7 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough


When life gets rough and you feel like giving up, it helps to remember these 7 things. Why? Because they will help you find the necessary strength, courage and confidence to move forward and do the things you deep down inside know you should be doing.

7 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

Here are 7 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough:

1. Remember the story about David and Goliath.

When life gets rough and you feel like giving up, remember the story of the young man David and the giant Goliath. Remember how, even though David was but a young shepherd, and Goliath a warrior from his youth, David managed to defeat Goliath. By not allowing the outside circumstances to overwhelm and intimidate him, he focused on his inner strength and the power he knew for sure that was present within him, and as a result, he defeated Goliath. Be like David. Don’t let the size of your problems overwhelm and intimidate you.

2. Life may be tough, but you are tougher.

No matter how many challenges life will send your way, and no matter how big and overwhelming your problems might seem at times, you have to remind yourself that you are bigger than all of your problems. And that you can deal with whatever life send your way. Life may be tough, but you are tougher.

3. When life gets rough, remember that Diamonds are made under pressure.

I really love how Peter Marshall spoke about this: “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” Diamonds are made under pressure and oak trees grow strong in contrary winds. And just like a diamond, you too need the pressure in order to be polished and refined. You too need the winds in order to grow strong, bold and confident. Remember this when life gets rough!

4. Every problem comes with a gift.

Richard Bach said it better than anyone else ever has, or will: “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”

Every problem comes with a gift, and if you have mountains of problems in your hands to solve, you will soon have mountains of gifts in your life to enjoy. And this is something you should definitely remind yourself in those moments when life gets rough and you feel like giving up.

5. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.

We all want to live lives free of pain, sorrow, darkness and difficulties, but these things are part of life. And just as the lotus flower needs the mud in order to come to life, you too need these challenges in order to cleanse yourself of yourself and become all that life created you to be.

6. Life is a journey.

Life is a journey, not a destination. And every experience and every interaction life sends your way, no matter if good or bad, is meant to shape you, to guide you, to lead you, and to help you craft a life that is worth living. Enjoy the journey. 

7. Your life is your story.

You are the main character of your life, the hero of your life story. And when the time will come for you to leave this world, looking back at your life, you will perceive all these challenges and all difficulties, different than you do now. You will look back at all your struggles and all your difficulties with gratitude and contentment, knowing that they were the ones that help you become all that you have become. 

The Loudest Sound In The World Would Kill You On The Spot


The questions kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places adults forget to explore. With that in mind, we’ve started a series called Science Question From a Toddler, which will use kids’ curiosity as a jumping-off point to investigate the scientific wonders that adults don’t even think to ask about. The answers are for adults, but they wouldn’t be possible without the wonder only a child can bring. I want the toddlers in your life to be a part of it! Send me their science questions and they may serve as the inspiration for a column. And now, our toddler …

Q: I want to hear what the loudest thing in the world is! — Kara Jo, age 5

No. No, you really don’t. See, there’s this thing about sound that even we grown-ups tend to forget — it’s not some glitter rainbow floating around with no connection to the physical world. Sound is mechanical. A sound is a shove — just a little one, a tap on the tightly stretched membrane of your ear drum. The louder the sound, the heavier the knock. If a sound is loud enough, it can rip a hole in your ear drum. If a sound is loud enough, it can plow into you like a linebacker and knock you flat on your butt. When the shock wave from a bomb levels a house, that’s sound tearing apart bricks and splintering glass. Sound can kill you.

Consider this piece of history: On the morning of Aug. 27, 1883, ranchers on a sheep camp outside Alice Springs, Australia, heard a sound like two shots from a rifle. At that very moment, the Indonesian volcanic island of Krakatoa was blowing itself to bits 2,233 miles away. Scientists think this is probably the loudest sound humans have ever accurately measured. Not only are there records of people hearing the sound of Krakatoa thousands of miles away, there is also physical evidence that the sound of the volcano’s explosion traveled all the way around the globe multiple times.

Now, nobody heard Krakatoa in England or Toronto. There wasn’t a “boom” audible in St. Petersburg. Instead, what those places recorded were spikes in atmospheric pressure — the very air tensing up and then releasing with a sigh, as the waves of sound from Krakatoa passed through. There are two important lessons about sound in there: One, you don’t have to be able to see the loudest thing in the world in order to hear it. Second, just because you can’t hear a sound doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Sound is powerful and pervasive and it surrounds us all the time, whether we’re aware of it or not.

In general, our world is much more crowded than we think it is. We all live life like we’re Maria von Trapp, swinging our arms around in an empty field. In reality, we’re more like commuters on the subway at 5 p.m. — hemmed in in every direction by the molecules that make up the air around us. Snap your fingers and you jostle the particles right next to you. As they wiggle, they bump into the particles next to them, which, in turn, nudge the particles next to them.

These wiggles are what the world’s barometers were measuring in the wake of the Krakatoa eruption. Again, think of being on a crowded train car. If you were to hip check the person standing next to you — which I do not recommend — they would tense up and scoot away from you. In the process, they’d probably bump into the next person, who would tense up and shimmy away from them. (There would also be words exchanged, but that is neither germane to our thought experiment nor child friendly.) Meanwhile, though, that original person you bumped into has now relaxed. The pattern travels through the crowd — bump-tense-wiggle-sigh, bump-tense-wiggle-sigh.

That’s what a sound wave looks like. It’s also why you can’t hear sounds in space. Being in a vacuum is like being in an empty subway car — there’s no molecular medium for the pattern of movement, tension and release to travel through. Likewise, sound travels a bit differently in water than it does in air, because the molecules in water are more tightly packed — a Tokyo subway car compared to one in New York.

For instance, the loudest animal on Earth might, in fact, live in the ocean. Sperm whales use echolocation to navigate, similar to what bats use — they make a clicking sound and can figure out what’s around by the way that sound wave bounces off objects and returns to them. A sperm whale’s click is 200 decibels, the unit used to measure the intensity of a sound, said Jennifer Miksis-Olds, associate professor of acoustics at Penn State. To give you a sense of the scale, the loudest sound NASA has ever recorded was the first stage of the Saturn V rocket, which clocked in at 204 decibels.

But the whale is not really as loud as the rocket, she told me. Because water is denser than air, sound in water is measured on a different decibel scale. In air, the sperm whale would still be extremely loud, but significantly less so — 174 decibels. That’s roughly equivalent to the decibel levels measured at the closest barometer, 100 miles away from the Krakatoa eruption, and is loud enough to rupture people’s ear drums. Suffice to say, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time swimming with the sperm whales.

SOUND INFRASOUND? DECIBELS
A mosquito from 20 feet away 0
A whisper 20
Bird calls 44
Microbaroms 30-50
Conversation at home 50
Light breeze 55-70
Vaccum cleaner 70
Blender 88
Stiff breeze 70-90
A motorcycle from 25 feet away 90
Chelyabinsk meteor from 400 miles away 90
Jackhammer 100
Thunder 120
Mine crushing machine from 328 feet away 127
Deck of an aircraft carrier 140
NASA’s acoustic testing chamber for satellites 163
Krakatoa from 100 miles away 172
Sperm whale echolocation 174
Saturn V Rocket 204
All the sounds you can (and cannot) hear

Decibels decrease over distance. Measurements are for right next to the source of the sound, except where noted.

