How toothpastes make you and your children sick
Allergies among children are widespread as never before, now Autism, Attention Deficit and Bipolar Disorders are rampant? The multitude of toxic chemicals and their combination embodied in your tube of Toothpaste may hold the answer to many unexplained symptoms of ill-health, mood swings and fatigue.
Just look up the definition of the key ingredients of almost any Toothpaste, with intimidating terms such as:
Sodium Fluoride, Triclosan, Polyethylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, FD&C-blue 1, FD&C-yellow 5, Methylparaben, Proylparaben, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-32, PEG-12, PEG-8, Polypropylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, PVM / MA Copolymer, Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbitol, Glycerol, Potassium Nitrate, Strontium Chloride, Zinc Citrate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Chlorhexidine, Aluminum Trihydrate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate and Monofluorophosphate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Silica, Allantoin, Hydrogen Peroxide, BHT, Manganese Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Thymol, Carrageenan, Fragrance, Flavors,
and the list goes on..
Now, which of the above “Ingredients” are benign and which are highly toxic health challengers? Which Toothpaste is safe and which must I avoid? The good news is that there are quite a few Toothpastes available that are free of known toxins, but these are definitely not be the ones that are placed at eye level in the supermarket shelves, or those that suggest to be healthy on the package.
None of the main brand Toothpaste lists a single healthy or health promoting ingredient. Sadly though, the most popular heavily advertised brands seem to be the most toxic; it seems that large corporations invest more into marketing than research and have no concern for the sustained health of the consumers.
Case in point, the least toxic of hundreds of Colgate’s Toothpaste brands checks in at rank 147 of the non-profit Environmental Working Group’s comprehensive “Cosmetic database”. In the most toxic category, Colgate occupies 3 of 11 positions while it clearly dominates the list with 71 of 128 products in the second highest toxin class.
Procter & Gamble’s Crest also claims 1 position in the top toxic and 16 positions in the second most toxic class. Johnson &Johnson’s Rembrandt brand Toothpastes claim 3 positions in the most toxic and 14 in the second most toxic ranks.
None of the three behemoth corporations sport a single product in non-toxic or benign categories. That is the exact reason why we must educate ourselves about the function of the product.
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Do those companies that control the market care about consumer health? The two market leaders Colgate Palmolive (Colgate, Ultra Brite, Tom’s of Maine) and Procter & Gamble (Crest) together an Oligopoly, control 60% of the Toothpaste market; GlaxoSmithKline (Aquafresh), and Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer, plus Close-Up, Mentadent, Aim, Pepsodent acquired from Unilever in 2003), account for much of the rest.
It is obvious that these conglomerates are fiercely fighting over every point in market share and they have a shared vested interest in making consumer quality searches as tenuous as possible.
This is clearly demonstrated by the way Industry conspires to delude the consumers: in May 2009 a letter leaked through the Blogosphere, citing how the Chemical Lobby intends to defray consumer pressure on BPA (Bisphenol A) Baby bottles by Employing fear tactics like threatening consumers with limited access to affordable baby food.
Using a “pregnant young mother who would be willing to speak around the country about the benefits of BPA” as their ‘holy grail’ spokesperson. Focusing fear tactics on historically exploited populations including “Hispanic and African Americans and the poor;”and “Befriending people that are able to manipulate the legislative process.”
The incredible arrogance by which big Industry is addressing consumer concerns is evidenced by Johnson & Johnson’s retort to the May 27, 2009 letter by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to J&J’s CEO William C. Weldon; asking that its products made for children don’t contain hidden carcinogenic contaminants 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde (which also occurs in most main brand Toothpastes as contaminants of ingredients).
Both of these chemicals cause cancer in animals, and formaldehyde is also known to cause skin rashes in people who are sensitive to the chemical.
So what is J&J’s response? It chastises the messenger:
We are disappointed that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has inaccurately characterized the safety of our products, misrepresented the overwhelming consensus of scientists and government agencies that review the safety of ingredients, and unnecessarily alarmed parents”
Then they go on and grossly distort the facts:
The FDA and other government agencies around the world consider these trace levels safe, and all our products meet or exceed the regulatory requirements in every country where they are sold.
But the FDA does not regulate cosmetics and does not require companies to test their own products for safety. Moreover J&J is well able to market products without these toxins in Japan, in order to comply with regulations. So it is, once again, all about profits, at the cost of safety.
You can find an alphabetical list of he toxic chemicals and what they do to your health and the environment — and a list of safe Toothpastes and Natural Alternatives — and a list of references at: http://www.vitalityconcepts.com
Source by Heinz Gisel