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The Dangers of Chewing Gum

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Originally, chewing gum was made from tree sap but today's commercial brands are loaded with harmful ingredients and chemicals.

The modern day chewing gums are made of four major ingredients including synthetic rubber, plastic, sugar, and coloring (dye). Modern day gums are produced from synthetic polymers such as styrene-butadiene rubbers and polyvinyl acetate. The final product is composed of 60% sugar, 20% corn syrup, and only 20% actual gum material.

If you're chewing gum you are chewing rubber and plastic. Chewing gum is known as a harmless cultural tradition but it contains many properties that may be hazardous to our health.

Today's chewing gums and bubble gums are predominantly sugar by volume. Seventy to eighty percent of most gums on the market today are sheer vehicles for sugar, the number one drug on the planet. Just as cigarettes are a conveyor for the addictive drug "nicotine", so is gum for sugar.

There is great danger in chewing gum due to numerous toxic and poisonous chemicals used as ingredients. There are several common ingredients in gum that are harmful to human health.


Brief History of the Origin of Modern Gum

The first recorded history of mixing a gum with sugar can be traced to the Arab sugar traders who mixed the sugar with acacia, known as "gum Arabic."

In 1850, modern commercial chewing gum originated in Bangor, Maine.

In 1859, Thomas Adams of New York used "chicle," the dried latex material of the sapodilla tree in Central America, to make chewing gum. Adams received a patent in 1871 for "chicle gum."

In 1885, William J. White of Cleveland, Ohio further refined and improved gum by adding corn syrup and flavoring the gum with peppermint, making it very successful.

In 1893, William Wrigley invented Juicy Fruit and Spearmint gums, greatly improving chewing gum.

In 1900, Frank Fleer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania placed a hard shell on gum and called in Chiclets. In 1906 Fleer would also go on to invent Bubble Gum and an employee of the Frank H. Fleer Company, Walter Diemer, invented the pink colored Double Bubble, bubble gum.


Aspartame

Aspartame, a known carcinogen, is a neurotoxin. It converts into formaldehyde when exposed to heat above eighty-six degrees Fahrenheit. This means that aspartame converts into formaldehyde when inside the human body.

Aspartame is absorbed by the buccal mucosa of the mouth, gums, and the tongue-making it even more dangerous than if injected intravenously. By passing the spinal cord and the blood-brain barrier when absorbed in the mouth, the aspartame goes directly into the brain. The smallest amount of aspartame can be very dangerous and damaging.

When aspartame is ingested into the digestive tract, it breaks down into numerous other poisons. Most Americans are unaware that the candy, gum, and soft drinks that they consume, contain aspartame.


Saccharin

Saccharin is another known carcinogen. Government studies have linked the use of saccharin to bladder cancer since 1971, which led to forcing manufacturers to place warnings on any product that contained saccharin. Unfortunately, in 2000, the government decided that the link to cancer was less of a concern to humans than to rats, so the label warning requirement was repealed.

Regardless of the legislation, saccharin should also be avoided at all costs.


High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is prominent in highly processed foods and is a toxic food ingredient. The commercial food industry promotes the use of high fructose corn syrup because it is cheap to produce.

It can be found in everything soda, bread, candy, gum, commercial fruit juices, and even meat. Introduced into the American food supply as a cheap alternative to sugar, high fructose corn syrup is a booming business.

It has become increasing more difficult to find a processed food product without high fructose corn syrup. After carbonated water, it is the leading ingredient in soda beverages. It has been found that drinking soda may increase Type 2 diabetes and is also responsible for tooth decay.

High fructose corn syrup is also found in most chocolate drinks, condiments, ice cream, bakery goods, yogurt, and cereal.

High fructose corn syrup masquerades under the name of crystalline fructose in flavored waters and energy drinks.

The human body does not metabolize high fructose corn syrup. In fact, it disables the body's ability to recognize when its full and instead, increases a person's appetite. By digesting high fructose corn syrup, you are increasing your risk for metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It increases your risk of developing a serious disease and it not recommended.

When fructose is consumed, the uric acid in the bloodstream rises and blocks insulin. Insulin regulates how the both will use and store sugar for energy. If uric acid levels are high, serious health risks may develop over time including high blood pressure, obesity, and elevated blood cholesterol levels.


