Friday, February 4, 2011

Block Fluoride with Vitamin A & E Coenzyme Q10

It is possible to protect yourself from the damaging effects of fluoride.  A 2009 publication revealed that supplementing with Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 has a counteracting influence on the damaging effects of sodium fluoride to the lungs and pancreas.

This study also confirms that fluoride does in fact cause harm to both the lungs and pancreas.

Article reference:
Food Chem Toxicol. 2009 Oct;47(10):2544-50. Epub 2009 Jul 19.
The effect of antioxidative vitamins A and E and coenzyme Q on the morphological picture of the lungs and pancreata of rats intoxicated with sodium fluoride.
Stawiarska-Pieta B, Paszczela A, Grucka-Mamczar E, Szaflarska-Stojko E, Birkner E.
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Silesian Medical University, Sosnowiec, Poland. bspieta@o2.pl 

Article summary:

"Fluorides, when taken in amounts exceeding the standard therapeutic dosage, are regarded as toxic substances. Recent studies show that fluorides may affect the oxidoreductive processes of cells. The aim of the following study is to investigate the effect of antioxidative vitamins A and E and coenzyme Q on the morphological picture of the lungs and pancreata of rats exposed to high doses of sodium fluoride."

The rats were divided into 3 groups & received the following for 35 days:
  • Group I received sodium fluoride and no supplements
  • Group II received sodium fluoride & vitamins A and E and coenzyme Q
  • Group III, the control group, received distilled water and standard fodder.

Results:

"In the case of group I, pathomorphological examinations of the lungs revealed the appearance of erythrorrhagia, hyperaemia, necrosis of epithelium cells, numerous macrophages in interalveolar septa, infiltrations in the area of blood vessels and emphysematous blebs. Focal vacuolar degeneration cells and inflammatory infiltrations appeared only in pancreata.

The results confirmed that the administration of vitamins A and E and coenzyme Q has a counteracting influence upon the degenerative changes seen in the examined organs."

The easiest way to get all of your key fluoride fighting vitamins and minerals in one shot (including A & E) is to take a high quality, gelatin & iron free multivitamin such as Bluebonnet Multi One Iron Free, 30 vegi cap

Country Life offers a very pure form of CoQ10: Country Life Coenzyme Q-10, 30 mg- 30 vegi cap

For more information on fluoride blocking supplements, click here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Perchlorate Inhibits Thyroid

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA just announced that it is working to develop a national safety standard for regulating the amount of perchlorate and up to 16 toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and other health risks. 

This is great news....but don't hold your breath.

This means that they are starting to evaluate the feasibility and affordability of treatment technologies to remove perchlorate and will examine the costs and benefits.  They plan to publish the proposed regulation within 2 years, and leave it open to public comments for a final regulation over 1 year after the initial publish date (So we're talking at least 3 years from now most likely).  It is my guess that after that, public water supplies will have a specific time frame to conform to the new regulation(s); who knows how long that will be.

Perchlorate can be found naturally and is also a product of manufacturing.  They are used within the pyrotechnics industry (such as fireworks), and ammonium perchlorate is a component of rocket fuel.

Perchlorate has significant impact on the thyroid gland by interfering with iodine uptake and impairing normal thyroid function.  It is a known goitrogen, and may even lead to the development of thyroid tumors and hypothyroidism.  It can disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth and development. 

Just like fluoride, it was so effective in lowering thyroid function that it was used as a medicine to treat hyperthyroidism. There are some cases in the 1960's  that patients receiving potassium perchlorate for hyperthyroidism developed aplastic anemia (a condition where the bone marrow fails to produce new blood cells in sufficient quantity), and 7 patients died. 

A 1957 study showed that perchlorate can pass through the placenta and can affect fetal animals more seriously than adults.  Perchlorate can also contaminate human breast milk.  A 2000 Arizona study found a significant increase in abnormal thyroid hormone levels in infants whose mothers drank perchlorate contaminated water from the Colorado River while pregnant.

The EPA has found perchlorate to be a health risk based on the frequency it occurs in public water systems at high enough levels to create a health concern for 5.2 to 16.6 million people.  Monitoring data shows that over four percent of public water systems have detected perchlorate.

