Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland more than any place in the body and may contribute to early onset of puberty.
Researcher Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England found that the pineal gland is the primary target for fluoride accumulation in the body – even more so than bones. The pineal gland is a tiny pine cone-shaped gland located in the exact geometric center of the brain that produces melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates circadian rhythms in our bodies including waking and sleep cycles and menstrual cycles – in particular, the onset of puberty.
Precocious puberty is a big concern because it raises the risk for health issues later in life including diabetes, metabolic syndrome/heart disease, fertility issues, breast cancer in women and testicular cancer in men.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not gonna let my kids drink my local tap water!
Fluoride may strip you of your super powers…
For those of you who practice yoga or are into into alternative medicine, you may know that the pineal gland is also associated with the Third Eye chakra – responsible for our intuition, or sense of deeper knowing. It is interesting to consider that the pineal gland is larger in children (about the size of a grape) and naturally shrinks to the size of a pea and calcifies with age – just as babies and young children seem to have an innate sense of intuition that usually diminishes as they approach puberty and become self-conscious.
Though Dr. Luke’s studies have been focused on the effects of fluoride on the pineal gland regarding puberty, many experts theorize that a pineal gland/Third Eye over-burdened with fluoride will also result in a dulled intuition and a disconnect from universal wisdom. While this may not be a selling point for you, I for one, would like to hold on to any remnants of super-powers that I may have.
I’ll take my water sans fluoride, thanks.
How to Avoid Fluoride
#1 – Eliminate or greatly reduce the fluoride your family uses in dental products.
Under no circumstances should fluoride be swallowed, so young children should only use fluoride-free toothpaste, floss, and mouthwashes. If you opt to use fluoride toothpaste, use only a thin layer on your brush, and be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing.
#2 – DO NOT DRINK WATER WITH FLUORIDE
Find out if your local water has added fluoride, and if necessary, have your water tested. If your water is fluoridated, invest in a good quality water filter that removes fluoride (the only way to do this is through reverse osmosis, so be sure to add minerals back into your water because they will be removed too.) When you are out and about, bring your own stainless steel or glass bottles. Buy bottled water only as a last resort as it is massive waste of packaging, and regular consumption of water stored in plastic poses its own set of health risks.
Where to Buy the Right Water Filter
I have spent hours and hours pondering this question, so I will save you some time: the best choice is a reverse osmosis filter that removes fluoride and all other harmful substances plus remineralizes the water as well. There are other filters that fit a range of budget and rental-friendly needs.
This post is part of the following blogging carnivals:Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday and The Healthy Home Economist’s Monday Mania.