Other Sweeteners

Gums will also contain other sugars denoted with the suffix "-ose" and/or "-ol". These harmful sugars include gluc(ose), sucr(ose), dextr(ose), fruct(ose), mannit(ol), sorbit(ol), malit(ol), and xylit(ol). All of these sugars are suspect. Your '-ose' ending sugars are derived from fruits and your '-ol' ending sugars are derived from grains or even wood.

Next to real fructose, Xylitol would be the safest or least harmful to use.


Color Lake Dyes

The various 'color lake' dyes such as blue lake, green lake, red lake, and yellow lake are all derived from petroleum and are known to be dangerous due to its carcinogenic properties. Normally used for textile dying, lake dyes are industrial agents.

Petroleum is derived from rocks or stones. Even though rocks are not typically considered a food product, they become one when you use petroleum to make gum. Believe it or not, the federal government actually defines chewing gum as food.

Gum is made from synthetic rubber and plastic and therefore cannot be assimilated by the human body nor do they provide essential nutrients. Therefore this food product cannot repair the body, promote growth of the body, or maintain the human body. Therefore, gum should not be considered a food product.

Also, the artificial sweeteners used in most commercial gums are 200-300 times sweeter than regular sugar. The petroleum-based lake dyes are derived from rocks and should not be considered food. The body cannot digest gum and even if it could, gum does not provide any essential nutrients that the body can benefit from. It does not repair, nourish, or sustain the human body.


BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)

The chemical BHT is used as a preservative in gum. It is also found in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, rubber, petroleum fluid, jet fuel, and embalming fluid. In some cases, gum will contain two embalming fluids, aspartame and BHT.


Habitual Chewing

Due to the constant chewing and grinding of the teeth, chewing gum destroys the teeth. Some people believe that chewing gum strengthens your teeth but this is certainly not the case. Some brands may provide less harmful products with minimal sugar, but all of them are harmful to the teeth.

Most Americans don't have a clue that they are habitually chewing gum due to tension. They have been trained that something must always go into the mouth, that they must always be chewing or chomping down on something. Many people have an oral fixation but are totally oblivious and unconscious of this fact.

Chewing gum promotes the desire to continuously eat. Gum causes the body to produce digestive juices (hydrochloric acid) in preparation of eating solid food, which can lead to digestive problems.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot whiten teeth by chewing gum. All those brands that purport to whiten teeth while chewing gum are simply exploiting people with stained teeth whose teeth most likely became stained from drinking soda pop, drinking coffee, and/or smoking cigarettes.


Solutions

If you must chew gum, you should purchase the product from a health food store with moderately safe ingredients, brands such as:
  • Peelu
  • Glee Gum
  • Spry, and
  • Xylichew
They are made with far better and safer ingredients than the common commercial brand gums.

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    "Stevens-Johnson Syndrome" Stevens-Johnson Disease takes its name from two doctors, Albert M. Stevens, American pediatrician, b. 1884; and F.C. Johnson, an American physician, b. 1894. What is Stevens-Johnson syndrome? Stevens-Johnson syndrome is medically defined as: “A serious, sometimes fatal inflammatory disease affecting children and young adults. It is characterized by the acute onset of fever, bullae on the skin, and ulcers on the mucous membranes of the lips, eyes, mouth, nasal passage, and genitalia. Pneumonia, pain in the joints, and prostration are common. A complication may be perforation of the cornea. The syndrome may be an allergic reaction to certain drugs, or it may follow pregnancy, herpes virus I, or other infection. See also erythema multiforme.†– Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 3rd ed., p. 1117 Okay, now to break things down in layman’s term for purposes of clear and simple understanding. 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    Q: I want to start off by saying how much I admire what you are doing to help enlighten people and spreading the word about what is going on with the food in today's society. I am a new vegan for about 24 days now and I am struggling to find a variety of healthy foods to eat outside of veggies and fruit. I eat tofu and drink soy milk, but I am not so sure that is the best thing either. I have detoxed and lost weight at doing it and I take a few more of your products now. I have type II diabetes and I am struggling with pasta even though I know it is not good for me. My questions are: 1. Is soy good to eat and if not, what could I use in place of it? 2. What words of encouragement can you provide to me to help me stop drinking alcohol? I am anxiously awaiting your response. God bless and thank you so much.

