• Elimination Diet Part 1: Children’s Health

    2 May 2018
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    Inflammation of the gut is linked to chronic problems throughout the entire body, including neurological and autoimmune disorders. While we continue to wait for the science to catch up to what so many of us have already concluded, we can begin to take charge of our lives, and almost more importantly, our children’s lives.

    I’m creating a three-part series on the topic of elimination diets because there are generally three types of individuals who are looking to learn more about them. Adults who are tired of band-aid solutions that cover symptoms, mothers who are exhausted and frustrated with colicky, cranky, diaper-rash-butt babies, and parents who want to figure out what is happening with their children. All three of these people have walked through my office doors. Some find it amazing that something as simply difficult as an elimination diet can change all of their lives.

    I’m starting the series with elimination diets for kids because this generation is struggling with gut-inflammation like no generation before them.

    Look around and you can see the ever-growing number of children suffering from ADHD, ADD, Autism, Type 1 Diabetes, IBS, Obesity, Cancer, Depression, Anxiety, Sensory and Mood Disorders. While some of these disorders cannot be fully recovered from, they are all linked to a leaky or inflamed gut. As the gut is truly the ‘brain’ of the body, it feeds the real brain and cannot do as intended when it is inflamed and not functioning properly.

    One (not so) small example: Researchers have found that putting ADDHD children on a restrictive diet to eliminate possible, previously unknown food sensitivities decreased hyperactivity for 64% of kids.

    Children have age on their side, but their young guts may not even know how to be healthy or function correctly. If your child struggles with food allergies/sensitivities, rashes/skin issues, extreme emotions, tantrums, sleep troubles, lack of control, or any of the above mentioned issues, I highly recommend beginning an elimination diet to heal the gut and learn what specifically effects your child.

     

     

    I am a huge proponent for daily probiotics and utilizing digestive enzymes, but you should get to the root of the issues. We cannot eliminate the environmental toxins from our children’s lives, but we can work to restore gut health and possibly ease their chronic ailments.

    What is an Elimination Diet?

    It is exactly as it sounds. A diet that takes out foods from the typical diet. Generally all chosen foods are eliminated together and left out until the person begins to feel/act/achieve a ‘normal’ state for a period of time. Once this occurs, foods are very slowly reintroduced, taking extreme note on behaviors, sleep, moods, skin appearance, and overall health. Through the reintroduction stage, you will discover what foods ‘trigger’ or intensify your child’s ailments, symptoms, and disorders.

    What Elimination Diet is Right for My Child?

    This is where things get hard. There are several diets you can choose from, but there is not a one-size-fits-all magic trick diet. Well, there might be, but many parents opt to go for an easier introduction to the food-eliminating world. The GAPS diet will bring you back to the very root of foods and keep you there until the gut is healed. It then slowly reintroduces foods as you record the body’s reactions. It is a wonderful option, especially if things do not change after eliminating the basic foods.

    There are three basic types of elimination diets:

    The strict, limited foods “oligoantigenic diet” which eliminates nearly all foods except a limited number that generally cause no problems.

    The multiple-food elimination diet removes foods that most commonly cause food sensitivities. Dairy, gluten, wheat, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, citrus, processed foods and artificial colors and flavors top the list of what should be first eliminated.

    The single-food elimination diet removes only one or two foods at a time. It is most helpful if you are highly suspicious of one or two items your child is eating. However, this diet typically leads parents into a multiple elimination diet, as it is not as accurate.

    You can learn more about diets geared specifically toward ADHD, Autism, and other ailments like the Feingold Diet. You can try a month of Whole30 and see if it leads you to any easy solutions. You can create your own diet if you feel comfortable doing so. However, a diet is not an overnight miracle. It takes 2 weeks or so for the body to detox from the foods it is used to. This detox period can be emotional and extreme, especially when a child is use to consuming food dyes, sugars, and processed items on the regular. Stay strong and committed, keeping other foods out of reach and sight. Once your child reaches ‘baseline’ or what you would consider ‘typical’ for a 3-week timeframe, you can add back in one thing at a time. Reactions (emotional, mental, or physical) can occur up to two days after eating something.

