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UK Against Fluoridation

Sunday, May 20, 2018

NEWS NOW: Overabundance of fluoride in some CFPUA water

Too much fluoride

Saturday, May 19, 2018

UK - A quarter of under-fives in Swindon have tooth decay

A QUARTER of Swindon children have suffered tooth decay before they are old enough to start primary school. Health chiefs in the town say that tooth extraction is the most common reason why children go under the dentist’s scalpel. Official figures show that on average among Swindon five year-olds, three of their baby teeth are decayed, missing or removed.

Almost two thirds of Swindon adults have experienced gum disease. The condition can lead to tooth loss. Speaking for National Smile Month, Dr Ayo Oyinloye, Swindon Borough Council’s consultant in public health, said: “Tooth extractions is one of the most common reasons children are admitted for dental surgery in Swindon. “Taking care of your teeth and those of your family needs to start from an early age, so it is important that children learn how to brush their teeth properly, avoid sugary foods and visit their dentist regularly, starting when their first tooth comes through.” He said that brushing your teeth once in the daytime and once before bed with a fluoride toothpaste can help maintain healthy teeth and gums, preventing common conditions including tooth decay and gum disease.

Last month, Swindon dental practice owner Jane Hall said that in the last year they had treated one pre-schooler for cavities. “A majority of their baby teeth were decayed,” the owner of Freshbrook Dental Practice said. She added that the kinds of sugary foods one ate was important – with currants that stick to the surface of the teeth worse for young gnashers than chocolate.

National Smile Month, which runs until Thursday 14 June 2018, was launched by the Oral Health Foundation in a bid to promote good oral health.

S.A. - Is the fluoride added to our drinking water unconstitutional?

fluoride added to our drinking waterDid you know that there is fluoride added to our drinking water, even though numerous studies prove it is bad for our health?
In September 2001 the Department of Health legislated to add fluoride to South Africa’s drinking water in order to reduce the risk of dental cavities for South Africans who don’t use fluoride toothpaste.

At the time, many saw this form of mass medication as unconstitutional.

Rand Water, the largest bulk water utility in Africa, and other water boards made several submissions to the relevant ministries.

The water board was so concerned about this legislation that it sought indemnity from the Department of Health “against any claims arising from the fluoridation of water that may give rise to possible health implications or impact on the environment or industrial water users.”
Chemicals in our water could be dangerous
“Municipal water in South Africa is well treated and certainly safe from the real nasties like cholera, typhoid and other frightening water-born illnesses,” says Tony Marchesini, Managing Director of H2O International. “But once the water reaches your home, you really should be removing the chemicals like fluoride, especially if you already using a fluoride toothpaste. You have no idea how many chemicals have leached into your water since it was treated and at what levels they are present.”
With regard to fluoride levels, a quote from Rand Water’s explanation for their stance against fluoridation makes for salient reading:

“As water is a scarce commodity in South Africa, it is recycled, and this should be considered in the overall water use strategy. Fluoridation of Rand Water’s supply at a rate of 0,5 mg F-/l will introduce 365 tons of fluoride per annum into the environment. If 0,5 mg F-/l is added to our water supply this would theoretically imply (during periods of drought or the dry season) that the effluent concentrations will also increase by 0,5 mg F-/l as fluorides are not appreciably removed through the wastewater treatment process.”

Low levels of fluoride are toxic to immune system cells
When the legislation was enacted, Bettina Genthe, a water analyst with Environmentek, a business unit of the CSIR, told Parliament’s water affairs portfolio committee, “We’ve got a number of factors which affect the health impact of fluoride in this country – one of these is that malnutrition makes fluoride more toxic than it is to people who are well nourished… There is no doubt that fluoride is good for teeth, and it protects against decay… but water fluoridation might not be the best way of achieving this protection.”

After the briefing, Genthe said that in laboratory studies “It appears to be that fluoride can be toxic at very low concentrations to immune system cells.”

Signs of chronic fluoride poisoning
These concerns were well founded, it turns out.

According to SMI Analytical Laboratory, the mineral fluorspar occurs in many areas in South Africa. Chronic fluoride poisoning is manifested by weaknesses, weight loss, general ill health, joint stiffness, brittle bones, discolouration of teeth and anaemia.

A study by the Water Research Commission, in partnership with the University of Venda’s Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, found that 85% of residents of Siloam village, Limpopo, who use borehole water that is high in fluoride, have mottled teeth as a result.

Fluoride in drinking water linked to hypothyroidism
Even more concerning, a study published in the reputable peer-reviewed Journal of Epidemiological and Community Health found that “higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for predicting the prevalence of hypothyroidism”.

