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Post  Admin on Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:54 am

From: Ladyivy21 (Original Message) Sent: 7/7/2000 8:42 AM
Okay the active ingredient is listed first in all cases of use in the

following products.

Active Ingredient: TRICLOSAN

Please, please note that the operative word to find the ingredient in any of

the products "antibacterial". If you see those words on the label then you

will probably find the ingredient listed first on the back panel.

Not all of the Scotch Brite 3-M sponges have the antibacterial properties and
you will not find triclosan on that particular product. This ingredient will

ONLY be found on the sponges that are marked as "antibacterial" - not the

regular sponges.

Scotch Brite Antibacterial Sponge

Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap

Jergans Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap

Clean and Smooth Antibacterial Hand Soap

Dial Bath Bar Soap

Colgate Total Fresh Stripe Toothpaste

Colgate Total Regular Toothpaste

Joy Dishwashing Liquid Soap

Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid Soap

These are just a random source of a few of the products that we found TODAY

in 7 minutes at our local grocery store, Fred Meyer. There are many other

products including toothbrushes, hand cleaners, Clearasil, etc. that also

carry the ingredient Triclosan. Since I didn't want to spend most of the

evening at the grocery we limited our research to a short look but you can

find more on your own time. Become label readers and pay attention to what

you are using at home around your family and your pets and understand what

those odd named ingredients really mean to we consumers. Personally, we

won't use any products that carry the words antibacterial if we can avoid it

and never will we anything with the ingredient Triclosan. To me, this is no

urban myth - this is a real potential for problems and something that is very

easy to avoid if we pay attention. One can presume that it's use in small

quantities is harmless, but if we look at how many products are actually

carrying this stuff then one would certainly have to wonder if we would not

receive a healthy amount of it when all the products were combined in one


I have included just a few of the sites that I have pulled up on net




Triclosan is the latest rage in the arsenal of antibacterial chemicals,

included in detergents, dish washing liquids, soaps, deodorants,

cosmetics,lotions, creams, and even toothpaste. In 1998, Americans snatched

up $540 million of these products, without proof that they even do what they

claim. But IS Triclosan safe?

The EPA registers it as a pesticide, giving it high scores as a risk to both

human health and the environment, and the USP recently proposed a new

monograph for the specific testing of Triclosan. It is a chlorinated

aromatic, similar in molecular structure and chemical formulation to some of

the most toxic chemicals on earth: dioxins, PCBs, and Agent Orange. Its

manufacturing process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting

chemical with toxic effects in the parts per trillion: one drop in 300

Olympic-size swimming pools! Hormone disrupters pose enormous long-term

chronic health risks because they interfere with the way hormones perform,

such as changing genetic material or fostering birth defects.

Triclosan is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer

in humans. Externally, it causes skin irritation, but since"....phenol can

temporarily deactivate the sensory nerve endings....contact with it often

causes little or no pain". Internally, it can lead to cold sweats,

circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma, and death. Stored in body fat, it

can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidneys, and lungs, and

can cause paralysis, sterility, suppression of immune function, brain

hemorrhages, decreased fertility and sexual function, heart problems, and


All these chemicals are persistent organic pollutants (POPs). "Employing a

strong antibiotic agent such as Triclosan for everyday use is of questionable

value as it takes a shotgun approach to killing all microscopic organisms

while also destroying the beneficial bacteria in the environment and in our

bodies. These so-called friendly bacteria cause no harm and often produce

beneficial effects, such as aiding metabolism and inhibiting the invasion of

harmful pathogens."


Triclosan Poses New Danger


A Triclosan Controversy


Antibacterial products may worsen problem of resistant bacteria


Is Colgate-Palmolive "TotalĀ®" Toothpaste Safe?


Happy researching!

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From: 1GoodBird Sent: 2/26/2001 12:05 AM
What a scary list! Things that would seem like they are so harmless, and there are dangers lurking within? I just ran into my kitchen to see what is in the liquid detergent I use for my bird dishes, and guess what? The active ingredient is Triclosan! Is NOTHING safe anymore?


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