Two things we all do a lot of: brush teeth + drink water.
Water fluoridation began in some parts of the United States in 1945, after scientists noticed that people living in areas with naturally higher water fluoride levels had fewer cavities. Soon after, in 1962, the United States Public Health Service (PHS) recommended that public water supplies contain fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.
Today fluoride is still added to about 74% of U.S public drinking water supplies despite it being classified 2 years ago, along with mercury and lead, as a neurotoxin “that injures the developing brain” by The Lancet – one of the world’s oldest and best peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition to the negative impact on developing brains and increasing the risk for hypothyroidism , fluoride has also been linked to various cancers .
Last year, the PHS lowered the recommended fluoride level (from between .0.7 and 1.2 mg/L) to 0.7 mg/L. But until public health officials catch up with the scientific literature and everyone reaches a unanimous decision (don’t hold your breath), it’s probably a good idea to filter your water and take your toothpaste fluoride-free. Just in case. (That safe vs. sorry thing). Also, have we ever told you to eat less sugar?
At Parsley we like to figure out smart ways to minimize your exposure to potential toxins that might be interfering with your hormones and your natural repair processes. We test you for heavy metals and industrial chemicals, because we like to get to the bottom of why your body isn’t functioning as well as it should. We also test how well you’re able break down these toxins once they’re in your system, and give you nutritional support through diet and targeted supplementation, based on your unique results.
If this kind of functional medicine appeals to you, schedule a quick free consultation with someone one our team to have your questions answered.
Meanwhile, here’s a link to the Environmental Working Group on finding a water filter that works for you. We’ve also heard good things about the Berkey water filters . Tell us which filters you like in the comments! Or come see us and tell us then.
Lastly, why not do as our clever ancestors did and make your own, using things from nature:
Natural Toothpaste (via Wellness Mama ) Ingredients:
Homemade Toothpaste with Peppermint and Coconut Oil by Liana Werner-Gray on MindBodyGreen.