“In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors – such as iodine deficiency – fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor,” noted the leader of the study, Stephen Peckham, “The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure.”

His study backs up results of other studies in Mexico and India that also found a link between high fluoride levels and hypothyroidism.

Fluoride affects the brain
Most recently, a study by researchers from universities in Canada, the USA and Mexico found that “higher prenatal fluoride exposure… was associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at age four and six to 12.”

As Nonhlanhla Kalebaila of the Water Research Commission said, at the time of the Limpopo study, “Clearly fluoride levels in drinking water higher than 1, 5 mg/l may cause multidimensional health problems, including not only the mottling of teeth and dental fluorosis but also several neurological disorders. At such elevated levels, the removal of excessive fluoride through defluoridation must be considered.”

That research was focused on borehole water, but with droughts being experienced in many parts of South Africa, we must heed Rand Water’s warning.

“We must assume that the concentration of fluoride in our water has increased,” says Marchesini. “For safety sake we urge South Africans to install a water purifier that removes the majority of the fluoride. The standard H2O systems that we have been marketing for the last twenty years remove 76% of fluoride in tap water (along with other chemicals, bacteria and heavy metals), but we also offer a more superior cartridge that removes 100% of fluoride.”


While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bit different. Reminds me my shower needs cleaning.

Dr Mercola on Twitter

The Fluoride Action Network is now one step closer to banning water fluoridation in the U.S. http

Effect of fluoride on major organs with the different time of exposure in rats

  • Thanusha Perera,
  • Shirani RanasingheEmail author,
  • Neil Alles and
  • Roshitha Waduge
  • High fluoride intake alters the serum fluoride level

    Serum fluoride concentration is recognized as indicator for fluoride exposure [21]. Therefore, we examined the serum fluoride levels and they were range from 0.06 to 0.07 in control and other experimental groups after 15, 30, and 60 days (Table 3). Group I had no significant difference in fluoride levels in serum after 15, 30, and 60 days compared to control groups. Though the serum fluoride concentrations were not significantly different between the control, group I, and group II of 15 days, prolonged exposure resulted statistically significant higher serum fluoride levels in group II of 30 and 60 days and the high dose-treated group III after 15, 30, and 60 days with respective to control groups (p < 0.05)............................


    Fluoride exposure impaired hepatocytes and hepatic function, which was strongly supported by the necrosis and portal inflammation histopathologically and increased serum AST, ALT, and ALP activities. Further, it has been demonstrated that there is a possibility of inducing renal damage by high fluoride levels for longer period of administration due to elevated creatinine levels. Taken together, the fact of the present early changes of liver functions following fluoride exposure before the renal lesions are appeared can be further taken into consideration by the health sector during screening of individuals in CKDu prevalent areas.

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    East Lancashire boroughs in top ten WORST in country for child tooth decay

    EAST Lancashire boroughs rank among the highest in the country for five-year-old children who have decaying teeth.
    But Blackburn with Darwen has seen a significant drop in the number of children with rotting teeth in the past decade.

    The borough still ranks as the seventh worse for five-year-olds with tooth decay in the country Pendle, Burnley and Hyndburn also all make it among the top ten worst in England for child tooth decay rates. The figures, branded a ‘tragedy’, were revealed in Public Health England’s latest Child Oral Health Survey.

    Data for 2017 shows Pendle has the highest percentage of children with decayed, missing or filled teeth in the country at 49.4 per cent. While Burnley ‘s figure is 46.5 per cent, Hyndburn’s is 45.8 per cent and Blackburn with Darwen has a child tooth decay rate of 42.6 per cent. It means that East Lancashire’s boroughs have rates of about double the national average of 23.3 per cent.

    Since 2007, Pendle, Burnley and Hyndburn have also seen child tooth decay rates get worse, although Blackburn with Darwen has improved from 56 per cent in 2007. Hyndburn’s health chief Cllr Munsif Dad said the lack of extra fluoride in Lancashire water supplies had contributed to the figure.

    He said: “Levels of fluoride in water supplies definitely need looking at.

    “I think it’s also about raising awareness to parents of the importance of keeping their child’s teeth healthy by eating less sugar food and drinks. “These figures are alarming.”

    Dominic Harrison, director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said sugar consumption can have a 'devastating effect' on dental health. He said: "It is vital that we send a message about the damage that is being done to the health of our children and young people; let children be free to choose their food but stop promoting sugar products through advertising and sports sponsorship in a way that makes their choices anything but ‘free’."

