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Animal models were used to show reduced skeletal and cardiac muscle contractions after exposure to triclosan

A chemical commonly found in hand soaps (among other household products) has been found to be harmful to both humans and the environment. 
The chemical is called triclosan, and it's a chemical that can be found in hand soaps, toothpastes, mouthwash, deodorants, clothes, bedding, carpets, toys, etc. It was introduced 40 years ago to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals. Over time, it has been used more and more for household purposes. 
However, researchers at the University of California - Davis and the University of Colorado have discovered that triclosan actually affects muscular strength in mice, swimming in fish and muscular contractions in skeletal and cardiac cells. 
The researchers reached these conclusions by first exposing living mice to doses of triclosan similar to that humans and animals would be in contact with on a daily basis. After 20 minutes of exposure, the mice had a 25 percent drop in heart function. They also had an 18 percent decrease in grip strength after an hour of exposure.
Next, researchers exposed fathead minnows to triclosan in order to see how the chemical affects life in waterways. After swimming in water containing triclosan for one week, the minnows experienced a huge drop in swimming speeds when participating in swimming tests of both normal conditions and those that simulate the threat of a predator chasing them.
Researchers then exposed isolated heart and skeletal cells to triclosan. The damage was significant, where triclosan disrupted molecular channels in muscle cells that guide the flow of calcium ions. This prevented protein communication that acts as these channels, leading to muscle failure in both the cardiac and skeletal cells. 
"The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic," said Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, co-author of the study from UC Davis. "Although triclosan is not regulated as a drug, this compound acts like a potent cardiac depressant in our models."
More research is likely needed before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will do anything about it, but the researchers aren't looking to ban the chemical entirely -- they just want to greatly decrease its ubiquity in household products. 
A separate study in 2010 also showed negative side effects associated with triclosan. University of Michigan researchers discovered that triclosan caused immune system problems in children under 18. 

Source: UC Davis

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RE: That's what you get
By Manch on 8/16/2012 9:26:48 AM , Rating: 5
Yup, and people telling you to wash your hands after you pee were doing so to make sure you'd be too weak to escape when the overlords come to enslave us all...

RE: That's what you get
By MrBlastman on 8/16/2012 11:17:33 AM , Rating: 3
As Don King always says (and I like his mentality here), to paraphrase from memory:

Which do you think is better--touching someone elses d*ck to your d*ck when you pee [after shaking their hands], or having someone else touch your d*ck when you shake theirs?

(Don washes his hands before he goes pee).

Oh, and soap is naturally anti-bacterial. No need for additives, good ole' lye works just fine.

RE: That's what you get
By geddarkstorm on 8/16/2012 12:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think anything can beat lye for bacterial/viral killing power. It's also why it's so harsh on hands and dries them out; and that is why people moved away from it, because they didn't want their hands to be "rough". Oh humanity, vanity will be your downfall yet.

RE: That's what you get
By thurston2 on 8/16/2012 4:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
Soap is not made with lye and lard anymore generally.

RE: That's what you get
By Jeffk464 on 8/17/2012 9:47:03 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, I was a mechanic for years so I also washed my hands before peeing. Who would have thought I have anything in common with Don King.

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