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    Soybean oil is harmful and destroys the myelin sheath around the nerves in the brain. Soybean oil is one of the four worst or unhealthiest oils a person could consume, the other three being cottonseed oil (cotton is not even a food, but a fabric), peanut oil, and canola oil (which is really rapeseed oil). All four of these oils will greatly negatively impair human health. You would be wise to avoid them.

    "Soy oil ... is considered toxic in traditional Chinese medicine, and it is difficult to digest.? The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, supra.

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    Vegan:

    Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating. Marcus, Erik.

    Becoming Vegan. Davis, Brenda and Vesanto Melina.

    * Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes. Robertson, Robin.

    * La Dolce Vegan: Vegan Livin? Made Easy. Kramer, Sarah.

    * Vegan Vittles. Stepaniak, Joanne.

    * More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts. Costigan, Fran.

    * Angelica Home Kitchen, The. McEachern, Leslie.

    * Vegan Deli: Wholesome Ethnic Fast Food. Stepaniak, Joanne.

    * Vegan Kitchen, Dinshah, Freya.

    Happy Cow: www.HappyCow.net (list of vegan/vegetarian eateries around the world) ? awesome and helpful site!

    Vegan Restaurant Guide (call 203-656-1522 for your metropolitan area).
    Address: 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, CT 06820

    Vegan News: www.VeganNews.com or (415) 665-NEWS

    Friends of Animals: www.friendsofanimals.org

    Vegan Outreach: www.VeganOutreach.org or (412) 968-0268, Address: 211 Indian Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

    Pangea Vegan Products: www.VeganStore.com or (800) 340-1200

    Vegan Essentials: www.VeganEssentials.com or (866) 88-VEGAN, Address: 7722 W. Menomonee River Parkway, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

    Farm Sanctuary: www.farmsanctuary.org or (607) 583-2225 (East), (530) 865-4617 (West);
    Address: (East) P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, N.Y. 14891, (West)
    P.O. Box 1065, Orlando, CA 95963

    Christian Vegetarian Association: www.ChristianVeg.com
    or (216) 283-6702, Address: P.O. Box 201791, Cleveland, OH 44120

    EarthSave: www.Earthsave.org or (800) 362-3648
    Address: 444 NE Ravenna Blvd., Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98115

    All Creatures: www.All-Creatures.org

    Factory Farming: www.Factory-Farming.com

    Humane Religion: www.HumaneReligion.org

    Is It Vegan?: www.IsItVegan.com

    PCRM: www.PCRM.org

    Veg4Lent: www.Veg4Lent.org

    Veg-Source: www.VegSource.com

    VGR: www.VGR.org
    VegPledge: www.VegPledge.com

    GoVeg: www.GoVeg.com

    ChooseVeggie: www.ChooseVeggie.com

    Raw Foods:

    * Raw Food Made Easy. Cornbleet, Jennifer.

    * Living in the Raw. Calabro, Rose Lee.

    * Raw Truth, The. Safron, Jeremy A.

    * RAW: The Uncook Book. Juliano.

    * Raw Food Real World. Kenney, Matthew and Serma Melngailis.

    * Rawsome! Mars, Brigitte.

    * Raw Food Primer, The. Ferrara, Suzanne Alex.

    * Raw Gourmet, The. Shannon, Nomi.

    * Raw. Trotter, Charlie and Roxanne Klein.

    * Sunshine Cuisine, The. Patenande, Fréderic.

    Other:

    Healing Foods. Murray, Michael.

    Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. Cousens, Gabriel.

    * denotes cooking book

    Peace and Love and welcome aboard the VEGAN EXPRESS!!!! Congratulations!

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    Q: What type of toothbrush and tooth paste do you recommend for daily use?

