The cancerous toxin in your soap that’s banned in Minnesota

You may be brushing your teeth and washing your hands with a toxin linked to cancer and allergies. So you better read product labels and avoid this chemical now. Don’t wait for the FDA to outlaw it.

Scientists are concerned over the potential dangers of triclosan, an antibacterial substance often added to soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, detergents, cutting boards, carpets, toys and other consumer products. Research shows it may be linked to problems like breast cancer in women and allergies in children.

Health concerns have even led Minnesota to ban triclosan as of 2017. The FDA is considering action, but that may take years.

The Environmental Protection Agency believes that triclosan isn’t a problem for most people. But if your body can’t metabolize triclosan, it can accumulate in your blood. Lab tests demonstrate that this antimicrobial can also cause trouble in the heart, muscles and hormones.

And studies show that triclosan is already in the urine of more than 211 million Americans.

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.