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America: Home of the Drugged & Deceived? Part 1: Fluoride

Most Americans drink fluoridated water, brush with fluoridated toothpaste and give their children fluoride treatments when they take them to the dentist.

This is because our government has been promoting fluoride as beneficial for dental health for decades. Unfortunately, it’s a blatant lie and a means of disposing of a toxic waste product with the appalling side effect of dumbing down and controlling Americans.

The Truth About Fluoride

I was a pediatric dental assistant for 9 1/2 years. The dentist I worked for graduated from USC and was the president of the Pediatric Dental Association. He lectured all of the parents of our patients on the importance of drinking fluoridated water, and I never once saw a parent disagree with him. We even had a chart that showed the fluoride levels of all of the surrounding cities, and would recommend bottled fluoridated water for those who lived in cities with low fluoride levels or who used reverse osmosis systems in their homes.

When I switched jobs and the co-owner of Chanson Water told me that fluoride was something that should be filtered out of our water, I thought she was crazy. I trusted my former boss explicitly. After all, he was a very prestigious doctor, surely he knew what he was talking about and would not recommend something so harmful to children of all people?

But after doing my own research I realized that she was right, and the dentist and I were the ones who had been duped.

Fluoride-pushers often argue that fluoride is a naturally-occurring and safe heavy metal. But it turns out that the majority of the fluoride intentionally added to our municipal water supplies is actually a combination of hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride, often contaminated with heavy metals. Both are considered highly toxic by the EPA and considered a hazardous waste product, and there is no “safe” level of heavy metals for drinking water.

The Dangers of Fluoride

There is actually zero proof that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, but there are many dangerous and proven side-effects of fluoride consumption including:

  • Cancer
  • Behavioral problems
  • Reproductive problems
  • Decreased thyroid function
  • Osteoporosis/bone fractures
  • Birth defects
  • Lower IQs
  • Fluorosis

In fact, fluoride is so toxic that if a 3-year old child were to consume a 7 ounce tube of fluoridated toothpaste he would die, which is why all fluoridated toothpastes are required to have a warning label instructing people to call the poison control center if swallowed.

Because studies have shown a direct link between lowered IQ and drinking fluoridated water, conspiracy theorists believe that part of the reason our government intentionally poisons our water is to make us more docile as a means of control. We have been warned that terrorists might attack our water supply, yet we are already being poisoned by our own government!

How to Reduce Your Fluoride Consumption

Fortunately, there are many easy ways to reduce your exposure to fluoride.

1. Filter your tap water

Even if you are relying on bottled water for your drinking water, if you use unfiltered tap water to cook with, fluoride and other toxic chemicals may be making their way into your food.

Unfortunately, the cheap pitcher and faucet filters sold in grocery and hardware stores do not address fluoride and actually contribute to the propaganda that fluoride is beneficial for dental health, so if you are currently using one of these you will need to upgrade.

The most popular method for filtering fluoride out of your water is with a reverse osmosis system, however they take out the good alkaline minerals as well, which actually renders the water acidic on the pH scale. A better solution is a modified reverse osmosis system like the Chanson Nano or Nano2, or our C-3 triple filtration system. All remove fluoride and other harmful contaminants while keeping the healthy alkaline minerals in. View all Chanson pre-filters.

2. Switch to a non-fluoridated toothpaste

You will be hard pressed to find a non-fluoridated toothpaste on a mass supermarket shelf. Check your health food store or order online and remember to read the label carefully because even some “natural” brands like Toms offer fluoridated versions.

You can also make your own natural toothpaste on the cheap using a blend of baking soda, coconut oil and (optionally) peppermint or spearmint essential oil for taste.

3. Do not buy fluoride rinses or fluoride treatments

Ever seen those colorful bottles of fluoride rinses at the store with your child’s favorite cartoon characters splashed on the front? They even have grown-up versions now. Don’t buy them. And if you already have them, toss them out (just don’t dump them down the drain!). If your child(ren) are particularly upset about a change in their routine you can make an all natural mouthwash using a blend of ionized acidic water from a water ionizer and a blend of lemon, lime and orange essential oil.

And the next time you or your children go to the dentist, tell the dental assistant that you want to opt-out of the fluoride treatment and request that they make a note on the chart not to offer it again.

4. Eat more organic foods

Because the majority of farmers are watering their crops with fluoridated water, fluoride makes its way into our food supply and is nearly impossible to avoid altogether. You can reduce your exposure by buying or growing your own organic produce. You should also minimizing your consumption of processed foods, because aside from being unhealthy, the more processed the food, the more chances it had to be made with fluoridated water.

