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Common antiseptic ingredients de-energize cells and impair hormone response

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  • Common antiseptic ingredients de-energize cells and impair hormone response

    Quaternary ammonium compounds, or 'quats,' used as antimicrobial agents in common household products inhibit mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, as well as estrogenic functions in cells, a new in vitro study indicates. Quats are used as antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, lozenges, nasal sprays, eye drops, shampoos, lotions, intravaginal spermicidal sponges and household cleaners, to name a few.

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