Okay, let’s not get into the politics—just the science.
Sodium fluoride has been added to the public water supply in most jurisdictions in the US since 1961.
Over 60 percent of Americans consume it.
Sodium fluoride was used as a rat poison for decades.
In more recent times, there have been studies that show the negative health implications of having fluoride in the water far outweighing any positives of decreasing tooth decay.
The results of the current studies are frightening: one 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health showed a marked decrease in children’s IQ scores after fluoride exposure:
“Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children’s neurodevelopment. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development…children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas…The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment .”
Research published by the Indian Journal of Pediatrics found thousands of cases of severe skeletal fluorisis in children due to the cumulative effects of fluoridated water . Another report by Scientific American “concluded that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid—the gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism”.
As for its efficacy in preventing tooth decay, there is no conclusive evidence that this is a valid outcome; one study published in 2000 showed a decrease in the incidence of dental cavities in children after fluoridation of the water was stopped .
Just to be on the safe side, it’s wise to take measures to purge this chemical from your body. Here’s how.
1. Get Adequate Iodine.
This is an important element for the normal metabolism of cells, especially thyroid hormones. It will push the fluoride from your body via urine. Some good sources of iodine: cranberries, organic yogurt, potatoes, organic strawberries, and organic navy beans.
2. Add Some Boron.
Boron is a natural element and will help to flush out the fluoride. Some boron-rich foods: most nuts, dates, prunes, honey, broccoli, bananas, avocado. You can also mix 1/32 of a teaspoon in a quart of distilled water and sip it throughout the day.
3. Eat Some Tamarind.
This African fruit and spice is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. It can be used in a tincture or tea to cleanse the body of fluoride.
4. Increase Magnesium/Calcium Intake.
You probably already know this, but magnesium is a very important mineral that many are lacking. Besides being so important in the metabolism and synthesis of nutrients within your cells, it also inhibits the absorption of fluoride into your cells. Along with magnesium, calcium seems to help attract fluorides away from bones and teeth, allowing the body to eliminate it.
5. General Liver Cleanse.
Perhaps the most important step to detoxifying from fluoride intake; the liver is your body’s toxin filter.
Since fluoride isn’t a product found naturally in the body, it may get stuck in there.
Be mindful of the kind of cleanse you select; find a safe one for you.
These liver-cleansing foods will help: garlic, turmeric, lemons and limes, and avocado.
6. Take a Sauna.
Sauna is great for ridding your body of toxins—you sweat them out. The penetrating heat feels good, too.
Make sure you drink plenty of water before and after so you don’t get dehydrated.
If you have other medical conditions, consult your healthcare provider first.
If your municipality is still adding fluoride to your water, do some research to find out if you agree.
Safe water should be a given.