    Mick Armstrong, chairman of dentist trade union the British Dental Association, described it as a ‘tragedy’ that a child’s oral health is still determined by their postcode and their parents’ incomes. He said: “We should not accept that a child raised in Pendle will enter primary school with twenty times the levels of decay as one born in the Surrey home of the health secretary.”

    Melanie Catleugh, consultant in dental public health in Lancashire said: “The 5-year-old’s dental health survey results show that, compared to 2015, in some parts of the North West, young children’s dental health is improving and levels of tooth decay are falling.

    “We are delighted to see a marked improvement in Blackpool and also encouraging results in Blackburn with Darwen, although we recognise there is still more to do.”

    F.A.N. Newsletter

    We are very happy to tell you that the robin who built her nest on the mantle above our front door has produced 3 babies (see photo below). 
    Photo by Hakan Tayga
    We are also happy to share with you a short video that our other Robin (Robin Lewis our new EJ director) has made in which she introduces herself and explains why she believes that water fluoridation (forced dental treatment) is a classic case of environmental injustice. 
    Robin has already started her outreach work to communities of color and low income by attending a conference organized by the group Building Equity and Alignment (BEA). The meeting was held in Detroit, Michigan from May 8-10. The purpose of the meeting was to bring funders, green groups and grassroots organizations together to build alignment with the grassroots across the environmental movement.
    The principles (the Jemez principles) that inform this organization include the following: 
    1. Be Inclusive
    2. Emphasis Bottom up Organizing
    3. Let people speak for themselves4. Work together in Solidarity and Mutuality
    5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves
    6. Commitment to Self-Transformation 
    We believe that FAN’s efforts to end water fluoridation are in alignment with these principles. Moreover, FAN’s mission statement recently updated by the Board of Directors of our parent organization the American Environmental Health Studies Project, Inc (AEHSP) recognizes the need to make a special effort to get our message to low-income communities and communities of color.
    FAN’s Mission Statement: The Fluoride Action Network is dedicated to protecting public health by ending water fluoridation and other involuntary exposures to fluoride. FAN is achieving these goals by educating the public, decision makers, and the media. FAN is supporting volunteers in communities affected by fluoridation and is holding government health and regulatory agencies accountable. FAN is committed to the principles of Environmental Justice and is drawing special attention to subsets in the population that are disproportionately harmed by fluoride, including low-income populations and communities of color.
    Robin Lewis is the delightful and visible face of that commitment.
    Both her experience and her personality put her in an excellent position to break through the dental lobby’s false but highly persistent claim that we need to fluoridate the water to help fight tooth decay in children from low-income and communities of color. The reality is the opposite: the children most likely to be hurt by fluoridation are these very same children because poor diet exacerbates fluoride’s toxicity. Specifically, the last children that need their IQ lowered are children from low-income communities because they already have so many strikes against them: these include poor diet and higher exposure to neurotoxic pollutants like lead. And low-income families are least able economically to defend themselves against exposure to fluoride via the water supply.
    Meanwhile, Scottish health authorities have shown how we can effectively combat tooth decay in children – including low-income communities in Glasgow (historically notorious for poor teeth) – with their Childsmile program. This program within a decade has lowered tooth decay rates below those in fluoridated New Zealand. In the process they halved the costs of dental care for children under five. The program gets to the real cause of tooth decay – poor diet and poor dental hygiene. They are making preventive care (as opposed to drill and fill) available from professionals. Contrast this with the USA, where 80% of dentists refuse to treat children on Medicaid. FAN is not just fighting the American Dental Association’s fluoridation policy but its blatant hypocrisy on helping low-income families. If the ADA really cared about children, they would care as much about their brains as they claim to care about their teeth!  Instead of denying the relevance of the Bashash et al (2017) study the ADA should halt its promotion of fluoridation now.
    Have you considered becoming a Moms2B campaigner? We need you! To find out more about FAN's efforts to warn expecting women to avoid fluoride exposure during pregnancy see our "Moms2B avoid fluoride" campaign.

    Paul and Ellen Connett for the whole FAN team

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    STOP THE ROT: Nearly 40% of Bradford's five-year-olds have tooth decay, new figures reveal

    NEARLY 40 per cent of five-year-old children in Bradford have tooth decay, according to latest figures from Public Health England.
    The statistics, from last year’s oral health survey of five-year-olds, reveal 39.8 per cent of children that age had tooth decay and, on average, 1.8 decayed, missing or filled teeth.

    Analysis from the British Dental Association (BDA) says this is a rise from 37 per cent at the last survey and places Bradford as 11th for worst childhood decay rates in England.
    The PHE report reveals “wide variation” between regions - with children from more deprived backgrounds more likely to experience decay.

