What is fluorine and fluoride?Many people associate Fluoride with the periodic element table namesake - fluorine. Fluorine is not the same as fluoride that causes you to envision tooth protection, strong bones, and a government that cares about your dental health.
Fluorine is the chemical element of atomic number 9 (F), a poisonous pale yellow gas of the halogen series. It was discovered as an element in other compounds in the early 1500's by the German physician Georgius Agricola, and isolated in its pure form by Henri Moissan in the late 1800's. Fluorine is the most electronegative (the tendency to attract a bonding pair of electrons) and is reactive with practically all organic and inorganic substances. It is the most corrosive and oxidative of all the elements, causing severe burns on contact with skin. Even water will burn in fluorine with a bright flame.
- An ion is an atom or molecule with more or less electrons than usual, giving it a positive or negative electric charge. Because an ion "wants" to become neutral by acquiring or losing additional electrons, and that's why fluorine is never found in its purest form in nature. Ions usually come in the form of solutions or compounds. There are three types of ions — anions, which are negatively charged, cations, which are positively charged, and radicals, or radical ions, which are highly reactive due to having a large amount of free electrons. This is the category fluorine falls under. Fluorine is a corrosive, oxidative, free radial, poisonous substance.
Fluoride is a compound of fluorine with another element or group, especially a salt of the anion F¯ or an organic compound with fluorine bonded to an alkyl group. Remember, fluorine can bond with almost any element due to its electronegative and oxidizing properties. Compounds containing the negative ion of fluorine are referred to as fluorides.
- Stannous fluoride (SnF2 - tin II fluoride) is tin with two hydrogen atoms combined with fluorine, an ingredient in toothpastes as a "tooth decay preventative" and decrease dental hypersensitivity and are typically more expensive than those that use sodium fluoride.
- Sodium fluoride is a compound of the elements sodium and fluorine with the chemical formula NaF. NaF is a dry compound, soluble salt, which is added to water systems. Sodium fluoride is also an ingredient in toothpaste.
- Fluorosilicic acid - added to water systems that supply small populations. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng1233.html "AVOID ALL CONTACT! Effects of long-term repeated exposure: The substance may have effects on the bones and teeth, resulting in fluorosis."
- Sodium fluorosilicate is made by neutralizing fluorosilicic acid with sodium chloride or sodium sulfate. It is used as an additive for water fluoridation, ore refining, or other fluoride chemical production. http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1701.pdf "Sodium fluorosilicate has not been tested for its ability to cause cancer in animals; has not been tested for its ability to affect reproduction. Repeated high exposure can cause deposits of fluorides in the bones and teeth, a condition called 'Fluorosis'. This can cause pain, disability and mottling of the teeth".
When ingested, the fluoride part of the molecule splits off to form a fluoride ion. This ion is easily absorbed by the body.
Both elemental fluorine and the fluoride ion are highly toxic. Neither fluorine, nor fluoride is considered a necessary dietary element because humans do not require it for growth or to sustain life.
In this article, I want to make you aware of the dangers associated with fluoridation and why fluoride is one of the most pernicious toxins in our water supply.
What you may not know is that the fluoride added to drinking water, mouthwash and toothpaste is a waste product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries, cement, steel and nuclear weapons manufacturing, and a substance toxic enough to be used in rat poison.
- The history of artificial water fluoridation began with the uncontrolled release of industrial fluoride waste into rivers and streams where many communities got their drinking water from. In the late 19th century patents were filed using fluorides to purify and soften water. They claimed that fluoride displaced the minerals that were responsible for water hardness. None of the applicants considered that any of their proposed additions would be toxic or poisonous, even though its toxicity was recognized at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1850’s, when iron and copper factories released it into the air and poisoned plants, animals and people. The 1940’s brought about increased production during the war, which increased industrial wastes. The dumping of wastes into rivers and streams was considered an unjustifiable, but time-honored practice that had to stop, but they had to face the fact that it couldn’t be discontinued at that time.
- More inventive minds realized that instead of dumping fluoride waste into rivers directly, they could earn additional income by more subtle means of disposal. They coordinated between industry, public health services, a number of government departments and researchers who had incentive to conceal evils. Government funds, provided by the Social Security Act of 1935, were used to introduce artificial fluoridation by adding fluorine to the water supply in Cincinnati, Ohio (population 30,000) in 1942. The Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), one of the largest producers of sodium fluoride, was interested in selling it. ALCOA ran several advertisements in the Journal of the American Water Works Association saying sodium fluoride was particularly suitable for the fluoridation of city water supplies and offered to sell it to them. Toxicity information was only for those who handled the chemical at the water works. “Water soluble fluorides are toxic. Do not swallow or inhale. Avoid prolonged contact.” With the growth of fluoridation programs, sodium fluoride was in short supply already in 1951 and prices increased. The Office of Price Stabilization granted higher price ceilings to manufacturers of sodium silicofluoride.
- It was James McClure, a biochemist at the National Institutes of Health, who made the actual proposal to substitute sodium fluosilinate for sodium fluoride as a water fluoridating agent in 1950.
- In June 1951, the State Dental Directors recommended never to refer to “sodium fluoride” as the agent is used for water fluoridation, but most people know it as a trademark for rat poison and insecticide.
- The argument was raised that sodium fluoride is a waste product of their aluminum production, but the Journal of the American Dental Association was quick to publish a denial presented by ALCOA’s Chemical Sales Mgr. in 1955, saying “ We do not sell sodium fluoride directly, but through chemical distributors. A high percentage of sodium fluoride is obtained from phosphate rock and we have no operations involving phosphate rock. Our policy may change from time to time. We are now selling direct and we may sell to municipalities … We manufacture sodium fluoride for sale. Anyone who wants to use it can buy from us, provided our production facilities enable us to supply it and our prices enable us to secure the business”. He contradicted himself.
