This week marks the passage of a $1 trillion dollar Farm Bill that made it through the Senate with a 68 to 32 vote, but there’s one glaring caveat they are hoping you won’t notice. The bill has been stalled for far too long, and many were excited to see it go through with our government’s iron-grip on agriculture. The unwieldy and bulky bill in its most recent version has some causes to celebrate within it – including GMO labeling, crop insurance for farmers, and consumer access to locally sourced foods, but Capital Hill has its ways, and they are more clever than a Cheshire cat at getting their two cents in – even though it costs them millions.
The deceitful tactics of our elected (nay, appointed) officials is evidenced by an $8 billion dollar cut in food stamps and a hearty serving of fluoride for our children. Thanks to a recently added amendment (Section 10015), snuck into the bill just 48 hours prior to its vote, Dow AgroScience lobbyists were able to overturn an EPA ruling that pesticide residues must be included in calculations of safe levels of fluoride exposure.
Fluoride residue exposure has already proven to damage kid’s brain cells, and has even been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But wait – Dow wants to put more of it in our food. Harvard scientists proved that fluoride is linked to lower IQ scores, and Israel has banned its use in water supplies altogether. So while Americans think they are about to eat safe food, they will be consuming brain-sucking chemicals.
Even the EPA scientists once warned about the toxicity of fluoride back in 1999. The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science did the same in 2006. Even the US Department of Health and Human Services eventually admitted in 2009 that fluoride levels in public water should be reduced. So, what’s so different about fluoride now – perhaps they all think that after over a decade of poisoning us all, we’ll all step in line like a bunch of gutless zombies.
Fluoride has an acute toxic rate which is higher even than lead.
“According to “Clinical Toxicology of Commercial products,” 5th Edition, 1984, lead is given a toxicity rating of 3 to 4, and Fluoride is rated at 4 (3 = moderately toxic, 4 = very toxic). OnDecember 7, 1992, the new EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for lead was set at 0.015 ppm, with a goal of 0.0ppm. The MCL for fluoride is currently set for 4.0 ppm – that’s over 250 times the permissible level of lead.”
Fluoride also calcifies the pineal gland, an important endocrine gland which secretes melatonin, and the pre-cursor to N-Dimethyltryptamine or DMT.
Fluoride Detox: 5 Tips for Detoxing Fluoride
Victories in the Bill
But while they are still trying to poison us all, we did manage some victories, including:
- The removal of the Interstate Commerce Amendment which violated state’s rights to request GMO labeling. All that activism got it through! Kudos to you!
- More FDA Oversight – While lobbyists managed to slip in an amendment to use fluoride in agricultural pesticides and herbicides, Section 11321 will force the FDA to study how new Food Safety Modernization Act rules could hurt small farms, and keep the agency from utilizing its already octopus-like reach. This can help to protect consumer choice, and we have a lot to say in the coming months about what Big Ag puts in our food, and Big Corporations put in our water.
- We managed to keep Section 1613 out of the bill, which would have prevented government agencies from disclosing information provided by a producer or owner of agricultural land concerning operations. This would have outlawed reporting on Big Farma’s tactics, including GMO crop contamination and antibiotic abuse.
While these are definite wins for the food sovereignty and non-GMO food movements, and a huge support for the small farm, which just might be our ticket out of the industrial agricultural paradigm we so foolishly signed up for, we have to remain stalwart in keeping special interests from exposing our next generation to fluoride. U.S. National Research Council Scientists even suggested that small doses of fluoride are harmful to the brain and bones, and this is exactly why Dow wanted to undue the FDA ruling that keeps the toxin in check.
Reducing Fluoride Exposure – 11 Tips
Activists need to stay active, and those of you who haven’t heard of the toxic ramifications of fluoride, please read up on it. Educate yourself and your friends and family. Sulfuryl fluoride is a known neuor-toxin and it was an 8-year battle to have it regulated in the first place. That has all been undone with one little Senate vote.
The documentary An Inconvenient Truth explains why this is a big deal. Not every country fluoridates their water supply; it is highly unnecessary. You can also defluoridate your municipal water supply considerably while we are all working to overturn this reprehensible amendment and follow the following eleven tips to reduce fluoride exposure:
- 1. Stop drinking from the tap. Reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina are the only water filters which can remove fluoride. Look into purchasing one.
- 2. Breastfeed your baby instead of making their formula from tap water. You will minimize their exposure to fluoride.
- 3. Purchase spring water from a trusted source – Don’t choose Nestlé since they have been accused of selling ‘Spring Water’ that was just tap water in a bottle. They’ve been sued more than once for this. Real spring water is not fluoridated. Verify that the fluoride content in bottled water is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm.
- 4. Water distillation. While some units are pricey, you can find a water distiller for around $200, and this can help to remove fluoride.
- 5. Stop buying fluoride toothpaste. Self explanatory.
- 6. Refuse gel fluoride treatments at the dentist. I did this just today when I went for my check up. Instead, they cleaned my teeth with baking soda and I came home and swished with coconut oil to remove micro bacteria.
- 7. The more processed a food is, usually the more fluoride it contains. Eat less convenience foods and more organic, healthy ones.
- 8. Many vineyards use a fluoride pesticide called cryolite. Buy organic wines and grape juice.
- 9. Be careful about the tea you drink. Some are full of antioxidants, which help to remove fluoride from the body, but others contain high levels of fluoride dependant upon how they are grown. Choose organic.
- 10. Don’t use Teflon pans – They can increase the fluoride levels in your food.
- 11. Use natural herbs instead of pharmaceuticals. Many Big Pharma drugs contain high levels of fluoride, especially Cipro, the often prescribed antibiotic.