Dangers of triclosan -- the slippery slope of antibacterial soap

By now I'm sure you know all about the dangers of the nasty chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) that's hidden in everything from our food supply to the cash register receipts you're handed at the grocery store. But there’s a lesser-known hidden chemical  that doesn’t get talked about nearly as much. But the dangers of triclosan can be just as threatening to your health.

While you might not be familiar with the dangers of the chemical pesticide triclosan, unfortunately your body is very likely way too familiar with it. Triclosan is the chemical used in most household products marked "antibacterial" or "antiseptic" including soaps, lotions, toothpastes, cleaning products, clothing, and bedding, to name just a few.

This stuff is literally almost everywhere these days. That's a problem because research had already linked this chemical with thyroid problems and now a new mouse study of the dangers of triclosan has implicated it as a culprit in a critical breakdown between the brain and muscles.

Of course, since your heart is a muscle this could mean that the chemical is threatening your heart health as well. And, in fact, researchers found in one experiment that triclosan indeed dropped heart function by 25 percent within just 20 minutes of being exposed. And grip strength dropped by 18 percent for up to an hour.

Now, while most of us already have triclosan circulating through our systems, we can make a conscious decision to reduce our exposure. That means cutting back on all those antibacterial products in your home and choosing plain good old fashioned soap and water which does a fine job without all the frightening dangers of triclosan.