Category Archives: Toxins

Evidence Mounts On Roundup’s Link To Liver And Kidney Damage

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One of the world’s most popular herbicide–Roundup–is making its way back into the headlines in regards to its health and environmental effects. Monsanto, the producer of Roundup (glyphosate), claims this herbicide is safe; however, study after study from independent researchers is showing the exact opposite. A new research study is showing that small amounts of exposure–up to thousands of times lower than permitted in drinking water in the U.S.–can produce unfavorable and concerning effects in the liver and kidneys. Could this study be the turning point for finally phasing out Roundup in agriculture? Or will it simply be ignored and human health continue to suffer?

The Damaging Effects of Roundup to Liver and Kidney Health

According to U.S. estimates, the use of glyphosate, or Roundup, has increased more than 250 times over the past 40 years. There are scientists who suggest the use of the popular herbicide could be a contributing factor into the widespread kidney disease epidemic in Sri Lanka, India, and Central America. [1] Many genetically-modified seeds, also produced by Monsanto, can withstand Roundup, making the issue even more problematic. If GMO plants are beginning to resist glyphosate, then more and more dangerous chemicals are being used during the process, resulting in more exposure among humans and animal life. One of the newest herbicides to come from Monsanto is said to override GMO seeds’ resistant effects; however, this herbicide is also said to be even more dangerous to human health than Roundup.

A new study first of its kind to examine the impact of Roundup on liver and kidney health is indicating that low levels of exposure can result in significant organ damage. [2] The study administered a small amount of Roundup to the drinking water of mice–a concentration that is considered thousands of times lower than what is allowed in U.S. drinking water. After two years, the consumption of the glyphosate-laden water seemed to have spurred kidney and liver damage. The study also compared the female mice and found changed gene expression in the organs, suggesting potential increased risk for a variety of diseases. When genes are disrupted, or turned on and off at the wrong time, it could lead to consequences in a number of different facets of health.

How to Avoid Roundup Exposure

Due to Roundup’s pervasiveness in our environment, complete exposure to the chemical herbicide may not be practical. You can, however, take precautionary steps toward preventing overexposure. If you purchase most of your food organic, you can reduce your exposure to all herbicides and pesticides. You will also be reducing your consumption of GMO foods, which simply does not have enough research behind it to determine its safety. Because many herbicides can be found in small quantities in drinking water, it may also be wise for you to invest in a water filtration system. Performing a regular kidney cleanse and liver cleanse may also be helpful for reducing accumulation of toxic herbicides.

What are your thoughts on Roundup and other herbicides? Please let us know in the comments!

References:

  1. Channa Jayasumana, Sarath Gunatilake, and Priyantha Senanayake. Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Feb; 11(2): 2125-2147. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110202125.
  2. Gilles-Eric Seralini, Emilie Clai, Robin Mesnage, et al. Republished study: long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize. Environmental Sciences Europe 2014, 26:14. doi: 10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

This Chemical-Free Head Lice Removal Method Works On Super Lice

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There’s an epidemic in America that’s bound to make your head itch the moment you read about it. Just in time for back-to-school, there’s an outbreak of “super lice”.

Because plain old ordinary lice weren’t bad enough, super lice don’t respond to the normal chemical treatments. Just like antibiotic-resistant infections, it seems that lice have adapted to the pesticide-filled shampoos that are commonly used and are thumbing their little buggy noses at efforts to eradicate them.

Dr. Kyong Yoon, PhD, of Southern Illinois University has been researching the trend. “We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.”

Dr. Yoon says that there are other treatments that will work against the current batch of lice, but warns,  “If you use a chemical over and over, these little creatures will eventually develop resistance.”

Applying pesticides to children’s heads

Here’s the thing: these are poisons. Would you spray pesticides on your kid’s head? Pediatrician Dr. William Sears explains the hazards of some of these chemicals on his website:

  • Permethrin 1% (brand name NIX) – this over-the-counter rinse is a synthetic pesticide. It is the safest of all the pesticide-type lice shampoos. It is not recommended for infants under 2 months of age. The best thing about this shampoo is that it kills both the live lice and the unhatched eggs. It also keeps working for 2 weeks. Therefore, re-treatment usually is not necessary. Don’t use this if you are allergic to chrysanthemums…
  • Malathion (brand name Ovide) – this pesticide is available by prescription. It is for kids 6 years and older. You may have heard of this pesticide – it is sprayed from aircraft over cities to control certain agricultural insects including fruit flies. This shampoo lotion was previously used in the U.S., then was taken off the market for a while (although it was still used in other countries), and is now recently approved again by the FDA for use in the U.S. Because of its potential toxicity, we do not routinely recommend using this product unless virtually everything else has been tried.  Precautions – product is flammable, do not use hot curlers or hair driers, and do not smoke while product is on. Rinse off immediately if significant irritation occurs. May irritate the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly. Minimize contact with face and other parts of body.
  • Lindane – this is another pesticide available by prescription. It is approved for children of all ages, although should be used with extreme caution in kids under 2 years. It is the most potentially toxic of all the lice shampoos and therefore should only be used when everything else has failed twice. Because of its potential toxicity we do not recommened its use, especially considering the harmless nature of head lice. It does not kill the lice eggs; therefore care should be taken to use a nit comb to remove all nits after use.

But these treatments have been linked to adverse reactions that range from an itchy rash to headaches to death.

The most commonly used OTC treatment is Permethrin, a pyrethroid which everyone will try to tell you is just as safe as chrysanthemums.  However, a) just because something comes from a plant doesn’t mean that’s it’s non-toxic – (poison ivy or oleander, anyone?) and b) it’s NOT from a plant – it’s a synthetic version of the active ingredient in the plant.

Permethrin, the least toxic of the options, is nonetheless horrifying.

While pyrethroids may be amongst the least toxic of insecticides, they are an excitatory nerve poison, acting upon the sodium ion channels in nerve cell membranes:

  • by sending a train of impulses rather than a single one, they overload the pathways, blocking the passage of sodium ions across cell membranes; similar in action to organophosphates (which include the now banned DDT); inhibits ATPase, which affects the release of acetylcholine, monoamine oxidase-A and acetylcholine;
  • inhibits GABAa receptors, resulting in convulsions and excitability (and more ‘minor’ problems such as sleep disorders);
  • known to be carcinogenic;
  • liver damage
  • thyroid function
  • cause chromosomal abnormalities in mice and hamsters;
  • are highly toxic to insects, fish, and birds;
  • mimic estrogen, leading to estrogen dominant health problems in females and feminizing effects in males, including lowered sperm counts and abnormal breast development
  • sublethal doses have produced a wide array of abnormal behaviors, including aggression, and disruption in learning and learned behaviors

This is the treatment that is no longer effective to treat the super lice making the rounds in America.  So, if this is the “safe” one, what on earth are the unsafe ones going to do to your children?

Lindane is so toxic that it can’t be used on crops or cattle, so why in the name of all things cute and fluffy would a parent ever put it on their child? According to the FDA, who still somehow approves this for use on the skin of children, there are some horrific potential side effects.

Lindane may cause serious side effects such as seizures (convulsions, fits) or death. Lindane can also make you feel sleepy, dizzy, or can cause body shaking that you cannot control.

The most common side effects of Lindane are:

  • itching skin
  • burning skin
  • dry skin
  • a skin rash

Seriously? This is somehow okay?

Use the wet-combing method for head lice removal instead.

To get rid of lice, you don’t need to use toxic chemicals or to smother them with substances like olive oil, mayonnaise, or petroleum jelly.  There is a far simpler method that is absolutely effective. Since it doesn’t rely on chemical pesticide, there’s no need to be concerned about bugs that are resistant to conventional treatments.

It’s called “wet combing” and it’s exactly what it sounds like.  All you need is an extremely fine toothed comb. Those little plastic ones that come with the boxes of chemical treatments aren’t sufficient.

You need a comb like this:

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This comb has strong metal tines that are very close together. The groove help to catch the nits as well as the live bugs.  There are other brands, but make sure you get a metal one with the grooves.

Conventional pharmacy treatments are very expensive and you have to buy new treatments each time. The great thing about these combs is that they never wear out and can be used for years (although hopefully you’ll need it only rarely.) From a preparedness standpoint, this is an item you’ll definitely want to keep in your medical kit. In the aftermath of a disaster, treatment options may not be readily available and this head lice removal method will work regardless of whether the lice outbreak is made up of “super lice” that are immune to chemical treatments.

How to remove lice without chemicals

This process is time-consuming but it’s THE MOST effective way to get rid of head lice. Gather up your supplies:

A tolerance will never be built up because no chemicals are used, it’s inexpensive, and it’s completely non-toxic.  The term “wet-combing” is a little bit misleading, since you start with a completely dry head.

  1. Find a location with good light, where the person with the infestation can be completely comfortable.  When I’ve treated children, I generally put them on a pillow on the floor in front of the couch and put a movie on to entertain them.
  2. Apply conditioner liberally to dry hair. Use a brush to pull the conditioner completely through the hair from root to tip. Add more if necessary.  It’s very important that the hair be well-lubricated with conditioner so that you can use the fine-toothed comb without pulling too painfully.  If, for some reason, you don’t have access to conditioner you can use a spray bottle with water. However, it won’t detangle as well. After brushing the conditioner through the person’s hair, put the brush aside to be cleaned. DO NOT use it again, or you could be putting nits right back into the hair you just combed out.
  3. Separate the hair into sections, and use clips to hold them into place. How many sections depends on how thick the person’s hair is. For someone with very thick hair, you’ll probably need to make 6 or more sections.  You’re going to work on one section at a time, then pin the completed section back into place to keep it away from the other sections.
  4. Using your lice comb (or “cootie comb” as we called it in my house) start all the way up at the scalp.  Draw the comb all the way through the entire length of the strand of hair. After each pass with the comb, wipe off the conditioner and whatever else comes off the hair with it. I normally use kleenexes for this so that I can flush the bugs and nits when I’m done. Go through each strand 2-3 times, or until the comb comes back without bugs or nits.
  5. Pay extra attention to places like the crown of the head, behind the ears, and along the hairline at the nape of the neck. These tend to be the most lice-populated areas.
  6. Once you’ve gone through the entire head of hair, the person can wash out the conditioner.
  7. Do away with the bugs and eggs by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them into the woodstove or fireplace.

