There are 6 systemic variables that determine what we put into and onto our bodies.
First, our parents and caregivers control what we put into our bodies from conceivement to adolescence. Second, the food and personal care products industries research, develop and produce the processed choices for us. Third, our culture and life experience, media and education contribute to our programming. Fourth, our body has specific and general programming, usually subconscious, that influence our choices. Fifth, we can exert a continuum of conscious control over what we put in and on our bodies, ranging from all to none. Sixth, the collective marketplace, including regulation, determines the dynamics of availability, composition, labeling, price and accountability.
We believe that a comprehensive Nurture, Equality, Truth and Systems viewpoint of ingredients requires a proof process that assesses each person’s body specifically, that tracks the quantity of the product ingested or absorbed, that identifies accurately all ingredients- the processes, mechanisms and secondary resources used to produce the ingredients, the availability of alternatives and the judgement across a spectrum of multivariate factors as to whether any ingredient, or any mix of ingredients within the product or associated with application, has the relative and absolute probability to cause harm that reduces the potential of a component or system in a human body.
We believe that any product placed in or on our body that our body has not been programmed to exchange with poses an unacceptable risk. We believe that we do not adequately understand our bodies and the complete systemic consequences across time of using most ingredients, including raw unprocessed products.
What we present to you is a tiny beginning effort to initiate what we call a proof process. This is a diligent, comprehensive effort to understand systemically what we know about ingredients, and what we think poses risk. All of the stakeholders, including the consumer, can then make their own decisions about what to put in and on their bodies.
Our hypothesis, based upon patterns of information but not yet realized with a comprehensive proof process, is that many ingredients that we use, including some flagged in this analysis, contribute to damage to human beings that can be most easily recognized as autoimmune diseases, cancers, heart (arterial) disease and brain disease. Further, our hypothesis is that nanoparticles pose risk, petrochemicals pose risk, certain genetic alterations pose risk, and no amount of these ingredients are safe. Not only do ingredients interact with what we think of as our bodies, but these ingredients also interact with the human biome and with each other, and often carry trace amounts of the chemicals used to process them that are not accounted for on labels.
The following is a simple beginning. If you like the direction we are headed, join in.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most effective preventative care measures we can easily take. Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day to help keep our mouths clean. However, we don’t often think about the chemicals and ingredients that make up our toothpastes and whether they can actually cause us harm.
To fully grasp the systemic health effects of toothpaste, I examined the ingredients that make up Colgate Toothpaste.
Active Ingredients: Sodium Fluoride (0.24%) (0.14% W/V Fluoride Ion), Triclosan (0.30%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sorbitol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Flavor, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan, Sodium Saccharin, FD&C Blue No. 1, D&C Yellow No. 10
Sodium Fluoride, Triclosan, Hydrated Silica, PVM/VA Copolymer, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol and Carrageenan all raise health concerns when you consider what they are, how they are processes and how they are ingested, inhaled, absorbed, or in any way consumed.
Below you will find the beginnings of a detailed proof process of the health concerns for the ingredients that make up Colgate.
Sodium Fluoride is produced by neutralizing hydrofluoric acid and hexafluorosilicic acid. Both of these acids are highly corrosive and hydrofluoric is a contact poison as well. Fluoride is toxic when inhaled and ingested, and is lethal at 5–10 g for a 150 lb human. Inhalation causes severe irritation to the respiratory tract. Ingestion may cause salivation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Symptoms of weakness, tremors, shallow respiration, carpopedal spasm, convulsions, and coma may follow. Ingestion may cause brain and kidney damage and affect heart and circulatory system. Death may occur from respiratory paralysis. Fluoride skin contact causes irritation, with redness and pain. Eye contact may cause irritation and serious eye damage. Chronic exposure may cause mottling of teeth and bone damage (osteosclerosis) and fluorosis.
Triclosan when combined with chlorine (in some tap water) it can form 2,4- dichlorophenol, which is a carcinogen. 2,4-Dichlorophenol can be fatal because it is easily absorbed through the skin when a liquid.Triclosan is listed as a pesticide and can affects hormone levels.
Hydrated Silica when inhaled in very small quantities over time can lead to silicosis, bronchitis, or cancer, as it becomes lodged in the lungs and continuously irritates them, reducing lung capacities. Silica dust is labeled as a Group 1- “Carcinogenic to Humans” by the IARC.
PVM/MA Copolymer is a copolymer of methyl vinyl ether and maleic anhydride. Methyl Vinyl Ether when inhaled can cause irritation, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, convulsions; when ingested can cause frostbite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; when exposed to skin can cause frostbite; and when exposed to your eye can cause frostbite and blurred vision. Maleic Anhydride when inhaled can cause burning sensation, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, wheezing; and when ingested it can cause nausea, abdominal pain, burning sensation, vomiting and diarrhoea. Maleic Anhydride is a respiratory toxicant and strong allergen.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a skin irritant that causes corrosion and canker sores. It is also a possible carcinogen.
Sodium Hydroxide (lye) is a corrosive acid that can decompose proteins and lipids in your skin, eyes and tissue which causes chemical burns. It may also cause permanent blindness.
Propylene Glycol is produced from propylene oxide, which is labeled as a Group 2B- “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” by the IARC. Propylene Glycol is the active component in anti-freeze, and constant and/or excessive contact can lead to increased risk of respiratory and immune disorders like asthma, hay fever, eczema, and allergies.
Carrageenan causes inflammation when ingested- chronic inflammation is a root cause of heart disease, Alzheimers, Parkinsons and cancer. Carrageenan is also reported to interfere with macrophage activity.
Toothpastes can also be harmful if too much is ingested. Toothpaste overdose can lead to convulsions, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, heart attack, slowing of one’s heart rate, shock, tremors or vomiting. Someone who consumes toothpaste should always call Poison Control and may need to go to the hospital.
It is important to note that there is a substantial lack of research and knowledge when dealing with what ingredients, chemicals and products actually do to and in your body when consumed, inhaled, or absorbed.
At Y Worlds, we hope that these models will inspire others to investigate what they are putting in their bodies and investigate other systemic questions using a proof process.
You can read a more detailed document displaying our Colgate research here.