    “Analysis shows that, while dental decay levels are reducing, and there are signs that inequalities are beginning to reduce, the inequalities gap remains unacceptably high,” the authors wrote.

    The BDA has urged local and national government to not ignore the “crisis” in children’s oral health.
    Tooth decay, while wholly preventable, remains the number one reason for child hospital admissions in England. In 2016-17, more than 400 children in Bradford had rotten teeth extracted due to dental decay.

    In the Bradford district, the Building Brighter Smiles programme includes fluoride varnish applications, advice on how to brush babies’ teeth, healthy eating for pre-school aged children, as well as tooth brushing support in primary schools.
    BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: “It’s a tragedy that a child’s oral health is still determined by their postcode and their parents’ incomes.

    “We should not accept that a child born in Bradford will enter primary school with eighteen times the levels of decay as one born in the Surrey home of the Health Secretary. Sadly while cavities are almost wholly preventable, official indifference means this inequality gap shows little sign of narrowing.
    “The NHS will keep spending millions extracting baby teeth in overstretched hospitals until policymakers step up and grasp the nettle.”

    Bradford Council has said oral health will continue to remain a "high priority".
    Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: "It is important that children in Bradford get the best start in life and that includes making sure they have healthy teeth. Improving the oral health of children in the district is a key public health priority that we share with NHS England, dental practices, Public Health England and the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.”

    A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care, added: “Tooth decay is an entirely preventable disease – that’s why we’re determined to make sure all children get the right access and support to achieve good oral hygiene, whatever their background or where they live. Last year a record 6.9 million children were seen by a dentist, almost 60 per cent of the total population and an increase of 110,000 on the previous year.”

    Fluoride Linked to Hypothyroidism

    By Dr. Brownstein 
    Since the 1950s, the United States has endorsed water fluoridation policies to prevent dental cavities.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the optimal level of fluoride in our water supply should be between 0.7 and 1.2 mg/L.
    In England, researchers recently assessed the relationship between water fluoridation and the incidence of hypothyroidism.
    They found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water were directly related to the incidence of hypothyroidism.
    It is well-known that fluoride can interfere with iodine in the body. Fluoride is a neurotoxin, and one of the most oxidative substances found in the body.
    There is no good data indicating that water fluoridation improves cavity rates.
    Only two countries currently fluoridate their water supply: the U.S. and New Zealand. The rest of the world has realized that water fluoridation does not provide a dental benefit and is associated with risks such as hypothyroidism, lower IQ, and cancer.
    There are no benefits of fluoridating our water supply. It should be stopped immediately.

    Old video but worth seeing again.

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    House of Lords

    Asked by Lord Storey
    Department of Health and Social CareDental Health: ChildrenHL7480

    To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the oral health of school children in England.

    A Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy Answered on: 14 May 2018
    Local authorities are responsible for assessing the oral health needs of their local population, including the needs of school children, developing oral health strategies and commissioning oral health improvement programmes.

    Public Health England has published resources to support local authorities in improving the oral health of children, and is working locally with local authorities on this. These resources include Local authorities improving oral health: commissioning better oral health for children and young people: An evidence-informed toolkit for local authorities which assessed the community-based preventive services that reduce tooth decay, including those that increase fluoride availability. This toolkit supports local authorities to invest in programmes which have demonstrated improvement in children’s dental health. A copy of the toolkit is attached.

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published Oral health: local authorities and their partners (NICE guidance PH55). This guidance includes recommendations to consider supervised toothbrushing schemes and fluoride varnish schemes in nurseries and primary schools in areas where children are at high risk of poor oral health and also recommendations on raising awareness of importance of oral health as part of a whole school approach in all primary and secondary schools. A copy of the guidance is attached.

    Sugary food and drinks are one of the main causes of tooth decay. The Government’s Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, launched in August 2016, contained proposals for a broad, structured sugar reduction programme to remove sugar from the categories of food that contribute the most to children’s sugar intakes. This Plan and the sugar levy which came into effect in April 2018, is expected to have a positive effect on improving children’s oral health.

    UK - Oldham backs national campaign to promote good oral health

    Oldham Council is asking residents to do their bit and back a nation-wide oral health campaign that promotes improving and maintaining a healthy mouth.
    National Smile Month takes place between Monday 14 May and Thursday 14 June.

    Whether it be ensuring that you are brushing your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion every day with a family fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on how often you have sugary food and drinks, or even just booking in a regular appointment with your dentist, there are various ways in which you can have good oral health.