- Chemical companies developed new uses for sodium fluosilate, the waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. For phosphate fertilizer plants to dispose of silicon tetrafluoride and hydrofluosilicic acid as wastes, they have to convert these chemicals to hydrofluoric acid or some other fluorine compound. But first, the recovery of hydrofluosilicic acid involves essentially the recirculation of scrubbing water until the acid concentration reaches a marketable value.
The industry paid researchers to manufacture fraudulent science to "prove" the safety of fluoride, and carefully planned marketing campaigns in the early 1940’s to persuade Americans to embrace an environmental hazard in an effort to evade massive litigation against industry pollution.
Two hundred million people in the United States are on fluoridated water and those who aren’t are encouraged to supplement with fluoride. The push for fluoridation has nothing to do with the dental health of Americans and everything to do with disposing of a hazardous waste very inexpensively, and make money selling it at the same time.
One of the most visible evidence of fluoride toxicity is dental fluorosis. In 1931, fluoride was found to be the cause of “mottled teeth” in humans. The chief chemist of ALCOA’s New Kensington plant near Pittsburg, Harry V. Churchill, proved the presence of fluoride in the water of districts afflicted with dental fluorosis near the Allegheny River. Fluorine had been discharged into the Allegheny River and he measured a concentration not greater than 1 part per million. It was assumed, “Probably not harmful and on the other hand may be positively beneficial …" and excused because small amounts of fluorine in the water could have come from certain rock formations”.
Today, it is an extremely common disorder characterized by hypo-mineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of fluoride during enamel formation. In the extra-cellular environment of amelogenesis, the development and maturing of enamel, protein, ameloblastins, enamelins, and tuftelins direct the mineralization of enamel to form a highly organized matrix of rods, interrod crystal, and protein. Fluoride alters how amelogenin is enzymatically broken down and the rate at which the subsequent breakdown products are removed, and indirectly alter the action of protease via a decrease in the availability of free calcium ions in the mineralization environment. This results in the formation of enamel with less mineralization. It is marked by white specks and mottling of the teeth.
Dental fluorosis, while considered a mere cosmetic issue, is a warning sign that more harmful, invisible metabolic effects are taking place. In the United States, 58% of adolescents have signs of fluoride toxicity, 20% of those have moderate dental fluorosis, and 2% have severe dental fluorosis due to water fluoridation. That's a huge number. In moderate to severe fluorosis, teeth are physically damaged. The pits, bands, and loss of areas of enamel seen in severe fluorosis are the result of damage to the severely hypo-mineralized, brittle and fragile enamel which occurs after they erupt into the mouth. If severe, calcification of the ligaments also occurs. In truth, fluoridation does not prevent cavities or stop them from progressing, improve or lower the incidence of dental cavities. If anything, it increases the risk of tooth decay. We can stop this by discontinuing the fluoridation of water.
Fluoride displaces iodine from the thyroid, because iodine and fluorine are both halogens. Other halogen elements in the periodic table include chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), and astatine (At). Without iodine, you cannot make active thyroid hormones and this causes thyroid problems. If you are not currently hypothyroid, drinking fluoridated water may increase the risk of developing thyroid problems and if you are hypothyroid, consider that your water source may be the cause.
Fluoride is a poison that sabotages your mitochondria's ability to create cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and an enzymatic reactor, meaning it reacts with enzymes in your body.
Fluoride is contributing to cancer, heart disease, diabetes (insulin resistance) and obesity.
Many independent scientists consistently find and now recognize, fluoride is a neurotoxin. When fluoride is added to the water system it also leaches lead out of old pipes, increasing the neurotoxic effects of fluoride. This is no surprise, considering 50 studies have linked fluoride with reduced IQ in children. The latest research shows there's a 5 point drop in IQ in the United States because fluoride in the water and from other sources is harming our brains.
Fluoride is a neurotoxinThe question, therefore, is not if fluoride damages the brain, because we know that it does, but at what dose do we actually see noticeable damage? The latest research by Dr. William Hirzy, a former risk assessment scientist at the EPA, shows a “safe” dose to prevent a 5 IQ point loss is 0.045 mg per day, but no-one should get more than 0.001 mg per day. Daily intakes in excess of about 0.05 mg of fluoride may result in depressed intellectual capability. Many children in the US commonly consume fluoride from a number of sources (i.e., water, food, dental products, medicines and air pollution). Current average mean daily intakes among children in the United States are estimated by EPA to range from about 0.80 mg/day to 1.65 mg/day. There is a considerable margin between the doses known in these studies to cause significant harm (.045) and the doses (.80 - 1.65 mg) that millions of Americans now receive. However, the EPA's own Guidelines for Neurotoxicity Risk Assessment highlights the importance of having a robust margin between the doses of a chemical that cause neurotoxic effects and the doses that humans receive. So, it makes sense that Mr. Hirzy would say, “No-one should get more than 0.001 mg per kg per day.” That is from all sources, not just drinking water. Infants drinking fluoridated water can get a dose 100 times higher than maximum recommended limits. Typically, this would be a cause for major concern, but unfortunately, the EPA has consistently avoided applying the normal rules of risk assessment to fluoride. Why, because they have to keep managing the disposal of this toxic industrial waste.
Fluoride may be similar to lead and mercury in having no threshold below which exposures may be considered safe. We would not think to add arsenic or lead to the water supply, but we do add fluoride which is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic. There is an impact of in utero exposure to fluoride (via drinking water) on cognitive development delay in children. Mild mental retardation is associated with environmental fluoride exposure. There is no ’safe’ amount!