SOURCES: PURDUE UNIVERSITY, MILTON GARCES, JENNIFER MIKSIS-OLDS, NASA, NIH, NAUTILUS

Because sound is all about the motion of invisible objects, it’s also possible for that motion to happen and for you not to hear it. That’s because the molecules have to wiggle just right when they hit our eardrum. If the motion is going through the crowd of molecules too slowly or too quickly, our body can’t transfer that motion into signals our brains understand. This is called frequency, and it’s measured in hertz. Humans can hear a pretty broad range — 64 hertz to 23,000 hertz.1

But hertz and decibels are independent of one another. A sound can be extremely loud and still be at a frequency that we can’t hear. That’s what traveled all the way to England and beyond after Krakatoa erupted: sound waves that were inaudible to humans. Because extremely low frequency sound waves can travel much, much farther than higher frequencies, it’s specifically low-frequency sounds that can make these kinds of epic journeys. Scientists call this infrasound, and they’re listening for it, for a whole host of reasons. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization has 60 monitoring stations in 35 countries and uses infrasound to spot illegal nuclear detonations. The USArray, which is managed by a consortium of universities and government agencies,measures infrasound across the North American continent as a way of learning about seismology. Both these networks use microbarometers and low-frequency microphones, tracking modern infrasound similarly to the way scientists once tracked the infrasound from Krakatoa.

And there are many, many sounds to track, said Michael Hedlin. He and his wife, Catherine de Groot-Hedlin, run the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Acoustics and studies infrasound data. Hedlin can process that data — essentially just speeding it up — so that it becomes audible to human ears. Ghost sounds made flesh.

Hedlin’s sensors hear thunderstorms rolling through hundreds of miles away. They hear the sounds of coal mining as it happens in the next state. And then there are the more constant sounds. The wind blows. Waves on the ocean slap at each other. The inaudible signals travel hundreds of miles, sometimes thousands. When I called him from landlocked Minneapolis, Hedlin told me, “You’re probably immersed in sounds from the ocean you can’t hear.”

 

Milton Garces, the director of the Infrasound Laboratory at the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, agreed. In particular, he told me that two sounds interfere with the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty network, because they are so constant, so pervasive and so loud. First are microbaroms, which happen on the edges of storms at sea, when two ocean waves traveling in opposite directions meet, amplifying each other into a wave that’s bigger than either was alone. The other is just the sound of the wind — which can reach infrasound decibel levels equivalent to those of a motorcycle. “We developed our hearing threshold so we don’t go nuts,” Garces told me. “If we had hearing perception in that band it would be difficult to communicate. It’s always there.”

Even with that protection, extremely loud infrasounds can still have an impact on our bodies. Humans exposed to infrasounds above 110 decibelsexperience changes in their blood pressure and respiratory rates. They get dizzy and have trouble maintaining their balance. In 1965, an Air Force experiment found that humans exposed to infrasound in the range of 151-153 decibels for 90 seconds began to feel their chests moving without their control. At a high enough decibel, the atmospheric pressure changes of infrasound can inflate and deflate lungs, effectively serving as a means of artificial respiration.

And that, Kara Jo, is why I don’t want to answer your question without also telling you about the loudest sound you cannot hear. That would be the Chelyabinsk meteor, which exploded in the sky over southern Russia, near the border between Europe and Asia, on Feb. 15, 2013. Test-Ban Treaty sensors picked up the infrasound more than 9,000 miles from the source and the sound waves circled the globe. The nearest sensor was 435 miles away, Garces told me, and even at that distance the infrasound decibel level reached 90. Turns out, things don’t have to say “boom” to go boom.

Research Links Fluoridated Water to ADHD


Fluoride, a questionable chemical added to drinking water and toothpaste for the oft-repeated goal of preventing tooth decay, may actually be responsible for certain childhood mental disorders, according to new study Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity from the Harvard School of Public Health. The researchers looked at various chemicals that children are regularly exposed to and found that several, including fluoride, are directly related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental issues.

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Government Bureaucrats to American People: “Shut up and take your medicine!”

Most Americans know fluoride as the chemical at the dentist office or in some types of toothpaste. Some fluoride occurs naturally in drinking water, depending on the geological composition of soils in the surrounding area. However, most exposure comes at the hands of city governments who elect to artificially add more fluoride to the water supply in the name of “improving oral hygiene.” It’s not optional, there is no way to opt out of fluoridated water if your house is connected to the municipal supply. How many of your friends, neighbors, and family members drink this stuff without a second thought? How often do you drink it?

Study Confirms the Obvious: Fluoride is Dangerous

Unfortunately, research has revealed that artificial fluoridation is an ineffective measure to combat tooth decay and thatfluoride is a developmental neurotoxin. In other words, exposure to fluoride can be detrimental to brain development in children and has been linked to reduced IQ. Fluoride accumulates in the body over time, and too much fluoride has also been connected to long-term degenerative problems such as kidney disease, bone weakness, and arthritis.

How to Defend Yourself

Although many municipalities have wised up and stopped water fluoridation, it will take time before all city governments stop using artificial fluoridation. Visit the Center for Disease Control’s My Water’s Fluoride website to determine if your area artificially fluoridates their drinking water. If it does, you can reduce the level of fluoride by buying a reverse osmosis water filter, water distillation unit, or other filter, such as the Seychelle Water Filter Pitcher, that will remove fluoride from tap water.

In the meantime, we need to stay passionate, continue the fight, and remain alert and active. Does fluoridated water concern you? Do you or your child suffer from ADHD and believe it’s connected? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.

Which Water Should I Drink?


Water is a bountiful gift of nature. We see it all around us in the falling rain, lakes, rivers, the ocean, early morning dew, waterfalls, taps, swimming pools, showers and even plastic bottles. Until the recent industrial era we drank water freely from streams and rivers, not giving a second thought to whether it was safe – it just was.

Which Water Should I Drink

So where did things go so wrong?

With our bodies composed of somewhere upwards of 60% water, it is an important element for human life; a basic human right. When did water become a controlled commodity?

One of the biggest problems that we face today, is that there is so much conflicting information about which water we should drink, that it is difficult to make a conscious choice. ‘Which’ water to drink has been a challenging dilemma for me, my whole adult life. It seems almost every which way I turn, there is something to compromise. Once I start pulling at a lose thread, the whole garment rapidly falls apart.

This article is going to explore our realistic options, so that we can at least begin to make more informed decisions about the water we drink.

Tap Water

Tap water varies in quality from region to region; it has frequently been proven to be laden with contaminants in the form of fluoride, chlorine, drugs, arsenic, heavy metals, pesticides and pathogens.

Recently the Scientific American reported that: ’18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities’. They went on to say; ‘the perfluorinated compounds, known as PFOA, have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, among people in communities where water is contaminated by a chemical plant in West Virginia’.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (USA) also reported this:

      Tap water can contain a vast array of contaminants, but a handful showed up repeatedly in the water of the cities we studied:
  • Lead, which enters drinking water supplies from the corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures and can cause brain damage in infants and children
  • Pathogens (germs) that can make people sick, especially those with weakened immune systems, the frail elderly and the very young
  • By-products of chlorine treatment such as trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which may cause cancer and reproductive problems
  • Arsenic, which may cause cancer, serious skin problems, birth defects and reproductive problems
  • Radon, the rocket fuel perchlorate and other carcinogens or otherwise toxic chemicals

The Fluoride in Drinking Water Controversy

It may come as a surprise to learn that fluoride is a well known rat poison and insecticide. This compound has been shown to cause crippling bone disease in people who’ve been drinking from water with high levels of this chemical. It has also been shown to affect bone health and effect other tissues in the body. A great source of information for studies on this is FlourideAlert.org

Studies show shocking links between flouride and lowered IQ levels:

‘Over the last several several decades an astonishing 24 studies have established a statistical link between flouride exposure and low IQ’s in children. One study conducted by the Center for Endemic Disease Control in China, found that each additional milligram of flouride detected in every litre of a child’s urine was associated with a 0.59 decrease in their IQ score. Another study found that flouride exposure slashed the number of children receiving ‘high IQ’s by more than 70%.’ [NaturalNews.tv]

Which Nations Fluoridate?