5. Speak up!

While the majority of U.S. cities are currently fluoridating the water, some have already opted-out, recently including Portland, OR. Write to your legislative officials and tell them that you do not want fluoride in your tap water, and vote or petition against this practice if the opportunity arises in your area.

This is part 1 in a 5-part series titled America: Home of the Drugged & Deceived? Here is a complete list of all the posts:

» Part 1: Fluoride
» Part 2: Cancer
» Part 3: Food
» Part 4: Pharmaceuticals
» Part 5: Vaccines

The Evolution of Water Consumption, Filtration, Treatment, and Delivery

Think water filtration or ionized alkaline water is new? It’s been around in one way or another since the beginning of time.

Here’s a historical timeline:

Dark Ages

Early man camped near water sources and collected naturally occuring ionzied alkaline spring water from streams, waterfalls, lakes and rivers using cupped hands, and later buckets and basins.

4000-2000 B.C.

Ancient Sanskrit and Greek writings recommended water treatment methods such as filtering through charcoal, exposing to sunlight, boiling, and straining in order to improve appearance of water.

1500 B.C.

To clarify water, the Egyptians reportedly used the chemical alum to cause suspended particles to settle out of water, and also siphoned water through a series of clay pots.

Egyptians and Greeks discovered that if they swirled and left water in copper and brass urns overnight, it turned sweeter (a mild form of ionization).

The Roman Empire built an extensive aqueduct system, with eleven aqueducts serving the city.

500 B.C.

The Greek scientist Hippocrates invented the first cloth bag filter and called it the “Hippocratic sleeve.”

1627

Sir Robert Bacon began experimenting with a form of sand filtration to remove salt particles from seawater.

1676

Anton van Leeuwenhoek became the first person to discover microorganisms in water.

1700s

Domestic water filter units made from wool, sponge, and charcoal began to be used in individual homes.

1804

The first large municipal water treatment plant was installed in Scotland in order to provide treated water to every resident.

1829

Evian water company was formed and began selling the water in earthenware.

1854

Several cities began to treat all water with sand filters and chlorine before distributing it to the public after British scientist John Snow discovered that he could use chlorine to kill bacteria in water.

1869

The first desalination patent was reported, and the first land-based steam distillation plant was established in Britain.

Late 1800’s

Municipal water treatment began to take hold in the U.S. Rapid sand filtration is experimented with, along with cleaning filters with powerful steam jets. A rapid decrease in waterborne diseases is noted at this time.

Early 1900’s

The first water ionizers are invented in Russia, designed to recreate what happens in nature when water runs over rocks–alkaline pH water with a low ORP (oxidation reduction potential).

1903

Water softeners, which use sodium ions to replace water-hardening minerals in water, were introduced into the water treatment market.

1908

Chlorine was used for the first time as a primary disinfectant of drinking water in Jersey City, New Jersey. The use of other disinfectants such as ozone also began in Europe around this time.

1914

Limited drinking water standards for municipalities in U.S. cities were implemented.

1940s

Federal drinking water standards were widely applied in the U.S.

1945

Fluoroide began to be added to the municipal tap water sources under the guise of preventing dental decay.

1958

The first residential water ionizer was developed and sold in Japan.

1960s

The American government created and funded the Office of Saline Water to research and develop desalination technologies.

1966

The Japanese Health Ministry approved the water ionizer as a “Health Improving Medical Device.”

1959

The Reverse Osmosis (R/O) extreme water filtration method is invented by Prof Reid of the University of Florida.

Late 1960s

Industrial and agricultural advances and the creation of new man-made chemicals had negative impacts on the environment and public health when they began finding their way into water supplies through factory discharges, street and farm field runoff, and leaking underground storage and disposal tanks.

1966

Heinz Hankammer began production of the first Brita filter under a pear tree in his family’s garden.

1970s

Perrier introduces carbonated bottled water.

1972

The Clean Water Act became law, requiring industrial plants to proactively improve their waste procedures in order to limit the effect of contaminants on freshwater sources.

1974

The Safe Drinking Water Act was adopted by all 50 states for the regulation of U.S. public water systems. This law specified 91 pollutants that must be closely monitored (out of more than 60,000).

1980

500 million gallons of bottled water are sold in the US.

1990

U.S. annual sales of bottled water spurted to 1.8 billion gallons.

Early 2000s

Municipalities begin to increase chloramine (chlorine + ammonia) usage as a disinfectant in tap water.

2006

Almost 36  billion plastic water bottles are sold in the U.S.

Today

Bottled water consumption remains at an all-time high and municipalities continue to add harmful chemicals like chlorine, chloramine and fluoride to the drinking water. Most water filter owners are either over- or under-filtering their tap water, and water ionizers remain virtually unknown outside of Asia despite their proven health benefits. What is wrong with this picture?

