(NaturalHealth365) The newest studies show that triclosan – a toxic chemical agent found in many consumer products – impairs the ability of heart muscle fibers to contract. In the presence of triclosan – normal calcium channels are impaired and cause cardiac muscle failure. If you use soap or any other personal care products – watch out for triclosan – it’s worse than you’ve been told.
Can government stand up to corporate interest?
Triclosan is a pesticide, which has been popping up in everyday products such as soap, toothpaste, deodorant and baby changing stations. But, Japan and Canada have banned its use and classified triclosan – an irritant, which is bad for the environment and extremely toxic to sea life by the European Union. By the way, this nasty chemical is recognized, like BPA, as an endocrine disruptor.
Triclosan has been shown to react with chlorine, the most common disinfectant in our municipal water supply, to form chloroform, a potential carcinogen. At Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a scientist found that antibacterial soaps could result in an exposure to chloroform 15 to 40 percent above the EPA’s safe limit for tap water. It would appear that greedy corporations will stop at nothing to make a profit.
Conventional medicine speaks out against triclosan
The America Medical Association concludes, “Despite their recent proliferation in consumer products, the use of antimicrobial agents such as triclosan in consumer products has been studied extensively, no data exists to support their efficiency when used in such products or any need for them, it may be prudent to avoid the use of antimicrobial agents in consumer products.”
Triclosan is widely used and is estimated to have a market value of one billion dollars. This toxic ingredient can be found in commonly sold – mouthwash, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothes, carpets, toys and trash bags. In 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated that more than a million pounds of triclosan are produced yearly.
Protect your heart – READ THIS WARNING – before you buy anything
Researchers found that triclosan impairs heart function in living animals. The studies were conducted at the University of California, Davis and the University of Colorado; the researchers had plenty to say. The scientists concluded there is enough evidence that triclosan can have a disastrous effect on both animal and human health at current levels of exposure.
“The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic,” said Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, professor of cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis and a study co-author. “Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models.”
Every cardiologist should read this message
Chiamvionvat, the co-author of the study said, “In patients with underlying heart failure, triclosan could have significant effects because it is so widely used. He further stated, “However, without additional studies, it would be difficult for a physician to distinguish between natural disease progression and environmental factors such as triclosan.”
The UC Davis research team has previously linked triclosan to disruption of reproductive hormone activity and cell signaling in the brain. While government agencies are cautious about comparing studies using animal models to humans, this may be overly cautious – especially since the effects were so striking in several animal models under different experimental conditions.
Perhaps, one day, consumer products will be held to a higher standard – to stop the practice of unloading dangerous substances on the public for profit. Share this story with your family and friends.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
It is listed as a “possible carcinogen” by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) (IARC).