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Has anyone seen what the flouride they put in our water does to the brain?



Now you know why I fill my bottled water instead of drinking the chemically altered crap designed to make everyone docile little sheep!

I pay $3.00 to fill 3 five gallon bottles at the kiosk every week. It is more than enough and tastes better.

$12.00 a month for peace of mind is worth it.

Especially when you consider how they could poison the drinking supply and thousands of people would die before they corrected it.

I plan to live!

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Learn the Truth About Fluoride in This Revealing Interview with the Award-Winning Author of "The Fluoride Deception

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

As I wrote in the last newsletter issue, Christopher Bryson has written a book that is not only interesting, it is also incredibly important. The Fluoride Deception is much more than a book about the dangers of fluoride–it reveals a multi-tiered effort, or as Bryson says an abuse of power, by military and industry scientists and public health officials to shamelessly promote fluoride to the dentistry field and the American public with little regard to the implications it would have on human health.

If you are not familiar with the controversy surrounding the use of fluoride in water, toothpaste and numerous other products and industries, your mouth will drop as you read this book. If you are, you will be amazed at just how far and wide the cover-up and deceit stretches.

In fact, the evidence is so compelling that you will likely find yourself reading and rereading in disbelief.

In the interview below you will learn the interesting story of how the book came about as well as a shocking piece of information from the book.

I highly recommend The Fluoride Deception to anyone and everyone–the message it contains has the power to change policy and opinions, and will make you question the effects of not only fluoride but also of other "safe" chemicals used openly in our environment today.

The following is from an e-interview that we recently conducted with Christopher Bryson.

What prompted you to write "The Fluoride Deception"?

1. I'm a reporter. I don't know how many modern stories have the same epic reach of history and rich cast of characters as you will find in "The Fluoride Deception."

I stumbled on the story in 1993. I was working in New York as a BBC radio producer and was asked to find "an American angle" on water fluoridation. Ralph Nader put me in touch with a couple of government scientists (William Hirzy at the EPA and Robert Carton at the U.S. Army) who opposed water fluoridation, and explained how the science underpinning the nation's fluoride safety standards was fraudulent.

I met the medical writer Joel Griffiths whose 1992 story in Covert Action Information Bulletin laid out the monumental scale of industrial fluoride poisoning, and explained how industry had long manipulated the public debate over water fluoridation.

I just kept reporting.

I interviewed the famous chemist Philip Sadtler. He told me how he had investigated in the aftermath of the most notorious air pollution disaster in U.S. History, the 1948 Halloween tragedy in Donora, Pennsylvania, in which a couple of dozen people were killed and hundreds were injured. He had measured high levels of fluoride in the blood of local citizens in the disaster aftermath. His work was dismissed at the time, but after Sadtler's death I uncovered a secret autopsy report on one of the Donora dead, performed by Alcoa, which found similar levels of fluoride in the blood. Sadtler had been right, it seems.

2. What piece of information was most shocking to you?

There were several. I uncovered a medical study that had been performed at the Kettering Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati in the late 1950s. The study was paid for by industry and was buried for almost 40 years. It was part of an effort by companies such as U.S. Steel, Alcoa and the TVA, to "provide ammunition" to a self-described Fluorine Lawyers Committee to help those industry attorneys defeat workers and farmers who alleged fluoride poisoning.

But the study found that fluoride was terribly harmful to the experimental animals, damaging their lungs and lymph nodes at modest doses. A scientist who reviewed the study for me said that, if the scientists who set workplace exposure standards had seen the data, then fluoride exposure levels in factories would have been set much lower. Tens of thousands of women and men have likely been poisoned and hurt by fluoride because of this decades-long cover up.

3. Do you have any recommendations for people who want to avoid fluoride as much as possible?

Contact your local politicians and tell them how you feel about this deception. Get active in your community and find out if fluoride is added to public water supplies. Fight for a referendum to get it out. Short term; buy a water filter that removes fluoride. If you are a worker in a factory, get active in your local union and find out about the chemicals that may be present in the work environment. Tell your friends about "The Fluoride Deception."

4. What goals do you hope to achieve with this book?

The book was written to empower. I want readers to understand the issue, so that they can make informed judgments for themselves.

5. Is there a way a person can tell if fluoride is causing them, or has already caused them, health problems?

I'm a reporter, not a doctor. The distinguished allergist Dr. George Waldbott, who first warned us in the 1950s about cigarette smoking and the dangers of allergic reaction to penicillin, found that many people are allergic to even tiny amounts of fluoride.

Fluoride is a systemic poison. It attacks enzymes.

Because enzymes are so important to the body, fluoride intoxication can be manifested in many ways. Dr Waldbott reported that fluoridated water caused, among other symptoms, migraine headaches, bone stiffness, and gastric distress. Those symptoms vanished when his patients stopped drinking fluoridated water.

6. Do you think that water fluoridation will one day become a thing of the past, among the ranks of using asbestos, aspartame, DDT and other chemicals that were once deemed safe?

