Monday, May 21, 2012

Hardens Your Arteries - Odds Are 6 in 10 You're Consuming This Poison Ingredient Daily


Story at-a-glance

  • Recent research shows that fluoride may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease as it causes hardening of your arteries
  • Fluoride is a cumulative poison—approximately 98 percent of the fluoride you ingest in water is absorbed into your blood through your gastrointestinal tract, from where it then enters and accumulates in your body’s cellular tissues, including your kidneys, teeth and bones, pineal gland, and the walls of your blood vessels
  • Common health hazards of fluoride include reduced IQ, increased lead absorption, dementia, bone fractures, dental and skeletal fluorosis, immune system disruptions, and many other health problems
  • It’s important to understand that the “fluoride” added to your drinking water is not the natural mineral, nor a pharmaceutical grade fluoride. Instead, the fluoride compound most commonly used is the toxic waste product from phosphate fertilizer plants
By Dr. Mercola
It's no secret that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. But how many people realize that fluoride—which is still added to many municipal water supplies in the U.S.—is linked to heart disease?
In a new study published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communicationsi, researchers found that fluoride may be associated with an increased cardiovascular risk as it causes hardening of your arteries.
Reviewing the imaging data and cardiovascular history of patients who received whole-body sodium fluoride PET scans, the researchers found a significant correlation between a history of cardiovascular events and presence of fluoride uptake in coronary arteries.
While there are certainly many factors contributing to the rise in heart disease—poor diet likely being the most important—it certainly doesn't help to add a chemical to water supplies that will be consumed by everyone in the area regardless of health status, from toddlers to seniors, that might contribute to the problem.
The primary issue here is that there's a lack of evidence supporting the use of fluoride, and an awful lot of evidence stacked against the indiscriminate use of it, including these latest findings.
The practice of adding fluoride to tap water began in 1945. With more than 70 percent of U.S. public water supplies currently fluoridated, chances are you're one of the 170 million Americans who drink and bathe in fluoride on a daily basis.ii
Most likely, your dentist—along with countless government and public health officials—has praised and promoted the use of fluoride, both in toothpaste and drinking water, as one of your must-do regimens to promote strong and healthy teeth.
But let's make this point clear right from the start: fluoride is not an essential nutrient needed for your health—dental or otherwise. There is not one single process in your body that requires fluoride.

Fluoride is a Cumulative Poison

It's important to realize that fluoride is a cumulative poison. Approximately 98 percent of the fluoride you ingest in water is absorbed into your blood through your gastrointestinal tract. From there, it enters your body's cellular tissues. On average, about 50 percent of the fluoride you ingest each day gets excreted through your kidneys.
Whether this happens or not is highly dependent on the presence of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C, and selenium in your bloodstream, to which the fluoride will bind so that it no longer is seeking calcium-rich tissues that make up so much of your body. The remainder accumulates in your teeth and bones,iii pineal gland,iv and other tissues, including your blood vessels.
According to the featured study:
"Fluoride uptake in vascular walls was demonstrated in 361 sites of 54 (96%) patients, whereas calcification was observed in 317 sites of 49 (88%) patients. Significant correlation between fluoride uptake and calcification was observed in most of the arterial walls, except in those of the abdominal aorta. Fluoride uptake in coronary arteries was demonstrated in 28 (46%) patients and coronary calcifications were observed in 34 (56%) patients."
The amount deposited into your bones and teeth varies depending on your age. In children, more than 50 percent of an ingested dose of fluoride is deposited in bone, but in adults only about 10 percent is stored there. As the number of research studies into the toxic effects of fluoride has increased, there is now support for a rather long list of potential health problems related to fluoride accumulation in your body.
Here's a list of 20 of the most commonly mentioned health hazards and diseases associated with fluoride exposure:v,vi
Lowers IQ Hyperactivity and/or lethargyviii Increases lead absorptionix Disrupts synthesis of collagen
Brain damage Dementia Muscle disorders Arthritis
Bone fracturesvii Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) Dental fluorosis (staining and pitting of teeth) Lowers thyroid function
Disrupts immune system Inhibits formation of antibodies Genetic damage and cell deathx Inactivates 62 enzymesxii
Increases tumor and cancer rate Increases aging process Reduces melatonin production and leads to earlier onset of pubertyxi Damages sperm, increases infertility

