Neem Active toothpaste, fortified with active bacteria

If you’ve never tried Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium from India, well … don’t. At least not until itsNeem
manufacturer proves to health authorities that it’s safe to use. Health Canada has issued two warnings about the toothpaste, the latest one on Aug. 24.

OTTAWA – Further to the Health Canada warning issued July 26, 2007, further
testing on Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium, manufactured by Calcutta
Chemical Co. Ltd in India, has revealed that in addition to unacceptable levels
of diethylene glycol (DEG), the product also contains high levels of harmful
bacteria. This poses additional significant health risks, especially to children
and individuals with compromised immune systems
. [SAJAForum]

In case you’re wondering, "DEG is a poisonous chemical used in
antifreeze and as a solvent. It may cause nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, urinary problems, kidney
failure, breathing problems, lethargy, convulsions, coma and even death when
ingested." But on the bright side, you won’t be worried about cavities.

My wife and I have tried Neem toothpaste before, falling for the
company’s claims that Neem performs miracles in your mouth.  As SAJAForum notes, Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium is still available for purchase at the British online store Neem Genie, touted with claims such as these:

  • Neem kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  • Neem kills the bacteria that cause Pyorrhea and Gingivitis. (Gum disease)
  • Neem prevents cell adhesion and helps to control plaque
  • Neem is very effective in areas of pain control
  • Neem freshens your breath and whitens your teeth.
  • Neem makes your lips fuller and sexier.
  • Neem straightens your teeth and helps you get dates.
  • Neem keeps your teeth from freezing during winter (with help from DEG).

(I added the last few, but you get the point.)

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