The Dangerous Toxin You Invite Into Your Home Everyday

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by: Dr. Craig A. Maxwell

woman fighting for her healthIf your New Year’s Resolution was to quit smoking, lose weight, and start eating healthier; congratulations, you’re well on your way to living a longer, healthier life. Unfortunately, even if you’re eating the best diet and working out regularly, you could still be setting yourself up for serious disease from a dangerous toxin you willingly use each and every day.

That toxin is called Triclosan and if you carry around a small bottle of antibacterial gel in your purse or glove compartment, you may be slathering it on each and every day. You’ll want to check that anti-bacterial gel, and many other products in your home, to make sure they do not contain this toxic substance.

Alcohol based hand sanitizers, such as those containing ethanol, are much better. There is no doubt that alcohol based hand sanitizers save lives and reduce the transmission of infectious diseases without the dangers associated with Triclosan.

What is Triclosan?

Triclosan is a synthetically-derived antibacterial, antifungal agent. It was first patented in 1966 by the Colgate-Palmolive Corporation. A year later the first Triclosan-based antibacterial bar soap hit the market. During the 1970s, Triclosan-based products were used primarily by surgeons as a pre-operative scrubbing agent. It wasn’t until the mid 1980s that antibacterial soap and other products containing Triclosan hit the mainstream.

How Triclosan Became So Popular

antibacterial hand soapIn the early to mid-2000s, stories of infectious disease outbreaks such as Severe Acute Respiratory System (SARS) and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) began frightening people into using as many antimicrobial agents as possible to protect themselves from potential threat.

The recent threat of a Bird Flu epidemic had millions of worried people slathering on gobs of Triclosan-containing antibacterial hand gel each time they left their homes or were exposed to the slightest hint of a sneeze from others.

Triclosan isn’t just for hand gels and soap anymore. Today this synthetic antibacterial agent can be found in everything from cosmetics to socks. In 2005, the FDA concluded that the use of Triclosan containing products did not pose a human health hazard. However, other countries, namely Canada, most of Europe, and Japan, have banned the substance, deeming it too toxic for mass consumption.

How Triclosan Works

Triclosan is called a “selectively-toxic chemical.” It works on bacteria by blocking the active site of the enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase (ENR), which is an essential enzyme in fatty acids synthesis. If the bacterium cannot synthesize the fatty acid in a cell, it cannot reproduce and create infection.

This may sound really great on the surface, however, Triclosan and other synthetic antimicrobial agents were only meant to be used in emergency situations , or on a temporary basis. In hospital settings, this synthetic antibacterial agent has been proven to be effective when used in this way.

However, continued use has the exact opposite effect. Overexposure to this chemical wreaks havoc with your body and causes a slow breakdown of your immune system, dependence on the agent, and antibiotic resistance.

How Triclosan is Slowly Destroying Your Health

A study by the FDA showed that households using Triclosan-based products did not see a decrease in bacterial or viral infections. The FDA also concluded that excessive use of Triclosan could create bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Common health dangers associated with Triclosan include:

  • Thyroid Disease

Triclosan has chlorinated structures that bind to the thyroid gland, which displaces essential iodine, and causes chronic inflammation. A depleted antioxidant system in the thyroid gland is a leading cause for thyroid diseases such as hyperthyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease, and thyroid cancer. Triclosan can also cause liver dysfunction.

  • Antibiotic Resistance

One of the largest concerns of excessive use of this synthetic antibacterial agent is antibiotic resistance. This occurs when the immune system has built up a tolerance and resistance to an antimicrobial agent. It is then more difficult for conventional antibiotics to treat any serious bacterial outbreak the person may have.woman stomach ache

  • Liver Toxicity

When combined with water, Triclosan produces a type of chloroform gas that is toxic to the liver. Symptoms of liver toxicity include chronic fatigue syndrome, emotional disturbances, digestive problems such as bloating and swelling after a meal, and the inability to lose weight.

  • Muscle Weakness

According to a study published by the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Triclosan causes muscle weakness and reduced movement in fish. A mouse injected with 1 percent Triclosan experienced heart failure in less than one minute due to an interference with the brain-heart muscle connection.

