A chemical found in most antibacterial soap is raising alarm bells!
Triclosan—a chemical that has just been shown to impair muscle function in humans affects human heart and skeletal muscle cells in the lab.
Companies use it to market everything from soaps to socks as "antibacterial". Health Canada has also registered 1,200 cosmetics with the ingredient. Beside hand soaps the chemical is found in cleaning supplies, dish detergents, toothpastes, kitchen utensils, garbage bags, toys and bedding. Health Canada has also registered 1,200 cosmetics with the ingredient.
Triclosan was originally used as a surgical scrub and became the "Aspirin of antibacterials" in hospitals.
The American FDA says that there is no evidence to suggest that using antibacterial soaps with triclosan offer any health benefits over just washing with conventional soap and water. Health Canada and Environment Canada reported earlier this year that their screening have not shown the product to be unsafe.
However, they are concerned about the chemical's effect on the environment. Some studies of animals have found triclosan to be an endocrine disrupter, linked to thyroid problems and even cancer. The chemical is toxic to frogs, fish and algae.
The Canadian Medical Association has called for a complete ban on triclosa. Canadian environmental activist group Environmental Defence has launched a campaign on the federal government to outlaw the chemical. They say Canadians likely have worrisome levels of the substance in their bodies.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers aren't antimicrobial, and don't contain triclosan.
I checked at my house, and all of the scrubs in the shower contained Triclosan.
Time for a ban!