Evil lurks, Parishioners,
in our household goods.
I have recently been alerted
(The Ubiquitous Triclosan, by Aviva Glaser)
to The Terror That Is Triclosan!!!
5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol, 2,4,4′-trichloro-2′-hydroxydiphenyl ether, 5-chloro-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol, trichloro-2′-hydroxydiphenyl ether, Microban, Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum, Biofresh CH-3565, Lexol 300, Irgasan DP 300.
Triclosan is a white powdered solid with a slight aromatic/phenolic odor. It is a chlorinated aromatic compound that has functional groups representative of both ethers and phenols. Triclosan is only slightly soluble in water, but soluble in ethanol, methanol, diethyl ether, and strong basic solutions such as 1M sodium hydroxide. Triclosan can be synthesized from 2,4-dichlorophenol. Some common impurities are: 2,4-dichlorophenol, 3-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-furan, 2,8-dichlorobenzo-furan, 2,8-dichlorobenzo-p-dioxin, 1,3,7-trichlorodibenzo-p-dioxin and 2,4,8-trichlorodibenzo-furan.
“There is a disinfectant showing up in hundreds of common consumer products that is raising serious cause for concern. The chemical, Triclosan, is a synthetic, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that in recent years has exploded onto the consumer market in a wide variety of antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics, plastics, and other products. Studies have increasingly linked Triclosan to a range of health and environmental effects, from skin irritation, allergy susceptibility, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistant, and dioxin contamination to destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems.
According to the American Medical Association, “Despite their recent proliferation in consumer products, the use of antimicrobial agents such as Triclosan in consumer products has not been studied extensively. No data exist to support their efficacy when used in such products or any need for them…it may be prudent to avoid the use of antimicrobial agents in consumer products…”
You heard it here, Parishioners!
Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.
It may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys. It also may be added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics.
In 1997, FDA reviewed extensive effectiveness data on Triclosan in Colgate Total toothpaste. The evidence showed that Triclosan in this product was effective in preventing gingivitis.
Animal studies have shown that Triclosan alters hormone regulation
Triclosan is so ubiquitous that it is found in the urine of 75 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Recent scientific studies raise questions about whether Triclosan disrupts the body’s endocrine system and whether it helps to create bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
Edward J. Markey, Democrat from Massachusetts, wants Triclosan banned from all products designed for children and any product that comes into contact with food. Other countries have banned or restricted use of the chemical.
Brian Sansoni of the Soap and Detergent Association, which represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products industry, said “It’s more important than ever that consumers continue to have access to these products. It’s a time of increased threats from disease and germs!”
Brian Sansoni, spokesman for the American Cleaning Institute, said the evidence against Triclosan was hardly convincing.
Triclosan was developed as a surgical scrub for medical professionals. It is also used in pesticides. It can be found in everything!
The FDA has been working for 38 years to establish the rules for the use of Triclosan but has not completed that task.
A 2006 study concluded that low doses of Triclosan act as an endocrine disruptor in the North American bullfrog.
Reports have suggested that Triclosan can combine with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform.
Triclosan is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals which is suspected of causing cancer in humans. Externally, phenol can cause a variety of skin irritations. Taken internally, phenol can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma and death. Additionally, chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides can be stored in body fat, accumulating to toxic levels. Long term exposure to pesticides damages the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, suppresses the immune system, and causes hormonal disruption, paralysis, sterility and brain haemorrhages.
Dioxins, PCBs, chlorophenols and many pesticides are persistent organic pollutants. They persist in the environment and accumulate to higher and higher concentrations with each step up the food chain. Every creature on earth has these pollutants in its body fat. Once absorbed into the fat cells, it is nearly impossible to eliminate these compounds. Triclosan is among this class of chemicals, and humans are among the animals at the top of the food chain. The health risks are considerable.
“For Triclosan, the science is changing” said Doug Throckmorton, deputy director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.