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10 Facts about Fluoride

is not only wrong, it is unnecessary. As western Europe has demonstrated, there are many equally effective and less-intrusive ways of delivering fluoride to people who actually want it. For example:

  • Topical fluoride products such as toothpaste and mouthrinses (which come with explicit instructions not to swollow) are readily available at all grocery stores and pharmacies. Thus, for those individuals who wish to use fluoride, it is very easy to find and very inexpensive to buy.
  • If there is concern that some people in the community cannot afford to purchase fluoride toothpaste (a family-size tube of toothpaste costs as little as $2 to $3), the money saved by not fluoridating the water can be spent subsidizing topical fluoride products (or non-fluoride alternatives) for those families in need.
  • The vast majority of fluoride added to water supplies is wasted, since over 99% of tap water is not actually consumed by a human being. It is used instead to wash cars, water the lawn, wash dishes, flush toilets, etc.

6. Ingestion of fluoride has little benefit, but many risks. Whereas fluoride’s benefits come from topical contact with teeth, its risks to health (which involve many more tissues than the teeth) result from being swallowed. Adverse effects from fluoride ingestion have been associated with doses attainable by people living in fluoridated areas. For example:

  • Risk to the brain. According to the National Research Council (NRC), fluoride can damage the brain. Animal studies conducted in the 1990s by EPA scientists found dementia-like effects at the same concentration (1 ppm) used to fluoridate water, while human studies have found adverse effects on IQ at levels as low as 0.9 ppm among children with nutrient deficiencies, and 1.8 ppm among children with adequate nutrient intake. (7-10)
  • Risk to the thyroid gland. According to the NRC, fluoride is an “endocrine disruptor.” Most notably, the NRC has warned that doses of fluoride (0.01-0.03 mg/kg/day) achievable by drinking fluoridated water, may reduce the function of the thyroid among individuals with low-iodine intake. Reduction of thyroid activity can lead to loss of mental acuity, depression and weight gain (11)
  • Risk to bones. According to the NRC, fluoride can diminish bone strength and increase the risk for bone fracture. While the NRC was unable to determine what level of fluoride is safe for bones, it noted that the best available information suggests that fracture risk may be increased at levels as low 1.5 ppm, which is only slightly higher than the concentration (0.7-1.2 ppm) added to water for fluoridation. (12)
  • Risk for bone cancer. Animal and human studies – including a recent study from a team of Harvard scientists – have found a connection between fluoride and a serious form of bone cancer. (osteosarcoma) in males under the age of 20. The connection between fluoride and osteosarcoma has been described by the National Toxicology Program as “biologically plausible.” Up to half of adolescents who develop osteosarcoma die within a few years of diagnosis. (13-16)
  • Risk to kidney patients. People with kidney disease have a heightened susceptibility to fluoride toxicity. The heightened risk stems from an impaired ability to excrete fluoride from the body. As a result, toxic levels of fluoride can accumulate in the bones, intensify the toxicity of aluminum build-up, and cause or exacerbate a painful bone disease known as renal osteodystrophy. (17-19)

7. The industrial chemicals used to fluoridate water may present unique risks not found with naturally-occurring fluoride complexes . The chemicals – fluorosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride, and sodium fluoride – used to fluoridate drinking water are industrial waste products from the phosphate fertilizer industry. Of these chemicals, fluorosilicic acid (FSA) is the most widely used. FSA is a corrosive acid which has been linked to higher blood lead levels in children. A recent study from the University of North Carolina found that FSA can – in combination with chlorinated compounds – leach lead from brass joints in water pipes, while 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. (20-23) 8. Water fluoridation’s benefits to teeth have been exaggerated. Even proponents of water fluoridation admit that it is not as effective as it was once claimed to be. While proponents still believe in its effectiveness, a growing number of studies strongly question this assessment. (24-46) According to a systematic review published by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, “The magnitude of [fluoridation's] effect is not large in absolute terms, is often not statistically significant and may not be of clinical significance.” (36)

