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Is There A Connection Between Fluoride And Aging?
If you know me at all, you know that I am very health conscious. I am constantly looking for the newest research and the most interesting facts on the subject of health and beauty. During a recent visit to my dentist, I discussed with him all the things that make our teeth weak, yellow and unhealthy in general. He recommended using toothpaste with fluoride. Now I must tell you that before I ingest any foreign substance or medication that I am unfamiliar with, I like to research the subject, and the information that I found blew my mind. I will warn you that you might not like the information I am about to present, but I ask that you keep an open mind and ponder it for yourselves.
Are You Ready?
What would you do if you suddenly found out that fluoride was not safe at all, but is actually a carcinogenic industrial waste that destroys your skin and increases aging?
What would you think if you suddenly found out that fluoride doesn't stop tooth decay at all, but actually causes teeth to rot and crumble, and by the same mechanism also causes osteoporosis?
And after you discovered this information, would it surprise you that all federal health agencies have known these facts for years, but have chosen to permit the use of fluoride while bolstering the political interests and profits of the nuclear arms, aluminum, and phosphate manufacturers to keep it a secret?
I’m sure you would then ask yourself, “Why would the federal government allow a toxic industrial waste to be inflicted upon an unsuspecting public as an essential nutrient with a total lack of scientific proof?” The answer is an industry worth over $10 billion dollars per year, that’s why.
Fluoride is added to the water supply of most American cities for the ostensible purpose of dental hygiene. I was astonished to learn that adding fluoride to the water is doing exactly the opposite of what it is purported to do.
The U.S. has been fluoridating drinking water for so many decades that we hardly think about it. Very few articles appear about fluoridation in newspapers and magazines any more.
At least chlorine will evaporate from a glass of water if you let it sit for an hour or so. No such luck with fluoride. Neither cooking, food processing, filtration, nor digestion will remove fluoride from your water. Fluoride goes right up the food chain and accumulates in your fat cells.
Fluoride Accelerates Your Aging Process
Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as 1 ppm fluoride concentration can disrupt DNA repair enzymes by 50%. When DNA can't repair damaged cells, we get older faster.
Fluoride prematurely ages the body, mainly through distortion of the enzyme shape. When enzymes get twisted out of shape, they can't do their jobs. This results in collagen breakdown, eczema, tissue damage, skin wrinkling, genetic damage, and immune suppression. Practically any disease you can name may follow.
Things wear out too fast - the young body becomes old.
The distorted enzymes are proteins, but now they have become foreign protein, which we know is the exact cause of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, arthritis, asthma, and arteriosclerosis.
Collagen Is The Body's Glue And Fluoride Ruins It
That's not just a metaphor; when collagen breaks down, tissues simply lose their substance, their framework. Fluoride dissolves the body's glue simply by preventing new collagen from being formed. Not only is the collagen incorrectly formed, it is wrongly mineralized.
Some collagen, like bones and teeth, should be mineralized in order to give it hardness. Other collagen structures, like ligaments, tendons and muscles, should not be mineralized in order to keep them flexible and resilient.
Fluoride mineralizes the tendons, muscles and ligaments, making them crackly, painful and inflexible. Fluoride simultaneously interferes with mineralization of bones and teeth causing osteoporosis and mottling or dental fluorosis.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluorine is an element, it is a gas, never occurring in its free state. In microscopic amounts combined with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition. But what is fluoride?
The fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid, which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct - or waste product - of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder.
Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides and toothpaste.
Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. You probably remember from your biology class that thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we're alive. Without enzymes, we die instantaneously.
Enzymes trigger specific reactions in the body. One way they do this is by having the exact shape necessary, like a key in a lock.
Fluoride Changes The Shape Of The Enzymes So That They No Longer Fit
Since enzymes are proteins, once they've been changed, they're now foreign -looking. The body now treats them as invaders, even though they're part of that body. This is known as an autoimmune situation - the body attacks itself.
Another way to look at it: enzymes are long-chain proteins held in certain shapes. Hydrogen bonds are the Velcro strips that hold the enzyme in a certain shape. Fluoride comes along and “cuts” the Velcro strips away. The shape collapses. No more enzyme; now just a foreign protein.
