1. Triclosan ‘ban’ is a huge lie

    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.

  2. Triclosan is too dangerous to use

    Get the dirt on antibacterial soap

    Antibacterial soap sure sounds like a great idea. Who doesn't want to kill the germs that cause disease?

    So most people don't even think twice about washing their hands with it... washing the dishes with it ... and even showering with it.

    But the dirty secret about antibacterial soap is an ingredient called triclosan -- a dangerous chemical, technically a pesticide, that has the power to slip between your skin cells and into your body.

    It's so dangerous that even the do-nothing regulators at the FDA are finally getting ready to regulate it -- some 40+ years after first being ordered by Congress to take action.

    This being the FDA, however, the process is expected to take at least two more years.

    Don't wait; Put your own triclosan ban in place today -- because this stuff is far more dangerous than anyone at the FDA will admit.

    Triclosan has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, or the natural protection that keeps many toxins out of your brain.

    Triclosan passes through it like a hot knife through butter -- and once inside, it can block signals between brain and muscle, according to animal studies. Triclosan can also damage the thyroid, disrupt hormone production and even reduce heart function.

    There are two steps you can take right now to protect yourself and your family (not to mention any houseguests who use your soap).

    First, go on a hunt throughout your home and remove all antibacterial soap, including dish soap, hand soap and body wash.

    The new FDA rules will apply only to soaps, but don't stop there.

    Triclosan -- and its equally dangerous sister chemical, tricloban -- are also found in everything from cosmetics to deodorants to toothpastes and more. Read all labels carefully, especially if says "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial."

    If you have doubt, throw it out.

    And second, remember the single best way to make sure you're not infected with disease-causing germs is to wash your hands with plain old soap and warm water.

    Nothing fancy, but you do have to wash up the right way -- and believe it or not, most people manage to get it wrong. Odds are, you might even be one of them.

    Learn the right way to wash your hands and keep yourself free of bacteria and other germs with this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. New risks linked to common chemicals

    Chemicals such as BPA and triclosan are everywhere -- but they're both dangerous, and new research identifies even more risks.

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