Here is a map from the EPA identifying manufacturers and users of perchlorate across the US:



And here is a map from the EPA showing where they believe perchlorate was released into the water system:



It is thought that any effects of perchlorate on the thyroid gland are fully reversible once exposure stops.  It is unclear of just how much perchlorate can affect unborn babies and infants - but I imagine that this damage could be irreversible, since iodine and healthy thyroid function is critical for young growth and development.

Not only can perchlorate be found in your public water, but also private water systems and wells.  Luckily, perchlorate can be significantly reduced or even eliminated by using a Reverse Osmosis System, no matter what the EPA decides.  Reverse Osmosis Systems can remove so many contaminates - who knows what else is lurking in your water besides this deadly toxin?  I can't stress it enough - filtering your water is so important.  Usually, the EPA will develop a "safe" amount of a water contaminate.  My opinion is that there is no "safe" amount!  I don't want to drink any rocket fuel, pesticide residue, manufacturing chemicals, lead, aluminum, etc - the list goes on and on.  It's always something - hexavalent chromium yesterday, Perchlorate today, who knows what the new toxin will be for tomorrow?  You won't have to worry if you buy a reverse osmosis for your family.  Click here for more information.




Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fluoride Free Skin Care - Part 3

I also heard back from derma e.  They use deionized water in all of their formulas! I would also like to mention that their customer service is fantastic; I am very impressed with this company. 

Derma e is a family owned and operated, offering excellent all natural face, body and skin care products.  From their website:

"derma e® is a pioneer in the development of natural antioxidant formulations and is the leading innovator of natural topical antioxidant moisturizers and anti-aging skin care products to increase hydration to your skin, help reduce the damaging effects of aging, and improve your skin’s texture and appearance. derma e® is also recognized as the expert in products to care for the whole body; especially treatment products for problematic skin conditions. derma e® has the natural answers to scars, cracked skin, spider veins, bruises, blemishes, age and liver spots, to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, and other signs of aging, for symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. derma e is dedicated to helping people with dry skin, flaky skin, itching skin or problem skin conditions. Formulated for results."

Here's a link to view their various skin care products: derma e products

All of derma e's Hyaluronic Acid products are made with non animal sources which are cruelty free. Hyaluronic Acid is crucial to maintaining healthy collagen and wrinkle free skin. Here's some more info:


Monday, January 24, 2011

Fluoride Free Skin Care - Part 2

This is a continuation from Fluoride Free Skin Care Part 1.

I just heard back from Lily of the Desert; this is their response to the types of water they use in their products:  "We do not deionize or add water to any of our Lily of the Desert products."  It was great to hear that they don't add any water, because they really offer some wonderful aloe-based products. 

Aloe can perform miracles on your skin (and internally; more on that later).  It's benefits include excellent moisturizing abilities and improves the skin's ability to hydrate itself.  It can aid in the removal of dead skin cells, stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, reduce wrinkles and slow the process of aging.  It's  anti-inflammatory, can reverse scarring and speed healing, and is great for burns (including sun-burns).  It is also effective in treating acne, psoriasis, insect bites, and fungus.

All of Lily of the Desert Aloe 80 products contain a minimum of 80% certified organic aloe vera and polysaccharide-rich AloeSorb™. This assures that you get maximum benefits of aloe.

Face

Lily Of The Desert Aloe 80, Facial Freshener, 8 oz
Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera 80, Clarifying Facial Scrub, 8 oz
Lily Of The Desert Facial Moisturizing Creme, 4 oz

Bath

Lily Of The Desert Aloe 80, Daily Shampoo, 16 oz
Lily Of The Desert Aloe 80, Daily Conditioner, 16 oz
Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera 80, Bubble Bath, 16 oz

Body

Lily Of The Desert Topicals For - Gelly, Aloe Vera, 4 oz
Lily Of The Desert Aloe 80, Liquid Soap, 16 oz
Lily Of The Desert Hand & Body Lotion, Lavender, 16 oz
Lily Of The Desert Aloe 80, Hand & Body Lotion, Citrus, 16 oz

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fluoride Free Skin Care

In a follow up to my previous article Fluoride Causes Wrinkles and Damage to Collagen, I wanted to talk about ways you can rebuild your collagen and keep your skin looking young, healthy and wrinkle free.

