There’s something lurking in your bathroom. It’s long, soft, and usually rests on your countertop, your sink, or in your medicine cabinet. This monster makes us foam at the mouth and is so harmful that if swallowed you will need to seek medical help! What’s it called?
Toothpaste! Yeah, it seems almost silly, doesn’t it? I challenge you right now to go get your tube of toothpaste and read the Warning label found on the back of it.
It might read something like “Warnings Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Each toothpaste has different Inactive active ingredients: Here’s one I’m reading off the box right now: sorbitol water, hydrated silica, PEG-12, sodium lauryl sulfate, saccharin, methylcellulose, FD&C blue no. 1, FD&C yellow no. 5.
If you’re anything like me, you have no idea what these ingredients are and what they can do.
Let’s look at these ingredients. If yours is different, look them up on the internet.
- Sorbitol water – We know what water is, but what is Sorbitol? Sorbitol is a polyhydric alcohol with about half the sweetness of sucrose. Sorbitol occurs naturally and is also produced synthetically from glucose. It was formerly used as a diuretic and may still be used as a laxative and in irrigating solutions for some surgical procedures. (source https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/D-Sorbitol). When I googled the information here is the first thing that popped up about Sorbitol: Sorbitol can be used as a laxative via an oral suspension or enema. As with other sugar alcohols, gastrointestinal distress may result when food products that contain sorbitol are consumed. Sorbitol exerts its laxative effect by drawing water into the large intestine, thereby stimulating bowel movements
Hydrated silica – Hydrated silica, which is primarily used as an abrasive in toothpaste, is made from a crystallized compound found in quartz, sand, and flint (source: http://www.oraheal.com/chemicals.html)
- PEG-12 – The Cosmetics Database finds PEG 12 Dimethicone to be a moderate hazard (depending on usage) and notes contamination and toxicity concerns.According to a study published in the International Journal of Toxicology, PEGs (including PEG 12 Dimethicone) can contain harmful impurities, including Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer, according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program; 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen; PAHs, known to increase the risk of breast cancer; lead; iron; and arsenic. (Source: http://www.healthy-communications.com/2006peg_compounds_in_cosmetics.htm)
- Sodium lauryl sulfate- (SLS): Foaming agent with many side effects
One of the most harmful ingredients in personal-care products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Because SLS has a foaming property, it is added to toothpastes in order to generate foam and give the impression that the toothpaste is working. However, SLS has been found to be quite corrosive and harmful to skin tissue. The journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can penetrate and be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with harmful long term side effects.
In the cleaning industry, SLS is used in products such as garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and car wash soaps!
In allergy studies, SLS is used for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant as it is the one chemical known to provoke an allergic reaction in everyone. The molecular weight of SLS is 40 (Ingredients with a molecular weight of 75 or lower enters our blood stream). SLS and its derivative family of chemicals are used in biotech engineering to carry other chemicals through the skin. (Source: http://www.oraheal.com/chemicals.html) What Toxic Chemicals Is Your Body Absorbing card Distributed by KREPublishing.com)
- Saccharin- In the early 1970s, saccharin was thought to be a carcinogen when it was linked to bladder cancer. This link was based on studies done on rats. The National Cancer Institute notes that human trials have found no such link and that the mechanism that caused bladder cancer in rats does not exist in humans. Still, the Center for Science in the Public Interest believes that saccharin is unsafe and has issued the sweetener its lowest rating of “avoid.” In a 1997 press release, the CSPI acknowledged that saccharin has not been proven to cause cancer in humans, but the CSPI contends that studies that have been done on saccharin indicate that it may still present a risk.
- Methylcellulose-Methylcellulose is used as a thickener. METHYLCELLULOSE (meth ill SELL yoo lose) used as a medication is a bulk-forming laxative. This medicine is used to treat constipation.
- FD&C blue no. 1- FDA has a regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. FD&C Blue No. 1, also known as Brillant Blue FCF (“for coloring food”), is a water-soluble artificial blue dye allowed by the FDA for use in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. FD&C Blue No. 1 is widely used in food products (candies, confections, beverages, etc.) and there have been no reports of toxicity associated with this general food use.In September of 2003, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory to alert health care providers of toxicity associated with the use of FD&C Blue No. 1 in enteral feeding solutions. Toxicity, including death, has been reported only in association with FD&C Blue No. 1 tinting of enteral feedings, intended as a means of visually detecting pulmonary aspiration, although causality has not been established. 
FD&C blue no 1 also known as Tartrazine may affect behavior in predisposed children. (Source)
Alternate Names: Tartrazine, Y4, Coal Tar Dye
Possible Health Effects
Serious allergic reactions can occur in those with sensitivities to aspirin. Other effects include asthma, hives, headache, skin rash.
May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals (source)
I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted in reading about these chemicals that for the most part are NOT good for us. These are things we need to know though and seriously consider. Also note, that just because a product is in a health food store, doesn’t necessarily mean that the product has no toxic ingredients. I myself have found some toothpaste and soaps in health food stores that I wouldn’t even consider buying for this very reason.
Action step- Replace any toothpaste that has these chemicals with a safe toothpaste.
Thieves Aroma Bright toothpaste. Look at the ingredients:
Water, Calcium carbonate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium bicarbonate, Glycerin, Xylitol, Xanthum gum, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf oil, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, Lecithin, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil, Ocotea quixos† (Ocotea) leaf oil, Cinnamomum verum† (Cinnamon) Bark oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
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