Whilst many countries in the world do not consume fluoridated water, the following countries are the main culprits. These statistics are from the British Fluoridation Society in 2012 (with the percentage of people who drink artificially fluoridated water in brackets):

  • USA (64%)
  • UK (11%)
  • Australia (80%)
  • Hong Kong (100%)
  • New Zealand (61%)
  • Ireland (73%)
  • Malaysia (75.5%)
  • Spain (11%)
  • Brazil (41%)
  • Chile (70%)
  • Brunei (95%)
  • Fiji (36%)
  • Singapore (100%)
  • Canada (44%)
  • Argentina (19%)

For more country specific info on fluoridation, check out this great document that looks at the extent of water fluoridation around the world: Extent of Fluoridation.

Mass Fluoride Medication

Fluoridation of the water supply is essentially mass human medication, without informed consent from the people, (who generally have no idea that it is happening).

Watch this short and informative animated movie about The Fluoride Deception. It exposes the facts about water fluoridation and the phosphate mining industry. Rather eye opening!

 

For further professional perspectives and insight into the fluoridation industry watch this video here…

 

Tap Water is Not Ideal to Use as Drinking Water

Given the contaminants regularly found in tap water, we can probably conclude that it is clearly not the ideal solution for drinking. There are however, some excellent options and filtration systems, that may radically improve the quality of water from your tap, to make it safe from drinking. I’ll be exploring our water filtration options in another article very soon.

The Bottled Water Story

Given the dangers of tap water, we might then be forgiven for thinking that we should all drink bottled water. Think again!

I hold my hands up. Like many of us, not knowing which way to turn, I’ve fallen into the bottled water trap before. In a nutshell: plastic bottles are not ideal for us or the planet. Far from it. Whilst there are some great companies out there, there are lots of dubious, unethical corporations selling tap water in bottles. Throw in the cocktail of chemical contaminants that leach into bottled water from the plastic, then the downsides starts rapidly stacking up. Check out my article ‘The Dark Side of Bottled Water’ to explore the pros and cons of drinking bottled water.

ALTERNATIVES – So What on Earth Am I Supposed to Drink?

Both bottled water and water straight out of the tap are certainly poor choices, yet despite the challenges, there are informed options that we as people can make. Here are some tips to help support healthy water consumption…

  1. Eat lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables or drink fruit/veggie juices. Often an over looked source of water, yet the water content in a lot of fruits and vegetable is naturally high. If you incorporate these into your daily cuisine, then there is less need to rely on water.
  2. Get a really good, reliable filter for your tap water. There are a lot of choices out there – something definitely to explore. Look out for my next article, where I examine the differences between jug carbon filters, reverse osmosis filters and solid carbon block filters.
  3. The best choice of all: collect it yourself from a local spring. This is the most sustainable and healthy option that I know of and is well worth the extra effort to go collect it. Ideally, you’ll find a spring that is clean and relatively free from pollution – or just do the best you can. If in doubt you could always pass your collected water through a solid block carbon filter when you get home. There is a growing movement of discerning people, seeking to find their own source of healthy spring water.

Visit http://www.findaspring.com  for more information:

 

So, it’s not an easy choice at all, although I am sure you’ll agree that becoming informed and making the best choices within what we have available is an excellent place to start. I can’t help but feel that there is so much more to explore when it comes to making a conscious choice about drinking water. Keep unraveling and exploring and please do share if you gather any new insight on the subject.

Fluoridated Water Can Calcify Arteries, Study Finds


Fluoride is put in your drinking water ‘for your teeth’ without your consent, but did you know that it could also be calcifying your arteries?

Fluoridated Water Can Calcify Arteries

A few years ago, we reported on a study evaluating a new diagnostic technology that inadvertently revealed a link between fluoride exposure and coronary artery disease. Our report stirred up quite a lot of controversy and criticism, even leading one of the most respected figures in alternative medicine (deservedly so) – Dr. Russell Blaylock — to call us out on Infowars for our allegedly sophomoric interpretation of the following article: “Association of vascular fluoride uptake with vascular calcification and coronary artery following article disease.” As one can see, the study’s results revealed a hitherto largely unknown connection between fluoride exposure, coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events (e.g. heart attack).

“There was significant correlation between history of cardiovascular events and presence of fluoride uptake in coronary arteries. The coronary fluoride uptake value in patients with cardiovascular events was significantly higher than in patients without cardiovascular events.”

The argument, at the time, was the study was simply about a new diagnostic technique and shouldn’t be ‘read into,’ and that, presumably, the increased fluoride uptake value observed in patients with a higher frequency of cardiovascular events was a an ‘effect’ of the heart disease itself and not in any way indicative of fluoride’s causative role as a cardiotoxic agent — despite the fact that fluoride’s cardiotoxicity has already been consistently demonstrated in the biomedical literature.

Now, a provocative study published in the journal Toxicology not only provides some vindication for our previous interpretations, but also raises serious concern over the cardiovascular complications associated with water fluoridation practices, showing for the first time that despite exhibiting an anti-calcification effect in vitro (cell model) fluoride exposure at levels found in people who drink fluoridated water exhibits artery-calcifying effects in the more important in vivo (animal) model.

Titled, “Effect of water fluoridation on the development of medial vascular calcification in uremic rats” the study opens with a description of the common medical justification for public water fluoridation:

“In order to improve dental health in the population, fluoride is included in tooth pastes and mouthwash solutions or is added to public water supplies at 0.5–1.5 mg/L (WHO, 2008), which has been a common practice in some countries since 1945.”

And yet, the study acknowledges that fluoride is a well-established toxicant that our body has to either incorporate into its tissues or excrete through the kidney’s to sequester or eliminate:

“More than 90% of ingested fluoride is absorbed through the intestine and quickly distributed between plasma/soft tissues and calcified structures, where it can be sequestered for years (Buzalaf and Whitford, 2011). When water is fluoridated at the WHO- recommended levels, the range of plasma fluoride concentration is usually 1–6 uM (Husdan et al., 1976; Singer and Ophaug, 1979). Fluoride is not under homeostatic control, and it is cleared from the plasma within few hours by the complementary action of calcified tissues and the kidneys.”

Those with chronic kidney disease have a harder time clearing the fluoride, which results in increased blood plasma levels, especially as the length of exposure increases.

The study noted that in healthy people, almost without exception, fluoride accumulates in the aorta, and in the elderly can exceed 100 ug/g [microgram/gram] tissue. Since atherosclerosis involves the gradual hardening and final calcification of the arteries with a form of calcium known as hydroxylapatite, fluoride’s role in replacing hydroxyls within hydroxylapatite crystals to form fluorapatite can be considered enhancing the cardiotoxicity of these calcium deposits due to the fact that fluorapatite is less soluble than hydroxylapatite and therefore more resistant to the body’s demineralization mechanisms (or de-calcification with natural substances such as magnesium, hawthorn or vitamin K2). The authors address this point:

“From a therapeutic point of view, this incorporation [of fluoride into hydroxylapatite as fluorapatite] may involve an additional problem, because these calcifications will be more difficult to eliminate, if at all possible.”

The report discussed how despite the observation that fluoride accumulates in the main arteries, “the effects on the vascular wall are not clear.” A brief review of the literature shows highly contradictory results, with some studies implying fluoride exposure actually reduces aortic calcification and others showing (as would be expected) deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system. This uncertainty was one of the main reasons they designed their study:

“The aforementioned divergent findings can be explained by the use of different procedures, including very high doses of fluoride, the duration of treatment, and the animal species, in addition to either an experimental or epidemiological setup. In this work, our objective was to clarify the effect of fluoride, if any, on the development and course of medial vascular calcification (MVC, Mönckeberg’s sclerosis) in uremic rats, using low, recommended concentrations in drinking water. Our rationale was that de novo calcified tissue in aorta should incorporate fluoride when exposure to this halogen is concomitant with the course of calcification, and subsequently the rate of calcium phosphate crystallization and/or mineralization should be altered, similar to the effects in tooth enamel or bone. We used two established experimental models of calcification, rat aortic smooth muscle cells incubated with 2 mM Pi, and rats with 5/6-nephrectomy [5/6th of their kidneys removed to model chronic kidney disease] and fed a Pi-enriched diet [Pi = Inorganic phosphate], in combination with low concentrations of fluoride (similar to that of public water fluoridation). Our findings have shown that the results are inverse depending on the experimental model, which highlights the need to carry out in vivo approaches when studying complex multifactorial processes, such as Mönckeberg’s sclerosis [a type of arterial calcification].”

