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Here is a great article from Jason Kennedy writer of “The XFactor,“. He explains that Fluoride used to be a key ingredient in rat poison and is still used in some pesticides. In spite of the propaganda that is prevents cavities, fluoride has been proven to be detrimental to our health.
We have a long history of using this toxic waste product to protect our teeth without questioning the level of toxicity and side effects. There are a few tips on how to eliminate fluoride from your body and evidence from studies
Fluoride is a toxic waste byproduct, Yet we use it to “protect” our teeth.
From the time we were kids, we grew up confident that our fluoride toothpaste was keeping us safe from cavities. In fact, we celebrate the use of fluoride.
In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control claimed that adding fluoride to the water supply was one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
So how did fluoride – a toxic industrial waste – become the darling of dentists and public health authorities?
Here’s the disturbing story of fluoride… and a few simple tips on how you can AVOID this misunderstood poison.
Just before World War II, H. Trendley Dean, a dentist working for the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a study of tooth decay in 345 communities in Texas. He found that communities with about 1 part-per-million (ppm) of fluoride in their water supply had fewer cavities.
Declaring this the “optimal level” of fluoride for dental health, Dr. Dean advised adding fluoride to the public drinking water.
The timing of Dr. Dean’s research was perfect for the government’s new atomic bomb industry which was using fluorine to enrich uranium. Fluorine is a toxic and corrosive gas found in nature. Extremely reactive, fluorine readily combines with minerals to form different fluorides.
These fluorides are hazardous byproducts of industrial processes like making bombs, smelting aluminum and producing phosphate fertilizers.
Thanks to Dr. Dean, rather than paying to dispose of a hazardous waste, these businesses could now sell fluoride to municipalities for their drinking water systems.
But this widespread “public health” initiative was based on bad science that has since been discredited.
Scientists reviewing the Texas study revealed that Dr. Dean selectively used findings from 21 cities to support his conclusions while ignoring data from 272 communities that did not support his results.
And since then, there has not been one single double-blind study proving that fluoride in the water reduces cavities.
In fact, mounting scientific evidence shows that fluoride increases cavities.
The largest study of 400,000 students revealed that tooth decay increased 27% with a 1 ppm fluoride increase in drinking water.
The National Institute of Dental Research conducted another review of 39,000 U.S. school aged children and found that 1 ppm of fluoride in the water supply increased tooth decay by 5.4%.
At the same time, more and more studies attest to the serious health dangers of fluoride:
Heart Disease: Fluoride is linked to higher cardiovascular disease risk. A recent study of 61 patients published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications found a significant correlation between fluoride and calcification (hardening) of the arteries found in atherosclerosis, as well as increased cardiovascular events.
Brain Damage and Low IQs: More than 100 published studies document fluoride’s damage to the brain. Just this year, researchers from Harvard University’s School of Public Health found that children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. They raised the alarming possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.
Cancer: Studies from Dr. Dean Burk, former head of the Cytochemistry Section at the National Cancer Institute, estimate that fluoridation caused 10,000 excess cancer deaths. His conclusions were based on a study of rats that drank fluoridated water and showed an increase in tumors and cancers in oral squamous cells and thyroid cells, and rare forms of bone and liver cancer.
The US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry lists fluorides among the top 20 substances posing the most significant threat to human health. Yet over 70% of the U.S. public water supply — affecting over 180 million people every day — is fluoridated.
What Can You Do To Reduce Your Exposure?
1. Consider Using a Non-Fluoride Toothpaste.
Since 1997, the FDA has required all fluoride toothpastes to carry the following label:
“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
The sad fact is that each tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.
Tom’s of Maine, Nature’s Gate and Burt’s Bees all make fluoride-free toothpastes that are widely available in stores or online.
2. If You Can Afford a High-End Water Filtration System… Use It
Fluoride is very difficult to remove from water and most home filtration systems are ineffective. That includes the charcoal-based filters, like the standard Brita filter, etc.
The only way to ensure purity is to install a high quality water filtration system in your house. This is the type of system that filters ALL the water coming into your home… not just the water that comes out of your refrigerator.
Remember that you’re exposed to fluoride not only when you drink water but when you bathe and cook with it. (Never use tap water to cook pasta or rice!)
And don’t rely on bottled water. It’s estimated that 40% of bottled water comes right from the tap. You are getting excess estrogen from the plastic bottle, and sometimes the water is laden with bacteria. Some brands even advertise added fluoride!
3. Buy Organic Produce
Produce grown with fluoride-based pesticides can have extremely high levels of fluoride. Iceberg lettuce tests at an astounding 180 times the recommended levels. Other foods that have high fluoride levels include citrus fruits, potatoes, grapes and raisins. Buy only organic versions of these foods to minimize your exposure.
4. Detox Regularly
If you are concerned about years of exposure to environmental fluorides and fluoridated water, you might want to consult with a natural healthcare provider about a detoxification program.
Liver cleanses, dry saunas, supplemental boron and Ayurvedic herbs have all been found to be effective in lowering fluoride levels in the body.
If you or someone you know has had long term exposure to fluoride you should take the necessary steps to remove this toxic substance from your home, food, and body.
The water you drink and bath with is a vital component to your overall good health. Correct water filtration you use can eliminate the fluoride, toxic metals and arsenic from your water. Most water filters claim they can take out 80% of the toxins for up to 6 months and then the percentages go down.
This is why I developed a water filter that can successfully take out fluoride and other toxins from the water down to non-detectable levels – proven by water test.