    Oldham’s under-fives, in particular, have some of the worst tooth decay in the country and the council is calling for vital co-operative action to help stop the rot.
    As part of this, the council has organised a variety of events to take place across the borough over the next four weeks to help remind residents about the importance of good oral health, so we can all enjoy having a healthy smile.
    Oldham is also part of Greater Manchester’s Start Well programme which aims to improve oral health by building on existing provision.

    Through the programme supervised toothbrushing will be delivered in early years settings, school nurseries and reception classes.

    Families will be given oral health advice and fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes from their health visitors and from those Dental Practices who are part of the Baby Teeth DO Matter scheme.

    Children from three years old will also have fluoride varnish applied to their teeth at least twice a year.

    Councillor Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Without good oral health, we are unable to communicate, eat and enjoy a variety of foods and socialise. This can affect our self-esteem, confidence, and readiness to learn – especially if you are a child.
    “That is why it is incredibly important to have a healthy mouth as it aids to both our general health and wellbeing.

    “With that in mind, we are hosting a variety of local events for this year’s national Smile Month campaign to help reinforce our key messages around how you can improve and maintain your oral health - and how you can keep that all important smile.

    “So if you feel you need more information around how you can maintain a healthy mouth, or you are just looking for some tips on how you could be better marinating your oral health, please do come down to our events.

    “Alternatively, why not keep an eye on our social media channels and our website for useful tips on how to brush your teeth correctly and more.”

    Remember to tweet us throughout the campaign about your brushing routines and healthy smiles @OldhamCouncil and remember to use #NationalSmileMonth 

    HARD TOOTH Millions of Brits don’t know how to look after their kids’ teeth – risking cavities and rotten teeth

    A quarter of adults think it doesn’t matter if their kids develop cavities in their baby teeth

    By Andrea Downey, Digital Health Reporter
     A third of parents wait until their children have all their baby teeth before taking them to the dentistMILLIONS of British parents are putting their children’s health at risk by not looking after their teeth properly, according to research.

    A quarter of adults think it doesn’t matter if their kids develop cavities in their baby teeth, and admit to a lack of knowledge about oral health in children.
    And nearly a third of parents in the UK wait until their children have all their milk teeth before taking them to the dentist for the first time, according to the study of 1,000 parents with kids under 13.
    Nyree Whitely, the group clinical director for mydentist, which commissioned the research, said: “There is a common misconception that baby teeth do not matter.
    “But the truth is that they are essential for speech, the structure of the face and holding space for the adult teeth to erupt into. If there is decay it can lead to infection, discomfort and potentially damage the permanent teeth below.
    “It is essential that parents regularly take their children to the dentist as soon as their baby has their first tooth or turns one – whichever is sooner.
    “Children’s appointments are free and where appropriate include a fluoride varnish treatment that can help protect against decay.”
    More than half of parents in the UK stop helping their children brush their teeth too early, and two thirds had no idea what kind of toothbrush their child should be using.
    Parents also admit to confusion over fluoride in toothpaste, with half saying they don’t check or wouldn’t know how much should be in their toothpaste.
    One in 10 parents would happily give their child a drink of fruit juice after brushing their teeth and before going to bed.
     Take your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes through.
    • Give your child water or cold milk before bed if they need a bedtime drink.
    • Encourage your child to spit out excess toothpaste after they brush, but not to rinse or gargle.
    • Give your child a soft, small headed toothbrush for brushing.
    • Use a timer to ensure your child brushes for the full, recommended, two minutes.
    • Your child should be brushing twice a day, before bed and at least one other time during the day.
    • Always check the fluoride levels in the toothpaste you buy your child - Fluoride is a natural mineral found in drinking water and many foods. It plays an important role in your child’s oral health by strengthening their tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay.

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    I found this video interesting.

    Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Pete Evans wants to turn your pet paleo too

    Pete Evans has come under fire from nutritionists for his claims about the so-called paleo diet and other health advice. "How do you know someone is paleo? They'll tell you," and Australia's paleo king, Pete Evans, can certainly attest to that.
    Not content in his bid to inspire the nation to turn against grains, legumes, refined sugars and dairy, the My Kitchen Rules favourite and healthy living advocate, 45, is now on a mission to transform the eating habits of our furry little friends too.
    Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.
    Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.

