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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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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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How Much Tuna Can You Eat Safely?

Most people are aware that there are low levels of toxins, like mercury, in Tuna that can be hazardous to human health if consumed in too high of quantities. What most people don’t know is how much is too much.

Thanks to the scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) you are about to find out what constitutes too much tuna. EWG researchers were able to use established guidelines from the FDA on how much mercury is found in the different types of tuna fish,  how much fish people should eat in a week and how much mercury a human can have on a daily basis based on their weight. With that research already done for them by the FDA the EWG discovered that the safe levels of mercury and recommended amounts of tuna do not match up. There is an equation used to know how much mercury a person can ingest before their health suffers. the FDA’s safe mercury dose is measured in grams of mercury per kilogram of person per day. All that is needed is your weight and it is a simple math equation to figure out how much tuna a person can safely eat. The EWG recommends, based on the equation, that a 100lb person have no more than 3.1 oz of albacor tuna or 9.1oz of light tuna. The FDA recommends 6oz of albocor tuna fish per week. For a person weighing 175lbs: 5.5oz (one can) for albacor tuna. 16oz (nearly 3 cans) for light tuna. The FDA recommendations are nearly double these figures. Three ounces of tuna is about half a can, while Nine ounces is one and a half cans.

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Meditation Boosts Brain Connectivity

New research shows that lack of good brain connectivity, which is associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders, can be mitigated by meditation.

Integrative body-mind training (IBMT) is the form of meditation that a team of Chinese researchers led by Yi-Yuan Tang of Dalian University of Technology in collaboration with University of Oregon psychologist Michael I. Posner tested in their resesarch. “The importance of our findings relates to the ability to make structural changes in a brain network related to self regulation,” explained Posner. “The pathway that has the largest change due to IBMT is one that previously was shown to relate to individual differences in the person’s ability to regulate conflict.” “We believe this new finding is of interest to the fields of education, health and neuroscience, as well as for the general public,” Tang said. Article Source: click here

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BPA Toxin Coats Cash Register Receipts

BPA (a synthetic estrogen like chemical ) has been in the news recently for it’s toxic effects on humans who are exposed to it via plastic baby bottles and water containers. Now new research has found that BPA is effecting us via the paper receipts from your local grocery store, post office etc.

One of the world’s leading research facilities for detecting BPA concentrations, University of Missouri Division of Biological Sciences laboratory, examined 36 receipts to asses their BPA levels and found that over 40% containted BPA. Around 20% had extremely high levels. “We’ve come across potentially major sources of BPA right here in our daily lives,” said Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with EWG (the environmental working group). “When you’re carrying around a receipt in your wallet for months while you intend to return something, you could be shedding BPA into your home, into your environment. If you throw a receipt into a bag of food, and it’s lying there against an apple, or you shove a receipt into your bag next to a baby pacifier, you could be getting all kinds of exposure and not realize it.” The environmental working group (EWG) assessed BPA around the nation and added that “the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found BPA in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans over age 6. EWG analysis of CDC data has found that people who reported working in retail industries had 30 percent more BPA in their bodies than the average U.S. adult, and 34 percent more BPA than other workers. (CDC 2004). As of May 2009, 1 in 17 working Americans — 7 million people — were employed as retail salespersons and cashiers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” With all of this BPA exposure going around many people are wondering how much of it is getting absorbed into the body. Although a spokeswoman from the CDC  explained that “Biomonitoring data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows that exposure to BPA from all sources, which would include typical exposure from receipts, is extremely low,” a study conducted earlier this month concluded that “penetration of the skin depends on the conditions. Extractability experiments did not enable us to conclude whether BPA passes through the skin, but indicated that it can enter the skin to such a depth that it can no longer be washed off.” It is in the best interest of everyone to err on the side of caution until further research can clarify the effects of BPA laden cash register receipts on human health.

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Health Benefits Of Probiotics: Eczema

A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology is reporting that consuming probiotic rich dairy products during and after pregnancy drastically reduces eczema in children.

Researchers at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) authored this newly published ground breaking study on the effects of probiotics on young children.Their conclusions add to the existing data about the many health benefits of probiotics. “The results showed that probiotic bacteria reduced the incidence of eczema in children up to age two years by 40 percent. And the kids in ‘probiotics group’ who did have eczema, had less severe cases,” said Christian Kvikne Dotterud, a student in the Medical Student Research Programme at the Department of Community Medicine at NTNU. The research was performed with over 400 women and their children using an extremely accurate double blind method of testing. All of the women were randomly selected and then split into two groups. One received the probiotic milk, while the other received a placebo. “The taste of both products was similar, and the milk was delivered in unmarked milk cartons. This means that neither the participants in the study or the researchers knew who had received probiotic milk or placebo milk,” explained NTNU researcher Torbjørn Øien, one of the researchers. “We can therefore say with great certainty that it was the probiotic bacteria alone that caused the difference in the incidence of eczema between the two groups.” Article Source: NTNU

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Study Finds That Cashews Fight Diabetes

The long held notion that cashews are naturally anti-diabetic has recently come under scrutiny. New research has just come out supporting the traditional claims that cashew tree products fight diabetes. The study was performed by the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun) and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. Researchers took various parts (seeds, apples, leaves, bark etc.) of cashew trees to test for anti-diabetes properties.

