Can Cleaning Your Hands Lead to a Dreaded Disease
According to an article published in the April 2014 issue of Chemical Research in Toxicology, triclosan and octylphenol promote breast cancer growth in mice. Triclosan is found in the urine of 75% of Americans! MIce exposed to both chemicals had larger and more dense breast cancer tumors than mice not exposed to them.
In second article published in the August 2014 issue of Reproductive Toxicology, quarternery ammonium compounds, which are used in household cleaners, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, preservatives in makeup, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets, up until now have been declared safe without having been proven by rigorous scientific research. Scientists discovered that mice handled by a research team that had used hand sanitizers with these two chemicals took longer to get pregnant, had fewer offspring, and that 40% of the mothers died late in pregnancy! Manufacturers have not been required to do the research necessary to be certain these drugs are safe.