    A:

    Great question!
    I always recommend a soft toothbrush. I prefer the bristles to be all the same length. The head of the brush will look flat rather than ramped up. When brushing I recommend that you angle the bristles so they are pointing toward the gums (so that is up for the uppers and down for the lowers) and place the bristles half on the tooth and half on the gum. The target area is the space underneath the gum. All living things want to survive. The microorganisms in your mouth want to survive just as much as you do and they can outsmart you. They hide where you do not go. They want a warm moist environment. If they can snuggle deep under your gums by eating their way there they will even morph into anaerobic bacteria verses aerobic bacteria. Anaerobes are very difficult to control so you want to clean this area underneath your gum from the get go. Do not let it get out of hand. You want to avoid sweeping your brush back and forth. You want to place it in this one position and vibrate it against your teeth and gums. Then actually lift it off and replace it one or two teeth ahead. You must be methodical about this and you must stay in the moment. Most people are "out the door" in their heads after 20 seconds of brushing! The other important piece of information is flossing. If you don't floss the microorganisms will hide between you teeth. It is simple. You have to clean each tooth 360 degrees around the neck of each tooth to stay healthy. Every 24 hours this should be done to out smart the bugs. So I encourage you to make this a game you know you can win!!!!! As far as toothpaste, I like Tom's without Fluoride. It is easy to purchase. There are other products that you can get at dentist's offices or online that are very good. Tooth & Gum Tonic is great. They were recently sold and you can go on line to see who is manufacturing it now. Kiss My Face also has a holistic approach to mouth wash and toothpaste. Even finding out about oral health products can be a journey.

    Thanks for your inquiry.

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    Q: Many vitamins and minerals websites indicate that their products have been tested and actually contain what they claim to contain; what are your protocols on manufacturing? Are your herbs organically grown? Thank you.

    A:

    Organic/Wild-crafted Herbs? Dherbs.Com only utilizes organic and wild-crafted herbs in its formulas and compounds. Although organic herbs are always not available, we order our herbs in advance to make sure we keep our products full of 100% organic herbs as well as 100% wild-crafted herbs. At Dherbs.Com, we go the extra mile for our customers and we stay on top of our game to bring the customer the best product available! No other herbal company uses as many herbs as we use in our formulas nor does any other herbal company or business use the degree of rare and exotic herbs as we use in our formulas. At Dherbs.Com, without a doubt, you get the BEST and for LESS! Gelatin Capsules? Dherbs.Com only uses vegetarian (vegan) capsules made from 100% plant fiber as Dherbs.Com has a policy to not use animal or animal byproduct ingredients in the manufacturing of its products. Gelatin capsules are derived from animals (mostly pig) and are thus not vegan or even halal or kosher. Also, gelatin capsules do not fully dissolve in the stomach like vegetarian capsules. Most herbal companies use gelatin capsules because they are cheap, costing 2-3 times less than vegetarian capsules. Dherbs.Com does not let high prices or expenses stand in our way of bringing people the Best, the Safest, and the Soundest! Dherbs.Com is people first! Tablets? Dherbs.Com does not use tablets because tablets require the mixing of too many additives in order to make the tablet stick together or bind and come out a certain way, i.e. dense, smooth surface, etc. Capsules allow us at Dherbs.Com to give our customers 100% pure herbal ingredients held together in a 100% digestible vegetarian capsule for maximum absorbency in the body. Preservatives? Dherbs.Com uses absolutely no preservatives in any of its products as the only thing that needs to be preserved are “dead†things and herbs are not dead, but living (living foods), therefore that which is alive does not need to be preserved so Dherbs.Com does not and will not use preservatives in any of its formulas. Fillers? Many herbal companies use fillers in their formulas as a way to cut down on giving the customer 100% herbal content. Dherbs.Com is against this custom. Fillers may help the encapsulation process by making a formula more dense for encapsulation, but fillers have no nutritional content so when you add them to herbal compounds, they take away from the compound. Fillers help the encapsulation company and herbal company, but not the customer. Fillers water down the product! Dherbs.Com is against this process and custom. Binders? Dherbs.om does not use binders as we have no need for binders. Many herbal companies use binders to help certain ingredients bind together, but at Dherbs.Com, we use 100% herbal content and so our ingredients naturally bind together. Additives Dherbs.Com does not use any additives in any of its formulas. Additives water down the product and take away from the efficacy of a product that utilizes natural compounds. Additives help herbal companies save money by giving the customer less herb per capsule or tablet. Solvents? Dherbs.Com uses absolutely no chemical solvents in the use of its liquid herbal extracts or crystal elixirs. Our extracts are uniquely made via natural agitation (by human hand) and natural sunlight (solar energy) and our elixirs are also made by human hand and exposed to moon and sunlight. It takes us approximately two (2) weeks to produce a liquid extract compound because Nature requires time to produce what she produces. However, other herbal companies are like major fast food restaurants and need a quick supply of products for their standard of convenience and thus use harmful chemical solvents to quickly produce their herbal liquid extracts. At Dherbs.Com, though convenience is important to us, however, we won’t compromise the integrity of our products to help people get a quick fix and to make a quick buck. Patience is a requisite of Nature and Dherbs.Com is in tune with Nature. Dherbs.Com will NEVER use chemical solvents in the production of its herbal liquid extracts or crystal elixirs. Standardization? Dherbs.Com does not utilize standardization in any of its formulas. Standardization is an unnatural process whereby a standardized herb provides uniformity of a single plant chemical. A standardized extract delivers a quantified and measurable level of the targeted active ingredient (major alkaloid) in every serving and in which this active ingredient is considered by science to be the key ingredient responsible for the herbs health benefits. Other herbal companies trust man-made science, but Dherbs.Com trusts in and relies upon Nature. Other Ingredients? The phrase “other ingredients†is simply an umbrella term for “additives†and other herbal companies use other ingredients (i.e., magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, silica, rice powder, stearic acid, etc.) in their formulas to simply cut the volume of herbs in their formulas. Other ingredients take up space or room in the capsule or tablet and this allows the company to save money while giving their customers a watered down product. Are Dherbs.Com Herbs Safe To Take? Absolutely! It’s like asking, “is real food (i.e. fruits and vegetables) safe to eat? Herbs are noble foods in powdered or liquid form. They are 100% organic, digestible, and assimilable by the human body (unlike harmful, man-made pharmaceutical drugs which toxify the human body). People should actually ask their doctors “are these drugs safe to take?†instead of asking about herbs being safe to take. It is drugs (legal drugs, O-T-C) that kill hundreds of thousands of people per year whereas 0% herbs are killing people per year. Can You Take Other Dherbs.Com Products Together? Of course (unless you are performing one of our kits and regimens)! That’s like asking can you eat lettuce with tomatoes and carrots in a salad! If you are not performing one of our kits and regimens, i.e. Full Body Detox, Anti-Viral, or Weight Release, you can take our formulas together. You can drink our teas before or after taking our capsule formulas. It’s actually best to space out the formulas, but if you need to take everything together, you can. You have free will here and it will not hurt you or mess up the efficacy of the herbs. Not at all!

