Today's harmful additive dissection is that of a chemical called triclosan. This is often used in personal care products like toothpaste, deodorant and even antibacterial soap. Recently, certain concerns have been raised about this chemical and its potential link to heart failure and heart disease, among other unsavory ailments. Despite specific studies that have been conducted, which prove a negative correlation between triclosan and disease, the FDA states that the chemical is not hazardous to humans. It's a sad state of affairs when the FDA isn't proactive about the health of the general public, even with studies highlighting the issues.
Researchers have shown that triclosan interferes with how muscles function. This means that it can prevent the natural contractility of the muscles in our bodies. The specific study which purported these finding was done on mice and the effects that were found on cardiac function were very severe. After the mice were exposed to even one dose of triclosan, heart function was decreased by over 25 percent. The dexterity and strength of their grip was also reduced by over 17 percent. In a similar study, fish were used as the subject. Once they received a dosage of the tricolosan, their swim speed and performance decreased noticeably.
There has also been a concern that this chemical can disrupt hormones, and possibly negatively affect the endocrine system. It has been shown in a study conducted by A Toxicological Sciences that triclosan can affect estrogen responses by imitating the estrogen itself. An excess of estrogen is linked to breast cancer and can negatively impact the thyroid hormone. A study with rats as the subject, found that exposure to the chemical disrupts and alters the thyroid hormone. This is huge because the thyroid regulates our metabolism, mood and the temperature function in our body. Those are not things to be messed with.
Tricolosan was registered as a pesticide in 1969. Yes, that's right. The same thing that can be found in deodorant was originally used as a toxic and harmful pesticide. The crazy part is that it's still currently registered as one, and the chemical is also used in conveyor belts, fire hoses, ice making equipment and plastics. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to feel uneasy about all the data and information about this harmful chemical, and questions as to why it's still being used as an ingredient in common over-the-counter products. Standard hygiene practices have us all brushing our teeth and applying deodorant, and yet this is the type of thing we are susceptible to. Super scary to think about.
The FDA must do something in the interest of the health of consumers. It shouldn't be that manufacturers and companies find it inconvenient to find ingredients and binding agents that are actually safe and natural. Not just things that are cost effective and readily available. National health should be more important than the almighty dollar and their bottom line.
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