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Ten Reasons Your Toothpaste Could be Poisoning you

Ten Reasons Your Toothpaste Could be Poisoning you

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Have you ever wondered what is in conventional toothpaste?  I have, and when I went looking at the ingredients in many of the leading brands of commercial toothpastes, I was very dismayed to find a variety of toxic chemicals.
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised because even the warning labels on many of the toothpastes themselves give rise for concern.  Here is what they state:  “Do not swallow” and “in case of accidental ingestion, contact the poison control center.”

It is pretty difficult not to swallow some of the water and toothpaste combination when brushing your teeth, and considering that the tissue in the mouth is one of the most absorbent places in your body this becomes doubly concerning.
Here is a list of the most prevalent chemicals found in toothpastes and their toxic effects on humans:

  1. Artificial sugars – all sugars lower the pH of the dental plaque which makes the area more acidic.  The most acidic the area the more damage occurs.  If you applied this rule to the rest of the body, many health experts believe that the more acidic the body tissue, the more likely you will generate diseases.
  2. Diethanolamine (DEA) – a foaming agent which disrupts hormones and cause cancer causing nitrates.  End result, an increase in liver and kidney cancer.
  3. FD &C Dyes 1 & 2 – artificial colors which have been linked to a host of health disorders including allergic reactions, asthma, ADD/ADHD, migraine headaches and cancer.
  4. Fluoride –  perhaps one of the most controversial chemicals in use today, there is substantial evidence that at the dosage used today (1,000 ppm), fluoride causes gum damage by disrupting enzymes activity and delaying the gum self-regenerating mechanism.   One study demonstrated that prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause damage to the brain, decrease IQ in children, damage to the pineal and thyroid glands as well as cancer.
  5. Glycerin – a very sticky substance, glycerin has been shown to coat the teeth like plastic wrap, blocking them from absorbing much needed nutrients and re-mineralizing.   According to one source, toothpastes containing glycerin take 20 rinses to get it off.
  6. Polyethylene glycols (PEG) – one of the most common plastics in use today for packaging and containers, polyethylene glycol has been studied extensively for its toxic effects.   The National Institute for Occupational Safety in a report states: “Ethylene glycol is chemically broken down in the body into toxic compounds.  It and its toxic byproducts first affect the central nervous system (CNS), then the heart, and finally the kidneys.  Ingestion of sufficient  amounts can be fatal.”
  7. Propylene Glycol  – one of the active ingredients in antifreeze, it acts as a surfactant and solvent.  In commercial use this chemical is considered so toxic that it should only be handled with protective clothing in place,(ie gloves, goggles) and disposed of under strict protocol.
  8. Sorbitol – this sugar alcohol is absorbed slowly into the human body but it has a demonstrated history of causing gastrointestinal disturbances.  Foods containing sorbitol have been shown to cause diarrhea, bloating, gas and have been implicated in decreasing fat absorption from other foods.
  9. Surfactants (substances which reduce the surface tension of liquids that it is dissolved in) – the most well known of this group of chemicals is sodium lauryl sulfate which shows up in a host of healthcare products, such as shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. Surfactants are readily absorbed into the body and can cause eye and skin irritation, hormone imbalances, canker sores, mouth ulcers and cancer.
  10. Triclosan – is well known in industry for its anti-microbial (germ killing) quality.  Originally registered as a pesticide, this chemical is linked to thyroid hormone disruption, disruption of heart function and is highly carcinogenic.

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It is convenient to give your kids and ourselves good tasting, easy pouring toothpastes which we are told will help our families teeth stay strong and healthy.   Unfortunately, as can be seen from reading the above list  this just isn’t the case.

If you would like help figuring out what chemicals might be hidden in all of your household and home care products please contact me and I will be happy to assist you (I even come to people’s homes!).  I can be reached at 516 609 0890 and at drdbrant.com

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Diet Soda Exposed

Diet Soda Exposed

 

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The proponents of diet soda, namely the soda companies themselves such as coca cola and pepsi would have us believe that drinking diet soda is an effective way to have our senses satisfied for that cold, refreshing taste with few or no calories. Unfortunately, the cold, hard facts are much less forgiving than the sales pitch of the soda companies.

