This Food Blasts Your Body With Up to 180 Times the Fluoride in
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- One of
the primary sources of fluoride exposure is not fluoridated drinking
water but non-organic foods, due to the high amounts of fluoride-based
pesticide residues on these foods. Non-organic foods may account
for as much as one-third of the average person’s fluoride exposure
- Foods particularly
high in fluoride include non-organic fresh produce, breakfast
cereals, juices (particularly grape juice), deboned meats such
as lunch meats, and black- or green tea (even if organic)
has the ability to affect other chemicals and heavy metals; in
some cases making them even more harmful than they would be on
their own. For example, when you combine chloramines with the
hydrofluorosilicic acid added to the water supply, they become
very effective at extracting lead from old plumbing systems, promoting
the accumulation of lead in the water supply
have shown that hydrofluorosilicic acid increases lead accumulation
in bone, teeth, and other calcium-rich tissues. This is because
the free fluoride ion acts as a transport of heavy metals, allowing
them to enter into areas of your body they normally would not
be able to go, such as into your brain
has been an activist in the movement to eliminate a toxic fluoride
from your water supply for the past 15 years.
With more than
60 percent of U.S. water supplies currently fluoridated, chances
are you're one of the 170 million Americans who drink fluoride on
a daily basis.
In a previous
interview, Green delved into the sordid history that made water
fluoridation a reality in the first place.
If you missed
it, I highly recommend taking the time to watch
water is not the sole source of harmful fluoride. Here, the discussion
focuses on some of the lesser known sources of fluoride exposure.
Source of Fluoride: Your Food!
and drinking water would appear to be the leading sources of fluoride
exposure, probably the most common source of exposure is
actually non-organic foods! The reason for this is because
of the widespread use of fluoride-based pesticides.
Green, non-organic food could account for as much as one-third of
the average person's fluoride exposure!
This is important,
as many people are under the mistaken assumption that by avoiding
fluoridated water, they've eliminated the primary source of fluoride.
But if you're still eating conventionally-farmed foods, your fluoride
exposure is still likely very high.
is actually sodium aluminum fluoride... This sodium aluminum fluoride
is especially effective at killing bugs," Green explains.
"It's also very sticky, so when they spray it, it's more likely
to stick on your produce, unless you're... really working at trying
to get it off of it. As time has gone on, and... everybody said
fluoridation must be really great, they ramped up the amount of
residue [allowed on food] from these fluoride-based pesticides.
They have petitioned the EPA to be able to allow it, and they come
out with larger and larger [allowable] amounts."
based on the assumed safety of such fluoride-based pesticides, iceberg
lettuce can now contain a whopping 180 parts per million (ppm) of
fluoride that's 180 times higher than what's recommended
in drinking water!
is that on a head of lettuce, you're going to peel off those outer
layers and you're not going to eat much of that. Whether you do
or not; that's up to you... Romaine lettuce and what we call leaf
lettuce are allowed to have 40 ppm, with the assumption that it's
down inside there and you're going to have to do more cleaning.
But because it's so sticky, it's almost impossible [to wash off]
unless you go back to the old ideas of the Fuller brush... produce
brushes that you... scrape this stuff off with. The majority of
people don't make that extra effort to be able to take it off."
are allowed to be contaminated with 95 ppm's of sodium aluminum
fluoride. Potatoes may have 22 ppm's on the outside and up to two
ppm's on the inside. Raisins can have up to 55 ppm's. But of all
the foods, grapes are perhaps one of the foremost sources
of fluoride exposure.
Bet you would
not have guessed that!
a major source of fluoride because, first of all, they're heavily
sprayed with cryolite, and second, white grape juice is typically
used as the base, or filler juice in all sorts of juice drinks.
So if you drink any kind of juice on a regular basis, you're probably
getting hefty doses of cryolite, i.e. fluoride-based pesticide...
Cereals, mechanically deboned meats, and black or green tea are
a few other sources that may surprise you.
for example was measured at 10 parts per million," Green says.
"Shredded Wheat: 9.4 parts per million. Why is it so high? One,
they use pesticides on the grains. Two, they use [fluoridated] water...
So you actually have higher concentrations than you ever found in
the water where it was being made.
As for mechanically
deboned meats, the source of the fluoride is the animal itself,
which is exposed in the same manner as humans through feed
and water which then comes out during the manufacturing process.
Black and green teas are naturally high in fluoride, even if organically-grown
without pesticides. This is because the plant readily absorbs fluoride
thorough its root system, including naturally-occurring fluoride
in the soil. According to Green, there are reports of people who
have developed crippling skeletal fluorosis from drinking high amounts
of iced tea alone.
Water More Pure than Tap Water?
though, drinking water is certainly a primary source of fluoride
exposure. Many mistakenly believe that bottled water is the answer,
but this is a serious misconception.
As a general
rule, I don't recommend or encourage using bottled water on a regular
basis for a number of reasons. Not only does it contribute
to profound amounts of environmental pollution, but a variety of
toxins can leach from the plastic, contaminating your water. Not
to mention the fact that you're not guaranteed a more pure product
to begin with. An estimated 40 percent of all bottled water is just
bottled tap water that may or may not have received additional water
treatment. No, buying bottled water certainly is not a guarantee
of getting either pure or fluoride-free water!