  • No difference exists in tooth decay between fluoridated & unfluoridated countries. While water fluoridation is often credited with causing the reduction in tooth decay that has occurred in the US over the past 50 years, the same reductions in tooth decay have occurred in all western countries, most of which have never added fluoride to their water. The vast majority of western Eutope has rejected water fluoridation. Yet, according to comprehensive data from the World Health Organization, their tooth decay rates are just as low, and, in fact, often lower than the tooth decay rates in the US. (25, 35, 44)
  • Cavities do not increase when fluoridation stops. In contrast to earlier findings, five studies published since 2000 have reported no increase in tooth decay in communities which have ended fluoridation. (37-41)
  • Fluoridation does not prevent oral health crises in low-income areas. While some allege that fluoridation is especially effective for low-income communities, there is very little evidence to support this claim. According to a recent systematic review from the British government, “The evidence about [fluoridation] reducing inequalities in dental health was of poor quality, contradictory and unreliable.” (45) In the United States, severe dental crises are occurring in low-income areas irrespective of whether the community has fluoride added to its water supply. (46) In addition, several studies have confirmed that the incidence of severe tooth decay in children (“baby bottle tooth decay”) is not significantly different in fluoridated vs unfluoridated areas. (27,32,42) Thus, despite some emotionally-based claims to the contrary, water fluoridation does not prevent the oral health problems related to poverty and lack of dental-care access.

9. Fluoridation poses added burden and risk to low-income communities,. Rather than being particularly beneficial to low-income communities, fluoridation is particularly burdensome and harmful. For example:

  • Low-income families are least able to avoid fluoridated water. Due to the high costs of buying bottled water or expensive water filters, low-income households will be least able to avoid fluoride once it’s added to the water. As a result, low-income families will be least capable of following ADA’s recommendation that infants should not receive fluoridated water. This may explain why African American children have been found to suffer the highest rates of disfiguring dental fluorosis in the US. (47)
  • Low-income families at greater risk of fluoride toxicity. In addition, it is now well established that individuals with inadequate nutrient intake have a significantly increased susceptibility to fluoride’s toxic effects. (48-51) Since nutrient deficiencies are most common in income communities, and since diseases known to increase susceptibility to fluoride are most prevalent in low-income areas (e.g. end-stage renal failure), it is likely that low-income communities will be at greatest risk from suffering adverse effects associated with fluoride exposure. According to Dr. Kathleen Thiessen, a member of the National Research Council’s review of fluoride toxicity: “I would expect low-income communities to be more vulnerable to at least some of the effects of drinking fluoridated water.” (51)

10. Due to other sources, many people are being over-exposed to fluoride. Unlike when water fluoridation first began, Americans are now receiving fluoride from many other sources besides the water supply. As a result many people are now exceeding the recommended daily intake, putting them at elevated risk of suffering toxic effects. For example, many children ingest more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is considered “optimal” for a full day’s worth of ingestion. According to the Journal of Public Health Dentistry:

“Virtually all authors have noted that some children could ingest more fluoride from [toothpaste] alone than is recommended as a total daily fluoride ingestion.” (52)

Because of the increase in fluoride exposure from all sources combined, the rate of dental fluorosis (a visible indicator of over-exposure to fluoride during childhood) has increased significantly over the past 50 years. Whereas dental fluorosis used to impact less than 10% of children in the 1940s, the latest national survey found that it now affects over 30% of children. (47, 53) Sources here.

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GMO Cotton Plagued By Pest Infestations

Monsanto’s genetically modified BT Cotton is under scrutiny in China for leading to massive insect outbreaks in areas throughout China where its use has been growing. The resultant pest infestations are now threatening other crops in these regions.

These findings were  made by a team of scientists led by Kongming Wu at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing and later published in the journal Science. The field trials were conducted over 10 yearsin northern China. The results show that mirid bugshave progressively increased population sizes and obtained peststatus in cotton and other crops, in association witha regional increase in Bt cotton usage and adoption. “Our work highlights a critical need to do ecological assessments and monitoring at the landscape-level to better understand the impacts of GM crop adoption,” said Dr Wu. “This is a massive issue in terms of the environment, but also in terms of costs for the farmer. The plan with GM crops was to reduce costs and environmental impact, but neither of these things seem to be happening, because over time, nature takes its course, and that was bound to happen. The supposed benefits in yield can be canceled out by unintended consequences like this,” explained Environmental advocate Kirtana Chandrasekaran

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Pesticides From GMO Corn Found In Water Ways

Most genetically modified corn is altered to grow its own pesticide on the cellular level. New research is showing this same pesticide showing up in water ways all over the mid-western U.S. farm belt.

Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall and colleagues from the Cary Institute published their recent findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their research documented the existence of the GM corn protein Cry1Ab throughout waterways that are within a 500 meter range of the actual corn feilds. “Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically-modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies,” explained Roshi-Marchall. “The tight linkage between corn fields and streams warrants further research into how corn byproducts, including Cr1Ab insecticidal proteins, potentially impact non-target ecosystems, such as streams and wetlands,” Roshi-Marshall concluded.

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Inflaplex For Inflammation

You understand that inflammation is the result of tissue trauma.