Fluoride—the Toxic Drug in Your Water Supply

Prior to 1945 when communal water fluoridation took effect, fluoride was a known toxin. For example, a 1936 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association stated that fluoride at the 1 ppm (part per million) concentration is as toxic as arsenic and lead. The Journal of the American Medical Association stated in their September 18, 1943 issue, that fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons that change the permeability of the cell membrane by certain enzymes.xiii And, 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."
How community water fluoridation ended up being so widely implemented, and eventually even became heralded as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, is explained in-depth in Christopher Bryson's book The Fluoride Deception.xiv In it, he describes the intertwined interests that existed in the 1940's and 50's between the aluminum industry, the U.S. nuclear weapons program, and the dental industry, which resulted in fluoride being declared not only safe, but beneficial to human health. Once you understand the historical context, it becomes easier to grasp why anyone would ever promote water fluoridation as "a good idea."
Due to the massive amounts of fluoride required to produce bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons, the Manhattan Project conducted various experiments to determine its toxic effects in 1946.
There were already several instances on record of fluoride being toxic to crops, livestock and people living downwind from the polluters, so the public concern over fluoride emissions needed to be quelled in order to avoid potentially crippling lawsuits. 
Within the now declassified files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission, Christopher Bryson found that the toxicology department at the University of Rochester, under the direction of Harold Hodge, was asked to produce medical information about fluoride that could help defend the government against lawsuits where they were charged with fluoride pollution. Back in 1957, Harold Hodge was the nation's leading, most trusted scientist, and when he declared that fluoride was "absolutely safe" at 1 ppm, everyone believed him.
So, the endorsement of fluoride as a nutrient that will grace you with brilliant pearly whites, rather than the poison it really is, was born from the need to address increasingly debilitating political and industrial problems relating to fluoride pollution. The rest, as they say, is history.

What's Really Added to Your Water Supply?

It's important to understand that the "fluoride" added to your drinking water is NOT the natural mineral, nor a pharmaceutical grade fluoride. Instead, the product most commonly used is another chemical fluoride compound—a toxic waste product from phosphate fertilizer plants.
There are three basic compounds that can be used for fluoridating water supplies:xv
  1. Sodium fluoride (NaF)
  2. Sodium silicofluoride
  3. Hydrofluorosilicic acid
The first one of these, sodium fluoride, was the first of the fluoride waste materials to be used for fluoridation, but now is rarely used. It's the most well known, as this is the compound used as pharmaceutical grade in toxicology studies and other research into the potential health dangers of fluoride. The other two, sodium silicofluoride and hydrofluorosilicic acid, are the compounds actually used for water fluoridation, with hydrofluorosilicic acid being the most commonly used additive, according to the CDC.xvi Sodium silicofluoride and hydrofluorosilicic acid are the waste products from the wet scrubbering systems of the fertilizer industry, and are classified as hazardous wastes. Contamination with various impurities such as arsenic is also common in these products.
Hydrofluorosilicic acid is one of the most reactive chemicals known to man. Its toxicity is well known in chemical circles. It will eat through metal and plastic pipes, and corrode stainless steel and other materials. It will dissolve rubber tires and melt concretexvii. This is what is added to your water—all in the name of saving children from cavities! But even the less reactive sodium fluoride is a deadly poison, even in small quantities, and in the form used for fluoridation also contains additional impurities. Other common uses for sodium fluoride include:
  • Rat and cockroach poisons
  • Anesthetics
  • Hypnotics and psychiatric drugs

The Way Forward: Shifting the Burden of Proof

Still despite all the evidence, getting fluoride out of American water supplies has been exceedingly difficult. And it's no wonder, really, when you factor in the considerable liability the U.S. government could face were they to suddenly admit that water fluoridation was a way to hide toxic pollution, and there are detrimental health effects associated with drinking these pollutants...
Fortunately, there is a way forward.
According to Jeff Green, National Director of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, a repeated theme in some of the recent cases where communities successfully removed fluoride from their water supply is the shifting of the burden of proof. Rather than citizens taking on the burden of proving that fluoride is harmful and shouldn't be added, a more successful strategy has been to hold those making claims and the elected officials who rely on them, accountable for delivering 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 couple of 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.

Join the Fight to Get Fluoride Out of Drinking Water

In summary it would seem like most rational people would conclude you should avoid using fluoride for its "preventive" benefits. You can easily choose not to take fluoride supplements or buy fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwash. You can also dramatically reduce your fluoride exposure by opting for organic foods, on which fluoride-based pesticides are not permitted to be used. However, you're still going to be stuck with whatever your community puts in the water, and as discussed, it's very difficult to filter out of your water once it's added. Many do not have the resources or the knowledge to do so.
It's really time to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation.
Earlier this year I joined forces with Dr. Paul Connett to help put an END to water fluoridation in the U.S and Canada. The Fluoride Action Network has a game plan to do just that. 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. I urge you to join the anti-fluoride movement in Canada and the United States by contacting the representative for your area below.
Contact Information for Canadian Communities:
  • If you live in Ontario, Canada, please join the ongoing effort by contacting Diane Sprules at diane.sprules@cogeco.ca.
  • The point-of-contact for Toronto, Canada is Aliss Terpstra. You may email her at aliss@nutrimom.ca.
  • The point-of-contact for the Peel region in Ontario, Canada is Rob Brewer. You may email him at FluorideFreePeel@ymail.com. Also see Fluoride Free Peel's Facebook pagei.
Contact Information for American Communities:
We're also going to address three US communities: New York City, Austin, and San Diego:
  • New York City, NY: The anti-fluoridation movement has a great champion in New York City councilor Peter Vallone, Jr. who introduced legislation on January 18 "prohibiting the addition of fluoride to the water supply."

