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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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The Influence of Cross-Reactivity on Seasonal Allergies

The Influence of Cross-Reactivity on Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is here and many people are experiencing the wide variety of symptoms that accompany it.   It is typical for people to have itchy eyes, runny noses, swollen or raspy throats, headaches and even earaches when they are suffering from seasonal allergies to pollen associated with trees and grasses.

What people may not realize is that they may be reacting to more than the airborne pollen in the atmosphere; they may also be reacting to the exact same antigen that is naturally inherent in specific foods they are consuming.  In fact, if they are eating those foods, it is very likely that their symptoms to the airborne pollen related allergies will be much worse.  When this occurs the person is said to be cross-reactive.

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Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 3

(See previous related posts: Part 1Part 2A or Part 2B)

In this section, I will address the question that I often get asked after telling people about the danger of eating foods to which they are intolerant and that is, “Well, What do I Eat Then?”

The answer is both simple and complex.  The simple but often most difficult part to accept is that we need to reinvent our diets so that they become anti-inflammatory in nature.  Most of what we eat in modern civilization is pro inflammatory as can be seen by the steady increase in disease in our world today.  Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, obesity (it’s a disease in my opinion, not a failure of will power), can all have their roots traced to leading a pro inflammatory lifestyle with no greater aspect of it than eating our current diets.
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Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 2b

As previously discussed (Part 1 and Part 2A), the nine most common foods which I have found to cause the greatest amount of food reactions are gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods.  In the last newsletter, the first four were addressed now,  as promised, I will address the last five major culprits in food intolerance.  As a reminder, these foods can cause you to have pr0 inflammatory, blood sugar and insulin destabilizing influences on your body and contribute to weight loss resistance.

Eggs which are considered by many to be the “ideal” food are often associated with hidden food sensitivities and allergies.  Some of the more common things that you might see if you are sensitive to eggs, include gas and/or bloating, mental fogginess, weight gain, eczema and psoriasis.  There are different theories about why eggs may not be so healthy after all.  One that I think bears close examination is that the chickens which bear the eggs are being fed with corn and/or soy that is genetically modified.  Couple that with the amount of antibiotics and sugar which are in the feed and the chickens themselves are not healthy.  What might that mean to the eggs that come from those chickens?  My answer is that they aren’t going to be that healthy either and are therefore going to cause us some of the health problems I mentioned.

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Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 2a

In Part 1, I discussed different food intolerance responses including food allergies, food sensitivity and food reactions.  I presented a list of the nine most common foods which I have found to cause the greatest amount of food reactions; namely, gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods.   Additionally, I talked briefly about how these foods can cause you to have a pro inflammatory, blood sugar and insulin destabilizing influence on your body and how that contributes to weight loss resistance.

In this segment of the Food Intolerance Series, I will examine the harmful effects of eating these foods and where you are most likely to find them.  As this list is extensive, I will address the first four food groups in this document and continue with the remaining five in my forthcoming newsletter. Continue reading Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 2a

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Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance

Have you been trying to lose weight without much success?  Putting your faith in an unceasing line of “miracle” diets to only find that you can lose a little weight or not and what weight you do lose comes back with five or ten more pounds as soon as you stop doing the diet.

The answer may not be in the calories you are eating or the combination of foods that you are consuming.  The answer may lie in the hidden and often insidious effect that food intolerance or food sensitivities has on your body and its ability to stay lean and at its optimum weight.

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