Corporate Hold Up in the Philippines: Fluoride Toothpaste and Poverty

Truth Sector

The purpose of this final part in the “Fluoride Toothpaste in the Philippines” report, of which previous parts can be found here and here, is to conclusively document once and for all how crappy, unhealthy fluoride toothpastes are being forced upon some of the poorest people in the world – the Filipinos.

I live in the Philippines myself, I love the country – which is exotic indeed – and the people – who are down to Earth and extremely hospitable yet very poor at the same time – and this is why I wish to put out there for everyone to know how exactly big pharma, multinationals and similar corporations have an iron grip on the society here. This can be proven in a very simple way: with fluoride toothpaste.

Before I present you the final nails in the coffin of fluoride toothpaste in the Philippines I want to show you how exactly the average Filipino is supposed to live – this is corporative enforced through low wages and crappy personal hygienic consumer products!

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Philippines: GlaxoSmithKline and the Media Force the Poor to Use Fluoride Toothpastes

Truth Sector – August 17, 214

Big pharma and multinationals really do control the health of some of the poorest people on Earth. And so it is the case in the Philippines where the multinational GlaxoSmithKline has a proven iron grip on the society’s health and the hygiene products that the people are allowed to buy and consume.

I have already written about this here and here but with the launch of my new site, Truth Sector, I want to recapture the attention to this worrying trend. Before my publications on fluoride in the Philippine toothpastes there were some brands available that would allow one to consume fluoride free toothpaste. This is now for many months a real thing of the past, at least in Cebu. Not only have the fluoride free toothpastes been removed from all general (regular) store shelves in Cebu, when one really wants to use fluoride free toothpaste for example after they read the Lancet publication on “Neurobehavioural Effects of Developmental Toxicity” which stated among other things…

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Parodontax Investigation: Part 2

This report is a follow-up on the initial Parodontax article we posted on December 13 of last year in which we exposed how METRO and GlaxoSmithKline sell fluoride free toothpaste in the Philippines.

It is only in very exceptional cases that we publish responses and e-mails from readers regarding our reporting and articles but it seems to be so that there’s more going on here with this case of fluoride free toothpaste.

One of our readers recently sent us the following message (names and locations have been redacted for privacy and safety concerns):

  • “Hi,
    In my research to find this product, I was able to read an entry about Parodontax. I have been searching for this product for my son, who is 4 years old and has occasional gum issues.
    I live here in …, …. and I have looked for it in Mercury Drug and Watsons, and even asked around in Facebook and they all have one answer, it has been pulled out…
    Does that store Metro still carry this toothpaste? Your help will be much appreciated.
    Thanks!”

We replied to our reader with this message:

  • “It appears to be revolving around an article we posted last year: https://truthnewsinternational.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/how-metro-and-glaxosmithkline-sell-fluoride-free-toothpaste-in-the-philippines/
    We found out that someone is trying very hard to fool the people, as more and more people search for healthy alternatives in life.
    I cannot confirm this but it is very suspicious that indeed the product was removed from the stores merely days or weeks after we published our article. This by itself proves that we are right to be suspicious about this kind of practices. Now people are literally forced to consume unhealthy products. For more information why we know for sure that many products are extremely unhealthy please read this very important study which again proves the dangers: https://truthnewsinternational.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/neurobehavioural-effects-of-developmental-toxicity/
    Before giving you a tip on products to use please understand that we are not official health practitioners so our tips do not represent a professional advice in any way. But from a personal point of view I’d say that since the product is no longer available it may be a good choice to use the baby toothpaste that can be found in the Watson outlets. The one I now use, as an adult, contains no fluoride and is water-based. Try to buy SANSFLUO, for now it’s probably the safest alternative you’ll find out there. I’ll be going to the city soon to investigate this further, to find other alternatives. I’m also working on making my own toothpaste and if you like I’ll keep you informed on that too.
    As far as I know it may even be more simple to provide you with a VERY HEALTHY alternative. Try to use pure coconut oil for brushing teeth. Buy some pure coconut oil, dip your toothbrush in the oil and brush the teeth. Be sure to rinse well because the coconut oil will fight all the bacteria in the mouth. This is a very safe and cheap solution. Of course your toothbrush will be oily afterwards but when you rinse it well it will not pose a health problem. If you really want to be sure, then just clean the toothbrush every now and then with hot water so the oil will come off easily.
    The Parodontax you refer to has no fluoride and was meant to stop the bleeding of the gums but as you can see in our article the companies who sold that product tried very hard to hide that info from the public and their customers.
    Sadly this proves that the Philippine people, and the rest of the world, are deliberately being poisoned by the big pharma companies, it’s an obvious attempt of abusing the people’s trust and good hearts, which the Philippine people certainly have. In general all Filipinos are good persons and big companies always abuse that for their own greed. It’s sad but true.
    Thank you for your message,
    K.J
    Truth News International”