     

    Resources:
    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)62227-1/abstract
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425030/
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171102091105.htm
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641835/
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119163442.htm
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170119163442.htm
    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/gut-fungi-might-be-linked-obesity-and-inflammatory-bowel-disorders

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  • Thermal Imaging: Thermography for Breast Cancer Screening

    16 March 2016
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    According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in the US, making it three times more common than other gynecological cancers, and more deadly than lung cancer for women. Even more disturbing is the speed at which breast cancer rates have risen over the past 5 decades.  In 1960, one in 20 women was diagnosed—but today, it is one in seven

    Breast cancer facts:

    • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women age 40 to 55.
    • 15% of all breast cancers occur in women under age 45. In this age group, breast cancers are more aggressive and have lower recovery rates.
    • 80 % of breast lumps are NON-cancerous.
    • 70% of breast cancers are found through breast self-exams.
    • About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.

    The Danger of Mammograms

    Mammograms use ionizing radiation at a relatively high dose, which can contribute to the mutations that can lead to breast cancer. You can get as much radiation from one mammogram as you would from 1,000 chest X-rays. Mammography also compresses your breasts tightly, which can lead to a dangerous spread of cancerous cells.

    “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 radiation exposure increases breast cancer risk by about 1% with a cumulative 10% increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.”

    Unfortunately, many women are completely unaware that the science simply does not back up the use of routine mammograms as a means to prevent breast cancer death.

    The Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews revealed that mammography breast cancer screening led to 30% over-diagnosis and overtreatment, which equates to an absolute risk increase of 0.5 percent.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/15/politics-behind-mammography.aspx

    There’s also the risk of getting a false negative, meaning that a life-threatening cancer is missed.

    The New 3D Tomosynthesis (Yes, a 3D Mammogram) – This procedure exposes women to TWICE as much radiation as a standard mammogram.  Please RUN AWAY from this procedure.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/03/experts-say-avoid-mammograms.aspx

    Did You Know?

    At least 30 percent of tumors found on mammograms would go away if you did absolutely nothing. These tumors appear to be destined to stop growing on their own, shrink, and even go away completely. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/03/experts-say-avoid-mammograms.aspx

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    A better Option: Thermal Imaging (Thermology)

    Mammography cannot detect a tumor until after it has been growing for years and reaches a certain size. Thermography is able to detect the possibility of breast cancer much earlier, because it can show the early stages of a formation of a direct supply of blood to cancer cells.  Which is a necessary step before they can grow into tumors of noticeable size.

    Breast Thermography Is a Noninvasive Prognostic Procedure That Predicts Tumor Growth Rate, but you’re not likely to hear about them from your general practitioner. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-6632.1993.tb17203.x/abstract

    Peer review journals and research on more than 300,000 women who have been tested using thermal Imaging technology shows great successes in detecting breast cancer with greater accuracy than other methods, including mammograms. This technology is slowly gaining ground among more progressive practitioners. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/04/why-mammography-is-not-an-effective-breast-cancer-screen.aspx

    Thermography scans are absolutely painless and risk-free. They involve no compression of tissue, are non-invasive, and emit no radiation. Thermography uses an infrared camera to graphically illustrate skin temperature by way of a color image. On the image, degrees of heat appear as different colors. Standard diagnostic tests such as mammograms, x-rays, MRI’s, ultrasounds and CAT scans are designed to test your anatomy. By contrast, thermography tests for physiological change and metabolic processes. It measures the amount of body heat delivered to your skin through cellular metabolism and your nervous system.

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    Serious conditions tend to show themselves in the form of skin tenderness or sensitivity to touch. You skin is connected to your internal organs. Your skin temperature patterns are indicators of metabolic activity in different parts of your body. Disturbances in your body’s metabolic processes appear through the thermal imaging as areas of inflammation, degeneration and/or blockage. If these areas are left untreated, these metabolic and cellular stresses often show up in the form of anatomical damage years later (tumors).

    Many studies have been conducted using thermal imaging to screen for breast cancer.  According to the results, thermography may be useful in the initial screening and supplementation of diagnostic procedures due to its safety (its non-radiation properties), low cost and the good recognition of breast tissue disease.  Thermography has an accuracy rate of 80.95%, with 100% sensitivity and 70.6% specificity in identifying breast cancer. The results are promising as compared to clinical examination by experienced radiologists, which has an accuracy rate of approximately 60-70%. For breast cancer care, it has become possible to use thermography as a powerful adjunct and biomarker tool.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17852648 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26745126

    Thermography allows you to detect the beginnings of a disease sooner, so you’re able to take appropriate treatment steps to get your body healing right away. Think of thermography as preventive medicine, which can be used to detect, control and even prevent serious illness or disease that otherwise would not be diagnosed until it is well-advanced.

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    Information on Self-Exams: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/07/major-confusion-on-how-to-do-breast-checks.aspx

    Breast Cancer Prevention

    From: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/19/tomosynthesis-mammography.aspx

    “Cancer screening is NOT to be misconstrued as a form of cancer prevention. Preventing breast cancer is far more important and powerful than simply trying to detect it after it has already formed, which is why I want to share my top tips on how to help prevent this disease in the first place.

    In the largest review of research into lifestyle and breast cancer, the American Institute of Cancer Research estimated that about 40% of U.S. breast cancer cases could be prevented.

     

    • Avoid sugar, especially fructose. All forms of sugar are detrimental to health in general and promote cancer. Fructose, however, is clearly one of the most harmful and should be avoided as much as possible.
    • Optimize your vitamin D. Vitamin D influences virtually every cell in your body and is one of nature’s most potent cancer fighters. Vitamin D is actually able to enter cancer cells and trigger apoptosis (cell death). If you have cancer, your vitamin D level should be between 70 and 100 ng/ml. Vitamin D works synergistically with every cancer treatment I’m aware of, with no adverse effects.
    • Get plenty of natural vitamin A. There is evidence that vitamin A also plays a role in helping prevent breast cancer. It’s best to obtain it from vitamin A-rich foods, rather than a supplement. Your best sources are organic egg yolks, raw butter, raw whole milk, and beef or chicken liver.
    • Lymphatic breast massage can help enhance your body’s natural ability to eliminate cancerous toxins. This can be applied by a licensed therapist, or you can perform a self-lymphatic massage.
    • Avoid charring your meats. Charcoal or flame broiled meat is linked with increased breast cancer risk. Acrylamide — a carcinogen created when starchy foods are baked, roasted or fried — has been found to increase breast cancer risk as well.
    • Avoid unfermented soy products. Unfermented soy is high in plant estrogens, or phytoestrogens, also known as isoflavones. In some studies, soy appears to work in concert with human estrogen to increase breast cell proliferation, which increases the chances for mutations and cancerous cells.
    • Improve your insulin receptor sensitivity. The best way to do this is by avoiding sugar and grains and making sure you are exercising.
    • Maintain a healthy body weight. This will come naturally when you begin eating right for your nutritional type and exercising. It’s important to lose excess body fat because fat produces estrogen.
    • Get plenty of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil. Omega-3 deficiency is a common underlying factor for cancer.
    • Curcumin. This is the active ingredient in turmeric and in high concentrations can be very useful adjunct in the treatment of breast cancer. It shows immense therapeutic potential in preventing breast cancer metastasis.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol, or at least limit your alcoholic drinks to one per day.
    • Breastfeed exclusively for up to six months. Research shows breastfeeding can reduce your breast cancer risk, especially if you surpass 2 years of breastfeeding.
    • Avoid wearing underwire bras. There is a good deal of data that metal underwire bras can heighten your breast cancer risk.
    • Avoid electromagnetic fields as much as possible. Even electric blankets can increase your cancer risk.
    • Avoid synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Breast cancer is an estrogen-related cancer, and according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer rates for women dropped in tandem with decreased use of hormone replacement therapy. (There are similar risks for younger women who use oral contraceptives. Birth control pills, which are also comprised of synthetic hormones, have been linked to cervical and breast cancers.)

    If you are experiencing excessive menopausal symptoms, you may want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy instead, which uses hormones that are molecularly identical to the ones your body produces and do not wreak havoc on your system. This is a much safer alternative.

    • Avoid BPA, phthalates and other xenoestrogens. These are estrogen-like compounds that have been linked to increased breast cancer risk
    • Make sure you’re not iodine deficient, as there’s compelling evidence linking iodine deficiency with breast cancer. Iodine has potent anticancer properties and has been shown to cause cell death in breast and thyroid cancer cells.
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  • Hormonal Birth Control: What You Need to Know.

    22 October 2015
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    From www.kidshealth.com (Yes, you read that right: KIDShealth) about birth control pills:

    “Hormones are chemical substances that control the functioning of the body’s organs.”

    Where do I even start?  There is absolutely nothing okay with this statement. How are women, and TEEN women, still given these pills daily?

    The birth control pill was approved by the FDA in 1960.  Regarded as a hero drug among women, the pill gave women the freedom to have sex without worrying about becoming pregnant.  Very few people questioned the side effects and risks of hormonal birth control, and still today, the pill is given as a “right of passage” to most teens. Yet, study after study leads us down a road of questions and worry.

    The quote above is completely accurate.  Hormones ARE chemical substances.  The body produces them regularly and maintains a natural balance that allows the organs to function as they are meant.  Estrogen and progestogens are essential steroid hormones. In women, they are required for normal development of female sex organs and secondary sex characteristics, regulation of the menstrual cycle and reproduction, and many other essential physiological functions in the bones, brain, breasts, adipose tissue, and uterus. Synthetic versions of these hormones (estrogen and progestogens) placed in the body then overthrow the natural balance and take control of the organs, tricking and manipulating them into functioning in different ways than they should.

    All hormonal contraceptives have at least three mechanisms of action. Artificial female hormones are the active ingredient in all hormonal contraceptives (estrogen and progestin). Some products contain both hormones and others progestin only (Mini-Pill). Using both hormones together is somewhat more effective than progestin alone, but the estrogen component is responsible for most of the serious health hazards associated with hormonal methods. Hormonal contraceptives prevent ovulation, meaning no egg is released so sperm cannot fertilize it.

    There are several forms of hormonal birth control, all with similar risks and side effects.  Remember that none of the hormonal contraceptive options protect against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV.

    Birth control pills:  The most well-known and common form of contraceptive.  Oral birth control contains both forms of female hormones, estrogen and progestin.  They must be taken daily and at the same time to be considered affective.  Most brands include a week of sugar pills after the first 21 pills, allowing the body to still have a period.  However, “The Pill” can differ not only in the number of active ingredients, but also in the way ingredients are dosed by brand. Monophasic birth control pills contain the same amount of ingredient in each active pill, while multiphasic birth control pills contain varying levels of hormones through the month. These were designed to minimize side effects such as breakthrough bleeding.  There are also low-dose oral contraceptives that contain less estrogen than other types of birth control pills. They contain 20 micrograms of estrogen, compared to 30 to 50 in other birth control pills.  Studies are now linking oral contraceptives to cervical, breast, and liver cancer. (www.cancer.gov)

    Mini-pill: These are like conventional oral contraceptives, but contain no estrogen, making them safer, but also less effective.  Often recommended to women who are breastfeeding, the mini-pill may effect milk supply and can still produce many side effects.

    Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA):  An injection, the “depot shot” was approved by the FDA in 1992 and quickly became popular due to its non-daily methods.  An injection is administered once every 12 weeks and contains medroxyprogesterone acetate, polyethylene glycol, sodium sulfate anhydrous, and myristyl-gamma-picolinium chloride (as a preservative).  http://www.rxlist.com/depo-provera-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

    NuvaRing: A combined hormonal contraceptive, this vaginal ring is inserted once a month and removed to bring on a menstrual cycle.

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    Contraceptive Implant: An implant the size of a matchstick can be placed under the skin of the upper arm. It releases progestin slowly.  It can be left in place for three years.

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    Contraceptive Patch: Ortho-Evra is the only FDA approved hormonal contraceptive patch.  It contains the hormones estrogen and progestin, and is applied to the skin once a week for three weeks. On the fourth week, no patch is used, allowing menstruation to occur. Recent studies have shown that Ortho-Evra causes a higher level of estrogen to circulate in the body than do combination birth control pills. As a result, you may have a slightly higher risk of estrogen-related adverse events.

    Synthetic Estrogen Problems Include:

    • Nausea
    • Breast swelling & tenderness
    • Vaginal discharge
    • High blood pressure
    • Decreased libido (sex drive)
    • Headaches
    • Mood swings
    • Fluid retention
    • Permanent dark patches on face
    • Drug interaction problems
    • Eye or vision problems
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Tumors of the liver
    • Breast Cancer and/or tumor growth
    • Cervical cancer
    • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot)
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke

    Synthetic Progestin Problems Include:

    • Weight gain
    • Depression
    • Bone loss
    • Fatigue and tiredness
    • Acne and/or oily skin
    • Headaches
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Insulin resistance
    • Constipation
    • Bloating
    • Irregular menstrual bleeding
    • Breast tenderness
    • Suppression of immune system
    • Heart attack
    • Breast tumor growth

    Other possible side effects to the above mentioned forms of contraceptives:

    • menstrual periods that are heavier or longer than normal
    • sudden numbness or weakness
    • sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance
    • chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood
    • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs
    • fever
    • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
    • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
    • symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes).

    Types of Estrogens Will be Listed As:

    • ethynil estradiol
    • mestranol

    Types of Progestins Will be Listed As:

    • desogestrel
    • drospirenone
    • ethynodiol diacetate
    • levonorgestrel
    • norethindrone
    • norgestimate
    • norgestrel
    • etonogestrel

    Many epidemiological studies have shown that prolonged exposure to estrogens may increase the risk of breast cancer.

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    Hormonal birth control and breast cancer: A recent study compared 1,102 women between the ages of 20 and 49 diagnosed with breast cancer, whose birth control pill usage histories (including does information) were obtained using electronic pharmacy records. The study showed that current and recent pill use increased the relative risk of breast cancer by 50% overall.  The risk was highest with high (170%) or moderate doses (60%) of estrogen and certain formulations of progestogen (up to 210%)  SOURCE

    A few recent studies have also explored the risk of different sub-types of breast cancer with use of birth control pills.  Alarmingly, the studies have shown that use of birth control pills  increases the risk of a type of breast cancer called triple-negative, which is more common in younger women and is aggressive and difficult to treat.  A study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute in 2009 showed that use of birth control pills for more than one year increased the risk of triple-negative breast cancer four-fold in women younger than 40.  SOURCE and SOURCE

    The study also showed that the risk conferred by longer duration of use and by more recent use was significantly higher for triple-negative breast cancer. Several other studies have shown similar results.  SOURCE and SOURCE 

    Since women taking the pills tend to be younger, the combination of findings that the pills increase breast cancer risk with current and recent use and increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer make it more troubling, especially with the increase in breast cancer diagnoses in young women.

    Estrogen in Our Water:  Even if you are not taking hormonal birth control, there is still cause to worry.  Over the past decade, we have learned about the increasing percentage of hormones being found in our water supply.  Studies have found that women on hormonal contraceptives are urinating estrogenic compounds into the water, ans these hormones are not then filtered out.  The cycle is as you think: we all then consume these.  Estrogenic compounds are part of a larger category of chemicals known as endocrine-disruptors (EDCs), chemicals that can alter the hormonal and homeostatic systems enabling an organism – like a human being or other animal – to communicate with and respond to its environment.  We are witnessing puberty beginning younger and younger in our children, and watching cancer rates increase.  Hormones in our water are playing a role in this.

    Better options for your health: Non-Hormonal Contraceptives:

    • Condoms
    • Vaginal Spermicides
    • Diaphragm
    • Cap
    • Sponge
    • Female Condom
    • Lea’s Shield
    • Intra-Uterine Device (IUD)
    • Natural Family Planning

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  • Fluoride: Overexposure and the Dangers to Our Health.

    21 October 2015
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    Starting in the 1950s, hundreds of communities across the U.S. became embroiled in heated battles over whether fluorides—ionic compounds containing the element fluorine—should be added to their water systems. Activists stated that the risks of fluoridation were inadequately studied and that the practice amounted to compulsory medication and thus was a violation of civil liberties.

    When fluoride was first introduced to water in the 1940s as a means of preventing tooth decay, not a single dental product contained fluoride: no toothpastes, no fluoride mouth rinses, no fluoride varnishes, and no fluoride gels.  In the past 60 years, as one fluoride product after another entered the market, exposure to fluoride increased considerably, particularly among children.

    As you read through the research, you may decide to trash the fluoride-filled toothpaste in your bathroom (PLEASE lose your child’s fluoride toothpaste!), which I highly recommend.  But you probably don’t know that processed foods, pesticides, bottled teas, pharmaceuticals, Teflon pans, and mechanically deboned chicken all contain fluoride. DITCH THEM.  However, there is a bigger issue at hand: OUR WATER.

    Here we are in 2015 still fighting about fluoride.  Over the past 65 years, a lot has been discovered and brushed under the table pertaining to this chemical.  Since 2010, more than 75 US and Canadian communities have voted to end water fluoridation, and the issue is heating up as more and more people begin to demand water that does not expose them to this highly toxic industrial waste product.  The United States is one of the only developed countries that fluoridate their citizens’ drinking water.  Most countries fully realize that adding a known poison to your population’s water supply is probably not a good idea. In Europe, only Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%) fluoridate any of their water.  Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of Western Europe, do not consume fluoridated water. More people drink fluoridated water in the US alone than in the rest of the world combined. About 70% of our public water supplies are fluoridated.  This equates to approximately 185 million people, which is over half of the number of people drinking artificially fluoridated water worldwide. http://www.fluoridealert.org/

    The FDA labels fluoride a drug, which has the purpose of preventing tooth decay. Did you know that according to the World Health Organization, decline in tooth decay has absolutely nothing to do with fluoride?  The decline has taken place worldwide, not just in areas with fluoridated water.

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    The National Academy of Science reviewed the safety of fluoridation and remains “unsettled,” but in 2006, a committee at the NAS published an exhaustive 500-page review of fluoride’s toxicity.  The report concludes that fluoride is an “endocrine disruptor” and can affect many things in the body, including the bones, the brain, the thyroid gland, the pineal gland, and even blood sugar levels.

    According to the National Research council (2006) fluoride has the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain, lower intellectual abilities, disrupt the endocrine system, effect thyroid function, increase the severity of diabetes, and increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.  Further study needs to be done to rule out links to infertility and bladder cancer.  Studies also show that children in high-fluoride areas have significantly lower IQ scores than those who live in low-fluoride areas.  Not only are our children at risk for lower IQ levels, but studies have reported an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization.  Other studies found association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491930/

    Today, not only do 40% of American teenagers have fluorosis, but, in some fluoridated areas, the rate is as high as 70 to 80%, with some children suffering advanced forms of the condition. (http://fluoridealert.org/)

    Many people argue that fluoride is naturally occurring at high levels in our water. However, a lot of toxic substances (arsenic and lithium for example) occur naturally at high levels, but that does not mean they are safe.  Most people also assume that the fluoride artificially added to our water is added at the same level as (the toxic) natural occurring fluoride, but it is not.  The levels are far higher, and add to that the amount of polluted, contaminated water, we are in trouble. Fluoride is captured in air pollution control devices because fluoride gases are hazardous air pollutants that cause significant environmental harm. This captured fluoride acid is the most contaminated chemical added to public water supplies, and may impose additional risks to those presented by natural fluorides. These risks include a possible cancer hazard from the acid’s elevated arsenic content, and a possible neurotoxic hazard from the acid’s ability, under some conditions, to increase the erosion of lead from old pipes.

    Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50-60% of the fluoride ingested each day, but the remainder accumulates in the body, largely in calcifying tissues such as the bones and pineal gland.  Infants and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and take up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones.  The fluoride concentration in bone steadily increases over a lifetime.

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 41% of American adolescents have dental fluorosis- a discoloring of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride.

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    Breastfed vs. Formula-Fed Fluoride Exposure  Breastmilk has a remarkably low level of fluoride (0.004 ppm).  A formula-fed infant consuming fluoridated water can consume up to 300 times more fluoride than a breast fed baby (0.6-1.2 ppm).  There are no benefits, only risks, to ingesting fluoride.  Infants are already susceptible to environmental toxins, so consuming formula made with fluoridated water, we are placing them at extremely high risks.  These infants have the highest exposure to fluoride, by bodyweight, in the population.  The American Dental Association (ADA) distributed an alert in 2006 recommending parents be “advised that formula should be made with ‘low or no-fluoride water’.”  Unfortunately, the ADA has done little to get this information into the hands of parents.

    Aluminum + Fluoride = Alzheimer’s    Many municipal water supplies are treated with both alum (aluminum sulfate) and fluoride. These two chemicals combine with each other easily in the blood to form aluminum fluoride. Although elemental aluminum cannot pass the blood-brain barrier, some compounds such as aluminum fluoride do. Aluminum fluoride is very poorly excreted in the urine. It is poisonous to the kidneys. Aluminum salts in the brain lead to Alzheimer’s Disease.

    If you think you are escaping artificially added fluoride by consuming bottled water, think again.  The following companies “provide you with added fluoride” without so much as a warning on the bottle: (http://www.bottledwater.org/fluoride)

    ·         Alhambra
    ·         Arrowhead
    ·         Belmont Springs
    ·         Crystal Rock
    ·         Crystal Springs
    ·         Deer Park
    ·         Diamond Springs
    ·         Hinkley Springs
    ·         Ice Mountain
    ·         Kandiyohi
    ·         Kentwood Springs
    ·         Mayer Bros.
    ·         Mount Olympus
    ·         Nursery Water
    ·         Ozarka
    ·         Poland Spring
    ·         Pure Flo
    ·         Puritan Springs
    ·         Shenandoah
    ·         Sierra Springs
    ·         Sparkletts
    ·         Zephyrhills

    FLUORIDE and CANCER:  Fluoride has been to shown to thicken but weaken bones, and worse mutate normal genetic cells into cancer cells.  Some researchers believe that fluorine is a carcinogen.  The National Cancer Institute, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the Safe Water Foundation all found that the incidence of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer) is substantially higher in young men exposed to fluoridated water as compared to those who are not.

    Because of everything the fluoride is linked to, it is estimated that 30,000 – 50,000 people die from fluoride poisoning each year. (http://fluoridealert.org/)

    What can you do?  Filter your drinking water with a well-made reverse osmosis filter system that  is able to remove over 90% of dissolved fluoride in drinking water.

    Side note:  The skin is our largest organ and absorbs what is put on it.  Showering, bathing, washing our hands, etc with our over-polluted, fluoridated water is allowing our skin to absorb the toxic drug.  Consider a filter for your showers and sinks as well as your drinking water.

    (I’ll take a second to love on our Berkey water filter now.)

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