You can start rebuilding collagen internally by supplementing with a vegetarian for of Hyaluronic Acid with MSM: Now Foods Hyaluronic Acid Plus MSM, 50 mg- 60 vegi capand a high quality iron-free multivitamin: Bluebonnet Multi One Iron Free, 30 vegi cap

Externally, you want to make sure that you remove sources of fluoride from your skin. While there are really no guarantees of a fluoride free product, you can at least look for products that are made from distilled or deonized water, and free from green tea (and all other types of tea) which is loaded with fluoride and aluminum. Be sure to read ingredients carefully. Tea can also be called Camellia sinensis (or something similar).

Moisturizers

Pure, all natural Vitamin E Oil is one of the best things you can do for healthy, soft, radiant skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that can reduce the signs of aging, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and protect you from skin cancer. It is also an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. It can help with acne and blemishes, psoriasis, scars, stretch marks, crows feet, age spots, inflammation and more.

Pure vitamin A offers many of the same benefits as Vitamin E, and is mostly known for generating healthy new skin cells and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using Vitamin E and Vitamin A together offer a powerful healthy skin combination. Derma E Skin Care Vitamin A with E, Wrinkle Treatment Oil, 2 ozis an excellent, all natural Vitamin A & E formula that is paraben & fragrance free.

Soaps

From their website: Kirk's Premium Transparent Bars are made with pure vegetable base, contain NO animal by-products, NO preservatives, and never tested on animals. The clear formula is extremely mild and hypoallergenic. They have excellent solubility, rinsibility and do not leave any residue on the skin.

Kirk's Natural Products Transparent Glycerine Soap - Moisturizing, 4 oz
Kirk's Natural Products Transparent Glycerine Soap - Deodorant, 4 oz
Kirk's Natural Products Transparent Glycerine Soap - Sensitive Skin, 4 oz

Clearly Natural also offers some excellent products that are free from  Animal Ingredients or By-Products, Parabens, Preservatives, Colorants or Artificial Dyes.  I emailed them about the water they use; here is their response: "We do use deionized water in our liquid soaps, body wash's, and bubble bath's. The bar soaps use regular water."

Clearly Natural Liquid Glycerine Soap - Tea Tree, 12 oz
Clearly Natural Liquid Glycerine Soap - Aloe Vera with Pump, 12 oz
Clearly Natural Liquid Glycerine Soap - Vitamin E with Pump, 12 oz
Clearly Natural Liquid Antibacterial Glycerine Soap - Unscented w/ Pump, 8 oz

Body Washes

Clearly Natural Clearly Natural Soap - Body Wash, Aloe Vera, 16 oz
Clearly Natural Body Wash - Apricot and Chamomile, 16 oz
Clearly Natural Body Wash - Unscented, 16 oz
Clearly Natural Body Wash - Vitamin E, 16 oz

Stay tuned for more fluoride free skin care products!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fluoride Free Cooking

