show that they are no better than regular soap and water at reducing the spread of illness. Now we have added evidence that, in some cases, the benefits may not be worth the risks," said Dan Chang, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering.

"Manufacturers of products containing triclosan and triclocarban should consider providing cautionary labels. There are new health-related data on these chemicals that consumers should know about, even if the research is in its early stages," Chang said.

The current study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives , a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in May.

The authors of the study are part of the UC Davis Superfund Basic Research Program. The group, part of a national network, is charged with assessing and understanding the effects that exposure to environmental substances have on human health.

"We decided to take a look at triclocarban and triclosan because these compounds appeared to be building up in the environment," said Bruce Hammock, an Superfund Basic Research Program investigator and professor of entomology. The compounds are also increasingly being detected in human breast milk and urine, he said.

Triclosan and triclocarban were first introduced for use by surgeons and other operating room personnel to prevent bacterial infections. Today they are inexpensive and readily available, in part because the patents on them have expired. "We are not concerned about limited use in settings with clearly edvident high-value such as in surgical settings. It's the widespread use that is of concern," Hammock said.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:49 AM   #2
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Too much hygene makes you sick and it makes your kids sick. Triclosan danger: impaired immunity. Here is the CDC study report.
CDC - Antibacterial Household Products: Cause for Concern

A guide to products that contain triclosan:

http://www.ewg.org/node/26721

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<H3>What problems are associated with triclosan?
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Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.
How to avoid triclosan:
  • Forgo antibacterial soap.
    The American Medical Association says not to use it at home.
  • Watch for the antibacterial chemicals triclosan and triclocarban (triclosan's chemical cousin) in personal care products.
    Read ingredient labels or use Skin Deep to find products without them.
  • Avoid “antibacterial” products.
    Triclosan is used in everyday products like toothbrushes, toys, and cutting boards that may be labeled “antibacterial,” "fights germs," "protection against mold," or make claims such as “odor-fighting” or “keeps food fresher, longer.”
Triclosan may be in these products:
  • soap and dishwashing liquid
  • towels
  • mattresses
  • sponges
  • personal care products
  • shower curtains
  • toothbrushes
  • phones
  • kitchenware and plastic food containers
  • shoes
  • flooring and carpets
  • cutting boards
  • clothing and fabrics
  • toys
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Isn't it lovely that every news show reporting on the flu outbreak has an interview with a local person or 2 saying they just bought a case of antibacterial soap to keep their family safe. . . .

I tried to convince step-daughter that they weren't healthy, but I was talking to a wall. . . "oh no, they buy it for us at work to keep at our desks". She's convinced it's a great thing.
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a lot of people are being paid to make us think its a great thing. These sources said the triclosan in showing up in breast milk, but it is also changing the microbial populations in lakes and streams so it is not only unhealthy for humans it is having a big impact on ecology in general.

bad news -especially when plain Ivory soap or good ol' Fels Napha - brown laundry soap would do as well. Need to study up on green cleaners and get this stuff out of my kitchen!
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They say simply running your hands in water is a more effective anti-viral measure than using that water-less antibacterial stuff!
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In the meantime, the troclosan is backing up in our bodies, in our streams and lakes and ecology - killing off microbials that are important to our environment and our health.

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They say simply running your hands in water is a more effective anti-viral measure than using that water-less antibacterial stuff!
"They" seem to be a little confused, because antibacterial substances kill bacteria, not viruses.
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"They" seem to be a little confused, because antibacterial substances kill bacteria, not viruses.
Yeah, I think that's the point. Some people seem to be confused about the difference between the two.
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Yeah, I think that's the point. Some people seem to be confused about the difference between the two.
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Back when the boys were little our pediatricians told us not to buy any antibacterial pumps or soaps. They also told us not to use any of the hand sanitizers. Isn't it Purell that distributes a hand sanitizer? Has something changed in the past 15 years? Are pediatricians not saying anything about these products any more?
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