One thing we forgot to mention in our reply is that people should take care in selecting their health products like toothpastes. It’s not because there’s no fluoride in it that it therefore is automatically safe and healthy. Some of the fluoride free toothpastes contain strontium instead which is also very bad for your health. It’s like being given the choice between health hazards and bigger health hazards. Or in the case of neurological damage, being given the choice of becoming stupid or very stupid since fluoride and other chemicals in the toothpastes and foods are known to cause brain damage among other ‘side effects’. This study is yet more evidence that supports that assumption.

So it is a fact and it has been proven what we suspected all along, that there’s a massive corporate campaign going on of poisoning the people on purpose and not only in the Philippines but on a global scale.

The fact that all fluoride free Parodontax and other brands of toothpastes were/are being removed from the store shells nationwide, more than likely because of reports like ours, is suspicious to say the least. More so, since now people are mainly forced to consume fluoride. The alternatives are few, if any, when people purchase products like toothpaste. Only when people educate themselves or use natural solutions like coconut oil will they have no exposure to fluoride when brushing their teeth.

From a commercial point of view companies like GlaxoSmithKline make wrong decisions when not providing healthy products and along with the retailers they will all be losing sales and income when more and more people become aware of the truth regarding their hazardous, brain-damaging products. This may even be a positive consequence since crumbling corporate empires make space for small and local producers and merchants who can then grow and expand like they should.

“Brushing Adventure”: New Fluoride Toothpaste Ad Campaign Targets Children, Again

It’s an old debate, whether (sodium) fluoride is good or bad for our health, and specifically for our teeth. But that debate should in fact already been closed a long time ago since there have been numerous studies already which prove the dangers of fluoride, in water and toothpaste for example.

Yet, it doesn’t seem to matter to the corporations and governments who produce fluoride toothpastes and fluoridated water. After all, it’s big business! Producing, distributing and selling products that contain fluoride have an effect on the sales (increase) of other products and services which on their turn deal with the negative effects caused by fluoride. It’s a full-circle marketing strategy by the corporations, endorsed by many corrupt politicians around the world.

Companies even hide it on their packages when toothpaste is fluoride free, just to make sure that you use fluoride. The more people they can fool, the better the cheating corporate thugs feel.

One of the latest campaigns of this marketing strategy is, again, aimed specifically at children: Pepsodent’s “Brushing Adventure.”

The campaign includes banner advertising on major websites like Youtube. It clearly invites children to buy and use Pepsodent’s fluoridated toothpaste. The younger your audience is, the longer you can influence them and benefit from their attention on your brand and products.

Here’s one of those Pepsodent banners copied from Youtube on December 17, 2013:

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“Get your kids to brush day and night,” really disgusting!

The message is clear, parents should let their children take fluoride as much as possible, of course it’s not said in those words and there’s no reference here, yet, that it is in fact an ad for fluoride toothpaste. But that’s only one click away.

The banner advertisement is linked to a Pepsodent Facebook fanpage:

pepsodent, fluoride, toothpaste, children, brushing adventure

On this fanpage you are prompted to “like” the page before you can continue, which we didn’t do of course. But we don’t have to in order to know that it’s about FLUORIDE toothpaste being advertised to a kids audience. The tube of toothpaste is visible on the splashpage, at the bottom of the ad.