This is why we recommend InflaPlex for a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Sprains
  • Chronic joint problems
  • Any diagnosis ending with “itis”
  • Sports injuries
  • Respiratory problems

But, also REMEMBER that, with its complement of bioflavonoids, InflaPlex is also EXCELLENT for conditions of easy bruising, post-surgery nutrition and respiratory illness. It combines well in a schedules with other Nutriplex whole food formulas, depending on the condition. For instance… Respiratory: InflaPlex, FlavoC and Green Nutrients Musculoskeletal: InflaPlex and ProMin Cold and Flu: InflaPlex, ImmuneSupport and FlavoC Skin damage: InflaPlex, CaroC and CalMag Bladder infections: InflaPlex, CalMag and SuperGreens PhytoFood Acne: InflaPlex (at least 8 per day), Ultimate Defense and Topical Aloe Vera Gel Nutriplex Formulas is the only company with a professional line of organic, triple GMP certified products made only of whole foods, not isolates. Dr. Shayne has published five books on natural health care, including Man Cannot Live on Vitamins Alone, an evidence-based treatise on the benefits of foods over isolated vitamin pills, and has written more than 200 articles. He is personally committed to organic and biodynamic foods, chemical-free lifestyles and natural healing.

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Fight Depression With…Vitamin C?

You read the title correctly. Vitamin C is being shown to improve one’s emotional state.

Researchers at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI) performed a double-blind study to explore the effects of vitamin C on admitted patients. Patients were randomly given either vitamin C or vitamin D supplements for seven to ten days and then observed for the effects. A marked and statistically relevant emotional improvement in the patients who were given vitamin C was noted. “About one in five acute-care patients in our hospital have vitamin C levels so low as to be compatible with scurvy,” explained Hoffer,  a Senior Physician in the Divisions of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, and a professor of medicine at McGill University. “But patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem. Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial.” “The lack of any effect of vitamin D on mood is good evidence we are not dealing with a placebo response,” said Dr. Hoffer. “This looks like a true biological effect. Our finding definitely requires follow up in larger studies in other centres,” he said. “The treatment is safe, simple and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications.”

At HEALTHandMED.com we recommend Flavo C by Nutriplex for meeting your vitamin C needs. It contains Vitamin C (not as the isolate/synthetic ascorbic acid), but rather the entire whole food complex, including antioxidants, bioflavonoids (esp. rutin), trace mineral activators, enzymes, synergistic minerals, and more.

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Reusable, BPA Free Canning Jar Lids!

BPA (Bishpenol A) continues to make headlines as a chemical found in most plastics that leaches from food containers and makes its way into our bodies and causes health problems. For canning enthusiasts, a new type of BPA free canning jar lid has just started making its way into the spot light.

Traditional methods of preserving food in canning jars has recently reemerged as a popular practice as it is seen to be a way of storing food in a container that will not leach BPA or any other toxic chemical. The thought that has crossed many a-canner’s mind though is whether or not the plastic coated canning lids present a contradiction. When canning food in a jar there is a small space that separates the food from the lid, which allays the worries of many. For those who don’t want the risk of plastics effecting their food there is a reusable BPA-free lid made by Tattler that can be used in the place of the plastic coated throw away lids. According to Tattler, their lids “are manufactured using a plastic compound that is safe for direct contact with food products.We utilize an FDA and USDA approved, food grade product known as Polyoxymethylene Copolymer (POM) or Acetal Copolymer,” and they do “not contain any Bisphenol A (BPA)!”

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High Blood Sugar Is Serious Business. What Can You Do Right Away?

Left untreated, high blood sugar levels cause you to feel tired and weak, be thirsty, and urinate a lot, be susceptible to infections and have blurry vision. In the elderly, high blood sugar levels can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and lead to falls. Falls in the elderly result in broken hips that are often fatal. High blood sugar levels over years can lead to classic complications of diabetes, eye disease (retinopathy that leads to blindness), kidney disease, including nephropathy leading to kidney failure necessitating either dialysis or transplantation, and nerve disease or neuropathy which commonly leads to amputations. In addition, poorly controlled diabetes over the long term can also contribute to heart disease, along with inadequately controlled cholesterol and blood pressure levels. So what can you do? Getting on the right track means: Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle changes. The typical medical doctor won’t save such a patient because nutrition is outside his purview. Give your self GTF Complex to help block sugar uptake and move sugar out of the bloodstream, plus Green Nutrients to provide minerals needed for electrolyte balance. There’s really no time to waste when it comes to blood sugar problems.

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Alzheimer’s, Osteoarthritis & Turmeric

Turmeric is flying off the shelves of natural food stores across the nation as researchers continue to find evidence that it is a naturally potent way to deal with Alzheimer’s disease and Osteoarthritis.