After you’re finished combing, wash everything that has touched the person’s head in hot soapy water with a touch of bleach.

Repeat this process no less than 2 times per day for a week after the lice were found. After that, check the person’s head every day for another week. If you missed any eggs, it will take 7-12 days for them to hatch and your infestation could start all over again if you aren’t scrupulous.

Do a thorough cleaning after you’ve gotten rid of head lice

It’s imperative that you also do some extra housekeeping. It does no good to painstakingly comb out hair but then to go and lay in a bed where bugs could be lying in wait. It isn’t necessary to get expensive (and toxic) sprays to kill the bugs in your house. A thorough cleaning with a few extra steps will do just as much to get rid of them.

  1. Stuffed animals and pillows can be placed in a freezer for a week, or in black plastic garbage bags out in the sun for two weeks.
  2. Washing and drying clothing and bedding at temperatures above 130 degrees Fahrenheit will kill lice and eggs.
  3. Thoroughly vacuum all carpeted areas and throw out your vacuum cleaner bag immediately after.
  4. Remember, in stubborn cases, lice and nits can only live 2-7 days away from a host, so keeping your children out of their rooms for 10 days can eliminate the need to spray the bedding and carpet.

It’s important to note that head lice have absolutely nothing to do with cleanliness or personal hygiene.  If a family member ends up with lice, it’s unpleasant and makes extra work, but it is not a reflection on your home or habits.

Be proactive

An itchy head often the first sign of a lice infestation. The earlier you catch it, the easier time you will have getting rid of it.  Check your child’s head frequently to perform head lice removal while it’s just a bug or two. This school year promises to be a doozy.

If your child DOES have lice, don’t be pressured into using the toxic chemical treatments. Wet combing is highly effective and works on even “super lice.”

Pick up a good quality lice comb BEFORE your child comes home with head lice. It’s about a $10 investment that will allow you to immediately take action should that note from the nurse come home.


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author ofThe Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]

Beyond Celiac Disease: The Universal Toxicity Of Wheat (VIDEO)

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Sayer Ji, the author of “The Dark Side of Wheat,” discusses the emerging viewpoint that wheat represents a human species-specific intolerance that should be universally avoided.

Some issues raised in the video

  • 150+ adverse health effects associated with wheat consumption, as determined by biomedical research housed on the National Library of Medicine
  • Wheat intolerance/toxicity does not need to be immune mediated, i.e. it has direct, adverse effects on our cells which antibody, gene or intestinal biopsy tests may not accurately diagnose.
  • Genotype plays a part in the disease process, but is not itself sufficient to induced wheat-associated illness
  • The grain-based diet while thousands of years old in cultural time, has only been consumed en masse for a nanosecond in biological time (e.g. 10,000 years)
  • Wheat is exceptionally addictive, due in part to the high levels of glutamic acid it contains. Glutamic acid is a natural “flavor-enhancer,” activating the umami receptors, driving us to consume more and more of the same.
  • Grains, and particularly wheat have pharmacological active properties, e.g. gluten exorphins and gliadorphin
  • The Roman Empire was known as the “Wheat Empire” due to the fact that its entire cultural hegemony over those it conquered was predicated on the biological imperialism that wheat consumption made possible.
  • Has humankind mastered the cereal grasses, or have the cereal grasses mastered us? We take care of their reproduction, their nutrition, their natural predators, in exchange for nourishment. But are we being nourished? Are grains the staff of life, or a crutch upon which we prop up our nutrient-starved bodies?
  • The celiac disease sufferer is allowed to be sick from wheat, whereas most of the world deals with asymptomatic, or “out of intestine” varieties of wheat intolerance.
  • The emerging view is that the body responds appropriately to wheat’s inherent toxicity through classical symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, including diarrhea. As this is the body’s way of expelling an offending substance as quickly as possible, perhaps saving the body as a whole from wheat’s profound systemic adverse effects.

Relevant Links


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Cooking With Non-Stick Pans? You May Want To Read This

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Pans with a non-stick coating are convenient but new research suggests that the chemical used for the coating is extremely toxic and exposure on any level could prove dangerous to brain health, the reproductive system, and immune system.

The Dangers of Non-Stick Coating

DuPont, the chemical engineering giant, is responsible for the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) used to make Teflon coating. Federal regulators linked the chemical to birth defects and cancer, and these regulators also accused DuPont of hiding these hazard reports for decades. This caused an uproar and forced DuPont to phase out production of the chemical in 2006. Regardless, PFOA has already infiltrated millions of homes; resulting in detectable amounts of the compound in the blood of nearly every American. It’s even been found in polar bears in the Arctic.

A new Environmental Working Group (EWG) report suggests that there is no safe level of exposure to the chemical in non-stick coatings, categorizing PFOA in the same league as asbestos and lead. This new report is supported by studies from the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) and Harvard University — studies that suggest blood levels of PFOA 400 times lower than the EPA’s current level could still cause adverse effects.

The Solution

There are some natural, safer alternatives to Teflon that you should be aware of. If you currently own a non-stick pan, throw them out immediately. Replace all non-stick bakeware with glass, and choose steel and cast iron for other cooking needs. Rely on healthy fats, like olive oil and coconut oil, to provide a natural non-stick surface for your cookware. Ideally, the majority of your diet should be uncooked and raw, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry too much about whether or not your food is sticking to cookware.

How do you avoid food sticking to your cookware? Please let us know in the comments!


Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Anti-Geoengineering Researcher To EPA: Do Your Job! (VIDEO)

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Patrick Roddie presented testimony at an EPA hearing on potential health effects of aircraft pollution on August 11, 2015.

He documented how the rapidly increasing death toll from Alzheimer’s and respiratory failure matched a corresponding increase in artificially-nucleated persistent contrails – and demanded the EPA resume publishing results of metals in our rain and air.

Transcript, health effects paper and all references can be found at http://StopSprayingUs-SF.com/epa

 
Patrick Roddie

Public comment can be submitted to the EPA until August 31st, 2015 using the following link. Restrict your comments and evidence to private and commercial aircraft – EPA claims no jurisdiction over military flights.

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitCo…

Pepsi Co. Swaps Aspartame For Sucralose: Is It Worth It?

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Soda is one of the most popular beverages in the developed world, and many people are addicted to its sweet taste and fizzy texture. Not only does soda provide calories, these calories come in the form of refined sugar, namely mercury-laden high fructose corn syrup. Diet sodas are supposed to lessen the health effects of regular soda consumption and is often seen as a product that can be consumed in limitless quantities with very little worry. Research is showing, however, that this is not the case. [1] Even diet sodas, typically sweetened with aspartame, also correlate with increased obesity trends in those who consume them on a regular basis. Pepsi has recently launched a move that will replace aspartame with sucralose (Splenda), citing consumer demand regarding the supposed health dangers of aspartame.

What Pepsi Doesn’t Understand About Splenda

Aspartame has been linked to serious health consequences for years, and these consequences are only now being made known to the public. Due to public outcry over the use of aspartame in diet foods, Pepsi has decided to replace the artificial sweetener with sucralose, a heavily-marketed artificial sweetener that many mistake for natural. [2] While sucralose does start with sugar, it goes through an unnatural process to make it free from calories and 300 to 1,000 times as sweet as pure table sugar. Simply swapping out an artificial sweetener for another one doesn’t seem to be doing much good, because even sucralose has a host of negative health effects associated with its consumption. [3]

Diet soda was originally created to combat the effects that high-sugary beverages promote, like obesity, diabetes, and other clinical symptoms of metabolic syndrome. [4] Soda manufacturers, who recognized the issue associated with refined sugar, quickly came out with an alternative to their original recipe to appease health-conscious consumers and protect their bottom line. Not only did they attract individuals watching their waistline, their expanded product line undoubtedly increased sales. Soda manufacturers aren’t 100% concerned for public health; rather, they’re merely trying to find ways to appeal to consumer demand as a means to protect their overall profit. While there may be noble intentions from some people in the industry, the majority isn’t geared toward improving overall health.

The Best Alternatives to Artificial Sweeteners

You’re probably already aware that you shouldn’t be consuming refined sugar in any amount. Artificial sweeteners may be even worse, since they’re chemical in natural and drive weight gain much more quickly than pure sugar. Stevia is perhaps the best natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, and is being increasingly used in natural and organic “diet” foods. The natural green powdered leaf is probably the least processed form of the plant you can get, but it’s not as popular as stevia extract. Sugar alcohols like maltitol, erythritol, and xylitol are also excellent alternatives to sugar; however, they do provide calories and can be aggravating to the digestive system, particularly for those with digestive issues.

References:

  1. Qing Yang. Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings. Yale J Biol Med. 2010 Jun; 83(2): 101-108.
  2. Jackie Wattles. Diet Pepsi replaces aspartame with… CNN Money.
  3. Schiffman SS, Rother KI. Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetner: overview of biological issues. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2013;16(7):399-451. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523.
  4. Swithers SE. Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Sep;24(9):431-41. doi: 10.1016/j.tem.2013.05.005.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Splenda Contaminates 65% Of Breastmilk Sampled, Gov. Study Finds

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A concerning new study finds that most of the breast milk samples tested contained artificial sweeteners. Why has this never been discovered until now and what are the implications to our most vulnerable populations? 

An article soon to be published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health on the presence of synthetic sweeteners in breast milk is bound to upset the apple cart when it comes to assessing the toxicological risk of these chemicals to breastfed infants.

In previous articles we have reported extensively on the dangers of artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame and sucralose (aka Splenda), whose presence in tens of thousands of consumer products make exposure to them commonplace.  Despite their present day low-risk regulatory status, we have found highly concerning research that these compounds contribute to a wide range of health conditions such as:

Even more concerning, when Splenda is heated at temperatures that occur in baking applications it produces dioxin, one of the most deadly chemicals known to man. This is a finding that has received almost not attention outside a few scientific studies that we reported on in an article you can familiarize yourself with here: Sucralose’s (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin.

The new study titled, “Nonnutritive Sweeteners in Breast Milk“, was conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health , Bethesda , Maryland , USA. The study abstract is available to read ahead of the study’s full publication later this month:

Nonnutritive Sweeteners in Breast Milk.

