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Chemical in many antibacterial soaps linked with impaired muscle function
FoxNews.com ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2012 | Loren Grush

Posted on 08/14/2012 11:46:03 AM PDT by carriage_hill

Introduced in the 1970s, the compound triclosan has become an increasingly popular ingredient in many antibacterial soaps and other personal-care items, such as deodorants and mouthwashes. However, as the chemical’s popularity continues to grow, a recent report has raised concerns about some frightening risks that triclosan could pose to public health.

A new study published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" has revealed that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish. By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease and heart failure.

(Added bold emphasis is mine...)

The researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado decided to examine the possible effects of triclosan due to recent literature raising health concerns about the chemical, as well as substantial increases in its production.

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KEYWORDS: antibacterial; chemicals; publichealth; soap; toxic; triclosan
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Almost everyone uses anti-bacterial soap, and has for many years, but the chemical *triclosan* is just now coming under scientific scrutiny.

The Colgate-Palmolive Softsoap® I use lists Triclosan Active Ingredient as 0.115%, which is small, but possibly cumulative in usage, unless excreted by the body.

From the article: "Primarily used in antibacterial hand soaps, triclosan can also be found in a number of bath and household products, including mouthwashes, toothpastes, deodorants, bedding, washcloths and towels, kitchen utensils and toys. Also, body levels in humans – including plasma, urine and breast milk – have been steadily increasing."

No ***Red Flags*** yet, but if you have known cardiac problems, it might be good to follow this developing situation.

Remember the brouhaha a few years ago about the "waxy coatings on apples", which finally turned-out to pretty much be a non-issue (Canadian source):

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/facts-faits/factsheet_applecoating-fiche_info_pomme_enrober-eng.php

1 posted on 08/14/2012 11:46:15 AM PDT by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

Our chemists warned us about Triclosan many, many years ago. That’s why they won’t use it. It is dangerous.


2 posted on 08/14/2012 11:57:13 AM PDT by RC2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMeDmV0ufU)
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To: carriage_hill

I only used it as a last resort. Always stayed away from anti- bacterial, thinking it might shift my normal flora and innate defense. Soap and water still work fine. There are some bacteria only soap, water and friction kill reliably.


3 posted on 08/14/2012 11:58:21 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia. 2016 starts today! Walker, Issa, Rubio,)
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To: RC2

We use a brand called Clean Well, and the label boldly states that it is triclosan-free. Isn’t this also the ingredient that’s been linked to superbugs?


4 posted on 08/14/2012 11:59:22 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: carriage_hill
Thanks for the info.

I was just writing a check to support the fight against human caused global warming, now I will write it to help the prevention of the manufacturing and using of antibacterial soap!

Just doing my part and all.

5 posted on 08/14/2012 12:00:20 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: carriage_hill

Any chance I can get Social Security Disability for using this stuff? I’m tired of working to pay taxes.


6 posted on 08/14/2012 12:17:30 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (You didn't build it, but the private sector is doing fine.)
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To: carriage_hill; stylecouncilor; windcliff

‘Long avoided ‘antibacterial’ soaps.

Thanks, c_h.

w, s ping....


7 posted on 08/14/2012 12:19:39 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: carriage_hill

“Almost everyone uses anti-bacterial soap...”

Not me, hardly use that crap ever. Don’t wash my hands much either, even when in Third World countries - and never, ever, get sick. Dittos for “Sanitizer”.

I always knew this stuff was a scam (after all, sanitizers and especially lotions interfere with the proper moisturizing function of skin), but I didn’t think these strong chemicals were dangerous - but it makes sense now - I don’t put gasoline on my skin either, because I know it’s dangerous.


8 posted on 08/14/2012 12:20:15 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: carriage_hill

WELL,I GUESS IT’S BACK TO GOOD OLD LYE SOAP!..............


9 posted on 08/14/2012 12:21:47 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: BobL

Antibodies are like muscles, use them or lose them.


10 posted on 08/14/2012 12:22:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TonyInOhio
Any chance I can get Social Security Disability for using this stuff? I’m tired of working to pay taxes.

Turn on your television during Springer or Maury. You'll get a wide assortment of legal firms standing by to assist with your case. "You've paid into the system all your working life, now's the time to get the benefits you deserve. No fees until your case settles."

11 posted on 08/14/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: EGPWS
I was just writing a check to support the fight against human caused global warming, now I will write it to help the prevention of the manufacturing and using of antibacterial soap!

So you've found a flaw in this triclosan study that invalidates it, similiar to how the science is flawed in the HGW issue?

Then tell us what it is.

Or shut up.

12 posted on 08/14/2012 12:33:39 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: carriage_hill

Here’s a link with a list of products containing Triclosan. Includes such brands as Colgate, Palmalive, Noxema, Soft and Dry, Dial, Avon, Suave, Clearasil, Old Spice, Vaseline, Lever 2000, Right Guard, Joy dishwashing soap, Dawn, etc. Also, a few pet products.

http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&id=1401


13 posted on 08/14/2012 12:43:43 PM PDT by bgill
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To: dfwgator

:Antibodies are like muscles, use them or lose them.”

Yep, better put than I could.


14 posted on 08/14/2012 12:45:19 PM PDT by BobL (Cruz'd to Victory - July 31, 2012)
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To: BobL

Triclosan and triclocarban do work as advertised, which is remarkable since one would think bacteria would long ago have become tolerant to them. Bath soap that contains it keeps me from getting zits on the rear and other places that embarrass when the zits become sore. But maybe it works since I don’t clean the whole house with triclosan, only myself. Putting it in dish liquid seems overkill; not even the detergent makers say it sanitizes the dishes.


15 posted on 08/14/2012 12:50:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: BobL

Sounds a little odd, as once an organism learns how to create a new antibody, it never forgets short of losing the entire immune system.


16 posted on 08/14/2012 12:52:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Talisker

New investigation using sound science, I can always see. One sided panic based jihads, count me out.


17 posted on 08/14/2012 12:54:15 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: momincombatboots; RC2

Mine just went into the garbage.


18 posted on 08/14/2012 12:54:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: goodwithagun

This is the stuff; you got it! Mine’s now in the garbage.


19 posted on 08/14/2012 12:58:43 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: TonyInOhio

LOL! Give it a shot; if it works, let me know. I’m tired of working for the past 52yrs, to support millions of freeloaders, too.


20 posted on 08/14/2012 1:00:35 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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