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Triclosan shown to impair muscle function in mice and fish

If you use an antibacterial soap or bodywash it probably contains triclosan. Lots of products these days contain the antibacterial chemical. It is found in toothpastes, cosmetics, clothing, kitchenware, carpeting, furniture and even toys. Such widespread use of triclosan is attracting the attention of a growing number of researchers. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration is currently conducting an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient. And recently published research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America is raising more questions about the effects of our ubiquitous use of triclosan.

"Triclosan is found in virtually everyone's home and is pervasive in the environment," said Isaac Pessah, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator of the study. "These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health."

The investigators performed several experiments to evaluate the effects of triclosan on muscle activity, using doses similar to those that people and animals may be exposed to during everyday life.

The researchers found that triclosan:

...hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice... The UC Davis research team has previously linked triclosan to other potentially harmful health effects, including disruption of reproductive hormone activity and of cell signaling in the brain.

Read more about the study here.


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i don't even realize that maybe in my home there are many triclosan products ! thank's for the information. from now on, i'll be more careful when buying products.
by Home Remedies For Herpes on Saturday 3/9/2013


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