J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2015 Aug 12:1-4. [Epub ahead of print]

Sylvetsky AC1, Gardner AL, Bauman V, Blau JE, Martin Garraffo H, Walter PJ, Rother KI.

Abstract

Nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS), including saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, and acesulfame-potassium, are commonly consumed in the general population, and all except for saccharin are considered safe for use during pregnancy and lactation. Sucralose (Splenda) currently holds the majority of the NNS market share and is often combined with acesulfame-potassium in a wide variety of foods and beverages. To date, saccharin is the only NNS reported to be found in human breast milk after maternal consumption, while there is no apparent information on the other NNS. Breast milk samples were collected from 20 lactating volunteers, irrespective of their habitual NNS intake. Saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame-potassium were present in 65% of participants’ milk samples, whereas aspartame was not detected. These data indicate that NNS are frequently ingested by nursing infants, and thus prospective clinical studies are necessary to determine whether early NNS exposure via breast milk may have clinical implications.

This groundbreaking study has found for the first time that sucralose and acesulfame-potassium survive maternal metabolism and enter into breast milk in the majority of the breast milk samples tested (65%).  As is the case for many chemicals released into the human food supply, adequate proof of the safety of these compounds in infants is not only not available, but unethical to perform in human subjects. This is one justification for the use of surrogate risk assessments using animals, such as the animal LD50 model, whereby a chemical is tested by determining the amount needed to kill 50% of rodents within a relatively short time frame (so-called “acute toxicity”), and then deducing from that data an “acceptable level of harm” to humans primarily by adjusting for body weight differences between rodents and humans. This system, of course, is extremely primitive, and does not account for low-dose, chronic exposures; nor does it account for the synergistic toxicities of multiple exposures occurring simultaneously in real-world situations, such as the study above.

Clearly, if these artificial sweeteners are being passed directly to newborns through breast milk, and there is no assurance of their safety, an immediate halt to their use by those wishing to conceive, are pregnant, or breastfeeding should be initiated by regulators. Anything less than obeisance to the precautionary principle could be considered a violation of informed consent, and evidence o culpability shared by manufacturers and regulators to for the harm done to exposed populations.

This new study will represent something of a litmus test as far as determining how effectively the media will keep this information buried or will report accurately on it once it is released. Given the high gravitas government source of the research, and the profound implications it has to the health of our most susceptible population: newborns and infants, if it goes un- or under-reported it is our job to make sure it gets widespread exposure. Therefore please share this information and relevant links above with relevant parties and stakeholders who should be aware of the true dangers associated with the use of artificial sweeteners.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Are There Drugs In Our Water Supply?

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Did you know that when you ingest or are injected with prescription drugs, your body doesn’t necessarily use everything? Excess drugs are excreted as waste material.

That’s good news for your body since pharmaceuticals can be very hard on your system, it’s not good news for the ecosystem since these residues work their way into our waterways and water processing plants.

Things you need to know about municipal water

Tap water has been unsafe for a very long time. Tap water may contain toxic chemicals, some known carcinogens, added to make it “safe” for drinking. Three of the poisons that can be found in faucet water are chlorine, fluoride, and arsenic, a Category 1 carcinogen (cancer causing agent).

The newest acknowledgment of prescription drugs in waterways is one more toxin added to an already contaminated water supply and prescription medications are not easily filtered.

The drugs are not present in large quantities but they are a contaminant. This means you may be ingesting them continuously over a period of years and we don’t yet know what the long-term effects of such intake will be.

Studies are showing that the effects are already manifesting in fish (male fish producing female egg yolk proteins) and even earthworms and zooplankton. Antibiotics, for example, are less and less effective as treatments for ailments in humans, due to excessive prescribing practices. Bacteria have the ability to adapt to the antibiotics. Antibiotics in open water give bacteria more time to mutate.

How pervasive is the problem?

In America, traces of drugs are found in nearly every source of drinking water, including:

  • Bottled drinking water – many bottlers do not test water for drugs right now and many just repackage tap water.
  • Well-water – people dig these under the mistaken belief that this is a safe way to collect the most healthful drinking water.
  • Home filtration systems – most don’t filter everything and they can get contaminated with drug residue.
  • Aquifers which are deep underground water systems – they supply us with 40% of our drinking water in the United States and are also becoming effected in rural areas.

The business of prescription & over-the-counter medications

Prescription drugs are a major business in this country. Medical professionals have a history of pushing chemicals before natural, alternative treatments. These chemicals are designed to inhibit one function or another in the body and supposedly treat the symptoms of disease instead of the ROOT CAUSE.

One medication often leads to the necessity of taking another one. Don’t take my word for it; read the possible side effects that come with your medications. Side effects, like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, itchiness, and more, may cause you to return to the doctor for another prescription drug or suggestion for over-the-counter relief. This cycle is almost self-perpetuating.

What’s being done to fix the problem?

Not everyone is in denial about the true safety of municipal water. There are those who persist in trying to help the environment. For example, Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that his group takes the threat seriously.

Water suppliers are searching for ways to filter the impurities from the water. New screening methods must be developed to find the different chemicals. As states become more aware of the problem; they are implementing rules and guidelines to affect change. Several states are now requiring that testing be done and the appropriate filtration practices be implemented. Testing is being done to determine which method is the most effective.

Reverse osmosis is being studied, along with carbon filtration and other means of cleaning water. It may be that a combination of techniques and pre and post filtering may get the most done.

What can you do?

First, drink purified bottled water or distilled water. If you’re not drinking purified water, start. It’s the safest and healthiest thing that you can do for your body, since water sustains your body’s life force. Your body has enough work to do and doesn’t need to be hindered.

Our bodies already have a first line of defense, our immune systems. Take care of your body and search for natural methods to replace the need for prescription medication. Remember, there are alternatives. If you do drink distilled water be sure to add a small amount of organic raw apple cider vinegar to replace the minerals lost during the distillation process.

Next, consider the water that comes into your home. I personally use and recommend a high tech, carafe purifier which filters even the smallest toxins from the water.


Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

What Are Obesogens?

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Obesogens is an umbrella term given to the dozens of endocrine disruptors that play a role in obesity. Chemicals from plastics, like BPA, are known obesogens, and these chemicals pollute our waterways and pervade our homes. The effects of obesogens have been studied intensely over the past few years and the research shows that they have a hand in uncontrolled weight gain.

Obesogens: A Worldwide Issue

A closer look at amphibians and the endocrine disrupting chemicals in their environment is showing how obesogens translate to human health, particularly when it relates to metabolic disorder. [1] Since many chemicals from pollution and man-made items end up in the water supply, it isn’t surprising to see drastic changes in fish and other aquatic mammals. These life forms receive abundant doses of PCBs, PBDEs, and other chemicals, much more so than we receive, but it does lead us to some insight into their effects. Some obesogens not only contribute to altered lipid metabolism in ocean dwellers, but it has also shown gender-bending qualities among fish. [2]

The Health Effects of Obesogens

Research is showing that obesogenic effects can be transferred from mother to child, revealing why some people may be born with metabolic problems from the start. Findings like this display the importance of avoiding chemicals during pregnancy. [3] The plastics industry is a heavy user of obesogenic chemicals, many of which are used in furniture, food storage, and building materials. [4] While completely eliminating chemical exposure is difficult, incorporating detoxification strategies can be helpful.

How to Combat Obesogens

Fortunately, obesogens may not be permanent in their effects. Avoidance of chemicals as much as possible, eating an organic diet, and drinking pure, filtered water goes a long way. Definitely avoid all plastics, including those that use BPA or BPS. Performing a regular cleansing protocol may also be helpful for relieving the toxic burden that ineluctably accumulates over time. Taking a high-quality probiotic could also strengthen defenses against invasive endocrine disruptors.

References:

  1. Lindsey Konkel. A Closer Look at Obesogens: Lipid Homeostasis Disruption in Daphnia. Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ehp.123-A219.
  2. Catherine A. Harris, Patrick B. Hamilton, Tamsin J. Runnalls, et al. The Consequences of Feminization in Breeding Groups of WIld Fish. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Mar; 119(3): 306-311.
  3. Endocrine Society. Exposure to endocrine disruptors during pregnancy affects the brain two generations later, rat study shows. ScienceDaily. 5 March 2015.
  4. Wendee Holtcamp. Obesogens: An Environmental Link to Obesity. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Feb; 120(2): a62-a68. doi: 10.1289/ehp.120-a62.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Study: BPA Disrupts Prostate Health

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Bisphenol-A has seen its share of media attention, and none of it has been very positive. It’s a known endocrine disruptor still being used as a softening agent in plastics. You’re probably already aware that BPA disrupts reproductive health, which is contributing to hormonal imbalance in both women and men. BPA lines many aluminum cans and water bottles, and it has the tendency to leach into the contents of the container. A new study has exposed another startling health effect of BPA consumption–prostate cancer.

Why Men (and Everyone Else) Should Avoid BPA

According to a professor from the University of Illinois in Chicago, when scientists exposed an organoid similar to the prostate gland to very low doses of BPA, the organoid grew an overabundance of prostate stem cells. [1] While stem cells are present in the prostate gland, too many can raise the risk for prostate cancer. According to many theories, the more stem cells an organ has, the more likely a mutation can occur. Could BPA be one of the leading contributors to today’s cases?

BPA mimics female hormones, particularly estrogen, which means it poses a threat to men and women. Not only could it be a hidden contributing factor to prostate cancer, but research shows it may also be contributing to all forms of cancer. [2] Even avoiding BPA-free plastics is probably not the answer, because the alternatives to BPA appear to hold the same health risks. Bisphenol-S, for instance, is sometimes used in BPA-free plastics and BPA-free tin cans, but it isn’t the most reliable from a health standpoint. [3]

Ways to Avoid BPA

One of the best ways to avoid BPA is to stop using plastic containers and, instead, switch to glass or ceramic. Avoid drinking from plastic water bottles, reusable or not, and do not drink from plastic water bottles that have been sitting out in the hot sun. Heat speeds up the rate at which BPA is leached into the water. [4] Also, consider performing a cleanse periodically to support your overall health. Just making a simple switch for your health can go a long way, so consider using these tips the next time you are storing leftovers or beverages.

Are there any tips for avoiding BPA that we’ve missed? Please let us know in the comments!

