Triclosan and its side affects
It has been a few months since we sent out an e-mail describing the relationship of the pesticide triclosan in antibacterial soap and many other consumer products that may cause hypothyroidism. KMGH TV, Channel 7, recently ran a story on this important and timely topic. The FDA and EPA are currently holding public hearings on the toxic effects of triclosan. Click on the link below to read the transcript and watch the video. Since sending out our e-mail, about a half dozen patients using antibacterial soap on a regular basis and diagnosed as hypothyroid have come forward. We will know in the next few months whether or not the thyroid heals itself in these same patients who have now discontinued using antibacterial soap and other triclosan containing products. Stay tuned.
At The CareGroup our approach is relatively straightforward: Try to discover and eliminate anything that might be harming your body (i.e. triclosan, MSG, gluten, etc.) and replace those things that you might be deficient in (i.e. vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, various hormones, etc.).
I would note that the most common form of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. In this case your immune system destroys your thyroid gland by sending antibodies to attack your native thyroid tissue. Hashimoto's thyroiditis has been associated with gluten sensitivity and gluten may be the trigger which leads to this immune system dysfunction. In this case eliminating gluten is the key.
Triclosan appears to have a direct toxic effect on the thyroid, in other words it is not an autoimmune disorder. It also can have a toxic effect on other organs in the body.
Hopefully the various government agencies looking into the harmful effects of triclosan will see fit to eliminate this ingredient from consumer products. Let's help nudge them along by sharing this e-mail with others.