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The problem with fluoride

Add t the topic of fluoride

Many local authorities add fluoride to the water supplies. In addition, you’re exposed to fluoride if you take prescription drugs like Prozac, swim in pools, or sit in hot tubs. It’s in conventional produce like lettuce, and commercial bread and bakery products. It may be in beverages like iced tea, wine, and beer made with municipal water, or in infant formula. And of course it’s in toothpaste. It may even sneak into your food from Teflon coated pots and pans.

What does Fluoride do to our bodies?

  1. It weakens bones. The liver is unable to process fluoride and as a result it passes into the blood stream. Here, it combines with calcium thus leeching calcium from the skeletal system. You are left with weak bones.
  2. By de-calcifying the cartilage, fluoride causes arthritis.
  3. Although iodine is beneficial to the thyroid gland, fluoride is not. Because they are similar molecules fluoride is absorbed instead of iodine. This results in inhibited thyroid function because fluoride is toxic to thyroid cells.
  4. It calcifies the pineal gland. This gland regulates both body rhythms and the waking/sleeping cycle.
  5. It accelerates female puberty. The pineal gland plays an integral part in the onset of female puberty. Girls living in areas prone to more fluoride experience puberty earlier than girls exposed to less.
  6. A direct link has been found between lower fertility rates and fluorinated drinking water.
  7. It is bad for kidney health. A higher rate of chronic kidney disease has been reported in areas where the water contains high levels of fluoride.
  8. Exposure to fluoride causes cardiovascular inflammation and arteriosclerosis.
  9. It has been found that fluoride negatively impacts children’s neural development and therefore intelligence.

Minimising your exposure to fluoride is important

  • Use non fluoride toothpaste
  • Maintain healthy Iodine levels to help protect the thyroid from fluoride
  • Use a water filter for all cooking and drinking water which removes fluoride. Not all of them do

Detoxifying your body of fluoride

Iodine Flushes Out Fluoride

Loading the body with iodine displaces fluoride from cell receptors and flushes the fluoride out of the body in urine.

Your body can’t make iodine. You have to get it from food or supplements. And many people are deficient in this crucial element.

The best dietary source of iodine is seaweed. Sea vegetables like wakame, nori, kombu (kelp), arame, and dulse are the richest edible sources of iodine. Just one tablespoon of dried dulse flakes contains about 750 mcg of iodine. The government’s daily recommended amount is about 150 mcg.

Other good iodine sources include seafood (salmon, lobster, scallops, cod and shrimp). Cranberries, yogurt, potatoes, strawberries, and navy beans also contain iodine but in much lower amounts.

You can also find seaweed supplements like kelp tablets at most health food stores.

Detoxing from fluoride using iodine may trigger symptoms like headaches, agitation, and palpitations as fluoride is released. To minimise those effects, it’s important to work with a natural health specialist. According to Dr. David Brownstein in his book “Iodine: Why Your Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It” an iodine detox should include a nutritional plan as well as unrefined sea salt, selenium, vitamin C, and a vitamin B complex.

At the same time, as with any cleanse, your liver will need additional support. Liver cleansing foods include garlic, turmeric, flax seeds, milk thistle, lemons, limes, and avocados.

And always drink plenty of water when detoxing. Divide your weight by two and drink that number of ounces of fluoride-free water each day to help flush the toxins.

Even though iodine may be the best way to detox from fluoride, studies show that other methods may help reverse the damage done by fluoride in the body.

Curcumin Fights Fluoride Toxicity

In a study published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, curcumin was found to protect against the brain-damaging effects of fluoride.

Other studies show curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, also protects the kidneys against fluoride toxicity. And curcumin has been shown to prevent DNA damage from fluoride in human lymphocytes.

Tamarind Moves Fluoride Out of Bones

Tamarind is an African spice commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. In one randomised, diet control study, Indian researchers studied the effect of tamarind in 30 subjects living in an area with high natural fluoride levels. After two weeks, the group supplementing with tamarind had a significant increase in fluoride excreted through their urine. The researchers concluded that tamarind mobilised fluoride from bone and carried it out in urine.

In another study, Indian schoolboys ate 10 grams of tamarind every day. After 18 days, their excretion of fluoride was significantly increased. The researchers concluded that tamarind could delay fluorosis by improving excretion of fluoride in the urine.

Tamarind is a tropical tree. Its pulp, bark, and leaves can be used to make a tincture or tea. Leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds are used to make curries, lentils, salads, stews and soups.

Animal studies also show benefits of nutrition against fluoride.