Some people are being harmed and they don't want the fluoride. I have clients who have real problems with fluoride, and chlorine. They can't even take a shower, bath or swim in a pool due to the fluoride and chlorine added to city water because they are so chemically sensitive. Their children are ADHD/ADD, autistic and experience other health problems because fluoride is causing serious problems to the developing brain. There is a correlation between fluoridation and increased ADHD rates in the U.S. We know that it's lowering IQ.
Fluoride's ability to lower IQ in children is just the tip of an iceberg of over 300 animal and human studies that indicate that fluoride is neurotoxic. Fluoride is causing neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's, even though there are no studies currently connecting it to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. http://www.parkinsonsandfluoride.com. Few understand the molecular biology involved and therefore haven't made that connection yet. In the future, that will probably come to pass, but we simply do not have the time to wait for science to catch up.
Fluoride Is an Unapproved DrugFluoride supplements in the form of drops, tablets and lozenges have been on the market since the 1950s, but they've never received FDA approval, as the scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness does not exist. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dental Pediatrics, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) all confessed, after checking their records, “No studies could be found in their files.” Also, the FDA said they had no such studies and that the products in question, which had been prescribed to millions of infants and children since the 1950s, were not FDA approved. When the FDA was petitioned to remove these unapproved fluoride products in 1993, no action was ever taken.
Americans are being medicatedFluoride is given to us in water without individual consent. No doctor is permitted to do that. A dentist can prescribe fluoride for the patients he/she has on record, but they can't do it for everyone. Yet the water districts, who are not legally able to prescribe, do that.
Water fluoridation medicates people without regard for age, weight or medical status. Infants drinking fluoridated water can get a dose100 times higher than maximum recommended limits, even by conservative U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. Infants receiving formula made with fluoridated water are getting hundreds of times more fluoride than breastfed babies. Bear in mind that the EPA does not aim to protect 100 percent of the population, only 90 percent and infants are excluded altogether because they end up getting such a toxic dose. In my opinion, the EPA has not only failed to protect public health, but is actively sabotaging their health everywhere water is fluoridated.
Water Fluoridation Is UnregulatedThere's no federal agency in charge of regulating water fluoridation. The EPA is prohibited by Congress from adding anything to water for the treatment of humans, so they don't add fluoride to water. They just permit it to be done, and they keep the maximum allowable contaminant levels high enough so that it's possible to do it. In 2006, the National Research Council said the maximum contaminant level was too high, but instead of lowering it, the EPA raised it because they realized that there are too many sources of fluoride as a waste byproduct of industry, not the natural mineral everyone thinks they are getting. Companies have to get rid of this toxic substance somehow — by putting it into the drinking water supply and using people as filters to reduce environmental pollution. Not really the right way to go, but that's what's happening. It's a crime against humanity to use us a bio-filters for toxic waste.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) really should regulate fluoride, seeing how it is a drug, yet the agency has continuously deferred regulatory action. The ultimate decision to add fluoride to water is made at the local level by your city's water district. The local people are supposed to do all the scientific research, yet most people don't typically have a science background, and yet are expected to evaluate the science on something that's given to everyone without freedom of choice. They're making this decision for you, and doing the FDA's job of deciding whether fluoride, a drug, is safe and effective or not. However, to a large extent, they are relying on the CDC, and the CDC is relying on the American Dental Association. It’s the American Dental Association’s job to protect dentists, and dentists make a significant amount of money on fluoride.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared water fluoridation one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Most dentists are proponents of water fluoridation because it is purported to decrease your risk of dental cavities. How do dentists make money on fluoridation if it prevents decay? Because it doesn't prevent decay and it causes damage to teeth. Plus, the amount of money charged in the dental office for fluoride treatments is significant. I have something to say about alternative dentistry at the bottom of this article.
You maybe looking for a way to remove fluoride from your drinking water.Fluoride is a very small molecule, making it tremendously difficult to filter out once added to your water supply. Fluoride can be removed from drinking water, but most commercial water filters do not filter out the fluoride.
The three methods recommended for removing fluoride from drinking water by the EPA and WQA-Certified Water Treatment Products which use activated alumina filter media, bone char carbon filter, and reverse osmosis systems. Regular carbon filters will not remove fluoride as some claim they do, like Brita. If you have a house water carbon filtration system that has a large volume of carbon, then it may reduce the fluoride as fluoride removal is in direct proportion to the amount of fluoride and the time it's in contact with the media. It's just not going to get it all. A double multi-media cartridge filter system is needed to allow proper contact time for effective fluoride removal. The substance in the activated alumina filter cartridges is aluminum oxide, which is the same chemical substance as sapphire and rubies, but without the impurities (this is not aluminum).
The more effective filtering systems for fluoride removal are hazardous for other reasons:
Reverse osmosis (RO). The drawback is that it removes valuable minerals and trace elements as well and makes the water acidic, which is very detrimental. RO systems also need frequent cleaning to avoid bacterial growth because bacteria feed on the nutrients the filters remove. Those nutrients should be going into you! So, I do not recommend reverse osmosis.
Water distillation which, like RO, gets everything out, including beneficial minerals and makes the water acidic. I do not recommend distilled water. I drank distilled water for several years, thinking it was the best thing, but when my combined urine and saliva pH measured 4.5, and it felt like battery acid was flowing through my muscles, I realized my error.
You can add back minerals to restructure the water but it is expensive and ineffective because most mineral supplements are not absorbable and not all the minerals and trace elements are restored, or in the proper proportions with their synergy and cofactors in tact. We can’t reproduce what nature has already provided.
