Did you know that your generic supermarket brand toothpastes are highly toxic? I’m talking about your Colgate, McLeans and Crest brand toothpastes. All these brands and more contain ingredients that can be highly dangerous to your health in the future. I’m going to list just a few of these ingredients that are used in your commercial toothpastes that can cause some severe health problems. Here are just a couple of the ingredients used in major brand toothpastes that have received major scientific criticism, you should most certainly look out for these ingredients and avoid them to the best of your abilities.
Triclosan has received an unprecedented amount of exposure in mainstream media, for good reason. Generally, mainstream media don’t want to touch the topic of toxic chemicals in household items with a 10 foot barge pole, but triclosan has received so much scientific backlash that there was little other choice than to inform the public. Triclosan was originally a chemical registered to the Environmental Protection Agency in 1969 as a classified pesticide, yet it somehow found its way into a wide array of personal care items such as deodorants, antibacterial soaps, shower gels and shampoos. It is also contained in many commercial toothpastes and has been linked in scientific studies to heart failure, heart disease, muscle function impairment, skeletal muscle contractility issues, and manipulation of the body’s regulation of hormones. It is additionally known to mimic the action of the hormone oestrogen; a hormone that in excess has been demonstrated to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Aside from toothpaste, sodium fluoride is added to the water in a variety of different cities under the guise of “strengthening and protecting your teeth”. Make no mistake, sodium fluoride is highly toxic and can cause some severe mental and physical problems in the future. Sodium fluoride is actually a by product of the aluminium manufacturing industry and is used in rat poisons and many different pesticides. Sodium fluoride has been linked to many different illnesses, especially neurological disorders. It has also been documented to increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, arthritis, infertility, dental and skeletal fluorosis, fluoroderma, thyroid disease and surprisingly tooth decay of all things. This is certainly a chemical that you want to avoid as much as possible!
These two ingredients are just the tip of the iceberg; if you want to find out about more of the toothpaste ingredients that are inside your commercial toothpastes that can cause major harm to your body. On the other hand if you’ve read enough, here is what you can do. Visit your local health store or buy online and be sure to purchase only those toothpastes that are listed as 100% organic and natural or the Ayurvedic toothpastes. Both of these types of toothpastes will ensure that you are brushing your teeth free of toxic inorganic chemicals and help to re-mineralise your tooth enamel. Alternatively you can make your very own 100% natural toothpaste with the following ingredients.
- 1 tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Half a teaspoon of sea salt
- One drop of clove oil (optional)
- One drop of peppermint oil (optional)
Andrew Jenkins @ AlertMedical.org
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Perioral dermatitis from high fluoride dentifrice onlinelibrary.wiley.com
Triclosan impairs muscle function –www.smithsonianmag.com
Triclosan Exposure Modulates Estrogen-Dependent Responses –toxsci.oxfordjournals.org
The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development –www.sciencedirect.com
Triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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Triclosan Comes under Scrutiny – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Book: Good teeth, birth to death – 1 Jan 1996 by Gerard F Judd