Friday Links – Toothpaste, Perfume, Food Allergies
The Toothpaste that Might – Heavy on the ‘Might’ – Prevent Asthma Symptoms
The People’s Pharmacy is a radio show and website that lots of newspapers syndicate. Recently, it featured this brief article about two radio-show callers who claim Crest Sensitivity toothpaste prevented some of their asthma symptoms. Now, the toothpaste does contain potassium nitrate (saltpeter), a preservative doctors used a long time ago to treat asthma, but hello? It’s toothpaste. Very little of it enters your system when you brush your teeth, and that’s a good thing. Saltpeter carries some pretty nasty side effects.
Even though two testimonies does not evidence make, and the People’s Pharmacy authors themselves don’t endorse the connection, this link has popped up several times on my Twitter feed. The moral of this story: hey, trying out a new toothpaste can’t hurt, but keep your expectations low. And don’t stop using your actual asthma meds.
Fighting for Air
The American Lung Association just unveiled this branding campaign with its clever name (Fighting for Air has a double meaning – get it?) and fresh new design. I love the two new ads, especially; go take a look.
What’s in Your Perfume? (Who Knows?)
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 17 popular perfumes and discovered, on average, 14 chemicals not listed on the packaging.
How is that possible? Well, companies don’t have to list anything that falls under “fragrance,” and those chemicals are the very ones that can cause health problems like asthma flares. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is working to change these labeling laws, but in the meantime: there are alternatives. I’ll post about them next week.
Food Allergies Not That Common, Actually. Better Testing Needed
Before you go read this article, two points:
1. This research shouldn’t be used to diminish the very real, very serious danger of true food allergies.
2. True food allergies always – ALWAYS – involve the immune system.
Willy Wonka, Jr. Tonight!
The kid’s playing Veruca Salt in her school musical, atrociously bad fake British accent and all. It’s gonna be awesome. Next week, there may be video.