Battling plague and cold sour teeth

I originally bought this toothpaste in Manila because it promised to help remove plague. What with all the H1N1, H5N1 and fan death going around these days, you can’t be too careful.

Only later did I realize this toothpaste also prevents “cold sour teeth”. This is a bit of a puzzle because in my experience, teeth live in your mouth, which is, you know, warm. They might get cold when you eat ice cream, but then where does the sourness come from?

But the real problem is, propolis itself tastes lousy. The reason for this became clearer when I realized it’s a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources and use to plug holes in their hives. Yum, bee cement.

I’m not sure propolis breath is any better than garlic breath. For that matter, I’m not sure it’s better than having the plague. Luckily, the tube is almost empty now and we don’t plan on resupplying during our lifetime.


Author: Trish Anderton

I am a nonprofit communicator, Red Sox fan and amateur streetfoodologist. Once upon a time I worked for the Jakarta Globe & Jakarta Post.

4 thoughts on “Battling plague and cold sour teeth”

  1. i currently have on my shelf a jar of honey “infused with pollen and propolis” that i am afraid to open and unleash on my kitchen environment. (actually i've had honey topped with propolis before and it's just a layer of crunchy chewy stuff that's supposed to be good for you. yeah right.)

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    M, I believe the CDC advises burying that jar at least 5 feet deep in the backyard, and then sowing salt on the ground so nothing can grow there. I tried the bee pollen thing once, for allergies. Nasty!

  4. good idea with the burying and the salt-sewing! yeah, i was told to use the stuff for allergies also, and it was just too yucky to deal with. bee spackle.

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