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Triclosan May Impair Muscle Function

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Triclosan in Hospitals

Triclosan is ubiquitous in clinical settings. It’s a powerful antibacterial, which makes it useful for hospitals, for example, where infections can be deadly. Even in hospitals, though, this research calls triclosan’s usefulness into question.

Because it impairs muscle and heart function, triclosan could to more harm than good for patients with cardiovascular problems. There hasn’t been any research yet on whether triclosan has the same muscle-impairing effects on humans as it does on mice and fish. Chiamvimonvat explains:

In patients with underlying heart failure, triclosan could have significant effects because it is so widely used. However, without additional studies, it would be difficult for a physician to distinguish between natural disease progression and an environmental factor such as triclosan.

Triclosan is unregulated, which means you can find it in a myriad of consumer cosmetics. If you want to reduce your exposure, always read the ingredients on cosmetics before you buy. You might be surprised about where triclosan is hiding in your medicine cabinet.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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11:48AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Don´t use antibacterial soap, thanks for posting!

9:29PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

i've avoided anti-bacterial handsoap for years now...

9:41AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I had no idea.

9:09AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

I had no idea...Thx for the info...especially going to pass it on to family members with small children!

12:11PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Yep, avoid it whenever I can - I have never liked using the chemically antibacterial stuff on my skin or in my home. If I really need to, I grab some tea tree oil or something.

10:38AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

The use of anti-bacterial soap should remain a seldom used product.

Do any of you remember Hexachlorophene, it was used in surgical soaps. it often contained small trace amounts of Dioxin. Exposure to such, results in Chloracne or worse, resulting in facial disfigurement, a life threatening menace.

So potentially dangerous that the US banned its use for everyone but professional use.

I was sent to Seveso, Italy, after the "accident", in which TCP was released into the atmosphere, upon a population who unwittingly remained and in the end, suffered greatly.
The greater problem was that, when TCP is heated beyond 240F (115.5 C), Dioxin is produced.

Trichlorophenol (TCP), the herbicide 2,4,5-T, often referred to as Agent Orange, is one of the most teratogenic chemicals known to man. America dumped 20,000,000 US gallons of it on the Vietnamese people. Just this week, American teams began attempting to clean up the mess or at least, try to mitigate its effect on the human population. A bit late, don't you think?

In Seveso and all around for thirty miles, it was sight out of Dante's Inferno, thousands of dead birds, cows, horses, everything for miles...either dead or dying. It was a sight, that I find, as bad as war itself. It is a sight that remains with me today and haunts me so.
Perhaps, this why I have become such a mad dog environmentalist, that and Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring.

This was an industrial "accident" that would have sent Rachel Carson ru

4:20AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

But yes, I do try to avoid it..............

4:18AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Everything and anything is dangerous......., even life. You might die of it some day........

10:04AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Now, I know not to use those anti-bacterial soaps.

10:04AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Now, I know not to use those anti-bacterial soaps.

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