This Food Has 180 Times the Fluoride of Drinking Water

This Food Has 180 Times the Fluoride of Drinking Water

by Dr. Mercola

Jeff Green has been an activist in the movement to eliminate toxic  fluoride from your water supply for the past 15 years.

With more than 60 percent of U.S. water supplies currently fluoridated,  chances are you’re one of the 170 million Americans who drink fluoride on a  daily basis.

In a previous interview, Green delved into the sordid history that made water  fluoridation a reality in the first place.

If you missed it, I highly recommend taking the time to watch  it now.

But fluoridated water is not the sole source of harmful fluoride. Here, the  discussion focuses on some of the lesser-known sources of fluoride exposure.

A Primary Source of Fluoride: Your Food!

While toothpaste and drinking water would appear to be the leading sources of  fluoride exposure, probably the most common source of exposure is  actually non-organic foods! The reason for this is because of the  widespread use of fluoride-based pesticides.

According to Green, non-organic food could account for as much as one-third  of the average person’s fluoride exposure!

This is important, as many people are under the mistaken assumption that by  avoiding fluoridated water, they’ve eliminated the primary source of fluoride.  But if you’re still eating conventionally-farmed foods, your fluoride exposure  is still likely very high. Green explains:

“Cryolite is actually sodium aluminum  fluoride… This sodium aluminum fluoride is especially effective at killing bugs.  It’s also very sticky, so when they spray it, it’s more likely to stick  on your produce, unless you’re… really working at trying to get it off of it. As  time has gone on, and… everybody said fluoridation must be really great, they  ramped up the amount of residue [allowed on food] from these fluoride-based  pesticides. They have petitioned the EPA to be able to allow it, and they come  out with larger and larger [allowable] amounts.”

Amazingly, based on the assumed safety of such fluoride-based  pesticides, iceberg lettuce can now contain a whopping 180  parts per million (ppm) of fluoride—that’s 180 times higher than what’s  recommended in drinking water!

“The assumption is that on a head of lettuce,  you’re going to peel off those outer layers and you’re not going to eat much of  that. Whether you do or not; that’s up to you… Romaine lettuce and what we call  leaf lettuce are allowed to have 40 ppm, with the assumption that it’s down  inside there and you’re going to have to do more cleaning. But because it’s so  sticky, it’s almost impossible [to wash off] unless you go back to the old ideas  of the Fuller brush… produce brushes that you… scrape this stuff off with. The  majority of people don’t make that extra effort to be able to take it  off.”

Citrus fruits are allowed to be contaminated with 95 ppm of sodium aluminum  fluoride. Potatoes may have 22 ppm on the outside and up to 2 ppm on the inside.  Raisins can have up to 55 ppm. But of all the foods, grapes are perhaps  one of the foremost sources of fluoride exposure.

Bet you would not have guessed that!

Grapes are a major source of fluoride because, first of all, they’re heavily  sprayed with cryolite, and second, white grape juice is typically used as the  base, or filler juice, in all sorts of juice drinks. So if you drink any kind of  juice on a regular basis, you’re probably getting hefty doses of cryolite, i.e.  fluoride-based pesticide… Cereals, mechanically deboned meats, and black or  green tea are a few other sources that may surprise you.

“Wheaties for example was measured at 10 parts per million,” Green  says. “Shredded Wheat: 9.4 parts per million. Why is it so high? One, they  use pesticides on the grains. Two, they use [fluoridated] water… So you actually  have higher concentrations than you ever found in the water where it was being  made.

As for mechanically deboned meats, the source of the fluoride is the animal  itself, which is exposed in the same manner as humans—through feed and  water—which then comes out during the manufacturing process. Black and green  teas are naturally high in fluoride, even if organically-grown without  pesticides. This is because the plant readily absorbs fluoride thorough its root  system, including naturally-occurring fluoride in the soil. According to Green,  there are reports of people who have developed crippling skeletal fluorosis from  drinking high amounts of iced tea alone.

Is Bottled Water More Pure than Tap Water?