Other options include
Vitasalus/Equinox Products offers the FluorideMaster™ Whole House Fluoride Water Filtration System. It utilizes an effective chemical-free, state-of–the-art, highly-specialized fluoride removal system. Utilizing premium-grade FluoriSorb™ media, it is designed to completely remove or significantly reduce fluoride, sediment and/or particulate matter from all of the water entering your home for 3 years or 300,000 gallons. The FluorideMaster™ system uses over 70 pounds of premium-grade FluoriSorb™ media (known as Hydroxyapatite/Bone Char) which significantly outperform other fluoride reduction filtration systems that use "activated alumina". The reviews I have read say, "FluorideMaster™ is one of the highest quality and most affordable whole house fluoride water filtration systems available on the market." Website: http://www.equinox-products.com/FluorideMaster.htm
Pure Earth Technologies, Inc. offers fluoride water filters for city water, and fluoride water filter cartridges. Website: http://www.pure-earth.com/fluoride-water-filters.htm
Crystal Quest® Fluoride Water Filters utilize high capacity synthetic adsorbent media that is highly selective for fluoride, lead and arsenic. Website: http://crystalquest.com/Fluoridefilters.htm
FriendsofWater.com provides the 2 or 3-canister water filters for removing fluoride removing. Website: http://www.friendsofwater.com/Fluoride_Filters.html
Note: WholeFamilyHealthandNutrition.com is not affiliated in any way with the manufacturers of the products mentioned above. This information is provided as a courtesy. You are responsible to research and educate yourself, and decide the best course of action for you.
When water travels through pipes, the spin changes the molecular structure of water and makes it less absorbable by cells. If you are drinking, still thirsty and bloated, it is an indication that your water is not hydrating cells and pooling in the spaces between cells. I can help you correct this problem, so you can get the optimum hydration your body needs. It's easy and inexpensive.
I would be happy to assist you in your search for the healthiest drinking water solution for your family.
Clearly, the simplest, most effective, most economical strategy is not to put fluoride in the water to begin with.
I used to live in a row home with city water and I became more seriously ill with every passing year. The tap water I drank and bathed in for eleven years was chlorinated and fluorinated, but also the air was toxic with exhaust and industrial pollution. When I couldn't tolerate it anymore, we moved to the top of a mountain surrounded by state forest and county watershed lands. We have well water and the air is clean to breathe. We've lived here almost 20 years and my health has never been better. Not everyone can move to a more healthy environment, but if you can, I highly recommend it.
You maybe looking for a new dentist
On the subject of dentists and hygienists, my family has gone to a biological dentist for the past 25 years, aka holistic dentistry, biologic dentistry, alternative dentistry, unconventional dentistry or biocompatible dentistry. It is the equivalent of complementary and alternative medicine - for dentistry.
Holistic dentistry recognizes the strong connection between oral health and general health. It emphasizes approaches to dental care that consider dental health in the context of the patient's entire physical and emotional health. Although the holistic dental community is diverse in its practices and approaches, they have a common strong opposition to the use of mercury amalgam in dental fillings, use nonsurgical approaches to gum disease, and believe that root canals may endanger the systemic health of the patient through the spread of bacteria trapped in the cavitations to the rest of the body. Many dentists who use these terms also regard water fluoridation unfavorably.
My children are grown and have no cavities or dental problems. They are truly healthy and don't get colds or infections. I think it is because they are not exposed to certain things, like fluoride, chlorine, pollution, toxins, medicines, etc. I want that for your children too.
True cavity prevention requires addressing your diet, because cavities develop in response to an abnormality in your oral micro-biome. Moreover, since your mouth is part of your gut, it is also a gut micro-biome issue. I can help you with that also.
2017 Fluoride ConferenceIn 2016, The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology petitioned the FDA to remove all sources of fluoride from the market. FAN is trying to at least reduce, if not eliminate, the amount of fluoride that people are ingesting nationwide. On February 27, 2017, the EPA published their response. It was denied because FAN had not done a comprehensive analysis of all the uses of fluoride. In their decision, the EPA claimed: “The petition has not set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride in the U.S. through the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to drinking water or otherwise from fluoride exposure in the U.S." Fluoride is used in so many areas, like pesticides, post-harvest fumigants, medications, dental products, water, toothpastes, so to do a comprehensive analysis of all sources is virtually impossible and the EPA has never done it.
Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), along with a coalition of environmental and public health groups has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to their denial of FAN’s petition under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) seeking a ban on water fluoridation. For too long, EPA has let politics rules over science on the fluoride issue. FAN welcomes having these issues considered by a federal court, where scientific evidence has a better chance of being weighed objectively.
Many believe this lawsuit is an unprecedented opportunity to end the practice once and for all in the U.S., and potentially throughout the world, based on the well-documented neurotoxicity of fluoride. This case will present the first time a court will consider the neurotoxicity of fluoride and the question of whether fluoridation presents an unreasonable risk under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). And, in contrast to most other legal challenges of Agency actions, TSCA gives FAN the right to get the federal court to consider the more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health as evidence ‘de novo’ — meaning federal courts are to conduct their own independent review of the evidence. FAN and the EPA will stand on equal footing, and the court will not have to give deference to a government agency, which is typically the case. I believe an impartial judge reviewing this evidence will agree that fluoridation poses an unreasonable risk. I am hopeful the court will see reason.
FAN’s relentless effort to get the U.S. government to take fluoride's neurotoxicity seriously is drawing attention to this issue. For many years, American regulatory and research agencies have failed to finance research to reproduce the more than 300 studies undertaken by other countries that have found fluorides neurotoxic harm to the brain, but now the U.S. government is funding several important toxicology studies, including a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded fluoride/brain study.
As shown by its support for these new neurotoxicity studies, our own government has acknowledged the risk fluoride poses to our children. If proponents cannot cite primary scientific studies (not bogus reviews conducted by pro-fluoridation agencies) that gives them the confidence to ignore or dismiss the evidence that fluoride damages the brain, as documented in over 300 animal and human studies, including 50 IQ studies, then fluoridation should be halted immediately, and should under no circumstances ever be initiated again.
