All right, this has gone far enough. It is time for people to get outraged and demand change from corporations and government “overseers”. We have become inundated by chemicals of concern in the food and water we ingest, in our personal care products and cosmetics, and every manner of household products from furniture to flooring and the products to clean them with. Government agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) charged with oversight and regulation have long ago succumbed to regulatory capture (where regulatory agencies are taken over and run by lawyers representing the very places they are supposed to regulate) and are now little more than hand puppets for Corporate America.
Meanwhile, American consumers (and their kids and pets) are being poisoned. And while there are so many it is hard to pick a winner, Triclosan is a great candidate for poster child of ‘Deleterious and Unnecessary Chemicals’ oozing its way into our bodies. As we have reported on numerous occasions over the years, Triclosan has been demonstrated in scientific studies: (1) to be fairly useless as an antibacterial agent as it kills no more germs than a regular bar of soap, and (2) as a pernicious hormone disrupting chemical linked with myriad health conditions–some of them serious. In short, its potential for damage to health and well-being far exceed any claimed benefits.
And now? A new epidemiological study has linked exposure to Triclosan with broken bones among women. Let’s be clear: Triclosan, an endocrine-disrupting chemical commonly found in personal care products and general consumer products has now been linked to an increased risk for women to develop osteoporosis and bone fractures.
This is no small threat to public health and well-being. We are talking about more than an inconvenience shampooing one’s hair for two months from a broken wrist. Osteoporosis is a serious, progressive condition that can be–and often is–life altering. It can affect hip bones which can forever alter one’s ability to continue with activities like walking, bicycling or hiking with their friends, pets and other family members, jaw bones needed to secure teeth in place, hand, wrist and arm bones needed to carry out daily activities independently–or to stay employed. This level of threat for damage to bone health and well-being is compelling enough to demand that the FDA stop appeasing Big Chemical and ban Triclosan–and not just the cursory banning from some soaps/sanitizers as it did earlier, but an outright ban on Triclosan as a risk factor for broken bones among females.
Now is the time for U.S. consumers to do two things:
(1) Speak with your Dollars. Get real serious about reading those ingredients labels on everything before you put it into your shopping cart. If you shop online, demand the labels be pictured and that the label photos be zoomable/readable, or you do not buy it.
Go to company FaceBook pages and websites and let them know exactly how you feel about them keeping Triclosan on their lineup of chemicals in personal care and general consumer products. Be clear that you will be purchasing competitor’s products until they remove this chemical of concern.
(2) Speak with your Vote. Contact your state representative’s office by email, fax or snail-mail and tell them to demand that the FDA bans this chemical. Do it for yourself. Do it for your daughters. Do it for your wives, girlfriends and life partners. Do it for your nieces, and sisters and all the young girls and teenagers who are being exposed right now.
Here is a brief overview of the study that linked Triclosan with increased risk for broken bones.
Women exposed to common antibacterial chemical more likely to break a bone
First study of its kind links triclosan to human bone health
This is the first epidemiological study ever to investigate the association between triclosan exposure with bone mineral density and osteoporosis. Using a nationally representative sample from U.S. adult women, researchers analyzed data from 1,848 women in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine the link between triclosan and bone health. They found women with higher levels of triclosan in their urine were more likely to have bone issues.
Journal Reference: Shaofang Cai, Jiahao Zhu, Lingling Sun, Chunhong Fan, Yaohong Zhong, Qing Shen, Yingjun Li. Association between urinary triclosan with bone mass density and osteoporosis in the US adult women, 2005-2010. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2019; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2019-00576
Where is the pesticide-base Triclosan hiding in your general and personal care products?
Triclosan is fairly ubiquitous. Though no longer in some hand soaps/sanitizers, it still remains in other soaps such as some dish washing liquids and laundry detergents, as well as in toothpastes, toothbrushes, shaving creams, razors, deodorants, mouthwash, and other products like paper towels, baby diapers, lotions, shampoos, and (wait for it) female sanitary products. Though not always listed, it sometimes is, so read the ingredients labels on everything before purchase. If you can find options that specifically state on the label they are “Triclosan Free”, that is the way to go.
Here are some previous posts that include scientific findings on Triclosan: