Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Moon wishes & fluoride dangers

New moon today. I read somewhere the suggestion to draw a red dollar sign on your right hand for the next 15 days before leaving the house - to attract prosperity! Sounds fun - & do-able!

Also Aluna Joy writes: Maya Astrology shows that July 22nd is 13 AHAU! This is the culmination of the entire 260 day cycle we have been in. It is the most potent day of the sacred calendar. It is the anchoring of the highest vision! The Kiche calendar shows us that it is 4 E. This is the day we will begin a new path, a new journey. This will take place in a balanced way using the 4 elements, earth, wind water and fire!

& on another note - found this excellent site today Fluoride Action Network - finally, a group is trying to do something to get fluoride out of our municipal drinking water systems! If you have a chance, watch the video featuring a number of scientists, health care professionials & other public figures presenting info about this health menace.

Years & (mumbldy mumble) years ago, our La Leche League nutrition book was a sweet little tome "Open Door to Health," by Fred Miller, DDS (1971). He was against fluoridation 'way back then,' & felt the best way to insure healthy teeth was - um, eating well! Lots & lots of veggies, some fruit, whole grains & other whole foods, drinking raw milk, & avoiding the use of sugar!

From Open Door to Health - his chapter on fluoridation of water (which he opposed!) Dr Miller quotes Johathan Forman, MD, who headed the ad hoc commitee evaluating fluoride in 1957, "We are opposed to fluoridation of public water supplies because: no positive proofs of the safety of fluoridation have been offered; the suggested concentration of fluoride in drinking water is in the toxic (poisonous) range; fluoridation is compulsory medication without precedent; the function of a public water system is to provide pure, safe water for everybody, not to serve as a vehicle for drugs; the role & efficiency of fluoride in dental caries reduction is a matter of active controversy; there are more efficient, less hazardous ways of obtaining such benefits."

More than 50 years later, the Action network says many of the same things!
- No other medication is forced on an entire community, in a 'one size fits all' dosage with no regulation, no prescription, & no one overseeing/monitering the effect on individuals.
- since 2006, the AM. Dental assoc. has recommended AGAINST using Fluoride to make infant formula, & warns parents not to let their kids swallow toothpaste. (ingestion of a 'pea size' amount of fluoridated toothpaste is enough to send a child to the ER)
- Fluoride isn't effective in preventing cavities when ingested - topical use is more likely to be effective (& can be prescribed by any dentist)
- 1/3 of the children in the US suffer from dental fluoridosis, the number rises to close to 80% in some cities. (mottled teeth due to too much fluoride) In the 40s, only about 10% of US children displayed signs of fluoridosis. & what is it doing to their brains?
- Dental health is improving in all Westernized countries, regardless of fluoridation (97% of European countries DON't fluoridate their water!)
- Fluoride is also in pesticides, so when we consume non-organic foods, or food canned using fluoridated water, we're getting another dose
- the fluoride used in our water is an industrial waste
- Fluoride ingestion depresses the thyroid, pineal & pituitary gland, & depresses mental acuity, can cause brain tumors
- Consumption of fluoride disrupts neurological function (30 animal studies)
- Fluoride is considered more toxic than lead (by EPA) lower levels of fluoride cause negative effects
- Hypothyroidism is worsened by fluoride - this contributes to depression, inactivity, weight gain
- other risks include: brain damage (& lowering of IQ), raises risk of arthritis, increases bone fractures & bone cancers.

- there's no known reason for adults or children to drink fluoridated water

Please, please go to the website & 'cast your vote' by writing to your congress rep - if you've a proff. medical licensing or degree, you can also sign the Medical Professional's statement calling for an end of fluoridation worldwide.

The fluoride compounds added to water, include "fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride, and sodium fluoride - industrial waste products from the phosphate fertilizer industry." The fluorsilic acid has been found to leach lead from pipes, & "a recent study from the University of Maryland suggests that the effect of fluoridation chemicals on blood lead levels may be greatest in houses built prior to 1946. Lead is a neurotoxin that can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children." & fluoride itself is rated more toxic - by the EPA - than lead!

