Sunday, July 12, 2009

Study cites danger of zinc poisoning from denture creams

By Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard

Posted: 07/12/2009 01:31:43 AM PDT

If you use denture cream, you might want to sit down while you read this. Remember the old saying, “What you don't know won't hurt you?” That's not the case with some denture creams.

Glaxo Smith Kline, the maker of PoliGrip and Super PoliGrip, and Proctor & Gamble, the makers of Fixodent, are being sued because their products contain zinc, a potentially harmful element when taken in high doses.

Doctors say too much zinc drives down copper levels in the body, affects the spinal cord and makes it hard for people to walk. In a 2008 study published by the Journal of Neurology, the authors said long-term denture cream overuse caused zinc poisoning in four patients, which resulted in neurological problems for all of them.

Zinc-containing denture creams are the center of a growing controversy that suggests their use does cause copper deficiency, neurological problems, and a nerve disorder called neuropathy. Click here to read the rest.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This Zinc can ruin you health. Now some of these lawyers want us to keep using this poisoning until after we get blood test done, for zinc and Copper levels. I stopped and washed mine out as soon as I heard of this danger. Couldn't find anyone to run the test soon enough. The zinc level drops to normal as soon as you quit using it. But the damage it did is til death do you part. Even with the damage done, it may not be possible for many us to get the help we need, due to most doctors have never heard about this, and they just don't seem to care. I can't fnd a doctor who will listen or try to treat me. I even printed off a lot of material to give to a doctor I went to today. They refused to even look at it. Said they know nothing about this. What kind of world are we living in. I can't afford to go to all the other doctors they want to send me to, their friends, who also have no knowledge of this. Good luck to the many others out there who like me, are now sick.

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