Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vaccination: The Basics...

January 2011

North American children are now the most vaccinated on earth. Since 1980, Canadian vaccine schedules have more than doubled the types of vaccines given; for the first 4-6 yrs of life alone, Public Health now recommends 46-47 doses of thirteen different vaccines. The first 8 doses are given in three or four shots at two months.

It’s been declared that today’s children are the first generation whose parents will outlive them. Today, 10% of Canadian children have life threatening afflictions. In the last 25 years, concurrent with vaccine increase, there have been huge declines in children’s health in many categories:

•Autism – increased over 1000 times in less than one generation; 1/91 in USA
•Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – 10%
•Learning Disability – 1/6
•Severe Mood Dysregulation (eg bipolar disorder) – 1/30
•Ear Infections – 50% of Canadian 2-3 yr olds since birth
•All types of Allergies – increased six times since 1980
Anaphylactic Food Allergies – doubled in the last decade
•Allergic Eczema – 1/5
•Asthma – 1/8 or more; 10% of Canadians 2-7 yrs old
•Obesity – tripled since 1980; 25% of Canadian children overweight or obese
•Juvenile Diabetes – more than 100% increase since 1980

In contrast, Chicago-based Homefirst Medical Clinic, run by a group of doctors including medical director Mayer Eisenstein MD,JD,MPH, have no known autism and super-scarce allergies in their children, most of whom have had no vaccinations. Two studies done in New Zealand in 1992 and 1995 show that the unvaccinated children clearly have less allergies, less otitis (ear infections), less tonsillitis, less running noses, less epilepsies and less ADHD.

For the first time in history…children are sicker than the generation before them. They’re not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off, physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally.

- Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD; Why Do Pediatricians Deny The Obvious?, 2006
Vaccinations may cause significantly more injuries and deaths than they prevent.
The medical establishment considers vaccines effective if they suppress a few targeted illnesses – but at what expense? An emerging body of evidence indicates that vaccines can damage a child’s developing immune system and brain, leading to life-threatening or debilitating disorders like autism, ADHD, asthma, peanut allergy, juvenile diabetes, etc or to SIDS, death itself. If this is true, the number of vaccine-related deaths per year outnumbers deaths from so-called “vaccine-preventable” illnesses.

Historical trends show that deaths caused by illnesses targeted by vaccines had already declined by as much as 98% before mass vaccination programs for them began. Statistical tampering and incomplete and selective reporting over the last sixty years has made vaccination appear more effective than it truly is. For instance, the seemingly dramatic decline in polio cases after introduction of polio vaccine coincided with a change in diagnostic criteria from paralysis lasting 24 hrs or more to paralysis lasting at least 60 days. Polio incidence actually increased after vaccine was introduced; the oral polio vaccine became the sole cause of paralytic polio in North America until it was discontinued here.

Infectious diseases can be made worse by fever-suppressing drugs and antibiotics. Fever is part of the immune process; if it is stifled, infections that would otherwise be merely inconvenient can become dangerous, even deadly. Routine use of fever suppressants during illness and after vaccination is inadvisable.

Antibiotics increase the number of bacterial toxins released into the body by killing other bacteria not targeted. Some also diminish Vitamin C, thereby inhibiting the immune system.

Vaccine injuries are drastically under reported. Although there is a government system in place for reporting vaccine reactions and injuries, most incidents go unreported. Doctors, who naturally do not want to admit to participating in a practice that injures a child, often choose to deny or disregard even the most obvious connection between a sudden health issue and vaccination. As a result, it is believed that fewer than 10% of vaccine injuries are actually reported; it’s impossible to know exactly how many children are injured each year.

