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What is Fluoride Doing To Your Health?


Ever since I was a child fluoride has been heralded as the  messiah to save teeth from cavities and decay. 

In the 70s, I remember my parents taking me to get fluoride treatments at the dentist. And several times at the elementary school I attended, a dental hygienist visited who required us to chew red pills to show where we weren’t brushing, and gave us fluoride treatments. I don’t recall my parents ever objecting to this, but maybe they would have if they’d known about the dangers.

Why children are given fluoride treatments in school is beyond me. Isn’t it the parent’s job to decide whether to take children to have some medical or dental service done? Apparently not. This brings about the issue of having no choice in something that should definitely be a choice. In fact, you will not find any other example where a drug is added without the consent of the people taking it.

And despite how many fluoride treatments I took, how much fluoridated water I consumed, or how much I brushed and flossed, I still had numerous cavities and dental work done when I was a child and young adult.

Fluoride – hazardous waste as a “health treatment”

What do you do when you have toxic waste that’s expensive to dispose of? Sell it to the municipal water agencies under the guise of “protecting dental health”. Besides a short-lived experiment where iodine was added to water many years ago, this practice has never been done anywhere else, with any other substance like this that is considered a drug (and hazardous waste). Another important thing to consider is that there have been no real scientific, conclusive studies supporting the effectiveness of putting fluoride in the water supply to combat tooth decay.

The fact is, the fluoride going into our water systems is not a safe or natural substance to consume, and fluoride toxicity is well-documented. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a naturally-occurring substance, nor is it even pharmaceutical grade. The fluoride put in our water is actually hazardous industrial waste from the phosphate fertilizer industry.

These substances are recognized as toxic by The Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory entities, and it is illegal to dump it in the ocean or inland water bodies, and yet policy-makers see no problem with its use in our water supply. Many European countries have banned fluoride use in municipal water systems. So what is the U.S. ‘s problem? This program receives zero oversight from the FDA, and the Environmental protection Agency (which declares the substance toxic) shows no accountability for fluoride being added to the water supply. What’s more, the Center for Disease Control and The American Dental Association continue to mandate statewide water fluoridation practices.

Please watch these important video interviews from Dr. Joe Mercola with Dr. Paul Connett, the leading expert in the world and a chemist who specializes in environmental chemistry. He is the co-author of The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There from Chelsea Green Publishing. Please be sure to pick up a copy of this well-researched book which blows the lid on the theory that fluoride is necessary for dental or any other aspect of health.

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Fluoride affects bone health (causes brittle bones, osteoporosis), thyroid, energy levels, and the pineal gland in the brain (the pineal gland is an endocrine organ which regulates seratonin, melatonin which affect wake/sleep patterns). Read some scientific research documenting the numerous health studies showing all different health issues that result from using fluoride.

According to Dr. Mercola and Dr. Connett, there are many other sources from which you can ingest fluoride distiller or reverse-osmosis filters are required to remove fluoride from water. It is also found in many bottled beverages including soft drinks, energy drinks, teas, juices, infant formula, processed foods like cereal, tea, wine, seafood, teflon pans, salt, commercially-raised poultry, anaesthetics (Enflurane, Isoflurane & Sevoflurane -used in surgery to put you to sleep), and cigarettes – just to name a few.

This harmful chemical is also added to most toothpastes on the market, and many other dental products like rinses. If you look at the label, there is a clear warning which reads something to this effect: “contact poison control center if you swallow more than necessary for brushing”. That amount is equivalent to one glass of water. So if you are drinking tap water everyday, just imagine how much fluoride you are ingesting every day of your life!

Want more information about the health dangers of fluoride?

Read The Cellulite Investigation’s Fluoride Content of Farm-Fresh Thanksgiving Turkey

A Better Alternative to Toothpaste – Healthy Home Economist

More from Agriculture Society:Dental crowding, cavities, and health problems – what’s the connection?

Fluoride in the water – does it really help prevent cavities?

For more information about the risks and dangers of fluoride use, visit the Fluoride Action Network.

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Dental Crowding, Cavities, and Health Problems – What’s The Connection?


Most people have had cavities, periodontal disease, orthodontics, and other dental issues – or know someone who has.  In fact, crowding in teeth and cavities are extremely common conditions in modern day civilizations. They are so common, we’ve come to view these issues as being “normal”.

But they’re not.

In fact, these disorders are clear markers of widespread malnutrition in our society. It is indicative of mineral deficiencies that would ordinarily be non-existent in those consuming a nutrient-rich diet.

The conventional way to take care of teeth riddled by decay (cavities) is to drill a hole and fill that hole up with a substance that is intended to prevent the hole from getting any larger. Modern dentistry also uses chemicals such as fluoride and teeth polish and metal dental scalers and spatulas to “remove plaque” beneath the gumline, which is believed to be the cause of tooth decay.

When cavities become larger or fillings wear out, the next step might involve replacing the original filling with a crown or possibly a root canal. All of these procedures are dangerous and provide opportunities for heavy metals, harmful bacteria, and other toxins to enter the body system.

The conventional way to remedy crooked teeth is to cement hardware on the teeth and put pressure on them with wires to cause movement with the end result of straightening them.  Once again, this exposes the person to toxic chemicals and other heavy metals which enter the body system.