Besides food, though, drinking water is certainly a primary source of  fluoride exposure. Many mistakenly believe that bottled water is the answer, but  this is a serious misconception.

As a general rule, I don’t recommend or encourage using bottled water on a  regular basis—for a number of reasons. Not only does it contribute to profound  amounts of environmental pollution, but a variety of toxins can leach from the  plastic, contaminating your water. Not to mention the fact that you’re not  guaranteed a more pure product to begin with. An estimated 40 percent of all  bottled water is just bottled tap water that may or may not have received  additional water treatment. No, buying bottled water certainly is not a  guarantee of getting either pure or fluoride-free water!

For pure drinking water, your best bet, from a practical perspective, is to  filter the water coming into your own home. Unfortunately, fluoride can be quite  difficult to remove from the water once added in. Reverse osmosis systems have  typically been recommended to remove fluoride, but according to Green, many home  systems may not be very efficient at this task. Commercial systems are typically  much better, as they have redundancy features not found in smaller-scale  residential models.

“[Y]ou’ve got to remember that the free  fluoride ion, which is the part that we are concerned with… is smaller than the  water molecule. You can’t… “filter” it out. You can’t screen it out because of  the size, obviously… If you look at what the literature tells you, when you’re  looking at reverse osmosis, they almost always say that if you had eight parts  per million of fluoride [which is eight times higher than recommended]… they  could bring it down to 0.9. So you get a 90 percent reduction.

But nobody says take your 0.9 and take it  down to 0.1. Because what it’s basically doing is it’s taking out the fluoride  compounds, which is still a good thing in some ways, especially if you had eight  parts per million in it… but you’re still not getting out that free fluoride  ion.”

To Distill or Not to Distill… That is the Question…

Distillation is another alternative. However, while distilled water is very  clean, it also lacks structure and minerals, which is inadvisable for long-term  daily use as it can deplete your body of essential trace minerals. Distilled  water can be quite useful for short-term detoxification though.

Despite these drawbacks, Green prefers the distilled water over reverse  osmosis, primarily because the amount of water that is wasted with the reverse  osmosis (R/O) filtration systems. A reverse osmosis system can use anywhere  between three to eight gallons of water to create one gallon of drinkable  water.

I disagree with Green’s recommendation, as the example he gave is quite  skewed. The typical level of fluoride in most fluoridated municipal water  supplies is about one part per million, not eight, like the example he gave. So  if you reduce that by 90 percent with an R/O system you are in relatively safe  range of 0.1 parts per million. You can use distilled water to remove nearly all  of it, but the distillation process is a form of more severe processing than R/O  and it is more difficult to restore the water minerals and structure.

Add Fluoride, and Other Chemicals Become More Dangerous…

Interestingly, not to mention importantly, fluoride has the ability to affect  other toxins and heavy metals, in some cases making them even more harmful than  they would be on their own. For example, when you combine chloramines with the  hydrofluorosilicic acid added to the water supply, they become very effective at  extracting lead from old plumbing systems—essentially, together; they  promote the accumulation of lead in the water supply!

“In fact the two of them have been combined, and I believe patented to be  put together so that they could extract lead,” Green says. “… In fact,  you’ve seen from reports in Washington D.C. about the lead content [in the local  water] that this combination can have tremendous effects.”

Studies have also showed that hydrofluorosilicic acid increaseslead  accumulation in bone, teeth, and other calcium-rich tissues. According to Green,  this is because the free fluoride ion acts as a transport of heavy  metals, allowing them to enter into areas of your body they normally would not  be able to go, such as into your brain. Green says:

“Industry prizes what we call fluoride  compounds. What’s amazing is there is so much [information] out there  that’s never explained to the general public. But [fluoride] is… the most  aggressive seeker of another electron. It’s the most electromagnetically  negatively charged element in the entire world. It basically is the most  interactive of all the elements… It will give up whatever it’s with to be with  something else…

So it’s prized by industry because it  actually disrupts molecular bonds… Industry also wants it because it creates  tighter molecular bonds. So Scotchgard, Stain Master, Gore-Tex, ski gear… These  are all fluoride-type compounds as well because they actually make it a tighter  molecular bond that is more impervious to penetration.

