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This Food Has 180 Times the Fluoride of Drinking Water

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This Food Has 180 Times the Fluoride of Drinking Water

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Jeff Green has been an activist in the movement to eliminate toxic fluoride from your water supply for the past 15 years.

With more than 60 percent of U.S. water supplies currently fluoridated, chances are you’re one of the 170 million Americans who drink fluoride on a daily basis.

In a previous interview, Green delved into the sordid history that made water fluoridation a reality in the first place.

If you missed it, I highly recommend taking the time to watch it now.

But fluoridated water is not the sole source of harmful fluoride. Here, the discussion focuses on some of the lesser-known sources of fluoride exposure.

A Primary Source of Fluoride: Your Food!

While toothpaste and drinking water would appear to be the leading sources of fluoride exposure, probably the most common source of exposure is actually non-organic foods! The reason for this is because of the widespread use of fluoride-based pesticides.

According to Green, non-organic food could account for as much as one-third of the average person’s fluoride exposure!

This is important, as many people are under the mistaken assumption that by avoiding fluoridated water, they’ve eliminated the primary source of fluoride. But if you’re still eating conventionally-farmed foods, your fluoride exposure is still likely very high. Green explains:

“Cryolite is actually sodium aluminum fluoride… This sodium aluminum fluoride is especially effective at killing bugs. It’s also very sticky, so when they spray it, it’s more likely to stick on your produce, unless you’re… really working at trying to get it off of it. As time has gone on, and… everybody said fluoridation must be really great, they ramped up the amount of residue [allowed on food] from these fluoride-based pesticides. They have petitioned the EPA to be able to allow it, and they come out with larger and larger [allowable] amounts.”

Amazingly, based on the assumed safety of such fluoride-based pesticides, iceberg lettuce can now contain a whopping 180 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride—that’s 180 times higher than what’s recommended in drinking water!

“The assumption is that on a head of lettuce, you’re going to peel off those outer layers and you’re not going to eat much of that. Whether you do or not; that’s up to you… Romaine lettuce and what we call leaf lettuce are allowed to have 40 ppm, with the assumption that it’s down inside there and you’re going to have to do more cleaning. But because it’s so sticky, it’s almost impossible [to wash off] unless you go back to the old ideas of the Fuller brush… produce brushes that you… scrape this stuff off with. The majority of people don’t make that extra effort to be able to take it off.”

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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11:27PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Thanks for this information.

6:24PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

If grapes are so full of flouride, I guess that means that wine is too????

10:42AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

3:12AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thanks, did not know.

11:46PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

I always remove the outside of leaves of lettuce because many years ago I noticed they tasted awful, I suspected spraying.

11:39PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

very interesting to dissect everything, essentially half the food items i eat or drink could have excessive amounts of fluoride.

11:18PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

This article is interesting. I would like to know more aobut the source of this information if you can provide it please. I have been looking at as much information as possible on Fluoridation because it is up for debate in many parts of NZ. I have found that much of the information on both sides is simply repeated, without reference to anything that substantiates it. Having said that there are some extremely compelling peices of research and information on the anti fluoride side and I think that the evidence against far outweighs the evidence for any benefits of fluoridation. It also looks as if any benefit from fluoride is mostly from brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Ingesting fluoride (or not) should be a choice we all have and people need to be fully informed of the potential danger of fluorosis especially to children - who are the main targets of fluoridation campaigns. I am also very concerned that the fluoride used to fluoridate water is actually toxic waste (check this with your local council if you don't believe me - I did and they reluctantly acknowledged it would come from the fertiliser industry). This waste also contains heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and also arsenic and other poisonous substances. Even in the absence of fluoride which is undoubtedly a poison in it's own right, this is a concern. . I am not sure but I am told that the fluoride in toohpaste is also from this source. I encourage anyone with the slightest doubt to look further at the

1:58PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

I had no idea that pesticide residue had so much. One more reason to buy organic. Thanks for the info.

2:20AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thanks, did not know.

11:09PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I avoid fluoride like the plague and have done for many years.

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All kinds are great! Thank you

An interesting article. As many say, every day should be Earth Day. Yes, it will be interest…

Use you own imagination. Not someone else's.

I have got to get my hands on that book! I love to turn trash into something usable.

Lots of homemade things are safer than the made in China junk.

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