Let’s face it – some things are best avoided, right? Arsenic? No thanks. Mercury? Not a fan.
Well in 2018 the prestigious international medical journal, The Lancet, declared fluoride a neurotoxin. Hmm now that one’s a bit more confusing. It’s supposed to be good for our teeth but is a neurotoxin? And there’s a whole heap of controversy surrounding it.
And it seems to be in a lot more products than I’ve realised; toothpaste and mouthwashes, dental floss (go figure!), dental treatments, some medications, canned drinks, Teflon coating on pans, pesticides and can be added to drinking water…
However our bodies aren’t designed to be exposed to so much fluoride. It accumulates in our bones and over time can cause skeletal fluorosis (painful damage to bones and joints due to excessive accumulation of fluoride…), impair the enzymes that repair our cells after free-radical damage, increase the risk of bone cancer, arthritis and bone fractures, affect our brain and central nervous system and affect our endocrine system. Not so good, eh?!
So how do we avoid fluoride?
- We’ve switched to fluoride-free dental products. We’ve been able to find some in our local health food store and also buy them from Young Living. We also really look after our teeth and gums to avoid the need for dental procedures, such as polishing, which would contain fluoride.
- We use stainless steel or ceramic saucepans, frying pans and woks
- We no longer drink canned soft drinks – the combination of fluoride from the drink and aluminium from the can could increase the ability of both to cross the blood-brain barrier.
- We buy organic wherever possible to avoid unnecessary pesticide and fertiliser use on the food we eat.
- We have checked whether our water supply company is adding fluoride to our drinking water (they’re not, which is a relief!) and currently use a carbon filter on our cold water tap in the kitchen. We then use filtered water for drinking and cooking.
- We do everything we can to avoid taking unnecessary medicines and try to use natural products instead. We also supplement with magnesium, vitamins D3 and E, which can significantly reduce the toxicity of fluoride.
Want to understand more?
Read this incredibly good article by Dr Josh Axe: Is Fluoride Bad for You? It’s Not Just in the Water
Dr Russell L Blaylock MD writes a whole, rather sobering chapter on fluoride in his book ‘Health and Nutrition Secrets that can change your life’ (Health Press ISBN 0-929173-48-1)