The study found a striking contrast between the in vitro (cell model) and in vivo (animal model) results: within the former, fluoride prevented calcification, within the later, it enhanced medial [middle portion of the artery] vascular calcification in the arteries of animals whose kidneys were weakened. Keep in mind that they did not use ‘mega doses’ of fluoride in the animal study, opting for the administration of the World Health Organization’s recommended concentration of fluoride in public drinking water to ‘prevent cavities.’

The researchers determined that fluoride’s adverse effects on vascular function in the animal model were mediated by the inherent kidney-damaging properties of fluoride (nephrotoxicity). Whereas healthy individuals are not prone to significant or at least acutely discernible damage from low level fluoride exposure (though some functional damage and proteomic changes are observed at 5-8 ppm), those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), have impaired fluoride clearance, subsequent elevated plasma fluoride levels, which creates a vicious self-perpetuating cycle of fluoride-induced aggravation of their decline in kidney function.

The researchers summarized their main finding as follows:

“The main conclusion of our study is that CKD is aggravated even by low concentrations of fluoride, which in turn accelerates medial vascular calcification (MVC), thereby confirming and extending previous reports on fluorosis in CKD patients exposed to WHO-recommended fluoride concentrations in drinking water (Greenberg et al., 1974; Lyaruu et al., 2008).”

Their final comments are to call for a reappraisal of the risks/benefits associated with fluoridation of municipal drinking water:

“In summary, the effects of fluoride on renal function and vascular health are more complicated than expected. Our findings could help to decide whether the use of fluoride to improve the dental health of the population through indiscriminate practices, such as adding it to municipal drinking water, should be reconsidered and should be replaced by a fluoridation policy based on the health status of individuals.”

It should be noted that fluoride’s association with soft tissue calcification also extends to brain structures, including the pineal gland, which we documented in a previous article: Fluoride: Calcifier of the Soul, and that its neurotoxicity — especially as evidenced by lowered I.Q. — is well documented.

Scientific Review Shows Fluoridation Does Not Prevent Cavities


After decades of toxic fluoride being added to public water supplies without the public’s consent, we now have significant validation that this practice needs to be stopped.

The Cochrane Collaboration (an international not-for-profit organisation preparing, maintaining and promoting systematic reviews of the effects of health care) has released a comprehensive review of the science of fluoridation, with points that are nearly impossible to dispute. In short, fluoride doesn’t work to prevent cavities and has been proven to cause harm — in the form of dental fluorosis.

Scientific Review Shows Fluoridation Does Not Prevent Cavities

Fluorosis – mottled discolorations on teeth – is not purely aesthetic. It’s a visible sign that you’ve been exposed to this known developmental neurotoxin at excessive levels.

The Cochrane Collaboration is considered to be the gold standard in evidence-based reviews, and only three studies conducted since 1975 had enough merit to be included. None showed that ingesting fluoride prevents cavities while it was clear that it causes harm (dental fluorosis).

Worse still, even the “best” studies were not considered to be high quality and nearly all were flawed, for instance failing to control for other contributing factors, such as dietary sources of fluoride aside from tap water, diet and ethnicity.

Who Are the Real ‘Conspiracy Theorists’?

Earlier this year, even National Geographic stooped so low as to suggest anyone who questions water fluoridation is a conspiracy theorist.1 Yet, just last year Lancet Neurology released a study, authored by a Harvard doctor, among others, that classified fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin.2

The meta-analysis clearly showed that children exposed to fluoride in drinking water had lower IQ, by an average of seven points, in areas with raised concentrations.

And the majority of the studies had fluoride levels of less than four milligrams (mg) per liter, which is under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) allowable level…

Meanwhile, we have visible evidence (dental fluorosis) that US children are being overexposed to fluoride. That fluoride doesn’t just stop at the teeth; it’s being taken internally. It’s no conspiracy theory; it’s a fact that deserves urgent attention and immediate policy review.

Who are the real denialists about fluoride? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA), which continue to tout water fluoridation as “safe and effective” even as evidence to the contrary pours in around them.

Eventually, and it appears sooner rather than later, they are going to have to face the damage they have caused to so many children by demanding water fluoridation for all – and continuing to do so rather than admitting their mistake.

Fluoride Is Still Added to Two-Thirds of US Water Supplies

Fluoride is added to two-thirds of US public water supplies, even though it’s been linked to serious health conditions, including damage to your bones, brain, kidneys, thyroid, pineal gland and even, ironically, your teeth.

It wasn’t always this way.3 Water fluoridation began in 1945, even though in 1943 the Journal of the American Medical Association stated fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons that change the permeability of the cell membrane by certain enzymes.4

This poison was added to the water because it was supposed to help prevent tooth decay – and rates of cavities havedeclined over the last 60 years. But fluoridation doesn’t deserve the credit.

The decline in tooth decay in the US, which is often attributed to fluoridated water, has likewise occurred in all developed countries (most of which do not fluoridate their water). Meanwhile, health risks linked to consuming fluoridated water have grown and, for the proverbial icing on the cake, new research shows there’s hardly any solid data showing water fluoridation is good for your teeth.

The Evidence Is In: Water Fluoridation Does Not Prevent Cavities

The Cochrane Collaboration, which releases comprehensive reviews regarded as the gold standard in assessing public health policies, recently turned their attention to water fluoridation and its effects on cavities.5

In a review of every fluoridation study they could find, only three since 1975 looked at the effectiveness of water fluoridation at reducing tooth decay among the general population and had high enough quality to be included. The studies found fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree in permanent teeth.6

Further, in the two studies since 1975 that examined the effectiveness of fluoridation in reducing cavities in baby teeth, no significant reduction was noted there either.Study co-author Anne-Marie Glenny, a health science researcher at Manchester University in the United Kingdom, told Newsweek:7

“From the review, we’re unable to determine whether water fluoridation has an impact on caries [cavity] levels in adults.”

While they couldn’t prove that water fluoridation is beneficial, they did find that it causes harm. About 12 percent of those living in fluoridated areas had dental fluorosis that was an “aesthetic concern.”

Dental fluorosis is a condition in which your tooth enamel becomes progressively discolored and mottled, and it’s one of the first signs of over-exposure to fluoride. Eventually, it can result in badly damaged teeth, and, worse, it can also be an indication the rest of your body, such as your bones and internal organs, including your brain, have been overexposed to fluoride as well.

Scientific Review Shows Flouridation Does Not Prevent Cavities - Approval

‘Nobody Would Even Think About’ Approving Fluoridation Today

The Cochrane review is only the latest study to question why so many US municipalities are still adding fluoride to drinking water. In 2000, research lead by Trevor Sheldon, the dean of the Hull York Medical School in the United Kingdom, similarly found a lack of reliable evidence showing water fluoridation to be beneficial… along with a strong link to harm (again, dental fluorosis).8 Sheldon told Newsweek:9

“I had assumed because of everything I’d heard that water fluoridation reduces cavities but I was completely amazed by the lack of evidence… My prior view was completely reversed… There’s really hardly any evidence [the practice works]… And if anything there may be some evidence the other way.”

As Newsweek further reported:10

“Sheldon says that if fluoridation were to be submitted anew for approval today, ‘nobody would even think about it’ due to the shoddy evidence of effectiveness and obvious downside of fluorosis.”

Also revealing, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) there is no discernible difference in tooth decaybetween developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not.11 It’s become clear that swallowing fluoride poses little, if any, benefit along with unacceptable risks. Even the topical benefits (such as in fluoride toothpaste) are being questioned.