It’s obviously about this kind of toothpaste with a PRO-FLUORIDE COMPLEX formula:

pepsodent, fluoride, toothpaste, children

So, if we, who are not medical experts, can find out that fluoride is dangerous because, for example, it lowers the IQ and it is being used as a component to make nerve gas [1, 2], like the chemical weapons [1, 2, 3] provided by the Western governments to bankster-funded fake rebels who are in fact mercenaries for the UN, the UK, the US and the EU, then it must be child’s play for big corporations and governments to come up with even more damaging facts about fluoride then our modest findings.

Once again, it’s obvious and proven that your and our good health is not what multinationals like Unilever are concerned about. This kind of deception would be venerated by Orwell, indeed the corporations have learned a lot from him.

How METRO and GlaxoSmithKline Sell Fluoride Free Toothpaste in the Philippines

UPDATE: Parodontax Investigation: Part 2

It’s Friday the 13th, 2013, just another normal day. Or is it?

They say that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, well, there might be something truthful about that. But not as one would expect.

This afternoon I was walking in one of METRO’s grocery stores in Mactan Cebu, Philippines, just to buy some drinks, some coffee and snacks. I didn’t plan to buy anything else but as I passed by the aisle with personal hygiene products, something inside me told me to walk through the aisle and grab a new tube of toothpaste. Not that I needed one because I still had some Colgate leftover at home. The odd thing was, I was looking at all the toothpastes when suddenly I found myself in a rather silly situation.

I’m writing for Truth News International and a few other websites, so I know that my Colgate toothpaste is not the most healthy choice. It’s probably the reason why I decided to make a turn into that aisle. After all, it’s a known fact that fluoride isn’t healthy, yet I never changed my brand of toothpaste so in a way I haven’t been that honest about this to myself.

I’m taking a look at the brands on the shelve and I start reading the ingredients in the toothpastes, to find out how many actually have fluoride in them. As you can imagine, most of them do. I’m comparing them one by one. One package, reads “extra fluoride power,” the next one, Parodontax, reads “daily fluoride free toothpaste.” I show both toothpastes to the person who’s with me in the store and I ask her if she notices the same like I do. I mean, one says extra fluoride power while the other one states the exact opposite. So I ask her: “if fluoride is so good and healthy, why is this being advertised as one without fluoride?”

We move on and head toward the counter, pay the bill and go home.

Once arrived at home, we notice that there’s something wrong with the package of this toothpaste that we just bought. It really was like a scene straight out of the movie 1984, you know, the Orwell kind of thing.

On the package there were stickers, strips, as I found out, they were hiding something on the package. I noticed those strips earlier when I was still in the store but I thought those were part of some kind of electronic article surveillance system, like acousto-magnetic tags. Well, it turns out that they were not.

The strips were hiding a text on the package of the toothpaste:

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Front side of package
parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Front side of package
parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Front side of package

“Helps stop bleeding gums”

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Side of package
parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Side of package
parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Side of package

“Helps stop bleeding gums”

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Other side of the package
parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Other side of the package
parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package
Other side of the package

“Parodontax is specially formulated for people who spit blood when they brush. Spitting blood when you brush your teeth can be one of the first signs of gum problems, a major cause of tooth loss. That is why Parodontax has a unique formulation for people who spit blood when they brush. Parodontax helps stop bleeding gums. This toothpaste does not contain fluoride. Please consult your dentist in the event of continuous use.”

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And another side of the package

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package

“Helps stop bleeding gums”

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The receipt

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package

parodontax, toothpaste, fluoride free, package

Apparently someone doesn’t want that info to be visible when the product is still on the shelve in the store, next to other toothpastes that say “extra fluoride power.” Either METRO or GlaxoSmithKline covers the “helps stop bleeding gum” and “this toothpaste does not contain fluoride” notifications, for a yet unknown reason.

My guess is that they cover this because the other brands might experience a drop in their sales. Or they cover it because it’s too obvious that FLUORIDE IS NOT GOOD for your teeth.

Parodontax is the only available brand here without fluoride.

This is how I finally changed my toothpaste, to a non fluoride one. On Friday the 13th.

Koen Jacobs

for Truth News International