Here is an example of using something for years that I never even knew was dangerous to my health.
Triclosan has been used since the 1960’s as an antibacterial or antimicrobial in common household products like toothpaste and liquid soap, antiperspirants and cosmetics. Yet it is known to disrupt hormones, lower sperm production and harm the immune system.
It was first approved in 1969, for use as a pesticide only, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2008 it was reviewed again, and it continues to be approved only as a pesticide, due to its damaging effects on the human body: including paralysis, sterility, and damage to the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. Why then are manufacturers still allowed to put it in our products?
How come I’ve been brushing my teeth, washing my hands with it, and using antiperspirants containing it for years?
I’m waking up to what I’m doing to my body by mindlessly buying products, trusting that whatever is on the shelves is safe, because it’s been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or Federal Drug Administration. It only takes a moment to read the ingredient lists of whatever I’m buying.
Recently, a petition went to the EPA from 82 environmental and public health groups to regulate Triclosan because of the “significant risks to human health and the environment” that it poses. Even though Triclosan is not scheduled for another review until 2021, because of this petition they will begin an early review in February, 2011. This petition encourages the EPA to impose harsher restrictions on its overall use from its handling and use by humans to the effects it is having on the environment.
What will they conclude?
Here is an interesting letter from the American Cleaning Institute on their concerns about Triclosan.
Procter and Gamble (P&G) announced that it will eliminate Triclosan from its products by 2014, because of mounting pressure from consumers and public advocacy organizations.
Johnson & Johnson has committed to removing it from it’s products by 2015, because of consumer concern over the safety of Triclosan.
Canada has declared it toxic to the environment, but did not find enough evidence to declare it hazardous to humans! It has yet to take action on requiring it to be taken out of personal care products.
Watch this focused and very informative presentation by Dr. Allison Aiello to the Pesticides and Health Panel 2012 Forum. She shows what is happening in the Consumer Setting with Triclosan. After listening to her, you can draw your own conclusions about whether this is a product you need to avoid.
Here’s a List of Common Products containing Triclosan .
Sodium Fluoride is another dangerous substance that is in all regular toothpastes that you buy today. The unfortunate thing is that people are being misled about Fluoride.
The so called “fact” that Fluoride is good for preventing tooth decay is based on studies done with calcium fluoride, a naturally occurring substance that can be proven to regenerate tooth enamel.
However the fluoride put in public water supplies is sodium fluoride, which is a by-product of aluminum production and proven dangerous to health. In fact sodium fluoride has been proven by scientists to calcify the pineal gland which makes it difficult to think clearly as we get older, contributing to brain fog.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean brain fog, poor memory and difficulty thinking. We can avoid contributing to this by reading the ingredient list on the toothpastes we buy, and choosing natural toothpastes which do not contain sodium fluoride and triclosan.
Latest Information on Fluoride and it’s Health Effects
In January 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Fluoride in drinking water needs to be reduced, because it’s causing a breakdown in tooth enamel, discoloration and pitting in children’s teeth.
Two in 5 teens had tooth streaking, spottiness and pitting from excessive Fluoride from drinking water and products like toothpaste which are used in the mouth, and absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth, which are the most permeable in the body.
Source: Fluoride, Guess What?
It’s a matter of being proactive about the products we buy.
And if you want to take matters into your own hands and make sure you know what’s in your toothpaste, make your own.
Recipe for Homemade Toothpaste:
Baking soda + cold pressed coconut oil 50/50 ratio
Flavour it with stevia sweetener, or a few drops of an essential oil like spearmint or peppermint.
Mix up a batch of it in the consistency that you prefer and keep it in a glass jar.
You can get the stevia at your local health store or order it on the internet.
In my view, this does the job better than any commercial toothpaste, and gives me peace of mind too from the effects of Triclosan.