Dental cavities and disease

Did you know that the percentages of people afflicted with dental caries (cavities) in modern times are higher now than ever before in history? Roughly 90 percent of the population has it, and it grows more acute as we age. In 2-5 year olds, 28 percent of have dental cavities. In people ages 20-39 that percentage increases dramatically to 87 percent!

Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who practiced during the 1930s, was highly respected in his time. His work was published in various dental journals, including the Journal of The American Dental Association. He traveled the world to try and determine the reason why so many of his patients had dental disorders as well as other health problems, discovered some startling facts on his journey. What he found all over the world was that people eating indigenous diets of the lands where they lived had wide dental arches and straight teeth, few cavities, and superb health. They were largely free from the degenerative diseases prevalent in developed countries like the United States.

In treating various illnesses – and in particular – dental caries – he discovered that cod liver oil used in conjunction with a healthy fat-soluble food like high-vitamin butter oil was more potent that cod liver oil alone. High-vitamin butter oil from healthy cows consuming rapidly growing grass on pasture is a particularly rich source of Vitamin K2 – one of the critical co-factors needed to work in tandem with Vitamin D to maintain health.

Decayed and crooked teeth are indicative signs of disease in the body.  If the problems people experience with their dental health did not continue to worsen over time despite aggressive campaigns undertaken by dental professionals to instruct patients to brush, floss, use fluoride treatments, toothpaste, and mouthwashes, and the use of complicated and expensive surgical and drilling procedures, we could truthfully say these practices had a positive impact.

But, they don’t.

From an interview with Ramiel Nagel, author of Curing Tooth Decay, Natural News, January 2008:

“This is what I refer to as an unscientifically sound practice. If we are to examine the effects of our dental care as a society, the statistics clearly show it is a failure, as tooth decay becomes worse and worse over time. Either Nature is fundamentally flawed and has doomed us to a life that includes decaying teeth, or humans are flawed in understanding and utilizing Nature.”

When I was 12 years old, my parents took out a loan to have braces, orthodontic hardware, put on my teeth. It took 2 1/2 years to straighten them with those devices. But did my nutritional problems disappear after my teeth were straightened? They did not. In fact, they only became more acute because during my treatment, no one ever said to me, “Your eating habits are causing health problems that have made your teeth crooked and are causing other issues in your body.” So, for years and years I continued to eat poorly and consume nutritionally-empty foods.

The result was that at age 35, when I should have been in the prime of my life, my health had hit rock bottom. I was continually fatigued and irritable, depressed, experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and other digestive problems. I was having “panic attacks” that kept me awake for hours during the night (and I also started having them in the daytime as well), muscle-weakness, heart palpitations, and general malaise. I was exhausted and I couldn’t do the normal activities required in my life. It wasn’t until I completely changed my diet and lifestyle that things began to change.

I had dental pain my whole life – gum pain, bleeding when I brushed, and sensitivity to temperatures. Whenever I went to the dentist, I asked what I could do to stop this from occurring. The answer was always, “brush and floss, avoid sugar, and get dental checkups.” For many years I had not flossed as regularly as I should, and I was eating a lot of refined sugar and processed foods. But after I completely changed my diet and started eating high-fat foods from clean sources and removed grains and processed foods from the things I consumed, my dental pain and bleeding gums have since vanished.

What’s the solution to dental crowding and cavities?

Avoid processed foods -from Ramiel Nagel’s foods that cause tooth decay:

  • grains
  • refined carbohydrates
  • sugar
  • hydrogenated oils such as those found in margarine, shortening, “butter” spreads, and other artificial fats, and all vegetable oils, especially – canola, cottonseed oil, and soybean

If you still decide to consume grains, soak them overnight in filtered water and whey (from pastured cows). Alternatively, you can use raw apple cider vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Foods like grains, corn, soy, and even nuts and legumes contain phytic acid, which if not neutralized by proper preparation methods, blocks the absorption of nutrients. Even when properly prepared, the phytic acid will not be completely neutralized enough to prevent nutrients absorption from being blocked.

Read more about how grains affect dental and bone health on Ramiel Nagel’s site. If you continue to have dental or bone issues, avoidance of grains is the best choice.

Here are Ramiel Nagel’s foods for prevention of tooth decay:

  • 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times per day of Green Pasture Products Blue Ice Royal Blend fermented cod liver oil / butter oil mix (1-1.5 teaspoons per day)
  • 1-4+ cups of raw grass-fed milk daily, or 4 ounces of cheese
  • 2 cups daily of bone soup, made from slow cooking the bones & organs of fish, chicken, beef and so on
  • 1-4 tablespoons of grass-fed bone marrow. Either raw or cooked.

In general, eat more whole, unprocessed foods – and especially fats and proteins from healthy animals on pasture – raw dairy foods like raw milk, butter, cream or ghee, fermented cod liver oil, broths made from the bones of healthy animals on pasture, dark and organ meats from healthy animals on pasture, and  safe-sourced seafood like fish, mollusks, scallops, (oysters, clams, squid, octopus), and crustaceans (crab, lobster, crayfish).

Suggested reading on the topics of dental health, dental caries, cavities, and fluoride:

Curing Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel – speaker at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference, November 2010

The Case Against Fluoride – Paul Connett, Ph.D., James Beck, M.D., Ph.D., and H.S. Micklem, DPhil.

Tooth Decay Trends in Fluoridated vs. Un-fluoridated Countries

More information about fluoride in our water supply

Fluoride in the water – does it really help prevent cavities?