Fluoride: A Deadly Deception

Many of you, like me, thought that fluoride was beneficial. It helps prevent cavities, you need it in our drinking water, and so forth. There are many reasons to avoid fluoride, but I will only discuss a few of them.

  1. Fluoride does not prevent cavities. Dentists are trained to tell you that you need fluoride to prevent cavities.  I stopped buying fluoride toothpaste last year. Tom’s of Maine makes fluoride-free toothpaste for adults and children. My son didn’t have any cavities on his first dental visit. If you notice, all “training toothpaste”, like Orajel is fluoride-free. The label also says “Safe If Swallowed”. So, does that mean that fluoride toothpaste is NOT safe if swallowed? When I was using fluoride toothpaste, my teeth were prone to cavities. Streptococcus mutans is actually the bacterium that causes tooth decay. A friend told me that she recently started using coconut oil instead of mouthwash, and it appears to be working.
  1. Drinking fluoride water is not beneficial to your health. Again, fluoride water claims to prevent tooth decay. I’m going to give you the chemical formula breakdown of fluoride. It comes from Fluorine, which is a chemical element that exists as a highly toxic gas. When it reacts with water, it forms hydrogen fluoride and hydroxide.  In layman’s terms, I wouldn’t want to drink water with any chemicals in it. Use a water filter and obviously don’t buy the gallon jugs of fluorinated water from the grocery store.
  1. Fluoride has been linked to brain damage. Various animal studies have shown fluoride to affect behavior and learning by interfering with certain brain functions. With that in mind, studies have also shown that it can also lower IQ.
  1. Fluoride affects the thyroid. I know those, including myself, which suffer from thyroid issues.  Beside fluoride, there are other chemicals in the water, like chlorine, that suppress thyroid function; they compete with iodine absorption. The thyroid gland needs iodine to perform properly. My doctors haven’t given me a concrete cause for my thyroid nodules or prescribed any medication.

You may be thinking as you read this post that you don’t have or show signs of any health issues. Well, 6 years ago, I didn’t have thyroid nodules. There was a time when I didn’t have any health issues. Any type of preventive measures that you can take now will help you in the future.

 

How to Avoid Diabetes

Having a family history of diabetes does not necessarily mean that one will automatically inherit it. There are ways that it can be prevented. One way is by lifestyle changes. Losing 10 percent of your body weight can make a big difference (Collier, 154). For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, losing 20 pounds would be a great start. Exercise is also recommended; thirty minutes of activity per day is sufficient. Walking is the best way to start if you’re not used to exercising. The treadmill or even group exercise is also effective.
Losing weight is not always easy, so it is better to start making gradual changes. Here are some tips:

Cut back on junk food. Instead of eating that jelly donut or chocolate chip cookies as a snack, opt for a healthier snack, like almonds. Research has shown that almonds can prevent blood sugar spikes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol (National Geographic, 168).

Eat smaller portions. It has been said to only eat what can fit on your plate. So, it is best to use smaller plates; don’t go back for seconds (Collier, 154). It is also best to have more vegetables on the plate than starches.

Drink a glass of water ten minutes before eating. When you do this, it curbs the appetite (Collier, 155).

Cut back on fried foods. The fat tastes good, but too much is not good for you.

Don’t add additional salt to your food. It is an insult to a chef or cook when you add salt to your food before you taste it. Also, many processed foods are high in sodium.

Make the switch from white rice to brown rice. Eating white rice increases your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 10 to 27 percent. White rice has a “high glycemic index”, which means that it raises blood sugar levels (Roberts-Grey). Brown rice has four times the fiber per cup, and fiber makes you feel full longer(Roberts-Grey).

Load up on spices. USDA studies have shown that cinnamon and curcumin have shown to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Curcumin is a substance found in chili powder (WebMD). Chili powder is often used in a lot of Indian dishes.

Works Cited

Collier, Andrea King and Willarda V. Edwards, MD. “The Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health”. New York: Warner Wellness, 2007. Print.

National Geographic. Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies. Washington: National Geographic Society, 2012. Print

Roberts-Grey, Gina. “Body & Spirit: Changing Your Health Destiny”. Essence. Publishing Solutions, June 2012, Volume 43, Number 2. Web. 04 Feb 2013.

WebMD Diabetes. “Hot Topics! What You Need to Know About Diabetes”.