Last year I served on a grand jury panel and one juror showed up for the first time after the panel had already been in place for over 5 days. Curious about the absence, as the court is very strict about absence from this duty, we inquired and found out that this individual’s brother had died of throat cancer and he himself found out after the funeral that he too had the same cancer. The doctors attributed both brothers cancers to daily use of alcohol mouthwash. Shortly after this time I met a woman who was introduced to a group I was joining on a theater outing and after being introduced she announced to all that Australia had banned all mouthwashes containing alcohol. She got everyone to agree they would search online about the relationship between use of alcohol mouthwash and cancer. After I did my reading I was astounded. I again saw the industry pandering to the dental professions and big advertising that make us all think how critical this is for daily hygiene. To play this all forward I hope you too will do your homework about the dangers of using mouthwash with alcohol. We were led to believe that strong burning sensation was cleaning up the germs, viruses and bad breath. In fact it is burning the tissues creating oral sores and often cancerous tissues. When smokers use this alcohol laced mouthwash it increases the effects of damage more so. So you are asking what’s my option? Alcohol free products are safer. I try to stay with companies that have a good track record producing natural products. There is another natural suggestion to use fennel seeds. You may notice at Indian restaurants they have some seeds for mouth fresheners (some have colored candies that are full of sugar, so stick with the plain fennel seeds in hindi called sounff). A suggestion for home use is to make a pot of herbal mint tea (or other herbal variety) and steep the fennel seeds until boiling. Keep the seeds in this tea and chew throughout the day(s). It helps reduce colic, burping, gas and indigestion along with making your breath fresh. Here’s to your good health!! Namaste.