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Are You Brushing Your Teeth with Cancer?

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Are You Brushing Your Teeth with Cancer?

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Last week we wrote about oral health and oil pulling. (If you don’t know about oil pulling, make sure you read this.) Oral health is just as important as daily sweat fests, eating real food, drinking pure water and thinking positive thoughts. Brushing and flossing our teeth is part* of a healthy oral routine. 

*Nutrition plays a major role in our oral health. In fact, our oral health begins before we're even born! Mothers begin to establish their children's DNA and oral health. Another reason to "eat for health"!  

But have you ever looked at the ingredients at the tube of toothpaste?

If you haven’t, run to your bathroom right now and read the label.

(We'll wait for you.)

Okay, now that you have the box or tube in your hands, read the label. See the ingredients? These ingredients are toxic and some of them are known to cause cancer.

Yup, cancer.

Does putting known toxins and carcinogens into your body sound healthy? No, of course not! When we consume toxins whether it’s through our mouth from things like toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, mints, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, food-like products or on our skin like lotion, perfumes, colognes, our body absorbs them. And it's causing many health problems.

A quick rundown of the some these ingredients that are found in toothpaste (and a host of other products like anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizer, body & face lotion, shampoo, food products to name a few):

Triclosan

This toxic chemical is in antibacterial soaps, dish soaps and hand sanitizers and Colgate still puts in toothpaste. Triclosan is a pesticide and a fungicide. Studies have also shown that triclosan disrupts the endocrine systems of rats -- including thyroid function and production of sperm, testosterone and estrogen. Another startlingly fact? This chemical can be found in the urine of 75% of Americans (CDC) and the EPA has registered triclosan as a dangerous pesticide. And yet people are still ingesting it and wonder why their health is not good. See how wellness is not singular? It’s plural- mind, body, spirit.

What happens when you are exposed to this chemical? It damages the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs, suppress the immune system, and cause hormonal disruption, paralysis, sterility and brain hemorrhages.

If you are sweating daily, eating real food but still having chronic pain and other health issues, look at your toothpaste, soaps, body care products. Your endocrine system controls so much of your wellness (like metabolism for example).

Bottom line: read labels and get rid of anything that contains triclosan. This means no antibacterial soaps, antibacterial hand sanitizer, popular dishwashing detergents, etc. Note: germs aren’t the enemy, deadly chemicals are.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

Another toxic chemical is found in many Big Food products as well as body care products is propylene glycol. This is used in antifreeze, in “blueberries” in some Big Food products, and yes, even toothpaste.

This chemical has been shown to cause allergic reactions in patients with eczema and other skin allergies.

Sodium Fluoride

This is another dangerous chemical. Do you eat rat poison? Before you say “no way!” sodium fluoride is in toothpaste and rat poison. This is why you see the warning label on commercial toothpaste boxes.

But did you know that most popular toothpastes contain enough fluoride to kill a small child within 2 to 4 hours?!

What are the consequences of this chemical? In children and youth, minimal ingestion of sodium fluoride causes salivation, nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, and diarrhea. Large doses of the carcinogen may cause paralysis, muscular weakness and clonic convulsions, followed by respiratory and cardiac failure. Source.

Sodium fluoride is also used in rat and cockroach poisons, and a key component in anesthetic, hypnotic, and psychiatric drugs and sarin nerve gas! Yikes!

Important note: Fluoride has never shown to reduce cavities and scientists link fluoride to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions and about 10,000 unnecessary deaths each year from cancer. And the FDA has never approved fluoride.

Note: kids and pregnant moms should be careful using oral fluoride (toothpaste/mouthwash). Fluoride is useful in preventing tooth decay so using a natural source of mouthwash or adding to the toothpaste recipe below is helpful in preventing cavities. Natural Dentist Healthy Teeth Fluoride Rinse is a good option. Made with quality and safer ingredients (no coloring dyes or alcohol) it will be helpful in keeping teeth cavity free. You could also supplement brushing with a natural toothpaste (although many natural toothpaste at the health food stores do not contain fluoride because of the associated risks). We don't want unwanted trips to the dentist!

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

American College of Toxicity has stated this chemical is corrosive and harmful to skin tissue.

Even more appalling is that the journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that SLS can penetrate and be retained in the eye, brain, heart, and liver with potentially harmful long term effects. This ingredient is also found in most shampoos including "no tears" baby shampoos, SLS can keep children's eyes from developing properly, can cause cataracts in adults, can retard healing, and can impair hair growth. Source.

Other toxic ingredients in popular toothpastes are coloring dyes like FD & C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 is just like ingesting crude oil (petroleum) or coal tar, hydrated silica, parabens to name a few. If you didn’t think toothpaste was toxic before reading this, you do now!

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So now that you are going to throw out your toothpaste RIGHT NOW, what will you brush with? Here is a recipe for toothpaste that I created. Safe, very effective with no death, blindness or cancer as side effects. Before you make this, I also suggest that you begin the healthy ritual of oil pulling every morning upon rising. Read how to do it here.

