Sodium Fluoride

15 Jul

Sodium Fluoride – Poisonous Sodium Fluoride.

Sodium Fluoride is just one of the ingredients in your toothpaste and anti-cavity mouthwash that you purchased at your local supermarket or pharmacy.  But you will have to read the toothpaste box, because the tube does NOT include the ingredients list nor the poisons warning.

Toothpaste boxes

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The warning, printed on the box, tells us that the contents must NOT be swallowed and children under six (6) years old, must be supervised by an adult when using the contents of the tube. If any of the contents are swallowed, you should contact the Poisons Control Center immediately.

In Sweden, the warning is:”The National Board of Health and Welfare recommends the use of fluoride toothpaste in children. Children under seven years of age should brush their teeth supervised by grown-ups.” It goes on to say “The amount of fluoride toothpaste used by children should be limited. Use a hardly visible amount for small children, increasing to a pea sized portion at the age of 6.”

In the US, the warning is: “Children 2- 6 years: Use only a pea sized amount and supervise child’s brushing and rinsing (to minimise swallowing). WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age in case of accidental ingestion.  In case of accidental ingesting, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.”

Toothbrush in GlassDoes it seem reasonable to have these ingredients and warnings printed on the box, when many of us actually do not read the box before throwing it away?

After all, you don’t keep the tube in the box, you keep the tube (usually) next to your toothbrush in the bathroom.  So, having thought about this I, and some of my friends, have come to the conclusion that the toothpaste manufacturers actually do NOT WANT you to read the warnings or the ingredients, but to cover their Public Liability risk, they put them on the box, which in 99% of cases, is thrown away and NOT read.

Sodium Fluoride – Not For Swallowing?

First thing that springs to mind is the toothpaste companies warn us NOT to swallow the toothpaste and to contact the Poisons Information Center immediately, if we do.  You can put it in your mouth, but you mustn’t swallow because it’s a POISON?  Sounds a bit suspect, doesn’t it?  I’d like to think that anything I put in my mouth should NOT be a poison, but should be available to swallow.  And besides, I’m sure you know that the part of the mouth under the tongue is the quickest way into the bloodstream (this is where heart tablets are placed when a heart disease patient is suffering an attack).  So the chemicals in your toothpaste are still getting into your bloodstream by this route, and the Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is making it easier by breaking down the skin cells.

I have to say that Fluoride is actually GOOD for your teeth. In its natural form, fluorapatite is an ingredient in tooth enamel and adding it to your general regimen of looking after yourself would appear to be the right thing to do.

Tooth DecayBut let’s have a look at why you need to add enamel to your (already enamelled) teeth.  The main cause of de-enamelling your teeth is bad diet.  Yes, the things you eat can cause tooth decay.  Trapped food, sugars and acids, like citric acid, can all have a detrimental effect on our teeth. So we need to brush regularly to release the trapped food (and maybe even “floss”).  We need to watch our sugar intake, this is a difficult one, there is SO MUCH sugar in the marketplace, you have to be aware what you buy. And we need to be aware when we drink our orange juice, which is NOT as good for you as you may have been told.  (See “Fat Burning Foods”… on the top right>>)

So, if you watch what you eat and eat sensibly, you may not need the added protection of Sodium Fluoride to keep your teeth in good condition.  My wife and I have not used sodium fluoride toothpaste for years and we filter out the fluoride from our water, and our teeth are in pretty good shape. But I’ll talk more about that in a minute or two.

What is Sodium Fluoride?

So, what is Sodium Fluoride, and why should we be concerned?

Triple Super PhosphateSodium Fluoride is a manufactured ingredient, which is a by-product of the “superphosphate” fertiliser industry, which is a whole other subject in itself.  It used to be a waste product of that process and the fertiliser companies had to pay others to have it dispose of in a safe manner.  But, for the past few decades, they have been able to sell it to governments, or rather, local authorities, in all the countries where “fluoridation of the water supply” has become the policy, even though it appears to be not the correct form of fluoride to be absorbed by the body.

However, in tests, it has been shown that Sodium Fluoride has a safe level in water and toothpaste and an unsafe level.  This is worrying.  Sodium Fluoride is being included in our water, by our elected officials, and in toothpaste and yet, has the potential to be UNSAFE?

