Fluorides cause many diseases
Sources of fluorides
Removal of fluorides
Fluorides cause many diseases
Fluoridation is one of the great mistakes of the 20th century. More toxic than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic, fluoride is an exceptionally dangerous chemical. A huge body of double-blind published research (6, 7, 14, 15) shows that a build up of fluorides in the body leads to fibromyalgia, skeletal fluorosis (6, 11), weak and damaged bones, heart and arterial disease (1), reduced intelligence (3, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15), ADD / ADHD (10, 14), and a variety of other degenerative diseases that vary according to each individual. The damage is not immediate, and can take twenty or more years to show up as behavioural disorders, Alzheimer's disease, hypothyroidism (8), hip fractures, bone cancer and osteoporosis (4), other cancers (11), kidney damage and a wide variety of other disorders.
"The prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system", according to Valdez-Jimenez, lead researcher of a study published in June 2011. (2) "It is important to be aware of this serious problem and avoid the use of toothpaste and items that contain fluoride, particularly in children as they are more susceptible to the toxic effects of fluoride."
In August 2019 America's most influential medical journal published a large study (15) that links fluoride consumption during pregnancy with significantly lower child IQ. The finding could undermine decades of public-health pro-fluoride campaigning. The research was expected to be so controversial that JAMA Pediatrics included a rare editor's note saying the decision to publish it was not easy and that it was subjected to "additional scrutiny." The study found that a 1 mg increase in fluoride consumption per day was associated with a 3.7 point lower IQ in three to four year old children. (15)
The placenta is not a barrier to fluoride poisoning of a foetus. (5)
Halogens. Fluorine, bromine, chlorine and iodine are known as halogens, and they are antagonistic to each other in the body. Increase the level of one or more of them, and they tend to replace or remove the others. Fluorine, bromine and chlorine are toxic. They are goitrogens, that lower the level of iodine in the thyroid gland and disrupt its function. Fluorine, bromine and chlorine are prevalent in our food and environment today. Up until early last century, their levels in both food and the environment were far lower.
Iodine on the other hand, is highly beneficial. Unfortunately, its availability is just the opposite to fluorine, bromine and chlorine. Early last century it was widely available in food. Today, almost everyone is severely iodine-deficient.
Sources of Fluorides
- Tap water. America and those countries which come under the strong influence of the USA add fluorides to their water supplies. Apparently they do this in the mistaken belief that it reduces tooth cavities. It is extraordinary that they still do it when the damage to the community's health is so serious. Many countries have banned water fluoridation, or now admit that adding fluorides to water was a mistake, and no longer add them. They include Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland. America and Australia have not woken up to the dangers. In 2018 the New Zealand Supreme Court ruled that fluoridation is compulsory mass medication, in breach of human rights.
Note: most water filters are not able to remove fluorides. The only ones that can are reverse osmosis filters, steam distillers, a new generation of special fluoride removal gravity-fed ceramic cartridges (97% fluoride removal), and activated alumina filters (only partial removal).
- Pharmaceutical drugs. Many drugs contain fluorides as an active component (Fen-Phen, Baycol, Cipro antibiotic, many anaesthetics, any drugs that have Fl in the chemical components). Fluorides tend accumulate in the body rather than being easily excreted. For this reason, they are also added to many pharmaceuticals so that the active components are not quickly flushed away.
- Toothpaste. Sodium fluoride and sodium monofluorophosphate are added to most toothpaste. A host of other toxic
chemicals are also added. Your mouth has some of the most absorptive membranes in your body, as you brush your teeth most of these
toxins go directly into your bloodstream.
Use a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste or tooth powder, with no chemicals added. Baking soda is a great tooth cleaning powder.
- Supplements. Surprisingly, many multi-mineral pills have fluorides added. Avoid them!
- Pesticides. Most pesticides contain fluorides. If you have been spraying, in the path of spray, or eating sprayed produce, this may be a fluoride source.
- Pollution. Fluorides are pervasive in the soil, water and air, being produced by many industries such as coal burning power stations, aluminium refiners, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.
- Black tea is the worst food/drink source of fluoride. (14) Drinking black tea during pregnancy is associated with spina bifida. (14)
Removal of Fluorides
When fluorides are added to municipal tap water, they are almost impossible to completely avoid. Even if you have an effective filter (see below), you will still be ingesting fluorides from your bathing and showering, most washing and cooking, most foods and drinks that you buy, and all restaurants and take-away foods. Lunches and dinners at friends, schools, workplaces etc will still use fluoridated water.
Reverse osmosis filters and water distillation / water distillers remove virtually all the fluorides from municipal tap water.
A new generation of special fluoride-removal gravity-fed ceramic cartridges can remove 97% of the fluorides.
Several other types of filters claim to remove fluorides but are not very effective. For example, activated alumina filters (only partial fluoride removal).
Most other water filters are not able to remove fluorides.
The most effective thing you can do is continually lobby your local member of parliament. This is a long-term project, where gradually most people get to realise that compulsory or forced fluoridation of the population is a very costly mistake by the authorities.
Most of the world does not fluoridate its water. The only countries that still fluoridate their water are the USA and those countries which are under its strong influence. It is therefore particularly significant that on 29 July 2013 the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that Israel stop adding fluoride to its municipal public water supplies, and also banned adding fluoride to any other water, even for those who want it. It is joining a growing list of countries that have never fluoridated their water supplies, or are reversing the decision to do so.
Natural remedies that counter the absorption of fluorides, and help remove the fluorides that have already accumulated in your body.
- Boron binds to fluorides and other heavy metals in your body, which are then excreted in the urine. Borax is the form in which I recommend you supplement boron.
- Iodine is an antagonist to fluorine. That is, they compete with each other. Increase the level of one in your body, and it tends to push out the other. So eat plenty of iodine-rich foods, and supplement with iodine.
- Tamarind has an affinity to fluorides, binding to them so they may be excreted. A study (12) showed that tamarind intake is likely to help in delaying progression of fluorosis by enhancing urinary excretion of fluoride. Happily, the study found that less zinc, magnesium and creatinine are excreted while on a diet that includes tamarind. You can buy packets of pressed tamarind fruit at some Asian stores, and it is a common ingredient in many chutneys.
- Magnesium is an essential mineral that most people are lacking. Besides being so important in the metabolism and synthesis of nutrients within your cells, it also inhibits the absorption of fluorides into your cells.
- The principles in heavy metal removal also apply to the removal of fluoride.
- Sweat. Contrary to what is suggested in other websites, sweat / perspiration is not a significant means to lose fluoride from the body. (9)
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