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The Chemical Onslaught is staggering
1. Since 1965, more than 4 million distinct chemical compounds have been formulated. 2. At least 250,000 new formulations are created annually. 3. Approximately 3,000 chemicals are added to our foods. 4. 700 chemicals have been found in our drinking water 5. 400 chemicals have been identified in human tissues. 6. More than 500 chemicals on average can be found in American homes 7. Over 800 neurotoxic chemical compounds have been used in the cosmetic and perfume industires.
Bleach is toxic
Bleach of any kind is considered quite toxic and is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children. Simply- avoid using this in your home.
Common Dish Liquid soap-Triclosan fiasco
Palmolive dish liquid soap This product is labeled in accordance with the requirements of the Hazardous Products Act and/or the Pest Control Products Act in that the use pattern and exposure in the workplace is generally consistent with that experienced by consumers. In certain respects, the requirements of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System applicable to the drafting of this Material Safety Data Sheet may differ from the requirements of those acts and regulations and as a result, this MSDS may contain additional information to that found on the label.(from MSDS data website) Ingredients: Water , Ammonium C12-15 Pareth Sulfate , Magnesium Isododecylbenzenesulfonate , Lauramidopropylamine Oxide , SD Alcohol 3-A , Sodium Xylenesulfonate , Sodium Chloride , Fragrance , Pentasodium Pentetate , DMDM Hydantoin , Sodium Bisulfite , D&C Orange No. 4 (active ingredients: Triclosan 0.12%).
Let's take a look at one of these chemicals:- since the studies on this chemical Triclosan has shown to contribute to the surge in life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant super germs and severe hormone disruption in wildlife, cancer and heart disease.
Triclosan: A common anti-bacterial agent. Triclosan is found in a variety of consumer products - everything from antibacterial dish soap to shampoo and toothpaste and even clothing. Triclosan has been used in consumer products for more than 30 years.It was only used in a couple of dozen of products in the 1990s,but today it is now found in nearly 1,000 products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that small amounts of the chemical can be absorbed by a person's skin. Products with triclosan are known as "antimicrobials" — substances that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Other antimicrobials include antibiotics, anti-virals, anti-fungals, disinfectants and antiseptics.
Although it is not used in any food products, one study found that nearly 75 percent of people tested positive for triclosan in their urine, according to the CDC. The agency said that low-level effects are not known. "Skin products containing triclosan rarely have caused irritation. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to triclosan," the CDC reports.
While it is considered safe for humans in rinse off applications, like soaps and shampoos, "many studies have uncovered scientific evidence that the chemical is contributing to the surge in life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant super germs and severe hormone disruption in wildlife. (When it's found in waterways, for example, male frogs literally sport female parts.),"reports Rodale.com. Another common complaint is that triclosan contributes to a surge in mutated, harder-to-kill bacteria.
In 2013, Health Canada recommended avoiding antibacterial products because they kill good bacteria that fight bad germs, and because of concerns over antibacterial resistance. A recent study of over 200 households found that people using antibacterial products didn't reduce their risk for contracting viral infections -as reported by Marketplace.
The use of triclosan is widespread. It's most commonly used in hand soaps, cleaning supplies and dish detergents, but also in products that don't claim to be antibacterial. Some toothpastes, kitchen utensils, garbage bags, toys and bedding contain triclosan. Health Canada has also registered 1,200 cosmetics with the ingredient.
RECENT HOT NEWS from Environmental Defence - more on Triclosan (April, 2012)
Triclosan in Toothpastes
Triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, is a known endocrine disruptor, which can cause thyroid problems and cancer. The Canadian Medical Association has called for it to be banned from consumer products, out of concern that triclosan could contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs". Triclosan also contaminates the environment, washing down our drains to pollute rivers and lakes.
Triclosan has not been shown to have an added health benefit, and the long term effects of chronic low-grade exposure in humans are unknown. Yet, through the proliferation of triclosan in consumer products, Canadians are subject to chronic exposure to this chemical, which has been shown to mimic hormones, and pollute waterways. (www.environmentaldefence.ca)
Canadians should not be brushing their teeth and washing their dishes with a cancer-causing chemical. We urge Health Canada to ban the household use of triclosan which we encourage you to support. Visit environmental defence website.
Antibacterial soaps are tied to a public health crisis?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls antibiotic resistance one of the most pressing health issues facing the United States. Infections caused by bacteria with resistance to at least one antibiotic have been estimated to kill more than 60,000 hospitalized patients each year. Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin. One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan.
More environmental concerns
A new study found that one-third of the bottlenose dolphins tested off South Carolina and almost one-quarter of those tested off Florida carried traces of triclosan in their blood: concentrations known to disrupt hormones, growth and development in other animals.
Triclosan is one of the most frequently detected chemicals in streams across the U.S. and both triclosan and triclocarban are found in high concentrations in sediments and sewage sludge where they can persist for decades. In the environment, antibacterial compounds could disrupt aquatic ecosystems and pose a potential risk to wildlife. Traces of triclosan have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. In the lab, triclosan has been shown to interfere with development of tadpoles into frogs, a process that is dependent on thyroid hormone. (Source: NDRC - Natural Resources Defence Council)
***** NEW- Dr. Mercola reported in his Aug. 29, 2012 newsletter how products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and antibacterial soap, has been linked to heart disease and heart failure in a new study. Tricolsan impairsmuscle function and skeletal muscle contractility, researchers report in a new study done at the University of California Davis. Although the study was done in mice, researchers said the effects of the chemical on cardiac function were "really dramatic."
Live Safely NOW!
1. Avoid anything labeled "antibacterial" or antimicrobial" which contains triclosan or triclocarban, such as soaps, gels, cleansers, toothpaste, cosmetics and other personal care products.
2. Avoid other "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial" items such as cutting boards, towels, yoga mats, shoes, clothing and bedding. Use safe, oral hygiene toothpastes and more
3. Use natural non-chemical soaps and hot water to clean effectively. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers like the Thieves sanitizer when you don’t have access to running water.
Other harmful Chemicals
that is important for you to know about.........
Do you Know what you are using?
Here are just some of the toxins found in typical detergents … Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)– Chemical foaming agent known as a surfactant. Studies have linked use of this chemical to a variety of health issues from skin irritation to organ toxicity. Dioxane (1,4-dioxane) – The majority of top laundry detergent brands contain this synthetic petrochemical known as a carcinogen. This is a by-product contaminant of the manufacturing process and is not required to be listed on product labels. Linear Alky Benzene Sulfonates (LAS) – Synthetic petrochemicals that biodegrade slowly making them an environmental hazard. Benzene may cause cancer in humans and animals. Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) – Petrochemical surfactant banned in the EU and Canada. May cause liver and kidney damage. Biodegradable, but biodegrades into more toxic substances. Petroleum distillates (aka napthas) – Derived from synthetic crude oil, linked to cancer, lung and mucous membrane damage.
How could 16,000 studies be wrong? With SLS, there are 15,965 studies in the PubMed science library relating to the potential risks. How could almost 16,000 studies be wrong?
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), research studies on SLS have shown potential links to…
Irritation of eyes Organ toxicity Developmental/reproductive toxicity Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and cellular changes Possible mutations and cancer