Vaccines damage the immune system. A healthy immune system has two main parts, Th1 and Th2. Th1 leads with the first and most important immune response, to sense and eliminate incoming disease-associated organisms and particles. Th2 then creates antibodies and a memory of the disease. Babies are born with immature immune systems in which Th2 dominates. As their immune systems mature, dominance switches permanently to Th1. Usually, infectious agents enter the body through the nose and mouth, triggering Th1 which normally combats them effectively. But vaccines injected into the body bypass Th1 and over-stimulate Th2. This confuses the normal maturation and skews the functioning of the immune system; Th2 becomes dominant and the crucial Th1, suppressed. The result can be autoimmune disease (eg juvenile diabetes), allergic disorders (eg eczema, asthma and life threatening anaphylactic allergies to everyday foods like peanuts) and frequent infections (eg colds and ear infections).

Vaccine ingredients are risky. They include dangerous preservatives and adjuvants (chemicals which increase immune response) and other potentially harmful substances: aluminum phosphate, phenol (carbolic acid), MSG, formaldehyde, gelatin, etc. The flu shot still contains mercury. This and other toxins can accumulate and eventually suppress the immune system, cause brain damage, and lead to a myriad of health issues and developmental disorders. Exposure to toxins during the critical stages of development before age two is especially dangerous to the brain.

Some vaccines are made using tissue cultures: monkey kidney, foetal calf blood, chick embryos, aborted human foetal lung, yeast, etc. It’s impossible to remove all contaminating viruses and proteins left from this process. Injected contaminants can create immune problems including anaphylaxis. Other vaccines have genetically engineered or artificially fragmented active ingredients. These could result in injuries as yet unrecognized.

Vaccine safety has never been proven. Studies to compare the overall long-term health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people have never been done, nor have studies to discover the combined and cumulative effects of so many vaccines. Safety studies prior to vaccine licensing are typically inadequate and limit follow-up to a few days or weeks.

Vaccinations are given indiscriminately. There are no tests to determine which children are likely to respond adversely to vaccinations. Little concern is given to innate health and family health history. Underweight babies are routinely given the same dosage using the same schedule as babies of normal weight. Unlike other drugs, vaccines are administered using a one-size-fits-all policy.

The wholistic approach treats the body with care.
Immunity is and can be acquired naturally. A foetus receives antibodies acquired by its mother from infections she’s previously had. After birth, breastfeeding provides multiple immune factors and optimum nutrition to the baby’s body and brain. Breastfeeding is so exquisitely refined that it continually changes and adapts to the baby’s needs as they change.

Immunity derived from exposure to infections can last a lifetime. Any immunity provided by a vaccine wanes over time and puts the child at risk of a more dangerous infection later in life. Infections contracted in childhood encourage optimal balance of Th1 and Th2 and may actually accelerate development and learning.

A healthy lifestyle continues the immunity established by breastfeeding. Excellent nutrition, avoidance of toxins of all kinds, sufficient rest, and being part of a loving family all contribute to freedom from disease of any kind.

The very young (babies and small children) are at high risk because their brains are undergoing the most rapid development at the very time they receive the greatest number of vaccinations…they receive many inoculations (up to 9 inoculations) in one office visit. This is insane and in my estimation, criminal.

- Russell L Blaylock, MD, CCN; How Vaccines Can Damage Your Brain, 2008
Vaccination is based on fear.
Vaccination ignores our evolutionary history. We have survived in co-habitation with multitudes of germs. There’s a balance between immune enhancement and immune depletion. We can encourage the former by acknowledging the power and competence of our bodies to heal themselves.

Those administering vaccines rarely, if ever, provide full information on the vaccines being injected; they exaggerate risks of infection and don’t explain that vaccines may be just as risky or worse.

Vaccinations are NOT mandatory in Canada. “Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution. Three provinces require proof of immunization for school entrance: Ontario and New Brunswick for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization; Manitoba for measles. But, exceptions are permitted on medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulations must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization.” (Immunization in Canada; May, 1997; Vol 23S4)

Note that Ontario and New Brunswick exemption forms are available.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Infant circumcision causes 100 deaths each year in US

A new study published yesterday in Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studiesestimates that more than 100 baby boys die from circumcision complications each year, including from anesthesia reaction, stroke, hemorrhage, and infection. Because infant circumcision is elective, all of these deaths are avoidable.