References:

  1. Esther L. Calderon-Gierszal, Gail S. Prins. Directed Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells into Prostate Organoids In Vitro and its Pertubation by Low-Dose Bisphenol A Exposure. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133238.
  2. Ana M. Soto & Carlos Sonnenschein. Environmental causes of cancer: endocrine disruptors as carcinogens. Nature Reviews Endocrinology 6, 363-370 (July 2010). doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2010.87.
  3. Manjumol Mathew, S. Sreedhanya, P. Manoj, C. T. Aravindakumar, and Usha K. Aravind. Exploring the Interaction of Bisphenol-S with Serum Albumins: A Better or Worse Alternative for Bisphenol A. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014, 118 (14), pp 3832-3843. DOI: 10.1021/jp500404u.
  4. Chun Z. Yang, Stuart I. Yaniger, V. Craig Jordan, Daniel J. Klein, and George D. Bittner. Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem That Can Be Solved. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Jul 1; 119(7): 989-996. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1003220.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By McDonald’s

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McDonald’s has a very complicated brand image: entirely unhealthy, yet an affordable option that is almost universally available. McDonald’s isn’t a place we go to get our nutritional needs met, and with most research connecting our Western/fast food diet directly to various diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, one begins to wonder why this company continues to serve billions and billions. Availability is a key to McDonald’s worldwide success. This fast food mecca can be found in every airport, off rural highways, on college campuses and, who knows, maybe one day the golden arches might even show up in Arches National Park. All joking aside, the global addiction to McDonald’s is frightening, and assuming that McDonald’s isn’t going away anytime soon, then perhaps it is time you know some of the toxic ingredients that can be found in a typical McDonald’s menu.

Acrylamide

The items on a McDonald’s menu may vary slightly from country to country, but there is one fried food you can expect to find worldwide: fries. In Canada, these “Famous Fries” can be served with gravy or cheese curds, but all McDonald’s fries contain one very unhealthy element: acrylamide. While acrylamide is not an added ingredient, it is a result of frying food, one of the most common methods of cooking at McDonald’s. Acrylamide levels are particularly high in fried potatoes. The debate over the link to acrylamide and cancer continues, yet this chemical compound can be found on the Proposition 65 list. This is a list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Additionally, the National Toxicology Program lists acrylamide as a chemical which may be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” How long a food is cooked can also affect acrylamide levels. For example, if your fries are cooked longer and their color turns a dark brown, then these fries will contain much higher levels of acrylamide than fries which are cooked for less time.

Azodicarbonamide

Almost every bun at McDonald’s contains dough conditioners. These are ingredients which are used to “improve” the texture of the dough. McDonald’s uses azodicarbonamide in their buns, from the sesame to the McRib bun. Azodicarbonamide is also a chemical foaming agent, a blowing agent for plastics and rubbers and a common food additive, and it is even found in some tobacco products. In the UK, you cannot find azodicarbonamide in McDonald’s buns, because it is a banned food additive there. It is also banned in most European countries, as well as Australia. In Singapore, using azodicarbonamide can result in a 15-year prison sentence and a fine of $450,000.

Some McDonald’s food items are prepared with a liquid margarine which contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Partially hydrogenated oils are very high in trans fat. Trans fats are known to increase one’s risk of heart disease and may also add to one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Trans fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Sodium acid pyrophosphate

Sodium acid pyrophosphate (SAPP) is a synthetic substance which is often used as a leavening agent. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI) warns that “excessive consumption of phosphates could lead to dietary imbalances that might contribute to osteoporosis.” SAPP can be found in the McDonald’s hash browns, eggs and tortillas, to name a few fast food items. In bulk form, SAPP may cause severe inflammation if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes, or is inhaled or ingested.

Dimethylpolysiloxane

Dimethylpolysiloxane is added to cooking oils and is used as an anti-foaming agent to cook McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish, Chicken McNuggets and french fries. Dimethylpolysiloxane can also be found in cosmetics, hair conditioners, silly putty and even in breast implants.

THBQ

The Chicken McNuggets are also prepared in a vegetable oil with a chemical preservative called THBQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product which can also be found in cosmetic products such as eyeshadows.

Sodium aluminum phosphate

Sodium aluminum phosphate is another food additive in the batter of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Several studies have shown a possible link to sodium aluminum phosphate and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sodium benzoate

Sodium benzoate can be found in many of McDonald’s sauces, as well as in most of their soft drinks. One UK study found that consuming a mixture of sodium benzoate with artificial food colors can be linked to increased hyperactivity in children. The study recommended that children should avoid foods with these products.

Disodium 5′-ribonucleotides

Disodium 5′-ribonucleotides (a combination of disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate) can be found in McDonald’s chicken products as well as in some of their sauces. Disodium guanylate is not safe for very young babies (under 3 months old) and should be avoided by asthmatics and people with gout.

Sodium metabisulfite

Sodium metabisulfite is another dough conditioner used in McDonald’s tortillas, and it is known to cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to sulfites. Sulfites also may be related to certain diseases and health conditions, including skin conditions, lethargy, diabetes, bloating, joint pain and even brain fog. Sodium metabisulfite is also used in waste treatment and as a bleaching agent in coconut cream.

High-fructose corn syrup

McDonald’s has a very hardworking PR campaign that tries to minimize the adverse health effects caused by these toxic ingredients. On their own website, they claim that high-fructose corn syrup, an ingredient used in many of their products, is similar in composition to sugar. They also state that HFCS is in a “wide variety of products found on your local supermarket shelves,” which is clearly a way of trying to normalize the use of HFCS. It is also an attempt to skirt the issue and avoid the serious and well-documented negative health effects caused by consumption of HFCS.

The toxic ingredients found in many of McDonald’s products are hidden in their cooking oils, breads and sauces. The science experiments taking place in the McDonald’s kitchens are filled with foods (and chemicals) that you do not want to eat.

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http://www.oehha.ca.gov[PDF]

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99% Of The Vitamin B12 On The Market Contains Cyanide

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Unknown to most consumers, cyanide is found in a wide range of vitamins and foods in a form known as cyanocobalamin.  Fortunately the cyanide has a very low potential to do harm because it is organically bound to cobalamin (vitamin b12) — that is, as long as everything is working correctly and that person hasn’t already been burdened with environmental chemical exposures from cyanide, and related xenobiotic compunds.

Cyanocobalamin is actually found in 99% of the vitamins on the market which contain B12, as it is relatively cheap (recovered from activated sewage sludge or produced through total chemical synthesis), and stable (non-perishable). Despite its wide usage, it is not an ideal form of vitamin b12, as the cyanide must be removed from the cobalamin before it can perform its biological indispensable roles within the body. While there is plenty of research on the potential value of cyanide-bound vitamin B12, it does have potential to do harm.

In fact, when a person is poisoned with cyanide, as sometimes happens following smoke inhalation, and they are rushed to the emergency room, what do they give them to remove the cyanide? Hydroxocobalamin — a natural form of vitamin b12 — which readily binds with the cyanide, becoming cyanocobalmin (which sequesters the cyanide and puts it into a form ideal for detoxification and elimination), which is then rapidly excreted from the body via the lungs and kidneys.

Those with a higher body burden or higher cyanide exposure, such as smokers, are less likely to be able to effectively detoxify the additional cyanide they consume through their diet or supplements, making the seemingly benign levels found in some vitamins and foods a real problem.

Indeed, this is not the first time the question of the potential toxicity of cyanocobalamin has been raised. As far back as 1992, a report was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine arguing for its withdrawal from use in vitamin therapy. Another study published in 1997 in the journal Blood, found that cyanocobalamin “antagonizes vitamin B12 in vitro and causes cell death from methionine deficiency.”

Cyanide in non-vitamin form, of course, is extremely toxic and a poster child of sorts, among poisons. It only takes 6.44 mg per kilogram, or 1.61 mg to kill 50% of your average-sized (500 gram) rats through the oral route of exposure. The margin of safety (as defined by the LD50) for cyanocobalamin, on the other hand, is approximately 1,000 times higher.

An entirely different approach to maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels is through supporting the microflora in the gut, as these beneficial bacteria are proficient in producing this indispensable vitamin. Lactobacillus reuteri, for instance, has been studied for its vitamin B12-producing properties.

Other dietary sources of biologically active B12 include white button mushrooms, spirulina and chlorella. The ideal supplemental form of supplemental vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin, which while more expensive, is capable of absorbing efficiently sublingually and is cell-ready as a methyl donor. It should also be noted that the drug category known as proton pump inhibitors (acid blockers for reflux) prevent vitamin B12 absorption and microwaving food deactivates this vitamin, as well.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

How Fluoride Damages Pineal Gland Health

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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, no one anticipated the physical health dangers. Now, more and more people are recognizing the effects, and one of those is how it damages the pineal gland.

Fluoride: A Neurotoxin That Damages Your Pineal Gland

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

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?

References:

  1. Wu, Y. H. & Swaab, D. F. The human pineal gland and melatonin in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Pineal Research. 38 (3).
  2. Lennon, M. A. et al. Rolling Revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality. World Health Organization.
  3. Luke, J. Fluoride deposition in the aged human pineal gland. Caries Research. 35 (2).
  4. Luke, J. THE EFFECT OF FLUORIDE ON THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE PINEAL GLAND. School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Is Rocket Fuel (Perchlorate) Destroying Organic Farming?

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Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now found contaminating conventional and organically grown food, alike.  

Perchlorate and the Post-Organic Era

Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now found in virtually all humans tested, and it is continually making its way up the food chain through ground and drinking water, into feed and edible plants, animals products, milk and breast milk – contaminating conventional and organically grown food, alike.

It is now distributed widely throughout North America, as depicted by the image below:

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The Colorado River is so thoroughly contaminated with perchlorate (1.5-8 micrograms per Liter) that 90% of the lettuce consumed during the winter months in the United States produced in the Lower Colorado River region contains this powerful endocrine disruptor.

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What does it do? Perchlorate has been used as a “medicine” in this country to “treat” hyperthyroidism since the 1950’s despite the fact some patients may develop aplastic anemia (bone marrow destruction) as a result. Perchlorate interferes with iodide uptake at the sodium-iodide symporter in the thyroid gland which unfortunately has a 30-fold higher affinity for perchlorate than iodide. Without adequate iodide hypothyroidism ensues. Could this pollutant have anything to do with the geometric expansion of hypothyroidism diagnoses in this country?

