6 Harmful Ingredients Lurking in Your Toothpaste

Source: Mauren Veras

Toothpaste. It is one of the very few products that you use at least two times per day, seven days per week. Because it is such a common product, you would think that people would be more vigilant about what ingredients are lurking in the tube, but there are several harmful ingredients that have gone all but unnoticed. Here are 6 harmful ingredients that you should definitely be avoiding.

 

Fluoride

For many years, people have thought that fluoride was essential in promoting good dental health. However, the fluoride protection layer on the tooth has been shown to be 1/10000th of the width of a hair, which is easily eliminated through chewing. Our teeth simply don’t need fluoride, especially not at the rate that dentists are pushing it. An excessive intake or build up of fluoride is poisonous.

SLS ( Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)

When processed, this ingredient is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen. Studies have also shown a connection between SLS and organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, and endocrine disruption.

Artificial Flavors / Colors

Many people are sensitive or allergic to ingredients used in artificial flavoring. Not to mention, studies have found many artificial coloring additives to be toxic.

DEA

DEA is a hormone disruptor and can cause stunting in fetal brain development. There is limited evidence of it being a carcinogen. This chemical is harmful to fish and other wildlife, so it is certainly harmful to you.

 

Propylene Glycol

This is part of the paraben family, which has been shown to cause interference with male reproductive functions. Parabens break down in the body to form a chemical that has been linked to estrogenic activity in breast cancer cultures (which is bad news!).

Triclosan

This is an antibacterial agent which is a suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. It is important to limit your use of antibacterial items as overuse is ultimately harmful.

 

There are a few fluoride free and natural toothpaste options in supermarkets such as Target and Walmart, but in case your selection is limited, why not make your own tooth paste? These are a few recipes that you can try out. I’m especially interested in the remineralizing toothpaste. I’ve definitely got to try that out!

 

Have you ever made your own toothpaste before? Share your recipe in the comments!

The Dirty Dozen: Ingredients in Cosmetics to Avoid

Source: Maria Morri

 

Go grab any cosmetic item in your makeup bag. Does it have the ingredients listed? If it does, read the first five ingredients. Do you recognize all of them? Most likely not. Modern day cosmetics are a mish mash of chemicals and additives, all with the intent of making the product last longer or wear smoother. Is it worth it, though? I say no–poisoning my body isn’t worth any amount of beauty! Luckily, though, there ARE green beauty products that won’t harm you and might actually be good for you! Not all of them are labeled as such, so grab your makeup bags and prepare to throw away any ingredients using any of the following ingredients.

 

1. BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUEN)

These chemicals have been classified as possible carcinogens. Unfortunately, they are used in moisturizers and lipsticks as preservatives, which means they are getting absorbed into your skin and licked into your mouth. Long term exposure to these products has been shown to cause problems with the kidney, thyroid, and liver. These chemicals are harmful to fish and other wildlife.

2. COAL TAR DYES

This sneaky ingredient can also be listed as “P-phenylenediamine” or “CI” followed by a number. This is a possible carcinogen, and products with this ingredient might be contaminated with heavy metals which can cause brain toxicity. Coal Tar Dyes are often found in pigmented cosmetics such as lipsticks.

3. DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE)

DEA is a foaming agent used in moisturizers and shampoos to make them creamy and lush. It is a hormone disruptor and can cause stunting in fetal brain development. There is limited evidence of it being a carcinogen, but I wouldn’t chance it. This chemical is harmful to fish and other wildlife.

4. DBP (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)

This is a toxin and endocrine disruptor often used in nail care products. It has been observed to cause problems with the kidney, thyroid, and liver. It is harmful to fish and other wildlife.

5. FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRODUCTS

Formaldehyde has been shown to cause many adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer. For some reason, it is still used in baby soap, nail polish, eyelash glue and hair dyes. Keep an eye out for ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, as they break down and release tiny amounts of formaldehyde in your body, which can build up and cause the issues listed above.

6. PARABENS (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-)

About 70-90% of cosmetics contain parabens, which means that this will be a difficult one to avoid, but thankfully now that the green beauty movement is gaining more speed, there are more paraben-free products on the market. Parabens have been shown to cause interference with male reproductive functions. Parabens break down in the body to form a chemical that has been linked to estrogenic activity in breast cancer cultures (translation: that is bad news!).

7. PARFUM

This is another difficult one, because it seems that every cosmetic product has a fragrance in it–even mascara! There are over 3,000 different products used to create fragrances, but in an ingredients list they will all be lumped together as ‘parfum’ or ‘fragrance.’ The problem with this is that some fragrance products can trigger asthma or allergic reactions, and others can be linked to cancer or neurotoxicity. Many fragrance products are also harmful to fish and wildlife.

8. PEG COMPOUNDS

PEG compounds are use as thickening agents, moisture carriers, and solvents in cream based cosmetics. PEG compounds aren’t inherently bad for you, but depending on how they are processed, they can be contaminated with carcinogenic substances like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Even on their own, PEG compounds can cause skin irritation so it is best to avoid this product.

9. PETROLATUM

Petrolatum is a petroleum jelly that is used in hair products to add shine and in lip balms, lip sticks, and moisturizers as a moisture barrier. This product is often contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are known carcinogens. In smaller doses, Petrolatum can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. On the ingredients list, also look for it listed as “petroleum” or “liquid paraffin.”

10. SILOXANES

These ingredients are often used as smoothing agents in shampoos and deodorants. Many have been found to impair fertility and cause hormonal disruptions, and they are also harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.”

11. SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE

Similar to PEG compounds, this ingredient can contain 1,4-dioxane which is a known carcinogen. These are often found in foaming substances such as shampoos, bubble baths, and cleansers.

12. TRICLOSAN

This is an antibacterial agent which is a suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. It is found in cleansers, toothpastes, and deodorants. It is important to limit your use of antibacterial items as overuse is ultimately harmful.

 

 

Eighty percent of cosmetic products contain one or more of these dirty dozen chemicals. When you check your makeup bag for these ingredients, you might find that your percentage is even higher! It is important to stay vigilant about the ingredients of the products you use. It doesn’t make much sense to obsess over eating organically just to smear your face with carcinogenic products, does it? With so many harmful ingredients at large, it can be pretty overwhelming trying to keep your bag clean. Next post I will suggest some tips to help you shop for green beauty products!

Smoking Teeth — Toxic Fillings

I refer to this video frequently. I want you ALL to watch it. If your dentist will not remove your amalgam fillings or cannot do so safely, let me know. I am sure we can find you one that can. The video shows the effects of amalgam fillings much better than I could write about it.

How many different metals do you have in your mouth??? More than one creates a battery effect. Your teeth are the circuit breakers of the meridian systems in your body. Restoring your mouth to biocompatible dental materials is essential to your overall wellness. Consider this, a dentist may NOT deal with the body below the neck. Even if they know it could be affecting your organs and glands, they are not allowed to speak of it. It is beyond their “scope of practice.” If you can put a BioEnergetic Practitioner on your dental team that can partner with your dentist, you would be addressing so much more for your health and possibly your offspring’s health!

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