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-Scientific American, January, '98, "No one knows for sure exactly what's causing it, but during the past 20 years, the prevalence of hypospadias (a condition in which the urinary opening on the penis is in the wrong place at birth) has nearly doubled.  ... Pediatrics, November 1997.

-an ion of fluoride can cause a developing cell to burst apart, according to experiments done at the Max Planck Institute, Germany and the Stockholm Nutritional Institute, Sweden. Mind you, so can a sugar molecule placed on a cell. Anything not mediated by going through normal bodily processes, can cause havoc upon cells.

Cancer is good cells run amok, a collection of some 200 diseases that overpower immune functioning. As long as you feed cancer cells they will divide, whereas normal cells have a built in clock, called telomeres, that properly works, limiting cell division. And 30 to 40% of all cancers are caused by poor diet, according to Diane Bedford of the Foods Standards Agency. Things one can do.

Acrylamide classified as having 'no safe dose', causes nervous system damage (MS, etc.?) and affects fertility, causes gene mutations leading to a range of cancers in rats including breast cancer, uterine cancer, tumors in the adrenal glands and the internal lining of the scrotum.

Acrylamide was found to be 1280 times higher than safety standards in Ryvita, Kellogg's Rice Crispies and Pringles chips. Acrylamide occurs in fried, baked and processed foods including biscuits, bread to french fries and possibly meat.

Nobel prize winners Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus, University of California at San Francisco, who discovered that cancer can be set off by damaged genes. Broken cells thus living erratically cause cancers. Even a fool would know then of the importance of protecting them and ensuring that proper water and proper nutrition is provided for them. But then again, man is not too bright, always dealing with the effects, while trying very little regarding cause elimination. The money's in the treatment eh, not in the eradication!
    Mutation is not good. Mutating genes are risks of cancer. Tumors can contain many deviant mutations, thereby drastically increasing the potential number of tumor types.

Radiation from indiscriminate use of x-rays (get an x-ray only if absolutely necessary and there is no other way), poor diet and smoking; if all three of these are present in one's lifestyle, he or she is in danger. Eliminate one, and the equation changes. Eliminate all three, and you're flyin'!

Ways to Remove Fluoride from Water (from Anne Helmenstine, Ph.D. biomedical sciences)

    * Reverse Osmosis Filtration
      This is used to purify several types of bottled water (not all), so some bottled waters are unfluoridated. Reverse osmosis systems are generally unaffordable for personal use.

    * Activated Alumina Defluoridation Filter
      These filters are used in locales where fluorosis is prevalent. They are relatively expensive (lowest price I saw was $30/filter) and require frequent replacement, but do offer an option for home water filtration.

    * Distillation Filtration
      There are commercially available distillation filters that can be purchased to remove fluoride from water. On a related note: When looking at bottled water, keep in mind that 'distilled water' does not imply that a product is suitable for drinking water and other undesirable impurities may be present. 

These Do NOT Remove Fluoride

    * Brita, Pur, and most other filters.
      Some websites about fluoride removal state otherwise, but I checked the product descriptions on the companies' websites to confirm that fluoride is left in the water.

    * Boiling Water
      This will concentrate the fluoride rather than reduce it.

    * Freezing Water
      Freezing water does not affect the concentration of fluoride.

Steps to Reduce Fluoride Exposure

    * Don't take fluoride supplements.

    * Read labels on bottled beverages. Spring water.(check the label and/or the water distributor's chemical analysis) is best, as it contains minerals in trace amounts the body needs to maintain its health, and electrolytes, which are dissolved minerals made even more active for good health, if one is out in the sun as much as possible.  Electrolytes are required by cells to regulate the electric charge and flow of water molecules across the cell membrane
      Unless they are made using distilled or reverse-osmosis water, they are probably made with fluoridated public water.

    * Consider using unfluoridated toothpaste.

    * Avoid drinking black or red tea.
      They come from two different types of plants, but both leaves naturally contain high amounts of fluorine.

    * Be wary of tinned fish and canned food items.
      Fluoride may be used as a preservative.

    * Avoid black or red rock salt or items containing black or red rock salt.

    * Avoid using chewing tobacco.

    * Avoid long term use of medication that contains fluorine.
      Certain antidepressants and medications for osteoporosis contain fluorine.


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