More than 460 communities throughout the world have ended existing fluoridation programs or rejected new efforts to fluoridate either by council vote or citizen referendum since 1990. For the first time in more than 40 years, the U.S. population served by community water systems receiving fluoridated water (natural and artificial) has decreased, from 74.6 percent to 66.3 percent. Since January 2016 alone, FAN has confirmed that at least 33 communities with nearly a million collective residents voted to end fluoridation, bringing the number of victories since 2010 to at least 225 communities,15 representing approximately 6.5 million people. Since 2010, 220 communities have rejected water fluoridation. Most of these victories were the result of citizens organizing local campaigns and voicing their opposition to public officials. Many have been working in coordination with FAN or educating their neighbors and local decision makers about the serious health risks associated with the practice. Some of the latest victories in the U.S. include: 30,000 in Maine, 157,428 in New Mexico, 10,120 in Oregon, 25,000 in Virginia, and 26,000 in Pennsylvania.
If you want to learn more about how you can get involved to prevent or end water fluoridation in your community, join FAN's fluoride conference in Washington D.C. September 16-17, 2017. It is open to anyone who's interested. Bookmark FAN's website, FluorideAlert.org and check back for more information about this conference.
We are aware of the use of Roundup as a herbicide since the early 1980's, which contains glyphosate. However, during the past it has been used as a drying agent sprayed on the crops 7-10 days before harvest. Wheat ripens unevenly in fields, so pre-harvest application of Roundup kills the wheat so the greener parts of the field can be harvested with the more mature, allowing for an earlier harvest. Also, this practice increases profits for the farmer because wheat exposed to glyphosate releases more seeds as it dies, resulting in slightly higher yields. Less moisture in withered, dead wheat plants makes it less taxing on farm equipment, saving the farmer money on maintenance and harvest time.
Just because you don't experience symptoms immediately, doesn't make it nontoxic. Beneficial gut bacteria, also called probiotics, are essential for human health. These flora (plants) aid digestion, maintain intestinal wall integrity, synthesize vitamins, and are the foundation for immunity. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimic acid pathway, which is a seven step metabolic route used by bacteria for the biosynthesis of critical aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan). It also inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut micro-biome, which catalyze many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids, and other lipid components. CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they also detoxify a multitude of synthetic chemical compounds (xenobiotics) that are foreign to the body. This makes us more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and toxins we encounter. Herbicides kill gut flora, which predisposes to intestinal wall permeability (Leaky Gut) and autoimmune diseases. Glyphosate exposure through ingestion of its residues in industrialized food products over months and years causes inflammation to gradually build up in the cellular systems of the body.
Your lack of symptoms from eating wheat means nothing. You may not be feeling the effects of consuming conventional wheat as yet, but it would be very wise to avoid it in your diet now, so you don't have to wish you had later. The increases in the incidence of celiac disease is not genetic in nature, but due to the gradual destruction of the gut micro biome and intestinal epithelium. The increased amount of glyphosate applied to wheat crops just before harvest, concentrates in the grains to dry them out and this closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. When symptoms are not completely alleviated by eliminating gluten, it is evidence that the intestinal wall has been severely damaged and more must be done to restore health.
The only safe wheat is organic Spelt, Kamut or Einkorn wheat, which is the original non-hybrodized wheat that has remained pure for over 12,000 years.
Lifestyle and dietary driven diseases cause twice as many deaths as infectious diseases, globally. Today, grocery store shelves are filled with boxes, cans and bags of wheat and corn disguised in literally hundreds of thousands of different food-like products, or FrankenFoods. These are scientifically engineered edible products that have been developed over the past 65 years.
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Stress can be both positive and negative. Eustress is a positive stressor such as getting married, moving, going on vacation, getting a promotion at work, a surprise party and making new friends. Distress is a negative stressor which are frustrating, traumatic, and unpleasant situations that induce the emotions of fear, anger, and shock. Other stressors include anything that threatens survival like malnutrition, sleep deprivation, infection, medication, dehydration, excessive exercise, toxic beliefs, negative self talk, and un-forgiveness. Stressors are physical or emotional responses that trigger a physiological reaction to stress. The body responds to internal and external stressors in predictable biological patterns, so that internal balance, or homeostasis, can be maintained or restored.
Dr. Hans Seyle divides GAS into three stages, but I have identified four stages.
The alarm stage is the body’s initial reaction to stress it labels as a threat or danger to balance. It immediately activates the fight or flight response system, and releases “stress” hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol). These hormones enable you to have abilities you don’t usually have, like more speed, strength and greater pain tolerance. The body wants things to be resolved quickly and easily, so it releases hormones in its response to stress because they act immediately. However, the body’s ability to control or reduce stress has its limits. The survival mode, fight or flight mechanism is designed to last not longer than four minutes, because something will happen within 2-4 minutes. Either you will get away or the enemy will kill you.
The alarm stage is the body’s reaction to sudden exposure to anything it has not qualitatively or quantitatively adapted. In other words, something the body has not evolved with. Then the body responds to an immediate threat or challenge by going into shock phase and then counter shock phase of the alarm stage. Shock occurs when the body experiences a drop in its resistance to the stressor leading to a release of adrenaline, an increase in heart rate, and a decrease in muscle tone, body temperature, and blood sugar. Counter shock occurs when the body reverses most of the physiological signs of the shock phase, leading to an increase in blood volume, blood sugar, and temperature. These phases can last from a few minutes to 24 hours depending on the intensity of the stressor.
As the body goes through the phases of the alarm stage, defensive mechanisms are activated through the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis to fight against the stressors. The HPA axis unites glands, hormones, cytokines, glucose regulation, other metabolic processes and parts of the brain that deviate the GAS into a complex set of feedback interactions among the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenals. This forms a major part of the neuroendocrine system. The endocrine system controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, such as digestion, immune function, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and use. The hypothalamus activates adrenal functions and prepares the body for fight or flight by increasing heart rate and blood flow to the muscles, heart, and brain.
