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triclosan_studies.jpgSide effects related to the use of antibacterial soaps containing Triclosan.

  1. Triclosan is technically a pesticide and now under review by the EPA and the FDA.
  2. The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on the use of Triclosan in household products. Triclosan is highly toxic to algae, invertebrates, fish and frogs.
  3. Triclosan breaks down into dioxins. It will react with chlorine to make chloroform under certain conditions.
  4. Triclosan has also been linked to liver and inhalation toxicity. Only low levels of Triclosan are required to disrupt thyroid functions.
  5. Studies have also shown that it is not effectively filtered out during wastewater treatment. Elements of Triclosan are found in lakes, sediments and rivers throughout the world.
  6. It has been shown that Triclosan can  disrupt the thyroid hormone system, which effects proper growth and development, particularly for the brain and in utero.
  7. In August, 2012, a report demonstrated Triclosan’s negative effect on heart functions in mice and fish.
  8. References: http://www.ewg.org/search/site/triclosan

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