The International Coalition for Genital Integrity applauds that, for the first time, a rational attempt has been made to estimate the scale of the problem, and is simultaneously appalled by how many baby boys needlessly die each year in the United States.

The study concluded: “These boys died because physicians have been either complicit or duplicitous, and because parents ignorantly said ‘Yes,’ or lacked the courage to say ‘No.’” And called the deaths “an unrecognized sacrifice of innocents.”

The study found that approximately 117 neonatal (first 28 days after birth) circumcision-related deaths occur annually in the United States, one out of every 77 male neonatal deaths. The study also identified reasons why accurate data on these deaths are not available, some of the obstacles to preventing these deaths, and some solutions to overcome them.

Previous studies estimated the death rate as low as two per year to as many as 230. The study collected data from hospital records and government sources to attempt to provide a more accurate magnitude of the problem.

To put this in perspective, about 44 neonatal boys die each year from suffocation, and 8 from auto accidents. About 115 neonatal boys die annually from SIDS, nearly the same as from circumcision.

Because of the inadequacies of the death-certificate system and the apparent lack of investigation, it is easy to see how the medical system could either unwittingly or intentionally obscure the true cause of these deaths.

To hospital residents, the birth of a boy is celebrated as an opportunity to practice surgery, but a resident’s first surgery upon a live human being does not always go as planned.

Many factors combine to explain the lack of reliable mortality data or why this problem has not received more attention. To ignore or hide the likely cause of so many infant deaths for so many years requires a significant amount of denial or obfuscation—by: parents, physicians, hospital staff, insurers, medical associations, and legislators.

Boys have been lost to circumcision in the United States from the time it was first practiced to the present day, for a variety of reasons, as the following examples illustrate. The first two, known reported circumcision-related deaths were in New York City, in 1856 and 1858, where circumcision was introduced.

For more information on this study, inquire here.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Obesity at 3 tied to early start of solids: study - Health - CBC News

Obesity at 3 tied to early start of solids: study - Health - CBC News

Obesity at 3 tied to early start of solids: study

Last Updated: Monday, February 7, 2011 | 9:53 AM ET

Tianna Gaines tries to feed her year-old toddler Marianna Turner, in 2009 in Philadelphia. Introducing solid foods earlier than four months of age was associated with a six-fold higher risk of obesity at age three compared with infants who had received solids later, a new study finds.Tianna Gaines tries to feed her year-old toddler Marianna Turner, in 2009 in Philadelphia. Introducing solid foods earlier than four months of age was associated with a six-fold higher risk of obesity at age three compared with infants who had received solids later, a new study finds. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

Parents who think they're doing their formula-fed babies a favour by getting them started extra early on solid foods might want to think again.

A new study has found a link between obesity at age three and the introduction of solid foods before the age of four months.

"Early introduction of solid foods earlier than four months of age was associated with a six-fold higher risk of obesity when compared with infants who had received solids at four to five months of age," said Dr. Susanna Huh, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children's Hospital Boston.

"Our findings persisted even after accounting for several other factors, including maternal income and education."

Huh is co-author of the study appearing Monday in the journal Pediatrics. She and her colleagues studied 847 children, enrolling their mothers at obstetrical offices in eastern Massachusetts when they were pregnant, administering regular questionnaires and conducting some in-person visits.

The study found the timing for introduction of solid food did not affect the chances of being obese at age three if babies were breastfed.

Huh said she believes most pediatricians counsel their patients to wait until babies are at least four months old to start solids, but a recent study in the U.S. showed that one-quarter of infants received solid food for the first time before that age.

In Canada, the document Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants, produced jointly by the Canadian Pediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and Health Canada, cites the World Health Organization in recommending that infants "should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health."

"Six-month-old infants are physiologically and developmentally ready for new foods, textures and modes of feeding," it says.

Early solids and breastfed babies

Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said the main take-home message of the new study is that breastfeeding is very important.

"In children who are breastfed, the age of introduction of solids doesn't seem to matter too much, between four and six months," he said. "But in babies who are formula-fed, the age of introduction seems to matter a great deal."

