I forgot how to make links but anyway! I've been reading on a lot of stuff lately, having a lot of friends who have kids with special needs I find articles like this. Toothpaste causing birth defects. Everything we eat anymore is causing horrible problems. So everyone be aware of this.
As what Gran Gran said, only the chemicals have been linked to birth defects, which would only occur assuming that the decreased supply of blood to the fetus doesn't kill it first. Statistically, we'd have to assess the prevalence of direct links between toothpaste and birth defects, and measure that against an incidence per year. Everything we eat now or before carries some detrimental health risk, but if the rate of occurrence is low enough, then it becomes statistically insignificant.
I think a lot of people don't actually understand the health risk of what we consume. The FDA considers a lot of chemicals safe, but are they tested long term. It's just odd to me why a lot of it is still on the market. 1900 Cancer was a unknown thing, today cancer affects 1 in every 2 people within lifespan. I think it's the long term affect that is really the problem. I mean you don't even need to have a chemical to have a child with problems(Take it from me I am 100% experienced there.) Yet some mother's are druggies and have perfectly healthy children, as far as they know, who knows the long term affects. Maybe that's why there are so many mental problems now of days, or cancers.
Just for example, my baby has a very rare disease, but yet there is no cure because there isn't enough research since the disease is so rare. Saying that the chance is small makes it okay to use in a product, I feel not.
It's almost similar to the fluoride epidemic. Fluoride isn't meant to be put into the human body, it causes defects in the nervous system, but yet it's still in baby water you see at grocery stores, and even in your tap water, but why?
I don't believe it. Some web cites just like to scare people.
Eating pesticides on produce is meant to kill bugs, why on earth would we eat something that is meant to kill another organism. There are bad chemicals in everything we eat, even if the risks are small they are there. So it's not there to scare people, it's there to inform.
Not all toothpaste brands use Triclosan, which is what the article labels as dangerous, but I definitely agree that people need to be aware of what's in the ingredients list. Apparently that chemical is used in many other types of products as well like soaps, deodorants, and such, and has had concerns brought up in previous years because of possibly creating bacterial resistance, as well as possibly creating toxins like chloroform when mixed, ironically, with water. (Wikipedia).
But yeah, there's very little info on what all these chemicals are doing to us in the long run. I mean, just look at all of the pharmaceutical products that have been coming out in the past few years with warning lists that take up half the length of the advertisement! These things aren't being tested nearly long enough, but as long as someone is making a buck, that's all that matters. The best we can do is be aware and buy natural when we can. Or try, anyway. It seems like there are chemicals in everything these days. =/
Post by Paraiba Ocean on Jan 20, 2011 14:33:16 GMT -5
Everything we do in order to fight infections seems only lead to making super bacteria. It brings in a question of whether or not it's worth going to the doctor for every little sniffle. Even our soaps are basically carrying out the process of natural selection at an accelerated rate for a lot of these bacterial strains.
I agree with Jade, I think we should look more into a more "natural" way to treat things, or at least as natural as we can.