Get anti antibacterials, urges NRDC
Both of these chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals, but they interfere with different hormone systems and though their toxicity is not fully understood, what we do know about these chemicals is deeply concerning. Triclosan interferes with thyroid hormone. We know that other thyroid-disrupting chemicals have been shown to alter development of the brain and nervous system causing problems with learning or behavior later in life, and we are concerned that triclosan could have similar effects.Triclocarban is a unique type of hormone-disrupting chemical which has not been found to have any hormone-disrupting properties on its own but has been shown to enhance the activity of other hormones, such as the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone. Boosting your sex hormones isn’t necessarily a good thing! For someone with a hormonally dependent cancer, that could mean more hormonal stimulation of cancer cell growth.
- Be a fanatic about regular handwashing, but use normal soap and water.
- If you don’t have access to running water, use a skin sanitizer.
- Read the ingredients on your products, and get rid of anything containing triclosan or triclocarban. These chemicals are mostly in soap, but can also be in acne creams, cosmetics and even some toothpastes!
- If you want to look up products that contain these chemicals, check out the Household Products Database.
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