He said a lot of experts in child nutrition and obesity are trying to figure out what parents can do to influence what is going to happen to their child in terms of weight.

"Parents don't want their child to be obese, yet a lot of us feel powerless on what to do to change those … health trajectories," said Maguire, a scientist who is involved in a large study on young children's health outcomes called TARget Kids.

"This is a really nice example of some of the things that parents can do, so it's basically telling us, reinforcing what we already have thought for a while, that breastfeeding is very helpful, very good for many reasons.

"And that if babies are formula-fed — and there [are] a lot of babies who have to be formula-fed for a number of reasons — but if babies are formula-fed, then delaying the introduction of solids till after four months is probably a good thing, at least in terms of obesity outcomes."

Although the study didn't look at why parents might be introducing solids early, Huh said there are a lot of myths: for instance, that feeding solids early may help the infant sleep better or that infants who are rapidly gaining weight might need more food earlier.

In addition, she noted that lower income and lower education levels are associated with earlier introduction of solid food.

Maguire noted that bottle-feeding formula can be expensive.

"Regular foods are less expensive, so there's an economic incentive as well," he said. "In terms of breastfed babies, it's cheap and it's easy, and once it's going well, it's going well. And it's really not that difficult to breastfeed, once it's initiated, for six months. It seems to me there's less incentive to start solids earlier."

When Circumcision Kills

Queens toddler's death probed after surgery at Beth Israel Hospital -

Tot's shock hosp death

Tragic circumcision

Last Updated: 6:37 AM, May 5, 2011

Posted: 2:09 AM, May 5, 2011

The grieving family of a tragic Queens toddler are blasting doctors at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan -- accusing them of botching a simple circumcision that led to the boy's sudden death.

Jamaal Coleson Jr. died Tuesday, about 10 hours after what was supposed to be a routine procedure, according to his uncle Jabbar Coleson, 23.

Coleson said the hospital was supposed to give his nephew a local analgesic, but instead administered a general.

The boy, who would have turned 2 next month, "Woke up and laughed and called for his mother and then went critical.

JAMAAL COLESON - Anesthetic blamed.
Anesthetic blamed.

"I want to know what happened," Coleson said.

"He was so sweet and energetic and so happy, a very happy child. I am very upset and I am glad I am a couple of hundred miles away. I have time to calm down and say my prayers," said Coleson, who lives in Atlanta.

He said the boy never regained consciousness he was declared dead at 8:35 p.m. the same day.

Now the family wants to know what went horribly wrong.

The hospital said in a statement, "We extend heartfelt condolences to the family of the young patient in question. This is a devastating event for his family as well as for the staff at Beth Israel who tried to save his life," according to a statement from the hospital.

"We immediately notified the Medical Examiner's Office and requested that they accept this case for further review, which they have."

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the ME, confirmed an autopsy was conducted yesterday to determine the cause of death.

"We also are in the process of reporting this case as an unexpected death to the NYS Department of Health," the hospital statement continued.

"We will conduct our own internal review of this case, report our findings to the DOH [state Department of Health] and cooperate fully with the DOH on any further inquiries they may have."

The boy's mom, Taleah Echezerriam, was too distraught to talk.

She and the boy's dad, Coleson's brother, were to be married next year.

"We just don't understand what happened. Now my mother [the boy's grandmother] is out buying his suit for the funeral," said Coleson.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Non-Circumcision Consent Form

Copy the form below and present it to all the health care personnel who will come into contact with your baby after he is born-but do it well in advance of the birth. Most doctors, out of justifiable fears of lawsuits, will not circumcise a child if either parent objects. But you must make your objection very clear, especially if your partner favors circumcision or doesn't consider it very important one way or the other.


Attention: Maternal-Infant Care Staff, Physicians, Nurses, and other Personnel at :

Name of Facility:


(We, I, My spouse) plan(s) to use your maternal care facility for the purposes of childbirth , and hereby provide you with this notification that (our/my) male child is not to be circumcised under any circumstances.

