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Natural Methods for Teeth Whitening and Keeping Healthy Gum and Teeth: Do Not Use Borax

Viktor Kalocsai Posted This Information.
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LINK TO PART ONE: Do the Ingredients in Toothpaste Not Hamper The Action of Homeopathic Remedies?
Hello everybody,

..whatta topic!!!! Boiron's toothpaste is also harmful? or there is a very good one ALOEICE (Italian and expensive due high amount of Aloe Vera in it), which is very efficient in case gingivitis and also can be used for Homeopathic treatments. What about these Homeopathic toothpastes?

For sure the natural Miswak is perfect.

Here are some other practices:

1. Teeth Whitening Ayurvedic and Home Remedy Methods

It is not wrong to say that the teeth are indicators of the beauty of the face. Even top actors and actresses undergo dental cosmetic surgeries and whitening procedures in order to increase their 'face' value. A person with yellow or brown teeth is looked down upon. Hence it is extremely necessary to take proper care of teeth.

The mouth is the seat of the kapha dosha. Hence, care must be taken not to vitiate the kapha dosha. Problems with the kapha dosha lead to several oral and dental problems, including the loss of whiteness of the teeth.

However, many methods are known to the Indian science of Ayurveda by which a person can get the whiteness of teeth back. There are also methods to maintain whiteness of teeth. Many of these advantageous methods are mentioned in this article, with some other tips and pointers.

(1) Useful Herbs for Whitening of Teeth

1. Babul (Acacia arabica)

The importance of babul in whitening of teeth cannot be expressed in words. It is so much important in Ayurveda for this purpose that the ancient Indians used nothing but the twigs of the babul (the other tree used for this is neem) as disposable toothbrushes. The tannin present in babul is effective in increasing the whiteness of teeth.

2. Banyan (Ficus religiosa)

The aerial roots of the banyan can also be used as disposable toothbrushes. The banyan roots have astringent properties, which not only make the teeth whiter, but also make the teeth and gums healthier.

3. Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

The leaves of the holy basil are dried in the sun and powdered and used for brushing teeth. The leaves help in maintaining dental hygiene and make the teeth whiter. Apart from the whitening properties, holy basil is also used for protection from problems such as pyorrhea (i.e. bleeding of gums).

4. Margosa (Azadirachtha indica)

The neem tree, or the margosa, is a traditional remedy for having white healthy teeth. Neem twigs are used by several Indians even today as toothbrushes. Neem oils contain astringent and antiseptic properties to fight bad breath, kill microorganisms accumulated on the teeth and to combat dental caries and cavities.

(2) Dietary Methods for Whitening of Teeth

In order to keep the teeth clean and white, pungent, bitter and astringent foods must be included in the daily diet. These tastes have an astringent effect on the teeth which helps to maintain them clean. They also take care of the excess buildup of plaque on the teeth, which makes them lose their pearly white color.

Sugary foods in any form are bad for the teeth. Chocolates are also not good. If you do consume such foods, you must remember to wash your mouth thoroughly with strong gargles so as not to leave any sweet residue in the mouth.

Avoid excess tea and coffee. These beverages contain strong alkaloids which can stain the teeth. The same is applicable to smoking. Almost every person who smokes will lose the white coloration of the teeth. Chewing of the paan (betel leaf), as is done in several Indian regions, is also disastrous to the whiteness of the teeth. This habit can stain the teeth cream, yellow or even a dirty shade of rust brown.

(3) Ayurvedic Methods for Whitening of Teeth

Ayurveda provides many kinds of toothpaste and toothbrushes for maintaining white healthy teeth. One of them is toothpaste made by mixing a paste of holy basil leaves with mustard oil. The neem and babul twigs are used as toothbrushes. They are rubbed vigorously on the teeth (sometimes with charcoal also) in order to remove all the plaque accumulated on the teeth and to make them whiter.

(4) Home Remedies for Whitening of Teeth

1. For teeth that have lost their white color, prepare a mixture of charcoal of babul wood, roasted alum and some rock salt. Rub this on the teeth instead of using the conventional toothpaste. You will have white and long-lasting healthy teeth.