    A victory there could signal the beginning of the end of fluoridation in the U.S. If you live in the New York area I beg you to participate in this effort as your contribution could have a MAJOR difference. Remember that one person can make a difference.
    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.
  • Austin, Texas: Join the effort by contacting Rae Nadler-Olenick at either: info@fluoridefreeaustin.com or fluoride.info@yahoo.com, or by regular mail or telephone:
    POB 7486
    Austin, Texas 78713
    Phone: (512) 371-3786
  • San Diego, California: Contact Patty Ducey-Brooks, publisher of the Presidio Sentinel at pbrooks936@aol.com.
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jwillie   Joined On Jan 13, 2011
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It's time to retire fluoridation because it doesn't work, wastes money and is harmful to health. Drinking it to prevent tooth decay is as foolish as drinking sunscreen to prevent sunburn. City council members may not take much interest in the science proving how dangerous fluoride is to health, but they definitely take an interest in their budgets. Consider the following:  As a Civil Engineer, I know that people drink only 1/2% (one-half percent) of the water they use. The remaining 99 ½ % of the water with this toxic industrial waste fluoride chemical (Hexafluorosilicic acid) is dumped directly into the environment through the sewer system.  
For example, for every $1000 of fluoride chemical added to water, $995 would be directly wasted down the drain in toilets, showers, dishwashers, etc., $5 would be consumed in water by the people, and less than $0.50 (fifty cents) would be consumed by children, the target group for this outdated practice.  That would be comparable to buying one gallon of milk, using six-and-one-half drops of it, and pouring the rest of the gallon in the sink. The company CEO would be arrested immediately if they dumped their toxic waste fluoride into a river. The only way they can do it legally is to run it through the community drinking water system first. It is an absolutely insane condition.
Fluoridation surely is in contention as the most wasteful and most polluting government program. Giving away fluoride tablets free to anyone who wants them  or adding it to salt would be far cheaper and certainly more ethical, because then we would have the freedom to choose.
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ymiranthis   Joined On Aug 01, 2010
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Well said, jwillie! Would you mind if other people borrow your thoughtful analogy and illustration to help convince City Councils to stop adding hydrofluorosilicic acid to muni water supplies? The pen can be mightier than the sword . . . Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears . . . We come not to bury Fluoridation, but to erase him!
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badboy2   Joined On Nov 15, 2010
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If you have ever looked at the warning labels on fluoride toothpaste where it states, "that if you swallow more than a pea size amount of paste, or .25 milligrams of fluoride, which by the way, is the equivalent dose of 8 ounces of fluoridated water, you should contact the poison control center "immediately". But should I call if I drink an 8 ounce glass of fluoridated water? (Gov. says) Naw, that's OK. It's liquid, so it's better for you and your family. (sic)
If that isn't bad enought, a lot of our fluoride has been coming in from China since 2007. Why China, as if the US Gov. does not have enought of our own waste to get rid of? It's because it's cheaper! Huh!!?? The fluoride chemicals coming out of China have Arsenic and Lead levels of 40 and 50 milligrams per bag, and non-existent regulatory monitoring of the salt or acid compounds from these imports. This is insane!The definition of "insanty" is, doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get results.
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herbalist123   Joined On Jun 10, 2010
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Linda Rector Page, ND writes in her book Healthy Healing, on page 148, 11th edition:
"Historically, water fluoridation is mandated by governments but rejected by citizens. The controversy has raged since fluoride was introduced in 1945. Most developed countries have banned flouride in their water. Japan has rejected fluoridation. Europe is 98% fluoridation-free, with active opposition in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Yet, today in the US, the federal government continues to push for the mass fluoridation of the American water supply.
"On July 2, 1997, the union representing all toxicologists, chemists, biologists and other professionals at the Enviornmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, went on record against the practice of adding fluoride to public drinking water, stating "As the professionals who are charged with assessing the safety of drinking water, we conclude that the health and welfare of the public is not served by the addition of fluoride to the public water supply". "
It just goes to say, that the countries that have to foot the bill for the peoples' medical care, are much more careful about chemical exposure of their people. I have seen this repeatedly. Canada also trains their naturopathic doctors to look at root causes of disease, and not just to bandaid symptoms. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.
In America,  they want the cures coming in by the pounds and even by the tons. Illness is great business. This ought to be legislated on a par with violent crime, a felony. Our government allows more than 300 new *untested* chemicals into the environment every year. In Europe, manufacturers must log into a d-base if they exceed one or two tons per year. Which of these countries profits, and which foots the bill for medical care? Bingo, we've got it. Puzzle solved.