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    Q: Is there any health benefit in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?

    A:

    There aren't any benefits in consuming high fructose corn syrup. Because its an artificial food it's not good for the body. You cannot gain health benefits from foods that are not natural.

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    Q: I just got your Pancreas Kit and ready to start 3 weeks Regimen. I have couple questions about diet: 1. Fruits - can I eat only those you've listed, or any other allowed? I am a Type 2 diabetic, and any melons or bananas raise my blood sugar. What about green apples, strawberries and raspberries?

    A:

    DHERBS: Eat your favorite fruit while monitoring your blood sugar level. It may take some time before your blood sugar levels are regulated and you can return to eating fruit. But try eating what fruits you like while monitoring your BS levels. Be intelligent and use common sense and trust your intuition here.

    2. Can I have whole wheat bread?

    DHERBS: NO!

    3. Can I have eggs, or you consider them dairy?

    DHERBS: NO! Eggs come from animal!

    4. What do you mean by cruciferous salad? Can I add tomatoes, celery, onions, etc.? Any limitations for vegetables?

    DHERBS: Cruciferous means leafy i.e. leafy vegetables (Romain lettuce, Green lettuce). Yes, you can add other vegetables you like and desire.

    5. You've mentioned trail mix, are dried fruits allowed?

    DHERBS: Yes, but watch your BS levels!

    6. How can I replace vegetable juices? Eat more cabbage and brussel sprouts? Are beans allowed in this diet?

    DHERBS: You can't replace vegetable juice. Either you drink it or you don't! Eat more cabbage and brussel sprouts. Cooked beans are not allowed in the diet.

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