2. You can try using sodium bicarbonate regularly each morning as a toothpowder instead of toothpaste. Sodium bicarbonate replenishes the lost mineral content of the teeth, which helps them to regain their whiteness.

3. Strawberries, tomatoes and amalaki contain good vitamin C content. These can be directly applied on the teeth. Vitamin C helps in removing the plaque on the teeth and makes them whiter.

4. Rub an orange peel on the teeth every night before going to sleep. The vitamin C of the orange peel will combat with the microorganisms all through the night.

5. Take adequate measures of dental hygiene. Brush your teeth after every meal, or at least in the morning and before going to bed. While brushing your teeth, take care to sweep out all the embedded food particles. This is the most natural way to keep your teeth white and healthy.

2. Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

teeth whitening or bleaching the teeth has now become a beauty appeal. Getting the sparkling teeth and smile on your face is very easy now. Tooth bleaching or whitening is a treatment for getting stain-free teeth, and steps for teeth whitening aims at removing plaques, stain from teeth (caused due to improper care, wrong eating and drinking practices) using various treatments.

1. Causes for Teeth Whitening
2. Symptoms for Teeth Whitening
3. Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

Causes for Teeth Whitening

* Excess coffee, beverages, tobacco, and tea make your teeth yellow.
* Poor brushing of teeth causes decay and yellowing of teeth.
* Infections, hereditary reason, climate condition, and high dosage of antibiotics lead to discoloring of teeth.
* Emotional shock and any physical damage also cause teeth yellowing.
* Old age and improper metabolism of the body also contribute to discoloring of teeth.

All the above cause for teeth discoloring needs a proper teeth whitening treatment. Home remedies for teeth whitening provide a solution of all the above problems.

Symptoms for Teeth Whitening

* Teeth with gray, brown, black and yellow stains are generally observed which looks ugly.

* White strips present in the teeth caused because of the high fluorine content (common source is drinking water).

* All this symptoms indicates problem in the teeth and need a proper teeth whitening treatment to keep your teeth white, bacteria free and free from plaque.


Tooth Troubles cured with Homoeopathic Medicines

by Sivaraman. Published by B. Jain

Compilation of dental symptoms for 151 remedies with a 45 page dental repertory.

Based on classic homeopathic sources.



Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

There are various chemical-based teeth whitening product available today, but they are not effective for teeth whitening and result in the damage of teeth in the long run so try the natural home available product and see the difference. Their can be little irritation in the gums in some cases, but it will not harm your mouth and teeth. You will feel satisfied with its result and it will come in your budget .

Mixture of baking soda (half tablespoon), vinegar (half teaspoon), and pinch of table salt is effective for removing teeth stains and to keep your teeth white and bacteria free. This is one of the best home remedies for teeth whitening.

Homemade natural teeth whitening powder of basal (tulsi) leaves and the dried rind of orange---Take dry 15-20 tulsi leaves and dry rinds of one orange, mix them well and use this as tooth cleaner.

Take a half tablespoon baking soda and mix one-two drops of hydrogen peroxide in it. You can use this homemade teeth whitener for couple of days in a week. This teeth whitening paste will remove stain from your teeth. Their can be little irritation in the gums in some cases, but it will not harm your mouth and teeth. This is one of the important home remedies for teeth whitening.

Mixture of baking soda and home used iodine rich salt is also used as a natural teeth cleanser. Take baking soda one teaspoon, mix a pinch of salt in it and use this natural homemade teeth whitener. This is an effective home treatment for teeth whitening.

Crushed walnut act as a natural cleaner for teeth and prevents teeth yellowing, and keep your teeth white and bacteria free.

Take two-three strawberries grind it and make it into small pieces. Use this as a teeth whitening paste. This is one of the important home remedies for teeth whitening.

The Rind of orange fruit which has teeth whitening properties is also used for teeth whitening. Rub the inner portion of the rind of orange and see its effective result in one week.

Brushing the stained teeth using sage (salvia) leaves makes the teeth sparkly white. Sage leaves (salvia) are also used in various medicines for relieving Teeth Whitening problem, sweating problem, and many others. One of the useful home remedies for teeth whitening.
Dos and don’ts

Avoid staying in hot atmospheric condition.