A 2010 study published in the journal Langmuir, for instance, uncovered that the fluorapatite layer formed on your teeth from fluoride is a mere six nanometers thick12 — you’d need 10,000 of these layers to get the width of a strand of your hair.

Scientists now question whether this ultra-thin layer can actually protect your enamel and provide any discernible benefit, considering the fact that it is quickly eliminated by simple chewing. They wrote: “…it has to be asked whether such narrow… layers really can act as protective layers for the enamel.”

What Are the Health Risks of Swallowing Fluoride?

Dental fluorosis is only one health risk of consuming fluoride. Research conducted earlier this year linked fluoridated-water consumption to thyroid dysfunction, weight gain, and depression. Thyroid function was affected starting at a fluoride level of 0.3 mg/L, which is less than half what the US currently recommends, which is a level of 0.7 mg/L.

Your pineal gland also tends to accumulate significant amounts of fluoride, which eventually causes it to calcify. This may lead to ADHD-like symptoms and may also play a role in Alzheimer’s and bipolar disease. Considering its effect on neurotransmitters, it’s also quite conceivable that it might promote depression and other neurological disorders.13

Further, according to one 500-page scientific review, fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can also affect your bones, brain, and even your blood sugar levels.14 There are more than 100 published studies illustrating fluoride’s harm to the brain alone, plus 43 more that directly link fluoride exposure to reduced IQ in children Studies have also demonstrated that fluoride toxicity, caused by overexposure, can lead to:

Increased lead absorption Disrupted synthesis of collagen Hyperactivity and/or lethargy Muscle disorders
Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) Increased tumor and cancer rate Arthritis Skeletal fluorosis and bone fractures
Genetic damage and cell death Damaged sperm and increased infertility Inactivation of 62 enzymes and inhibition of more than 100 Inhibited formation of antibodies, and immune system disruptions

Fluoride Is a Cumulative Toxin

Fluoride is a cumulative toxin, which means the more exposure you get, and the longer you get it, the worse your symptoms are likely to be. This is true even in areas where fluoride levels occur in water naturally. Fluoridation advocates often use this to support its safety. However, naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance).

Data from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicate that nearly 49 million people are living in areas where fluoride levels in water are above the permissible levels. The World Health Organization recommends fluoride levels in drinking water stay between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams (mg) per liter, and do not exceed 1.5 mg per liter.

Exposure to levels above this amount may cause pitting of tooth enamel and fluoride deposits in your bones, while exposure to levels above 10 mg per liter may cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms. It’s not only naturally occurring fluoride that can lead to high levels in your water, however.

In one Australian town in 2013, a suspected electrical fault allowed fluoride levels to reach nearly double the guideline amount in local drinking water. The levels may have remained elevated around 2.8 mg per liter for several days. If fluoride exposure is high enough, it can cause irreparable damage to your body. Skeletal fluorosis goes through three stages, which makes sense given fluoride’s cumulative toxicity. According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), symptoms ofearly stage skeletal fluorosis include:

  • Burning, prickling, and tingling in your limbs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss

The second clinical stage of skeletal fluorosis is characterized by:

  • Stiff joints and/or constant pain in your bones; brittle bones; and osteosclerosis
  • Anemia
  • Calcification of tendons, or ligaments of ribs and pelvis
  • Osteoporosis in the long bones
  • Bony spurs may also appear on your limb bones, especially around your knee, elbow, and on the surface of tibia and ulna

In advanced skeletal fluorosis (called crippling skeletal fluorosis), your extremities become weak and moving your joints difficult, and your vertebrae partially fuse together, effectively crippling you. Does this still sound like a substance you want intentionally added to your drinking water?

What Really Causes Tooth Decay?

Swallowing fluoride to clean your teeth is like drinking shampoo to wash your hair; it really defies common logic. Dental caries are caused by demineralization of your teeth (enamel and dentin) by the acids formed during the bacterial fermentation of dietary sugars. Demineralization is countered by the deposit of minerals from your saliva, or remineralization, which is a slow process. However, dental caries are not caused by a lack of fluoride, just as depressionis not caused by a lack of Prozac. Some of the true primary causes of tooth decay cited in the literature include:

  • Consistent use of refined sugar, sugary soft drinks, and processed foods in general
  • Children going to bed with a bottle of sweetened drink in their mouth, or sucking at will from such a bottle during the day
  • Poor dental hygiene and poor access to and utilization of dental health services, usually related to socioeconomic status
  • Mineral deficiencies, like magnesium, which can weaken bones and teeth15
  • More than 600 medications promote tooth decay by inhibiting saliva

If you’re really interested in protecting your oral health, the key is your diet and proper dental care: good old brushing and flossing. By avoiding sugars and processed foods, and eating fermented vegetables, you help prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay while promoting protective varieties. Contrary to popular belief, antimicrobial agents and alcohol mouthwashes designed to “kill bad bacteria” actually do far more harm than good.

The oral microbiome, while connected to the gut microbiome, is quite unique. Most importantly, it has a protective component that protects you from deadly viruses and bacteria in the environment. In addition to consuming foods that are part of a traditional whole-foods-based diet and avoiding processed foods and refined sugar, make sure you are getting plenty of omega-3 fats. The latest research suggests even moderate amounts of omega-3 fats may help ward off gum disease.

Do You Want to Decrease Your Fluoride Exposure?

FAN is one of the leading organizations that is working feverishly to eliminate fluoride from the water supply. Dr. Paul Connett is one of our Health Liberty partners and we deeply appreciate and applaud his organization’s hard efforts. We have reprinted their excellent recommendations on how to decrease your fluoride exposure below.

1) Stop Drinking Fluoridated Water

Tap water consumption is, on average, the largest daily source of fluoride exposure for people who live in areas that add fluoride to the water. Avoiding consumption of fluoridated water is especially critical for infants. If you live in area that fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride in one of three ways:

  • Water Filters: One way of avoiding the fluoride from tap water is to purchase a water filter. Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. By contrast, “activated carbon” countertop filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride.
  • Spring Water: Another way to avoid fluoride from tap water is to purchase spring water. Most brands of spring water contain very low levels of fluoride. Some brands, however, do contain high levels (e.g., Trinity Springs). Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm. You can find out the level of fluoride in some of the popular brands here. You can also find out the fluoride level by calling the number on the water label. (Most companies have this information readily available.)
  • Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for a distillation unit varies widely depending on the size. Small counter-top units cost as little as $200, while large units can exceed $1,000. However, distillation also removes all minerals and destructures the water which radically diminished the health benefits of the water.

If you don’t know if your area is fluoridated, you can find out by contacting your local water department. If you live in the US, you can also find out by going to FAN’s State Fluoride Database.

2) Don’t Let Your Child Swallow Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is often the largest single source of fluoride intake for young children, and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis. This is because children swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth. In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended as an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.

If you have a young child, therefore, we recommend that you use a non-fluoride toothpaste. If, however, you do use fluoride toothpaste, it’s very important that you supervise your children while they brush to make sure they use no more than a “pea-sized amount” of paste, and that they fully rinse and spit and after they finish. And, lastly, do not purchase candy-flavored toothpaste (e.g., bubble-gum and watermelon) as these toothpastes (which still contain adult-strength concentrations of fluoride) increase the risk that your children will swallow it (and actually want to swallow it).

Scientific Review Shows Flouridation Does Not Prevent Cavities - Homemade Toothpaste

3) Do NOT Get Fluoride Gel Treatments at the Dentist

Although dental researchers have stated on numerous occasions that fluoride gel treatment should ONLY be used for patients at highest risk of cavities, many dentists continue to apply fluoride gels irrespective of the patient’s cavity risk. The fluoride gel procedure requires the patient to clamp down on a tray for 4 minutes and uses an extremely concentrated, acidic fluoride gel (12,300 ppm). Because of the fluoride gel’s high acidity, the saliva glands produce a large amount of saliva during the treatment, which makes it extremely difficult (both for children and adults) to avoid swallowing the gel.

