FDA-banned chemical isn't REALLY banned

When is a ban not actually a ban? When it's put together by the FDA!

The agency put on a good show earlier this month when it announced as loudly as it could that it was working to protect Americans by banning triclosan, a dangerous chemical commonly found in antibacterial soap.

Never mind that FDA inaction is what lead to the widespread use of this chemical in the first place.

Never mind that the FDA has ignored the issue for years -- long after the scientific consensus was that triclosan can weaken muscle, wreck havoc with hormones, and even kill off the good bacteria you need for protection.

And never mind that the agency only took action when it was forced to by a lawsuit.

No, the real issue here is that this ban isn't even a true ban!

The agency's supposed "ban"... the one that made headlines around the country... is so carefully worded that it leaves plenty of wiggle room for the widespread use of this dangerous chemical.

The "ban" is highly specific, and limited only to "consumer antiseptic wash products that are intended for use with water and are rinsed off after use, including hand washes and body washes."

Basically, the rule only applies to soap sold for use in homes.

The FDA even put in special exemptions. Anyone who handles food -- from the farmer growing it to the guy making your latte -- is 100 percent exempt, so triclosan will continue to be in widespread use in restaurants, factories, processing plants, farms and more.

And it could end up in your food as a result.

Even more shockingly, the "ban" actually allows for triclosan in TOOTHPASTE!

Yes, the FDA admits this stuff is too dangerous to put on your hands, where it can penetrate the skin and enter your body. But somehow, they consider it safe for your mouth... despite the fact that the cells inside your cheek are very sensitive and can easily absorb chemicals.

Colgate Total is the only major brand that uses triclosan. If you have this stuff in your home, ditch it ASAP... and read labels carefully in case other toothpaste makers start adding it to theirs.

It's not the only dangerous ingredient in toothpaste, by the way. It may not even be the worst -- not when the vast majority contains brain-rotting fluoride.

Throw in the whiteners and other junk in there, and you've got something that shouldn't be anywhere near your mouth, much less inside it.

Brush with a natural fluoride-free toothpaste based on baking soda instead... and don't forget to floss. I know the recent headlines said flossing isn't necessary anymore, but that's not true -- and you can read more about it right here.