Try to sit in a resting position for long hours by keeping your feet up; this reduces teeth whitening.

Take a good amount of sleep at night; this also reduces teeth whitening. Take proper rest and stay in cool and normal temperature.

Wear soft and comfortable cotton cloth.

Sleeping or resting in one direction of your body (side turn) and keeping your legs raised using soft cushion reduces swelling of feet.

Do some breathing exercises everyday this helps in normal and safe delivery of the baby.

Drink lots of water as it keeps the skin hydrated and disease free.

Avoid tight elastic stockings and shocks.

Do not eat food items having excessive table salt content.

Massage your feet and hand for 5-10 minutes. This relaxes you and reduces teeth Whitening.

Light walking and relaxing in the sofa that supports the leg of pregnant women is a good option for reducing the teeth whitening.

Wear comfortable footwear to avoid foot pain.

Relax your feet by keeping it in the luke warm water for 10-15 minutes. This also reduces swelling.

Avoid tea, coffee, and heavy physical activities during pregnancy as it reduces the swelling of feet and ankles.

Do not smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Beautiful teeth bring confidence in your smile so take good care of it. You should be careful while going for any teeth whitening remedies. Your teeth are rich in calcium minerals any harm made to the teeth means a great loss.

Eat iron rich and calcium rich foods as they keep the teeth strong, white and prevent teeth discoloring or yellowing.

Avoid excess sugar, tea, coffee, and deep colored soybean paste as they give stain in the teeth.

Excess consumption of antibiotics is harmful for teeth and gives a stain.

Eat guava, carrot, apple, sugarcane, sprouts, and cucumber fruits to prevent yellowing of teeth.

Drink plenty of water as it makes your skin hydrated and removes plaques from your teeth.

Eat green and fibrous vegetables to keep your teeth white and bacteria free.

Eat strawberries and fruit salads as they keep the teeth white.

Using citrus lemon for teeth whitening is not a good practice because it damages the teeth.

Do not scratch the stain using nails of your fingers.

Proper brushing with good brush in the morning and at bed time is a must for maintaining teeth and preventing it from discoloring or yellowing.

Avoid alcohol and hard drinks to keep your teeth white and bacteria free.

Note: Inborn stain, artificial teeth stain are not removed by teeth whitening or bleaching.

Take care of your teeth and try the above mentioned home remedies as they will definitely bring your lost sparkle of the teeth back.

3. Herbal Care of Teeth and Gums
Homepathic Care for Gingivitis | Research study indicates Calendula Tincture will be very helpful

The Dental Prescriber by Colin B Lessell
This booklet contains guidance for the homeopathic treatment of acute conditions affecting the mouth, gums and teeth. It should appeal to both professionals and patients alike.

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Victor Kal.
A Good information about to keep healthy the teeth. Thanks-----
Thanks, Debby. This discussion will be more effective now....
Dear Debby,

You are right, the orange oil is very strong and it desiccates the lips heavily. It's not the best (perhaps it would be placed on the last places) but it works.

PS: It should be mentioned about the teeth whitening that different races have different teeth types and shapes. There is a tooth type, which end looks like the saw teeth; that tooth is smaller in size; it's surface is more flat. Those teeth are not pure white...they are a slightly yellowish.

So, anybody who loves the teeth whitening should be careful with anything as who wants to look like Dr Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) from the TV serial Friends who used more whitener as it would needed for longer time and had a coruscating smile)))

I had to look up in dictionary: Coruscating: flashing; sparkling : a coruscating kaleidoscope of colors. Truly, these bright white teeth do flash and sparkle. The camera adds a tint of stars too!

Each of us has a personalized tint of white color. In a way, we are like the Eskimos, who I understand have many words for 'white.'

I have switched to using mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. Not harsh. Can swish in the mouth for many minutes and spit out in basket not in sink. This leaves an antimicrobial anti fungal coating on the teeth and gums. 