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6 studies on perchlorate/hypothyroidism link

If it were not for the perfect fit between pharmaceutical medicine, e.g. Synthroid (synthetic levothyroxine sodium) and pollution-caused hypothyroidism, this question might get some traction in the medical community and we could start solving the underlying problem: a medical system whose financial health depends on the continued expansion of disease within the population it serves.

Has Perchlorate Destroyed the Very Meaning of Organic?

In 2005 the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology published a study on perchlorate levels in North America. They found:

Conventionally and organically produced lettuce and other leafy vegetable samples were collected from production fields and farmers’ markets in the central and coastal valleys of California, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Quebec, and New Jersey. Results show that 16% of the conventionally produced samples and 32% of the organically produced samples had quantifiable levels of perchlorate using ion chromatography. Estimated perchlorate exposure from organically produced leafy vegetables was approximately 2 times that of conventional produce…”

The time has come for those of us who buy organic food to transcend the inherently self-centered and anthropocentric limitations associated with these food quality concerns. We can no longer fool ourselves into thinking that we can save ourselves by eating organically without doing something about the planet dying under the weight of the conventional and dominant food production and distribution system. When we pollute the environment we pollute ourselves. The very flesh of the earth

and our flesh are woven from the same molecular fabric.

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The exact same problem with thinking that consuming organic protects you from planetary destruction has emerged with the increasingly destabilized/destabilizing nuclear energy paradigm. Radioisotope contamination of the environment is now a global problem, and low-energy internalized radioisotopes are several orders of magnitude more harmful to our health than previously assumed. The global distribution of uranium-238 through hydrological and meteorological cycles, for instance, does not discriminate between “organic” and “conventional” food – it bioaccumulates and damages those who consume it equally.

We are not saying that organic isn’t important, as we have no other way to protect ourselves from what is increasingly becoming a highly toxic food production system. However, in order to stay grounded in reality, we must realize its limitations and work on changing the underlying dysfunctional planet-harming systems that are cutting across the “organic” and “conventional” lines with equally destructive force.

Additional Relevant Research


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

How Pollution Affects The Gut Microbiome

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Pollutants pervade almost every aspect of our environment. Air pollution is one of the biggest threats, and water pollution comes in at a very close second. Even the pollutants in our foods are contributing to a myriad of health concerns. Researchers believe external pollution may be implicated in cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, among other of the most pressing health concerns of our time.[1] Research is showing that persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, could be altering the gut microbiome and reducing the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the intestines. This imbalance is one of the driving forces behind some diseases, and could partially explain the detrimental effects of pollution on our health.

POPs and Your Gut Health

Our gut microbiome is intricate and is home to trillions of bacteria. The majority of the bacteria, when the body is healthy, is deemed as the “good” bacteria. You replenish this good bacteria with probiotics and feed it with prebiotics, like inulin and dietary fiber. The good bacteria in your gut is responsible for not only fighting off the bad bacteria, but for supporting immune health, mood, and even weight. Without a healthy microbiome, health would disintegrate at a rapid rate,

Certain compounds in the environment bind to specific receptors in the body, including the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. This receptor is responsible for keeping the gut healthy. Animal models have shown that POPs decrease good bacterial strains and increase the bad ones, imparting effects such as impaired liver function, intestinal swelling, and altered fat and glucose metabolism. [2] This may explain why pollution is so powerful for influencing obesity and diabetes risk.

What You Can Do

One of the best tactics against POPs is to eat an organic, preferably raw, diet. This will reduce your exposure to pesticides and other chemical ingredients commonly added to conventional food. Even internal pollutants–the origins of negative thoughts and emotions–may be reducing gut health and increasing the risk for disease. This is why it’s so important to reduce your exposure to television shows, movies, and literature that promote negative thinking without necessarily putting your head in the sand. Getting enough sleep is essential for managing stress, and some research shows it could help support a healthy gut.

References:

  1. Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk fact clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2224-60. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61766-8.
  2. Carol Potera. POPs and Gut Microbiota: Dietary Exposure Alters Ratio of Bacterial Species. Environ Health Perspect; DOI; 10.1289/ehp.123-A187.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Easy Detox Tip: Eat Broccoli Sprouts

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Air pollution is an inescapable health threat of our time, and no matter the amount of healthy choices you make, you are still vulnerable to exposure. The health effects of air pollution are many, including allergies, asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and even nerve damage. Even exercising outdoors in urban environments can increase our intake of pollutants, since strenuous exercise increases oxygen demands. Fortunately, specific dietary strategies may protect our body and brain from the effects of air pollution.

An Uncommon Fighter Against Air Pollution

An estimated 7 million deaths occur worldwide due to air pollution. [1] Researchers are constantly looking at bioflavonoids and chemical constituents in natural foods that could possibly reduce air pollution effects. A recent study looking at the effects of air pollution found it may be mitigated by broccoli sprouts, an antioxidant-rich food that is also high in beneficial enzymes. [2] Broccoli sprouts are extremely high in glucoraphanin, which initiates the production of sulforaphane. This compound increases enzymes that facilitate the removal of pollutants.

The study, including 291 participants, consumed a beverage containing freeze-dried broccoli sprout powder, whereas the control group consumed sterilized water mixed with pineapple and lime juice. Individuals consuming the broccoli sprout beverage increased their excretion of benzene, a toxic carcinogen, by up to 61%. Benzene is commonly found in our environment due to toxic emissions from heavy industry. Researchers believe the sulforaphane may be exhibiting the main protective effects, increasing the ability of cells to adapt and survive in the presence in toxic chemicals.

Air Pollution Starts in Your Home

When many people think of air pollution, an image of dirty and smoky downtown cities typically comes to mind. Our homes, however, are probably a major source of pollutants. Furniture, for instance, releases toxic flame retardants that interfere with hormonal health and may increase cancer risk. Since you live and sleep in your home, you’re probably breathing in a variety of toxins from furniture, cleaners, and even the paint on your walls. There are many ways you can reduce indoor air pollution, like finding furniture without artificial flame retardants and using non-toxic cleaning agents.

What do you do to fight air pollution? Do you think you’ll start consuming more broccoli sprouts?

References:

  1. World Health Organization. 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution. WHO News Release.
  2. P. A. Egner, J. G. Chen, A. T. Zarth, et al. Rapid and Sustainable Detoxication of Airborne Pollutants by Broccoli Sprout Beverage: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial in China. Cancer Prevention Research, 2014; DOI: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0103.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Like Israel, U.S. Should Ban Fluoride Amid Health Concerns

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By: Jason Uttley |

Thyroid Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia & Neurotoxicity Top List of Adverse Effects.

Nearly half a century after Minnesota passed legislation requiring the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies, fluoride is under fire due to health concerns.[i]  Evidence that the additive is not only a contributor to the epidemic of thyroid dysfunction, but also a likely neurotoxin linked to a range of conditions associated with cognitive impairment, has come as a shock, even to members of the scientific community who have reviewed the growing research.[ii] On Aug. 26, 2014, faced with such disturbing evidence, Israel’s Health Minister Yael German ordered an end to the practice of water fluoridation.[iii] While German has been criticized for her decisive action, the move comes as little surprise to the handful of experts in the U.S. who have been aware of the dangers associated with fluoride for years.

Reversing course on water fluoridation

Despite safety assurances from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who have long advocated dumping fluoride into the water supply in the interest of dental health, new studies have made it hard to deny the evidence of long-term damage from fluoride ingestion.

Studies that showed lower IQ levels in children exposed to too much fluoride received little attention initially, even as additional research demonstrated a gradual build-up of fluoride in specific areas of the brain.[iv] [v] [vi] That changed when the Head of Neurotoxicology at the one of America’s most prestigious dental research facilities, the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute, confirmed that cognitive impairment from fluoride appears very real indeed.[vii]

By the time investigative journalist Christopher Bryson brought the story of neurotoxicologist Dr. Phyllis Mullenix into the public eye, with his 2004 book The Fluoride Deception, U.S. scientists had already uncovered similar studies that pointed to the same disturbing conclusion.[viii] [ix] The EPA confirmed that even at the so-called “optimal” level of 1 part per million — a concentration widely accepted for water fluoridation programs in most states — the cumulative effect of fluoride on humans is deleterious, at times resulting in brain and kidney damage.[x]

As with the majority of Americans, most officials failed to take the issue seriously at first due to decades of promotion that had convinced nearly everyone that fluoride had been proven safe to swallow. Massive marketing campaigns by the ADA, CDC and others equated fluoride opposition to quackery and conspiracy theories, which in-turn were messages reinforced by a media whose health stories have long been generated by a handful of journalists overly reliant on talking points provided by public health officials.

Those charged with reviewing the emerging evidence were among the first to realize that both the scientific community and general public had been profoundly misled regarding the safety of fluoride.  As health officials slowly began to accept the evidence presented by their own scientists, they faced the daunting task of overcoming public perception, which their predecessors and colleagues had helped shape.

Ending fluoridation with no reason would inevitably trigger an avalanche of criticism not only from the dental community with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, but from the media and public as well. On the other hand, completely revealing the full extent of scientific concerns might not only trigger widespread outrage, but a profound loss of trust in the institutions responsible.  Health officials on opposite sides of the Atlantic decided to address this catch-22 scenario in very different ways.

Israel’s Health Minister German decided, in the fall of 2014, to be relatively forthcoming about some of the growing concerns when she implemented the recommendation of scientists by fully halting fluoridation.  By contrast, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius decided, in the winter of 2011, on a much less transparent approach. 

What the U.S. announcement failed to mention

In January of 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made national headlines by issuing a joint recommendation to significantly lower the concentration of fluoride in water.[xi] For Minnesota and some cold weather states, which maintain even higher levels in water, that proposal would cut the fluoride concentration by more than 40 percent, from 1.2 to 0.7 parts per million.

