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Toothpaste May Contain a Cancer Causing Chemical

Toothpaste Linked To Cancer
Toothpaste Linked To Cancer

Having a fresh breath is an excellent feeling, but finding out your gum disease-fighting toothpaste may cause cancer is frightening. Read on, about one of the top toothpaste brands that may make you take a second look at your toothpaste.

Colgate Total is an extremely popular toothpaste brand in America. However, very few users know this toothpaste uses a chemical known as Triclosan, that has antibacterial properties that help fight gum disease. It now turns out Triclosan is linked to growth of cancerous cells and problems with development in animals. In fact, this has prompted regulators to take a second look at this chemical and determine whether it is safe to add this chemical into soaps and cutting-boards.


Colgate-Total is one of the most popular toothpaste brands in the country. While Colgate Palmolive Co. got the U.S. FDA approval in 1997 to market this antibacterial toothpaste as OTC drug, the toxicology report submitted by the company to the FDA was not made public until 2014.

Our website found the report contained information pertaining to malformation of bones in rats and mice. While Colgate claims the toothpaste is completely safe, scientists who reviewed the report reckon Triclosan disrupts the endocrine system, thereby adversely affecting the functioning of hormones.

Colgate Total has been in the market for 18 years, but there has been no report adverse side effect, according to a Colgate spokesperson. Our cancer news team believes if animal studies show risk then the human population also is at a high risk. So, what does using Colgate Total mean to those millions of people who are trying to keep gum disease and plaque at bay?

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The Benefits of Tea in Preventing Cancer

Positive Effects of Tea With Cancer
Positive Effects of Tea With Cancer

In the great debate over which is better for you — coffee or tea — both offer excellent health benefits, including the ability to help prevent certain types of cancer. For cancer survivors and those actively fighting cancer, the substances in coffee and tea may give your immune system a boost and improve mind-body function, particularly your ability to cope with cancer-related stress.

In our previous post we discussed the benefits of coffee; today we focus on the cancer-fighting benefits of tea (some findings may be preliminary or based on small patient samplings, but all offer promising avenues for further research). It should be noted that while herbal teas may confer their own benefits, they do not offer the benefits noted below.

Tea. Many people find the ritual of drinking tea to be a relaxing and comforting experience. There is a mindfulness to “having a cuppa” that creates a feeling of harmony between mind and body.

  • Antioxidants. Tea contains high concentrations of free radical-neutralizing antioxidants. Free radicals can cause cell damage that contributes to the development of all types of cancers. When possible choose green tea which contains the highest concentration of polyphenol antioxidants.
  • Skin cancer. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tea may help protect your skin against sun damage, decreasing your risk of skin cancer.
  • Breast cancer. In studies, drinking green tea was associated with lower breast cancer risk. Tea can interfere with chemotherapy drugs, so talk to your oncologist.

Tea and coffee offer general benefits in the battle against cancer; whereas Issels’ cancer vaccines are formulated to provide specifically targeted cancer-fighting results.

Tea or Coffee: Which Is Better at Preventing Cancer?

Coffee's Ability to Help Cope With Cancer
Coffee’s Ability to Help Cope With Cancer

Coffee or tea? Whichever side of the beverage debate you stand on, you’ll be pleased to know that both popular beverages offer health benefits that may help prevent certain types of cancer. If you are already fighting cancer, substances in coffee and tea may boost your immune system and improve mind-body function, enhancing your ability to cope with the stress of having cancer.

Here’s a rundown on the latest findings (some findings are preliminary or based on small samplings, but all offer provocative avenues for further research):

Coffee. If you’re one of those people who can’t get their motor revving in the morning without a jolt of java, you’ll be happy to know that your morning cup of coffee comes with quite a few unsuspected benefits. If coffee gives you heartburn, try a darker roast. A substance in dark roast coffees inhibits the production of stomach acid. Just remember; as in all things, moderation is the key. The benefits listed are based on consumption of 2 to 4 cups of coffee per day.

  • Skin cancer. Just one cup of coffee a day may lower melanoma risk by 11%. Coffee may also aid cell repair and help the body absorb harmful ultraviolet rays, decreasing skin cancer risk.
  • Endometrial cancer. Coffee decreases the body’s levels of estrogen and insulin which may help lower endometrial cancer risk.
  • Mind-body benefits. Women benefit from coffee drinking more than men. Drinking 3 cups of coffee a day can lower women’s risk of depression by 15%. Drink a fourth cup of coffee and depression risk drops by 20%. Coffee also helps women cope with stress.

Next time: Tea benefits