Additive that causes cancer!

 

Additive triclosan, an ingredient of many products used in the household, such as liquid hand soap, toothpaste and shampoo is associated with cancer, as a new study shows. Despite the wide availability and widespread use, scientists have identified a potentially serious consequences of long term exposure to the chemical. Research has shown that triclosan in mice causes liver fibrosis and cancer. Liver fibrosis may eventually lead to cirrhosis, which causes liver failure. The researchers emphasize that the results of their research are relevant to humans. Triclosan is already under scrutiny of the American Association for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of recent reports that can disrupt hormones and reduce muscle contraction. Experts have expressed concern with respect to triclosan widely used in various domestic appliances and cosmetics. During research in the United States traces its find in 97 percent of breast milk in women who breastfeed, and in 75 percent of the tested urine.

And while it seems that antibacterial soap may protect against diseases caused by bacteria, the study results have not actually shown that fact. Indeed, there is no evidence that it has any health benefits in relation to plain soap and water. The problem is that the antibacterial soaps focused on bacteria, while most of the diseases such as influenza and the common cold is caused by viruses. Studies have even shown that children who have used it over a long period, such as several months or years, have a greater chance for allergies.

Also some studies have shown that additives in antibacterial soaps may contribute to antibiotic resistance, a growing health problem. The studys author Dr. Robert Tukey at the University of California believes that such chemicals represent a real risk to health.
Doctor Tukey and his colleagues found that triclosan threatens liver function in mice. Their tumors were larger and more frequent than in the mice were exposed to triclosan. Research suggests that triclosan can do damage by disrupting the protein responsible for detoxification and decommissioning of foreign chemicals in the body. To compensate for this stress, liver cells grow and become fibrotic time. Repeated exposure to triclosan and fibrosis of the liver eventually lead to the formation of tumors.

In May, the study showed for the first time an association between household chemicals to damage sperm. Scientists believe that ubiquitous chemicals in everyday products we use can provide a much distribution of fertility problems in the Western world. German and Danish researchers tested nearly 100 daily chemicals and found that a third of them affects the sperm.

Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent that helps in slowing or stopping the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. First started to appear in the 1970s in antibacterial soaps. Then he added in a number of products - detergents, soaps, skin cleansers, deodorants, lotions, creams and toothpaste.

According to the British Daily Mail, Colgate Total company is under scrutiny because of its allegations that the triclosan safe usage. Their pasta was in 1997 approved for use by the American Association of Food and Drug Administration, which has meanwhile expressed concern about evidence that triclosan may increase the risk of cancer. But the company continues to claim that the chemicals are harmful only in large doses.

List of shampoo on the 'black list'

Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced the 2013 results of the survey which found that 98 tested shampoos, soaps and other products containing high levels of chemicals Cocamide diethanolamine (Cocamide DEA), the foaming agent and thickening agent which is a carcinogen. It is a chemically modified form of coconut oil which is used as a thickening agent or foaming agent in shampoos. The State of California outlawed its use because it can be a human carcinogen. Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is suing the companies that produce and distribute such products such as Prell, Paul Mitchell and Colgate Palmolive and.

    Most people believe that the products sold in large stores tested in terms of safety, but consumers need to know that every time you take a shower or wash your hair could be soaked in carcinogenic chemicals - said Michael Green, executive chairman of the Centre for environmental health.

You can find the 98 blacklisted  shampoos here.

     
Source: dailymail.co.uk & inhabitat.com