Symptoms associated with the alarm stage include heart palpitations, shallow breathing, muscle tension in lower back and neck, nausea, anxiety, dizziness, sweating, and numbness of the limbs. Continued exposure to stressors cause the body to transition from the alarm stage to the resistance stage of General Adaption Syndrome.
The resistance stage is when the body attempts to return to normal after the physiology has responded to the stressor, because the stress level has been reduced or eradicated. The fight or flight response robs the body of its vital force and makes it weaker. It needs to allocate energy to the repair of damaged muscle tissues and lower the production of stress hormones. The body remains on-guard, even though it has shifted to this second stage of the stress response, especially when the cause of stress persists. The body could respond again to the threat, but not as strong as during the initial response.
The body was not designed to live in a state of chronic stress. Living in survival mode every day is causing the symptoms many people suffer and those symptoms are the body’s way of telling them that their lifestyle is not working for them. Medication tells the body to ‘shut-up,’ but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Chronic stress exhausts the body’s limited energy supply and reduces its ability to handle future stressors. Chronic stress has the potential to interfere with your enjoyment of life, your ability to perform ordinary daily activities, causes you to age more quickly, and dramatically increases your susceptibility to chronic illness and diseases. Dr. Hans Selye says, “Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.” He observed how stress affects the human body through aging and other natural body processes that occur as we encounter stressors in our daily lives.
Prolonged stress continually activates the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, affecting hormone balance and cell mediators. Cortisol is the primary glucocorticoid hormone involved in the adaptation process that helps maintain homeostasis and stimulates the release of other hormones to maintain balance. Cortisol is released by the adrenals in response to stress to regulate physiological reactions to stress, but continued release of cortisol affects hypothalamic and pituitary feedback loops in a way that can lead to persistent activation. HPA axis activation and cortisol issues can persist for years, affecting most major body systems; gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, and immune systems. Stress can affect physical, behavioral, and neurophsychiatric function.
The adaptation stage is when the body tries to function with the status quo, but with much lower performance in an attempt to ration all available resources in order to survive. This is the gateway to chronic illness, and makes itself known through chronic symptoms, which can lead to chronic health problems and disease if not resolved immediately.
You enter the exhaustion stage when tissues in the body become susceptible to dysfunction. During this stage, the stress has been persistent for so long that the body begins to lose its ability to combat stressors and reduce their harmful impact because the adaptive energy is exhausted. This is physiological burn-out, which shows up as chronic health problems and disease conditions.
Think of yourself as a plant. When a plant receives the proper amount of light, moisture, nutrients from healthy soil and is protected from damage by external elements, it is able to thrive. It produces phytochemicals that repel insects that would eat it. The healthy plant would enjoy a state of homeostasis.
When a plant is deprived of any one of the things it requires to stay healthy, it stresses the plant and homeostasis is threatened. This is the alarm stage.
The resistance stage is an attempt to survive, the plant begins to slow down its metabolic processes to need less water, nutrients or sun while waiting for conditions to improve.
When conditions do not improve, the plant tries to adapt to the prolonged stress. This is when parasites, viruses, bacteria, molds and fungus invade the plant and the weakened immune system cannot defend it against the pathogens. Think about it! Mold and fungus grow on dying and dead things. Many of these invaders were designed to decompose a dead body. What does that tell you about the state of your health when yeast infections occur?
When the plants resources are exhausted, systems begin to break down and the plant begins to succumb to disease. Restoring the plant to homeostasis at this point is not impossible, but it will take a tremendous amount of time, effort, close attention, a carefully planned strategy, experimentation, re-adjusting, expense and patience to obtain optimum results. There are two approaches to this.
A holistic plant doctor will notice the undesirable changes, identify the problem, develop a plan of action and provide the appropriate remedy; the correct amount of pure water, organic nutrients, the proper exposure to real sunlight. The plant instantly responds and has a better chance for a full recovery and thrive because it receives and recognizes these nutrients in the forms that nature intended and it was designed to utilize.
The other kind of plant doctor will medicate the plant with pesticide to kill the bugs, apply synthetic nutrients and put it under an artificial grow light. The plant may survive longer than if nothing was done, but it will never be truly healthy and present with a false or artificial appearance of 'health'.
The effects of chronically high levels of cortisol due to chronic stress:
Under normal conditions, plasma cortisol peaks just before awaking and decreases throughout the day. When cortisol levels are weak upon waking, this can indicate HPA axis disruption. Cortisol secretion should ideally peak between 6-8 am, with a natural decline throughout the day and the lowest levels achieved between 9pm-12am.
• Cortisol levels increasing between 80-100 indicates accelerating activity.
• Levels decreasing from 100-50 indicates decelerating activity, usually mid-afternoon, when people reach for coffee to get through the day.
• Winding down occurs when levels decrease further, to 30.
• Physical repair occurs when cortisol levels are around 20-10 and below 10 psychological repair occurs.
My personal experience: I progressed into the exhaustive stage, after a three decades of prolonged chronic stress, when cortisol levels are always high, resulting in two more decades of chronic illness and disease conditions. The phases of awake and sleep became blurred, so that I existed somewhere between ‘asleep and awake’ most of the day. I couldn’t get sleep and when I did, I didn’t sleep for very long or well (not restorative or rejuvenating). I was a zombie during the day.
Salivary cortisol monitoring throughout the day can provide valuable clinical information. Patients who are under stress may have surges of cortisol that are superimposed on the innate circadian patterns. HPA activation can affect normal sleep cycles, and the lack of sleep can alter HPA axis function and the glucocorticoid feedback loop. Supporting hypothalamus and pituitary sensitivity to cortisol, maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm, and supporting limbic system activity to reduce inappropriate threat perception is key to achieving clinical goals. The limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).
