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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Yikes!

I've just noticed that the toothpaste I've used like forever (Colgate Total) contains triclosan .....

Antibacterial Soap Could Harm Your Heart and Muscles

[...] Now in the new research, which appears online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors report on three experiments that explored the impact of triclosan, which is found not only in antibacterial soaps but also in toothpaste, mouthwash, clothing, carpets, toys, and more common products. In each of the experiments, the scientists used doses of triclosan that people and animals could expect to be exposed to in daily life.

When scientists exposed heart muscle cells and skeletal muscle fibers to triclosan in the lab, presence of the chemical interfered with the normal communication between proteins that allow these cells and fibers to respond properly, thus causing skeletal and heart muscle failure.

* Within 20 minutes of exposure to triclosan, mice experienced up to a 25 percent reduction in cardiac function

* The mice also exhibited an 18 percent reduction in their grip strength for up to one hour after exposure to one dose of triclosan

* Fathead minnows exposed to triclosan in their water for one week demonstrated significantly less ability to swim when compared with unexposed controls. These fish are typically used to study water pollutants.

What does this study mean to consumers
The results of this study, as well as others involving triclosan, including previous work by UC Davis researchers linking triclosan to problems with reproductive hormone function and brain activity, suggest consumers should rethink their use of products that contain the chemical ......


Must find an alternative - maybe Tom's of Maine fennel toothpaste :)


- fennel



2 Comments:

Anonymous Business Strategy Consulting said...

I never thought of this one. I don't know if there's still further investigation to this since I've been using colgate ever since. I hope this needs to be known to the public in case the chemical or the product is dangerous.

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