FDA to conduct safety review on toxic triclosan, already in consumer products for 4 decades!Submitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:29
(NaturalNews) After more than 40 years of complete inaction in evaluating the potential side effects of the antibacterial chemical triclosan, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally getting around to conducting a review of this pervasive chemical additive, which is now found in more than 75 percent of all conventional hand soaps. And to many experts familiar with the nature of triclosan, this review could not have come soon enough, as it is becoming abundantly clear that triclosan is ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst.
A number of recent studies on triclosan, most of which were conducted on animals, have revealed that triclosan is an apparent endocrine disruptor. This means the chemical interferes with the body's normal production and regulation of hormones, which can lead to all sorts of health problems ranging from decreased fertility and impaired thyroid function to developmental disorders and mood alterations. Two different studies on rats, for instance, found that triclosan lowers testosterone and sperm production in males, and impairs estrogen and thyroid hormone production in females.