|Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 3:37 am: || |
I got into trouble the last couple of days when I ran out of my safe toothpaste (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_teeth_cleaners.htm) and needed something to replace it. I went to my local health food store and bought something with xylitol. BIG MISTAKE for me.
Thank you to jjmartin whose original post alerted me that sugar alcohol can open the blood/brain barrier. After doing more research on the Net, I found this fantastic primer on the pros/cons of sugar substitutes. http://www.splendaexposed.com/articles/2005/03/your_healthy_sw.html
"Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener also found in:
SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR: Kelly Goyen, Founder/CEO of Empirical Labs has observed children with AD/HD react in the same fashion to Xylitol as to aspartame or high doses of refined sugar. “Xylitol passes through the blood-brain barrier,” Goyen states, “and we have observed at our laboratory that after using Xylitol, hypersensitive children become more “active” shortly after use.”
The major excitotoxic symptoms I experience are all related to my brain function (depression, memory loss, severe irritability, ADD, confusion, and stupidity). I use a wonderful software program everyday to exercise my brain but it is also a fantastic tool to monitor how various supps., foods etc. impact my brain function. After using the toothpaste, the software validated what I already suspected. My brain level dropped a whopping five levels.
|Deb A. |
|Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 4:19 pm: || |
Thanks for sharing that, Cherylin...very enlightening.
|Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 2:51 am: || |
Other 'safe' toothpaste recipes available here:
You're welcome Deb!
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|Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 3:31 pm: || |
Is toothpaste an issue if you don't swallow it?
|Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 8:11 pm: || |
Yes, the MSG can be absorbed through the mouth. A lot the people on the forums use Plant Gel Toothpaste from Weleda. It's a bit pricy, so an alternative is just plain baking soda.
Here's a link to that toothpaste I mentioned. I like it! http://www.vitacost.com/weleda-plant-gel-toothpaste-3-3-oz-1?csrc=GPF-PA-4001638098045&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=4001638098045&gclid=CNO036Oi3bUCFQhxQgodBlwAXw
|Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 2:01 pm: || |
What we have found here is that small amounts build up and increase the likelihood of reactions to other foods...so we avoid both carrageenan and artificial sweeteners in toothpaste, it's just not worth it.
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|Posted on Friday, March 08, 2013 - 3:38 pm: || |
The more I read what in food and products, the more upset and stressed I feel. Is there now way to escape it? MSG is hiding everywhere, even toothpaste. Is it hopeless? Will baking soda prevent cavities?
|Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 11:57 am: || |
Although it is hard to find a safe toothpaste, if you brush your teeth regularly after meals or at least morning and before bed (even with baking soda), floss and have a healthy diet you wouldn't need fluoride or the mainstream toothpaste. Just brushing will remove plaque. Toothpaste companies try to convince you that you need their toothpaste, but you have to remember who profits from this.
|Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00 am: || |
Before using baking soda, I woke every morning with heavy coating on my teeth...from regular toothpaste. Asked my son-in-law (my dentist) about baking soda use and he said it was fine...even brushing well with water was fine. Within a few months when I had a check-up, he said my gums looked healthier, too. I do okay with Homeodent/anise flavor. (ordered on-line)
|Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 8:20 am: || |
I dip my toothbrush in peroxide and then baking soda. I rinse with the leftover peroxide - the hygenist is always amazed at how little plaque is on my teeth, even when I skip my cleaning for longer than I should
|Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:36 am: || |
Bet it helps whiten your teeth, too.
|Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 3:20 pm: || |
thanks for the tip about the peroxide and baking soda. it seems to have made an improvement in just a couple of days and much cheaper than the crest whitestrips!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 4:03 am: || |
I am new to this forum but I also started using the baking soda and add a few drops of magnesium oil. It says on the bottle it tightens gums and dissolves deposits