Bottles and Fluoride
These days, plastic is the most widely used packing material. It is inexpensive and moldable, light and economic. However, this common material has a very dark side. Not only do plastics harm our environment, but they can harm human beings in a much more direct way than you likely realize.
Although there are different kinds of plastics, which are classified from one to seven, all have one nasty characteristic in common: They leak substances that are more or less toxic. Plastic is classified based on the material it is made from. Depending on the type, it can leak various toxic or nontoxic substances inside the containers. This classification also allows us to determine recyclability. Some are very toxic, while others are minimally so, but all plastics, no matter the type, are harmful to some degree, so we should avoid them as much as possible.
How do the leaked chemicals from plastics interact with our bodies? This has not been explained and examined in extensive detail, so we only have partial answers to this question. Most metabolic interference occurs because these chemicals behave as hormone- and estrogen-like substances. Since plastic-derived compounds are not natural, bioidentical estrogens, these chemicals may dislodge real hormones from their place and replace them with fake, inactive, hormone-like substances that act in many detrimental ways, sometimes even producing cancer.
How many chemicals leak from plastics? This is also not an easy question to answer; however, it is well known and documented that higher temperatures promote more leakage from plastics. At high temperatures, plastic bottles release chemicals on the inside of the bottle itself. Cooling the bottle down later has no effect and cannot reduce the previous leakage. By that point, the toxic substance is already released, and the decrease in temperature cannot send it back into the plastic.
Why should this worry us? Well, not many of us intentionally warm up our plastic bottles; however, we have no idea where the bottles have been stored or at what temperature before they reached the warehouse or stores. They might have been stored in an un-air-conditioned facility in Arizona for a month before they were shipped to the store where you bought them.
The best option, therefore, is to drink only water that you filter (and ideally alkalinize and ionize) in your own home, right from your faucet. If you intend to travel or attend gym classes, hike, or play sports and need to take water with you, fill glass bottles with home-filtered water. There are many glass bottles on the market you can use. We recommend dark blue glass bottles.
Fluoride Toothpaste and City Water
Personal daily dental hygiene, particularly the brushing of teeth, has been the subject of many studies, talks, debates, and writings, and much has been written over the years about the dangers of fluoride. Some consequences of fluoride ingestion include tiredness, fatigue, and lethargy, a sense of mellowness that leads to nonchalance and obedience.
Fluoride was initially a toxic waste product of the aluminum industry. Since properly disposing of fluoride is extremely expensive, someone came up with the idea of using it and selling it rather than just dumping it. Thus, the fluoride in that toothpaste you are using every morning is really just garbage being promoted as healthy and sold to you at a premium.
Fluoride allegedly helps to prevent cavities, but while it does harden tooth enamel, to some degree, it also renders teeth more brittle.
Very concerning is the fact that fluoride is a feisty chemical competitor to iodine. There are several iodine atoms in a thyroid hormone molecule. If even one is replaced by one fluoride atom, then the whole thyroid hormone molecule becomes inactive and blocked. Hormones are very effective in even extremely small amounts, so it does not take too long for fluoride to block enough thyroid hormones that people begin to experience symptoms: fatigue, water retention, dry skin, high blood pressure, and hair falling out, to name a few. I have a strong suspicion that the epidemic proportion of today’s underactive thyroid problem is due, at least in part, to the introduction of fluoride into our toothpaste and drinking water several decades ago.
Check with your city water department to see if fluoride is added to the water supply in your locale. If this is the case, then we strongly recommend that you find another clean water source. City water departments are obligated to provide you with a report based on their annual water analysis. You can and should carefully review this report to determine if fluoride and other toxins exist in your water supply. There are also some companies who will analyze your drinking water for a fee.
Regardless of the annual result of your city water analysis, unfiltered city water is generally not recommended for drinking. It may be contaminated with chemicals and microorganisms from the reservoir in which the water is stored, as well as from the pipes through which it is transported, since these pipes are generally made of plastic, lead, or copper. All these materials leak potentially toxic elements into the water.
- Avoid plastic bottles and containers.
- Drink tap water that has been filtered, detoxified, alkalinized and ionized.
- Use no fluoride based toothpaste.
- Check to see if fluoride is added to your city water.