Here is an overview of what research has shown about the real affects of drinking diet sodas. Most diet sodas are sweetened with aspartame. All ingredients that go into foods (including aspartame) are subjected to supposedly thorough investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is charged with protecting the public interests.

In the case of aspartame, the FDA approved its use in July 1983 in carbonated beverages and other liquids. Remarkably, some of the FDA’s own task force learned that the original aspartame research was falsified to obscure the dangers of this chemical. The original research indicated that animals fed aspartame developed seizures and brain tumors.

By the year 1991, the National Institutes of Health had documented over 167 adverse affects from aspartame ingestion. In 1992, the US Air Force advised its pilots not to fly after eating anything containing aspartame. In 1994, the US Department of Health and Human Services had identified 88 toxic symptoms associated with aspartame.

Aspartame has been shown to be unstable in liquid form. This was some of the original research that was done on this chemical. Specifically, if a diet drink containing aspartame is stored at 85 degrees F. for a week or more, the aspartame breaks down into other chemicals including formaldehyde, formic acid and diketopiperazine, a chemical which has been show to directly cause brain cancer. Formaldehyde and formic acid are well documented toxic chemicals.

Not surprisingly aspartame has been linked to a variety of cancers including, brain, kidney, liver, lung and lymph.

Diet sodas have been shown to have other adverse affects more than the formation of various cancers. Research conducted at Harvard over 11 years on 3000 women found that drinking diet soda daily, doubled the risk of developing kidney disease.

In a 2008 study at the University of Minnesota of almost 10,000 adults, researchers found that even drinking just one diet soda daily (how many people drink more than one?) increased the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 34 percent. Metabolic syndrome is that condition associated with increase in belly fat, elevated cholesterol and decreased testosterone that puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Drinking two cans of diet soda every day is linked with a 500 percent increase in waist size. Additionally, there is a 43 percent increase in risk of heart attack or stroke from drinking more than one diet soda daily.

People who drink diet sodas have been shown to consume more food than those that don’t. Researchers who published a study in the American Journal of Public Health, state, “Available evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners, which are present in high doses in diet beverages, are associated with a greater activation of reward centers in the brain which alter the reward a person experiences from sweet tastes”

In simple terms this translates to drinking diet soda may result in food and sugar cravings because the aspartame disrupts appetite control centers in the brain. This can lead to a significant increase in simple carbohydrate consumption as well as food in general.

Research has also indicated that consuming aspartame changes our brain function. Specifically, it can change the balance of two critical brain hormones, serotonin and dopamine. Impaired dopamine production is connected to neurological conditions such as Parkinson ’s disease and low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, increased pain and aggressive behavior.

The lining of the cans used for diet sodas contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a know hormone disruptor. BPA has been linked to reproductive system damage in women and low sperm count and prostate cancer in men. It has also been linked to early onset of puberty, increased weight gain and breast cancer.

Additionally, because diet soda is so acidic it has been linked to dental enamel erosion. Furthermore when diet soda is used in mixed drinks it worsens the severity of hangover symptoms because it increases the rate at which alcohol enters the blood stream.

As you can see, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence condemning both aspartame and diet sodas as not being safe and not helping with people who want to lose weight. The truth is that diet sodas are nothing more than cell damaging, cancer causing, and hormone disrupting beverages that would be better off if they had never been invented.

If you would like more information about how you can recover from the damages of drinking diet sodas and other toxic chemicals found in our food system, please feel free to contact me. I have been working for over 35 years on detoxifying and rejuvenating people who want to feel alive and vibrant once again. I can be reached at drdbrant.com or at 516 609 0890.

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Emulsifiers Linked to Obesity, More

Emulsifiers Linked to Obesity & Bowel Disorders

Picture of mayonnaise, which contains emulsifiersThe stuff that makes ice cream and mayonnaise creamy is harmful to your intestines

Artificial preservatives used in the preparation of packaged foods have been identified as increasing the risk of inflammatory bowel disorders and metabolic disorders such as obesity. A study published in the February 25 edition of the journal Nature found that emulsifiers altered the makeup of intestinal bacteria in mice.

There are about 15 emulsifiers typically used in Western foods. They keep foods such as mayonnaise and ice cream consistent. In fact, many foods would not exist as we know them today without emulsifiers to help hold them together into a creamy consistency, which the human pallet finds attractive. Continue reading Emulsifiers Linked to Obesity, More

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Organic Food: Really Better For You?