The teeth whitening remedies by VIKTOOR KALOCSAI are certainly very useful but when I told a gathering of poor people to use salt, baking soda and vinegar to clean their teeth if toothpaste is too expensive for them, the Allopathic doctors present there looked at me with disapproval and shook their heads.
Very sorry you had to experience this response. Perhaps do an informal study with 10-20 people in the group who want to try this method. Have them call you each week and report if they have been brushing with the paste and answer any questions. At the end of 4 weeks do a feedback survey review and see how they feel about this method. The next time there is a meeting and the allopaths shake their heads, you can have all those in the study group stand up and voice their results.
Thank you Debby for your advice. I will certainly try your suggested method.I don't know about America but in most countries of the world people are skeptical about HOMEOPATHIC remedies. If we could in some ways promote some exclusive treatments, such as for baldness, where Allopaths only prefer surgery or in Arthritis or Rheumatism and Sciatica where their only options are pain killers. So I invite all Homeopaths to suggest ways and means to promote HOMEOPATHY. This forum was also an excellent idea to gather all Homeopaths onto one platform. Thank you.
Dr. Shahnaz I would never worry about what allopaths say or think. Look at the misery they cause with their toxic prescription medications and faulty surgeries. An allopathic dentist will recommend such poisons as; mercury fillings for cavities and fluoride for toothpaste. With that kind of talk who can respect such advice? Ancient Ayurvedic practices have long proven protocols. No adverse reactions well worth investigating.
One of the very old traditional way of whitening teeth and massaging gums is mixing few grains of Borax powder with few drops of pure honey , after wards massage the teeth well and see the difference .
oh my! Using borax might seem quite toxic, don't you think?
Borax is quite popular online these days. It's in recipes for everything from children's craft concoctions to alternative cleaning products and homemade baby wipe solutions. Before you use it, though, make sure you know all the facts. Borax, which is also known as Boric Acid and is sold under the brand name "20 Mule Team," is often touted as safe and natural. While it is a naturally occurring mineral, that doesn't mean it is without dangers.

Borax is often recommended as a "safe" pesticide, fungicide and cleaner, but it is officially classified as a poison. Government sites recommend that people who work with Borax use gloves and handle it with caution. Studies have linked it to reproductive problems in some lab animals, as well as a host of serious disorders at higher levels.

Boric acid is an acute eye and respiratory tract irritant, which is quite toxic if ingested. In addition, it is unavailable in parts of Europe because of concerns that it caused birth defects and problems with the reproductive organs of children. It is recommended that pregnant women and children in particular do not have exposure to Borax.

The boric acid MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet) hazard warning reads:

"WARNING! HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED. CAUSES IRRITATION TO SKIN, EYES AND RESPIRATORY TRACT. AFFECTS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, LIVER AND KIDNEYS." A little further along in the MSDS, you'll find: "Adult fatal dose reported at 5 to > 30 grams." 5 grams is about the weight of two pennies, so even though it's not in a class with nicotine, it's not something you want to use with wild abandon. Boric acid is also toxic to aquatic life, so should never be used in a way such that it can wash into surface or ground water.”

Here are some medical and U.S. government fact sheets about its toxicity:
EPA Integrated Risk Management
Medline Plus: Boric acid Poisoning

The chemical formula for household borax is B4O7Na2. 10H2O. Borax is a name for several different similar chemical compounds, of which probably the commonest is sodium decahydrate. They all contain sodium and boron. Boric acid or boracic acid is an acid which can be derived from borax.

Boron, a valuable trace metal in foods and soils, is quite toxic in excess. In fact, it is so toxic that it can be used as a herbicide. Borax itself is also quite toxic, which means that safe handling and storage are imperative. It's toxic enough to kill ants, fleas and cockroaches and other unwanted insect life.

Its effects upon the environment are not yet well documented but it can be toxic to aquatic life if too concentrated. It is regarded by the Australian government as a low threat to the environment but a moderate threat to health.

Borax needs to be stored carefully because it is toxic if ingested. While this may be unlikely to happen, even by accident, anyone using it should be aware because of the dangers of very young children playing with it.

Even as little as a teaspoonful could prove fatal if swallowed by a young child. For this reason, be very careful if using it anywhere near food and wipe up spills immediately.

