I posted two blog posts last year detailing issues with denture cream and the zinc contained in some of the products:
Denture Cream Causing Neurological Problems? (June 9, 2009)
If you use a denture cream, make sure it doesn't contain zinc. (June 25, 2009)
KOCO recently did a story titled Special Report: Denture Cream Dangers (click the link to view their video story).
The gentleman profiled in the news story woke up one day with his legs numb. He had been making his living as a handyman; now he's confined to a wheelchair.
What caused the nerve damage?
His denture cream. It contained large amounts of zinc, which in turn, causes low copper levels in the body. The big problem is that the damage is likely permanent.
The troubling part:
Oncologist Dr. Vikas Bhushan said a few years ago, a patient came to him for a pre-leukemia condition but his tests didn't show pre-leukemia. Bhushan told his assistant: "'This is some kind of poisoning' is the word I used or a toxin that's causing all this."
His tests showed one big thing.
"We found his zinc levels super high and his copper levels were undetectable," Bhushan.
Exactly the same thing that Carl Halligan says is wrong with him. Bhushan said the patient was using denture cream, so he got on the phone with the maker of the product.
"The initial response was 'This is a trade secret. We can't let it out,'" Bhushan said.
A trade secret? But Dr. Bhushan had a patient with possibly irreversible nerve damage.
"I said, 'Look, I have a patient here who's having severe problems because of zinc toxicity. Just tell me if this has zinc in it. There was a silence, and he said, 'Yes, there is a lot of zinc solid in it,'" Bhushan said.
Wait, what?!? The manufacturers knew that this was a problem, but failed to warn anyone.