… By the time you get to the enzyme activity,  and knowing what it can do to disrupt enzyme activity, the effects are so  widespread, it’s just amazing… Once [people] learn the nature of fluoride, they  would never want to put it in their water.”

Are Health Epidemics Spurred by Water Fluoridation and  Pesticides?

While fluoride has been linked to a long list of health problems, two that  are currently epidemic are thyroid disease and neurodegenerative diseases.

“I think the important thing is to realize that fluoride affects your  endocrine system,” Green warns. “… [I]n December 2006… the National  Academy of Sciences… came to the unanimous conclusion that the levels of  fluoride thought to be the maximum contaminant level and was safe to be in the  water, weren’t protective of human health at all… and that the places where you  could see that very dramatically would have to do with the endocrine  system.”

Fluoride also calcifies your pineal gland, which can lead to a number of  health problems, from precocious  puberty to cancer—both  of which are also burgeoning epidemics… So, what, if anything, can you  do to protect your health if you suspect you’re getting too much fluoride?

One early sign of over-exposure to fluoride is dental fluorosis, which  typically begins as white specks on your teeth, which then progress to more  unsightly yellow and brown mottling of the enamel. At the first signs of dental  fluorosis, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to immediately eliminate  as many sources of fluoride as possible.

But, according to Green, you also need to make sure you have certain  nutrients in your system. These three will help bind the free fluoride ions,  allowing it to be excreted from your body more effectively:

  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C

Join the Fight to Get Fluoride Out of Drinking Water

In summary, it would seem like most rational people would conclude you should  avoid using fluoride for its “preventive” benefits. You can easily choose not to  take fluoride supplements or buy fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwash. You can  also dramatically reduce your fluoride exposure by opting for organic foods, on  which fluoride-based pesticides are not permitted to be used. However, you’re  still going to be stuck with whatever your community puts in the water, and as  discussed, it’s very difficult to filter out of your water once it’s added. Many  do not have the resources or the knowledge to do so.

It’s really time to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation.

Earlier this year I joined forces with Dr. Paul Connett to help put an END to  water fluoridation in the U.S and Canada. The Fluoride  Action Network has a game plan to do just that. Our fluoride initiative will  primarily focus on Canada, since 60 percent of Canada is already  non-fluoridated. If we can get Calgary and the rest of Canada to stop  fluoridating their water, we believe the U.S. will be forced to follow. I urge  you to join the anti-fluoride movement in Canada and the United States by  contacting the representative for your area below.

Contact Information for Canadian Communities:

  • If you live in Ontario, Canada, please join the ongoing  effort by contacting Diane Sprules at diane.sprules@cogeco.ca.
  • The point-of-contact for Toronto, Canada is Aliss Terpstra.  You may email her at aliss@nutrimom.ca.
  • The point-of-contact for the Peel region in Ontario, Canada is Rob Brewer. You may email him at FluorideFreePeel@ymail.com. Also  see Fluoride Free Peel’s Facebook page.

 

Contact Information for American Communities:

We’re also going to address three US communities: New York City, Austin, and  San Diego:

  • New York City, NY: The anti-fluoridation movement has a  great champion in New York City councilor Peter Vallone, Jr., who introduced  legislation on January 18 “prohibiting the addition of fluoride to the water  supply.”

A victory there could signal the beginning of the  end of fluoridation in the U.S. If you live in the New York area, I beg you to  participate in this effort as your contribution could have a MAJOR difference.  Remember that one person can make a difference.

The point person for this area is Carol Kopf, at  the New York Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF). Email her at NYSCOF@aol.com.  Please contact her if you’re interested in helping with this effort.

POB 7486 Austin, Texas 78713 Phone: (512)  371-3786

  • San Diego, California: Contact Patty Ducey-Brooks,  publisher of the Presidio Sentinel at pbrooks936@aol.com.
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