Here is an easy guide to fluoride free cooking:
  1.  Always cook with fluoride free water.  Fluoride concentrates when it's heated. This means all water that you boil, add to breads and pastries, add to recipes, coffee, baby formulas, etc.
  2. Don't breath in the steam as you're cooking food over the stove.  The food you are cooking may have fluoride in it. Inhaling the fluoridated steam can be worse then eating it and you may have a stronger reaction since it goes right to your blood stream and nervous system (same thing can happen while showering).
  3. DO NOT use non-stick pans and cookware.  This is fluoride.  Do not use aluminum cookware either.  Instead, use glass or a stainless steel skillet.  I use stainless steel for everything with no issues at all. Search for stainless steel cookware or Search for glass cookware
  4. Do not use non-stick spatulas or wood.   Search for stainless steel cooking utensils
  5. Cook with real butter instead of margarine
  6. Use block cheese w/no additives instead of shredded cheese bags or processed/melty cheese blocks.  Grate the cheese yourself
  7. Avoid cooking with gelatin, animal stock and animal bones. 
  8. Do not cook/eat pre-cooked foods such as beans, instant rice, etc.
  9. Avoid cooking things that need to simmer for long amounts of time (longer then 2 hrs or so; ie crock pot meals heated all day, soups)
  10. If your recipe calls for spices (even if it's just pepper), try to add them after your food has cooked.  Spices may be loaded with fluoride that will concentrate when you heat them.
  11. If you are making something like a crab dip (from cooked crab meat), try not to bake it in the oven; serve it cold instead.  Crab meat & tuna  can be very high in fluoride.
  12. Substitute tomato sauce for fresh tomato whenever you can
  13. Wash everything - veggies (even if they are frozen in a bag), fruit, dried fruit, etc.
  14. Do not eat canned anything - vegetables, fruit, manwhich, prepared food, etc.  Look for things frozen or in glass containers to avoid aluminum and aluminum fluoride.
  15. Do not eat frozen/microwave meals with precooked food such as noodles, lasagna, rice, corn, etc.
  16. Try different manufactures.  If you have a reaction to one product, you may not have a reaction to the same thing manufactured somewhere else
  17. Try to avoid sauces and condiments made with water, soy, wine, grapes and/or raisins.  Mustard can be high in fluoride. 
  18. Avoid easy pre-packaged baking mixes (for cakes, biscuits, cookies, pancake mixes etc) with heavy food colorings and/or aluminum baking soda.
  19. Always eat lean meat and fish.  Toxins can accumulate in the animal's fat. Same thing goes for milk - drink skim milk.  Regular eggs are usually ok, but I have read that powdered eggs can be high in fluoride; you may want to contact the manufacturer.
  20. Watch out for organic food.  Fluoride is still an approved pesticide for organic products.  I have actually had some of my worst reactions to organic food - you really just have to use trial and error here. 
  21. Cook on the grill when you can.  This way your food does not sit in it's own fat and juices. 
  22. Once you have established items that don't give you any fluoride symptoms, add new items one at a time.  Otherwise, if you have a reaction you won't be able to pinpoint what caused it.
The most common symptoms of a fluoride reaction or fluoride symptoms include a rapid pulse, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and much more.  For a complete list of immediate fluoride symptoms, click here. For a more comprehensive list of fluoride symptoms, click here.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Fluoride Causes Wrinkles and Damage to Collagen

Collagen is essential to healthy skin, joints and muscles. It is a fibrous protein that’s the main component of all of your body’s connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral discs. It provides your tissues and organs with strength and elasticity, and constitutes 1 to 2% of your muscle tissue. Our skin is actually made up of 75 to 80 % of collagen, providing it with elasticity and a youthful appearance. A 2008 study from the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (GIND), UCSF, and Stanford discovered that collagen VI is in fact present in the brain (made from neurons), and may offer protection from Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at Harvard first discovered that fluoride disrupted collagen synthesis in the 1960s. Later research proved that even as little as 1 ppm of Fluoride (the amount in our drinking water) can interfere with collagen metabolism and lead to its breakdown. This in turn signals your body to make even more collagen – but since the fluoride has interfered with the way it’s produced, the new collagen created is now imperfect and can cause many widespread issues to your bones, tendons, muscles, skin, cartilage, lung, kidney, and trachea.

Specifically, this excess of imperfect collagen can lead to:
  • Wrinkled, aged skin 
  • Poor wound healing 
  • abnormal bone growth 
  • Joint pains, cracking and popping 
  • calcification of ligaments, cartilage, and tendons pronounced bony outgrowths 
  • calcification & Hardening of the Arteries 
  • Fibromyalgia – there is a very interesting connection here. A 2003 study concluded that Fibromyalgia patients had a significantly lower amount of intramuscular collagen, which may lower the threshold for muscle injury/muscle tears and thereby result in non-specific signs of muscle pathology. 
  • TMJ 
  • Eye floaters 
  • Carpal Tunnel – Studies have shown that people with carpal tunnel syndrome appear to have abnormal collagen levels

Other Collagen and Connective Tissue Disorders have been linked to:

osteogenesis imperfecta, chondrodysplasias, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Alport syndrome, Bethlem myopathy, certain subtypes of epidermolysis bullosa, Knobloch syndrome, some cases of osteoporosis, arterial aneurysms, osteoarthrosis, intervertebral disc disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, vasculitis, and Raynaud’s syndrome

Here are some examples of a calcified joint and spine caused from fluoride exposure (pictures from www.fluoridealert.org):



Treatment

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is crucial for collagen formation, and is often the top recommended supplement for collagen disorders and healthy skin.

I have always had issues taking mega doses of vitamin c (1,000 mg +); maybe because while I was exposed to fluoride, it was increasing the production of imperfect collagen and worsening my symptoms.

A 2004 study on guinea pigs found that long term use of high doses of vitamin c may worsen the severity of osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a joint disease that causes the cartilage in between your bones to wear away. Who knows what water & feed these guinea pigs were receiving and how much fluoride they were getting per day. It could be that the more vitamin c they were fed, the more imperfect collagen/cartilage was being produced.

Vitamin C has also been found to increase iron absorption. For most this may not be an issue, however inflammation (caused from fluoride exposure, muscle injuries, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, etc) causes the body to release more free iron and/or interferes with iron metabolism. This could ultimately result in iron overload (Hemochromatosis) which can lead to serious complications such as liver disease, heart problems, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome and hypothyroidism.

Regardless of the varying and sometimes controversial data regarding vitamin c, little or no vitamin c can lead to scurvy and other major health issues. I believe that at least 75 mg of vitamin c per day is beneficial. When it comes to eye health, it can make retina capillaries stronger, support proper nourishment for your eye and even help to prevent eye floaters.

Collagen Supplements/Collagen Injections: This collagen typically comes from animal parts, and is thought to reverse its loss.

I don’t recommend these for rebuilding collagen – mainly because the collagen itself could be imperfect, fluoridated collagen that has accumulated in these animals from years of fluoridated feed and water. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, I’m sure you’ve heard me say this a 1,000 times (sorry but it keeps coming up!) – Gelatin can be very high in fluoride. One study found American gelatin boiled in 1ppm of water to have a whopping 30 ppm of fluoride. This may have been a result of both the water and collagen used to create the gelatin.

Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic Acid is present in every tissue of the body, including your connective tissues such as skin and cartilage, joint fluid and eyes. It can come from animal parts (usually rooster comb or chicken cartilage), or it can also be made by bacteria in the lab. It can help with eye health, osteoarthritis, joint health, and is even claimed to be the fountain of youth. The first word of caution I have is that researchers have found that high levels of Hyaluronic acid could contribute to tumor progression in breast and colon cancer; although I do not think it has actually been identified as the actual cause of these tumors/cancer. WebMD claims it is safe for most people.

If you are having severe joint pain, I recommend giving it a shot (the lab grown kind) maybe one month or so after you have started the Stop, Block and Reverse Program.

Now Foods Hyaluronic Acid Plus MSM,  50 mg- 60 vegi cap

NOW Foods makes an excellent vegetarian combo that Includes MSM, which is also a mineral that is vital to the formation of collagen. MSM is used for many health conditions including joint, tendonitis & arthritis issues, TMJ, chronic pain, muscle cramps, scleroderma, hair loss, wrinkles, eye inflammation, wounds, cuts, allergies, constipation, ulcers, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), mood, weight loss, poor circulation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, liver problems, Alzheimer’s disease, lung disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, snoring, headaches, leg cramps, hangover, boost immune system, autoimmune disorders (systemic lupus erythematous), HIV infection and AIDS, cancer (breast cancer and colon cancer) and much more.

Bluebonnet Multi One Iron Free, 30 vegi capMagnesium & Zinc can also be very beneficial to support collagen, hyaluronic acid and health joints, skin and more. To get an adequate amounts of Vitamin C, Zinc, and other essential nutrients, I recommend this Iron-free, vegetarian multi-vitamin: Bluebonnet Multi One Iron Free, 30 vegi cap