Do soaps with triclosan do more harm than good? (Chicago Tribune, 2/10/13) Laboratory studies show that triclosan, a common anti-bacterial ingredient in soap, disrupts hormones, interferes with muscle function, and promotes the growth of stronger bacteria. Plus, it’s “building up in the environment to the possible peril of wildlife.” Related: How to properly wash your […]
Big Chem, Big Harm? (NYT, 8/26/2102) Nicholas Kristof writes that the big chemical companies have blocked any serious regulation of endocrine disruptors. He continues, Like a lot of Americans, I used to be skeptical of risks from chemicals like endocrine disruptors that are all around us. What could be safer than canned food? I figured […]
Johnson & Johnson says it will remove dangerous chemicals from its toiletries and cosmetics by the end of 2015. Last year it agreed to remove them from its baby products by the end of 2013. J&J’s products contain formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, and undisclosed fragrance ingredients. These chemicals are linked to a variety […]
The Minnesota Department of Health has created a program to investigate what it calls “contaminants of emerging concern.” The study will look at a variety of chemicals that end up in tap water, including pharmaceuticals, synthetic fragrances, insect repellants, and flame retardants. Listen to the report and read more at Minnesota Public Radio.
The Canadian government will declare triclosan, an anti-bacterial, toxic to the environment. Triclosan is found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes, and anti-bacterial soaps. Animal studies demonstrate that it alters hormone regulation. It is also suspected of causing antibiotic resistance. Read the ingredient list on your tube of toothpaste. If you find triclosan, switch brands. Commonly available […]