Hand Sanitizer Bad For The Heart?

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Sorry, germophobes, but that bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or in your car might be hard on your heart. A recent study shows that triclosan, a chemical found in antibacterial soaps and sanitizers, may damage muscle function, including slowing down that essential cardiac muscle. After exposing mice daily to the chemical, the researchers noted that triclosan reduced gripping strength in the rodents by 18 percent and slowed down heart function by a terrifying 25 percent. Is hand sanitizer going to stop your heart? Probably not. But Dr. Isaac Pessah, the study’s lead author, wants consumers — and the FDA — to be aware of its effects.

[quote]The risks of triclosan definitely outweigh the benefits. – Dr. Isaac Pessah[/quote]


HandSanitizerIntroduced in the 1970s, the compound triclosan has become an increasingly popular ingredient in many antibacterial soaps and other personal-care items, such as deodorants and mouthwashes.  However, as the chemical’s popularity continues to grow, a recent report has raised concerns about some frightening risks that triclosan could pose to public health.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish.  By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease and heart failure.

The researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado decided to examine the possible effects of triclosan due to recent literature raising health concerns about the chemical, as well as substantial increases in its production.

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So…. Does this mean I should stop using it? I basically leave a small bottle in the car for when I pump gas. We all know those pumps are horrible and full of germs!

Question: Will you stop using it? Leave a comment below.

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7 thoughts on “Hand Sanitizer Bad For The Heart?

  1. I keep hand sanitizer handy for when I touch, gross germy things, but I also do a lot of cardiovascular and take Krill oil for heart health. I don’t believe in going overboard with antibacterial products, because we have to have some natural immunity, and using products like that ceaselessly weaken our own immune system’s fighting power. Great post!

  2. Oh my gosh, I never even considered how dirty gas pumps were!! I don’t buy anti-bac stuff at all. Can’t stand the stuff and the fact that they’re probably creating super-germs. But, now this info makes it even more undesirable to me! I believe that my kids and I need to be exposed to the bad stuff to build our immune system. Of course, I’ve had the flu for the past 2 weeks, so maybe I should rethink? LOL Great post!! Stoppin’ in from Triberr b/c I feel very passionately about NOT using this stuff.

  3. No way!!!! Ugh. Oh well… I’m sure a lot of the things I do affect my body in bad ways haha

  4. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.

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