Why Toothpaste Makes Things Like Orange Juice Taste So Awful

You may think it might be the common mint flavor of toothpaste clashing with other flavors, but in the case of orange juice and many other things, this isn’t actually what’s going on. The culprit here is thought to be two compounds almost universally added to toothpastes -sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate, which are anionic surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of water.

Why is that desirable in toothpaste? Because it works as something of a detergent, and makes the toothpaste foam to help it spread around inside your mouth easier. Besides any cleaning effect, this has the by-product of making you feel like the toothpaste is doing something, which toothpaste manufacturers have found to be a great way to get people to buy more of their toothpaste.

Mint is added to toothpaste for this same reason, as it leaves your mouth feeling cool, clean, and fresh, particularly if it’s well distributed throughout your mouth.

As Tracy Sinclair, one-time brand manager at Oral-B stated in the book The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg,

Consumers need some kind of signal that a product is working. We can make toothpaste taste like anything — blueberries, green tea — and as long as it has a cool tingle, people feel like their mouth is clean. The tingling doesn’t make the toothpaste work any better. It just convinces people it’s doing the job.

(Interestingly enough, besides any real cleaning effect, sodium lauryl sulfate is added to shampoo for similar marketing reasons, as people perceive that foaming shampoo works better than non-foaming, whether a particular brand’s foaming shampoo actually cleans better than some other non-foaming shampoo or not.)

Back to your taste-buds -the sodium lauryl sulfate interacts with your sweet taste receptors, making them less sensitive, and thus dulling the sweet flavor. In addition to that, it also destroys phospholipids in your mouth, which are compounds that have the same type of effect sodium lauryl sulfate has on sweet taste buds, except the phospholipids dampen your bitter taste buds.

The net effect is that your sweet taste buds are dampened while your bitter taste buds become more sensitive. So when you drink something like orange juice, which normally has an overpowering sweet taste that masks an underlying bitter taste, it is going to taste drastically different -in this case extremely bitter.

So if for some reason your morning routine includes brushing your teeth before eating, you can simply find toothpaste that is free of sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl ether sulfate and the food you eat directly after shouldn’t taste awful, unless you’re bad at cooking, of course.

Bonus Fact:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate has been shown to act as a shark repellent. There is also evidence that it is effective as a microbicide when spread on your skin, particularly effective in helping to prevent infection from viruses like Herpes simplex and HIV, which are non-enveloped viruses.

From Today I Found Out.

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Aerial Photographs Capture the Aftermath of This Week’s Brutal Snow Storm in Buffalo, NY Photographed by Buffalo News’ Chief Photographer Derek Gee


Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

Pink Floyd – Time

I stumbled across two mind blowing charts yesterday that had me pondering how generations of Americans had frittered their lives away, spending money they didn’t have  on things they didn’t need, utilizing easy to acquire debt, and saving virtually nothing for their futures or a rainy day. We are a nation of Peter Pans who never grew up. While I was driving home from work, one of my favorite Pink Floyd tunes came on the radio and the lyrics to Time seemed to fit perfectly with the charts I had just discovered.

We were all young once. Old age and retirement don’t even enter your thought process when you are young. Most people aren’t sure what they want to do for the rest of their lives when they are in their early twenties. Slaving away at your entry level low paying job, chasing the opposite sex, getting drunk, and having fun on the weekends is the standard for most young people. But you eventually have to grow up. Because one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one tells you when to grow up. And based on the charts below, tens of millions missed the starting gun.

I graduated college in 1986 and started my entry level CPA firm job, making $18,000 per year. I did live at home for a year and a half before getting an apartment with a friend. I was able to buy a car, pay off my modest student loan debt, go out on the weekends, and still save some money. I was in my early 20’s and had opened a mutual fund account at Vanguard. Anyone who entered the job market from the mid 1970s through the mid 1980’s, which would be the late Baby Boomers and early Generation Xers, had job opportunities and the benefit of low stock market valuations.

P/E ratios of the market were single digits in the late 70s and early 80s, versus 20 today. Dividend yields on stocks averaged 5% for the S&P 500, versus 1.9% today. The Dow bottomed out at 759 in 1980, while the S&P 500 bottomed at 98. A 20 year secular bull market was about to get under way. Baby Boomers and Generation Xers had the opportunity of a lifetime. Even after six years of the bull, when I graduated from college the Dow stood at 1,786 and the S&P 500 stood at 521. I had just begun to invest when the 1987 crash wiped out 20% in one day. It meant nothing to me. I didn’t have much to lose, so I just kept investing.

The 20 year bull market took the Dow from 759 to 11,722 by January 2000. The S&P 500 rose from 98 to 1,552 by March 2000. You also averaged about a 3% dividend yield per year over the entire 20 years. Your average annual return, including reinvested dividends, exceeded 17%. Anyone who even saved a minimal amount of money on a monthly basis, would have built a substantial nest egg for retirement. If you had invested in 10 Year Treasuries, your annual return would have exceeded 11% over the 20 years. Even an ultra-conservative investor who only put their money into 5 year CDs would have averaged better than 7% per year over the 20 years.

Much more with graphs found HERE.

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Critics say President Obama is setting himself up as king with amnesty fiat

Using the kind of social network tools that helped him get elected, President Obama on Wednesday declared in a Facebook video that he would use his “lawful authority as president” to “start fixing our broken immigration system.”

Obama’s expected plan to grant legal status to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants was hailed as a victory for the powerful amnesty movement and criticized by amnesty opponents as an extra-constitutional power grab by a president who has grown increasingly fond of issuing executive power grab.

“… Obama (is) going against the will of Congress, which considered and rejected the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act on several occasions, including when both houses of Congress were controlled by the president’s party …” wrote Hans von Spakovsky and John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation in a piece outlining the constitutional pitfalls of Obama’s unilateral action.