News of the Jan. 7, 2011, public announcement to draw down fluoride levels in the U.S. water supply was delivered to many by way of journalist, Mike Stobbe, whose articles on the subject appeared in newspapers across the United States, including both major newspapers in Minnesota.[xii] [xiii] [xiv]  Reports made it clear the ADA supported the decision to reduce fluoride levels. However, just four days later, the ADA informed HHS Secretary Sebelius that they were “very disturbed” to find out that the Dept of Health and Human Services was also quietly proposing to eliminate the CDC’s Division of Oral Health.[xv]

This was disturbing to them because the ADA has a long history of promoting water fluoridation alongside the CDC by using the Division of Oral Health as a mouthpiece to deride critics and echo the virtues of fluoride.  In fact, it is the Division of Oral Health that is responsible for the CDC having gone so far as to extol water fluoridation as, “One of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”[xvi]

In one motion, with nearly surgical precision, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency had quietly proposed a move that would cut the cord linking fluoride promoters at the very moment they had launched their campaign to wind down water fluoridation. Surreptitiously they had convinced the ADA to publicly endorse their proposal to reduce fluoride levels, while simultaneously working to dismantle the part of the CDC that the ADA had used to convince the scientific community that fluoride was entirely safe.

Given that journalist Mike Stobbe is based in Atlanta and covers the CDC on behalf of the Associated Press, withholding news of the proposed elimination of the Division of Oral Health from one the few reporters charged with covering the very public announcement recommending the dramatic change to the water fluoridation program suggests a conscious effort by Secretary Sebelius and other officials to reduce Americans exposure to the proven neurotoxin while not casting a shadow over those responsible.

The decision to ax the CDC’s Division of Oral Health was not the only fluoride related news to surface following the Jan. 7 announcement. EPA officials also revealed around the same time that — after nine years of debate — they had suddenly been authorized to grant a petition to phase out sulfuryl fluoride insecticides.[xvii]

That piece of fluoride news also wasn’t disclosed to journalists covering the proposed change to the water fluoridation program.  Revealing the fact that concerns over the pesticide also related to fluoride would likely have triggered a barrage of questions and forced U.S. officials into a position to have to explain the full extent of scientific concerns.

Nevertheless, it’s important to understand that the decision to phase out that fluoride-based pesticide validated the concern of scientists who had for years stated that the dangers of fluoride exposure extend well beyond water.

The cumulative effect

Although best known for its topical application to teeth through toothpaste, most of the fluoride that’s ingested actually comes from other sources.  Based on sheer volume, the leading source of fluoride in the diet stems from fluoridated tap water and the vast array of beverages (and to a lesser degree food) made with tap water. Based on relative toxicity, however, the leading sources of fluoride and related organofluorine compounds are pesticides and prescription drugs.

The concentration of fluoride in tap water has remained unchanged in most communities in the U.S. since water fluoridation programs first began  (originating in the mid-1940’s and becoming widely popular due to propaganda campaigns in the 1950’s and 1960’s).  But fluoride, like lead, has long been known to accumulate in the human body.  Thus, fluoride levels not only rise over the course of one’s life, but also from generation to generation, as women unknowingly pass along higher and higher levels to their children.  To make matters worse, new sources contribute to the total volume of fluoride consumed, which in turn makes the leading source of exposure — tap water — increasingly important.

Despite the fact that the alarm raised by scientists actually has little to do with the issue of dental fluorosis — the pitting and staining of teeth from excess fluoride exposure — the rapid growth of such a noticeable and widely acknowledged adverse health effect clearly illustrates the growing problem of overexposure to fluoride and organofluorine compounds. A report released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics on the prevalence of dental fluorosis showed that during a period when water fluoridation levels remained constant for much of the U.S., including all of Minnesota, the total number of cases of dental fluorosis doubled in children (age 12-15), to more than 40 percent, while moderate to severe cases tripled.[xviii]

The growth of such a noticeable and widely accepted adverse effect has profound implications. Prolonged fluoride ingestion is now linked to neurotoxicity. There’s also growing evidence linking it to thyroid dysfunction.[xix] Tens of millions of Americans suffer from thyroid related conditions.  Underactive thyroid disorders, which are associated with a slowdown in the body’s metabolism and loss of cellular energy, are at epidemic proportions, particularly among women.

The fact that Israel’s Health Minister acknowledged the risk fluoride poses to those with thyroid disease speaks volumes about just how seriously scientists now take this connection.

U.S. officials didn’t touch on scientific concerns over thyroid disease or neurotoxicity in their 2011 public announcement.  Instead Secretary Sebelius chose to cite a 2006 National Research Council report on fluoride toxicity as the primary motivation to dramatically cut fluoride levels in the water.  That report was significant because, as experts have pointed out, the National Research Council had been specifically directed by U.S. health officials to base their conclusions only on widely accepted adverse effects, like dental fluorosis and bone fractures, and not on all the other, far more insidious effects that scientists can now reasonably conclude are also occurring.[xx]

 Dr. Hardy Limeback, the former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research and one of the key authors of the National Research Council’s 2006 report on fluoride, has since said that “Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.”[xxi]  That statement, from a man who was once considered one of the top fluoride advocates and educators in Canada, isn’t based simply on fluoride’s known association to dental fluorosis and bone fractures.

Fibromyalgia: A theory of relativity

The issue of relative toxicity looms in the background of recent moves to stop water fluoridation. Fluoride and organofluorine based pesticides and prescription drugs may not contribute nearly the same volume of fluoride to the diet as tap water.  However, such sources may be playing an even larger role in the development of certain rapidly emerging conditions.

Advocacy groups, such as Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children, have long warned that some fluoride-based prescription drugs expose people to same level of toxicity as they would get from years of consuming fluoridated water.[xxii] [xxiii] This toxicity often goes unchecked as it comes in the form of “side effects” that mirror the symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning.

The popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include Cipro and Levaquin, are among drugs linked by such groups to an extreme form of fluoride toxicity, known as organofluorine poisoning. A significant lag in the typical onset of symptoms makes organofluorines appear much less toxic than they really are.  Only over the course of many months is the severe poisoning revealed, as comparatively mild symptoms slowly progress to become highly debilitating.

The small group of rheumatologists who defined “fibromyalgia” for the medical community in the mid-1980’s, based on the symptom of greatest interest to their branch of medicine, had no idea what they were observing was a serious form of fluoride poisoning. Even as millions of women began to develop the vast array of symptoms following repeated exposure to such drugs, physicians were at a loss to explain the sudden emergence of the condition. Both the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry had been so badly deceived to think fluoride was safe that they have never been on the lookout for symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning, much less to a form associated with a significant delayed reaction in the onset of symptoms.

In September of 2012, the New York Times revealed that the fluoroquinolone drug class was linked to the delayed onset of fibromyalgia-like symptoms.[xxiv]  For a drug overwhelmingly prescribed to women, the link of any drug class to such a debilitating condition should’ve garnered far more attention following this revelation. But to fluoride researchers, the news of a fluorinated drug linked to such symptoms should’ve come as no surprise.

Dr. George Waldbott, who was one of the first physicians to warn of the dangers of consuming fluoride, back when fluoridation first began, observed the very same symptoms in his patients. Of course, at that time, chronic fluoride poisoning was comparatively rare. Nevertheless, Waldbott tried unsuccessfully to bring attention to the fact that long-term fluoride poisoning was associated with a vast array of symptoms, including not only crippling musculoskeletal pain & stiffness, but also a debilitating form of cognitive impairment he described as, the “loss of mental acuity and ability to concentrate.”[xxv]

Neurotoxicologist Phyllis Mullenix — whose work on the damage fluoride does to the brain triggered alarm among U.S. scientists — is among the researchers who have noticed the glaring similarities between advanced forms of chronic fluoride poisoning and what has come to be termed “fibromyalgia.”  Despite public perception, many fibromyalgia groups report that the condition’s most paralyzing symptom isn’t the excruciating musculoskeletal pain & stiffness, but rather the severe cognitive impairment.  Memory and concentration problems can even progress to an extreme form of brain fog, known as “fibro fog”— a dementia-like condition.

More brain effects: Disrupting the thyroid and adrenals

As troubling as the connection to cognitive impairment is, what’s garnered even more interest by some scientists is the degree to which fluoride’s effect on the brain plays a major role in so many of its other devastating adverse effects.

Fluoride has long been suspected of interfering with thyroid function by replacing iodine, an essential component of the thyroid hormones.  That said, new evidence suggests that fluoride’s primary mode of interference — not only with the thyroid, but also the adrenals — relates to the damage fluoride does to the parts of the brain that regulate the body’s neuroendocrine system.

The thyroid and adrenal glands produce hormones that control an astonishing array of bodily functions, including cellular energy production and inflammatory response.  Signals sent and received by the brain regulate how much of these critical hormones to produce. Even relatively small disruptions in this cyclical pathway, known as the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, can have devastating consequences.

Too much or too little of the powerful hormones, or how the body uses the hormones, can trigger an onslaught of symptoms.  While this breakdown may involve the thyroid, the adrenals are now thought to be more universally affected.  As a result, clinical tests only reveal measurable thyroid impairment in some patients.

Well-known fibromyalgia researchers, including Dr. John Lowe and Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, have concluded that the tests for thyroid dysfunction are simply inaccurate.  To them, the empirical evidence points to the conclusion that fibromyalgia is essentially an extreme form of thyroid dysfunction.

Those with the distinct advantage of understanding how fluoride poisoning affects the brain, however, see things a bit differently.  From their point of view, all conditions related to long-term fluoride poisoning, including thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia, are associated with a common breakdown in the brain’s ability to properly regulate hormones.

The fact that fibromyalgia research has recently shifted its attention to this area is of no surprise to fluoride experts, like Phyllis Mullenix.

The stages of long-term fluoride poisoning

The fibromyalgia connection is particularly important because from the vantage of severe  long-term fluoride poisoning it becomes easier to understand why it’s linked to many other conditions.

Take for instance one of the most misunderstood conditions in all of modern medicine — chronic fatigue syndrome — a condition now referred to by many as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, which means “muscle pain with inflammation of the central nervous system.”  Since fibromyalgia also means “muscle pain” and is also known to involve central nervous system inflammation, the connection to ME might seem obvious, even to those who may not be aware of the astonishing degree of overlap across the entire array of symptoms, including cognitive impairment.

