Dangers of Triclosan in toothpaste, mouthwashes and other household products

Triclosan is the active ingredient in many antimicrobial and antibacterial products on the market today such as toothpaste, soaps,mouth washes carpets, plastic kitchenware and toys.

Reports by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine have linked Triclosan to the development of new strains of bacteria which are resistant to antibacterial agents.

Triclosan acts much like a sponge, allowing germs to adhere to its surface. Germs ingest the Triclosan, which is supposed to infect and ultimately kill the germs. Unfortunately, not all of the germs are eliminated and those that survive the ingestion of Triclosan are able to mutate and reproduce.
Triclosan has also been discovered in breast milk and the use of such products during pregnancy and while breast feeding must be avoided.

Concern Over Widespread Use of Hygiene Antibiotic

Researchers report that triclosan is a strong inhibitor of an enzyme present in many microorganisms. This enzyme is also "potentially important" as a target for new antibiotics, raising concerns that the use of triclosan may make these drugs ineffective.

Indiscriminate, widespread use of antibiotics is discouraged by the medical community because it is known to promote the growth of bacterial strains resistant to antibiotic treatment. Until recently, triclosan was believed to be immune from such concerns. But the new study findings show that even at low concentrations, triclosan has strong antibacterial effects.

Source: Nature April 1, 1999;398:383-384.

American Medical Association (AMA) Questions Anti-Bacterial Soaps

Antibacterial soaps may be no more effective against germs than common soap, and could contribute to the threat posed by drug-resistant bacterial strains. "There's no evidence that they do any good contribute to the well-recognized problem created by excessive use of antibiotics that has led to mutated bacterial strains that are resistant to drugs.

A trade group, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, had previously lobbied the AMA against having any position on antibacterial products.

WARNING: Antibacterial Soap Linked to Altered Hormones and Antibiotic Resistance

Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey has called for strict limits on the use of triclosan. "Despite the fact that this chemical is found in everything from soaps to socks," said Markey, "There are many troubling questions about triclosan's effectiveness and potentially harmful effects, especially for children."

One study showed that the chemical can alter hormone regulation. A number of other studies have demonstrated that bacteria exposed to triclosan could potentially become resistant to antibiotics.

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