It is a frightening fact of the modern world, out of 80 thousand or so chemicals in use across the United States, only around 2 dozen or so have ever undergone any sort of extensive testing in regards to their safety. (Toxins, paradoxically, are assumed safe until proven otherwise.) Now new research is pointing to possible health hazards associated with a chemical Triclosan commonly found in Name-brand soaps, toothpaste, and deodorants.
Prior research has linked a chemical to impaired brain and thyroid function. Now a study suggests it could cause liver damage and cancerous tumors, by stopping a particular protein from detoxifying foreign chemicals within the body, prompting liver cells to propagate and develop fibroses. After years of exposure, this could lead to the creation of tumors.
Chemical-cautious parents may want to avoid products that use Triclosan. However, companies often list the chemical under different names, (the most common are Irgasan, Microban, and Cloxifenolem,) so you have to stay on your toes.