To avoid potential error whereby this child could be circumcised, (we, I) hereby direct that the mother's chart be immediately marked upon admission, that the child's chart be marked immediately after birth, and that his nursery crib be very clearly marked:

Circumcision Forbidden
Do NOT Retract or Manipulate Foreskin

(We, I) further direct that no attempt be made by anyone at this facility to stretch, retract, or otherwise forcibly manipulate our son's pupice (foreskin).

(We, I) wish to accord this new child a full respect for his right to physical integrity and eventual self-determination and to spare him any needless pain and potentially damaging iatro-genic interventions.

Important: (We/I) trust that these directions will be honored. Should ANY portion of this notice be disregarded, however, or should this child be circumcised based on any consent form not bearing dual consent form at least two of the following signatures [Mother/Father/Co-Parent/Legal Guardian], (we, I) reserve the right to take appropriate legal action(s).
This document becomes legally binding with at least one signature below.

Signature ______________________________________

Print Name _____________________________________

Relationship to child (check one): __Mother __Father __Co-Parent __Legal Guardian

Date: ____________________________

Signature ______________________________________

Print Name _____________________________________

Relationship to the child (check one): __Mother __Father __Co-Parent __Legal Guardian

Date: ____________________________

Taken from: Circumcision Exposed, By. Billy Ray Boyd
Text provided by: National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males: P.O. Box 460795, San Francisco, CA 94146. Tel: (415-826-9351, Fax: 415-646-3700

The Danger Of Benzocaine Gels And Liquids

Questions & Answers: Reports of a rare, but serious and potentially fatal adverse effect with the use of over-the-counter (OTC) benzocaine gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth

On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public about the use of over-the-counter (OTC) products containing benzocaine, an ingredient used to reduce pain in the mouth and gums. Benzocaine use may cause a rare, but serious condition where the amount of oxygen that can be carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. This condition is called methemoglobinemia. FDA is particularly concerned about the use of OTC benzocaine products in children for relief of pain from teething because of the serious outcomes, including death, that may be associated with methemoglobinemia, as well as the difficulty parents or consumers may have in recognizing the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia when using these products at home. Furthermore, symptoms of methemoglobinemia may not always be evident or attributed to the condition.

Parents and caregivers should not use OTC benzocaine products on children under two years of age, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional. If benzocaine products are used, it should be used sparingly and only when needed, but not more than four times a day.

Below is some additional information about benzocaine, methemoglobinemia, and steps consumers can take if they have or recognize an adverse reaction after using an OTC product containing benzocaine.

Q1. What is benzocaine?
Q2. Why is FDA concerned about the use of benzocaine?
Q3. What are the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia?
Q4. What should consumers do if they recognize the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia?
Q5. What should parents and caregivers do if they are currently using OTC benzocaine products on children who are teething?
Q6. What are alternative methods for reducing pain from teething?

Q1. What is benzocaine?

A. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and is the active ingredient in many OTC products used to relieve pain in the mouth and gums from a variety of conditions such as teething, canker sores, and irritation of the mouth and gums.

OTC benzocaine products come in the form of gels, sprays, liquids, and lozenges. Many OTC benzocaine products are sold under the brand names listed here. Please note that there may be additional benzocaine products that are not listed. Consumers can look at the Drug Facts label when buying products used to treat pain in the mouth and gums to find out whether benzocaine is listed as the active ingredient.

Q2. Why is FDA concerned about the use of benzocaine?

A. FDA is concerned about the use of benzocaine products because they may cause a rare, but serious and possibly fatal condition where the amount of oxygen carried through the blood steam is greatly reduced. This condition is called methemoglobinemia. In the most severe cases, methemoglobinemia can result in death. Labels of OTC benzocaine products currently do notcontain warnings about methemoglobinemia, therefore, FDA is concerned that consumers may not be aware of and monitor for this condition when using OTC benzocaine products.

