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.
- 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):
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 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.
Magnesium & 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