Even when dentists use precautionary measures such as suction devices, children and adults still ingest significant quantities of the paste, which can cause incredibly high spikes of fluoride in the blood (for up to 15 hours). These fluoride levels place patients, particularly children, at risk for stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and places a person at risk for short-term kidney damage, harm to the reproductive system, and impairment to glucose metabolism. The next time your dentist asks you whether you want a fluoride gel treatment, say NO.

4) Eat More Fresh, Less Processed Food

When water is fluoridated, it is not just the water that is fluoridated, but all beverages and foods that are made with the water. As a general rule, therefore, the more processed a food is, the more fluoride it has. The good news is that the naturally occurring levels of fluoride in most fresh water (e.g., spring water) and most fresh food (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grain, eggs, milk) is very low.

Use this fact to your advantage by trying to shift as much as you can from processed foods to fresh. Also, since processed beverages (e.g., sodas, reconstituted juices, sports drinks) contribute far more to fluoride intake than processed foods, it is most important to focus on reducing your consumption of processed beverages. For more detailed information on how you can cut down on your fluoride intake from processed foods, see FAN’s Grocery Store Guide: 7 Ways to Avoid Fluoride in Beverages and Food.

5) Buy Organic Grape Juice and Wine

In the US, many vineyards use a fluoride pesticide called cryolite. As a result, the levels of fluoride in US grape juice and wine (particularly white grape juice and white wine) are consistently elevated. Indeed, in 2005, the USDA reported that the average level of fluoride exceeded 2 ppm for both white wine and white grape.

The levels of fluoride in red wine are also elevated (1 ppm), and so are raisins (2.3 ppm). If you buy grape juice and wine, or if you are a heavy consumer of raisins, buy organic. In the case of wine, if you don’t want to spend the extra money on organic, consider purchasing a European brand, as Europe uses far less cryolite than the US.

6) Reduce Your Tea Consumption (and/or Drink Tea with Younger Leaves)

Be careful of drinking too much tea, particularly bottled and instant varieties. The tea plant accumulates high levels of fluoride, and excess intake of tea is known to cause a painful bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. Some teas though contain high levels of health-boosting antioxidants. Not only are antioxidants good for health in general, they also help to protect you from fluoride toxicity.

In the ideal scenario, one could drink tea with high levels of antioxidants but low levels of fluoride. Recent research suggests that this might be a somewhat obtainable goal. It has recently been shown that the antioxidant levels in tea are far higher in young leaves, than old leaves. This is important because young leaves also happen to have lower levels of fluoride. Indeed, it has been proposed that the fluoride content of tea is an indicator of its quality: the higher the fluoride, the lower the quality, and vice versa.

If you love tea, therefore, try to purchase varieties that are made from young leaves (e.g., “White tea”). This will allow you to maximize tea’s known benefits, while reducing its known harm. Towards this end, avoid bottled and instant teas, as they have been to contain low-quality leaves that have very low levels of antioxidants. With bottled and instant tea, therefore, you get the risk (fluoride) without the benefit (antioxidants). Another option is to drink yerba matte – a caffeinated herbal tea from South America that contains very low levels of fluoride (< 0.2 ppm).

7) Avoid Cooking with Non-Stick Pans

Some research has found that cooking with non-stick-coated pans can significantly increase the fluoride content of food. If you have non-stick pans, consider switching to ceramic or another type of safe pan.

8) Don’t Take Cipro and Be Mindful of Other Fluorinated Pharmaceuticals

Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated, which means they contain something called a “carbon-fluorine bond.” Although the carbon-fluoride bond is strong enough to resist breaking down within the body, this is not always the case. Some fluorinated drugs have been found to metabolize into fluoride within the body and this greatly increases a person’s exposure to fluoride.The most notable example is Cipro. Other fluorinated chemicals that are currently known to break down into fluoride include fluorinated anesthetics (Isoflurane & Sevoflurane), Niflumic acid, Flecainide, and Voriconazole. If you are taking any of these drugs, find out if there are any safer alternatives available.

9) Minimize Consumption of Mechanically-Deboned Chicken

Most meats that are pulverized into a pulp form (e.g., chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) are made using a mechanical deboning processes. This mechanical deboning process increases the quantity of bone particles in the meat.

Since bone is the main site of fluoride accumulation in the body, the higher levels of bone particle in mechanically deboned meat results in significantly elevated fluoride levels. Of all the meats that are mechanically deboned, chicken meat has consistently been found to have the highest levels. Thus, minimize consumption of mechanically deboned chicken.

10) Avoid Fluoridated Salt

If you live in a country that allows fluoridated salt to be sold, make sure the salt you buy is unfluoridated. Consumption of fluoridated salt can greatly increase a person’s fluoride exposure. To see a list of countries that allow fluoridated salt, click here. (From: www.fluoridealert.org)

Fluoride Linked to Coronary Heart Disease


Dental fluorosis is a condition caused by too much fluoride, and it’s on the rise in the United States, despite the US government knowing about it for some time now. Though it can happen to anyone, the condition (which ruins teeth) affects more children than adults, primarily because children’s teeth are still developing and more susceptible to fluorosis.

But did you know that dental fluorosis is also a biomarker for coronary heart disease?

Fluoride Linked to Coronary Heart Disease

When Will the Fluoride Poisoning Stop?

Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2010: “Prevalence of dental fluorosis was higher among younger persons and ranged from 41% among adolescents aged 12-15 to 9% among adults aged 40-49.” That rate of 41% in adolescents aged 12-15 increased from 22.6% back in 1986-87 (almost double).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services planned in 2010 to lower the amount of fluoride allowed in water, though so far there has been no change to the amounts of fluoride added.

Today, the CDC still promotes fluoridation to water as well fluoride dental products.

Fluoride and Heart Disease

In 2013, a study in Ireland was prompted over concern with that fluorosis might be linked with cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland.

The study found that the concern was indeed justified: “Dental Fluorosis is a biomarker for coronary heart disease (CHD). Professor Takamori’s research team observed that children with dental fluorosis have a higher incidence of heart damage and an increase in abnormal heart rhythm than those without fluorosis.”

In lieu of the evidence, will the government of Ireland stop their policy of mandatory fluoridation of the population of Ireland?

And regarding the US?

Dental Fluorosis in the United States

Well, in summary:

In 2010, the US government knew people were ingesting dangerous levels of fluoride, knowing causing florosis in 40% of children (among other things) and now potentially contributing to the increasing incidence of cardiovascular disease in the United States. Regulators said the amount of fluoride in drinking water should be lowered. However…

  • 2011: There was no change to fluoride levels allowed in drinking water
  • 2012: There was no change to fluoride levels allowed in drinking water
  • 2013: There was no change to fluoride levels allowed in drinking water
  • 2014: We are still waiting…

Meanwhile, US dentists still promote the use of fluoride treatments, fluoride toothpaste, and fluoride mouthwash, despite the evidence that it is linked to heart disease, and other illnesses.

Is Your Toothpaste Safe?


All of us love the tangy smell and taste of toothpaste — aah, that fresh feeling in the morning! But, how many of us have really cared to find out what there is in our toothpaste beyond that minty, fresh flavour?

There are as many types of toothpastes as ‘biscuit brands’ at the local store. The point to bear in mind though is all toothpastes, like biscuits, are made of certain ingredients — to give them flavour, colour, texture, or a ‘pasty’ appearance.

Is Your Toothpaste Safe

Of course, there are variations too, some claiming to be more effective than the others. A few examples include: toothpaste for sensitive teeth, toothpaste for bad breath, Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)-free toothpaste, and ‘natural’ herbal toothpastes.

With so many variations available, how do you know if your toothpaste is safe? By understanding the ingredients, you can decide for yourself.