Naturally, without knowing that both conditions represent widely varying stages of organofluorine poisoning likely caused by highly toxic fluorinated prescription drugs, it’s been difficult to understand the connection between the two conditions.  So dramatically do the symptoms ramp up in the most advanced forms of poisoning that in many ways the vast differences in the quantity and severity of symptoms make ME/CFS & fibromyalgia almost appear unrelated.

Nevertheless, in Minnesota, one of the nation’s first patient advocacy organizations for ME/CFS joined forces with a fibromyalgia support group in 2003 to form the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association of Minnesota.  Unfortunately, this short-lived partnership ultimately destroyed both organizations, as member support began to erode following this alliance.

While some clearly understood that there was an important connection between the conditions, with no knowledge of the common cause, mismanagement of the nonprofit proved fatal in the face of dwindling support.  ME/CFS patients had difficulty identifying with the more excruciating symptoms, while fibromyalgia sufferers wanted to distance themselves from ME not only because the symptoms tend to be far less crippling, but also because of the stigma associated with its original, seemingly harmless sounding name.

Ironically, while few took the illness seriously because of its label, perhaps the most stunning aspect of the CFS connection is that “chronic fatigue” is far and away the best known of all the early symptoms of fluoride poisoning.

Even in the early days of the fluoridation debate, fluoride was suspected of dramatically slowing cellular energy production.  This is why the critics of fluoridation, like Dr. Waldbott, listed “chronic fatigue not relieved by sleep or rest” as one of the first symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning.[xxvi]  It is no coincidence that when Stanley Kubrick made a mockery of the issue in 1964, with Dr. Strangelove, the movie’s lead character pointed to “a profound sense of fatigue” as the reason for sparking his concerns about fluoridation.

But as experts know only too well, chronic fatigue really only scratches the surface in terms of fluoride’s adverse effects.  Disrupting cellular energy production by impairing the area of the brain that controls the thyroid and adrenal glands causes a cascade of ensuing symptoms.  The more severe the poisoning, the more advanced the symptoms become.

For physicians, the label “stress and anxiety disorder” is often used for a myriad of early symptoms (i.e. cold hands & feet, headaches, dry mouth, weight gain, etc.), unless clinical tests reveal thyroid impairment.  As the quantity and severity of symptoms progress most of those affected tend to be treated like hypochondriacs.  With each new symptom comes a new diagnosis.  Urinary frequency is commonly labeled “incontinence” or “polyuria”; gastrointestinal disturbances, “irritable bowel syndrome”; numbness, “peripheral neuropathy”; joint pain, “osteoarthritis”; and so on.

Noticeable memory and concentration problems, as well as isolated muscle pain are also familiar initial symptoms.  However, because muscle and brain cells are among the most densely packed cells in the body with energy producing mitochondria, such cells tend to be most profoundly affected when the fluoride poisoning becomes relatively severe. Debilitating cognitive impairment often precedes the excruciating widespread muscle pain that is a hallmark of the more advanced stages of long-term fluoride poisoning.

By the time patients advance to the “fibromyalgia” diagnosis, where a breakdown in energy production approaches its punishing zenith, the complete list of symptoms is often brutally long, incredibly agonizing and extremely difficult to cope with.

The gender factor

Although fluoride is an equal opportunity toxin, which can affect both men and women, most related conditions disproportionately affect women.  Despite claims that there are many factors for this, it is very possible that the simplest explanation is correct: the most toxic fluorinated prescription drugs, which have primarily been directed at women, are largely responsible.

If the New York Times is right and the widely popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics are linked to fibromyalgia, and fluoride experts are right and fibromyalgia represents an extreme form of fluoride poisoning, then the drug class is likely linked to all fluoride related conditions.

Thyroid dysfunction, ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and every one of the conditions that now appear to correspond to the various symptoms or stages of fluoride poisoning, are all disorders that predominantly affect women.  Statistics vary, but in general roughly four out of five of those battling such conditions are women.

While the fluoroquinolones are not the only type of fluorinated drug linked to fibromyalgia, they appear to deserve special attention for several reasons: (1) they gained widespread use in the early 1980’s, just as ME/CFS and fibromyalgia emerged out of nowhere (2) they’re overwhelmingly prescribed to women for common ailments, like urinary tract infections, (3) fluoride and organofluorines are cumulative in nature, so repeated exposure to highly toxic drugs matter greatly, (4) the medical community has an exceedingly poor track record when it comes to issues of women’s health.

Due to the delayed onset of symptoms associated with organofluorine poisoning, those who are diagnosed with related conditions often report that doctors treat them as hypochondriacs, as they slowly develop one symptom after the next.  This slow progression of symptoms has also undoubtedly played a major role in how the medical community defined the conditions in the mid-to-late 1980’s.

In 1988, the CDC made a mockery of the women who had developed the early, and yet serious form of fluoride poisoning, when it endorsed the “chronic fatigue syndrome” label. So poorly was the condition defined — in spite of a name that corresponds to the most well-known symptom of early fluoride poisoning — that not even the CDC itself took the condition seriously at first.

In fact, so little did the CDC think of the condition that, in the late 1990’s, they were caught diverting millions of dollars in research funds intended to get to the bottom of the rapidly emerging condition to other programs and then, ultimately, lying to Congress about it. [xxvii] [xxviii]  The CDC then led the medical community on a long and futile effort to find a virus responsible for the condition. Time and again announcements of breakthroughs in identifying the virus turned out to be misguided, wrong, or even manufactured. [xxix] [xxx] [xxxi]

 The fact that the CDC did all of this while their Division of Oral Health was aggressively promoting the actual cause – fluoride – on behalf of the ADA represents a degree of incompetence that is almost unfathomable, even for a federal agency.

Not to be outdone, the leading rheumatologists who defined “fibromyalgia” in the mid-1980’s decided to not only ignore the early symptoms of the condition, and therefore treat the ME/CFS connection as if it were unrelated, but the connection to the vast array of other symptoms — including the devastating cognitive impairment — by labeling the emerging condition based solely on one symptom of interest to their particular branch of medicine.

In 1990, they compounded this astonishing oversimplification by recommending that the criteria to be used by the medical community to diagnose the illness would also center on that same, lone symptom.  To make matters worse, Dr. Fredrick Wolfe, one of the nation’s preeminent rheumatologists who played a major role defining the new condition, later suggested (under tremendous pressure to explain where it came from) that its rapid growth could only be explained if it were entirely psychosomatic.

Although Wolfe’s explanation was largely dismissed by other prominent fibromyalgia researchers, it is a notion that many physicians actually still believe, in part because of how poorly the condition was defined. Despite the label, the diagnostic criteria and even the corresponding marketing of pharmaceuticals that, not coincidentally, all center around that same symptom, those who develop “fibromyalgia” don’t strictly complain of severe widespread muscle pain as one would expect if the condition were some sort of social or marketing generated phenomenon.  For the vast majority of sufferers who are properly diagnosed, the list of common symptoms is not only long and harsh, but also unrelenting and highly progressive.

Incredibly, the controversial end point of fibromyalgia —the conspicuous symptom of spinal and cranial calcification, which affects those with the very worst conditions — is also an end point of chronic fluoride poisoning.[xxxii] [xxxiii] In fact, if there is one symptom of long-term fluoride poisoning that is the most well-known beyond the very early symptom of chronic fatigue, it is almost certainly spinal stenosis.  That particular symptom was highlighted as far back as 1937, in one of the most comprehensive fluoride toxicity books ever written, Fluorine Intoxication.  And yet, by the time the deluge of cases of chronic fluoride poisoning surfaced in the early-to-mid 1980’s, that connection had long since been forgotten by all but a handful of experts.

The gender bias that has contributed to women being treated like hypochondriacs by physicians has been compounded by a lack of understanding of the relative toxicity of certain fluoride based pharmaceuticals as well as a complete disregard for the symptoms and stages of chronic fluoride & organofluorine poisoning. For an illness whose sudden rise predated the (mid-1990’s) popularization of the internet and affects women at a rate approaching 9-to-1, the notion that millions of members of  “the weaker sex” are still being accused of concocting the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia speaks volumes for just how much issues of women’s health have been misguided and marginalized.

Turn of the tide

With one of America’s closest allies recently ending water fluoridation due to health concerns, the time has come for federal officials in the U.S. to immediately halt the practice of adding the fluoride to the American diet.  Unlike Health Minster German who courageously acted to protect the citizens of Israel, Secretary Sebelius and her successor, Secretary Sylvia Burwell, have moved far too slow responding to concerns raised by the scientific community.

For a proven neurotoxin linked to thyroid and other endocrine maladies, the implications of such significant excess fluoride exposure among younger and younger age groups are staggering.  Tens of millions of Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction.[xxxiv]  Millions more suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition whose symptoms are identical to an extreme form of chronic fluoride poisoning.  To deny those patients and their doctors the knowledge that fluoride not only causes such conditions, but almost universally worsens symptoms regardless of how the condition originated is of profound importance.

When Minster Yael German announced the end to the practice of water fluoridation in Israel, she specifically cited the health implications for those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, pregnant women and the elderly.[xxxv] Scientists in the United States who have been working to bring the adverse effects of fluoride to light admit that those are only a few of the most obvious at-risk groups. Those who have been working to uncover the full measure of fluoride’s harmful effects now understand that the link to thyroid dysfunction and cognitive impairment is only the beginning.

America has a long road ahead.  As it stands, consuming fluoride from fluoridated water is largely unavoidable, especially since most water filters don’t remove it.  For those with related conditions who will see a vast improvement in their symptoms when daily dietary fluoride consumption begins to fall, the end to water fluoridation cannot come soon enough.  But while ending water fluoridation is an important step, stopping drug fluorination and revealing all of the damage that fluoride has done to human health is even more important. Thanks to the bravery of scientists and others who are sharing the evidence of harm, that day is slowly approaching.

Stages of Fluoride Poisoning – Color

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[ii] Hirzy, W. “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation; Congressional Investigation on Adverse Effects.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs.

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[iv] Zhao, L.B., Liang, G.H., Zhang, D.N., and Wu, X.R. “Effect of high fluoride water supply on children’s intelligence.” Fluoride  1996.  29 pp.190-192.

[v] Li, X.S., Zhi, J.L. and Gao, R.O. “Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children.” Fluoride 1995. 28.