William Gheen, president of the Raleigh, N.C.-based Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, used stronger words in challenging the president’s looming declaration, slated to be unveiled Thursday night on national television.

“We think what he’s about to do violates numerous federal laws, it violates the U.S. Constitution and in effect is a form of martial law that nullifies the results of our elections,” Gheen told Watchdog.org.

Gheen said Obama’s plan mirrors the legislation that his organization and other Americans “fought hard to defeat. And he noted the irony of the president’s stance over the years that it was improper to dictate legislation.

Supporters of a long-awaited national amnesty program found much promise in the president’s Facebook message Wednesday, but they’ve been down this road before — at least on the legislative front.

“We anxiously await the details of the speech and we expect to celebrate once this historic announcement is made,” Kica Matos, spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, the nation’s largest coalition of immigration rights groups, said in an email to Watchdog.org.

Still, the organization, with members in 30 states, wants more.

“… (W)e will continue our fight for all the families who are not covered under administrative relief and still face the fears of being detained, deported and separated from their families,” Matos said. “FIRM will not stop fighting until there is legislative reform for all undocumented immigrants.”

Critics of the president’s administrative action say legislation is the way to carry out any potential reforms to the United States’ broken immigration system — not presidential fiat.

Amnesty supporters have pointed to previous presidents pushing for legal status for illegal immigrants.

Von Spakovsky and Malcolm say presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush worked closely with Congress to implement comprehensive legislation that Congress ended up passing. Obama is bypassing Congress entirely, they say.

“He is unconstitutionally revising existing law and, without congressional approval, imposing new ones that have been explicitly rejected by Congress time and time again, thereby setting himself up as a kingmaker (or king) on immigration policy,” the constitutional experts write.

Found HERE.

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“Bright Boys” have worked for decades to get God out of every facet of our lives because they know that if we are under God’s protection they will never be able to set up their Satanic New World order

Roads to Ferguson

Since many readers are not familiar with the “game plan”,  I will go through a bit of history which leads to Ferguson.

For decades the “Bright Boys”, which is my nickname for those who call themselves “The Illumined Ones” and who have worked diligently towards their objective which is a Satanic New World Order, have been at play.

They have been able to conquer many nations by using that nations people to destroy the structure of those societies and now when they desire to make their control of those nations even more firm they have so indoctrinated much of the populace that they can get the people to riot “on command” and the people react and prescribed “cures” are put in place.

What we call Political Correctness is one of those tools for controlling people which has worked marvelously for shutting down any criticism of them or their goals.  The testimony to that fact can be found in most of our “great” learning institutions where anyone espousing Constitutional government is shunned and silenced.

The “Bright Boys” have a very nasty attitude when it comes to those of us whom they call “the ignorant masses” as was testified to just recently by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber.  That attitude about the people being too stupid to understand what they are doing is not new, but through the Obamanable Hell Cares bill and its formulators, everyone can now clearly see   what the “Bright Boys” have thought of us for decades.  That exposure of their attitude makes little difference to them at this time because they think that we are so far down the slippery slope that we can no longer stop them.

They have tried and tried to take control of a significant enough segment of the population in this nation to use them for what they call “Cannon Fodder” which will be used to riot and set up the conditions to justify their calling for what they desire the most,  which is martial law, or at the very least get more repressive legislature passed to make us more vulnerable to takeover.  Through that technique they have succeeded in getting passed legislation to suppress our God given rights and turn those rights into a privilege handed out by government.

The “Bright Boys” have seen to it that our borders are nothing but a porous cheese cloth and have brought in millions who have been trained with school materials written and published in Communist countries and those so trained have no concept of what freedom is or what freedom is about, but look to government as if it were a god.  The “Bright Boys” also call these people “Cannon Fodder”.  Socialism and Communism are to the “Bright Boys” are as as the tractor is to the farm, a tool   to use to obtain an objective.  Those ism’s have “plowed much ground” for them.  For an overview of how successful they have been in their objective of enslavement,  download and study the manual “Psychopolitics”.

Now we have Ferguson before us and the question we need to answer is “Do the Bright Boys have enough Cannon Fodder to use to create a nationwide insurrection?”

There is a good side to this which the “Bright Boys” really want suppressed.  They have worked for decades to get God out of every facet of our lives because they know that if we are under God’s protection they will never be able to set up their Satanic New World order.

Are we wise enough to follow God’s lead or will we deny God and depend on our own abilities and be crushed?

From HERE.

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21 Facts That Prove That Dependence On The Government Is Out Of Control In America

If you could stay home and watch television, play video games and hang out with your friends all day at government expense, would you do it?  Of course most Americans that collect money from the government each month are not abusing the system.  Many truly are incapable of taking care of themselves, and others are just receiving government benefits (such as Social Security) that they feel that they have earned by a lifetime of hard work.  But with each passing year the number of Americans jumping on board “the safety net” continues to grow rapidly, and a lot of these people should be able to take care of themselves.  Today, the American people collectively receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes.  And remember, the federal government uses our money to build roads, inspect our food and fund the military as well.  So what does this say about our economy?  Could it survive without all of these debt-fueled transfer payments?  And what does this say about our society?  At one time, our nation was known for our Protestant work ethic.  What would our forefathers say about us today?  The following are 21 facts that prove that dependence on the government is out of control in America…

1. According to a Congressional Budget Office study that was just released, approximately 60 percent of all U.S. households get more in transfer payments from the government than they pay in taxes.  Here is more about this stunning report from Mark J. Perry’s Carpe Diem blog

Now go and read all of this and be afraid, very afraid, HERE.


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