Methemoglobinemia with benzocaine use has been reported in adults and children. FDA is particularly concerned about the use of OTC benzocaine products in children aged two years and younger. There have been 21 reported cases of methemoglobinemia after the use of OTC benzocaine gels and liquids. Eleven of the 21 cases occurred in children two years of age or younger who were treated with benzocaine gel for teething.

Given the seriousness of the cases of methemoglobinemia, FDA will continue to evaluate the safety of benzocaine products and will update the public when additional information is available.

Q3. What are the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia?

A. Methemoglobinemia is a rare, but serious condition where the amount of oxygen carried by the blood is greatly reduced. Signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia may include:

  • pale, gray or blue colored skin, lips, and nail beds
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue
  • confusion
  • headache
  • lightheadedness
  • rapid heart rate

Symptoms of methemoglobinemia usually appear within minutes to one or two hours after using benzocaine gels or liquids. Methemoglobinemia can occur after the first time a person uses benzocaine, or after using a benzocaine product multiple times.

Q4. What should consumers do if they recognize the signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia?

A. Stop using the product and seek medical help immediately by calling 911.

Methemoglobinemia caused by benzocaine may require treatment with medications and may require admission to a hospital. Serious cases of methemoglobinemia should be treated promptly. If left untreated or if treatment is delayed, serious cases of methemoglobinemia may cause permanent injury to the brain and body tissues, and even death, due to an inadequate supply of oxygen.

Q5. What should parents and caregivers do if they are currently using OTC benzocaine products on children who are teething?

A. Parents, caregivers, and consumers should not use OTC benzocaine products on children under two years of age, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional. Parents and caregivers using OTC benzocaine products on children should closely watch for signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia. These may include pale, gray or blue colored skin, lips, and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; confusion; headache; lightheadedness; and rapid heart rate. In some cases, symptoms of methemoglobinemia may not always be evident or attributed to the condition. Symptoms usually appear within minutes to one or two hours after using a benzocaine product, and methemoglobinemia can develop after using the product for the first time, as well as after several uses. Parents and caregivers who suspect a child may have methemoglobinemia should stop using the product and seek medical help immediately by calling 911.

Parents and caregivers should keep OTC benzocaine products out of reach of children and should not allow children to use these products without supervision. Consumers should follow the directions printed on the product labeling when using OTC benzocaine products.

Parents, caregivers, and consumers should report any reactions, symptoms, or side effects from the use of OTC benzocaine products to the FDA MedWatch program, using the information in the "Contact Us" box at the bottom of the page.

Q6. What are alternative methods for reducing pain from teething?

A. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommends the following for treating teething pain:1,2

  • Give the child a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator.
  • Gently rub or massage the child’s gums with your finger to relieve the symptoms of teething in children.

If these methods do not provide relief from teething pain, consumers should contact a healthcare professional to identify other treatments.


  1. Markman L. Teething: facts and fiction. Pediatr Rev. 2009;30:e59-64.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics. Teething: 4 to 7 Months. Available at: Accessed on March 28, 2011.

List of OTC Benzocaine Products


Dent’s Maxi-Strength Toothache

Orajel Medicated Toothache

Americaine Hemorrhoidal

Dermoplast Antibacterial

Orajel Mouth Sore


Dermoplast Painrelieving

Orajel Multi-Action Cold Sore

Anbesol Baby


Orajel PM

Anbesol Cold Sore Therapy

Dry Socket Remedy

Orajel Ultra Mouth Sore

Anbesol Jr.



Anbesol Maximum Strength



Baby Orajel

Freez Eez



HDA Toothache

Red Cross Canker Sore

Benzocaine Burn Spray


Rid-A-Pain Dental Drops



Skeeter Stik

Boil Ease Maximum Strength

Kanka Soft Brush


Cepacol Sore Throat




Lanacane Maximum Strength




Topicale Xtra




Comfort Caine

Orabase with Benzocaine

Walgreens Oral Anesthetic Paste


Orajel Denture Plus

Walgreens Zilactin-B

Dent’s Extra Strength Toothache

Orajel Maximum Strength

Zilactin Toothache and Gum Pain

*This list is not all-inclusive

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