For pure drinking
water, your best bet, from a practical perspective, is to filter
the water coming into your own home. Unfortunately, fluoride can
be quite difficult to remove from the water once added in. Reverse
osmosis systems have typically been recommended to remove fluoride,
but according to Green, many home systems may not be very efficient
at this task. Commercial systems are typically much better, as they
have redundancy features not found in smaller-scale residential
got to remember that the free fluoride ion, which is the part that
we are concerned with... is smaller than the water molecule. You
can't... "filter" it out. You can't screen it out because of the
size, obviously... If you look at what the literature tells you,
when you're looking at reverse osmosis, they almost always say that
if you had eight parts per million of fluoride [which is eight times
higher than recommended]... they could bring it down to 0.9. So
you get a 90 percent reduction.
says take your 0.9 and take it down to 0.1. Because what it's basically
doing is it's taking out the fluoride compounds, which is still
a good thing in some ways, especially if you had eight parts per
million in it... but you're still not getting out that free fluoride
or Not to Distill... That is the Question...
is another alternative. However, while distilled water is very clean,
it also lacks structure and minerals, which is inadvisable for long-term
daily use as it can deplete your body of essential trace minerals.
Distilled water can be quite useful for short-term detoxification
drawbacks, Green prefers the distilled water over reverse osmosis,
primarily because the amount of water that is wasted with the reverse
osmosis (R/O) filtration systems. A reverse osmosis system can use
anywhere between three to eight gallons of water to create one gallon
of drinkable water.
with Green's recommendation as the example he gave is quite skewed.
The typical level of fluoride in most fluoridated municipal water
supplies is about one part per million, not eight, like the example
he gave. So if you reduce that by 90 percent with an R/O system
you are in relatively safe range of 0.1 parts per million. You can
use distilled water to remove nearly all of it, but the distillation
process is a form of more severe processing than R/O and it is more
difficult to restore the water minerals and structure.
and Other Chemicals Become More Dangerous...
not to mention importantly, fluoride has the ability to affect other
toxins and heavy metals; in some cases making them even more harmful
than they would be on their own. For example, when you combine chloramines
with the hydrofluorosilicic acid added to the water supply, they
become very effective at extracting lead from old plumbing systems
essentially, together; they promote the accumulation
of lead in the water supply!
the two of them have been combined, and I believe patented to be
put together so that they could extract lead," Green says.
"... In fact, you've seen from reports in Washington D.C. about
the lead content [in the local water] that this combination can
have tremendous effects."
also showed that hydrofluorosilicic acid increases lead
accumulation in bone, teeth, and other calcium-rich tissues. According
to Green, this is because the free fluoride ion acts as a transport
of heavy metals, allowing them to enter into areas of your body
they normally would not be able to go, such as into your brain.
prizes what we call fluoride compounds," Green says. "What's
amazing is there is so much [information] out there that's never
explained to the general public. But [fluoride] is… the most aggressive
seeker of another electron. It's the most electromagnetically negatively
charged element in the entire world. It basically is the most interactive
of all the elements… It will give up whatever it's with to be with
prized by industry because it actually disrupts molecular bonds…
Industry also wants it because it creates tighter molecular bonds.
So Scotchgard, Stain Master, Gore-Tex, ski gear… These are all fluoride-type
compounds as well because they actually make it a tighter molecular
bond that is more impervious to penetration.
… By the
time you get to the enzyme activity, and knowing what it can do
to disrupt enzyme activity, the effects are so widespread, it's
just amazing... Once [people] learn the nature of fluoride, they
would never want to put it in their water."
Epidemics Spurred by Water Fluoridation and Pesticides?
has been linked to a long list of health problems, two that are
currently epidemic are thyroid disease and neurodegenerative diseases.
the important thing is to realize that fluoride affects your endocrine
system," Green warns. "... [I]n December 2006... the National
Academy of Sciences... came to the unanimous conclusion that the
levels of fluoride thought to be the maximum contaminant level and
was safe to be in the water, weren't protective of human health
at all... and that the places where you could see that very dramatically
would have to do with the endocrine system."
calcifies your pineal gland, which can lead to a number of health
problems, from precocious
puberty to cancer
both of which are also burgeoning epidemics... So,
what, if anything, can you do to protect your health if you suspect
you're getting too much fluoride?
One early sign
of over-exposure to fluoride is dental fluorosis, which typically
begins as white specks on your teeth, which then progress to more
unsightly yellow and brown mottling of the enamel. At the first
signs of dental fluorosis, if you haven't done so already, you'll
want to immediately eliminate as many sources of fluoride as possible.
to Green, you also need to make sure you have certain nutrients
in your system. These three will help bind the free fluoride ions,
allowing it to be excreted from your body more effectively:
Join the Fight
to Get Fluoride Out of Drinking Water
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.
time to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation.
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.
Information for Canadian Communities:
- If you live
in Ontario, Canada, please join the ongoing effort
by contacting Diane Sprules at [email protected].
- The point-of-contact
for Toronto, Canada is Aliss Terpstra. You may
email her at [email protected].
- The point-of-contact
for the Peel region in Ontario, Canada is Rob
Brewer. You may email him at [email protected].
Also see Fluoride Free Peel's Facebook pagei.
Information for American Communities:
going to address three US communities: New York City, Austin, and
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 [email protected].
Please contact her if you're interested in helping with this
Texas: Join the effort by contacting Rae Nadler-Olenick
at either: [email protected]
or [email protected],
or by regular mail or telephone:
Austin, Texas 78713
Phone: (512) 371-3786
Diego, California: Contact Patty Ducey-Brooks, publisher
of the Presidio Sentinel at [email protected].
2012 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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