Reports have suggested that triclosan can combine with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform gas, which the United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies as a probable human carcinogen.
In one study, recently accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives and made available online, Isaac Pessah, PhD, director of the U.C. Davis Children’s Center for Environmental Health, looked at how triclosan may affect the brain. Pessah’s test-tube study found that the chemical attached itself to special “receptor” molecules on the surface of cells. This raises calcium levels inside the cell. Cells overloaded with calcium get overexcited. In the brain, these overexcited cells may burn out neural circuits, which could lead to an imbalance that affects mental development. Some people may carry a mutated gene that makes it easier for triclosan to attach to their cells. That could make them more vulnerable to any effects triclosan may cause.
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A note from Amy
ALL YOU NEED TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS IS PLAIN SOAP AND WATER.