Triclosan is used in many personal care products as an anti-microbial agent against certain bacteria. Triclosan itself is regarded as a weak androgenic compound and its metabolite is a weak estrogenic compound.
In plain English, these chemicals have a disrupting effect on hormone balance – they are endocrine disrupting chemicals, or “EDC”.
In animal studies, triclosan alters serum thyroxine (T4 thyroid hormone) concentration and interacts with P450 enzymes that are needed for optimal detoxification in your gut, liver, adrenal glands, skin and lungs.
The adverse effects of triclosan have not been established in humans, largely because research simply hasn’t been done. Given such high levels of exposure due to usage in personal care products, studies are badly needed to understand its effects
4-NP is an alkylphenol breakdown?product. It is used in industrial, agricultural, and domestic consumer products. 4-NP is ubiquitous in food products and it’s used in PVC films for food packaging. 4-NP is absorbed into food – especially fatty food – from the PVC packaging.
Nonylphenol compounds are also used as industrial surfactants and detergents. They are added to hundreds of consumer products for carpet and?dry cleaning, pesticides, paper manufacturing, paints and coatings, as well as cosmetics and household cleaners.
The US Centers for Disease Control detected nonylphenol in about half of 371 urine samples collected from US adults between 1988-1994.
In 2005, the European Union classified nonylphenols as a reproductive hazard – yes, a reproductive hazard – and subsequent legislation led to their use in cosmetics and other products being restricted.
The reproductive issues arise from the fact that NPs?are oestrogenic – they mimic the effects of oestradiol – which is the most potent acting human oestrogen.
Since NPs are found in high concentrations within food packaging and the environment, their total health impact is likely to be highly significant.
Research suggests that NPs disrupt reproduction and fertility as well as contributing to birth defects and developmental delay
Triclosan and 4-Nonylphenol Tests
It is possible to test for the excretion of Triclosan and 4-Nonylphenol using a simple urine test.
Please click here to learn more about the test and view sample reports. Please also see a test report taken from my client’s testing regimen. You can clearly see elevated levels of 4-NP.
Safe and Effective Detoxification
The Hompes Method can guide you through a safe and gentle detoxification programme, which I call the “Hompes Method 1,2,3’s of Detoxification“.
The first step in detoxifying your body is to avoid putting toxins in! All too often, this step is overlooked. If you try to detoxify your body while you’re still loading up on toxins, you’re wasting your time – it’s like trying to empty a basin of water while the taps are still on.
Toxin minimization involves:
- Eating clean food
- Drinking clean water
- Breathing air that’s as clean as possible
- Putting less toxins on your skin
- Optimising digestive function (see step two!)
It’s essential to optimize your digestive function. Why? Well, a digestive system full of bad bugs is a toxic digestive system – it leaks toxins into your body, overloading your liver’s ability to remove toxins.
A further problem is that a damaged digestive system can’t absorb nutrients effectively, and nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals are needed for proper detoxification!
Once nutrition, environment and digestion have been optimized, a carefully planned detoxification programme can be implemented using specific supplements and cleanses.