Hello and welcome back to Day 2!
Today we are going to talk about a common ingredient that is found in many consumer products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, toys, antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics … Triclosan. BUT before we do, let’s talk about some basic FACTS about this harmful chemical!
Why should you care about making a switch to cleaning products that are free of harsh chemicals? What’s the point?
If you have noticed, the word “toxins” seems to get a lot of buzz lately. Lots of articles that circulate sound like this: “8 Hidden Toxins…” or “This Toxin causes XYZ disease…”. But what is it?
A toxin is simply a poisonous substance that is produced by living cells or organisms and is capable of causing disease when present at low concentration in the body.
When most people hear the word “toxin,” they think of chemicals like pesticides, heavy metals, or other industrial pollutants. But even beneficial nutrients like water, which are necessary to sustain life, are toxic at high doses. It’s good to note that repeated exposure to a particular toxin can increase toxicity.
How do toxins enter the body? Toxic chemicals make their way into our bodies in three key ways:
– the lungs (inhalation),
– skin (dermal absorption), and/or
– mouth (ingestion).
Some chemicals are obviously not to be ingested, but the fact is, much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream (think about a Nicotine or birth control patch). What’s concerning is that children absorb about 40-50% more than adults.
Huffington Post says, “In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. The umbilical cord blood of those newborn babies were screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns. Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-burnes/skin-care_b_1540929.html)
BUT not all chemicals are bad. Some chemicals, including water and essential oils, can benefit our health! Yes, essential oils are chemicals!
Watch this video report about Triclosan and how it is found in about 75% of us. Plus, how the FDA knows it’s dangerous and still has not banned it.
Next we will talk about Triclosan, it’s effects and some really simple and effective ways to minimize those effects!
As mentioned, today we will learn about a common ingredient that is found in many consumer products; including soaps, detergents, toys, and surgical cleaning treatments. Triclosan is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent used to help reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.
For a complete list of products containing triclosan (warning, it is a huge list), visit here: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/antibacterials/triclosan/products-containing-triclosan
Despite the FDA saying that triclosan is safe for consumer use (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm205999.htm), there have been studies shown proving it alters hormones in animals and contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Hmm.
When you use a product containing triclosan, you can absorb a small amount through your
skin or mouth. A 2008 study, which was designed to assess exposure to triclosan in a representative sample of U.S. children and adults, found triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 percent of those tested. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18335095).
Triclosan interferes with muscle function. An article by Smithsonian Magazine states, “Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment,” said lead author Isaac Pessah. “These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.”
In the first phase of this study, researchers exposed individual human muscle cells, both from the heart and typical skeletal muscles, to concentrations of triclosan — similar to what our bodies experience in everyday life. Then, they used electrical stimulation to cause the muscle cells to contract. Normally, electrical stimulations prompt an immediate muscle contraction—a mechanism that is responsible for the entirety of our muscle activity. In the isolated cells, though, exposure to triclosan disrupted communication between two proteins crucial for proper muscle functioning, causing failure in both the heart and skeletal muscle cells.”
The conclusion of the study, which included testing Triclosan on human heart cells in test tubes—was concerning. ”The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic,” said co-author Nipavan Chiamvimonvat. “Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models.” (Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/triclosan-a-chemical-used-in-antibacterial-soaps-is-found-to-impair-muscle-function-22127536/?no-ist)
But this is all science talk. If you are like the majority of the population and need the basic low down on Triclosan here is what it is known to do:
1. Alter Hormones
2. Make you resist to antibiotics
3. Interferes With Muscle Function
4. Was First Registered as a Pesticide
5. Found in 75% of Americans
Extra credit and for those of you who are audio/visual learners! Here is a two-part video done by Dateline about Triclosan and other common household chemicals. Remember, this is optional but If you do watch it, answer this question; “what is ONE way you can reduce Triclosan in your life?”
After reading about Triclosan and watching the Dateline special (which attempts to provide unbiased info), we hope you will have a better understanding of why you would want to do everything in your power to avoid it.
Here are some ways to reduce Triclosan and it’s effect in your daily life:
1. Check the label! Simply take a moment to read the ingredient list. Ingredients are required to be listed on the label—so if triclosan is in there, it should be listed in the list of ingredients.
2. Go organic. Try out organic personal care products, which are free of this harmful chemical. You can also look for triclosan-free personal care products through the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/).We will also post some neat DIY’s and product recommendations so you are sure Triclosan is not lurking in your personal care products. If you are not already plugged into a community devoted to natural beauty, wellness, and healthy living, we can help with that too!
3. Skip “germ-killing” products. If the label says “germ-killing” or “antibacterial,” chances are it contains triclosan. Young Living’s Foaming Hand Soap, which is free of the harmful chemical Triclosan, and provides all the purifying potency that you hope for.
Tips to avoid Triclosan: http://www.ewg.org/sites/default/files/EWG_triclosanguide.pdf
Some of you are some incredible DIY masters! Don’t worry if you aren’t. Making your own personal care products can be EASY and EMPOWERING!
We want to share some recipes to help you replace Triclosan and other harmful chemically laden products. Let’s use the comment area below as a recipe thread!
Instead of the conventional hand soaps and toothpastes, let’s begin with two recipes that you can make and are cost effective AND FREE of Triclosan!
Foaming Hand Soap
- foaming soap dispenser
- 1 Tbsp Castile soap (or YL’s Bath & Shower Gel base)
- 2 Tbsp witch hazel
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp aloe Vera juice
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 12 drop of Thieves essential oil blend
- 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
- Put Castile soap, witch hazel, aloe, and oils in the bottle.
- Fill the rest with water and gently shake to combine.
- Gently shake to combine.
What other oil combinations or ideas can YOU share?
Young Living Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
- 10 drops total of any combo: Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, Cinnamon essential oils
- 3 teaspoons coconut oil melted
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 3 teaspoon aluminum free baking soda
- Place all ingredients into a 4 oz glass jar and shake vigorously.
- Place in freezer to help it solidify quickly and prevent baking soda
from settling, or keep shaking as it solidifies.
- Dip toothbrush in for use or use a small spoon to scoop it out and
apply on your toothbrush
See how quick and easy that was!
If you are like most busy families and need ready-to-use products that are safe and effective, here are two products that Young Living members highly recommend; Thieves Foaming Hand Soap and Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste.
The toothpaste is FREE from fluoride, parabens, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors or preservatives. See more info here: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/PIP_Thieves_Toothpaste.pdf
The Hand Soap is a blend of Thieves, Lemon, and Orange essential oils with other natural ingredients, it is a gentle and effective alternative to Triclosan infested soaps! See more info here: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/thieves-foaming-hand-soap
Thanks for joining us today! We’ve given you a lot of information about Triclosan BUT good thing we have healthy alternatives! We are really excited about tomorrow because we will be talking about VOCs in our home and laundry! See you tomorrow!