Some of the Concerns About Using Sodium Fluoride

Skin or eye contact with high concentrations of sodium fluoride salts is dangerous. The lethal dose for most adult humans is estimated at 5 to 10 g (which is equivalent to 32 to 64 mg/kg elemental fluoride/kg body weight). If fluoride is ingested it can produce gastrointestinal discomfort at doses at least 15 to 20 times lower (0.2–0.3 mg/kg) than lethal doses. Although an alleged assistance to dental health in low dosage,  exposure to fluoride in larger amounts causes bone malformation. There are examples of fluoride poisoning arising from fluoride-rich ground water where, in India an estimated 60 million people have been poisoned by water from wells, contaminated by excessive fluoride from the granite rocks through which the water flows. Bone deformations of children have occurred as a result of this.  Similar or larger problems are anticipated in other countries including Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and China.

As mentioned above, the lethal dose for most adult humans is estimated at between 5 and 10 grams, depending on body weight.  It is interesting to note that the safe dose for water fluoridation is 4 grams.  This is just 1 gram below the minimum lethal dose.  And this process is out of our control and accidents do happen.

Other effects of excessive Sodium Fluoride consumption include:

  • A weakening of bones, leading to an increase in hip and wrist fracture.
  • Adverse effects on the kidney. Those with impaired kidney function are more susceptible to adverse effects.
  • Four epidemiological studies have noted a correlation between increased fluoride and low IQ. (The high-fluoride areas studied had fluoride levels above those used in water fluoridation.)
  • Fluoride has a  suppressive effect on the thyroid which is more severe with the deficiency of iodine, and fluoride is associated with lower levels of iodine. The effects on the thyroid in humans were associated with fluoride levels 0.05–0.13 mg/kg/day when iodine was at a healthy level and 0.01–0.03 mg/kg/day when iodine was at a low level. Its mechanisms and effects on the endocrine system (the system that controls your hormones) remain unclear at time of writing.
  • When water (1 part per million fluoride) is boiled in aluminium cookware, more aluminium is leached into the water and more aluminium fluoride complexes are formed. However, an epidemiological study found that a high-fluoride area had one-fifth the Alzheimer’s Disease sufferers than that of a low-fluoride area and a 2002 study found that fluoride increased the urinary excretion of aluminium. In other words, high levels of fluoride allows you to pee more aluminium out of your body.
  • This is VERY interesting, because it actually confirms that in a low-fluoride area, there is MORE Alzheimer’s Disease sufferers, who use aluminium cookware, because the MORE fluoride you ingest, the MORE aluminium is excreted from the body through urine. Unfortunately, the MORE fluoride you ingest, the MORE chance you have of developing these other maladies.

Fluoride in Drinking WaterIt is interesting to note that the active ingredient in Rat Poison is Sodium Fluoride.

Also, Fluorides have been used to modify behaviour and mood of human beings. It is a little known fact that fluoride compounds were added to the drinking water of prisoners to keep them docile and inhibit questioning of authority, both in Nazi prison camps in World War II and in the Soviet Gulags in Siberia during Stalin’s regime.

Here is a document from the Environmental Protection Agency, that you might find interesting, click here to view it:

So, in conclusion of this part of this post, I have to say that there is more risk with Sodium Fluoride than without it, so you should try to avoid this chemical wherever and whenever possible.

But let’s have a look at the other ingredients you will probably find in your toothpaste.

First, there is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (Sulfate). I have already written about this nasty ingredient and, just to remind you, this chemical will get under your tongue, into your bloodstream and accumulate in your major organs, over time, the more you use it and, with toothpaste, you will use it at least once a day, probably more.

Then, you will probably find Sodium Saccharin, a sweetener which has a history of being on and off the National Institutes of Health’s carcinogenic (cancer causing) register.  It was originally on the register because studies during the 1970s, including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980,  showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice.

But there was mounting pressure on the National Institutes of Health from consumers, the Calorie Control Council,  and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas (soft drinks), along with additional studies (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List.

A variety of letters from scientists advising against delisting was to no avail; the official document from the NIH includes these words to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.”  The jury is still OUT on this chemical. (and the double negative makes it a little ambiguous, too). But, of course, this all depends on how much of your favourite low calorie or unsugared beverage you consume.

