triclosan

Antibacterial soap pollutes rivers, adds to bacterial resistance

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
Tags: antibacterial soap, bacterial resistance, river pollution

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) New highly resistant strains of bacteria are showing up in urban water sources and regional streams and rivers. These new bacteria strains are rendering new antibiotics practically useless.

New environmental studies from the Chicago metro-area are now reporting disturbing levels of powerful bacteria strains coming from specific urban areas that rely on single sewage pipes connected to combined sewer overflows.

A paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, unveils the causes behind the new strains of bacteria.

The culprit: triclosan resistance in a natural environment.

What is triclosan?

Triclosan is a synthetic antibacterial chemical often added to personal body care products. It is pervasive in commercial toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps and deodorants. Products like Dial liquid soap, Clearasil Daily Face Wash, Colgate Total Toothpaste, Old Spice Deodorant and even Jason natural products contain the synthetic triclosan.

It is constantly being flushed down the sewage system. Water treatment facilities can effectively remove triclosan, but in some cities, leaky sewer infrastructure and sewer overflows send the chemical out into the environment, where it is gobbled up by nearby rivers, streams and groundwater.

The chemical was initially invented as an antibacterial agent for surgeons in the 1960s. Now it's currently being used in over half of today's commercials body care products. Mass produced in liquid soaps, toothpastes and other cosmetics, triclosan has multiple synthetic uses, but
if the body care industry was honest, then triclosan could become extinct.

Honest body care manufacturers could start using natural antibacterial ingredients like grapefruit seed extract. The environment that people depend on would appreciate grapefruit seed runoff much more than mass dumps of chemical triclosan.

Aquatic ecologist Rosi-Marshall says, "The bacterial resistance caused by triclosan has real environmental consequences. Not only does it disrupt aquatic life by changing native bacterial communities, but it's linked to the rise of resistant bacteria that could diminish the usefulness of important antibiotics."

Triclosan levels highest in urban areas where sewage overflows

Joined by colleagues from Loyola University and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Rosi-Marshall tested three of Chicago's urban water sources and how the bacteria living there responds to triclosan in both its natural state and in controlled settings. The three sites tested included the urban North Shore Channel of the Chicago metropolitan region, the suburban West Branch on the Dupage River and the rural Nippersink Creek outside Chicago.

What they found out was that urbanization is directly correlated with higher triclosan levels. Higher triclosan concentrations were found in the portion of sediments containing bottom-dwelling bacteria strains that are highly resistant to triclosan.

Urban areas often rely on sewage systems that can back up during high rain fall. Chemicals like triclosan are high in urban sewage and industrial waste water, so when the single pipes back up during a storm, these chemicals overflow into the surrounding environment. The result: new strains of bacteria evolve in resistance to the heightening triclosan levels.

For instance, the researchers found the highest levels of triclosan-resistant bacteria residing in the urban North Shore channel, which is connected to 25 combined sewer overflows.

Furthermore, a woodland creek outside the city showed the lowest levels of triclosan-resistant bacteria.

John Kelly of Chicago's Loyola University, the paper's senior author, says, "We detected much lower levels of triclosan at a site downstream of a sewage treatment facility as compared to a site downstream of combined sewer overflows. And we demonstrated a strong link between the presence of triclosan in the environment and the development of triclosan resistant bacteria."

Composition of entire bacterial communities "shifting"

To make matters worse, the researchers are noticing new trends in bacteria evolution. They found a decrease in the diversity of benthic bacteria and an overall shift in the composition of bacterial communities. Cyanobacteria have increased six fold in triclosan-laced water, while entire communities of algae are experiencing massive die-offs. These shifts can impact aquatic life.

Rosi Marshall explains, "Cyanobacteria are less nutritious than algae and can produce toxins. In triclosan-polluted streams and rivers, changes in microbial communities could negatively affect ecological function and animal communities."

Urban areas in Chicago are not the only concern. The EPA lists at least 800 cities that rely on single pipes connected to combined sewer overflows that are ultimately responsible for regional water pollution, rising strains of resistant bacteria and shifts in entire bacteria communities.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.eurekalert.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://www.upci.upmc.edu

http://newyorkorthodontists.net

http://drbenkim.com

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.