The June 2 Health article “ Ban on an antimicrobial ingredient raises questions ” downplayed the risks of exposure to triclosan and other endocrine disrupters.
A growing body of research shows that triclosan alters levels of thyroid and reproductive hormones in disturbing ways. Triclosan is shaping up to be the new bisphenol A (BPA).
Despite the evidence, triclosan remains widespread in products marketed to people, including pregnant women and infants. Conscientious consumers must read tiny labels to determine which household products contain this endocrine-disrupting chemical. People have the right to know what they are buying, and they should be aware that washing with antibacterial soap containing triclosan may do more harm than good.
Andrea C. Gore , Austin
The writer is the editor in chief of the journal Endocrinology.