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Common Household Ingredient Poses Health Risks

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

312802_4062Have you ever heard of Triclosan? Chances are you haven’t (unless you read this blog regularly), but it is probably in a number of items currently in your home. Developed more than 40 years ago, this ingredient that is used to kill germs and is found in 75 percent of antibacterial soaps is ineffective and potentially harmful. As one of the most researched ingredients commonly used in household products, Triclosan is going to be under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this year. Because of this harmful substance’s germ-fighting powers, it is also in some toothpaste as an ingredient to combat gingivitis.

Advocates and lawmakers have put pressure on the FDA to test the safety of this ingredient, as previous studies have proved that Triclosan in animals has caused negative health effects. Allison Aiello, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health noted that current knowledge of the chemical shows that the risks outweigh the benefits. Triclosan and other ingredients commonly found in household products have not been formally approved by U.S. health regulators because they were developed before modern-day laws required scientific review of ingredients.

One of the most daunting products that feature Triclosan as an ingredient is toothpaste. You can still find toothpaste for bad breath and gingivitis without resorting to one with harmful chemicals. Exposure to Triclosan can cause damage to the endocrine system, birth defects and a weakened immune system. However, some companies will disguise this ingredient on the label, so be aware of products containing the following: Additive B, Biofresh, Cloxifenolum, Irgasan (DP 300 or PG 60), Lexol-300, Microban or Ster-Zac.

You may want to consider good toothpaste that contains all-natural ingredients, no added dyes or artificial flavorings.

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All Natural Oral Care Products May Be Best for Children

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Many toothpastes and mouthwashes at the drug store often contain dyes to give them their bright and attractive colors. It’s a great marketing tactic. However, HealthDay News reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a panel of healthcare experts to determine whether or not these dyes are linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

As many parents know, there are many cases of ADHD in the US. Almost 10 percent of children from age 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with this disease, according to estimates done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 5.4 million American children and teens!

There currently is not a clear connection established between food dyes and ADHD, however many experts have already commented saying they do suspect a connection. David Schaub, a psychiatric researcher, professor at Columbia University and FDA panel member told HealthDay News that the upcoming discussion is a “big step forward.”

While the link is still unsure, why risk it? As you probably already know, all of TheraBreath products are free of artificial dyes and preservatives. It’s also important to steer clear of alcohol, sugar and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  Just click on the links if you want to learn more.

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