Most people think of anti-bacterial chemicals as their protector from dangerous pathogens, but in reality the chemicals can bring some side effects. A study conducted in South Korea stated that triclosan, a chemical anti-bacterial agent, can disrupt the hormonal system.
Triclosan is able to mimic estrogen hormone (feminization hormone) thus will alter the normal production of other hormones, such as testosterone. Changes in the level of production will cause an imbalance in the endocrine system and the imbalance will support the growth of abnormal cells.
In women, abnormal cell growth is strongly associated with breast cancer cells. This conclusion has been demonstrated in a series of experiments on two groups of laboratory mice.
The study was conducted by comparing the frequency patterns and the development of breast cancer cells in both groups of mice, the first group was given triclosan and the second group did not receive any triclosan intake. It turned out that triclosan could increase breast cancer risk as the first group got breast cancer.
Another antibacterial chemical, oktilfenol, also increases the risk of cancer. Although not well known, oktilfenol can be dangerous if used with triclosan. Both of these chemicals can work together to accelerate the spread of cancer cells.
Unfortunately, various studies have found that both chemicals are contained in most household products, such as cosmetics, soaps, paints, cutting boards, plastic, and pesticides. According to ScienceDaily.com, triclosan is contained in the urine of 75% of United States citizens.
Various anti-pesticide groups such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have been campaigning to warn people about the dangers of triclosan consumption in the long term. They encourage the elimination of antibacterial chemicals, mainly triclosan and oktilfenol, from a variety of household products. These groups are supported by several studies that proved the adverse effects of triclosan on skin disorders, endocrine disorders, and water pollution.