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amigrin   Joined On Nov 10, 2010
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Just 60 seconds on fluoride and Nazi Germany:  The very first occurrence of purposefully putting fluoride into drinking water was in the German ghettos and in Nazi Germany's infamous prison camps, and was later spread to all occupied countries under the Riech. Their reason for mass-medicating water with fluoride was to STERILIZE HUMANS and force the people in their concentration camps into calm, bovine, docile submission. (See for reference: "The Crime and Punishment of I.G. Farben" written by Joseph Borkin.)
In the 1930's Hitler and the German *** envisioned a world to be dominated and controlled by a Nazi philosophy of pan-Germanism. The German chemists worked out a very ingenious and far-reaching plan of mass-control which was submitted to and adopted by the German General Staff. This plan was to control the population in any given area through mass medication of drinking water supplies. By this method they could control the population in whole areas, reduce population by water medication that would produce sterility in women, and so on. In this scheme of mass-control, fluoride occupied a prominent place.
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herbalist123   Joined On Jun 10, 2010
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I think it's very wise to let them make their own decisions about fluoride and health impacts, rather than tell them the facts. I had an experience of the futility of the latter strategy. Trust me, I was soft in my approach and far from coming on strong, as a zealot, etc. I was mild-mannered and very ready to listen to them. All I did was present the facts, that fluoride and also calcium chloride in the waters, are linked with hardening of the arteries. My god, you should have heard them go on the defensive! I mean, instantly!
When our house water began to taste funky for the very first time in decades, and when we suddenly got white spots at hte bottom of our pans/pots which had never been there before, the water district sent chemists to our home to check into it.  They did their token testing, for about 6 contaminants/metals and declared us clean. They attributed the white spots in our cookware to calcium chloride in the water. I thought I would be doing them a favor by letting them know what the studies are about it. Far from being concerned about public health, they got very defensive. "It will never happen. Water filtration is too costly. Money is a precious commodity" they said. "So is heart disease" I shot back. At this point, I was starting to talk rather directly with them. Prior to this ,I had been deliberately very soft.
I was mad at their lack of concern, which I consider to be criminal, if heart attacks are one of the main killers USA-wide! They responded that hey, they are not the ones that are responsible, there are many contributors. As if this is a way to shake off responsibility. I suggested that we all have to do our part, everywhere, out of public duty and concern.  They wouldn't hear of it. My own experience.  Thank God the water quality here is very good, and eventually this change in the water cleared up. Must have been some construction going on, THey denied any contamination, but I raise my eyebrows and know better.
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
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Dr. Mercola, thank you for this exciting  information. The study mentioned in your article provides additional , although  indirect evidence that fluoride is likely contributing to the epidemic of cardiovascular disease by stimulating calcification of the vascular system, including the coronary arteries.
It is already well-known that vascular calcification is highly correlated with cardiovascular disease mortality. The hardening of the arteries associated with atherosclerosis is in part due to the calcification of plaque which subsequently becomes brittle and susceptible to breaking off into an artery-obstructing clot. The study  found that there was a signification correlation between fluoride uptake and calcification observed in most of the arterial walls, indicating that the fluoride  might itself  stimulate  the precipitation of calcium within the arteries.
I´t should be noted that morphologic imaging techniques mainly provide information about STRUCTURAL ASPECTS  of calcified atherosclerotic lesions, such as the extent of plaque and the degree of stenosis, but fail to identify ACTIVE CALCIFICATION  of plaque. For these reasons  18F-sodium fluoride PET/CT may  may provide relevant additional information regarding plaque physiology. Thus this new   study  provides a rationale to conduct further prospective studies to determine whether 18F-sodium fluoride uptake can predict vascular events, or if it may be used to monitor  various  therapeutic and preventive  interventions.
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
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Here is another useful link for more information on the subject  preventdisease.com/news/12/011812_Fluoride-Linked-To-A-Leading-Cause-o..
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
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Fluoride-induced extraskeletal calcification is not a new finding. Back in 2001, autopsies on cadavers revealed that fluoride accumulation in the pineal gland is associated with enhanced calcification of that endocrine organ.  By old age, the pineal gland has readily accumulated F and its F/Ca ratio was  higher than bone."  This study has added new knowledge on the fate and distribution of fluoride in the body. It has shown for the first time that fluoride readily accumulates in the human pineal gland,  although there was considerable inter-individual variation (14-875 mg F/kg). Source full text:  www.icnr.com/.../fluoride-deposition.html
