One of world’s most used toothpastes, Colgate Total, has recently been linked to cancer and many other health risks. A chemical called triclosan – also found in many deodorants, cleansers, laundry detergents, antiseptics for wounds, and hand sanitizers – is added to Colgate toothpaste for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and preservative properties. Colgate adds it to their toothpaste to stave off gum diseases and tooth decay.
Triclosan is a compound similar to 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol, aka Agent Orange, which was used in the Vietnam war. It is a highly toxic herbicide and not exactly a substance that belongs in a toothpaste or any other cosmetic or household product.
Although the FDA sees no problem in the use of this chemical, a recent study in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology found that this chemical promotes cancer cell growth.
And if this isn’t bad enough, triclosan can also pass through your skin and interferes with hormone functions.
Many countries are calling for a ban on all products that contain triclosan. Despite all evidence the FDA and Colgate keep saying that the chemical is absolutely safe and that there is no reason to take these triclosan containing products off the shelves.
By now we all know that the FDA and big corporations are not concerned about your health. Many of these companies even benefit from the fact that people get sick because they are holding major shares in big drug companies.
For now there are no plans to takes Colgate toothpaste or other triclosan containing products off the market. So instead of trusting them it is time to do your own research and read labels carefully and opt out of these harmful cancer causing products.
It’s been a year since I opted out of commercial toothpaste and started to pull oil and clean my teeth with a paste of baking soda, salt, and peppermint essential oil. It works better than regular toothpaste and doesn’t contain any harmful substances.
Click here to learn how to pull oil. It super easy and works best with coconut oil.
All-natural Toothpaste Recipe:
Combine 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon sea salt, 1 drop peppermint or spearmint, and a few drops of tap water. Mix until it becomes a paste-like texture and use as regular, store-bought toothpaste. Make sure to buy quality essential oils for internal use.