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Study Suggests That Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick

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Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may have more allergies, and exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public Health study suggests.

Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags, and medical devices. Bisphenol A is found in many plastics and, for example, as a protective lining in food cans. Both of these chemicals are in a class of environmental toxicants called endocrine-disrupting compounds, which are believed to negatively impact human health by mimicking or affecting hormones.

 

This article was originally published in Coping® with Allergies & Asthma magazine, March/April 2011.