By old age, the average pineal gland contains about the same amount of fluoride as teeth (300 mg F/kg) since dentine and whole enamel contain 300 and 100 mg F/kg, respectively [Newbrun, 1986]. Unlike brain capillaries, pineal capillaries allow the free passage of fluoride through the endothelium. If there had been a bloodbrain barrier in the pineal, it would have prevented the passage of fluoride into the pinealocytes and the pineal fluoride content would have been similar to or lower than muscle.
The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain, and is sometimes called the "THIRD EYE" as it is a light sensitive, centrally-located organ with cellular features resembling the human retina. The pineal gland is best known for its role in producing the hormone  MELATONIN  from serotonin (triggered by the absence of light) and affects wake/sleep patterns and seasonal/circadian rhythms. Like a tiny pea-sized pine cone it is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres and is a unique brain structure insofar as it is not protected by the blood-brain-barrier. This may also explain why it is uniquely sensitive to calcification via fluoride exposure.
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
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Fluoride (F)  may also accumulate in a child's pineal because significant amounts of calcification have been demonstrated in the pineals from young children.  In fact, calcification of the developing enamel organs and the pineal gland occur concurrently. If  F does accumulate in the child's pineal, the pinealocytes will be exposed to  high local concentrations of F. This could affect pineal metabolism in much the same way that high local concentrations of  F in the developing enamel organ affect ameloblast function. Research is presently underway to discover whether F affects pineal physiology during childhood.
F exposure is now ubiquitous, thanks to the fluoridation of public drinking water, medications like Prozac (fluoxetine), non-stick cookware, to name but a few common routes of exposure. „Prozac may represent an archetypal example of how F  affects the personality/soul. This drug (chemical name fluoxetine) is approximately 30% F by weight and marketed as an "antidepressant," even while a major side effect of its use and/or withdrawal is suicidal depression.  Modern psychiatry often treats depressive disorders - the "dark night of the soul" - as an organic disorder of the brain, targeting serotonin reuptake by any chemical means necessary. Fluoride and fluoxetine, in fact,  may accomplish their intended "therapeutic effects" by poisoning the pineal gland.  Animal studies confirm that when mice have their pineal glands removed they no longer respond to fluoxetine.“  
Fluoride should be completely removed from the international water supply as it is a threat to public health. Until the proper legislation is passed, acquiring a high-quality water filter that removes fluoride is vital for the health perseverance of you and your family. GreenMedInfo from which the above mentioned  excerpt was taken  contains research on natural substances which may attenuate Fluoride Toxicity and Ectopic Calcification.: www.greenmedinfo.com/.../fluoride-calcifier-soul
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typodrive   Joined On Apr 24, 2012
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The pineal gland also produces, among other hormones, seratonin and dimethyltryptamine(DMT). Seratonin helps us to maintain our sanity and DMT allows us to be aware and tuned into this "fourth dimensional" universe.
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dividingcricker   Joined On Feb 25, 2012
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I have converted a few parents to SPRY tooth paste and got them to read labels but we all consume flouride /aluminum everday. I have been reading the levels are 100times the amount the federal government allows. California has been montering the lakes and snow , hawaii has been testing there farms and children . This is alarming and more alarming is monsanto has already been desigining seeds for this high aluminum . It could be the seed companys are going to use these seeds in areas that are high in aluminum! Maybe ?
What I have been doing to remove metals in the system IODINE is a chelator but I have been reading about the dangers of too much , So I really don t know ! Zeolite powder is a mined minerial -powder that I have been taking also Ditomaceios earth both minerials are negitively charged and attract metals. Now they also are used in radiation removal so you could be helping your body remove radiation and metals at the same time. Taking these require large ammounts of water with prunes and you can still have some bowl problems, I have been using these for a month or so with just a few problems. Good luck /research it and find out !!!
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dividingcricker   Joined On Feb 25, 2012
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A few tips for flouride There are a few new filters that remove flouride I feel that its in your best intrest to complain to the water board and have them remove it . Most of the world has made it illegal to add to water . Plants don t fare well either, my sister has complained for years about the plants dying and I told her it was the flouride causing it she has started to write letters to everbody to have it removed. i have been reading about the first uses of flouride Rat poison. calm prisoners down fungucides. I might be wrong on a few things but everthing I read is usually no good. In dentistry the new white fillings are loaded with flouride. and there have been cases of people dying in the chair fron flouride poisioning...Should be banned!!!
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Towellie   Joined On May 26, 2008
