Did you know that the typical “drugstore” toothpaste is loaded with toxic chemicals? I’m a retired dental hygienist, so trust me, I know that the soft tissue in your mouth absorbs VERY QUICKLY anything you put onto it, entering your blood and sending it to all the cells of your body. These 3 ingredients, found in nearly all commercial toothpastes (as well as many other personal care products) are among the most dangerous:
1) Propylene glycol: a cheap. synthetic petrochemical used as a surficant or wetting agent, i.e. it keeps things from drying out. In skin creams it gives the illusion of making the skin feel soft. It is the active ingredient in anti-freeze. In WHAT? Yes, anti-freeze! And you want to put that into your body? It is a potent skin irritant and negatively affects the brain, liver and kidneys. It is even commonly found in food.
2) Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate: considered one of the most dangerous ingredients in personal care products and found in nearly all of them. It makes things foamy. We’ve been indoctrinated into believing that if there’s no foam, the product is not doing it’s job. SLS is used as an engine degreaser and garage floor cleaner. Yes! And you want to put that into your body? It damages cell membranes leading to premature skin aging and hair damage. It has also been implicated as a potential cause of cataracts and eye damage in young children, depression, diarrhea, labored breathing and severe skin irritation. When absorbed by the body residual amounts are stored in the brain, liver, heart and lungs.
3) Fluoride:as an ex-hygienist, it hurts to admit this but, yes, FLUORIDE IS POISON! It’s used to kill rodents! Research has linked it to a multitude of harmful health effects, including dental and skeletal fluorosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, memory loss and neurological impairment, kidney damage, genetic damage and gastrointestinal problems. The list goes on. In humans it depresses thyroid activity (how many people can you name with hypothyroidism?), increases the general cancer rate, disrupts the synthesis of collagen which leads to the breakdown of it in bones, tendons, muscle, skin, cartilage, lungs, kidneys and the trachea. Think about it, if you live in a community with fluoridated water, you’ve been ingesting this toxic chemical for years. Is it any wonder that so many chronic diseases are on the rise? My recommendation? Invest in a very good water filter system.
Remember how essential oils have a synergistic effect when combined? The sum is greater than the parts. In essential oil blends this is good thing. But the same thing happens when toxic chemicals are combined with others, which they always are, making them even more powerful and dangerous than when used alone. Read the small print on your toothpaste. “Warning! If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.” Think about it! Isn’t it crazy that you’re going to put ANY of that into your body? What about your kids?
The solution? Easy! Young Living offers a choice of 4 completely safe toothpastes that are free of poison: Thieves Aromabrite (great for the whole family), Thieves Dentarome Ultra, Thieves Dentarome Plus (both with an extra boost for removing stains) and KidScents Slique, especially for the youngsters. Try them one at a time to find your personal preference, but you’ll love them all, especially knowing they are safe for you and your family.