THE REAL DIRT ON THE
It’s the secret poison millions of Americans deliberately rub into their skin every day, several times a day——and most of them have no clue it’s even a poison at all.
Heck, most of them believe this chemical junk is actually PROTECTING them——and they go out of their way to use it.
It’s a pesticide called triclosan, and don’t rest easy if you’ve never heard the name.
Most people haven’t.
But you’ve definitely heard of antibacterial soap——and that’s where you’ll find this junk, because triclosan is what gives those suds their supposed super germ-fighting powers.
That’s actually just another big, fat lie——because triclosan-laced soap is no better than normal soap. And even if you ditch the antibacterial soap, you still can’t leave the triclosan behind, because...
It’s absolutely everywhere!
It’s the secret ingredient in hand sanitizers, clothing, toothpaste, mouthwash, baby wipes, toys, kitchen utensils, and more. We’re exposed to it from every possible direction——so much so that the CDC says this chemical is inside 75 percent of us right now.
And it’s not just casually hanging out in your bloodstream. It’s partying like a rock star in a cheap hotel——and you’re the hotel, with every single room getting trashed.
That’s because this chemical has an all-access pass to your body. It’s easily absorbed by cell membranes, including skin cells, and it can get inside anytime you touch it——like when you suds up.
And once inside, it can travel anywhere and everywhere.
It can even travel across the blood-brain barrier.
That means there’s no part of your body that triclosan can’t wreck——and no end to the damage it can do.
Here’s the short list:
BRAIN DAMAGE: Studies on fish and mice have found that triclosan blocks signals between the brain and muscle. The mice had weaker grips (don’t ask me how you test that in a mouse, but they did), while fish swam slower in triclosan-laced waters. On the other hand, those fish probably got off lucky since other studies have shown that triclosan in the water can flat-out kill them. And in pregnant women, triclosan could harm the development of the baby’s brain.
HEART PROBLEMS: So we know triclosan can disrupt communication between brain and muscle. And in that mice study I just mentioned, it was shown to block signals from the brain to some of the most important muscles of all: the ones that power your heart. Triclosan can actually reduce heart function by as much as 25 percent, according to the study.
SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION: Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor that can screw with thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone. As a result, it’s been linked to everything from adult sexual problems such as infertility and low sperm counts to developmental problems in children such as early puberty.
If that’s not enough, triclosan can also destroy skin cells, breed superbugs, and may even cause cancer.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. If this stuff is so bad, why haven’t I heard of it? Why is it even allowed in so many products?
Short answer: It ISN’T!
Not technically, anyway. The FDA has never recognized triclosan as safe or effective, and the chemical was even on the verge of being banned decades ago——and then...well... Washington happened.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF INCOMPETENCE
Back in 1972, Congress ordered the FDA to rule on the safety of a number of chemicals, including triclosan.
Now, you know the FDA. The only reason the agency hasn’t written the book on inaction is because that in itself would require action. So the agency was actually acting with lightning speed——for them——when it took a full SIX YEARS to determine there’s no evidence triclosan is safe or effective.
As you may have guessed, that’s not the end of the story. That’s just the beginning——because the FDA never finalized that decision on triclosan, putting it into a sort of limbo where it’s not recognized as safe or effective, but not banned either.
And that means more than 40 years after Congress ordered the FDA to rule on triclosan...35 years after the agency decided there was nothing to prove it’s safe or effective...companies are still allowed to dump it into practically everything.
In 2012, the FDA said it would finally issue its ruling by December. Except it didn’t. Then, the agency said it would issue its rules in February of this year.
Do I even need to tell you what didn’t happen in February?
There’s talk that ruling could come any day now. Who knows, it might even happen by the time you read this. But any action they take now will be much too little——and it comes far too late.
And that means it’s up to you to protect yourself. (So what else is new?)
Start by avoiding anything with triclosan in it. That’s not easy, since it’s practically everywhere, and it’s not always listed on the label or even advertised. In general, if a product is “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial,” then assume there’s triclosan in the picture somewhere unless you know otherwise.
Next, arm yourself against bacteria without the help of toxic chemicals. And believe it or not, this is the easy part.
Just follow my...
THREE STEPS FOR SAFE ANTIBACTERIAL PROTECTION
Soap and water: Yes, friends, nothing beats the tried-and-true——and when it comes to keeping clean, nothing’s more tried or true than plain old soap and warm water. Dozens of studies have proven that ordinary soap is every bit as effective as antibacterial soap at wiping out germs, and even the feds have admitted as much.
The key isn’t to splash and dash. Make sure you really wash your paws by working the soap into your hands for a good 20-30 seconds before rinsing.
Natural immunity: The best offense is a good defense. Boost your own defenses by giving your immune system the power it needs to kill any bacteria that do make it inside. Start with the first few letters of the alphabet——vitamins A, C, and D are all natural immune-boosters. In addition, give your gut the best weapon around against nasty germs: a belly full of GOOD bacteria. That means it’s time to take a quality probiotic supplement if you’re not on one already.
Common sense: How many people hold onto the escalator handrails in the mall, head up the food court and immediately sit down and eat a burger? If the awful food doesn’t do you in, the germs from the unwashed masses all over the escalator railing sure will. So use a little common sense when you’re out and about——if you can’t avoid contact with germy surfaces such as railings, doorknobs and elevator buttons, then be sure to wash up before you touch food or even rub your eyes.
As I said, this is easy stuff.
In addition, make sure you keep the hard surfaces of your home clean, and that means more than an occasional good scrub. Along with normal soap, feel free to call in the big guns and use a little bleach——especially if someone in your home has been ill or in and out of a care facility such as a hospital or nursing home.
Pay special attention to the kitchen, bathroom, and dining table.
Finally, install a reverse osmosis water filter.
Triclosan is so prevalent that it’s even invaded the water supply. It doesn’t always reach your tap, but not because your water is clean. It doesn’t reach your tap because the water treatment process can cause it to break down and form chemicals that may actually be worse——such as dioxin and chloroform.
You don’t want to drink water laced with this stuff. You don’t even want to bathe in it——so don’t just get that filter, be sure to install it where the water supply enters your home so every sink and tap is covered.