    Evans has launched a new range of cat and dog food called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans in the hopes that the extended members of our family lead healthier, balanced lifestyles by eating paleo diets specific to their species.
    A keen animal lover, Evans lives on his north NSW farm with a dog Shikoba, a cat Anais, over a dozen chickens, 20,000 bees, and horses and said he has had the idea to enter the pet food world for "many years".
    "So many pets are suffering the diseases of modern day humans – cancer, diabetes, joint issues, skin issues – and a lot of that can be taken back into what we feed our pets," Evans told Fairfax Media this week.
    He continued: "If you look at what's out there on the market, so many are filled with these really dodgy fillers, such as grains and legumes and other things, it's completely crazy."
    Evans has worked on the pet food line with a pet nutritionist that includes dry food, raw meat patties, freeze-dried bite-sized treats and, of course, a bone broth.
    "The ingredients are all natural, they are human grade. They are tested on humans, I have tested them all," he laughed.
    "It's no different between what is going into the food product for the animals than what we normally eat anyway – well-sourced meat, seafood and a small amount of vegetables. There's nothing strange about [sampling the products]."
    Evans has been a popular television chef and author for almost two decades with 1.5 million Facebook followers, but in some circles, he has become best known as a controversial health advisor.
    Without prompting, he said: "Over the last several years I have been known as a destructor for people to start talking about different ideas, whether it be: what are we feeding our children? What are we feeding ourselves?"
    He continued: "I am a huge fan of understanding what we put onto our bodies and our children's bodies, whether it's sun screen, whether it's in the water that we drink, has it got fluoride added?"
    He has at times been on the receiving end of backlash to his opinions, including for advising a woman diagnosed with osteoporosis to avoid dairy and his potentially fatal recipe for "bone broth" baby formula.
    He puts the resistance to his ideas down to "the agenda of the person writing the story" or "the industry that it may be causing an issue to".
    "You've always got to follow the dollars as to why people take offence and it's pretty self-explanatory because it's never from a nutritional point of view," he claimed.

    India - Kidney ailment becoming major health threat in Telangana

    ADILABAD: Kidney ailment is emerging as one of the major disease affecting the local population  of erstwhile Adilabad district. In the last three years, over 25 people, including children died of kidney ailment and over 300 people are undergoing dialysis at private and government hospitals in Hyderabad and district headquarters government hospitals. Kidney ailment is more prevalent in villages such as Guruja, Khunikhasa, Kanchanpelli, Jalaja and Devnagar in the district.
    Currently, in Khunikhasa village, which has a population of 250 people, 13 persons are suffering from kidney ailment. The family of Bheemrao Kamble, who died due to kidney ailment a year ago, is struggling to make ends meet. His wife has psychological issues and she has been finding it difficult to feed her six children.
    Human Rights Forum state secretary Attram Bhujanga Rao told Express that his organisation had identified villages facing fluoride water problems. He said that after knowing about the seriousness of the diseases, the doctors organised medical camps  and provided medicines, but a permanent solution to the problem of kidney ailments still lacks. There is high quantity of fluoride and sulphate present in the water in these villages, which is leading to many diseases, the Human Rights Forum state secretary said.

    UK - Adding fluoride to Darlington's water supply is examined

    NVESTIGATIVE work has been launched to consider whether fluoride should be added to the drinking water of a town with a high proportion of children with tooth decay.

    Darlington’s director of public health Miriam Davidson said the town’s council was taking part with neighbouring authorities in a technical appraisal to look at the feasibility of introducing a community fluoridation scheme.

    Among the issues being examined is whether water fluoridation can be introduced in one borough without having to introduce it in a neighbouring area.

    Darlington Borough Council’s health and wellbeing board heard the authority was also gathering evidence from professionals about fluoridation.

    The meeting was told while Hartlepool, which has natural fluoride in its water, had 15 per cent of five-year-olds with decayed, filled or missing teeth, the figure in Darlington was 35 per cent.

    Members were told while Stockton’s figure was ten per cent below that of Darlington, part of Stockton is supplied with water by Hartlepool.

    Ms Davidson said water fluoridation was both the most effective and cheapest intervention. She added: “Water fluoridation can reduce the likelihood of experience of decay as a safe public health measure. It is suitable for consideration in localities where dental decay are a cause for concern. It is a valuable public health intervention.

    “The inequality with poor oral health is stark. There are some parts of our community where oral health is much poorer.” Ms Davidson said while some areas of the region had seen improvements in children’s oral health, there had been “no measurable improvement” in the prevalence of tooth decay experience in five-year-old children in Darlington over the past few years.

    She said: “This council has not made a commitment to introducing a community water fluoridation scheme, but that responsibility since 2013 has accrued to the local authority.”

    Never ending.

