triclosan containing products

Are You Sudsing Yourself Sick?

Triclosan-containing products can be found in every room in the house, but dodging the pesticide isn't as hard as you may think.

Are You Sudsing Yourself Sick?

Worth a lather: Chemicals in antibacterial soap are turning up in our bodies.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Antibacterial soap? How about antibacterial bodies? With cold and flu season right around the corner, the thought of germ-killing chemicals pulsing through our veins may seem appealing at first mention, but the truth is, antimicrobial chemicals like triclosan are injected into so many everyday products that levels of the chemical—listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide—is sharply rising inside our bodies. That's a serious health threat for people of all ages, because the estrogenic chemical can interfere with hormones needed for the brain and reproductive systems to develop correctly, and has been linked to infertility and other problems. Research also links the growing use of triclosan to the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections that are expensive to treat and sometimes fatal.

THE DETAILS: According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released late this summer, our bodies, on average, now harbor 50 percent more triclosan than they did just six years ago. The updated data found that the increase occurred in all age groups, in both men and women, and in all ethnicities. The highest exposures were observed in people over 20 years old, females, and Mexican-Americans. The data comes on the heels of a University of Toledo study that found triclosan is taken up by food crops, in this instance, soybeans, a crop that's used in a dizzying array of processed foods. (More on how it gets there later.)


Published on: September 13, 2010

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Triclosan is only slightly

Triclosan is only slightly soluble in water, but soluble in ethanol, methanol, diethyl ether, and strong basic solutions such as 1 M sodium hydroxide. installment loan

triclosan / microban

Beware! Triclosan (aka microban) is also added to Crest and Colgate toothpaste, sports clothing and shoe inserts, kids' shoes, baby clothing and pacifiers, underwear, patio furniture, carpet, to name a few.
Dixon-Ticonderoga has EVEN ADDED IT TO No. 2 YELLOW PENCILS WHICH OUR CHILDREN ARE USING AND CHEWING ON IN SCHOOL! How stupid is that? The Dixon pencil packages are marked with the Microban logo. Tell your schools about this. Neither Dixon nor Microban have ever answered inquiries sent to them by this writer a year ago. Thousands of products are being manufactured using this ingredient. Start looking closely at ingredient lists and products' tags. A list of products containing this pesticide is at:


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