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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Fluoride: Safe or Not?
The FDA required all toothpaste manufacturers to print a warning on the label that if more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is swallowed, the local Poison Control Center should be notified. Fluoride cannot be "filtered out of drinking water." Distillation is the only process which removes it. Fluoride remains in the food during cooking, making coffee and tea, food processing, filtration, and digestion. It accumulates in our fat cells, and is extremely dangerous for infants, which is why baby formulas use only "Distilled Water." Science labs use distilled water for their experiments to avoid contamination from toxic gas, fluoride, pesticides, radon, and soap. Even spring and filtered water contain too many unknowns to use in a science lab, due to the amount of pesticides used on land, and dumped in earth's waters. Fluoride, the 13th most abundant element on the earth's crust, is a chemical ion of the element fluorine - fluoride has one extra electron that gives it a negative charge. Fluoride is found naturally in soil, water, foods, and several minerals, such as fluorapatite and fluorite. Fluoride concentration in seawater averages 1.3 ppm (parts per million), while in fresh water supplies the natural range is typically between 0.01 to 0.3 ppm. In some parts of the world, fresh water contains fluoride levels which are dangerous and can lead to health problems. What Types of Water are Available and Which is the Safest to Drink? The Choice is Clear according to Dr. Allen E. Banik, who offers a good explanation of the many different types of water available. For example:
Raw water "is water that has not been treated in any way." It may contain inorganic minerals, cancer-causing chemicals dumped into rivers and can be densely inhabited by millions of viruses and bacteria.
Chlorinated water "kills most germs and viruses, but it can also kill the cells in our bodies," he notes.
Boiled water kills the bacteria in raw water (if it is boiled for at least 20 minutes). But, Dr. Banik warns "the dead bodies of these germs" are carried into our body when we drink boiled water. These dead germs "furnish a fertilized soil for rapid and lusty propagation of germs already in the body." Boiling water does not remove any inorganic minerals or chemicals.
Mineral water from certain mineral springs are reputed to have medicinal qualities. The reason for "this so-called medicinal effect is because the body tries to throw off the excess minerals which invade it as intruding foreign deposits... To subsist on this type of water could be detrimental," he writes.
Filtered water can remove chlorine, some suspended solids and many synthetic chemicals, but "there is no filter made which can prevent bacteria or viruses from passing through its fine meshes. Each pore of the finest filter is large enough for millions of germs to pass through... Moreover, decaying matter collects on the bottom of every filter. This forms an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. After a filter has been used for a few days, the filtered water often contains more disease germs than the water which is put into the filter."
De-ionized water effectively removes minerals, but its resin beds become "a breeding ground for bacteria, pyrogenic matter and viruses... Furthermore, di-ionization does not remove synthetic chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, insecticides or industrial solvents," Dr. Banik writes.
Reverse Osmosis "removes a high percentage of the dissolved solids as well as other contaminants, and when new the result often approaches the purity of distilled water." But the purity varies with the "conditions of the equipment used, much as with filter equipment, and the effectiveness lessens with use. Sometimes drastically!"
Rain water has been naturally distilled by the heat of the sun. But it becomes contaminated as it "falls through air filled with bacteria, dust, smoke, chemicals, mud and minerals. By the time it reaches the earth as rain water, it is so saturated with decaying matter, dirt and chemicals that its color becomes a yellowish-white." Snow is even dirtier.
What is Distilled Water? Distillation is nature's way of purifying water. When the sun heats water, this causes evaporation... an example of distillation on the grand scale. Vapor rises from the surface of water, leaving behind all its impurities. These water vapors rise and cool as air temperature in the upper atmosphere drops, and the vapors change from gas to liquid, becoming water, ice or snow. If our atmosphere were not polluted, each drop of rain or snow would be pure H20. The production of distilled drinking water is man's attempt to copy nature's form of water purification. As with evaporation in nature, distillation actually removes water (in the form of steam vapor) from the heavier materials that are its impurities. Other types of water treatment attempt to remove contaminants from water, rather than removing water from the contaminants. This is how distillation with a WATERWISE distiller works: In the boiling chamber of the distiller, tap water is heated to 212 degrees, killing bacteria and viruses. The heat produces steam, which rises, leaving behind inorganic minerals, chemicals and other contaminants in the boiling tank. As the water temperature rises, the light gases boil off and are discharged through the gaseous vent. A stainless steel condenser cools the steam, turning it into high quality distilled water. This water passes from the condenser through an optional post carbon filter, and the purified distilled water is collected in a reservoir.
Fluoride is also synthesized in laboratoriess. Synthesized fluoride is commonly added to drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products. By Dr. Mercola
Fluoride is added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies to aid in the prevention of cavities. This benefit is dubious at best, as there is practically no difference in tooth decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries, and no difference between states that fluoridate a high versus low percentage of their water.
Yet, while fluoride in drinking water does NOT decrease rates of tooth decay, numerous studies show that this chemical has a wide array of devastating health effects – one of them being lowered IQ.Yet Another Study Links Fluoride to Lower IQ Levels
A review of brain studies involving the use of fluoride has concluded that one of the adverse effects of fluoride exposure on children is damage to their neurological development.1 According to the Harvard researchers, children who lived in high-fluoride areas had "significantly lower IQ than those in low fluoride areas," with the authors noting:
"The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children's neurodevelopment."