I hope so, but that ultimately depends on citizens informing themselves and taking action.

7. In "The Fluoride Deception" you mention that no proponents of fluoride would attend the major fluoridation debates in 2001. Can you give a brief explanation as to why you think this is?

Fear. The emperor has no clothes. As the 2000 Nobel Prize winning scientist Arvid Carlsson states in my book:

"Fluoridation violates modern pharmacological principles."

Fluoride defenders know that they will be exposed in public discussion. Thus, the American Dental Association has long told fluoride supporters not to encourage debate. My book also reveals how the legendary public relations wizard Edward L. Bernays suggested in 1960 that the New York City Health Commissioner could suppress public debate by writing to William Paley of CBS and David Sarnoff of NBC, suggesting that debating water fluoridation is like "presenting two sides for Anti-Catholicism or Anti Semitism and therefore not in the public interest."

In his 1928 book "Propaganda," Bernays also noted "the psychological relationship of dependence of men on their physicians" and other such "opinion leaders" in society. "Those who manipulated this unseen mechanism of society," he wrote, "constitute and invisible government, which is the true ruling power of our country … Our minds are made up, our takes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."

8. Do you have plans to write another book?

I'd love to.

How can I find myself when I am SERIOUSLY disconnected from my feelings?

Please be serious about this one, I've posted a similar ?? Before but maybe I didn't ask it right.

I've never been abused, molested, or anything. No tramatic life experiences so to speak. Now at 25 I find that my feelings and expressions are 'turned off' and I have this deep fear of doing anything. I almost feel like I'm not justified in being me. I have to almost consciously think of everything that I do, even the things in life that come natural because we are who we are. I second guess everything and nothing comes natural, like fun, conversations (which I have to always painfully manufacture), relationships, happiness. I feel dull, lifeless, emotionless and almost not fit to survive on this earth. I have little to no confidence, self esteem, or self concept. This translates into insecurities, anger, frustration, withdrawal and depression. I feel hopeless in life. I would LOVE to be able to feel, function, express myself and be happy with myself but it's like I'm locked up inside of ME and I can't bust out. I'm trying different meds but theres a waiting list for counseling and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? I'm NOT suicidal but if you can imagine feeling and loving is what life is about and if for some reason you can't experience that then life is not worth living and that is how I feel.

P.S. I lose most of my functional relationships and I have a significant other and I'm wondering if I should even explain this or end it knowing that until I'm fixed I'll never be enough for them or anyone else for that matter?

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Wow! I sure do feel for you.

First, you said you were trying different meds. Hopefully that will help. If not, did you know that what you eat and what you do can do the same in improving mood as meds?

In particular:

Exercise- Studies have shown exercising can boost mood. It actually releases chemicals in your brain that produce pleasure. Meds mimic this effect. Doing so gets rid of stress hormones that will circulate until you burn them off. Exercise also allows you to clear your mind and or calm down to solve problems. Exercise can do the same thing as med without sideffects that meds have.

Diet- Research suggests eating foods with omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, nuts), vitamin B12 (salmon, eggs, dairy, fortified cereals), folate (whole grains, lentils, broccoli, oranges), magnesium (pumpkin, nuts, brown rice) vitamin D (dairy, eggs, fortified foods) helps improve mood.

Going outside- helps your body make vitamin D (you only need 10 minutes during peak sunlight hours—wear sunscreen if you will be out longer than that). Researchers have found that being outside (especially in a serene nature setting) helps people to relax and improves mood.

Humor- Smiling and laughing benefit our bodies and minds. Did you know that just smiling releases feel good effects in our brains? Some people have "cured" themselves from illnesses by watching funny movies.

Meditation or yoga- research shows it can improves quality of sleep (which you need for both physical and mental health), decreases stress hormones, decreases chronic pain.

Music- Listening to music is another healthy natural way that you can activate your reward center in your brain. Also, slow music can calm you. Music you enjoy and/or with a positive message can lift your spirits

Journaling and/or Artistic Expression- Can help you release tension, you to identify stressors and develop strategies to cope

Volunteering- Other studies have shown that doing volunteer work is just as effective as depression medicine. Doing this helps you take the focus off your own problems, feel for others that may be worse off for yourself, and genuinely feel good about helping someone else out. Volunteering like a lot of these other options will also activate the reward center in your brain which helps improve your mood.

In addition to these things above, you may benefit from seeing a counselor or getting some literature that deals with the following:

There are sites out there that explain the different types of therapy

Based on what you've written, I think you would benefit from some combination of cognitive-behavior therapy (which deals with your thoughts and behaviors that are causing you pain), existentialism (which if done right can help you make meaning of your life and your struggles), art therapy (can be really helpful in discovering emotions, and depending on your belief system spiritual counseling.

If you believe in God, the book The Search for Significance (Robert McGee) could probably REALLY HELP YOU! I've found it very helpful myself and have passed it on to several family members. It addresses all of the things you listed above and basically says that we are all worthy and are fit to survive we all deserve confidence etc. It really can bring hope and self-acceptance and that sounds like what you are looking for. Even if you do not believe in God, it may be worth a shot to read it…

I've also heard that The Secret is good.
I have not personally read this but others have told me it has helped them become more positive and find meaning.

