Is That Hand Sanitizer Really Bad for You?

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Triclosan and Your Health-What You Need to Know

Triclosan is a chemical found in antibacterial & cosmetic products many people use everyday, often multiple times.  Products like hand soap, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and mouthwash all potentially contain it. A recent study conducted by UC Davis & the University of Colorado found that triclosan hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, which is potentially very dangerous for those who already have heart problems.  When tested on mice, researchers found that the mice had a 25% reduction in heart function within 20 minutes of being exposed to the chemical.

“The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic,” says Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, professor of cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis and a study co-author. “Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models.In patients with underlying heart failure, triclosan could have significant effects because it is so widely used,” Chiamvimonvat says. “However, without additional studies, it would be difficult for a physician to distinguish between natural disease progression and an environmental factor such as triclosan.”

As many of you are aware of I am a staunch advocate of using products that are as natural and chemical-free as possible. I have already posted my recipes for toothpaste and hand-soap (which can also be used for body wash), and I will be posting additional recipes for beauty and cleaning products in the coming weeks.  Whether you would like to try your hand at making your own cosmetic products or not,  do your research, find out what is really in your favorite products,  and support companies that make products that do not put your health as risk.

In 1998, the EPA estimated that more than 1 million pounds of triclosan was produced in the US, and that the chemical has been detected in natural waterways and human breast milk, demonstrating that this is a concern to both human health and the environment. For many of you, dropping the hand sanitizer may be tough, but researchers advise to avoid it altogether. I have an idea…go wash your hands.

Sources:

Infection Control Today http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2012/08/study-shows-triclosan-may-hinder-muscle-function.aspx

Fox 40 Sacramento http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-study-chemical-found-in-hand-sanitizer-20120814,0,4910549.story

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