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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why I don't use toothpaste or chew gum

Toothpaste is easy to make at home.  No recipe required!

Have you ever wondered why your toothpaste tastes sweet when it is supposed to help fight cavities?  Toothpaste has artificial sweeteners in it to appeal to the consumer.  The companies that make toothpaste know that the general public follows its tongue.  Since sweetness is our favorite taste and sugar causes tooth decay, toothpaste is sweetened with artificial sweeteners.  Can you imagine having to check the label of your toothpaste to make sure that it is sugar free?  How silly!

It turns out that the ingredients in commercially produced toothpaste can be of greater consequence to our health than tooth decay.  I decided to start making my own toothpaste about a year ago.  Since then, my tooth sensitivity has disappeared (I used to buy the special paste for sensitive teeth).  My own toothpaste does a fine job of cleaning the plaque from my teeth and leaving my mouth feeling fresh for hours.  Best news of all, there is no recipe for my toothpaste.  I just make up a jar of baking soda mixed with essential oils which are good for oral use, such as peppermint, clove bud and spearmint.  The oils go into the baking soda by drops and mix in until it looks like, well, baking soda.  However, the mixture smells like toothpaste.  By giving it a trial "brushing of the teeth", I can tell if I have added enough flavor to appeal to my taste.  The essential oils are not necessary because baking soda, alone, could do the job of cleaning teeth.

The ingredients to avoid in commercially produced toothpaste are numerous.  I will list a few of the most toxic and why I avoid them.

Fluoride - accumulates in humans over lifetime exposure, toxic byproduct of chemical fertilizer, consumption of fluoride is linked to diseases (see video below "Fluoride and The Pineal Gland")
For more on fluoride, see "Fluoride's Deadly Secret" by Russell Blaylock

Carrageenan - Inflammatory agent, significantly enhances tumor growth ~This should be of concern in our food as well.  Carrageenan is a common additive to enhance flavor in foods. 
(Sources: 1. Raz A. Levine G, Khomiak Y. Acute local inflammation potentates tumor growth in mice.  Cancer Lett. 2000;148:115-120.
2.  Morecki S, Yacovlev E, et al. Induction of antitumor immunity by indomethacin. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2000;48:613-620.)

Artificial sweetener - Simply stated:  nerve toxic chemical

Titanium Dioxide - carcinogen when inhaled based in laboratory animal studies.  This may not be a concern when the manufacturer is using optimum caution regarding quantity and structure of titanium dioxide.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0617.html  Still, I think it is a chemical worth avoiding to prevent cancer.

Regarding chewing gum
In the past, I have used gum like a medication which helped me to keep swallowing when I had acid reflux.  Little did I know that the gum was actually making my heartburn worse.  The toxic effects of artificial sweeteners can begin when they are absorbed by the lining of the mouth and esophagus.  Once in the blood stream, the chemical stimulates nerve cells to be excited, and over-excitement of nerves causes cell death.  For me, this was a vicious cycle of heartburn, swallowing gum sweeteners (aspartame) and having more heartburn, which required another piece of gum.  

My nutrition based diet has freed me from the troubles of having GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease).  When I first gave up chewing gum, I missed the fresh flavor.  The habit of constantly chewing on something in my mouth required breaking, but this was not a difficult task.  There is a natural replacement for gum.  Whole cloves are a wonderful way to freshen the breath when away from your toothbrush.  Keep a small container of them in your purse, glove box or on your desk; pinch one between your teeth and feel the freshness of the clove oil bursting flavor into your mouth!

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