The Fluoride Deception: How to Reduce Your Fluoride Exposure on a Budget_Featured_, Conscious Business, Toxicity Friday, July 6th, 2012
First, watch this short video, The Fluoride Deception.
Now Read This:
Practical Steps to Minimize Fluoride Exposure on a Budget
Learning about the dangers and pervasive presence of fluoride within our society and food system can be unnerving to say the least. But fortunately, you can dramatically reduce your fluoride exposure with the simple and cost-effective steps outlined below. It does not have to be expensive or even difficult. With a little motivation and a few dollars per week, you can all but eliminate the most pervasive sources of fluoride exposure from your lifestyle.
We are sharing this information in order to inform and empower our readers. There is no reason to be scared of fluoride. That energy can be put to much better use taking practical steps to reclaim your sovereignty over your health. These steps are an excellent place to start.
Get a Home Reverse Osmosis System – $$$
Reverse osmosis purification is a process that removes 80-95% of fluoride from drinking water, as well as all chlorine, chloramine and many other contaminants. It is not a perfect process, but it is by far the most practical option for most consumers.
The most convenient and cost effective way to obtain a reliable source of reverse osmosis water is to install a home filter. This is doable even on a modest budget. Under-the-sink reverse osmosis systems are widely available online and at hardware stores nationwide for under $200. Filters cost about $60 and must be changed every six months (give or take, depending on consumption).
Under-the-sink reverse osmosis systems can be user-installed in as little as one hour.
The Whirlpool WHER25 home reverse osmosis purification system is one of the most cost-effective solutions on the market, priced at $148 and available at most Lowe’s hardware stores nationwide. Lowe’s also carries the filters, so you can replace them easily with a convenient trip to your local store.
A home reverse osmosis system is the most cost-effective way to procure clean fluoride-free drinking water for your home.
Note: Common on-tap water dispensers and pitchers from companies like Brita and Pur do not remove fluoride from your water. They do remove most of the chlorine however, as well as many other contaminants. These filters are vastly preferable to drinking unfiltered tap water, but they fail to eliminate fluoride — the most harmful contaminant, and that of greatest concern.
Fill Up at Local Water Stations – $
If a home reverse osmosis system is not feasible within your current household budget, there is another alternative with a lower cost of entry (though it is more expensive on a per gallon basis in the long run).
You can fill up your own jugs and bottles at reverse osmosis stations located at grocery and convenience stores nationwide. The average price is $.25 – $.35/gallon.
It is advisable to use glass or HDPE (milk jug-style) plastic bottles to minimize toxicity from standard polyethylene (PET and PETE) jugs. Look for the “milky” plastic jugs instead of the clear ones. Avoid bottles with “PET” or “PETE” printed on the bottom.
Most health food stores sell empty one-gallon HDPA jugs for about $.50 each, as well as larger three-and –five-gallon jugs for $10-$15. You can also purchase a set of pre-filled one-gallon bottles of reverse-osmosis water (about $.99/each) then refill them at your local water station once they are empty.
Filling up your own bottles every week can be a bit of a hassle, but it is a manageable one for those seeking fluoride-free water for less then $5 a week.
Ditch Your Fluoridated Toothpaste – $
Most mainstream toothpastes (e.g. Crest and Colgate) contain concentrated amounts of fluoride, albeit in its purer pharmaceutical grade. All American Dental Association-approved (ADA) toothpastes contain sodium fluoride.
Notice that on the back of most toothpastes, you will see a warning label to call a poison control center immediately if more than a pea’s worth is swallowed. This is significant because fluoride is a cumulative toxin that builds up in the body over time – stored mostly in the bones – and is extremely difficult to remove. While the minute amount of fluoridated toothpaste swallowed each day will by itself usually not be enough to trigger acute fluoride toxicity, the cumulative effects over time will compound and can be quite devastating to physical, emotional, and mental health over the years.
Fortunately, many natural health companies are leading the charge to provide high-quality natural toothpastes free of fluoride and the carcinogen sodium-lauryl-suflate. They can be very cost-effective if ordered online ($3-4/tube) but a bit pricier if purchased in-store due to the necessary retail markup.
An excellent all-natural option is Jason Powersmile, available for $2.89 per 6oz. tube at Vitacost.com.
Ditch Your Mouthwash – $
The active ingredient in most name brand mouthwashes (e.g. Crest and Colgate) is sodium fluoride. The remainder is mostly water, alcohol, and food coloring (which is toxic unto itself, and probably not helpful in whitening your teeth).
There are some excellent natural alternatives available from companies like Jason Naturals, Desert Essence, and others, but they can be significantly more expensive than typical grocery store brands. A less expensive alternative is to gargle with one or two caps worth of hydrogen peroxide diluted in a 4oz. glass of purified (and unfluoridated) water. Baking soda and water will also do the trick.
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