Suggestions for reducing exposure to fluoride  

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• If your drinking water is fluoridated:
-- Install a reverse osmosis or distillation unit for your kitchen. They are the only two methods known to remove fluoride.
-- Some supermarkets offer reasonably priced water by offering customers the opportunity to "fill up" gallon bottles with water that is treated by osmosis.
-- Or, buy spring water for use in the kitchen. Ask the supplier what the fluoride level is. Use for beverages, boiling veggies, pasta, rice, and for making soup, etc. Many suppliers deliver to the home.
-- Fluoride concentrates in water when it is boiled (chlorine steams off). When you boil water to make tea or coffee, empty your kettle each time before you use it.
For example, if you have put one liter of fluroidated water -containing 1 ppm fluoride- in your kettle, and you let it steam away, no matter how much water is left in the kettle, you will still have 1 ppm fluoride. If you don't empty the kettle, but just add another liter of fluoridated water and let that steam away, you could potentially end up with 2 ppm fluoride in your coffee or tea, etc.
-- Serve your pets non-fluoridated water also.

• Buy organic food whenever possible.
-- EPA has approved incredibly high fluoride residue tolerances for a wide variety of foods. This is due to their approval of sulfuryl fluoride as a fumigant on post-harvest and processed food and to cryolite use - see the list of foods and their fluoride tolerances.
-- The US National Organic Program does not allow the use of the pesticides that leave these high fluoride residues. Organic food is much safer to eat because of this. However, there are concerns about what is allowed to be used in organic farming. If you're interested, read this.
-- Many communities have food co-op’s that sell a wide range of organic food. Many of these co-op’s offer significant discounts on your purchases in exchange for working 3 hours a week in their shop.
-- Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project which provides a weekly food box full of seasonal organic produce.

• Avoid ALL non-organic processed foods!
-- On July 15, 2005, EPA approved a 70 part-per-million fluoride residue in virtually all processed food. It's time to bring out the cookbooks and relearn how to make those main meals sold in the freezer section of your supermarket. If you have a sweet tooth, start making your own desserts, cookies, pies, etc. However, if you can afford it, co-ops and other large supermarket chains sell a wide (and growing) range of frozen meals made with organic ingredients.

• Avoid foods that have high fluoride levels.
-- See Table 2. Fluoride Concentrations of Foods & Beverages

• If you have the space, start growing your favorite foods to avoid pesticide residues.
-- If you haven’t gardened before, take 2 tips from seasoned gardeners:
• COMPOST. While compost added to your garden is not a fertilizer, it helps to build wonderful healthy soil. And good soil produces healthier crops that are more resistant to problems inherent in crops grown in poor and sterile soil.
• ROTATE. Don’t plant the same crop in the same place each year.

• If you believe that fluoride in dental products is good for your teeth, please consider:
-- If you are pregnant, do not use any fluoride dental products because fluoride crosses the placenta.
-- If you have children: offer a healthy organic diet combined with teaching good dental hygiene habits as an alternative to fluoride dental products and supplements.

Note: State and County Water Fluoridation Information is available at
Scroll down to My Water's Fluoride
-- Includes levels in each fluoridated drinking water system.

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