There is a slight hazard of contamination through skin contact. It may cause irritation and redness from prolonged contact. If you have any cuts or abrasions on your hands you should use rubber gloves when handling it or using it in solution.
...just to add some additional info to Debby's response about Borax:

http://www.greenfootsteps.com/borax-information.html

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgsyn-b.html
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0057.html
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0058.html
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0059.html

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxProfiles/tp26-c8.pdf
http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC34355#Sym...
READ THIS:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002485.htm

...an earth friendly dishwashing detergent recipe without borax:
http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/221/1/Castile-soap.html

...and an in-depth article about BORAX:

Boric acid is not 'safe' around children and pets with no further qualification. It's safer than some other pesticides, but only if used in an appropriate manner, which does not include sprinkling it hither and yon. There is no safe substance, only safe use.

The boric acid MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet) hazard warning reads:

"WARNING! HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED. CAUSES IRRITATION TO SKIN, EYES AND RESPIRATORY TRACT. AFFECTS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, LIVER AND KIDNEYS." A little further along in the MSDS, you'll find: "Adult fatal dose reported at 5 to > 30 grams." 5 grams is about the weight of two pennies, so even though it's not in a class with nicotine, it's not something you want to use with wild abandon. Boric acid is also toxic to aquatic life, so should never be used in a way such that it can wash into surface or ground water.”
http://groups.google.com/groups?q=boric+acid+safety&hl=en&l...

(5) “There's an additional problem with boron compounds--they tend to bioaccumulate. So the more often you're exposed, and the higher doses you're exposed to, the more likely you are to have trouble eventually.”
http://groups.google.com/groups?q=boric+acid+msds&hl=en&lr=...

Material Safety Data Sheet, MSDS on Boric Acid
http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/b3696.htm


EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:

The substance irritates the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys.


EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:

Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. Animal tests show that this substance possibly causes toxic effects upon human reproduction. http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics0991.htm

Under an OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, based on animal chronic toxicity studies of inorganic borate chemicals, boric acid and/or borates are Hazardous Materials. California has identified boric acid as a hazardous waste. The above information is taken from Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) 25-80-2320 (Section 2 and 13) supplied by U.S. Borax Inc. (the major supplier of borax to many industries).

The National Academy of Sciences reports that children may be uniquely sensitive to chemicals and pesticide residues because of their rapid tissue growth and development. Most laboratory tests are performed on fully grown adult laboratory animals.

On page 312 of the National Academy of Sciences' report Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children (under the section entitled "Non-dietary Exposure to Pesticides") boric acid is cited as one of the pesticides/fungicides that can induce adverse skin reactions such as contact dermatitis and hyperkeratosis with dermal contact of treated surfaces.

Boric acid contained traces of arsenic, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. U.S. Borax was able to use the EPA de minimus policy, which accepts that zero is not absolute, but very, very small to remove arsenic from its Material Safety Data Sheet. I personally do not see any risk with the trace amount of arsenic at 1 part per million in boric acid and/or borates if used in an appropriate application method. But, not where there will be constant direct contact.
http://devinefarm.net/rp/rpboric.htm

(Proponents of Boric Acid make a weak argument saying huge quantities are given to mice and attaching the science of Toxicology. Low doses are also tested on mice, rats, rabbits, and dogs. Below is an explanation of this science.) … Years of experience have shown that toxicity data obtained from a number of animal species can be useful in predicting human toxicity, while predictions based on data obtained from a single animal species may be inaccurate. The second premise is that by exposing animals to large doses of a chemical for short periods of time, we can predict human toxicity due to exposure to small doses for long periods of time.

Toxicology, The Science of Poisons, By University of California, Berkeley http://devinefarm.net/rp/rpboric2.htm

Children and infants on which boron compounds are used for medication can become acutely ill with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, circulatory collapse, skin rash and confusion. Fatal poisonings often involve kidney failure. Acute poisonings are rare and are generally associated with deliberate use of concentrated boron products. Other adverse effects that do not include any immediate symptoms of illness can occur when smaller amounts of boron are used on a regular basis. These injuries are not as well known but involve stunted growth (in experimental animals) and infertility in human beings. http://www.ohd.hr.state.or.us/dwp/docs/fact/boron.pdf

Alternatives to brominated flame retardants

(It appears there are no safe flame retardant chemicals for long-term exposure as in beds. Even with Melamine there is a risk of formation of stones in the urinary bladder.)

