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The last issue of BetterHealthBytes   on Fluoride Facts stimulated some questions from you readers. One message in particular sums up what you're asking. It's written by another RN and author who says she's been reading about the fluoride problems for many years now, but that:

   "One thing has me stumped, though - a number of dentists have told me that fluoridation has reduced or even eliminated cavities, even though people are eating more sugar than ever before.

  People my age (I'm 60) have a mouthful of mercury, but people half my age and younger typically have no fillings.

  What do you make of that?

  How can I respond to the dentists?"

This  is the same issue people face who have medical treatments for bones recommended to them.   Here are some things I think about and invite them to think about.  I thought I'd pass them along to you, so you also can consider them as you make your health care choices.

1. It's your body and therefore your mouth and your bones and your choice about whether or not to act on a treatment recommendation. Remember that the health care professional is someone you are hiring - in other words, they are employed by you, and you are the boss, not the other way around.

2. Regarding dental fluoride, for me the issue is not whether or not it works to reduce dental caries, but what the downstream price is for that result. Fluoride is a poison (used in roach and rat poisons) a carcinogen; it causes osteosclerosis, spondylosis, osteopetrosis, goiter, damages the hippocampus (part of the brain needed for memory, learning new behavior and processing new information). Documented downstream effects also include Alzheimer's, atherosclerosis, infertility, birth defects, diabetes, cancer, and lowered IQ.

3. There are other options to reduce - even eliminate dental caries, many of which have no downstream effects, are far less expensive  and can be done yourself. A simple home remedy, for example, is to use a mouthwash made of baking soda and water after meals, but particularly after consuming sugar. 

This works because dental caries are not caused by sugar itself, but rather by the acid it leaves in the mouth.  The acid environment weakens dental enamel and allows bacteria to enter the tooth structure. Baking soda neutralizes the acid and therefore eliminates this problem.

4.The argument that fluoride treatments are justified because they eliminate cavities is the same argument used to justify giving bisphosphonates because they improve bone density.  If you wanted to give yourself dense bones, all you'd have to do is drink some lead!  (NOT recommended!)

Fluoride does the same thing to teeth and bones -it causes them to appear more dense on medical tests but they are also more brittle and will break more easily.  Fluoride has an affinity for bones because, like bisphosphonates, it is so toxic and so difficult to process that, since the body can't get rid of it, its next best option is to move it to deep storage to get it out of circulation, and that deep storage is in bones and teeth.

I don't know about you, but since I began discovered how fluoride has been used in the past - for example, by the Nazi's to keep prisoners docile and easy to control - I wonder about this younger, cavity reduced generation people (younger than the questioner above). Are they more politically complacent and willing to accept the status quo compared to the activism of the previous generation of the 1960's for example because of the fluoride in their bodies and brains?

I wonder too,about those people are drooling in the back corner of some nursing home with that blank Alzheimer stare, no longer knowing their own names. Are they paying the price of fluoride exposure?

I don't know, but I do know one thing - I don't want to be one of them.

Thanks to all of you who wrote your responses, and to the questioner above for her query that helps shed further light on this situation.

PS. If you missed the BetterHealthBytes Issue on Fluoride or would like to reread it, click here:   Fluoride Facts

FONT-SIZE: 11pt"> Pamela Levin, R.N., is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. In private practice 42 years offering physical and emotional health improvement services, she has over 500 post-graduate hours in clinical nutrition, herbology and applied kinesiology. She is the mother of two and grand mother of two.

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