Vermont Soap's "Ingredient of the Month" is antimicrobial chemicals and in particular one called "TRICLOSAN."
Triclosan can be found in hygiene products, cosmetics, household products, countertops, kitchenware and textiles (this includes clothing). Oh, and stuffed animals too! This antimicrobrial chemical is being reported and touted as safe by the FDA however animal studies concluded that triclosan is a chemical we should avoid for a number of reasons.
Congressman Edward Markey has petitioned the government for Triclosan to be banned in the US. It's already banned and limited in other countries. The FDA is apparently still investigating the effects of triclosan on humans and should be coming out with a decision sometime this spring, 2011.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also conducted a triclosan study with 2517 people, seven years and older, to find out if traces of triclosan would be found. Seventy-five (75%) of the children and adults tested had various concentration levels of triclosan in their blood.
Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, tells WebMD that triclosan can lead to "altered behavior, learning disabilities and infertility. "
Most of us have heard that the over use of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant to them (superbugs). It's no different with antimicobial chemicals like triclosan. The concern is that super bugs can develop due to overuse of antimicrobial chemicals rendering triclosan and other microbial chemicals ineffective. This means that scientists will have to develop even stronger chemicals to fight off the effects of the superbugs. Why won't we learn from the antibiotic/bacteria/superbug debacle?
Check out the Triclosan Fact Sheet for more details about products with triclosan.
Be sure to read the labels before you make a purchase,
and beware of triclosan!
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