Choose Your Toothpaste Wisely
Last night, there was a piece on the evening news about how over-diagnosed thyroid cancer is. While thyroid disorders have sky-rocketed, the information on the piece was that a thyroid cancer diagnoses shouldn’t be treated with an immediate knee-jerk reaction. However, this is important to note: Thyroid disorders HAVE sky-rocketed. Why? The toxic chemicals we are exposed to daily affect our body and especially, the thyroid. And the thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland in our neck area, is very powerful when it comes to regulating our entire system. There are a multitude of serious problems that are caused by a malfunctioning thyroid gland. One of the worst chemicals for the thyroid is fluoride.
The history of fluoride is rather checkered. You will find those who extol it’s virtues, yet the truth is well hidden. Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of aluminum production. Alcoa and other companies pushed the sale of their toxic byproduct to municipalities for the water supply and municipalities bought it. And yet Alcoa has a history of toxic contamination of air and water worldwide. Within this article, is an interesting interactive map that will show how much damage they’ve done. (I had some problem trying to paste the actual interactive map directly.) They’ve been fined over and over again by the US government and other governments for toxic air and water polution. So exactly why would we think their toxic byproducts are safe, when their actual operations are not safe? Now, most communities in the US are subjected to fluoride in their water.
We have done all we can do to eliminate fluoride in our life, for about 10 + years now. We use an under-sink filtration unit to rid our water of fluoride and metals. I lug jugs of that water upstairs to our bathroom and keep in a glass dispenser, so that we do not take in any fluoridated water. Our pets haven’t had it in years either.
But beware: Fluoride is in more places than our water. It’s in our toothpaste and mouth rinses as well. Again, we stopped using any toothpaste with fluoride about 10 years ago as well. The dentist was initially alarmed, but guess what? Our teeth and gums are better and better! (Remember, dentists are no different than medical doctors and veterinarians who are trained to think only one way and who never become involved in any sort of continuing education. They just buy what the pharmaceutical industry sells them. ) We have used Weleda Salt Toothpaste for a long time. It’s a German brand and is mainly baking soda with a bit of mint. At that time those years ago, it was the only thing I could find that really fit our requirements. Now, it appears there are more options.
Here is a toothpaste scorecard that you might find helpful.
I am a voracious label reader. I read every ingredient of all that we use, then research to determine what is a risk, or the level of risk, of buying and using the product. My trips to the market take way longer than most, if I’m shopping for a particular ‘new’ item.
However, in a world where we have government that is controlled by lobbyists, where we have legislators who are loyal to corporate money more so than to the people they represent, I strongly recommend that everyone do the same. Until we can get corporate money OUT of our government (fingers crossed for this election cycle) and overturn Citizens United, we are all subject to more and more contamination that is the result of greed.
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