A new study has revealed that the antibacterial agent triclosan can have an adverse effect on gut bacteria , potentially leading to colonic irritation and colonic cancer . The use of triclosan has been withdrawn in the EU , although it is still in used widely in consumer products in other countries .
Triclosan is also classed as an endocrine disruptor , it can react with chlorine in the water supply to form a variety of toxic dioxins . Triclosan was first used in hospitals and medical centres and is thought to have played a role in the development of bacterial antibiotic resistance .
- Mouse study links triclosan, a common antimicrobial, to colonic inflammation
- Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in toothpaste and other products, linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut
Yet another case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted . Pharmaceutical companies will put dogshit in their products if it makes them a profit . You can safely assume that there are other chemicals in household products that are wreaking havoc with your health and are a cumulative danger to the environment .
I switched to herbal toothpaste a while ago , I suggest you do the same . Always check the labels of any product you buy , as a general rule go for more natural products not stuffed with synthetic chemicals .
You’ll be helping yourself and the environment .
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