Stress can affect the function of metabolic processes regulated by the HPA axis. Changes in metabolic function may be adaptive at first, but on-going stress necessitates additional support from various metabolic parameters. We are familiar with ‘adrenal fatigue’ and focus on supporting adrenal function, however, the effects of stress impact more than just the adrenals. Focusing on cortisol and adrenal function may overly simplify complex interactions among several systems and overlook the contributions of the central nervous system, environmental factors, and other metabolic factors.
The clinical utility of identifying the stages of General Adaptation Syndrome is helpful, however, it never occurs in its pure form, but is always complicated by superimposed specific actions of the eliciting stressors. The impact of stress is a spectrum that has an individualized and varied outcome. Individuals react differently to stress. The impact of stress is unique to each person and it can manifest through a range of symptoms which are affected by blood type, nutritional status, sleep, past exposure to stress (PTSD) and other differences. Approximately 90% of visits to primary care physicians are stress-related. The spectrum of responses to stress resistance as the body progresses through these four stages are a guideline.
Early-stage symptoms in response to high stress levels include, appearing high strung, anxious or agitated, occasional sleeplessness, but little fatigue (tired, but wired) and higher pulse.
Laboratory values - check cortisol, DHEA, blood pressure and blood glucose.
Mid-stage symptoms in response to moderate stress levels include, being tired.
Laboratory values - check serotonin.
Late-stage symptoms in response to low level stress include, fatigue/exhaustion, very tired in the evening, occasional sleeplessness (difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep), low pulse, low body temperature, chronic pain.
Laboratory values - check cortisol, DHEA, serotonin and blood pressure.
Understanding the impact of stress on the HPA axis will help to accurately assess common and complex symptoms within various stress response stages. Being able to recognize and respond appropriately to eliminate stressful stimuli is the first step to recovering your energy, restorative sleep and creating a healthy stress response. Health professionals should assess a patient’s stressors and identify symptoms associated with each stage of the General Adaptation Syndrome, but of all 23 doctors I have been to, conventional and alternative alike, not one has ever mentioned it.
Supporting proper functioning of the HPA axis should be a critical goal for patients. Appropriately-designed nutritional, behavioral and lifestyle support are critical to help support healthy HPA axis function and restore homeostasis. Specific recommendations differ based on the stage of stress resistance. Generally speaking, movement on a regular basis that is appropriate for your biochemistry, establish regular bed times and obtain optimum sleep, practice relaxation on a daily basis, stop smoking, avoid alcohol and sugar, increase food quality and remove foods that are not biocompatible with your blood type. I provide a comprehensive, yet flexible, and individualized approach to client coaching.
Note: Cortisol is a steroid hormone, in the glucocorticoid class, that your body makes naturally. When used as a medication, it is known as hydrocortisone. When the body is continually bombarded with steroid, it can develop something called 'Topical Steroid Withdraw' or 'Red Skin Syndrome.' See article.
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Suzanne Humphries, MD, is a conventionally educated medical doctor who was a Nephrologist, a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that concerns itself with the study of the kidney. She participated in the conventional medicinal system from 1989 until 2011. During those years she observed how often that approach failed patients and created new diseases. She left conventional medicine to research the many problems she saw with the mainstream medical theory, to write, and open a holistic medical practice.
Many people are infected with invasive Candida and don't know that the symptoms they suffer with greater frequency, intensity and duration are caused by yeast overgrowth and leaky gut. Those who figure out that they have Candida yeast overgrowth promptly arm themselves with doctor prescribed anti-fungal medications. When that approach doesn't produce the desired results, they arm themselves with internet articles, suggestions from lots of people and a bit of willpower, trying every kind of self-prescribed supplement they can find and the Candida Diet. They experience repeated trial and error, relief and then relapse at great expense to their finances, quality of life, relationships and ultimately their health. Very rarely, if ever, does anyone fully recover. They stay infected with Candida, but are unaware because each of their symptoms is given a different diagnosis (label) and treatment that does not address the underlying cause — Systemic Candidiasis and Leaky Gut.
If this sounds like you, you are not alone. 80% of Americans suffer with this, but it hides behind other names, like arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism, multiple chemical sensitivity, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, athletes feet, food allergies, emphysema, PMS, IBS, IBD, Colitis, Crohn's, and the list goes on and on.
You try the Candida Diet, not knowing that you can’t starve Candida. Your ultra-strict, anti-Candida Diet isn't working because, if you stop eating carbohydrates (a Ketogenic Diet), Candida will move into your tissues and turn the glycogen in your muscles back into glucose to feed itself. Candida will literally eat you. It was designed to decompose your body in the grave, so you can't starve this wee-beast, but it will starve you.
You second guess yourself, thinking maybe you didn’t try hard enough, use the right combinations of supplements, or give these things enough time to be fully effective? No, because if these things were going to work, they would have done so by now. I speak from 30 years of personal experience. I tried everything they’ve tried for years, and like you, I got progressively worse with each passing year.
You are not getting well because the prescriptions and products you use cause more damage to the walls of your intestines, while causing the yeast to mutate into an invasive fungal form, invade your body through a leaky gut wall, spread throughout your organs wreaking havoc with the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and other systems, feast on your tissues, produce toxic waste and travel to your brain, where it causes every kind of emotional, physiological and psychological symptom; migraine headaches, chronic depression, Bipolar disorder …
Many people are looking for an “easy,” inexpensive and relatively quick way to beat their chronic yeast infection. If that’s you, I’m not the person you are looking for. However, if you are 100% serious and committed to regaining your health, I am here for you. I am ready to match your seriousness and commitment, and help you reach your goals.
