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Written by Andrew Puhanic
Published on Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Every day we are faced with the prospect of being poisoned by the water we drink and the food we eat. The addition of fluoride to our water supplies is the biggest threat to our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, almost everyone who lives in an area that has its water catchments poisoned by fluoride has very limited options available to avoid drinking this contaminated water.
Many will argue that this medication of our water supplies is necessary to improve everyone’s overall oral health and to prevent tooth decay. This is one of the biggest fallacies we have all been told. The evidence from peer reviewed journals that proves there are considerable risks to your health from ingesting fluoride is mounting. Recently, Valdez-Jimenez, et al. published an article in the Neurologia Journal (June 2011) and found that ‘The prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly to the nervous system’. Valdez-Jimenez, et al. also concluded that ‘fluoride can be toxic by ingesting only one part per million (ppm), and the effects are not immediate, as they can take 20 years or more to become evident’. (1)
In most countries, the amount of fluoride added to drinking water is around 4 parts per million. That’s 4x the recommended daily intake.
The addition of fluoride to our water supplies is totally unnecessary and undemocratic. It is undemocratic because if your towns’ water supply has been tainted with fluoride, then it can be very difficult to avoid the ingestion of fluoride altogether.
I have now made a conscious decision to totally eliminate the ingestion of fluoride from my diet.
My decision was based on two thoughts:
Now, before I go onto explain what you need to do to totally eliminate the ingestion of fluoride from your diet, I need to clarify something. This article is discussing how to eliminate the ingestion of artificially added fluoride, not its use. As you will find below, many natural products contain very small amounts of fluoride naturally. These products are ok to consume, and I would be misleading you if I recommended you to eliminate them from your diet. It is the combination of artificially added fluoride and naturally occurring fluoride that is cause for concern.
Below you will find a few helpful hints to help you eliminate fluoride from your diet. Some of the recommendations may be difficult to achieve due to your location and personal circumstances. Therefore, I have endeavoured to provide you with as many alternatives as possible.
The first and foremost important step of this life changing process is to eliminate fluoride from your drinking water. This I concede is going to be your hardest step.
At home, this is easy to control. When you are away from home, your level of control diminishes. At home, most of your fluoride will come from your mains tap water. Away from home, you will find fluoride in coffee, soups, beer, soft drink, bottled water (yes, some bottled water contains fluoride), processed cereals, processed juice, tea, wine, cigarettes and pretty much everything that uses tap water.
Some of the items I mentioned above do contain fluoride naturally. Consuming these items is ok if you are not additionally ingesting fluoride artificially. It’s this combination of ingesting fluoride artificially and naturally that gives you excessive fluoride ingestion and potentially dental fluorosis and other illnesses.
The following are some recommendations you can use to eliminate fluoride from your mains tap water.
Other more common filtration methods such as brita filters, boiling your water and freezing your water do not remove fluoride from your water.
In my experience, this is the most difficult part of the entire process. Some days you are not prepared and some days you are caught out by not being aware of what you are ingesting. Please don’t be disheartened if you make mistakes as you change your habits. Making mistakes is natural and eventually you will make mistakes at some point in time. There’s an old saying, and it goes like this… “It takes 30 days to change a habit, don’t stop and 29″
So, what do I do? I now drink a combination of home-made juice and bottled water. Making home-made juice is easy (I recommend you invest in a high quality machine) and the bottled water I use is Noble’s Pureau. It’s affordable and contains no chlorine, salt and fluoride. I’m based in Australia, so this brand is probably unavailable to you. Most bottled water brands have Facebook pages, so please visit them and ask them personally if their product is poisoned by fluoride.
Eliminating the non-naturally occurring fluoride that is artificially added to your water supply is your first task in eliminating fluoride from your diet and is probably the most difficult part of this process. The good news is, once you have made the necessary adjustments to ensure you are not ingesting fluoride from water, then the rest of the process is simple.
The dangers of ingesting high levels of fluoride are very serious and urgent action is needed. What we all need to do next is contact our local representative’s to make it clear to them that this undemocratic process of medicating our water supplies is hurting the community and is unnecessary.
The elimination of fluoride from your diet is a very large change. If you, or someone you know, has also been through this process, please contact me by either posting a comment below or emailing me at email@example.comCited Sources: (1) Valdez-Jimenez, et al. published an article in the Neurologia Journal (June 2011) (2) Fluoride Action Network [http://www.fluoridealert.org/fluoride-dangers/sources-of-fluoride.aspx] Visited 18 January 2012