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Special Report : Triclosan : Poison for the lazy Americans.


Triclosan has evolved from rat poison in the 1970’s to your soap and toothpaste in 2010.  It was introduced in soap as an antibacterial agent for emergency use but slowly was adopted by consumer products makers hoping to get the same enthusiasm from individuals afraid of bacteria.  When first adopted for human use many scientists complained that it not only poisoned people, but also killed the naturally occurring bacteria in the skin as well as assisted in the creation of strains of bacteria that are resistant to anti-bacterial agents.  As soon as the FDA approved its use for general consumption it quickly made its way from soap to toothpaste.

The original manufacturers, first adopters, and original scientific reports on the safety of Triclosan had no idea of the quantity of uses or the volume of consumption per consumer.

The key fact is that we NEVER needed Triclosan in our soaps.  If you look at the CDC website (Center for Disease Control) they do not advocate (or even mention) the use of anti-bacterial soap in the prevention of disease.  Their instructions, to prevent the spread of influenza or other communicable diseases, is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.  This will do a better job at killing the bacteria or virus on your hands than anti-bacterial soap.

So why did we introduce Triclosan and anti-bacterial soap?  Why did the FDA approve its use for human consumption?  EASY.  The truth is that both government agencies and scientist knew that Americans were not capable of being trained to wash their hands for 20 seconds or more.  No matter how much advertising or training they did, Americans still only dabbed soap on their hands and rinsed it off with water.  Not much rubbing or scrubbing, just a few seconds of rinsing to get the soap off their hands.

Without the ability to train a society, science turned to immediate reactionary substance, Triclosan.  Laziness has its price.  In the case of Americans, the price is the consumption of a substance that blocks the Thyroid Hormone.  If Americans were smart enough to care about proper hand washing, Triclosan would never have hit the market.  If you think hand washing is not the #1 issue for disease prevention, then you are just another dumb American.  It will be fun to see what happens over the next 10 years as a result.

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  1. Steve Bonser
    December 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I was recently sickened by Triclosan and can attest to its ability to act as a powerful endocrine disruptor, which affects everything from the thyroid, pancreatic gland and a variety of the body’s normal hormonal functions. How any idiot could think that it make sense to put a pesticide in soap, toothpaste and other consumer products is incredible. Human stupidity truly knows no bounds. That’s why we’re all getting cancer and we will ultimately disappear as a species.

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