Side effects related to the use of antibacterial soaps containing Triclosan.
- Triclosan is technically a pesticide and now under review by the EPA and the FDA.
- 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.
- Triclosan breaks down into dioxins. It will react with chlorine to make chloroform under certain conditions.
- Triclosan has also been linked to liver and inhalation toxicity. Only low levels of Triclosan are required to disrupt thyroid functions.
- 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.
- 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.
- In August, 2012, a report demonstrated Triclosan’s negative effect on heart functions in mice and fish.
- References: http://www.ewg.org/search/site/triclosan