Boric acid can be formed, if zinc borate gets in contact with water e.g. body fluids.

Based on comparison with sodium borate and boric acid, respectively, the possible main effects are expected to be:

- Irritation of skin, eyes and throat
- Harm to the unborn child
http://www.mst.dk/default.asp?Sub=http://www.mst.dk/udgiv/publicati...

Exposure to pesticides is linked with various dysfunctions to human health and the environment. The traditional focus of studies has been on the ability of an agent to cause cancer. But more recent studies are showing that pesticides also can damage the endocrine, neurological and immune systems. Effects can be subtle and can show up decades or generations after exposure, so it is difficult to prove an immediate cause and effect.

The best way to minimize pesticide risks is to avoid use in the first place. Follow the example of the National PTA, which has endorsed minimizing children's exposure to toxic agents. [Talks about general pesticides but conclusions also relate to poisoning mattress] http://www.ecocitycleveland.org/health/lawn_care.html

Strobel is concerned about the overuse of FRCs. We manufacture Specialty Sleep (New Technology) mattresses that perform better than Innerspring mattresses by providing Clinically Proven Better Sleep, Proven Best Back Support, and 90% Less Tossing and Turning. To learn more about our Patented Supple-Pedic mattresses click here. We are opposed to new regulations that will be detrimental to the comfort and performance of our mattresses, but more importantly we are opposed to these new regulations because we believe they will jeopardize the public health!

Do Flame Retardants Harm Unborn?
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/05/earlyshow/saturday/main57...

Flame retardant found in breast milk
http://www.drbobmartin.com/2003k_09_23news05.html

Study: Fire Retardants Found In Breast Milk
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/092303ap_nw_breast_milk.html

Full Text of Study: Finds Record High Levels of Toxic Fire Retardants in Breast Milk from American Mothers

The study by the Environmental Working Group backs previous studies that show American women have the world's highest levels of the bromine-based fire retardants, nearing levels that have been shown to damage learning, memory and behavior in laboratory mice.
http://www.ewg.org/reports/mothersmilk/printversion.php

University of Texas School of Public Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center study: (Original Study)

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in U.S. Mothers’ Milk

Arnold Schecter,1 Marian Pavuk,1 Olaf Päpke,2 John Jake Ryan,3 Linda Birnbaum,4 and Robin Rosen 5

University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, Dallas Regional Campus, Dallas, Texas, USA; 2 ERGO Research,

Hamburg, Germany; 3 Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 4 Environmental Toxicology Research Laboratories, U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA; 5 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dallas, Texas, USA
http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/ 2003/6466/abstract.pdf

University of Texas: Studies find mothers' milk carries industrial chemicals
http://www.fox11az.com/scitech/sci/stories/092303dnmetmothersmilk.3...

BOSTON -- Two studies reveal that a toxic chemical that makes objects fire resistant is turning up in the breast milk of American women.
http://www.wesh.com/health/2506909/detail.html

Studies have linked some chemicals in the flame retardants to effects on brain function, reduced male fertility and damaged ovarian development
http://www.msnbc.com/news/970665.asp?0cv=HA01

It’s not clear how PDBEs enter the body although it’s possible they are ingested through dust or by other inhalation at home, the group’s study suggested.

Though banned in the late 1970s, PCBs still pollute major waterways. PBDEs are turning out to be as toxic as PCBs
http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detail.asp?M...

PBDEs are remarkably similar to PCBs, a class of chemicals banned in 1976 because it was found to cause immune suppression, altered sexual development, cancer, delayed brain development, lower IQ, and behavioral problems like hyperactivity in humans. As with PCBs, exposure to PBDEs may be particularly harmful during a critical window of brain development during pregnancy and early childhood

North American industry used 74 million pounds of PBDEs in 1999, accounting for half the world market.
http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/envirocaliftoxics.asp?id2=9719

Experience with PCBs shows that failure to act on early warnings can lead to irreversible environmental contamination and damage to health.

Scientists discovered the first indications of systemic harm caused by PCBs as early as 1937. However, PCBs were not banned until 1976, after hundreds of scientific studies documented widespread exposure and actual harm to human health. Further study showed new forms of health impact caused by lower levels of exposure, which continue to be documented decades after the chemicals were phased out.