How to make toothpaste

Ingredients:

½ cup Baking soda

5 drops Tea tree oil (antiseptic, anti-fungal, infection-reducing, antibiotic)

2 tablespoons EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral)

1 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt (not table salt) (Celtic Sea Salt contains 82 trace essential minerals for human wellness and longevity)

1-2 tablespoons water

For peppermint toothpaste add

3 drops of organic peppermint extract (fights cavities, fresh breath, reduces stress, whitens teeth)

For cinnamon toothpaste add

½ teaspoon organic ceylon cinnamon (antibacterial, anti-fungal, supports immune system)

Method:

Mix all together in a small glass bowl to form a paste. Adjust water and baking soda amounts as needed.

(I personally add both peppermint and cinnamon as the health benefits from both are fantastic.)

To use:

Simply scoop a little of the paste on your finger and onto toothbrush.

After you brush your teeth, simply rinse with water and then use this mouthwash (making sure not to eat or drink for 30 minutes after rinsing) and rinse well with water. And, of course oil pulling is another healthy oral practice!

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Healthy habit tip: if you aren’t in the habit of reading the label of everything you buy and knowing exactly what that ingredient is, start doing so right now. So much of what is marketed to us is toxic and disease, cancer-promoting. Be an educated consumer!

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The 3 Benefits of Oil Pulling

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The 3 Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Oil pulling. Is it hype or healthy? Let's find out! The practice of oil pulling has been around for centuries- since ancient Ayurvedic times in fact. The health benefits of oil pulling are fantastic for so many reasons. Here are the 3 benefits of oil pulling.

Oral health. Our mouth is filled with bacteria and given the Standard American Diet (SAD), all those acidic and chemical heavy food-like products take a toll on your oral health which affects everything else. Wellness isn’t exclusive to one thing, it’s all tied together. Bad breath, gum disease, plaque buildup, sensitive teeth, and cavities are just a few unhealthy problems that occur from toxins (pesticides, dyes, acidic products) in our mouth. And in addition, our mouth is a breeding field for viruses, diseases and infections! Are you ready to oil pull?! Oral health is really, really important. By oil pulling you can actually cure the aforementioned oral problems. (Case in point, I was having some toothaches and within a few days of oil pulling they disappeared!) Another thing oil pulling does? Whitens teeth! Forget toxic strips, just oil pull.

Wellness tip: don’t mask bad breath with chemical-filled gum, mints, Altoids. These products are made with ingredients that have been linked to diseases like cancer. Oil pull instead!

Heart health. Did you know that oral health and heart health go hand-in-hand? Well, they do! There is a connection between oral plaque and heart plaque. According to research when there is gum disease people have a greater chance of heart disease. Oil pulling helps to pull all those toxins out of the teeth and gums and naturally detoxifies your mouth making your heart healthy. See how wellness is all connected?!

Overall health. A few other things oil pulling does is to detoxify the body of inflammation, toxins (remember how your mouth is a playground of unhealthy bacteria?!), helps with allergies, congestion, and digestive issues. If you have any kind of chronic inflammatory diseases (RA, Celiac, IBS/IBD, etc) oil pulling is one healthy component to healing your gut. Building a strong immune system is so important to staying well and fighting disease!

How to oil pull

So how do you “oil pull”? First thing upon rising. For most people this is the morning time but if you work night shift, then of course that means your morning is nighttime. Here are the easy step by step directions! It’s not gross (unless you have really, really poor oral health) and 20 minutes goes by in flash.

1) Upon waking DO NOT drink (including coffee, water, etc) or eat anything. Your mouth is full of toxins and bacteria so you don’t want to swallow them!

2) You can keep a jar of oil in your room, bathroom or head into the kitchen. (Bonus: EVCO makes an excellent moisturizer!) With about 1 teaspoon of organic EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil*) begin to swish and “pull” the oil through your teeth. Your saliva will mix with the oil to create a “mouthwash” feel.

3) Swish for 20 minutes. (DO NOT SWALLOW as you are removing toxins.) Note: best to do in privacy so you don’t have to do hand motions. Once you get the hang of oil pulling, you can also gargle off & on during these 20 minutes too. And I have personally found that sneezing, coughing, yawning, laughing will become impossible! Just a friendly heads up ;)

4) During these 20 minutes you can check email, put away the dishes, fold laundry, clean house. The minutes go by fast!

5) When 20 minutes are up, spit out into trashcan. Do not spit down the sink drain as the now-toxic-oil will clog it.

6) Rinse your mouth with Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). (About a teaspoon.)

7) Brush teeth. (Now you can enjoy some pure H2O!)

8) Repeat every morning for 30 days (healthy habits!) Then you can oil pull Monday-Friday. But once you feel the amazing effects of oil pulling you may never stop!

Notes:

You can add organic essential oils or organic spices (Turmeric) to your oil pulling routine for even greater health benefits. Here is a suggestion list from Hayley Hobson:

1 drop of Cinnamon Essential Oil: use as an antioxidant to boost immunity.

1 drop of Myrrh Essential Oil: use if you have coughs, digestive issues, or mucus.

1 drop of Clove Essential Oil: use if you have sensitive gums or issues with bad breath.

1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil: use to rid your mouth of bacterial, viral or fungal infections.

1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil: use for allergies or as an antihistamine.

1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil: use if you are depressed or have allergies.

*Other acceptable oils include organic sesame oil or organic sunflower oil.

I highly recommend making oil pulling a part of your daily wellness routine!

--- Your turn!

Do you oil pull? Will you try if you don't? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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