  • Autoimmune Disease

Your immune system is designed to protect your body from foreign invaders. When you continue to use Triclosan-based products, your immune system works overtime to protect you. If your immune system remains in the constant “fight or flight” mode, it begins to malfunction, causing autoimmune diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, and psoriasis. The more toxins you put into your body, the more your immune system won’t recognize your healthy tissue and will attack it as a foreign entity.

Products Containing Triclosan

According to BeyondPesticides.org, Triclosan is found in the following products:

Soaps:

  • Dial® Liquid Soap
  • Softsoap® Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
  • Tea Tree Therapy™ Liquid Soap
  • Provon® Soap
  • Clearasil® Daily Face Wash
  • Dermatologica® Skin Purifying Wipes
  • Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • DermaKleen™ Antibacterial Lotion Soap
  • Naturade Aloe Vera 80® Antibacterial Soap
  • CVS Antibacterial Soap
  • pHisoderm Antibacterial Skin Cleanser

Dental Care:tooth brush, tooth paste

  • Colgate Total®; Breeze™ Triclosan Mouthwash
  • Reach® Antibacterial Toothbrush
  • Janina Diamond Whitening Toothpaste

Cosmetics:

  • Supre® Café Bronzer™
  • TotalSkinCare Makeup Kit
  • Garden Botanika® Powder Foundation
  • Mavala Lip Base
  • Jason Natural Cosmetics
  • Blemish Cover Stick
  • Movate® Skin Litening Cream HQ
  • Paul Mitchell Detangler Comb
  • Revlon ColorStay LipSHINE Lipcolor Plus Gloss
  • Dazzle

Deodorant:

  • Old Spice High Endurance Stick Deodorant
  • Right Guard Sport Deodorant
  • Queen Helene® Tea Trea Oil Deodorant and Aloe Deodorant
  • Nature De France Le Stick Natural Stick Deodorant
  • DeCleor Deodorant Stick
  • Epoch® Deodorant with Citrisomes
  • X Air Maximum Strength Deodorant

Other Personal Care Products:

  • Gillette® Complete Skin Care MultiGel Aerosol Shave Gel
  • Murad Acne Complex® Kit®
  • Diabet-x™ Cream
  • T.Taio™ sponges and wipes

First Aid:

  • SyDERMA® Skin Protectant plus First Aid Antiseptic
  • Solarcaine®
  • First Aid Medicated Spray
  • Nexcare™ First Aid
  • Skin Crack Care
  • First Aid/Burn Cream
  • HealWell® Night Splint
  • 11-1X1: Universal Cervical Collar with Microban

Kitchenware:pots and pans

  • Farberware® Microban Steakknife Set and Cutting Boards
  • Franklin Machine Products FMP Ice Cream Scoop SZ 20 Microban
  • Hobart Semi-Automatic Slicer
  • Chix® Food Service Wipes with Microban
  • Compact Web Foot® Wet Mop Heads

Computer Equipment:

  • Fellowes Cordless Microban Keyboard and Microban Mouse Pad

Clothes:

  • Merrell Shoes
  • Sabatier Chef’s Apron
  • Dickies Socks
  • Fruit of the Loom Socks
  • Biofresh® Socks

Children’s Toys:

  • Playskool® :
    o Stack ‘n Scoop Whale
    o Rockin’ Radio
    o Hourglass
    o Sounds Around Driver
    o Roll ‘n’ Rattle Ball
    o Animal Sounds Phone
    o Busy Beads Pal
    o Pop ‘n’ Spin Top
    o Lights ‘n’ Surprise Laptop

Other:

  • Bionare® Cool Mist Humidifier
  • Microban® All Weather Reinforced Hose
  • Thomasville® Furniture
  • Deciguard AB Ear Plugs
  • Bauer® 5000 Helmet
  • Aquatic Whirlpools
  • Miller Paint Interior Paint
  • QVC® Collapsible 40-Can Cooler
  • Holmes Foot Buddy™ Foot Warmer
  • Blue Mountain Wall Coverings
  • California Paints®
  • EHC AMRail Escalator Handrails
  • DuPont™ Air Filters
  • Durelle™ Carpet Cushions
  • Advanta One Laminate Floors
  • San Luis Blankets
  • J Cloth® towels
  • JERMEX mops

Other Names for Triclosan

Products containing Triclosan are usually clearly labeled as containing the synthetic antimicrobial. However, it is called Microban® when used in plastics and clothing and BioFresh® when used in acrylic fibers.

