Dr. Oz, Antibacterial Soap Not Safe? Triclosan in Products Dangerous

Dr. Oz Talks About How Triclosan Is a Dangerous Ingredient in Antibacterial Soaps and Other Household Products

Today (Janary 24, 2014) Dr. Oz was talking about dangerous ingredients that are being used in our everyday household products.  During the opening segment Dr. Oz talked about caramel color ingredient that is used in products like soda, imitation syrups, dark gravies, and some dark breads.  During this segment Dr. Oz talks about an ingredient called Triclosan that is used in products like antibacterial soaps, sanitizers, and even toothpaste!  Is triclosan safe and should it even be allowed to be in products that so many of us use everyday?

Antibacterial Soaps and Sanitizers

Antibacterial soaps and sanitizers were intended to keep us safe and healthy. However, some antibacterial soaps and sanitizers contain an ingredient called Triclosan that is raising concerns and even the FDA is questioning whether triclosan should be allowed in these products.

So, What Is Triclosan?

Dr. Oz invited a guest on to the show from The Environmental Working Group (Heather White).  She said that Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor, which can have an effect on our hormone function.  She said that data has been shown from studies that indicate that it can weaken your heart muscle. Triclosan can also lower your resistance to bacteria which can actually make you more prone to sickness rather than protect you from it! She also said that Triclosan also pollutes our environment.  The CDC (Center of Disease Control) said that Triclosan contaminates 75% of people in America.  Triclosan has been found in peoples urine, blood, and breast milk.

What Products Contain Triclosan?

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizers
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antibacterial cutting boards
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorants

Read Labels To Find Alternatives To Triclosan

There are many products out now that do not contain Triclosan.  She said that we should be reading the labels and find products that don’t contain this ingredient.

At the end of the segment, Dr. Oz concluded that triclosan is a dangerous ingredient and are not worth putting yourself or your family’s health at risk.  Avoid this ingredient.

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