The Dangers of Fluoride

Last week, I received a notice on my Facebook page that shared that a Harvard study on fluoride found it to cause brain damage.  I immediately thought: “hm.  Rise in alzheimber’s/dementia.  Hm.  Fluoride added to water, when? and to toothpastes, when?  Probably some correlation there.”

Since then I have read about the study in my online newspaper and from Jesse Cannone of “Lose the Backpain”  According to Jesse’s article, there are only two benefits to having fluoride introduced: It has been found to decrease decay tendencies of teeth.  But, wait, if one does it too much

Excessive exposure to fluoride actually damages the teeth, discolors them and causes them to rot from the inside out.

Yikes!  That sounds a lot worse than getting a cavity or two.

The second benefit is that it is cheap.  If it is put in water (which has become the norm in cities around the United States).  According to Jesse’s article:

It costs about $.50 per person to fluoridate water.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it also saves approximately $38 in dental costs per person. “An individual can have a lifetime of fluoridated water for less than the cost of one dental filling,” explains the American Dental Association (ADA).

Okay.  So it is cheaper to drink lots of fluoride water than it is to get a filling put in.  However, the study done at Harvard’s School of Public Health found that fluoride caused brain damage.  The study done of Chinese children who were regularly exposed to fluoride in their water found that their IQs were effected adversely.  Yikes again!

There is a saying that I think about often:  Penny wise, pound foolish.  Seems to me that this is a classic case of this saying.

However, this is not the end of the story.  According to a Harvard study (Maybe the same one) a higher incidence of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) occurs in populations that drink water in which fluoride has been added.

And so Yikes a third time!

Can this really be for real?  Many years ago, a mystic friend of mine shared a story about a fellow who lived above the hills of a village.  One day, he went down to the village to get supplies and found that the villagers had all gone mad.  With a little detective work, he learned that their wells had been poisoned with some item that was causing this madness.  He went back up to his place in the hills.  For months, he avoided the water.  But eventually he felt so lonely and isolated that he went back down the hill and drank of the well.

Check out the ingredients in your mouthwashes and toothpastes.

Although fluoride in the water is cheaper than a filling, I think a filling is probably cheaper than chemo or replacing all your teeth.

© Yvonne Behrens  2012


Sugar and Cancer


Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose)

grains of sugar

Have you ever noticed how much sugar gets “pushed” in our foods?  Pick up any packaged good in a grocery store and see whether it contains the word sugar in it.  Often, even when the product is not a dessert, sugar will be one of the first ingredients.

Labels, by law, have to list the ingredients that are in the product being sold.  What if the label states sugar: 0 grams? That’s good, right?  No.   If sugar is listed, even as 0 grams, it means the product contains sugar, just not a whole gram.  But it might contain as much as 99 mg.   I have found that even the brands that tout themselves as being healthy end up having some sugar somewhere.

I should add that some products come about their sugar honestly.  The product itself, ie, a canned fruit product, will naturally have sugar in it.  But a cracker will most likely have added sugar put in.  People like the flavor of sugar and marketing firms have done lots of tests that demonstrate that products with sugar are higher sellers than those without sugar.

Why did I become so interested in the sugar content of our foods?  Last December, my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to his liver.  This is a very scary diagnosis with grim prognosis.  What does one do when confronted with such a situation?  Hopefully, one has friends that kick into high gear and help with major amounts of research.  We did and this led us to the Block Institute for Re-integrative Cancer Care in Skokie, IL

At the Block Center, we learned that cancer actually feeds off of sugar.  More and more research confirms this.  Conner Middelmann Whitney, a Nutritionist and writer for Psychology Today cites a study done at UCLA:

To assess the effect of fructose on cancer cells, UCLA researchers added glucose to one set of human pancreatic cancer cells and fructose to another set of cells. After letting the cells interact with the sugars, both fructose and glucose were found to increase cancer cell growth at similar rates but through different metabolic pathways. This is the first time a link has been shown between fructose and cancer proliferation.

“In this study we show that cancers can use fructose just as readily as glucose to fuel their growth,” said Anthony Heaney, the study’s lead author. “The modern diet contains a lot of refined sugar including fructose and it’s a hidden danger implicated in a lot of modern diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver.” While this study was done on pancreatic cancer, these findings may not be unique to that cancer type, Heaney said.

We are recording pandemic levels of not only cancer, but diabetes as well in our country.  According to the International Diabetes Federation, global diabetes has hit new highs reaching 366 million people worldwide.

These figures seem extraordinary to me.  Isn’t it time that we stop and look at how we are apparently poisoning ourselves with the large amounts of sugar that we ingest every day?  The first step is to read those labels at the supermarket. The second step is to decide that you don’t want that much sugar in your system.  After that, other doors will open up to a more sugar free world!


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