Ongoing research with animal and human testing is showing Turmeric to be an all around powerful tool for minimizing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the inflammation associated with Osteoarthritis. “What we have in turmeric is something that appears to inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease…and actually help to reduce the occurrence of plaque in the brain if you have it,” explained Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist. “We know in animal studies, when animals actually have amyloid beta plaque in their brains and they’re given turmeric root…that plaque is reduced.” “In countries where people consume a lot of [turmeric], there’s a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kilham. “In India and Southeast Asia, it’s a rare disease. And [in the U.S.] it’s very, very common.” Recent studies show that when taking turmeric derived supplements, sufferers of Osteoarthritis reduce their reliance on standard painkillers (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) by 63 percent compared to patients on conventional medical therapy alone. “This is great news for people who suffer from osteoarthritis and the physicians who treat them,” said Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit American Botanical Council, an independent herbal medicine research and education organization in Austin, Texas. “Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and this trial, on this special turmeric extract, is another important step towards validating the curcumin in turmeric as an increasingly popular herbal dietary supplement. When one considers the overall safety of turmeric extract and curcumin, especially compared to some of the pharmaceutical drugs which have had to be removed from the market due to serious safety concerns, the growing clinical evidence for the use of turmeric extract is compelling,” Blumenthal added.

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Ten Interesting Facts About The Human Body

With all of the fascinating facts about the human body it was difficult to pick just ten, but here they are… Let us know what you think, or if you know any interesting facts not mentioned here. Human Body Facts: 1. The brain is much more active at night than during the day. Logically, you would think that all the moving around, complicated calculations and tasks and general interaction we do on a daily basis during our working hours would take a lot more brain power than, say, lying in bed. Turns out, the opposite is true. When you turn off your brain turns on. Scientists don’t yet know why this is but you can thank the hard work of your brain while you sleep for all those pleasant dreams.

2. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. Humans are not quite the naked apes that we’re made out to be. We have lots of hair, but on most of us it’s not obvious as a majority of the hairs are too fine or light to be seen. 3. The aorta is nearly the diameter of a garden hose. The average adult heart is about the size of two fists, making the size of the aorta quite impressive. The artery needs to be so large as it is the main supplier of rich, oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. 4. The average person expels flatulence 14 times each day. Even if you’d like to think you’re too dignified to pass gas, the reality is that almost everyone will at least a few times a day. Digestion causes the body to release gases which can be painful if trapped in the abdomen and not released. 5. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. While you can’t see skin cells or muscle cells, the ovum is typically large enough to be seen with the naked eye with a diameter of about a millimeter. The sperm cell, on the other hand, is tiny, consisting of little more than nucleus. 6. Even small noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by uninvited noise. The sound causes their pupils to change focus and blur their vision, making it harder to do their job well. 7. A baby’s head is one-quarter of it’s total length, but by age 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. As it turns out, our adorably oversized baby heads won’t change size as drastically as the rest of our body. The legs and torso will lengthen, but the head won’t get much longer. 8. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins. Newborns are able to recognize the smell of their mothers and many of us can pinpoint the smell of our significant others and those we are close to. Part of that smell is determined by genetics, but it’s also largely do to environment, diet and personal hygiene products that create a unique chemistry for each person. 9. Monday is the day of the week when the risk of heart attack is greatest. Yet another reason to loathe Mondays! A ten year study in Scotland found that 20% more people die of heart attacks on Mondays than any other day of the week. Researchers theorize that it’s a combination of too much fun over the weekend with the stress of going back to work that causes the increase. 10. The feet account for one quarter of all the human body’s bones. You may not give your feet much thought but they are home to more bones than any other part of your body. How many? Of the two hundred or so bones in the body, the feet contain a whopping 52 of them. More where that came from here.

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What Would You Do To Recover from a Cold?

Yesterday, someone was on the phone with me and I heard a lot of coughing and sniffling.  She asked me what I would do if I had a cold. I replied that I would drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and take a squirt of PowerImmune under the tongue several times per day.   PowerImmune is made of 12 of the best antiviral herbs.  They are the most well-documented, the most clinically proven and the most aggressive antiviral herbs known to the natural health community.  Normally, I take a squirt of PowerImmune in my drink at breakfast time as a preventative measure.  But, if I were to get a cold, I would take it sublingually multiple times per day to speed up recovery.   Of course, the best way to fight a cold is to boost your immune system so that you don’t get colds very often.   That’s why we have put together 6 ways to boost your immunity system without vaccines. Now we would like to hear from all our friends who are reading this.  What methods work best for you for recovering from colds?

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