..and many of them have fluoride added!
..and if it isn’t, why are we forced to drink fluoridated water?
In a study that the authors describe as lending credence to the idiom, “by the skin of your teeth,” scientists are reporting that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. It raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works and could lead to better ways of protecting teeth from decay, the scientists suggest. Their study appears in ACS’s journal Langmuir.
Frank M-ller and colleagues point out that tooth decay is a major public health problem worldwide. In the United States alone, consumers spend more than $50 billion each year on the treatment of cavities. The fluoride in some toothpaste, mouthwash and municipal drinking water is one of the most effective ways to prevent decay. Scientists long have known that fluoride makes enamel – the hard white substance covering the surface of teeth – more resistant to decay. Some thought that fluoride simply changed the main mineral in enamel, hydroxyapatite, into a more-decay resistant material called fluorapatite.
The new research found that the fluorapatite layer formed in this way is only 6 nanometers thick. It would take almost 10,000 such layers to span the width of a human hair. That’s at least 10 times thinner than previous studies indicated. The scientists question whether a layer so thin, which is quickly worn away by ordinary chewing, really can shield teeth from decay, or whether fluoride has some other unrecognized effect on tooth enamel. They are launching a new study in search of an answer.
Source: American Chemical Society
It doesn’t take long for scientists to see the value of technologies that were ignored until the magnitude of the problem gets to ‘overload’.
It’s fair to say that the Fukushima meltdown in Japan is such an ‘overload’ situation, and this is why scientists at the Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, in Hirosaki, Japan, are suggesting that hydrogen-rich water similar to the water produced by our water ionizers be considered as a method of countering the runaway free radical activity created by radiation exposure. For me it’s validation of what we’ve believed for a decade – that water rich in hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant, possibly better than many antioxidant supplements and definitely better than most antioxidant-rich foods.
We are just getting used to our in-laws’ Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. We go to visit and the Roomba is puttering away as we sit and talk.. very kool for a gadget freak like me. But now there’s a new device that will sneak into our homes innocuously (like a Roomba).. and perhaps cause major social disturbance. It’s a mobile robot air freshener.. seen here firmly encased in its own glass cage.. and no wonder!Just think.. your ‘Rydis’ ( that’s its name -disturbingly similar to Tardis..) is happily sniffing out pockets of relatively poor quality air around the home. It seems to spend a long time loitering at the door of the loo for some reason.. until your mother-in-law of er.. advanced years comes to stay for her annual checkup on how her beloved daughter is being treated but tha no-good son-in-law.
YOU know she smells – many old people do – but you’d never say anything. It’s just part of the price you are willing to pay for marital continuity. Suddenly mother-in-law has a new friend. Rydis is tracking her. Rydis is sitting in front of her s she watches Oprah. Rydis turns its fans on full blast every time it locates her. It even follows her to her bedroom!
And you have to explain to her why. No thanks.
It’s certainly the battlecry of the general practitioner and the word heard most frequently around the subject of heart disease. In fact it’s heard so often that all the other equally important factors seem to be in the shade of the almighty ‘C” word. I’m not going to talk about whether or not cholesterol is the problem we are told it is.. that’d take too long and I might get over-excited. But I would like to look at the other factors.. and a common symptom of all of them. What about tobacco usage, psychosocial stress, activity level, or genetic predisposition? These are all heart disease factors. But exactly how do they contribute to heart disease?
Ask most doctors and they’ll agree that beyond all of them, inflammation is the root cause of a heart attack. All of the factors create inflammation, which in turn, creates the conditions that may precipitate a heart attack.
A simple explanation of the relationship between smoking and inflammation is to show what happens when a smoker stops smoking, as in this Reuters article, which describes a study by Dr. Christine N. Metz and her team. Very simply, researchers watched inflammation markers during a smokers’ ‘quit’ program. And yes, inflammation levels dropped quickly. If you need further evidence of the effect of inhaling hot tar-filled smoke into your fragile internal environment, this study shows the direct link between smoking, inflammation and heart disease. The study even slates passve smoking, saying :
“Passive smoke itself, is a volatile mixture of numerous toxins, chemicals and carcinogens, that interact with in vivo mechanisms and induce vascular damage, including endothelium inflammation, atherosclerosis development, lipid peroxidisation, alterations in cytokines and acute phase proteins (such as CRP), as well as platelet aggravation.”
Another PubMed study links smoking directly to inflammation and atherosclerotic plaque. In other words, big chunks of plaque that can break off with a good cough and block an artery – with fairly obvious results. This study showed the possibility of inflammation AND plaque combining to create an ‘event’.
Stress and Inflammation
It’s now shown that stress of all kinds creates an inflammation response. It’s interesting because we have learned to ‘control’ stress in daily life, but I wonder just what levels we are faced with compared to our ancestors. The stress of climate change, of financial system collapse, of job insecurity don’t go away. They remain an enduring part of what we have to manage every day. This report demonstrates that it is the repetition of stress that causes inflammation.. but it actually describes an example of chronic inflammatory response as atherosclerosis.
There are even studies that link anger and cynicism to inflammation.
Summarizing, this paper links stress events via inflammation to heart attacks. “The argument is made that humans reacting to stressors, which are not life-threatening but are “perceived” as such, mount similar stress/inflammatory responses in the arteries, and which, if repetitive or chronic, may culminate in atherosclerosis.” In reading up on this subject you’ll come across another term ‘Oxidative stress’. Oxidative stress is what happens as a result of inflammation. As Sang Whang said in ’Reverse Aging‘, inflammation and acids go hand in hand. Oxidation of tissue is caused by the acids that gather in inflamed sites. The stress load of oxidation travels, and as acid, it oxidises our good cholesterol, our LDL. The problem is.. oxidised LDL becomes plaque.
If we had one study describing the relationship of inflammation to heart attack we may be able to dismiss it, but when we see so many, all saying the same thing.. that inflammation and heart disease are inextricably linked, it’s probably time to take notice.
I’m not qualified to advise on heart disease. I’m a layman like most of my readers, and you should consult your medical practitioner before acting upon any of my crazy theories..
However it certainly seems to me that the circuitbreaker between inflammation and oxidative stress may just be something as simple as a constant program of maintaining a healthy pH balance. Given that water is one of the body’s first line tools for draining acids from sites of inflammation, it seems reasonable to me that alkaline microclustered water just may assist. As my readers know, I am not permitted by law to make any therapeutic claims, nor am I permitted to relate the many stories of our clients.
So I guess you’ll just have to research the subject yourself, won’t you?
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Another excellent little video summing up to massive con-job that cholesterol and saturated fats is!
Which brings me to the question… as you know, I have 6 tablespoons of coconut oil every day to keep me from slipping back into my incipient Alzheimers’. I’m wondering if there are others in readerland who might be interested in a group where members participate in bulk purchase of coco oil. I have the green light from the world’s best producers of organic coconut oil, and they offer 4l pails, which are far more economical than the 1L bottles. If I hear from you, I’ll consider it, but if not, that’s OK too because I already get my ‘good oil’ wholesale.
Oh yes, here’s the video that people are raving about; Cassie and I discussing my Alzheimers’.
It’sgone viral on YouTube