The last thought on your mind when you are brushing your teeth and gums with your choice toothpaste is that, rather than clean and freshen them, you are actually loading them with poisons and instalmentally killing them and other cells in the body. Yet this is the truth. For almost all ingredients in today’s popular toothpastes are loads of poisons, according to many scientific revelations. And for this reason, many toothpaste producers do not make a full ingredients disclosure on the product label as the law demands they do. What are these ingredients? Why are they used to make toothpastes? And why, scientifically, are they considered poisonous?

The ingredients

There are about seven of them in most toothpastes. Check the product label of your choice toothpaste for them. They are:

  •    Sodium fluoride
  •    Triclosan
  •    Sodium Lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  •    PROPYLENE Glycol, and
  •    Diethanola, (mine DEA)
  •    Hydrated silica
  •    F.D & C colour dyes

Sodium Fluoride

This is a waste product from the manufacture of aluminium, a dangerous metal which damages the brain. When the aluminium industry couldn’t meet the huge bills of safety requirements for its disposal according to law, it sold sodium fluoride to dentists as a dental health substance. Dentists accepted it. And, to have the approval of dentists for their products, toothpaste producers factored sodium fluoride in to toothpaste. And the dental care market accepted the idea. Today, dentists educate us that sodium fluoride prevents tooth decay, builds strong teeth. But sodium fluoride appears in rat poisons and industrial pesticides. According to Akron regional poison centre in www.lifestrong.com:

“Ingesting one per ten of an ounce of fluoride can kill a hundred adults, ingesting a small amount of sodium fluoride may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Yet despite its dangers, sodium fluoride continues to be a staple in all leading brands of toothpaste”. Adults and children swallow small amounts of toothpaste every time the teeth and gums are brushed with regular, that is, poisonous toothpaste.

Triclosan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies Triclosan as a pesticide and emphatically suggests that it poses a health risk to humans and the environment. Research scientists describe Triclosan as a “chlorophenol,” a chemical said to be carcinogenic (cancer causing) in humans.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)

Toothpastes need a foaming agent. This product serves that purpose in toothpastes. We are told it offers us detergent and cleansing help. It should be of interest to people who have vision challenges that Sodium Laurel Sulfate can damage the eyes, cause skin irritation and labour the breath. According to www.lifestrong.com, quoting the American College of Toxicology:

“Sodium Laurel Sulfate may stay within the body for up to five days, accumulating in the heart, liver, lungs and brain. When combined with certain other chemicals, Sodium Laurel Sulfate transforms into nitrosamins, a class of powerful carcinogens that cause the body to absorb harmful nitrates.

Propylene Glycol

This chemical is an anti-freeze agent which serves as a wetting substance and surfactant in toothpaste. Yet the MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET, which advises handlers and users of chemicals about their safety or poisonous effects, says of PROPYLENE GLYCOL:

“The chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, with prolonged contact leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Yet it doesn’t stop the chemical from being used in common health, care products.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

This chemical is present in products which foam, including toothpastes. But DEA disrupts hormonal balances and produces cancer-causing nitrates. Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois said, “repeated skin exposure to DEA can lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancer”.

Hydrated Silica

Silica is used in toothpaste as an abrasive agent. Abrasive are needed to dissolve adhesions and make the teeth whiter. In the days of old when surgery was not as popular as it is today, micronised silica was used to dissolve tumors and other growths. For this reason, it has the accolade of the “homeopathic surgeon.” It is a hardener of connective tissue between cells, promotes digestion, chelates (binds to) poisons, germs, heavy metals etc and drags them out of the body through the stool. Besides, it reduces high blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, and promotes healthy skin, nail and hair apart from helping to alkalise the blood and tissue. But Silica would appear to be abrasive for the enamel of the tooth, which is known to be one of the hardest substances in the body.

In www.tomsofmaine.com- “Hydrated silica is a mild abrasive which gives toothpaste a smoother gel quality” In www.ebay.com, SHIVERS international says: “Hydrated silica: a whitner that damages tooth enamel… is made from a crystalised compound found in quartz, sand, and flint. Tooth enamel remineralises daily from the supply of ionic calcium and phosphorus in the saliva. Scratching the surface of the tooth with an abrasive such as hydrated silica harms the enamel and prevents re-mineralisation, much like using sand to clean glass. Severe wear could eventually occur.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, who is Chairman of the Cancer prevention coalition and recipient of the Alternative Nobel prize in 1998, states in his book… the amount of irritation caused by toothpaste is minimal but can include sore mouth and gums, wearing away of tooth enamel, sore tongue, and sloughing of mucous membrane. The public is cautioned against excessive use of products containing ‘dioforms, which are abrasive substances that can cause the breakdown of tooth enamel.

Products containing the ingredients silica and cellulose in particular, should be avoided when disease, tooth decay, sensitivity gum and receding gums are present.

While these ingredients can remove tartar and make teeth whiter in appearance, they also may do harm to dental health by altering the acidic balance of the mouth, gums and tongue, said Dr. warren Scherer, New York University College of Dentistry, as reported by the Naples Daily News.

