|Triclosan in my toothpaste (and maybe yours too)|
First I saw a post about some issues with Crest Toothpastes containing polyethylene: Dentist calls Crest toothpaste dangerous; Now P&G changing ingredients. This seemed a bit disturbing. But then I saw a "Related Link": Shoppers Ditching Colgate Total Amid Triclosan Fears. And I thought - holy cra*## - really? I had no idea triclosan was in toothpaste. And why did I react strongly? Well triclosan, which is antimicrobial agent, though it has it's potential benefits, has some potential risks associated with it's antibacterial activity (see also this discussion from the EU). What are these possible risks? Risks like increasing the frequency and spread of antimicrobial resistance. And risks like messing with microbial ecosystems.
And due to these potential risks, I have been blogging and writing and complaining about the use of triclosan in various building materials for some time now. For example
Potentially important paper on need to regulate Triclosan http://t.co/eZaqq9mjQK - publishing behind a paywall is idiotic #ShameOnACS
— Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) March 8, 2014
And also see:
- Studying – not wantonly killing – the microbes around us and the rise of the “microbiology of the built environment”
- A disturbing trend – casual and reckless use of antimicrobial agents in building materials.