Low income families (the families fluoridation is supposed to 'help') are at an increased risk, as individuals with inadequate nutrient intake have a significantly increased susceptibility to fluoride’s toxic effects. Parents are more likely to bottle feed (breast feeding increase with education levels) & are less likely to use bottled water when mixing formula. (& the bottled water might not be fluoride free, even if they did use it!) The consumption of 'chemically raised' foods is also higher, increasing the fluoride consumed.

Why did the US begin fluoridating water in the mid 40s - around the time of WW II & the production of the first atom bombs? In an article commissioned by the Christian Science Monitor, but never published, Chris Bryson & Joel Griffiths shed an intriguing light on this:
"Much of the original proof that fluoride is safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb program scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide 'evidence useful in litigation' against defense contractors for fluoride injury to citizens. The first lawsuits against the U.S. A-bomb program were not over radiation, but over fluoride damage, the documents show."

The 'litigation' the government was hoping to fend off included complaints from New Jersey farmers who lived downwind from a company (Du Pont) producing millions of pounds of fluoride for the Manhattan Atom bomb project, following a 'pollution incedent.' Their horses were too stiff to work, cattle were seen crawling on their bellies to graze, poultry died, the usually record peach crop failed, & farm workers who ate produce from the affected farms were sick & vomiting.

& the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threatended to embargo the region's produce because of "high fluoride content." Hence, program 'F' was developed, (to counter these claims) & "Unfortunately, much of the proof of fluoride's safety rests on the work performed by Program F Scientists at the University of Rochester. . . . the bomb program needed human studies, as they had needed human studies for plutonium, and adding fluoride to public water supplies provided one opportunity."

Chris & Joel found a classified or 'secret' & a public version of a study of the dental and physical health of workers in a factory producing fluoride for the A-bomb program,by the bomb scientists & a team of dentists:

The secret version reports that most of the men had no teeth left. The published version reports only that the men had fewer cavities.

The secret version says the men had to wear rubber boots because the fluoride fumes disintegrated the nails in their shoes. The published version does not mention this.

The secret version says the fluoride may have acted similarly on the men's teeth, contributing to their toothlessness. The published version omits this statement.

The published version concludes that "the men were unusually healthy, judged from both a medical and dental point of view."

Go to the Fluoride Action Network site for more info, & for a letter to send your congress rep!
& you might consider switching from fluoridated toothpaste, there are lots of non-toxic alternatives!


Hanlie said...

I learned about the fluoride controversy about a year ago and immediately tried to find out whether the water in my area was fluoridated. Fortunately it isn't, but I still grew up getting fluoride tablets every night... It's probably contributed to my health problems!

This is a subject I will write about more in future, because people really have no idea!

Lisa said...

When my (now 20 year old) son was about 5, I had a confrontation with a dentist who wanted to give him fluoride treatments. I had heard somehow of the dangers way back then and refused the treatments. He actually made fun of me and tried to make me feel like an idiot. I came home and was looking through a magazine and found a little article about it. I mailed it to him along with a long explanation of why he would never treat my son again or the children of anyone I knew if I could help it. It's the only time I've ever done anything like that.

We don't drink our tap water. I assume it's fluoridated and I have no doubt it's chlorinated. It smells like an inside pool when we take a shower. It actually makes us feel thirstier. We drink filtered water from the co-op or bottled water. Yes, I feel guilty about using bottled water but not guilty enough to drink from our tap!

Thanks for this article that makes me feel vindicated 15 years later.

Dia said...

As you say, Hanlie, most folks have no idea! You're fortunate to have unfluoridated water!

Lisa, good for you on challanging your dentis1
Please be aware that some bottled water contains fluoride, but doesn't say (drat!) & that simple filtering doesn't remove it - RO does, but they're expensive.
Chlorine is easier - filters, letting it set out for a few hours or boiling all remove it. & you can get chlorine filters for your bathing water (another big source of chlorine)
For years our family went to the mountains for spring water, & when I lived at the resort, we had unfluoridated water.

Sorrow said...

My son has the spots on his teeth from to much fluoride, sad I know. My daughter, raised on well water , thankfully dose not. I think the best defense for teeth is a healthy diet , free from High fructose corn syrup!