[vi] Luke, J.A. “Effect of fluoride exposure on the physiology of the pineal gland.” Caries Research  1994.  28 pp.204

[vii] Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten P.K., Schunior, A., Kernan W.J. “Neutoxicity of Sodius Fluoride in Rats.”  Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995. Vol 17, No. 2. pp 169-177

[viii] Bryson, Christopher. The Fluoride Deception.  New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1st ed.  2006.

[ix] Guan, Z.Z., Wang, Y.N., Xiao, K.Q., Dai, D.Y., Chen, Y.H., Liu, J.L., Sindelar, P., Dallner, G. “Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain.” Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998.  20 pp.537-542   

[x] Hirzy, W. “Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs. Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[xi] “HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride.” HHS News Release 7 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html

[xii] Stobbe, M. “U.S. Plans to tweak a success story: Fluoride.” Star Tribune Newspaper 7, Jan. 2011:  A1. Print.

[xiii] Stobbe, M.  “US says fluoride causing splotchy teeth; maybe other ills.” Star Tribune  7, Jan. 2011.  StarTribune.com 

[xiv] Stobbe, M.  “Too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth.” Pioneer Press 7, Jan. 2011. TwinCities.com

[xv] Gist, R., O’Loughlin, K.   American Dental Association Advocacy. 11 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from ada.org: http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/ada_letter_to_cdc_on_elimination_of_doh_11jan11.pdf

[xvi] “Community Water Fluoridation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Digital.

Retrieved from cdc.gov:  http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm

[xvii] EWG Public Affairs, Feldman, J., Connett, E., (2011, Jan 10). EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide. EWG News Release.

Retrieved from ewg.org: http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-bar-fluoride-based-pesticide

[xviii] Beltra’n-Aguilar E.D., Barker, L., Dye, B. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004” NCHS Data Brief., No. 53.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Nov. 2010.

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[xix] Peckham, S., Lowery, D., Spencer S. “Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?  A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health  24 Feb. 2015.  Retrieved from jech.bmj.com:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/09/jech-2014-204971

[xx] Carton, R. “Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water.” Fluoride Journal  July-Sept, 2006. pp. 163-172.  Retrieved from fluorideresearch.org: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf

[xxi] Gower, T. “The danger in your water.” Prevention  Aug. 2006  pp.164-171, 196, 198-201.

[xxii] Razak, Dzulkifli A. “Poison Control: Fluorides, the deadly toxin within.” New Sunday Times.  2 Sept., 2001.  Retrieved from National Poison Centre: Universiti Sains Malaysia:

http://www.prn.usm.my/bulletin_articles_by_author.php?Id=258

[xxiii] Schuld, A. “About the use of fluorinated pharmaceuticals.” Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children.

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[xxiv] Brody, J. “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects.” New York Times, 10 Sept. 2012.

[xxv] Waldbott, George L., Burgstahler, Albert W., McKinney, H. Lewis, Ochsner, Alton.  Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1st ed. Coronado Press, 1978. Print.

[xxvi] Waldbott, p. 393.

[xxvii] Strauss, Valerie.  “Audit Shows CDC Misled Congress About Funds.” Washington Post 28 May. 1999.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/may99/cdc0528.htm

[xxviii] Tuller, David. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC A Long, Tangled Tale.”  23 Nov. 2011.

Retrieved from virology.ws: http://www.virology.ws/2011/11/23/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-the-cdc-a-long-tangled-tale/

[xxix] Vastag, Brian. “Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy.” Washington Post  22 Dec. 2011.

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[xxx] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Viruses Not to Blame for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Time  18 Sept. 2012.

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[xxxi] Johnson, Hillary. “Chasing the Shadow Virus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV.” Discover Magazine.  7 March. 2013.

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[xxxii] See National Fibromyalgia Research Association website for links to studies on spinal stenosis and chiari 1 malformations.

Retrieved from nfra.net: http://nfra.net/SpinSten.htm, and http://nfra.net/ChiarMal.htm

[xxxiii] Roholm, Kaj. Fluorine Intoxication. 1st ed. H.K. Lewis & Co. Ltd, London. Nyt Nordisk Forlag, Copenhagen. 1937. pp. 141-144. Print.

[xxxiv] American Thyroid Association, “About Hypothyroidism” Thyroid.Org 2014.

Retrieved from thyroid.org: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

[xxxv] Press report in Hebrew. 30, April. 2013.

Retrieved from ynet.co.il: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4374000,00.html Translation of what the Health Minister said about her decision: “My decision to stop fluoridation was because Israel fluoridated all the water for residential use. In fact, less than 2% of the water is used for drinking. Fluoridating the washing-machine water, dish-washer water, baths, toilets and gardening are actions without logic. Physicians told me that fluoridation can harm pregnant women, people who suffer from thyroid problems and the elderly. I was exposed to studies from the world that raise the suspicion that too much fluoride can harm teeth and bones. In the current state we receive fluoride from several sources: drinking water, toothpaste, cooking water, vegetables, and it is impossible to know what’s the dose we absorb. The WHO published a study, which shows that there is no difference between cavity levels in countries that fluoridate and do not fluoridate. Because of this, with all considerations and interests combined, I think that continuing massive fluoridation of 100% of the water was not right and many also think that it harms the basic rights and the freedom of choice.”

END NOTES:

[1] 144.145. “Municipalities; fluoridation of water supplies.”  Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 19 May. 1967.

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[1] Hirzy, W. “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation; Congressional Investigation on Adverse Effects.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs.

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[1] Main, D. “Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water.” Newsweek 29 Aug. 2014.

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[1] Luke, J.A. “Effect of fluoride exposure on the physiology of the pineal gland.” Caries Research  1994.  28 pp.204

[1] Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten P.K., Schunior, A., Kernan W.J. “Neutoxicity of Sodius Fluoride in Rats.”  Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995. Vol 17, No. 2. pp 169-177

[1] Bryson, Christopher. The Fluoride Deception.  New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1st ed.  2006.

[1] Guan, Z.Z., Wang, Y.N., Xiao, K.Q., Dai, D.Y., Chen, Y.H., Liu, J.L., Sindelar, P., Dallner, G. “Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain.” Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998.  20 pp.537-542   

[1] Hirzy, W. “Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs. Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[1] “HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride.” HHS News Release 7 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html

[1] Stobbe, M. “U.S. Plans to tweak a success story: Fluoride.” Star Tribune Newspaper 7, Jan. 2011:  A1. Print.

[1] Stobbe, M.  “US says fluoride causing splotchy teeth; maybe other ills.” Star Tribune  7, Jan. 2011.  StarTribune.com 

[1] Stobbe, M.  “Too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth.” Pioneer Press 7, Jan. 2011. TwinCities.com

[1] Gist, R., O’Loughlin, K.   American Dental Association Advocacy. 11 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from ada.org: http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/ada_letter_to_cdc_on_elimination_of_doh_11jan11.pdf

[1] “Community Water Fluoridation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Digital.

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[1] EWG Public Affairs, Feldman, J., Connett, E., (2011, Jan 10). EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide. EWG News Release.

Retrieved from ewg.org: http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-bar-fluoride-based-pesticide

[1] Beltra’n-Aguilar E.D., Barker, L., Dye, B. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004” NCHS Data Brief., No. 53.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Nov. 2010.

Retrieved from cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.pdf

[1] Peckham, S., Lowery, D., Spencer S. “Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?  A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health  24 Feb. 2015.  Retrieved from jech.bmj.com:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/09/jech-2014-204971

[1] Carton, R. “Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water.” Fluoride Journal  July-Sept, 2006. pp. 163-172.  Retrieved from fluorideresearch.org: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf

[1] Gower, T. “The danger in your water.” Prevention  Aug. 2006  pp.164-171, 196, 198-201.

[1] Razak, Dzulkifli A. “Poison Control: Fluorides, the deadly toxin within.” New Sunday Times.  2 Sept., 2001.  Retrieved from National Poison Centre: Universiti Sains Malaysia:

http://www.prn.usm.my/bulletin_articles_by_author.php?Id=258

[1] Schuld, A. “About the use of fluorinated pharmaceuticals.” Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children.

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[1] Brody, J. “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects.” New York Times, 10 Sept. 2012.

[1] Waldbott, George L., Burgstahler, Albert W., McKinney, H. Lewis, Ochsner, Alton.  Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1st ed. Coronado Press, 1978. Print.

[1] Waldbott, p. 393.

[1] Strauss, Valerie.  “Audit Shows CDC Misled Congress About Funds.” Washington Post 28 May. 1999.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/may99/cdc0528.htm

[1] Tuller, David. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC A Long, Tangled Tale.”  23 Nov. 2011.

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[1] Vastag, Brian. “Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy.” Washington Post  22 Dec. 2011.

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[1] Johnson, Hillary. “Chasing the Shadow Virus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV.” Discover Magazine.  7 March. 2013.

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[1] See National Fibromyalgia Research Association website for links to studies on spinal stenosis and chiari 1 malformations.

Retrieved from nfra.net: http://nfra.net/SpinSten.htm, and http://nfra.net/ChiarMal.htm

[1] Roholm, Kaj. Fluorine Intoxication. 1st ed. H.K. Lewis & Co. Ltd, London. Nyt Nordisk Forlag, Copenhagen. 1937. pp. 141-144. Print.

[1] American Thyroid Association, “About Hypothyroidism” Thyroid.Org 2014.

Retrieved from thyroid.org: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

[1] Press report in Hebrew. 30, April. 2013.

Retrieved from ynet.co.il: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4374000,00.html Translation of what the Health Minister said about her decision: “My decision to stop fluoridation was because Israel fluoridated all the water for residential use. In fact, less than 2% of the water is used for drinking. Fluoridating the washing-machine water, dish-washer water, baths, toilets and gardening are actions without logic. Physicians told me that fluoridation can harm pregnant women, people who suffer from thyroid problems and the elderly. I was exposed to studies from the world that raise the suspicion that too much fluoride can harm teeth and bones. In the current state we receive fluoride from several sources: drinking water, toothpaste, cooking water, vegetables, and it is impossible to know what’s the dose we absorb. The WHO published a study, which shows that there is no difference between cavity levels in countries that fluoridate and do not fluoridate. Because of this, with all considerations and interests combined, I think that continuing massive fluoridation of 100% of the water was not right and many also think that it harms the basic rights and the freedom of choice.”