Important Considerations

Abrasives

Most toothpastes have the following ingredients — abrasives, binders, preservatives and, most notably, fluoride and water. In other words, sodium bicarbonate, sodium metaphosphate, calcium carbonate, alumina trihydrate, magnesium trisilicate and silica gels. High levels of abrasives can harm your teeth by weakening the enamel. Sounds confusing? The solution is simple. Go for a toothpaste having a mild abrasive (sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda) to remove stains.

Detergents

Surfactants, or detergents, such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), are used to give the foaming effect in certain toothpastes. SLS is reportedly a cancer-causing substance. The solution is simple. Go for a toothpaste that is ‘SLS-free.’

Flavours

Toothpastes contain certain flavours — viz., mint, peppermint, spearmint, neem and wintergreen, apart from fennel, lavender and other exotic herbs. Test for sensitivity, because not all ‘natural’ ingredients suit everyone. The reason is simple. Some natural essences may cause allergies and tissue irritation in sensitive individuals.

Calcium Phosphate

Certain toothpastes are formulated with calcium phosphate (the less its content, the better though) to strengthen the enamel. Likewise, some humectants help to retain moisture; for example, glycerine and water. They may be relatively safe.

Xanthan Gum

Some toothpastes use xanthan gum, which is comparatively safe. Test for sensitivity in any case. Because, xanthan gum can cause irritation, gas and bloating, including respiratory allergy, in hypersensitive individuals.

Preservatives

It is obvious certain preservatives that prevent micro-organisms from growing are used in toothpaste — e.g., sodium benzoate, methyl and ethyl paraben. Opt for a toothpaste that contains sodium benzoate, because it is relatively safe. The only caveat is: sodium benzoate may ‘heighten’ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. This is because some kids are prone to ‘swallow’ their toothpaste. Also avoid toothpaste that contains citric acid, because it can sometimes cause tummy ache, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, especially in children.

Sweeteners

Sweeteners, such as saccharin, stevia, or xylitol are often used to improve the taste of toothpaste. Go for a toothpaste having xylitol, because it has multiple benefits — increased flow of saliva and, in turn, reduced tooth decay. Stevia is equally good, but for its bitter after-taste.

Colours and Dyes

Colouring agents and artificial dyes are not uncommon in commercial toothpastes. Titanium dioxide is often used to make them white. The ingredient is evidenced to be carcinogenic though. It is also incompatible with strong acids. So, avoid its use.

The Fluoride Effect

Fluoride is a huge advertising idiom. It has also been a controversial topic — ever since its discovery for ‘preventing’ tooth decay. Sceptics contend that fluoride has too many side-effects that far offset its benefits. The best way to help prevent tooth decay, as most dentists recommend, is to eat healthy, nutritious food and maintain good oral hygiene. Fluoride, as researchers also contend, is not required if (a ‘big’ if) you follow a healthy lifestyle and brush your teeth twice daily and floss regularly. Fluoride, found in toothpaste, is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin. There are no warnings on toothpaste labels in many countries. In fact, there is enough fluoride in a toothpaste tube to kill a little child.

Safe “Best” Toothpaste

Neem (Azadirachta indica) toothpaste, manufactured under strict compliance and good manufacturing practices (GMP) is evidenced to be safe. But, remember that the ‘best’ neem toothpaste has to be free from diethylene glycol (DEG). Research suggests that swallowing DEG can trigger nausea, abdominal pain, urinary problems, kidney failure, breathing problems, lethargy, convulsions, coma and sometimes death in susceptible individuals.

Self Help

The ‘caveat’ is simple. Do not get carried away by tall claims on the label.

Remember — when you opt for the ‘perfect’ and ‘safe’ toothpaste with a flavour you like, it can certainly help to retain the smile on your face, for all good, healthy reasons and for all seasons. However, it is imperative for you to consider that it is not just the toothpaste you use that matters; much also depends on the action of the toothbrush that gets rid of the plaque, which frequently builds up on the teeth and gums, every day.

Learn to read between the lines, understand the ingredients and decide for yourself (in consultation with your dentist) what toothpaste is ‘best’ suited for your individual needs.

The Fluoride Deception Continues as US Government Ignores Fluoride’s Role as an Endocrine Disruptor


In 2012 more than 67 percent of Americans received fluoridated water,[1]and of those, more than 11 million people were getting fluoride at or above the “optimal” level of 0.7-1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L), according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Then, in April this year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that this “optimal” level of fluoride, recommended since 1962, had in fact been set too high, resulting in 40 percent of American teens showing signs of overexposure[2]-a condition known as dental fluorosis.

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So, for the first time in nearly 55 years, the US government lowered its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water[3][4][5] to a maximum of 0.7 mg/L. The question is, will this new level protect everyone from overexposure?

Considering the fact that virtually all Americans get fluoride from other sources such as toothpaste, dental rinses, processed foods, and beverages, and the fact that fluoride accumulates in your body over time, chances are this lower level will still pose a health risk for many.

The first public experiment was allowed to continue for more than half a century before a re-evaluation of the dosage was done. Now, we’ll have to wait another decade before they try to determine whether 0.7 mg/L is really “optimal” or not.

Remember, fluoride is a toxic drug administered without prescription or dosage control, so really, the optimal dosage of fluoride in water is actually zero

Fluoride Is a Toxic Drug Dispensed Without Prescription or Dosage Control

Fluoride is added to drinking water in an albeit futile attempt to prevent a disease (tooth decay), and as such becomes a medicine by FDA definition—and like most other drugs, there may be side effects.

The severity of those side effects depends on your age, size/weight, health status, and of course the amount of water you consume.

While proponents claim water fluoridation is no different than adding vitamin D to milk, fluoride is not an essential nutrient that many are deficient in, which is the case with vitamin D. Moreover, fluoride isn’t even approved by the FDA for the prevention of cavities!

What’s worse, it’s quite obvious that when you add fluoride to drinking water, you cannot control the dose that people are getting, and this alone is one of the reasons why fluoride should not be added to drinking water at any level.

Doing so can have significant consequences, but the health effects are largely hidden in the general disease statistics, since none of the US agencies promoting fluoridation are tracking and correlating the health outcomes of fluoride exposure.

What Happens to the Fluoride in Your Body?

Approximately 98 percent of the fluoride you consume is absorbed into your blood through your gastrointestinal tract. From there, it enters your body’s tissues.

On average, about 50 percent of the fluoride you ingest each day gets excreted through your kidneys, so kidney function is another important factor when it comes to the build-up of fluoride and its potentially toxic effects. The remainder accumulates in your teeth and bones,[6] pineal gland,[7] and other tissues—including your blood vessels, where it can contribute to calcification.

According to a 500-page long scientific review[8]by the National Research Council of the National Academies (NRC), published in 2006, fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your thyroid function[9] and even your blood sugar levels.

British researchers recently warned that 15,000 Britons may be needlessly afflicted with hypothyroidism as a result of drinking fluoridated water.[10] Thyroid dysfunction is also rampant in the US,[11] so from a public health standpoint, it makes no sense whatsoever to medicate the entire population with a drug that can either induce or exacerbate this condition.

Even more disturbing, 43 human studies[12] have linked moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced IQ in children, and over 100 animal studies have linked it to brain damage.

Recent research[13] has also linked water fluoridation with higher prevalence of ADHD. Using a predictive model, the researchers show that every one percent increase in the portion of the US population drinking fluoridated water in 1992 was associated with 67,000 additional cases of ADHD 11 years later, and an additional 131,000 cases 19 years later.

HHS Ignores Fact that Fluoride Is an Endocrine Disruptor

Despite massive amounts of evidence of harm, US health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insist that water fluoridation has but one documented risk—dental fluorosis. And they claim dental fluorosis is primarily a cosmetic detriment.[14]

This ignores the fundamental fact that dental fluorosis is simply the most visibleform of fluorosis. If your teeth are being damaged, you may actually be suffering fluoride damage in areas you cannot see as well, such as your bones and internal organs.

