8 Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Fluoride

8 Tips to Reduce Exposure to Fluoride

1. Get a Water Filter

A home water filter can be an affordable and effective way to remove fluoride from your tap water. However, most water filters will not effectively remove fluoride. For instance, common filters such as Brita and PUR will NOT remove fluoride. You may have to investigate a few options from sources like Pure Water Freedom or Berkey Water Filters.

2. Upgrade Your Toothpaste

Most toothpaste contains fluoride. Consider switching to a non-fluoridated alternative (which you can find at most health food stores). It is recommended especially for young children, who don’t have well developed swallowing-reflexes, as they often swallow a lot of toothpaste when brushing.

3. Avoid Preparing Food with Tap Water

When preparing food or drink such as tea, avoid using tap water. Instead use the filtered water from your water filter in tip 1.

4. Avoid Processed Food & Drink

While minimizing consumtion of processed foods and beverages is good for your overall health, it will also limit your exposure to fluoride.  Drinks like soda and juice are made from concentrate and are often manufactured with fluoridated tap water.

5. What’s in Your Wine?

If you regularly drink non-organic consider buying only organic varieties. Many pesticides may contain fluoride.  The residues of this pesticide can result in high levels of fluoride in wine or grape juice. In the case of wine, if you don’t want to spend the extra money buying organic, consider purchasing a European brand instead of a Californian brand.

6. Check Your Prescription Medications

Check to see if any prescription medicines you are taking contain fluorine. If so, ask your doctor if there are any appropriate alternatives.

7. Non-Fluoridated Anesthetic

If you are going to have surgery, ask your doctors if they can use a non-fluorinated anesthetic. Fluorinated anesthetics such as Enflurane, Isoflurane and Sevoflurane will produce high peak levels of fluoride in blood for up to 24 hours.

8. Avoid the Use of Teflon-Coated Pans for Cooking

Teflon-coated pans may increase the fluoride content of food.

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Until next time,

Kathleen

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Ignaz Semmelweis

Washing hands.

Sometimes in life, science and the subsequent proof we seek lag far behind validating research (this begs a whole other discussion on funding of such today).  In support of my concerns about the dangers of fluoride and how we don’t know what we don’t know, I would like to share the tragic but compelling story of Ignaz Semmelweis. Continue reading

Professional Reactions to My Last Blog on Flossing

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I had wondered when I published last month’s blog on flossing if anyone would respond to the picture that we chose to accompany the article.  As I had hoped, a number of Dental Hygiene colleagues responded to the CDHA (my blog posts appear on their site), to alert them of the mistake that I had made.  I was notified of such and here is the truth.. Continue reading

To Floss or Not To Floss

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Recently, a patient brought to my attention an Associated Press release that made it to the evening news, stating officials have never really researched the effectiveness of regular flossing.  She then asked me to comment on whether I think it is necessary to floss or not to floss.

While I was aware of the limited data available supporting this oral health care practice, I have personally observed, anecdotally, that the effects of some kind of in-between bacterial disruption on a daily basis really does help to reduce bleeding gums and inflammation. Continue reading

What If the Real Cause of Cavities and Gum Disease is Incorrect?

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My husband and I recently had dinner with friends of ours and the after-dinner discussion touched on the “apparent” fact that our ancestors had more oral disease and probably lost many of their teeth at an early age.  Obviously, they did not have the benefit of modern oral health practices such as brushing, flossing, fluoridated toothpaste and fluoridated water.

However, I had read recently that current research suggests that this may not necessarily be true.  I decided to do some research of my own to see if I could find the real cause of cavities and gum disease. Continue reading

Cochrane Oral Health Group Concludes Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities

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The Cochrane Oral Health Group Evaluation of Water Fluoridation concludes: “Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities”. In a June 19, 2015 publication by the Cochrane Collaboration, researchers have concluded that: Continue reading

British Study Links Underactive Thyroid to High Fluoride Levels

dangers of fluoride in waterNew research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England, this British study says. Professor Stephen Peckham, lead author from the Centre for Health Services said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas”.

“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking.  There was nearly double the number of cases in the West Midlands.

“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems.  I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water.  There are far safer ways to improve dental health”. Continue reading

I Joined the Blue Dot Movement for a Healthy Environment

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I joined the Blue Dot Movement for a healthy environment! I wrote in a previous blog that I was still not sure that launching a legal battle was the direction to move with the water fluoridation issue. I have learned that patience is paramount when waiting for direction on key issues and this one is no exception. Thankfully, there is a solution that I have found, that addresses my personal, professional and planetary concerns about water fluoridation and the health of our environment that I feel I can support.

I have joined thousands of Canadians in a grassroots movement for change! I am beginning in my own community to ask for the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. I am helping to grow a national movement aimed at having every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment recognized at all levels of government. Continue reading

Fluoride Lawsuit Launched in Peel Region

dangers of water fluoridationLast month’s blog weighed in on the necessity of a lawsuit to end fluoridation in Peel Region and I thank you for the comments that I received. It is evident, based on those comments, and the many people that I speak to, that a clear-cut division does indeed exist! No matter what side of the fence you currently sit on…get ready, because the legal challenge has begun!

Please see the following press release:

Peel Resident Launches Court Challenge Against Artificial Water Fluoridation Continue reading

Is Launching a Lawsuit The Way To End Water Fluoridation?

water fluoridation lawsuitOn Thursday, September 11th, I had the opportunity to sit in on a Peel Regional Council Meeting and listen to lawyer Nader Hassan, on behalf of Liesa Cianchino and Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation, advise Council, “that we will be launching a lawsuit in Superior Court, asking the Court to declare that Peel’s water fluoridation program is unconstitutional”. I couldn’t help but wonder if launching a lawsuit is the best way to end water fluoridation.

I have read the Summary and Opinion presented to Peel Council on June 23, 2014 by Hasan on the Legal Arguments Against Water Fluoridation and while I agree with everything I have read, I am worried! Continue reading