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Jul 27, 2009

An unseen danger has quietly invaded my home and yours. Also our schools, workplaces, restaurants . . . 
Thanks to the chemical industry, a hazardous antibacterial compound called TRICLOSAN is now an ingredient in many household and personal care products.
No kidding!!! -- it's in your soaps, cleaners, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothing, and even your children’s toys.
Consumers have been tricked into thinking that triclosan can protect them from harmful bacteria - in reality triclosan is no more effective than ordinary soap and water... 
Triclosan contributes to life-threatening
and other harmful conditions, and 
has become so common that
it has shown up in blood, urine and
breast milk of people across the globe.
==> Triclosan hangs around in the environment where it 
mixes with other chemicals, forms more toxic substances
==> Triclosan contributes to the very real problem of
resistance to antibiotics and causes a range of human
and ecological health problems
==> Even people who do not use triclosan are exposed
to the chemical through food, water and household dust.
Triclosan kills most–but not all–of the bacteria it encounters.
The germs that survive triclosan emerge stronger, harder to kill.
== In the 1960s a chemical company Ciba invented triclosan
== In 1972, Ciba introduced triclosan into health care settings
== In the last decade, Ciba sold triclosan to household product manufacturers, who've created products using triclosan, claiming these products are healthier than other products
'They' (marketing) say that products containing triclosan promote good health - but that's a lie. In 2005, an FDA advisory panel of experts voted 11 to one that antibacterial soaps were no more effective than regular soap and water in fighting infections.

The AMA (American Medical Association) advised:
“There is little evidence to support the use of antimicrobials in consumer products" and that given the risk of antimicrobial resistance, “It may be prudent to avoid the use of antimicrobial agents in consumer products.”
==> allergies
==> affects reproduction
==> produces toxic chemicals e.g. dioxin and chloroform when it reacts with other chemicals- like the chlorine in water
==> irritates skin
==> causes cancer
==> disrupts thyroid hormone
==> toxic to algae, phytoplankton and other aquatic life
==> a common contaminant of streams and rivers
==> showing up in earthworms, even dolphins
==> likely to accumulate and spread through land and water food webs
America doesn't restrict triclosan use in cosmetics, but Japan and Canada do.
The European Union classifies triclosan as an irritant, dangerous for the environment and very toxic to aquatic organisms, while public authorities in Denmark, Finland and Germany have issued statements advising consumers not to use antibacterial products.

Always check ingredients before you buy

Neutrogena Deep Clean Body Scrub Bar
Clean & Clear Oil Free Foaming Facial Cleanser
Lever 2000 Special Moisture Response Bar Soap, Antibacterial
Dawn Complete Antibacterial Dish Liquid
CVS Antibacterial Hand Soap
Ajax Antibacterial Dish Liquid
Dial Liquid Soap, Antibacterial Bar Soap
Colgate Total Toothpaste
Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
Right Guard Sport Deodorant
Cetaphil Gentle Antibacterial Cleansing Bar
Old Spice Red Zone, High Endurance and Classic Deodorants
Clearasil Daily Face Wash
Vaseline Intensive Care Antibacterial Hand Lotion

Adapted from the articles The Trouble With Triclosan in Your Soap,by Melselected from Food & Water Watch Healthy & Green Living, Care2
What You Can Do About Triclosan
Related articles, websites:
Triclosan in Dolphins!
What’s Lurking in Your Soap?
Groups File Petition to FDA to Ban Triclosan

Jul 9, 2009

Simple changes to your cat’s diet and lifestyle can minimize or prevent hairballs.

-(1) Conventional hairball remedies contain petroleum jelly...this can stop your cat from absorbing vital nutrients, particularly vitamins A, D, E, and K. 
-(2) Too much soy (as in lecithin) can cause thyroid problems in cats. Use only tiny amounts.

Natural Ways To Prevent Hairballs:

---DAILY BRUSH your cat every day with a wire bristle brush to remove excess hair

---DIET: You can find recipes at If you do buy prepared cat food, look for those with natural or organic meat

---LECITHIN: since hairballs are 15-30% fat, lecithin can effectively break up that fat–and the hairball. Give your moggies lecithin from egg yolks (not soy) Add only trace amounts. Only required during hairball season.

---FIBRE: Add one teaspoon of any of the following suggestions per meal to increase your cat's fibre intake, during hairball season... fibre helps move the hairball down and out.
- (1): vegetables e.g. mashed pumpkin, pureed prunes, or baby food vegetables 
- (2): psyllium husks -mix 1/4 cup with 3/4 cup of hot water to make a gel
- (3): slippery elm -mix a teaspoon with 1/2 cup of cold water, simmer until it thickens.
If Fluffy turns up his nose at these offerings, soak them in juice from tuna packed in water.
---HOMEOPATHY: the homeopathic digestive remedy nux vomica- check with a homeopath or supplier for correct dose. One pellet every four hours for up to five days has been recommended
---VET: Don't forget regular visits to your vet

The Care2 article explains how hairballs form. Also check out Links below (see yellow highlight)

From Healthy and Green Living, Care2 by Melissa Breyer
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