Really? Now your TOOTHPASTE is trying to destroy you???
Just when you thought that your list of hazards couldn’t possibly get any weirder… along comes a study that names yet another crazy risk you could face when you least expect it.
That’s when you’re at your most vulnerable — bleary-eyed, half-dressed and in the bathroom, brushing your teeth at the beginning or end of another long day.
And you’d better tighten the belt on your bathrobe nice and snug before we go any further, because this newly exposed risk will sock you right in the gut.
It turns out that some popular toothpastes have a secret antibacterial ingredient called triclosan.
If that name sounds familiar, that’s because this chemical made headlines for being so dangerous that it was BANNED from soap and other products.
It was banned from everything.
It wasn’t banned from toothpaste!
Yes, the same stuff that’s illegal to wash your hands with is still found in something you swish around in your mouth.
Try to figure that one out.
Now, the new study shows why you don’t want this in your toothpaste at all. Researchers gave mice levels of triclosan equivalent to what you’d get from toothpaste for two weeks.
Just about every little critter was miserable over it.
Some had basic bellyaches, inflammation in the colon, a little pain, and such.
Already, we’re not talking happy stuff here… but some had even bigger problems, including bleeding out of their butts.
Some even died.
It also destroyed gut bacteria, especially essential Bifidobacterium, and caused the kind of damage that could lead to colitis, cancer, and more.
I know you’re not a mouse. But do you really want to brush your teeth with this? No, of course you don’t.
At time of writing, the various Colgate Total toothpastes are the ones most commonly found to have triclosan.
But read the ingredients closely, no matter which one you buy.
There’s a host of nasty chemicals you want nothing to do with, up to and including brain-rotting fluoride.
I have a better idea.
Put away your reading glasses… toss the chemical dictionary… and forget trying to decipher what’s what in your toothpaste.
Make your own, and you’ll know exactly what’s in it.
You won’t believe how easy it is. Just mix some 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with some baking soda until you have a paste. Then, work it into your teeth.
That’s all there is to it.
For extra protection, rinse with (but don’t swallow) the peroxide, and you’ll have the freshest mouth in town in all the right ways.