Colgate toothpaste found to contain cancer-causing chemical

Triclosan

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Vicki Batts
November 15, 2016

Triclosan has been a prized ingredient in Colgate toothpastes for a number of years now. While its use in antibacterial soaps has been banned by the FDA, somehow this chemical has managed to retain its approval for use in toothpaste.

According to the FDA, substantial and convincing evidence of triclosan’s benefits in toothpaste has been presented. Because the evidence indicates it is indeed effective against gum inflammation and plaque, it will be allowed to remain in toothpaste. The FDA claims that it will monitor research on the safety of triclosan on a consistent basis, but so far, “medical literature does not change the risk benefit assessment for Colgate Total Toothpaste.”

However, over the years, research has indicated that triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption, and it may also negatively effect immunity and contribute to cancer development. Most recently, a joint research effort led by researchers from the University of California’s San Diego and Davis campuses found that the chemical agent’s effects on health may be more sinister than we’re being led to believe.

The paper, boldly titled “The Commonly Used Antimicrobial Additive Triclosan is a Liver Tumor Promoter,” was published in 2015 by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. NIEHS-funded scientists Robert Tukey, director of the Superfund Research Program at University of California (UC) San Diego, and Bruce Hammock, director of the UC Davis Superfund Research Program, spearheaded the study. The study leaders say that their findings contribute to previous reports of triclosan disrupting hormones and impairing muscle contractions.

To conduct their study, the researchers exposed mice to triclosan for a period of six months, which equates to about 18 human years. While animal testing is not something to be condoned, the results of this study were nonetheless shocking. The researchers found that mice exposed to triclosan exhibited cell proliferation, liver fibrosis and pro-inflammatory responses – all the trappings of a perfect environment for cancer growth, according to the scientists.

The team also found that triclosan had profound impacts on liver tumor growth. Mice with liver tumors that were exposed to triclosan showed a profound increase in tumor size, frequency and multiplicity when compared to unexposed mice.

Kathy Keatley Garvey from UC’s Entomology & Nematology News writes, “Hammock said the findings suggest that triclosan’s negative effects on the liver may result from interference with the constitutive androstane receptor, which plays a role in clearing foreign chemicals from the body.”

Tumor growth is just one of many concerns surrounding triclosan. The chemical agent has also come under fire for other negative health effects, such as its impact on muscle function and skeletal muscle contractions. A previous study out of UC reported that triclosan exposure reduced cardiac function by up to 25 percent – the scientists noted that this effect was “really dramatic.” It certainly sounds rather concerning, doesn’t it?

The researchers also exposed human muscle cells to an amount of the chemical equivalent to average exposure. They found that even in normal amounts, triclosan impeded muscle function, and could even cause cardiac and skeletal muscle failure. The study authors noted, “[Triclosan is] found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment. These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.”

Even Consumer Reports seems to be suspicious of triclosan’s actual value to consumers. Their chief medical adviser, Dr. Marvin M. Lipman, has said that unless your dentist recommends you use triclosan-containing toothpaste, it would be best avoided.

“There’s enough concern now with triclosan ubiquity and safety that it makes sense to avoid it on your own, even if there is some demonstrable value at reducing plaque and gingivitis.”

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Sources:

AmRedeemed.com

ConsumerReports.org


Collective-Evolution.com


UCANR.edu

What Is Cancer-Causing Triclosan Doing In Toothpaste? Learn About This Carcinogenic Substance So You Can Get it Out Of Your Daily Routine

Triclosan
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J.D. Heyes
June 11, 2016

Cancer is everywhere these days, it seems, and much of it is attributable to our modern lives: It is found in the foods we eat, caused by the devices we use and is ever present in the air we breathe.

And now, it seems, it is even in our toothpaste – a brand you may be using without even knowing it is likely carcinogenic.

As reported by Newsweek, the ingredient is a germicide known as triclosan, which is found in Colgate Total, a much-used brand manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive. Marketed since 1997, the company says it is the “only toothpaste approved by the FDA to help fight plaque and gingivitis” – which it does by lathering your teeth with triclosan.

That claim is at least half true, because no other toothpaste being sold in the U.S. contains the ingredient, although it is found in a number of antibacterial soaps and cosmetics as well. But triclosan’s bacteria-fighting ability is what has raised concerns recently about the safety of Colgate Total, as well as whether the Food and Drug Administration allowed it onto the market without paying heed to warnings regarding triclosan (as if that would be a first for the FDA).

“110 percent marketing”

For it’s part, the company is defending its product. On the Colgate Total website, the company falls back on the fact that it’s ingredient has been approved as “safe” by the FDA, adding:

Colgate recognizes the importance of continuous scientific study. We conduct research, publish papers, and actively participate in expert symposia on an ongoing basis. We closely investigate all new information.

We remain confident that ongoing independent reviews will continue to add to the substantial body of research that affirms the effectiveness and safety of triclosan in Colgate Total toothpaste.

Others are not so inclined to agree, however, mostly because of its association with causing cancer and antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

As reported by Newsweek:

First used in the 1970s in hospitals, it has since become a widespread antimicrobial agent. Not only is triclosan present in Colgate Total and many household soaps, but it can also be found in coolers, odor-protected shoes and makeup, according to Mae Wu, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She says that triclosan is “all over the place,” even if, as she notes, we had “been doing fine without it” for several centuries of human-microbial cohabitation of the planet.

“Triclosan is 110 percent marketing,” says Michael Osterholm, who heads the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

FDA won’t come out and call it dangerous

Osterholm helped Minnesota become the first state to ban nearly all uses of triclosan. He noted that the substance had been replaced by better, safer antimicrobial agents, and that Procter & Gamble was now advertising its popular Crest toothpaste as being “100% triclosan free.”

That could also be a marketing gimmick, but it is one that is likely to make more people ask if more products they use around the house also contain the compound, which would force Colgate to do something about it.

“They understand that the public is getting this,” Osterholm says of the Crest claim.

“Triclosan isn’t an essential ingredient in many products,” Dr. James M. Steckelberg of the Mayo Clinic wrote. “While triclosan added to toothpaste has been shown to help prevent gingivitis, there’s no evidence that antibacterial soaps and body washes containing triclosan provide any extra benefits, according to the Food and Drug Administration.”

The FDA, meanwhile, says on its website that soaps containing antibacterial agents like triclosan have not been “any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.” But the agency stops far short of calling triclosan a danger and only suggests that consumers think about buying a different product.

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