Triclosan, a popular antibacterial gift in various products such as shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, dishwashers, and even fabrics and shoes, will be toxic to the nervous system and neurons, according to researchers from Chilean scientists. The work, whose first result was published by Frontiers magazine in molecular neurology, was developed by researchers at Instituto Milenio de Neurociencia Biomédica (BNI), who belong to the University of Chile's School of Medicine. As reported by the EFE of the BNI, the team's findings, led by Dr. Genaro Barrientos, PhD in Cell Biology and Neurosciences, are in favor of discoveries previously made by this researcher and other groups from around the world in which described damage due to toxicity in the liver, intestines and skeletal muscles and the heart due to triclosan. In other countries, such as the United States and Australia, the concentrations of this chemical have also been discovered in the tissues of animals and humans.
Tests, says Barrientos, have shown that the complex seriously affects memory and spatial sense, and worse, "high concentrations of toxic are not needed to cause harm." Based on the above, "the call is right not to use these products," says the researcher.