Take advantage of the technology our era has afforded us and say goodbye to unhealthy and expensive bottled waters and hello to fresh filtered Chanson ionized alkaline water.

What’s in Your Water?

According to a report by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), “There are a number of threats to drinking water: improperly disposed of chemicals; animal wastes; pesticides; human threats; wastes injected underground; and naturally occurring substances can all contaminate drinking water. Likewise, drinking water that is not properly treated or disinfected, or which travels through an improperly maintained distribution system, may also pose a health risk.”

Bottled waters are not heavily regulated and thus not immune from these threats, which is why many authorities including the EPA and the Presidents Cancer Panel are currently recommending filtered tap water over bottled water.

Here is a snapshot of some of the most common chemicals and contaminants that may be lurking in your water but can effectively be filtered out with a prefilter or whole house filtration system:

Chlorine

Chlorine is intentionally added to the majority of municipal tap water supplies in order to kill bacteria. “Chlorine is so dangerous,” according to biologist/chemist Dr. Herbert Schwartz, “that it should be banned. Putting chlorine in the water is like starting a time bomb. Cancer, heart trouble, premature senility, both mental and physical are conditions attributable to chlorine treated water supplies. It is making us grow old before our time by producing symptoms of ageing such as hardening of the arteries.”

Because hot showers create a steam which is inhaled and causes our pores to dilate, our skin and lungs absorb as much chlorine during one ten minute shower as it would if we drank eight 8-oz. glasses of the same water! According to the EPA, “Breathing small amounts of chlorine for short periods of time adversely affects the human respiratory system. Effects range from coughing and chest pain to water retention in the lungs. Chlorine irritates the skin, the eyes, and the respiratory system.” So installing a shower filter or whole house filtration system that will remove most chlorine is highly recommended.

Fluoride

Many municipalities add fluoride to our water supply under the guise that it is supposed to help strengthen baby teeth. According to the scientific research, fluoride consumption creates multiple hazards with respect to cancer. Fluoride can actually produce cancer, transforming normal human cells into cancerous ones, even at concentrations of only 1ppm (parts per million) – the official “safe” dosage set by the U.S. Public Health Service for drinking water.

The fluoride which is added to 90% of drinking water is actually hydrofluoric acid which is a manmade compound with no nutritional value and a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Several bottled waters including Arrowhead, Sparkletts, Poland Springs and Crystal Springs contain fluoride, which means that if they are using the conventional reverse osmosis method they actually took the time to put this poison back into their product!

Heavy Metals – Mercury, Lead, Arsenic

Too much lead or mercury in the human body can cause serious damage to the brain, nervous system and kidneys. Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to heavy metal poisoning, and even at low levels, it can affect a child’s physical development and ability to learn. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate. Non-cancer effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Homes built before 1940 may have lead pipes which can leach into your drinking water. If your pipes are made of lead, they should be replaced as soon as possible, but even then lead may find it’s way into your drinking water unless you are using an adequate filter.

Chloroform and trichloroethylene

Chloroform (a Trihalomethane or THM) and trichloroethylene (TCE) are two highly volatile toxic chemicals that have been identified in many municipal drinking-water supplies. The National Academy of Sciences has estimated that 200-1,000 people may die in the U.S. each year from cancers caused by ingesting these contaminants in water. According to a study by Dr. Julian Andelman, hot showers (109F) can liberate about 50% of the dissolved chloroform and 80% of the dissolved TCE into the air, and both the heat and the large surface-to-volume ratio of small droplets increase vaporization. TCE, chloroform, benzene and others are readily absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream.

Pharmacutical drugs

In 2008, the Associated Press published a report that found various pharmaceutical compounds in the water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas across the United States serving over 51 million Americans. Do you really want to be drinking traces of someone else’s antibiotics, mood stabilizers, sex hormones, steroids or painkillers?

VOC’s, Pesticides and Herbicides

Our municipal water treatment facilities do not remove VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), and there are currently more than 60,000 of them in existence, most of which are man-made synthetic chemicals. According to Ralph Nader Research Institute, “U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.”

The use of pesticides and herbicides has become so excessive that they are now commonly found in household tap water and bottled waters with alarming frequency. Many pesticides and herbicides are known, suspected or probable carcinogens. As stated in a recent report from the National Cancer Institute to the surgeon general, “No level of exposure to a chemical carcinogen should be considered toxicologically insignificant for humans.”

Protect yourself and your family from these harmful chemicals and contaminants and more with a drinking water prefilter, and either a shower filter or whole house filter today. Visit www.chansonwater.com for more information.