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I took on the topic of the various threats to health fluoride poses in my latest book.  It's a very emotional topic and a lot of people can't wrap their minds around the concept that fluoride is harmful. I have installed shower filters and only drink reverse osmosis water.  I have chelated with EDTA and use iodine as well. I use zeolite in my gardens. My book talks about how to heal your pineal gland from the damage fluoride has caused it in order to normalize melatonin production.  Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and is linked to reducing biological aging.  The GMO angle in regard to this fluoride and aluminum issue is another scary concept.
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Catryna   Joined On Jul 25, 2006
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Recently, Flouride was added to the water in San Diego County For many decades it has been fought tooth and nail not to have this poison added to the water. But, with the advent of voters of the brain washed younger generation, it finally passed. What a shame.
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herbalist123   Joined On Jun 10, 2010
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Regarding the brainwashed generation, I think you are making a very good point, Catryna. thank you. I suggest that posting to blogs, and writing letters to the editor, with facts based on research, and quoting highly credible sources (liked by the mainstream), is key. This will affect how the public receives it, so diligence and who the sources are, is key.
With education, will come change.  Just my two cents worth.
Those who believe they are not good enough writers to be published by an editor, may be wrong. Editors like to represent different cross-sectors of public opinion. (I am talking about letters to the editor, not articles in the biased mainstream. You get my point). A group writing party can be really effective. Recruit friends to all write letters together, then read your letters out loud to each other. The group becomes the editor, and this can reinforce confidence. Just ideas.....
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
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I would say brainwashed generationS.
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elwolf101   Joined On Oct 21, 2008
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Catryna: Isn't what happened in your county was caused by relentless media disinformation? "Four legs good, two better, ba, ba, ba". "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.
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remitrom   Joined On Dec 13, 2009
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I live in a small city that has excellent water quality-rather progressive in that they go out of their way to ensure flouride and other harmful things don't make it into our water. The city also recruits everyday citizens by ballot to accompany the workers who check and test the water to ensure transparency. HOWEVER, I still invested in a water filtration system for my entire home AND I have an extra filter on my refrigerator so my ice and cold water is of the highest quality possible. I will also be making a trip a natural spring just a few hours away to "stock up" on some of the cleanest, natural water possible, which I will use for camping and other outdoor trips where water quality is questionable.
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lorenehas15   Joined On Nov 02, 2011
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Dr. Mercola, I appreciate your e-mails, they are so informative and usually explain "why" in detail. I didn't see it mentioned as to what can be done to filter this out?  Do regular filters do a pretty good job of filtering out these pollutants and poisons i.e. flouride, chlorine, etc.?
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Mercola.com Tony R   Joined On Apr 25, 2011
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Dr. Mercola's recommendations for water testing and filtering are discussed in the attached article in further detail.  articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/02/tap-water-neti-..
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
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„Tooth decay is a disease of poor nutrition and high fluoride. Like most things American, fluoride is overblown, over-prescribed, and over-used. Along with the expansion of fast food restaurants and American waistlines, fluoride's expansion into the food supply via the water supply is out of control and may be creating instead of curing tooth decay. It's time to stop water fluoridation. Fluoride can't fix a poor diet.“
Excerpted from the article which is usefull to read:
fluoridedangers.blogspot.com/2005/12/fluoride-causes-cavities.html
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TomPetrie   Joined On May 21, 2012
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This is a very good summary of the health hazards of fluoride compounds.  As for fluoride accumulating in blood vessels and contributing to heart disease, Waldott (The Great Dilemma, referenced here), described this in his 1978 book.  It is also the subject of one chapter of a forthcoming book on reversing heart disease (co-authored with Dr. Schachter). Be sure to NOT drink fluoridated water, but be careful, fluoride is also in many foods, drinks, drugs...even teflon (at high heat), releases numerous dangerous compounds,most (15 of them) of which contain fluoride.  It's also a major source of air pollution, so avoiding fluoride will take some extra effort and education.   (Go to some of the aforementioned references for more on this topic.) Tom, Nutritionist  60 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridated Drinking Water: http://tompetrie.net/page9.php
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Doug900   Joined On Feb 24, 2007
Dissenter
How about the chlorine that these poor souls that live in the cities consume?  that's responsible for many cancers, and I wouldn't be surprised if it contributes to hardening of your organic piping.
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marvellous   Joined On Nov 23, 2010