Reversing this process involves more than just taking a few products and changing your diet to beat Candida. My total body approach includes all of who you are as a person — mind, body and soul, because it's all connected. Together, we will address all the things that predisposed you to becoming sick in the first place. You will become educated, aware and want to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will serve you well for the rest of your life.
You can't rush healing, so it will take 4-12 months or more, depending upon how advanced your Systemic Candidiasis is and how determined you are, but I expect you to start feeling better sooner than you think. The body has the miraculous ability to heal in a very short amount of time as compared to how long you've been ill. I was, and still am amazed, after being sick for more than 30 years and spending over $200,000 on pills, physicians and treatments that didn't work, that my gut healed in 3 months and my brain healed in 24 months. I didn't think I would live to be 50, but now I feel better in my 50's than I did at 20. I need to live another 50 years, because I just started living! I am me for the first time in my life and I feel FABULOUS! Feeling this good is addictive and I never want to lose my health again.
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"What does it feel like to be chronically ill?" How do you answer that question for someone who is healthy?
Most healthy people begin their day with an unlimited amount of energy and possibilities for their day. When you are healthy, you expect to have sustained energy throughout the day to do the things you need to accomplish and the things you desire to do.
A spoon represents each task you have to do. You begin each day with a list of tasks (spoons), including the most simple ones, self care, chores, errands, and fun things to do. It's important to know how many spoons you have, because some of them may need to be set aside during your day based on importance.
You don't just jump out of bed, take a shower and get dressed because you have to transfer to a wheelchair using your arms. You have to push your manual wheelchair to the bathroom and transfer again to the toilet, using your arms. Then you have to transfer back to the wheelchair, and hope the wheel locks stay secure so it doesn't move while you are in the middle of transferring. It's no longer under warranty and your insurance won't pay to fix it again. You are not eligible to get a new one for two more years. You feel drained from transferring three times and used up three spoons just to go to the bathroom. Your too tired to transfer to and from a shower chair and dry off, so you skip the shower and save three spoons for something else.
You have to take medication with food, so you must eat. Your arms just moved your body instead of your legs, and now they need to wheel you to the kitchen and put together a meal. You've used two more spoons to do one task, breakfast, because reaching high and low, cost you more than one spoon. You set the clean up after breakfast spoon aside. If you don't take your medication, you may as well set the rest of your spoons aside.
Getting dressed uses up three more spoons. You wear clothes that are easy to put on with with hands that hurt too much to work buttons and chronic pain everywhere else. My body temperature is low, so I need to put on more clothes. You feel drained because it took you three hours to do what a healthy person can easily accomplish in an hour or less, with energy to spare. If you are going to the doctors office or to meet a friend for lunch, more effort goes into what you present to the world outside your door. You use another spoon. The accessible van is late picking you up and you sit waiting for it to come and take you home. People will waste your spoons. Preparing for the worst is part of a real day, so you take your laptop to pass the time. Typing uses another spoon. The time is spent and you are too tired to make dinner, so you conserve your energy for two more transfers for the toilet and then one more for bed. If you don't get to bed on time, it will take spoons from tomorrow before you ever wake up. The only reason you didn't have to get on the potty more is because you have a bladder catheter, which saves you energy. If your bladder spasms during the day, causing excruciating pain, which drains your energy. When it's over, you change out of soaked pants and get a shower, clean your wheelchair and the floor, so that uses 4 spoons.
You didn't go to the grocery store or the bank. You didn't do laundry or clean your home. Some days are better or worse than others. If you push it slightly beyond your energy level one day, your body crashes for days, forcing you to recharge your batteries.
Every detail of your day needs to be thought out because there are things you MUST do and things that you should do, but don't have the energy and time for. Fun gets traded for rest, in hopes that you can keep from using tomorrows energy, today. You may not be need a wheelchair, but the principle is exactly the same because parts of your body don't function like they should, which takes more time and energy. There are things you need to do to function "normally" that other people don't have to think about and take for granted, like being able to go to the bathroom, bathe, get dressed, eat, climb steps, get in and out of an automobile, write a letter or type an email. Chronic illness forces you to slow down, prioritize and not try to do everything.
You remember what it was like to just go and do. You feel left out because you need to stay home and rest, so you don't get weak and crash or catch a cold or the flu. You don't get things done that you need to, much less want to do.
Now, instead of each spoon representing what you have to do in one hour, it represents what you have the energy to do a twelve hour period, depending upon how you feel. Instead of just thinking and doing, you have to plan every detail of your day and make choices others don't have to. You miss freedom and not having to count your spoons.
You don't have time or spoons to waste, so you choose carefully what to use them for. If your friend with chronic illness or disability takes the time and effort to spend time with you, now you understand how much you mean to them and what a gift that is. Hopefully, you will not take your health for granted and choose a slower paced life before something happens to make you slow down.
People ask when are you going to get better? The truth is you might not, or you may get worse. Restoring your health after years or a lifetime of chronic illness is like turning a huge ship. It takes skill with the right information, time, patience, work and focus.
What does "health" feel like? Ample energy for the tasks of the day. Others focused. No pain anywhere. A smile without effort. joy - just because. Living in the present and looking forward to the future, without stress, fear or frustration. When someone asks how you are, you can honestly say, "Fantastic!" When you lose your health, it's a slow process over many years and then something breaks. When health is restored, after many years of chronic illness, it doesn't take long to lose what you've gained. Be vigilant to hold onto your health and value it like your most prized possession, because it truly is.
The "Spoon Theory" was first expressed by Christine Miserandino, but I suffered with chronic illness for 30 years, cared for people with disabilities and had a best friend with MS during the last 17 years, while I was sick. It's the story for every person with chronic illness or disability.
If you have questions, email email@example.com to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. JVW