In the meantime, it may help you to begin a journal and each day find at least five things that you are thankful for. I have personally tried this and have found that it has helped me to think more positively and look for the good in my life instead of focusing on the bad. Also, you could write down a thing or two each day that you appreciate specifically about yourself–this can give you a better appreciation of your personal strengths.

As already mentioned Cognitive and Behavior therapy may help you too. Books that could help you with this:




I hope something here helps you! GOOD LUCK!!!

Can you give me advice on health?

I want to change my over all diet, but I don't know where to start. Can someone please explain health eating rules so I can get healthy and lose weight because I am really struggling esp. With proportion control!! Also exercise would advice would be helpful..

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Feel your best from head to toe!

If you're convinced you need to make dramatic changes in order to improve your health, we've got good news. It doesn't have to be that hard. We've found 50 simple, good-for-you moves to improve your health from head to toe — no life altering required.


Breathe deeply and count to 10.
Bottling up anger is the biggest predictor of headaches, even more than depression or anxiety, according to a new study from Saint Louis University.
Eat the Mediterranean way.
The Italian Longitudinal Study of Aging found that people who ate a diet high in mono — and polyunsaturated fatty acids did better on cognitive tests. Good sources include olive oil, butter, cheese and fish.
Get more zzz's.
Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to concentrate, remember information and perform mental tasks.
Watch less TV.
"Watching TV is to your brain what sitting on the couch is to your body: complete absence of use," says David Niven, Ph.D., author of The 100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People. Instead, read or do a crossword puzzle to keep your brain active and fend off diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Take up a musical instrument.
Musical training enhances your brain's ability to remember words, according to University of Hong Kong researchers.
Add cranberries to your diet.
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth scientists have linked cranberry consumption to stroke protection. Early evidence suggests that the berries may reduce the oxidative damage to the brain that occurs during a stroke.

Check your computer setup. To avoid eye strain, make sure your monitor is centered in front of you, about an arm's length away, with the top of the screen near eye level. Keep the glass clean to avoid glare, and take time to adjust the brightness, contrast and font size to comfortable levels.
Have an omelette. Eggs, along with colorful fruits and leafy green vegetables, contain large amounts of lutein, which helps fight macular degeneration and cataracts.

Easy does it when you brush.
A recent British study found that people who brush longer or harder than necessary can actually erode their gums and tooth enamel.
Rinse wisely.
Although a mouth rinse can freshen breath and prevent cavities, it may also mask symptoms of poor oral health, according to Loyola University Health System researchers. Sometimes an unpleasant taste in your mouth can signal oral health problems such as periodontal disease.
Drink tea.
A University of Illinois study found that black tea may impede cavity-causing plaque bacteria.

Say "om."
Meditation helps you relax, which slows your breathing and heart rate. It also helps lower blood pressure and reduces your risk for blood clots.
Drink pomegranate juice.
This colorful fruit is high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which can help reduce atherosclerosis (arterial plaque), a major risk factor for heart disease.
Bond with Mom.
The Harvard Mastery of Stress Study found that those who reported a loving and caring relationship with their parents were less likely to have a serious illness such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
Eat soy.
To reduce cholesterol levels, add foods such as tofu or edamame (soybeans) to your diet five times a week, says Somer. Get a pet. "An animal is a huge stress reliever, and a recent study found that spending time with your pet reduces high blood pressure by fifteen percent," says Dr. Niven.
Get a flu shot.
Older people who got a flu shot were 19 percent less likely to be hospitalized for heart disease than those who didn't, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers think influenza and pneumonia may trigger heart disease by damaging blood vessels and limiting blood flow.
Skip the elevator.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that if you climb up and down just three flights a day you'll improve your cardiovascular health and lose about ten pounds over the course of a year," says Dr. Niven
Listen to slow music at mealtimes.
"A recent study found that participants who ate while listening to fast music consumed two more mouthfuls a minute than those who listened to slow music," says Dr. Niven. "We subconsciously mimic the beat, and the faster you eat, the more likely you are to overeat."
Get more calcium.
This powerful nutrient can protect your colon as well as your bones. Swedish researchers have found an association between high dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D and a decreased risk of colorectal cancer.
Know when to say when.
Researchers from Stony Brook University linked heavy alcohol consumption (at least nine drinks a week for more than 10 years) to a higher rate of colorectal cancer or polyps. However, moderate consumption of wine was shown to have a protective effect.
Limit antacid intake.
A new study from Austria suggests that over-using antacid tablets may increase the risk of food allergies by possibly interfering with digestion.
Take a vitamin E supplement.
High blood levels of alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E, may lower the risk of developing cancer of the stomach and esophagus, according to new research from China.
Have a cup o' joe.
German researchers have found an antioxidant in coffee that may protect against colon cancer. Avoiding caffeine? Decaf also contains the same compound.

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