“Of all the extracts tested, only cashew seed extract significantly stimulated blood sugar absorption by muscle cells,” explained Pierre S. Haddad, director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Aboriginal Anti-Diabetic Medicines at the University of Montreal. “Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which can have potential anti-diabetic properties.” “Our study validates the traditional use of cashew tree products in diabetes and points to some of its natural components that can serve to create new oral therapies,” said Haddad who is also the pharmacology professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. This new research is needed to meet the growing demand for diabetes treatment. Among Americans aged 20 years or younger, less than one-quarter of 1% (about 186,300 people) have diabetes, while among Americans aged 20 years or older, 10.7% (23.5 million people) have diabetes. For more statistics, see CDC’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Danger: The Most Toxic Eyeliners

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Here is the list…and feel free too click on each product to visit the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website for more in-depth information about each product.

These toxic eyeliners are more dangerous than 99% of the eyeliners on the market. To make it on this list of the most toxic eyeliners each product must have scientific studies linking it to at least 3 of the 4 following health issues:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/Reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies/Immunotoxicity

Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity,
Endocrine disruption,
Persistence and bioaccumulation,
Organ system toxicity (non-reporductive),
Multiple,
additive exposure sources,
irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs),
enhanced skin absorption,
contamination concerns,
occupational hazards
biochemical or cellular level changes.

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3 Sprinting Medals Earned by HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson in Utah Summer Games

We are pleased to announce that HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson has recently received three medals in the Utah Summer Games while competing against other athletes from his age group (40-44) from around Utah and some from other states. He received a Bronze medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.65 seconds while running against the wind. He received a Silver medal in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.98 seconds, just missing the gold medal by 0.24 seconds. The 400 meter dash (once around the track) was his best event.  He was able to earn a gold medal with a time of 1:03.97. Says Mark, “If I hadn’t earned any medals, I still would have felt like a star.  My wife Jenai and five daughters were right there near the finish line cheering exuberantly.”

Mark has never in his life competed in either the 100 or 200 meter dash, although he did compete in one or two indoor 400 meter races when he was 14 years old.  He very had little idea about how well he would be able to compete at the Summer Games.  “When I got to the starting blocks, I was like hmmm — how do I use those?” Mark prepared for the competition by running quarter mile once per week starting in the winter.  When the competition was one month away, he began training in earnest.  He checked online to learn the best warm-up exercises for sprinters such as the A-skip.  When he trained, he would run two 100′s, two 200′s and two 400′s at the Canyon View High School track in Cedar City, Utah at 6 a.m.  Sometimes, he would take his daughters with him.  They would run or act as starters or timers.  “I wanted my girls to see how a person can work hard for something and then actually accomplish it.” Another key to his preparation was taking the highest possible quality nutritional supplements for muscle building.  After completing a 30 day cleanse, he switched to the Isagenix Athlete’s Pak which consists of delicious IsaLean chocolate and vanilla meal replacement shakes with whey and casein protein, fiber calcium, vitamins and ionic alfalfa as well as Ionix Supreme with adaptogens that help neutralize the effects of power performance, IsaPro whey protein, IsaLean snack bars, and Want More Energy powder.   According to Mark, “The Isagenix products are also used by Willie Gault, a former wide receiver from my all time favorite football team, the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears.  He was also an Olympic champion — from the real Olympics. And many other well known athletes have found success while using Isagenix supplements.” With the all physical and nutritional preparation, Mark was feeling well prepared until two weeks before the event.  “I went to the fitness club and threw out my back somehow while using a squat machine!  This wasn’t just an ordinary back injury — it was the kind of injury that send people home from work for weeks.  As the guys at the office noticed, I walked with a forward hunch and leaning to the right!  I had to ask my daughter to carry my carry-on through the airport since I was too weak to do it.  And I only had two weeks to go before my big day!” Fortunately, Mark was already scheduled to fly to Chicago that day and was able to receive treatment from a woman that he calls, “the best back fixer in the world, Sharon Sauer.”  Ms. Sauer also taught Mark how to use trigger point compression, stretching and range of motion techniques so that he could fix his own back.  In fact, Ms. Sauer has just recently authored a book on the subject of self-care treatment for the back.   “I was using back-fixing techniques on myself regularly, even right up until a few minutes before my races. Mark Axelson hasn’t decided whether he will compete in the Utah Summer Games again next year or not.  “Maybe I will wait five years.”

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Toxins, Toxins, Everywhere Toxins

On June 21, new research showed a direct link between two commonly occurring environmental pollutants. The long since banned PCB, and the still legal PCF chemicals are back in the spotlight. The research was performed by the veterinary surgeon Marianne Kraugerud, and it revealed specifically that both these chemical pollutants are directly linked to reproductive disorders in the sheep from her testing. PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyls) have been banned since the 1970′s but still persist in the environment. Their cousins, PCF’s (perfluorinated compounds) are currently being used in products like Teflon for cooking wares, as well as a fast growing number of of other clothing and food products. Both PCB’s and PCF’s accumulate in the environment over the years and are resistant to breaking down naturally. According to the Environmental Working Group, these chemicals and their byproducts “are toxic in humans with health effects from stroke and cancer to increased cholesterol.” When Marianne Kraugerud presented her research last month she emphasized the need to more thoroughly investigate the dangers of these ever present environmental pollutants. Read more about these and other chemical pollutants at the EWG website.

 

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