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Is the Flouride found in tea any different to the flouride added to the water supply?
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Doug900   Joined On Feb 24, 2007
Dissenter
Good question!  I love my green tea (organic, but does it matter, if the fluoride thing is true)?. Makes you want to stop eating all together!  It's not even safe to breath any more!
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Mercola.com Tony R   Joined On Apr 25, 2011
Moderator
Extreme caution is still urged as black and green teas are naturally high in fluoride, even if organically-grown without pesticides. This is because the plant readily absorbs fluoride through its root system, including naturally-occurring fluoride in the soil. According to Jeff Green, there are reports of people who have developed crippling skeletal fluorosis from drinking high amounts of iced tea alone.  articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/04/jeff-green-on-f..
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jamdenison   Joined On Nov 03, 2009
Savvy
Why not require all tea mfgrs to test for fluoride yearly and post on product?  This would seem like a good solution.  Same for mercury in fish. If we're gonna pollute the world, there will be needed much more testing.  Parents, advise your children to become chemists and chemical engineers.  I would love a mercury tester for when I buy tuna fish or salmon. If it's too high in mercury, I want to ask for a refund.
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kolibakoliba   Joined On Jun 19, 2011
Savvy
Although it is not directly related  to the theme, it might be interesting to note that in one case study, a patient who consumed 4 litres of Earl Grey tea per day reported muscle cramps, which were attributed to the function of the BERGAPTEN  in bergamot oil as a potassium channel blocker. The symptoms subsided upon reducing his consumption of Earl Grey tea to 1 litre per day.
Earl Grey tea – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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typodrive   Joined On Apr 24, 2012
Novice
One cup of black tea using unfluoridated water can contain close to 8 mg. of fluoride, enough for over 11 days worth of fluoride based on the EPA's recommended 0.7 mg/day.  Catechins be damned, green, black and white teas should be eliminated from everyone's diet.  Maybe Monsanto can genetically modify tea to eliminate fluoride absorption (hah).
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godislove   Joined On Oct 24, 2008
Getting Started
If only I had the information and wisdom 23yrs ago. I fed my children fluoride daily in their multi vitamin prescribed by my pediatrician.
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jamNjim   Joined On Feb 20, 2008
Savvy
What burns me up is that I can't drill my own well on my own property. I have to get a permit and permits are only given to people who don't get city water.  More proof of conspiracy! They force you to buy their water! Why? So they can poison you.
What's even more compeling to me is the history and life expectancy of my own family. Everyone who lived in the country and had wells for their water supply lived way beyond 80. Almost everyone who lived near the city and had city water is DEAD! Even the cousins my age that live in/near the city suffer from severe heart disease, diabetes, obesity, liver failure, kidney failure, etc....Besides the fact that they drink city water they also eat tons of carbohydrates.
80% of my parents siblings and cousins are dead as well. Same statistic with them. The ones that lived in the country and have well water are doing quite well and the ones who live most or all of their lives in the city are dead. Most died by the age of 60. Parkinsons. RA, MS, and Lupus are the 4 biggest killers on both sides of my familly and all of those cases except one were relatives that lived in the city and drank city water.
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jamdenison   Joined On Nov 03, 2009
Savvy
One of the ways you can shore up your cardiovascular system is the following supplements (in order of importance):
Lypospheric or lyposomal vitmain C 1 to 3 mg per day, more if you have cancer, heart disease or dementia--up to 6 gr per day; vitamin d3 in the area of 80 to 100 mg/mL per day, B vitamins and probiotics are the basics.  I have more supplements listed on my Mercola Blog I am taking. MSM sulfur tabs are great too.  I take those 2x per day.  I wish you and your family healing and good health.
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Islander   Joined On Mar 26, 2007
Super Savvy
Jamdenison, I question your dosages. There are 60 mg of vitamin C in a glass of orange juice! Recommended intake would be in the 4-gram range, separated (I.e. one g. 4x/day). Vitamin D3 DOSAGE needs to be in the 6000-8000 IU/day range (what you're posting is the serum level, not the dosage).
Liposomal vitamin C is very pricey; I recommend it for emergencies, and suggest you make your own, which is easy to do and very economical. For daily use, vitamin C caps from a reputable supplier work just fine.
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elwolf101   Joined On Oct 21, 2008
Novice
Yeah, JamNjim: The pro fluoride people will say anecdotal. They say the same about H.J.Roberts and his stats on aspartame.
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genevieved   Joined On May 21, 2012
Getting Started
Fluoride is documented in many studies to be harmful to teeth and used in prisoner of war camps to keep prisoners 'subdued'. Lets stop being prisoners of war. Sign the petition and share to remove this poison from Australian water supplies. We do not need to be subdued or have our children's health, and our DNA compromised for generations. Brisbane recently put fluoride in its water supply and accidentally overdosed in North Brisbane sending many people to hospital.