Organic Food: Really Better for You?

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… or does it just cost more?

This may be one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive. The answer would seem from first glance to be yes but there have been contradictory reports for years that organic food doesn’t really deliver when it comes to enhancing our health and fighting disease. In fact one 2009 study funded by the UK Food Standards Agency found that there were no significant differences in nutritional benefits between organic and conventionally grown crops.

However, a new meta study conducted by Newcastle University analyzed 343 studies to determine if there were any substantial nutrient differences between organic versus conventional food. Here are the most relevant findings from the study: Continue reading Organic Food: Really Better For You?

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GMOs and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

GMOs and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

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According to a recent study, rats that were fed a diet of GMO (genetically modified organism) food ended up becoming infertile. Researchers from the Suez Canal University of Egypt concluded that rats fed a GMO diet not only wound up infertile but also suffered from other adverse health effects.

As many of you who have been reading my articles know, I have been writing about the possible negative effects of eating GM foods for a long time. I believe that we are unsuspecting participants in the largest food experiment ever conducted on the human population. This experiment largely went unnoticed until people in the scientific, environmental, and health fields began to question the efficacy of GMO crops. Continue reading GMOs and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

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Is autism in your child’s destiny?

Is autism in your child’s destiny?

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At a December 2014 conference, MIT research scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff startled the participants with this statement: “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” The panel was there to discuss the effects of GMOs on humans and their possible correlation with diseases. Dr. Seneff, who has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles, stated that there was a strong correlation between the side effects of autism and the glyphosate toxicity.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and has been linked to many disorders in other research. Dr. Seneff presented data showing a correlation between the use of Roundup on crops, the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds, and rising rates of autism in children. Children with autism have certain blood values and other biomarkers that indicate glyphosate toxicity, including iron and zinc deficiency, seizures, low serum sulfate, and mitochondrial (the energy producing factory of the cell) disorder. Continue reading Is autism in your child’s destiny?

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Clean, Healthy Water—Is it Just a Dream?

What’s that you’re drinking?

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I have always suggested to patients that they get a whole house water filtration system. However, many people either don’t own their own home or cannot afford a filtration system for the whole house. Continue reading Clean, Healthy Water—Is it Just a Dream?

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Tylenol: Your Child’s Friend or Foe?

Doctor recommended=safe?

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A major study coming from the University of A Coruña in Spain sheds some new light on the danger of using even one acetaminophen per year on children. The study of over 20,000 children between the ages of 6 to 7 and 13 to 14 correlated the children’s use of acetaminophen within the last year and their incidence of having asthma. Continue reading Tylenol: Your Child’s Friend or Foe?

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GMOs: The Debate Continues

GMOs: The Debate Continues

Weakening oversight

When I post on Facebook or Twitter, a lot of times it’s out of a sense of dismay about the shape the world is in. As a nutritionist who focuses on natural food for better health, two of my biggest concerns are 1) a weakening of the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of the food supply, and 2) the need to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products. In my opinion, it’s bad enough that GMOs are in food, but at least consumers should have the ability to tell which foods have them.

If a product includes corn grown from a Monsanto genetically modified (GM) seed, the producer of the product should be required to say that on the label. Continue reading GMOs: The Debate Continues

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The Importance of Knowing Where Our Food Comes From

The Importance of Knowing Where Our Food Comes From

Perhaps you have noticed as have I that our food supply is not as good as it once was.  Or perhaps you have seen an increase in foods from other countries and have wondered if there are chemicals and or other substances in the food that are not being disclosed.  Does the food we eat have “other” ingredients in it that are not on the label?  And how is that regulated outside our jurisdiction?

My hope is that everyone becomes a savvy consumer and reads the detailed nutritional information labels of everything you eat irrespective of what the front of the box, container, jar or label says the product contains.  It is increasingly evident that less and less of our food is being inspected to determine whether it is safe.  This is a somewhat scary statement when you consider the fact that more of our food is being imported from other countries than ever before in the history of our nation.  Upwards of 20% of our food is now being imported from other countries with that number likely to increase substantially over the next few decades.

Continue reading The Importance of Knowing Where Our Food Comes From