Four years ago the FDA ordered a ban on Anti-Bacterial Soaps. Within a year, they said, all anti-bacterial soap products will be off store shelves, but they're still being sold.
Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical used in antibacterial soaps and a wide variety of consumer products, has many potentially harmful effects, especially for children. Triclosan can alter hormone regulation and may interfere with fetal development. An increased cancer risk has also been suggested Triclosan was found in 100 percent of urine samples taken from pregnant women in Brooklyn, NY.
As noted in a featured article in The Atlantic, the reasons for avoiding triclosan are far from few... this antibacterial ingredient has been linked to:
Triclosan was found to aggravate the growth of liver and kidney tumors, which came as a surprise to the researchers. According to one of the authors:
"We aren't saying that triclosan causes cancer. We're just saying that with constant exposure, this environmental agent, which is extremely ubiquitous, can promote development of tumors. If one can avoid it, I would avoid it."
In another interview he clarified by saying: "If you have a damaged cell that's been attacked by a mutagen, triclosan promotes the development of the tumor. The compound also causes inflammation, which means that all the ingredients necessary for developing cancer are present."
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