GROWING THREATS:

Toxic Flame Retardants and Children’s Health (48 page report)
http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/reports/GrowingThreats03.pdf

Toxic Flame Retardants, As early as 1998, scientists found PBDE levels rising exponentially in women's breast milk.
http://environmentcalifornia.org/envirocaliftoxics.asp?id2=9744&...;

High Body Burdens of 2,2´,4,4´-Tetrabromodiphenyl Ether (BDE-47) in California Women
http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2003/6220/abstract.html

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Maternal and Fetal Blood Samples

Anita Mazdai,1 Nathan G. Dodder,2 Mary Pell Abernathy,1 Ronald A. Hites,2 and Robert M. Bigsby1

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; 2Department of Chemistry and School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2003/6146/abstract.html

The sperm counts of men have dropped by 50%
http://www.wwf.org.uk/chemicals/glossary.asp


PCBs:

http://www.acsh.org/publications/reports/pcupdate.html

Study Examines Flame Retardants
http://www.firehouse.com/news/2000/4/28_APflame.html

Antimony oxide is used to produce fire retardants. Breathing or ingesting high levels of antimony for a long time can cause heart and lung problems, joint or muscle pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach ulcers.
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/mercury_pbt/fact102.pdf

Swedish study found that a flame retardant
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-04-23-teflon-usat_x.htm

Swedish institute proposes brominated flame retardants ban
http://www.edie.net/gf.cfm?L=left_frame.html&R=http://www.edie....


HALOGENATED FLAME RETARDANTS:

http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/hfr.html

15 March 1999, KemI proposes a prohibition of flame retardants
http://www.kemi.se/aktuellt/pressmedd/1999/990312_eng.htm

Healthy or Safe Housing
http://www.sccs.com/sccshhos.htm

Approximately 75%was used as a fire-retardant additive under the name “Dechlorane,”
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/roc/tenth/profiles/s115mire.pdf

Brominated Flame Retardants, Background and Issues
http://www.greenstart.org/efc9/bfrs/background.htm

Though the USA has the world's toughest flame retardancy standards, 3,000 people die in fires each year. The Chemical Manufacturers Association estimates the number would be up to 960 higher without such flame retardants
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-09-22-breast-milk_x.htm


REFERENCES:

“Demand for flame retardants in the US is projected to increase nearly four percent per year to 1.2 billion pounds in 2005... This assessment of the one billion pound US market for flame retardants...”
http://www.marketresearch.com/map/prod/738639.html

“The flame retardant chemicals industry has historically been driven by regulations and standards.”
http://www.marketresearch.com/map/prod/909190.html

(1) “Government regulations and industry standards obligate manufactures to add flame-retardants to a wide range of products used everyday. Many of these flame retardant products are toxic... The benefits of protecting people from death and property from damage resulting from fires must be weighed against exposure to chemicals that are potentially harmful to human health and the environment.”
http://www.marketresearch.com/map/prod/924720.html

More Reports http://www.marketresearch.com/map/cat/707.html

Do Flame Retardants Harm Unborn?
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/05/earlyshow/saturday/main57...

Flame retardant found in breast milk
http://www.drbobmartin.com/2003k_09_23news05.html

Study: Fire Retardants Found In Breast Milk
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/092303ap_nw_breast_milk.html

Full Text of Study: Finds Record High Levels of Toxic Fire Retardants in Breast Milk from American Mothers. The study by the Environmental Working Group backs previous studies that show American women have the world's highest levels of the bromine-based fire retardants, nearing levels that have been shown to damage learning, memory and behavior in laboratory mice.
http://www.ewg.org/reports/mothersmilk/printversion.php

University of Texas School of Public Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center study: (Original Study)

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in U.S. Mothers’ Milk

Arnold Schecter,1 Marian Pavuk,1 Olaf Päpke,2 John Jake Ryan,3 Linda Birnbaum,4 and Robin Rosen 5

1 University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, Dallas Regional Campus, Dallas, Texas, USA; 2 ERGO Research,

Hamburg, Germany; 3 Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 4 Environmental
Toxicology Research Laboratories, U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA; 5 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dallas, Texas, USA
http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/ 2003/6466/abstract.pdf

University of Texas: Studies find mothers' milk carries industrial chemicals
http://www.fox11az.com/scitech/sci/stories/092303dnmetmothersmilk.3...

