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Toxins:

Weare turning our homes into toxic dumps and destroying our health with:

1.Carcinogens: Chemicals that cause cancer

2.Teratogens: Chemicals that cause birth defects

3.Developmental/Reproductive Toxicants: Chemicals that damage reproductive tissuesor interfere with the normal development of a fetus, infant, or child.

4.EndocrineDisrupters: Chemicals that interfere with normal hormone functions. This can leadto premature puberty in girls, feminization in males, and can probably lead toweight gain.

5.Antibacterials are not actually a toxin but their use can have negative impactson our health, planet, and pocketbook just as toxins do.

Alittle background: Alcohol is an antibacterial as is hydrogen peroxide. Bothof those kill all forms of bacteria, good and bad, then disperse into theenvironment and are gone.

Some antibacterial products aredifferent in that they leave surface residues that continue to kill bacteria,but not necessarily all of them.

At first, this sounds like an advantagebut it can be a problem.

If not all of the bacteria are killed, asmall subpopulation of resistant bacteria can grow as the weaker bacteriaperish. Unfortunately, there is potential here for also developing a tolerancefor certain antibiotics.

This phenomenon, calledcross-resistance, has already been demonstrated in several laboratory studiesusing triclosan, one of the most common chemicals found in antibacterial handcleaners, dishwashing liquids, soaps, and other wash products.

Whenwe overuse antibacterials, germs become resistant to the chemicals we use tokill them. Medical professionals fear this will give rise to super germs thatare resistant to antibacterials and even antibiotics. We are beginning to seethat in hospitals now.

But that is just the beginning.

Triclosincauses skin irritation and allergies. It stays in the environment a long time.It can break down to dioxin in surface water like lakes and creeks. Keep in mindthat DFW water comes almost exclusively from surface water like reservoir lakes.

A2005 study reported in the journal Environment Science and Technologyfound that triclosan breaks down rapidly in warm chlorinated water to form toxicchemicals including chloroform. Most of us shower, bathe, wash dishes, and washour hands in warm chlorinated water.

Otherhealth links have been found, too. Moreinformation about triclosan and its close chemical cousin triclocarban.

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