In www.ebay.com, we found a reference to FD & C colour dyes. The site says: ‘There are artificial dyes/colorings often found in familiar toothpaste brands and a wide variety of other products. Recent studies indicate that FD &C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 can trigger a wide number of behavioral, learning, and health problems.

FD & C color dyes may also cause potential severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness lack of concentration and cancer. Using FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 is just like ingesting crude oil as it too, is synthesized from petroleum. These dyes were originally made from coal tar oil, which is black, sticky tar by-product of steel making and petroleum distillation, and is source of numerous complex chemicals. Through repeated human exposure, some of these isolated coal tar components were classified as active carcinogens, ultimately leading to US government regulations and restrictions.

Nowadays, coal tar dyes are synthetically engineered rather than extracted from actual coal tar, thereby greatly reducing the possibility of being contaminated with carcinogenic residuals from the cola itself.

However, the dyes still contain carcinogenic properties over several decades of use, some of these synthetic dyes have come under greater scientific and government scrutiny due to their carcinogenic and mutagenic activity. Because of this, they are still referred to in the industry as-coal tar dyes-according to the us FDA.

“Even if toothpaste is never swallowed, these dyes can be absorbed within seconds through the skin on the lips, or through the mucous membrane in the mouth. According to the physicians’ Desk Reference, the efficiency of over 90 percent. Because of this, these carcinogenic gets into your blood, your brain, and your cells in no time at all especially when you consider most people use dental care products two to three times a day.

Colgate toothpaste

One of the toothpaste which medical researcher are waging war against in the United States and Europe is Colgate, which is said to contain some of the cancer linked chemicals mentioned above. Tiffany Kary says: For example:

“Newly released document that supported the FDA’s 1997 approval of Colgate Total toothpaste include indications that its active ingredients, Triclosan, may distrupt hormone functions, says three scientists who reviewed the pages. The maker of Colgate – Palm Olive, says the FDA’s approval and annual product – safety update establish that Triclosan is safe and effective in toothpaste. The chemical Triclosan has been linked to cancer – cell growth and distorted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in soap, cotton buds and toys. Consumer compound are phasing it out.”

Minnesota voted in May to ban it in many products. At the same time, milions of Americans are putting it in their mouths every day, by way of a top selling toothpaste that uses the antibacterial chemical to head off gum disease. Colgate Palmolive says, “Total is safe, Colgate is safe, Cuting the rigorous food and Drug Adminstration process that led to the toothpaste 1997 approval as an over-the-counter drug. A closer look of that application process, however, reveals that some of the scientific finding Colgate put forward to establish Triclosan’s safety in toothpaste weren’t black and white…and weren’t, until this year (1997) and made available to the public.

Colgate, Total application include 35 pages summarising toxicology studies on Triclosan, which the FDA withheld from view. The agency released the pages earlier this year (1997) in response to a law suit over a freedom of Information Act request. Later, following enquiries from Bloombeg News, the FDA put the pages on its websites. The pages show how even with one of the U.S’s most stringent regulatory processes FDA approval of a new drug, the government relies on company backed science to show products as safe and effective. The recently released pages, taken alongside new research on Triclosan, raised questions about whether the agency did appropriate due diligence in approving Total 17 years age, and whether it’s approval should stand on light of new research, said three scientists who reviewed the pages at Bloomberg News’s request.

“Among these pages were studies showing fatal bone malformations in mice and rats. Colgate said the findings weren’t relevant. Viewed through the prism of today’s science, such malformations look more like a signal that Triclosan is disrupting the endocrine system and throwing up hormonal functioning, according to the three scientists. Colgate application materials also show that the FDA asked questions about the thoroughness of cancer studies which are partly addressed in recently released documents. Some questions about Tricolosans potential impacts on people are, by nature, unanswerable, ”humans are exposed to dozens of chemicals that may interact in the body, making it almost impossible to link one substance to one disease”, said Thomas Zoeller, a Biology Professor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who specialises in how chemicals affect the endocrine system.

Huge risk were a system

Natural toothpastes all over the world, the movement for natural toothpaste is gathering steam. It is possible, going by findings of how chemicalised toothpastes damage health that they are in some ways responsible for the increasing waves of illness in Nigeria.Women suffer from hormonal disturbances and infertility more than in precious decades. For men, low sperm count, infertility and loss of libido are common complains. Some of the recipes for nature toothpaste aim at remineralisation of the enamel clearance of adhesions such as tartar and elimination of fungi and bacteria.

From wellnessmama.com comes a combination of calcium powder, Diatomaceous Health (DE) and Coconut Oil, with myrrh and cinnamon or mint for flavor. The website acknowledges that a reader said DE may be harsh on the enamel and suggested Baking Soda and xylitol powder. Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid which kills viruses, fungi and bacteria.

Taken with meals, Coconut oil has been of great value to the health of HIV challenged people troubled by intestinal opportunistic diseases.