When people say “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” they were mostly right. There you are, blissfully ignorant to the harmful effects of that little security bottle in your bag until you see that link on one of those articles on HealthyChild.org (my light reading) or that dang paranoid mom blogger did a post and you couldn’t help but read her post because she’s your FB friend.
Well, I just want to apologize to all of you right now if I am making you more and more paranoid each day. Someone please tell me my research is wrong!!
Today, I found out that groups in the U.S. are clamoring for a ban on Triclosan. No, it is not the Triangle Closest to Antipolo (hahaha, I’m soooo corny! I just need some laughter right now to cover up my panic. ahahahaha). It is the most common antibacterial ingredient in soaps, hand sanitizers, toothpastes, cosmetics, household cleaners, clothes and toys. This article on the Washington Post says that the CDC found Triclosan in the urine of 75% of the population (U.S., I guess). It is even present in their rivers and drinking water because it is in almost all households already. The FDA (who approved this to be put in consumer products in the first place) said that the research raised valid concerns. However, they also said that “based on what [they] know, [they] don’t have evidence to suggest this chemical is a threat to human health.”
However, the CDC has documentation from way back in 2001 (I read the whole thing 3x with all the technical and scientific jargon), which says that the use of Triclosan was mainly for patients in hospitals to help prevent infection. With the proliferation of consumer products with this ingredient and resulting overuse in the last 20 years, they have found that Triclosan may:
- Cause the mutation of certain bacteria which will be resistant to Triclosan
- Interfere with maturity of the immune system causing an increased incidence in allergies, eczema and asthma.
They also mentioned that there is no data to prove that the additional ingredient Triclosan is any better than just soap and water.
So I go through my stuff which may possibly have Triclosan and yes, I find a lot — the most alarming of all is the toothpaste variant I’ve been loyal to all these years. (Arggghhh! We put that in our mouths!) Am I over-reacting? But hello, the information doesn’t come from Wikipedia or some hippie site. It’s the CDC (the Holy Land).
I think it was much easier to be O.C., the chemical way. Google, you are going to be the death of me!