Triclosan And Hormones
You have probably heard about triclosan, a chemical that was added to hand soaps for many years. Anti-bacterial soaps became the choice. It turned out that it was linked to cancers, and was then removed from soaps. But triclosan wasn’t removed from all the products you use daily, just one of the many being toothpaste. And it turns out that triclosan and hormones have a rocky relationship.
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Schools, doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices and public washrooms, all wanted to make you feel safer from bacteria. Yet, you already were, if you washed your hands whenever needed, with non-chemical hand soap.
Dr. Al Sears says:
“Not only has the use of triclosan contributed to the rise in antibiotic resistance, it’s a proven endocrine disruptor. It throws your hormones out of whack, including your thyroid hormones.”
Triclosan has been strongly linked to the following effects on human health:
- The endocrine glands, specifically with thyroid function
- Compromising of the immune system
- Birth abnormalities
- Cell growth dysfunction
- Out of control weight loss
Triclosan Product List
Although triclosan is best known for its presence in many brands of antibacterial soap, it is also found in a wide variety of personal care and household products. According to BeyondPesticides.org, triclosan is found in the following household products:
- Liquid Soaps, Softsoaps, Face Wash soaps
- So-called Skin Purifying Wipes and Facial Cleansers
- Antibacterial Lotion Soaps and Antibacterial Skin Cleansers
And, additionally in Dental Care: mouthwashes, toothbrushes and whitening toothpastes.
Also in many more products:
- Bronzing makeup
- Powder foundations
- Lip base formulas, lip glosses
- Skin lightening creams
- Detangler products
- Shaving gels
- First aid antiseptics
- Cutting boards
- Ice cream scoops
- Wet mop heads
- Computer equipment, keyboards, mouse pads
- Clothes, shoes, aprons, socks
- Humidifiers, garden hoses, furniture, house paints, air filters, some laminate floors
- Ear plugs
- Escalator handrails
- Blankets and towels
Best Toothpaste Without Triclosan
Certain popular brands of toothpastes have removed triclosan from their formulas.
Yet just as important, the safest pastes have NO chemicals like SLS or fluorides of any kind.
Some folks prefer to brush their teeth with sea salt or baking soda. Baking soda can be made into a paste with hydrogen peroxide for a stain removing effect.
Some commercial tooth powder mixes contain peelu fibers which soak up debris in the mouth.
Women’s Hair Loss And Hormones
Hair loss in women is often related to hypothyroidism, or sluggish thyroid levels. There are different ways to approach this problem. Firstly, use a daily supplement such as Thyroid Support.
Secondly, you can make sure that any new household goods you plan to purchase are organic, or chemical free. Laminate flooring has improved in quality, for example. Formerly, flooring imported from China was infused with formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde, like triclosan, is a carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor. This chemical, out gassing from your floors for years, would ultimately compromise hormonal balance in your family and pets.
Plastics containing BPA’s in kitchenware and water bottles specifically have had much media discussion. Many brands of bottle makers and food storage tubs have removed BPA from their plastics. Yet plastic itself is made from petroleum products, which are endocrine disruptors. This includes laundry detergents!
Fortunately those products are available in glass or metals.
Many homemakers elect to DIY all their household soaps, shampoos and cleansers. This is easier than it sounds, and usually less expensive than buying commercial products.
Bar Soap Without Triclosan
DIY soap making supplies and DIY soap making recipes are easy to find. You can produce your own liquid soap without triclosan or other chemicals.
You can make homemade bar soap without lye also! It’s all up to your choices of ingredients, colors, shapes
That’s a big start to avoid the entire harmful issue of triclosan and hormones. Combined with a safe or homemade toothpaste, you now can avoid absorbing chemicals through your skin and mouth.
More endocrine disruptors that are avoided with organic or homemade items:
- SLS, a sudsing agent
- Flame retardants
- Pesticides and herbicides (you can DIY these too!)
- Detergents as in shampoos, dish soaps and laundry products
- “Safe” laundry soaps and fabric softeners made with soy, unless the soy is organic
These products can be inhaled and absorbed from clothing and washing, or brushing your teeth.
Have you ever made your own household products? Do you need help with hormonal balance, or just feeling better? I’d love to hear your story if you DIY your soaps or any other homemade items. Just use the comment box below. To your health!