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This common toothpaste ingredient could be wreaking havoc on your gut

Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve almost certainly come across triclosan. A highly effective antibacterial and antifungal ingredient, triclosan is found in all kinds of toothpastes, hand sanitizers, deodorants, mouthwashes, detergents, cleaning supplies—if you use household products, you’re interacting with triclosan every day. So it’s worrying that a new study, published in Science Translation Medicine on Wednesday, suggests that triclosan exposure could increase rates of colitis and colon cancer.

More than half your body is not human

Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms...
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