Toothpaste Chemical Doubles Osteoporosis Risk

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It makes absolutely no sense…

In 2016 the FDA banned the chemical triclosan from hand sanitizers. It was found to disrupt hormones and promote antibiotic-resistant “superbug” germs. 

But in a moment of brain-dead bureaucracy, the agency decided that triclosan could continue to be used in toothpastes and mouthwash.

In other words, even though it was too dangerous to put on your hands, it was perfectly fine to put it in your mouth.

Now, new research shows just how awful that decision was…

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers analyzed health data from 1,848 women.[1]

The study found that women with high exposure to triclosan had a two-fold higher risk of osteoporosis.

Dr. Yingjun Li was the lead researcher. She said this is the first study to look at the relationship between human bone health and triclosan.[2]

Previous studies had found the chemical has adverse effects on animal bone cells.

“The highest triclosan levels in the (subjects’) urine were associated with a lower bone mineral density in the femur and the lumbar spine,” said Dr. Li. Although the study examined women, it’s likely that the bone effects of triclosan extend to men as well.

Avoid Triclosan to Lower Your Risk of Osteoporosis

Triclosan is not only still used in toothpastes, but in other personal hygiene products like lotions, deodorants, shampoos, and soaps. Check labels carefully before you buy.

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit consumer organization,  maintains this list of triclosan-containing products.

Organic mouthwashes, shampoos, and toothpastes are safe choices.

Two natural toothpaste brands received top safety scores from the Environmental Working Group. They are Arganat and David’s Natural Toothpaste.

The EWG’s top-rated mouthwash is Dr. Brite Mint Natural Whitening Mouthwash.

Some of the highest rated natural shampoo brands include Klorane, Acure, Shea, Baebody, and Andalou. All are available from online retailers such as Amazon. Some health food stores carry them as well.[3]

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