How to Avoid Triclosan cleaning products

First and foremost, stop using antibacterial hand gel, dish soap, and hand soap if the label states it contains Triclosan. Secondly, start reading the labels on everything you use. If it contains Triclosan, get rid of it.

After you’ve eliminated all traces of Triclosan, it’s time to find safe, natural replacements. I recommend castile soap. Castile soap is an olive-oil based soap that can be used as a shampoo, body wash, shaving soap, laundry detergent, and household cleaning product. It’s quite inexpensive and saves lots of money when you realize just how many uses it has.

To avoid Triclosan in cosmetic products, opt for mineral makeup and natural exfoliants and creams. Baking soda, for example, makes an excellent and cheap skin scrub while virgin coconut oil easily replaces any lotion or cream you’re using now.

Healing from Triclosan Toxicity

The best way to improve your immune system and heal from any damage this antimicrobial agent has caused is to eat a whole-food diet and choose whole food supplements.

I have recently created a line of healing nutritional supplements designed to meet your health needs. At Diamond Nutritionals you can choose the nutritional supplement that best suits your needs and those of your family. We offer a complete line of professional grade nutritional and immune-boosting supplements.

In my opinion, you should avoid Triclosan at all costs. Give your system a much-needed break from the influx of toxins into your system. Switch to organic food, natural household cleaners and cosmetics, and Diamond Nutritionals’ Immune-Boosting Supplements. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!

5 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been using Triclosan-based hand sanitizer on myself and my grandchildren for years. No more of that now! Thank you for this helpful article. Do you have any recommendations for safer hand sanitizer? What do you use?

  2. Are you certain that Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel contains Triclosan? It may have at one time, but I have the current product and triclosan is not listed as an ingredient.
    Was the list of products purported to contain triclosan copied from a previously published article without double checking for current accuracy?

    • Hello Wendy,
      Thank you for letting me know. It’s good to see Triclosan being removed from products. In the
      past year since this article was written, due to public demand, it has been removed from a
      number of products.
      Good for the folks at Aveeno! We have removed Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel from the list, and
      will continue to update it.
      Warmest Regards,
      Dr. Maxwell

  3. Dr Maxwell,I had 3 water problems in my house, in 1yr (2 in the basement, and 1 in the garage, which abuts the kitchen, and my bedroom). The co my insurance co sent out for the 2 in the basement, didn’t do the proper things, to clean up the water. After 1mth, the mold smell in the house was horrible. They came in, and finally tore up the carpet, but still hadn’t cut out the Sheetrock etc (which is what was growing the mold), and sprayed Microban, an inch, or more high on the floor. I was sloshing, walking in my clogs, when they asked me to come see what they had done. They also, told me as a courtesy to me, they then sprayed, lemon/lime chemicals, ONTOP of the chemicals (Microban), to mask the smell. Within the hour, i couldn’t breath, asthma prob.s, all 11 cats were throwing up until the next day, dizzy etc. I lost 2 of them to cancer May 2014, and this past week Jan 2016, and I had cancer this past yr. then my insurance co had to hire, a second co to do REAL mold remediation, because they are idiots. Could there be a correlation? I also, just went to a naturopathic dr, sent me for labs (like 20 tubes) and the results were, low thyroid, low iron, positive for 4 molds (3 of which an independent air quality co found, before REAL remedy was done) and candida, low hormones, high glucose, high lol,my WBC neutophils absolute have been low for yrs etc. any thoughts? Please email me. I see the dr next week to discuss the results. Today is Jan 27, 2016

    • Hello Ms. Zucker,
      Thank you for contacting me. I am sorry to hear about your problems, and understand how frustrating this is for you.
      I will be glad to consult with you, and review any results you have.
      Please contact my office at 513-741-4404 to schedule a telemedicine consultation.
      All My Best,
      Dr. Maxwell

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