BOSTON -- Two studies reveal that a toxic chemical that makes objects fire resistant is turning up in the breast milk of American women.
http://www.wesh.com/health/2506909/detail.html

Studies have linked some chemicals in the flame retardants to effects on brain function, reduced male fertility and damaged ovarian development
http://www.msnbc.com/news/970665.asp?0cv=HA01

It’s not clear how PDBEs enter the body although it’s possible they are ingested through dust or by other inhalation at home, the group’s study suggested.

Though banned in the late 1970s, PCBs still pollute major waterways. PBDEs are turning out to be as toxic as PCBs
http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detail.asp?M...

PBDEs are remarkably similar to PCBs, a class of chemicals banned in 1976 because it was found to cause immune suppression, altered sexual development, cancer, delayed brain development, lower IQ, and behavioral problems like hyperactivity in humans. As with PCBs, exposure to PBDEs may be particularly harmful during a critical window of brain development during pregnancy and early childhood

North American industry used 74 million pounds of PBDEs in 1999, accounting for half the world market.
http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/envirocaliftoxics.asp?id2=9719

Experience with PCBs shows that failure to act on early warnings can lead to irreversible environmental contamination and damage to health.

Scientists discovered the first indications of systemic harm caused by PCBs as early as 1937. However, PCBs were not banned until 1976, after hundreds of scientific studies documented widespread exposure and actual harm to human health. Further study showed new forms of health impact caused by lower levels of exposure, which continue to be documented decades after the chemicals were phased out.

GROWING THREATS:

Toxic Flame Retardants and Children’s Health (48 page report)
http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/reports/GrowingThreats03.pdf

Toxic Flame Retardants, As early as 1998, scientists found PBDE levels rising exponentially in women's breast milk.
http://environmentcalifornia.org/envirocaliftoxics.asp?id2=9744&...;

High Body Burdens of 2,2´,4,4´-Tetrabromodiphenyl Ether (BDE-47) in California Women
http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2003/6220/abstract.html

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Maternal and Fetal Blood Samples

Anita Mazdai,1 Nathan G. Dodder,2 Mary Pell Abernathy,1 Ronald A. Hites,2 and Robert M. Bigsby1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; 2Department of Chemistry and School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
http://ehpnet1.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2003/6146/abstract.html

The sperm counts of men have dropped by 50%
http://www.wwf.org.uk/chemicals/glossary.asp

PCBs http://www.acsh.org/publications/reports/pcupdate.html

Study Examines Flame Retardants
http://www.firehouse.com/news/2000/4/28_APflame.html

Antimony oxide is used to produce fire retardants. Breathing or ingesting high levels of antimony for a long time can cause heart and lung problems, joint or muscle pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach ulcers.
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/mercury_pbt/fact102.pdf

Swedish study found that a flame retardant
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-04-23-teflon-usat_x.htm

Swedish institute proposes brominated flame retardants ban
http://www.edie.net/gf.cfm?L=left_frame.html&R=http://www.edie....

HALOGENATED FLAME RETARDANTS:

http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/hfr.html

15 March 1999, KemI proposes a prohibition of flame retardants http://www.kemi.se/aktuellt/pressmedd/1999/990312_eng.htm

Healthy or Safe Housing http://www.sccs.com/sccshhos.htm

Approximately 75%was used as a fire-retardant additive under the name “Dechlorane,”
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/roc/tenth/profiles/s115mire.pdf

Brominated Flame Retardants, Background and Issues
http://www.greenstart.org/efc9/bfrs/background.htm

(2) USA Today: “Though the USA has the world's toughest flame retardancy standards, 3,000 people die in fires each year. The Chemical Manufacturers Association estimates the number would be up to 960 higher without such flame retardants”
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-09-22-breast-milk_x.htm
Thanks Victor and Debby, For the detailed information, Iwill certainly pass it on to the persons of rural areas so that they may know the effects of the Borax. Thanks once again.

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