By Jim Ehmke, CN
July 06, 2007
A good friend of mine recently asked me about the fluoride in his favorite brand of toothpaste. Since I am an oral-hygiene freak and proud of it, he turned to me for advice.
For cleaning my teeth, I use baking soda and salt in a 6:1 ratio. I rarely use toothpaste and "blot" my teeth in preference to brushing. I floss twice daily with Oral B Super Floss (a very unique floss) and use a water pick once daily. I avoid fluoride in toothpastes.
To understand why, it is important to know that naturally-occurring fluoride exists in the soil and plants as Calcium Fluoride (CaF2). In homeopathy, "Calc-Fluor" is a well-known cell salt and is completely safe. Here is why: calcium binds fluorine so tightly that it will not disassociate (separate) in water – it stays bound together as CaF2. The reason this is safe is because free-radical fluorine is not released – it stays bound to calcium – and is completely safe.
Some toothpaste brands in the United States (Tom's, for instance) use Calcium Fluoride. However, commercial toothpaste products use Sodium Fluoride, which, like Sodium Chloride (table salt), dissolves in water, releasing free-radical fluorine ions (or sodium ions from salt). Free-radical fluorine ions are terribly destructive, deadly, carcinogenic, and much more – truly nasty stuff. But, bound to calcium, it is safe and even beneficial in certain situations.
The fluoride added to water is Sodium Fluoride (NaF), not CaF2. So the question is: "What type of fluoride is in your toothpaste?" Organic fluoride means nothing. It is all about chemistry and what the fluorine atom is bound to. If it is bound to calcium, then, yes, it is safe. If instead it is bound to sodium or something that dissolves in water (thereby releasing fluorine ions), then it is most emphatically not safe. Few substances are as toxic and aggressive as fluorine/fluoride.
When I studied organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, our textbook called F the wildcat of the periodic table – aggressive, deadly, and unpredictable. In our laboratory, HF (hydrofluoric acid) – like HCL (hydrochloric acid) but hundreds of times stronger and deadlier – was kept in a one-inch thick, sealed glass jar in the freezer under lock and key. The damn stuff was incredibly unstable. But, hey, who cares about a little in your drinking water?
Understand that F is the top element in Family 7A of the Periodic Table. This Family is called the halogen family and consists of Fluorine (F), Chlorine (Cl), Bromine (Br), and Iodine (I), in order of aggressiveness. Overall, the halogen family is the most aggressive family in the Periodic Table. With seven electrons in the valence shell (outside shell of electrons), it only needs one more electron to fill the shell – 8 electrons fill the circle. Therefore, halogens are aggressive in seeking another electron from any element possible. Each successive halogen – F, Cl, Br, and I is weaker. F is by far the strongest, then Cl, Br, and finally I, which is the weakest. This forms what chemists call a "replacement series," where F replaces Cl, Br, and I. Cl replaces Br and I. Br only replaces I.
However, in the human body, Iodine is the key halogen. It is key not only for thyroid function but for many other important functions, especially immune-system health and female hormones. Yet, F replaces Iodine like taking candy from a baby. This disrupts Iodine metabolism throughout the body. There is absolutely no nutritional requirement for F anywhere in the body. But, once introduced, it will raise hell anywhere as it sees fit, displacing Iodine and Chlorine at will. It is truly the wildcat; not only of the periodic table, but in the human body as well. Anyone who has basic chemistry knows these facts. And yet so many people buy into all the fluoride nonsense and forget basic science, especially professionals who should know better. How convenient.
So, any person wanting to protect his or her health needs to look at the packaging of the toothpaste or powder that they are using and discover the chemical configuration of the fluoride in it. Avoid any toothpaste that uses Sodium Fluoride.
And remember, there is a reason why the Germans chose fluoride gas as their preferential chemical weapon – they know their chemistry better than anyone! There was nothing deadlier until radioactive elements and nuclear devices were constructed. That should tell us enough right there.
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