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Five (5) Natural Ways To Detox The Body

    Five (5) Natural Ways To Detox The Body

    Our bodies can become overwhelmed due to the volume of toxins exposed in its environment by way of water (fluoride and other chemicals), air (chemical trails, pollution and other toxins), food (chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, genetically modified ingredients etc.), pharmaceuticals and other drugs. True healing requires a detoxification of both the mind and the body. Below are 10 ways you can help your body detoxify naturally so it can flush out some of the everyday toxins to which it’s exposed: 

    1. Start the day with a glass of water and the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon   This helps flush out the toxins and alkalizes the body. Alternatively, you can add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of spring water. Hippocrates treated his patients with apple cider vinegar. He found it was a powerful cleansing and healing elixir, a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria, for a healthier, stronger, and longer life. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day to continue flushing out the toxins. 2.  Eliminate toxic oils from your diet   Toxic oils can include vegetable oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, cotton seed oil and canola oil. Substitute with good oils, such as extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, hemp oil and flaxseed oil. Hemp oil, for example, is a great source of omega-3s, -6s, and -9s. 

    3. Eat more raw fruits, herbs and vegetables Fruit, vegetables and herbs contain enzymes that aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption

    4. Drink a freshly made vegetable juice daily Include lots of greens such as kale, spinach and cilantro. I love to start my day with a juice made with apples, carrot, lemon, ginger, turmeric, beetroot, kale and cilantro. When the seasons change, some of my ingredients will also change. 

    5. Drink…

    Warning Issued to Parents: Protect Your Child's Brain and Teeth from this Dangerous Chemical Exposure

    The IAOMT, a global network of dentists, medical, and research professionals, is warning parents about exposure to a chemical that is often added to drinking water.CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is unifying two events in May, Mother's Day (May 13) and Fluoride Awareness Week (May 20-27), to issue a warning to parents about a health risk that is often overlooked.  More specifically, the non-profit organization, which consists of a global network of dentists, medical, and research professionals, is using this month to share information about the growing body of scientific literature examining fluoride's potential to cause adverse health effects, especially in children.

    The IAOMT, a global network of dentists, medical, and research professionals, is warning parents about exposure to a chemical that is often added to drinking water.
    "Fluoride is being added to drinking water in a one-size-fits-all dosage with no consideration for its impact on children, infants, and fetuses, who are also exposed to fluoride from other sources," David Kennedy, DDS, of the IAOMT, explains.  "In the meantime, excess fluoride exposure in children is known to cause dental fluorosis, which is permanent damage to the developing tooth, is the first visible sign of fluoride toxicity, and is currently on the rise in the United States, with millions of children affected. Among an array of other health risks scientifically linked to children's fluoride exposure are osteosarcoma (a bone cancer) and loss of IQ points."

    One example of the research Dr. Kennedy is referring to is a study published in 2017 (funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health) that found prenatal fluoride exposure was associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring.  This study is just one of hundreds of research articles about fluoride's health risks that the IAOMT has collected since the group was founded in 1984.

    Last fall, Dr. Kennedy co-authored the IAOMT's Position Paper against Fluoride Use in Water, Dental Materials, and Other Products, which features over 500 citations, mainly to scientific studies and regulatory documents addressing fluoride's potential for harmful consequences.  The IAOMT has also launched Fluoride Facts webpages to assist in raising awareness of risks of fluoride exposure.  The work of the IAOMT has been instrumental in helping to teach others that not all dentists support the use of fluoride and that exposure to this chemical, which has drastically increased in recent decades, has been related to an array of potential health hazards.

    As part of their efforts to share this important message, the IAOMT has also joined forces with the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), a group that seeks to broaden awareness among citizens, scientists, and policymakers on the toxicity of fluoride compounds.  FAN recently launched a Moms2B Campaign to advise pregnant women to avoid fluoride, particularly fluoridated water, because of the potential for harm to the brain of the fetus.

    Contact: Amanda Just, Program Director of the IAOMT, info@iaomt.org 
    International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)
    Phone: (239) 887-8067; Website: www.iaomt.org

    SOURCE International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Saddened that actress Barbara Windsor has suffered Alzheimer’s for some years.  Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University in UK, believes that exposure to aluminium is a main cause of the disease.  Writing in “Frontiers of Neurology” journal, he said “The presence of aluminium in the brain should be a red flag alerting us all to potential dangers.”   Tap water is treated with aluminium sulphate to improve clarity & make it sparkling, whereas in the past tap water was filtered through harmless
    sand-beds to achieve this.  Aluminium is used in some medications, as a food additive & is in cosmetics, sunscreens & antiperspirants.  Many ready-meals & takeaways come in aluminium foil trays.  Prof Exley’s studies found aluminium in baby foods - even though no aluminium is added to them, & he concludes the aluminium may be leaching into the food from the foil packaging.  Prof Exley says aluminium builds up in the brain until it reaches a ‘toxic threshold’ beyond which neurons (message carriers) cannot cope. 
    We remember the victims of Camelford, Cornwall, when aluminium was wrongly put in large amounts into their tap water.  I’ve sent the above to the press.


    Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Health

    Four years ago I hosted “GOT WELLNESS?”; a wellness event for women at the Old Town Theater in Alexandria, Virginia. The event was born from what I saw as a need to provide women, typically the wellness decision makers for their homes, with vital information about improving their health, and the health of their families. 

    I have long been encouraging my friends and family to take control of their health through knowledge of alternative health practices and the power at the end of their forks. Despite my passion about the topic, my practice and coaching others to wellness, I am not a doctor.  As such, I wasn't always able to get everyone to pay attention. So, I set about assembling a team with impeccable integrative-medical credentials to explain the importance of using EVERY available resource, from traditional medicines and medicinal lifestyle practices to modern medicine, as a way to achieve optimum wellness. 

    I convinced the accomplished Integrative Doctor Marie Steinmetz to participate as the keynote speaker. Dr. Steinmetz’s Family Practice was well respected long before she became one of the first Integrative physicians in the D.C area to have graduated from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her practice was built on integrative wellness and functional medicine; taking a whole patient approach to creating optimum health and wellness. The event sold out quickly, and it was clear that women wanted more information about the best choices for themselves and their families when it came to preventive wellness.

    Be your own best health advocate through knowledge and the practice of creating your own wellness micro-climate.

    The statistics are dire. Half of all adults in the US have one or more chronic diseases. Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, and cancer comprise six of the ten leading causes of death. These are modern diseases have flourished amidst sedentary lifestyles and the Standard American Diet (SAD).

    The stakes have never been higher for being proactive and taking control of your health.

    The good news is there are many things in our personal environments that are a good starting point for taking control of future wellness — little everyday things that can have a big impact over time, because they are cumulative. It is important to remember that there are very few neutral things in our environment; most things have a positive or negative effect on our bodies. The goal is to minimize the negative and maximize the positive, putting the health odds ever in your favor.

    4 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Wellness Microclimate

    Take Off Your Shoes When You Come Inside.
    Fecal matter, fungal spores, human skin flakes, hair, animal dander, dust mites, pollen, pesticides, lead dust and insect fragments are a few of the harmful toxins that are currently present in your home. According to a research, about 40% of these contaminants are brought in your household from the outside. These get stuck on your pets, clothing, and especially shoes. Create a place to leave shoes at the door and have house shoes for family and friends.

    2.   Toss The Teflon Cookware
    Fluropolymers such as polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE) and substances containing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAs) are commonly used to create conventional, non-stick cooking surfaces. These materials are toxic and highly resilient, with both the human body and also the wider environment. When exposed to heat, most non-stick cookware becomes a source of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is a long-chain chemical compound that has been linked to a frightening range of health problems including thyroid disease, infertility in women, organ damage and developmental and reproductive problems. Instead, purchase a safe non-stick pan like Greenpan, Mercola or Scanpan brands. 

    3.   Ditch The Flouride Toothpaste And Mouthwash
    Over 95% of the toothpaste sold in the U.S. contains fluoride; with many stores carrying few, if any, non-fluoridated brands. The use of fluoride in dental products, particularly during early childhood, presents health risks. This is why the FDA requires a poison warning on every tube of fluoride toothpaste now sold in the US.
    Risks from ingesting fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism. Fluoride is also a known neurotoxin and impairs thyroid function. Switch to an organic brand of toothpaste that uses minimal chemicals to get the job done. Tom’s Of Maine, Primal Life Organics and Earthpaste are all acceptable.

    4.   Filter Your Water
    “Clean” drinking water from your kitchen tap has come from an exterior water source that has been potentially subject to pesticides and industrial run-off.  It then travels through miles of pipeline, picking up contaminants along the way. It’s been disinfected with potential carcinogens like chlorine, ammonia and or chloramines; then “fortified” with fluoride. Drinking, showering and bathing every day with this chemical mix affects your health. The environmental organization The Environmental Working Group spent three years investigating America’s drinking water and the results were shocking. They found that roughly 85% of the population was using tap water laced with over 300 contaminants, many with unknown, long-term effects, and more than half of which aren’t even regulated by the EPA. The best option is buy a whole-house filtration system; but you can start with a counter-top filter drinking pitcher like Aquasana or Britta and start drinking safer water today.

    These 4 actionable tips are easy, affordable, and will positively impact your health.

    Visit me at The Culinary Cure to learn more about how you can “live like you mean it and age like you want to.”