www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Cease_the_Noxious_Fluoridation_of_our_Water_..
Please help us Australians!
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Darin Steen   Joined On Apr 21, 2009
Expert
Thanks for the great reminder Doc...  I can't believe how this is still such unknown information...  When I tell some people, they look at me like I have 3 heads...
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Patrick McGean   Joined On Dec 18, 2006
Dissenter
Why is fluoride causing arterial disease?  Our Arteries take oxygen from the blood flow, no blood vessels for blood vessels.  Fluoride atomic number 9 blocks the uptake of oxygen, atomic number 8 everywhere in our brain and in our arteries.  Stephenie Seneff discussed the evils of statins which prevent our vessels from using its food, cholesterol. and the oxygen necessary for our blood vessels cells to regenerate.
City councils won't listen, they are pragmatic, but if we should capture Donald Rumsfeld and feed him fluoride until he realizes the errors of his ways..
Fluoridegate, and Donald is responsible.
Donald Rumsfeld is a murderer.  Donald Rumsfeld is a murderer of those fine citizens who have died from heart disease and  his efforts to get rich.
Donald you will come clean..  No place on God's Green Earth will be safe of the man who sold man down the river full of fluoride.
Donald Rumsfeld is the epitome of evil, his spawn may be forced to change their names, "Rumsfled" will be spoken with the same derision as Satan, Hitler, Stalin, get the idea?
City councils? write to the President and inform him that fluoride will be eliminated or we will eliminate every lying agency of which is on his watch and even his daughters don't appreciate being poison by a Republican, a slave holder, a ***, with no redeeming value.
The Agents of the Crystalline Matrix ask for the head of Donald Rumsfled on a Charger, the man is without virtue, without integrity and his actions are killing the ones you love.   If the President does not have Donald arrested for murder, we can find a leader who will, and Mit is not such a man.
Jesse Ventura and his Seals, has no riches to desire other than life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  How?  if you are dead?
Donald Rumsfeld is a Traitor.  Lets treat him like traitor.
Got Sulfur?
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forbiddenhealing   Joined On Feb 21, 2011
Super Savvy
   Fluorine also binds readily to aluminum, AlF crosses blood brain barrier and lodges in the brain. Alzheimer's brains display high aluminum content, easy to remember, both start with Al.
   Humates like shilajit and borax have been used to clear fluoride.  Overwhelming intake of antioxidant electrons help satisfy the most electron hungry element, see greenmedinfo.com list. Mineral complexes found in nature bind it and are probably not as harmful as free fluoride ions we are so graciously supplied with in tap water.
   Since fluoride makes you as stupid as the evening network news, this information is likely useless and the FDA/CDC ignores any burden of proof or even their own statistics.
   Expecting corporate gangsters to come clean is like asking a pit bull to let go of your leg...try a tire iron.
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Bilby   Joined On May 03, 2008
Apprentice
As far as possible I drink rainwater.
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elwolf101   Joined On Oct 21, 2008
Novice
Folks: The pro fluoride people go: "Four legs good, two better". Ba, ba, ba, to ad nauseum. Dr Mercola and all sensible people must put a stop to the fluoride lies.
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Jo Bee   Joined On Jun 19, 2006
Novice
My comment: Mass Medication! My Solution: Order and Install a Flouride Filter in my already 5-star all-home Filter System! I was furious when the QLD (Aust) Govt arbitrarily Flouridated our water not long ago!  Shouldn't have to go to that expense! Grrrr...
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pacdor   Joined On Feb 27, 2012
Novice
Yes, they'll ban fluoride when they come up with something else that they can sneak past us and put into our water supply. Seems they have a quota of some sorts to make sure there is enough poison out there for us, to keep us sick. No more Jacuzzi, with all the chlorine, ammonia, fluoride getting absorbed through our skin and inhaled. A great way to get us sick, and where is the government to ban such things. The Government wants us sick, it's very obvious by how they protect those who are making us sick, and by the way they stop those who try to make us better.
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jamdenison   Joined On Nov 03, 2009
Savvy
Sign my petition to ban Fluroide and pass it on to your friends: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-flouride-in-drinking-water-and-toothpas..
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newyorkguy   Joined On Jul 17, 2010
Getting Started
What happens when we shower? Is fluoride absorbed through the skin and if so, how much compared to drinking tap water?
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debnkay   Joined On Jan 23, 2011
Getting Started
Absolutely!  Biggest problem though is that the fluoride and chlorine is vaporized by our shower heads and we inhale the stuff!  Another problem with our water...our area just moved from chlorine to chloramine... a combo of chlorine and ammonia! I had a hand held shower wand with a charcoal filter that was wonderful for filtering out the chlorine & fluoride.  What I've been told though is that only a reverse osmosis filter will remove the chloramine.  
Geez, looks like if you want safe water for your shower you need to spend thousands on a water filtering system for the entire house.  I have a water distiller with charcoal filters that removes the fluoride and chlorine for drinking but the jury is still out as to whether or not it actually removes the chloramine.  Any ideas out there ya'll?

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