This just adds to the growing number of animal and human studies demonstrating the damage fluoride inflicts on your brain, including your pineal gland. The results of one study looking at children's intelligence in two towns – one with fluoridated water and one without – were particularly revealing, with about 28 percent of the children in the low-fluoride area scoring as "bright, normal or higher intelligence" compared to only 8 percent in the high-fluoride area.2
Further, 15 percent of children in the high-fluoride city had signs of mental retardation, compared with only 6 percent in the low-fluoride city. And the study even accounted for other potential variables, such as lead exposure, iodine deficiency or a history of brain disease or head injury. There have been over 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage. This includes such effects as:3
Reduction in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
Reduction in lipid content
Impaired antioxidant defense systems
Damage to the hippocampus
Damage to the Purkinje cells
Increased uptake of aluminum
Formation of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer's disease)
Exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency
Accumulation of fluoride in the pineal gland
Some of these effects have been observed even at low levels of exposure, such as 1 part per million (ppm) of fluoride in water. This is below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 'safe' drinking water level for fluoride, which is 4 ppm, and right around the levels used in water fluoridation programs, which may range from 0.7-1.2 ppm.
The Fluoride in Your Drinking Water is an Industrial Waste Product
Did you know that the United States is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply? Even China does NOT allow water fluoridation because it's too toxic and causes damage, according to their studies. Instead, the waste product from their phosphate fertilizer industry is shipped to the United States, where we add it to our water supply! This is a very important point: the fluoride added to your water is NOT even pharmaceutical grade.
It's a toxic industrial waste product, which is also contaminated with lead, arsenic, radionucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants. The story gets even more convoluted, as now declassified files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission show that the original motivation for promoting fluoride and water fluoridation in the United States was to protect the bomb-, aluminum-, and other fluoride-polluting industries from liability. In the early days some of the sodium fluoride used to fluoridate water supplies in the U.S. came from Alcoa.
A couple of years later, they switched to the even more hazardous waste product hydrofluorosilicic acid from the phosphate fertilizer industry.
While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially claims that "For more than 65 years, water fluoridation has undergone extensive scientific studies and reviews to assess its public health benefits and risks. For many years, panels of experts from different health and scientific fields have provided strong evidence that water fluoridation is safe and effective,"4 this claim appears to have the flimsiest of foundations.
According to a 2006 report from the National Research Council,5 extensive amounts of research are inconclusive, or still missing and need to be conducted to evaluate the whole-body impact of fluoride … Not only that, but their scientific review also identified research suggesting a variety of harmful effects, from skeletal fluorosis, bone fractures, and, potentially, even cancer. With that in mind, how can the CDC claim that "extensive research" has concluded water fluoridation is safe for ALL community residents, without differentiation between infants and adults, the sick or the healthy?
How can the CDC possibly claim, as they often do, that water fluoridation is one of the top public health achievements of the last century? Fluoride is a toxic agent that is biologically active in the human body where it accumulates in sensitive tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes and produces a number of serious adverse health effects—including neurological and endocrine dysfunctions. So why is it still being added to so much of the U.S. water supply?
Healthy Food – Not Fluoride – Essential for Healthy Teeth Fluoride's predominant action is on the surface of your tooth (although even this is now questionable) and not from inside the body – so the idea that many Americans are still being forced to swallow it for their teeth defies all common reason. Good oral health and strong, healthy teeth are NOT the result of drinking fluoridated water and brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste. Rather it's virtually all about your diet.
Dr. Weston A. Price, who was one of the major nutritional pioneers of all time, completed some of the most extensive research on this topic back in the early 1900s and documented his findings in his classic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. He found native tribes who were eating their traditional diet had nearly perfect teeth, and were almost 100 percent free of tooth decay -- and they did not have toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, or root canals and fillings.
But when these tribal populations were introduced to sugar and white flour, guess what happened … their health, and their perfect teeth, rapidly deteriorated, just like the kids in El Salvador. By avoiding sugars and processed foods, you prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay in the first place.
Most people whose diet includes very little sugar and few processed foods have very low rates of tooth decay. So the simple act of limiting, or eliminating sugar, and avoiding processed foods -- along with regular cleanings with your natural mercury-free dentist -- will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and cavity-free naturally.
Infants and Children Among Those Most at Risk Breast milk contains very little, almost no, fluoride, and this is by design. Remember, fluoride is a neurodevelopmental toxin that can damage a baby's brain.
As Dr. Paul Connett, co-author of the book, The Case Against Fluoride, explained:
"In the view of many critics of fluoridation, including Arvid Carlsson, Nobel laureate in medicine/physiology, it is reckless to expose infants to levels of fluoride orders of magnitude higher than that found in breast milk.
In the U.S., infants who are fed formula reconstituted with fluoridated tap water receive the highest levels of fluoride (per kilogram body weight) in the human population. Specifically, infants who are fed formula made with fluoridated water at the current level of 1 part-per-million (1 ppm = 1 mg/liter) fluoride will receive a dose up to 250 times more than the breastfed infant.
… Even though health agencies in the U.S. and other fluoridating countries have recognized that children are being grossly over-exposed to fluoride (41 percent of American children aged 12-15 now have some form of dental fluorosis), they are unwilling to concede that fluoride may be impacting the brain. Their approach has been either to ignore these studies completely or to challenge the relevance and the methodology of the fluoride-brain studies. They have thus far failed to conduct any IQ studies of their own."
What You Can Do TODAY!
The Fluoride Action Network6 has a game plan to END water fluoridation in both Canada and the United States. Our fluoride initiative will primarily focus on Canada since 60 percent of Canada is already non-fluoridated. If we can get Calgary and the rest of Canada to stop fluoridating their water, we believe the U.S. will be forced to follow. Please, join the anti-fluoride movement by contacting the representative for your area below. The point person for this area is Carol Kopf, at the New York Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF). Email her at NYSCOF@aol.com. Please contact her if you're interested in helping with this effort.