Austrian and Japanese researchers both found that a concentration of 1 PPM fluoride causes disruption of the body's ability to repair its own DNA. Without this most basic cell function, cancer is promoted, and tumor growth is accelerated.
It’s Not Just The Water
Adding fluoride to the drinking water causes bioaccumulation in our cells, year after year. If fluoride is in the water, it's everywhere: It’s not just the water.
- growing vegetables and fruit
- washing vegetables and fruit
- in the meat of animals who have ingested fluoridated water
- in toothpaste
- in canned foods
- in processed foods
- in soft drinks
- in beer
A 1998 laboratory analysis done at Sequoia Analytical Labs in California showed very high concentrations of fluoride in the following foods:
- Dole Pineapple, canned
- Coke Classic
- Hansen's Soda
- Minute Maid Orange Juice
- Gerber Strawberry Juice for babies
- Amstel Lite Beer
- Rice Dream
- Sunny Delight Orange Drink
These are just a few examples of common grocery store items consumed by many Americans that contain high fluoride levels. The point is that there's a notable fluoride content in many, if not the majority of processed foods in our refrigerators and pantries.
Not to mention our fruits and vegetables, even if they're “organic,” when hydrated with city water, they are contaminated. We are consuming huge amounts of fluoride from ubiquitous sources. It accumulates over the years in our collagen, bones, and teeth....
Fluoridation In Other Countries
If fluoridation is as safe and effective as the American Dental Association says it is, why don't other countries do it?
The U.S. is nowhere near the top of any health list when compared with other countries of the world. So what are the healthy countries doing?
If fluoride is so essential, why have the following countries either discontinued the use of fluoride or never even implemented it in the first place?
- West Germany
- The Netherlands
Only about 2% of the population of Europe is subjected to fluoridated water.
What Can We Do?
Don't drink the tap water for starters. But does that also mean don't wash vegetables, make ice cubes, or cook with tap water? Yes, it does, because heat doesn't destroy fluoride, heavy metals, or other contaminants. Remember the word bioaccumulative.
Here are a few steps you can take to decrease your fluoride intake:
That's right - drag it home from the market every week or have it delivered to your house. There are many companies anxiously awaiting the opportunity to provide this service - for a fee of course.
"Buy a filter or be a filter." That's one company's slogan.
Today there is enough grassroots consciousness about the dangers of tap water that cheap carbon filters are now available in any hardware store, which attach easily to the kitchen faucet. It is likely that such filters will get rid of most of the chlorine - for a while. But to really get the fluoride, heavy metals, and other contaminants, you may want to consider purchasing a reverse osmosis filter.
Toothpaste & Healthy Teeth
There are many non-fluoride toothpastes available at your local whole foods store. (I personally like the Whitening Blanchissant toothpaste from the “Kiss my face” company found at the Wild Oats store.)
Toothpaste is not the only way to protect your teeth from decay - instead of looking at fluoride as the only answer to healthy teeth, regular brushing and flossing are probably the most important steps towards protecting your teeth. Also, limiting or eliminating sugar and avoiding processed foods, along with regular cleanings from your dentist, will ensure that your teeth stay healthy naturally.
It’s Up To You
I know some of you may be thinking that I’m a little crazy for suggesting that what your dentist or pediatrician has been telling you for decades is not only wrong but potentially dangerous. And, you may be right. But, I would ask that you think about it, do some research for yourself, and then make an educated decision that you think is best for you and your family. I am only here to provide you with my opinion and to alert you to what I think is important to improving your health and conserving your youth.
Christopher Bryson (award-winning journalist) "The Fluoride Deception"
The Fluoride Debate: A response to the American Dental Association's booklet "Fluoridation Facts"
Fluoride Action Network
Fluoride: Protected Pollutant or Panacea? (Elkie Babiuk's site)
New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation
Fluoride Controversy, The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
More scientific facts on Fluoride
Fluoride Research Journal
Preventive Dental Health Site
America Overdosed on Fluoride
The toxic effects of fluoride (they are selling fluoride removal system)
Fluoridation Debate (Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 105, Number 11, November 1997)
Fluoridation: The Overdose of America- Fact or Fiction? (Slides by Gerald H.Smith, DDS)
Darryl W. Roundy, D.C.- Fluoride Research
Fluoridation Fluoride Toxic Chemicals In Your Water
Does water fluoridation have negative side effects?