In at least one previous study, bone fracture rates rose sharply with increasing severity of dental fluorosis, indicating that dental fluorosis may in fact be an outward sign of damage occurring inside the body.

According to Fluoride Action Network[15] (FAN), the HHS whitewashed a number of safety issues when finalizing its new fluoride recommendation, including the impact fluoride has on intelligence.

Besides the 43 studies showing water fluoridation lowers IQ, a number of studies[16][17][18][19] have specifically shown that children who have moderate or severe dental fluorosis score lower on tests measuring cognitive skills and IQ.

This suggests that if 40 percent of our kids have dental fluorosis, water fluoridation is likely affecting our children’s IQ as well.

Another key factor ignored by the HHS is that fluoride is an endocrine disruptor—a finding reported for the first time in the NRC’s 2006 report.[20] Endocrine disruptors have the potential to disrupt the biology of both humans and animals, and this is certainly far more significant than severe dental fluorosis!

To learn more about why water fluoridation runs counter to good science, common sense, and the public good, please see the following video, which recounts 10 important fluoride facts. I also strongly encourage you to watch the featured interview with Christopher Bryson to get a clear understanding of the true history of water fluoridation.

Water Fluoridation Was Invented to Solve an Industrial Pollution Problem

Christopher Bryson, an award-winning journalist and former radio producer at the BBC, wrote the book: The Fluoride Deception. Both the book and the interview featured above were published in 2004. The book is based on nearly a decade’s worth of research, and it reveals how fluoride—a toxic byproduct of the aluminum industry—ended up being added to drinking water as a dental prophylactic. The commonly repeated history of how water fluoridation came to be states that the practice was spurred on by research from the 1930s, which found that people who drank water containing higher levels ofnaturally-occurring fluoride tended to have less severe tooth decay.

The real story, however, reveals fluoridation was little more than a well-orchestrated PR stunt, designed to sell an inconveniently toxic reality to an unsuspecting public. In his book, Bryson describes the deeply intertwined interests that existed in the 1940s and ’50s between the aluminum industry, the US nuclear weapons program, and the dental industry, which resulted in toxic fluoride being declared not only safe, but beneficial to human health. Prior to 1945 when communal water fluoridation in the US took effect, fluoride was in fact known as a protoplasmic poison that alters the permeability of the cell membrane by affecting certain enzymes.[21]

A 1936 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association stated that fluoride at the 1 part per million (ppm) concentration is as toxic as arsenic and lead. An editorial published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, October 1, 1944, stated: “Drinking water containing as little as 1.2 ppm fluoride will cause developmental disturbances.

We cannot run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances. The potentialities for harm outweigh those for good.” Such warnings were not heeded, and today we have even more evidence confirming these conclusions were in fact correct. One of the men responsible for quenching the resistance against water fluoridation was Harold Hodge, who headed up the toxicology department at the University of Rochester.

Back in 1957, Harold Hodge was the nation’s leading, most trusted scientist, and buried within declassified files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission, Bryson found proof showing Hodge was tasked with producing medical information about fluoride that could help defend the government against lawsuits over fluoride pollution—an increasingly expensive and legally sensitive problem. Courtesy of his rank and reputation, when Hodge declared fluoride “absolutely safe” at 1 ppm, people believed him, and the naysayers were dismissed.

The Importance of Understanding Water Fluoridation Within Its Historical Context

Once you understand that the endorsement of fluoride as a dental health prophylactic arose from the need to address increasingly debilitating political and industrial problems relating to fluoride pollution, it becomes easier to see why the US government cannot backpedal and admit the whole thing was a scam. In his 2012 article “Poison is Treatment—Edward Bernays and the Campaign to Fluoridate America,[22] James F. Tracy boldly reveals the PR campaign that created this fake public health measure:

“The wide-scale US acceptance of fluoride-related compounds in drinking water and a wide variety of consumer products over the past half century is a textbook case of social engineering orchestrated by Sigmund Freud’s nephew and the ‘father of public relations’ Edward L. Bernays,” he writes. “The episode is instructive, for it suggests the tremendous capacity of powerful interests to reshape the social environment, thereby prompting individuals to unwarily think and act in ways that are often harmful to themselves and their loved ones.”

It’s unrealistic to believe the government will admit to orchestrating such a scheme, as there may be significant legal ramifications. For this reason, getting water fluoridation abolished has proven to be exceedingly difficult. One successful strategy has been to hold those making claims—and the elected officials who rely on them—accountable for producing proof that the specific fluoridation chemical being used fulfills their health and safety claims, and is in compliance with all regulations, laws, and risk assessments already required for safe drinking water.

For example, a few years ago, a Tennessee town stopped adding the hydrofluosilicic acid fluoride product they had been using, while still keeping its resolution to fluoridate its water supplies intact (meaning they didn’t make a decision on whether it might be harmful). They just haven’t been able to find a replacement product that is compliant with existing laws, regulations and safe-water requirements, and they will not add any fluoride product that is not in compliance. To learn more, please see this previous article, which discusses these strategies more in-depth.

The Best Cavity Prevention Is Your Diet

The best way to prevent cavities is not by adding fluoride, but by addressing your diet. One of the keys to oral health is eating a traditional diet rich in fresh, unprocessed vegetables, nuts, and grass-fed meats. By avoiding sugars and processed foods, you prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay in the first place. Scientific American[23] recently addressed this issue, also noting that excessive sugar consumption is at the heart of the dental caries problem.

According to Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development: “We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay.” Other natural strategies that can significantly improve your dental health is eating plenty of fermented vegetables, and doing oil pulling with coconut oil. Also make sure you’re getting plenty of omega-3 fats, as research suggests even moderate amounts of omega-3 fats may help ward off gum disease. My favorite source iskrill oil.

Help End the Practice of Fluoridation

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis—unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please, protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today.

How Fluoride Damages Pineal Gland Health


Fluoride was originally added to the water supply sometime around the end of World War II in an effort to improve overall dental health. Despite the well wishes, the public did not anticipate the physical health dangers. Now, more and more people are recognizing the effects, and one of those is how it damages the pineal gland.

How Fluoride Damages Pineal Gland Health

If you’ve never heard of the pineal gland, know it’s got a pretty important job. Located in the center of the brain, it’s responsible for melatonin synthesis (which plays a role in maintaining normal rhythms and sleep cycles), and also helps convert signals between our nervous and endocrine systems.

Unfortunately, the pineal gland can develop problems because it can also absorb a lot of fluoride — even more than our bones.

Something about melatonin: it’s thought to act as a neuro-protector that could play a role in the aging process and Alzheimer’s, so when it’s messed up by things like fluoride, you can guess what happens. [1]

Our bones are exposed to toxic fluoride much more than we might think. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests: ”Fluoride levels above 1.5 mg per liter cause pitting of tooth enamel and deposits in bones.” [2] And because so much of the water supply in the U.S. is still fluoridated, we’re exposed to levels in the 2 to 5 mg range. This doesn’t even account for the fluoride in dental products.

Back to the pineal gland… Fluoride can accumulate and calcify on the gland, blocking its effectiveness, and these deposits can get worse as we age. [3] A blocked pineal gland could lead to things like trouble sleeping or weight gain. One study even suggests toxic calcification could lead to early onset of puberty in girls. [4]

How to Detoxify the Pineal Gland

If you want to detox and decalcify your pineal gland from fluoride, there are some easy things you can do! First, stop drinking fluoridated water; this means you should probably steer clear of tap water, choosing alkaline or distilled water instead.

Another thing you could do is try fluoride-free dental products. Iodine may be another helpful tool to use for detoxifying your pineal gland from excessive fluoride.

So, now that you know a little bit about how fluoride can damage pineal gland health, what will you do to avoid it?