Toothbrush & PasteNext, as an aside to the toothpaste, let’s have a look at the toothbrush.  First, in almost every picture and advert I have seen, the toothpaste is spread over the whole length of the brush.  This is not necessary, because the amount of toothpaste you need is about half the length of the brush.  The toothpaste companies show this typical illustration, probably because most people will copy this and they will sell more.  Second, over the past few years, I have found a marked increase in the marketing and promotion of “soft” toothbrushes.  I was told by my dentist many years ago that I should use a “hard” or “stiff” toothbrush, because it exercises the gums and makes them tougher and less likely to develop gum disease. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to source a “hard” toothbrush.

I have a theory about this.  I understand that dentists are promoting the use of “soft” brushes because, they say, that “hard” brushes are not good for your gums and can remove the enamel of your teeth. I believe they are being fed this information by the toothbrush manufacturers, so that they can sell more brushes.  A “soft” brush, with regular use, will last about three weeks before it starts to splay out and lose it’s effectiveness, whereas a “hard” brush will last for maybe 2 -3 months. On the toothbrush packaging, it states that dentists recommend the toothbrush be changed every 3 months, but “soft” brushes will not last that long.

Conclusion: Use a “hard” brush, if you can find one, you may experience gum bleed for a few days, but that’s because your gums are SO soft using a “soft” brush, but they will become harder and stronger in a short period of time and you will experience better dental health.

Ultrashine Radiance

Ultrashine Radiance ToothpasteTalking about dental health, as I said at the beginning of this post, my wife and I do not use fluoride toothpaste, but what we do use is a VERY EFFECTIVE toothpaste, Ultrashine Radiance,  that contains only safe products and the active ingredient is Sodium Chlorite, which can be swallowed safely and indeed, assists with combating bacteria, such as streptococcus (the most common throat bacteria).  And we only use a pea sized amount, meaning that the toothpaste will generally last us about 4 months.

Sodium Chlorite has superior anti-microbial activity. You can appreciate its power from a statement by the discoverer of this chemical, Jim Humble, a chemist and metallurgist, who accidentally discovered Sodium Chlorite by using a whole bottle of Stabilized Electrolytes of Oxygen (S.E.O.) to immediately cure a companion of malaria during a jungle expedition.

S.E.O. contains about 3% Sodium Chlorite. Humble worked on this solution and increased the content to a safe level of 22.4% and all 75,000 individuals with malaria who have been subsequently treated were cured within a day, with 98% being cured within 4 hours. This obviously has great ramifications not only for self-healing but also for the drug industry and medicine.

Sodium Chlorite in solution is very alkaline and stable.  When it is acidified with citric acid or other food acid, it forms the gas, chlorine dioxide, probably the strongest all-round antimicrobial and parasite remedy. While it destroys all anaerobic microbes and parasites, it does not affect the beneficial lactobacteria of our intestinal flora. The only residue left in water, food, or in the body after treatment is a small amount of table salt or sodium chloride.

Hospital cleaningSodium Chlorite is being used in many countries, including Australia and the USA, as an antimicrobial treatment for water purification, in the food industry and for sterilising hospital and clinic rooms and equipment. In hospitals, it has been used as a disinfectant for many years, as it has in the US meat industry. Health-conscious countries and local authorities are increasingly replacing the health-damaging chlorine for the harmless chlorine dioxide in treating public water supplies.

Here is an example of the unexpected results achieved by Humble using Sodium Chlorite: a teenage girl, overweight, with depression and unable to develop breasts, was given Sodium Chlorite. The next day, her breasts started to grow. After another dose 4 days later, she had the first period after 6-months, her breasts were fully developed, her depression lifted, and she started losing weight. In his opinion, she had been suffering from Candida, which had now been destroyed.

As I said, the toothpaste (and mouthwash) we use contains the active ingredient, Sodium Chlorite and when I brush my teeth, I usually swallow a small amount in my mouth before spitting it out (why do we do that anyway? Habit, I guess! LOL).  Oh, and the manufacturer suggests NOT using water to wet the paste, because that will dilute the Sodium Chlorite, your mouth will start producing saliva very quickly. We have noticed that when we develop a sore throat as a warning of the onset of the common cold, we usually take a few millilitres of mouthwash and the symptom disappears.  We also use the mouthwash as a disinfectant for any cuts, scraped skin or flesh wound and have found that the wound heals quicker.

Ultrashine Radiance ToothpasteNow, you ask, where can I get this toothpaste?  That’s easy.

Click on the link to your country for your dental care:

Australia and New Zealand | USA and Canada

UK & Europe: Please name the product in the generated email


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