I was reading this post from one of my favorite local Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Mark Stengler, about the risks of Fluoride and its prevalence in our daily lives.
Here's an excerpt from his post:
Have you ever wondered why there is a warning on the labels of toothpastes? It tells users to keep the product away from children and to seek medical attention if more than the recommended amount for brushing is swallowed. Reason: Toothpaste contains fluoride.
For years, this chemical has been added to our water to reduce the occurrence of dental cavities—but unbelievably, the newest evidence shows that fluoridated water does not protect against cavities. In fact, it turns out that we don’t need fluoride to protect our teeth at all.
Dentists advise that children use toothpaste that contains fluoride—and yet we keep all kinds of other medications and dangerous products away from children. But is toothpaste as dangerous? Yes. The average tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a child. And how safe is a glass of fluoridated tap water?
He goes on to explain that fluoride is a naturally occurring element, but that the man-made version in our modern lives is far from its natural form. He says "The FDA maintains that fluoride is a drug. It’s also known to be a highly toxic substance, even more toxic than lead." It has apparently been used as a rat poison, as well as a population-control method by the Nazis.
If you have an activist streak like me, contact your local City Water Management and give them an earful in the hopes of eradicating, or at least lowering the levels of, fluoride from our lives! Every voice adds up, no matter how small.
What's your natural toothpaste personality?
Make Wellness Mama's DIY Squeezable Homemade Toothpaste - my kids didn't dig it but it did the job.
This Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder has been used historically to strengthen and heal infected or bleeding gums. My homemade version was pretty bitter.
Old School Olivia
Get some old school ToothSoap Peppermint Shreds - chomp on one little shred and enjoy the cleansing froth...funky AND fun!
Get some ToothSoap Spear Whip - it's deliciously flavored, feels uber-refreshing - my family gave it 8 thumbs up! (ToothSoap's products contain no glycerin, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners which have shown to be harmful to teeth.)
Nature's Gate Toothpaste is a great product, although there's some evidence that glycerin may be harmful to teeth.
Tell me below...which one are you? What's your favorite natural tooth cleanser?
And if your household has some cavities (whose doesn't!?), Ramiel Nagel's Cure Tooth Decay is a wealth of information.
It was both this book and the work of Weston A. Price that led me to giving my family Fermented Cod Liver Oil...here's the one we take, and here's why.
Here's to health being our greatest wealth!
Love + light ~