County in Florida will stop adding fluoride to its drinking water
Posted by TDHTX - July 20, 2012
Word has quickly spread regarding the county in Florida that voted 4-3 to halt fluoridation to about 700,000 residents. The vote comes despite pleas from dentists and health officials that say fluoride reduces dental illness and lowers dental costs. It is interesting with all of the data now available about the health risks associated with fluoride (cancer, reduced IQ and deteriorating bones) that dentists would advocate the use of it.
The decision was more politically motivated than health related, however Commissioner John Morroni said the county government should not be telling people they have to have fluoride in their water.
The US Department of Health and Human Services proposed reducing the fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water due to a reported increase in spots on children’s teeth, attributed to too much fluoride. “The CDC has also put out a warning: While using fluoridated water is safe, infants that consume formula exclusively with fluoridated water have an increased chance of fluorosis — faint white spots on teeth. To lessen that chance, the agency recommends using bottled water sometimes.” Link to the full article from tampabay.com
We often wonder that if a huge protection agency is suggesting using bottled water for infants formula, how good could this be for humans consuming fluoride in their water for life.
Dr. Carpenter is an advocate for fresh, healthy, clean water. We recommend filters for your water bottles, homes and showers. Filters are readily available online and at many large retailers. Take care and try to be conscience of the water you drink.
Pregnant with Mercury
Dr. Mercola in his No Nonsense Guide to a Naturally Healthy Pregnancy suggests that you “Remove Your Mercury Amalgams!”
Please understand that if you have mercury amalgam “silver” fillings, you are dumping the mercury from your fillings into your baby. Ideally, it would be best to remove your fillings BEFORE you become pregnant. But if you are already pregnant, it is probably best not to remove your fillings until after you deliver.
And if you have mercury amalgams, it would be wise to avoid chewing gum, because chewing liberates mercury vapors that can deposit in your child. And mercury vapor easily enters breast milk, so this is an ongoing issue after birth as well. Studies have already shown that mercury in the mother can cause birth defects in her child, but the orthodox medical community has remained slow to accept this, until just recently.
The FDA reluctantly admitted last year that the mercury contained in amalgam fillings “may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses.”
At least two studies have shown that elemental mercury accumulation within a developing baby increases with time, so that the levels of mercury in the fetal organs are significantly higher toward the end of the pregnancy than during early pregnancy. And it is now confirmed that mercury levels in a baby’s brain reach even higher levels following birth, despite an end to exposure from the mother’s mercury. Researchers think this is due to a redistribution of the mercury from the fetus’ liver to its brain. This transfer of mercury from a mother to her child has been confirmed in at least two human studies as well. Another case involved a female surgeon exposed to 0.05mg/M3 mercury vapor at work, who bore a baby with severe brain damage. The baby’s blood mercury was shown to be elevated.
The study stated that these levels of mercury can easily occur when a pregnant mother has a large number of dental amalgam fillings, chews gum, and is exposed to hot food and drinks. Therefore, if you have mercury amalgams, not only avoid gum chewing, but also try to let liquids and food cool down before eating, so they do not liberate more mercury.
There are some other steps that you can take to help protect your baby from mercury toxicity, and diminish possible harm. Vitamin C and selenium are both helpful when it comes to protection from the toxic effects of mercury. For example, we know that vitamin C detoxifies oxidized fat, and that it can also protect your body against DNA damage.
Selenium, a trace mineral found in fish, meat, eggs, and some other foods, helps your immune system defend against viruses. Selenium has also been shown to bind with mercury, and logically, should cause it to be excreted from the body.
If you decide to take a selenium supplement, be sure to choose inorganic selenium rather than organic, since the organic form can build up in the tissues, while excess inorganic selenium is excreted automatically.
Both of these natural aids, as well as eating a properly balanced diet with plenty of green, leafy vegetables and fresh, organic foods, should help afford protection for you and your baby until you deliver and are through with breastfeeding. At that time, I recommend that you have your mercury amalgams removed by a dentist licensed in mercury removal protocols.
Dr. Carpenter practices safe mercury removal protocols as described by the IAOMT. If you are planning to become pregnant and have mercury fillings, call Dr. Carpenter for a consult on how you can safely remove these fillings and provide a more healthy environment for your child.
5 Facts You Should Know About Energy Drinks
Posted by TDHTX - July 6, 2012
An increasing number of people are consuming a greater amount of energy drinks with the assumption they are a better choice than coffee or soda. In the last few years dentists are seeing an increase in cases of dental caries commonly referred to as “Mountain Dew Mouth”, referring to the soda drink associated with others of like kind that are known to contribute to tooth decay. Energy drinks are rapidly becoming an all-day source of consumption for their uptick of energy by both adolescents and adults. Marketing and advertising are pushing up sales of these beverages promoting added vitamins resulting in prolonged sipping for much of the day. That is not the intention of manufacturers, however it’s the usual…..If a little is good, more is better…syndrome often applied by consumers.
These drinks often are high in acidity which causes erosion of tooth enamel and it alters the pH level in the mouth which allows bacteria to flourish. If the drinks are sipped rather than consumed quickly, as recommended, the teeth are subjected to long term acidity. Another factor noted is the high content of sugar present in the drinks. The dual affect on the teeth from high acidity then high sugar for prolonged periods of time provides a double assault leading to promoting tooth decay.
It is also known that caffeine increases urinary excretion of calcium even with moderate consumption of this substance. This raises the risk of osteoporosis. It has been noted by some that the contents of these drinks has increased over time indicating demand by consumers has increased. Habitual consumption will indeed lead to detrimental affects on teeth and bones.
Caffeine is also a natural diuretic, which results in dehydration, the opposite of what they are intended to accomplish. Diminished saliva causes a much greater propensity for dental caries as well as periodontal disease (the most common cause of tooth loss). Precautions are definitely indicated with the use of energy drinks: 1) consume within 20-30 minutes, 2) rinse mouth with water after consumption, 3) use a straw with energy drinks, 4) maintain excellent plaque control on a daily basis, 5) maintain regular dental check-ups twice per year. And like so many other things in life become knowledgeable about the ingredients of what you consume. Do not blindly accept the hype associated with the sales and promotion of any product.
Common Link Found Between Oral Hygiene and Pneumonia
Samit Joshi, a postdoctoral fellow in infectious diseases at the Yale Univ. School of Medicine, recently presented the results of a study indicating those who do not practice good oral hygiene are at a greater risk of developing pneumonia. He claims that changes in the types of oral bacteria can have a significant imopact onthe risk of develping pneumonia and the risk doubles if s/he has periodontal disease. During the past decade in particular dental scientists have found more systemic diseases associated with periodontal disease, including various forms of heart disease. Therefore it comes as no surprise to witness the results found in this study.
The oral health of 37 subjects was studied from a variety of age and health backgrounds over a period of one month. Only a small percentage of subjects developed pneumonia, but those who did also showed significant increases in the number of oral bacteria associated with pneumonia. While the study was not designed to demonstrate the direct relationship between pneumonia and these bacteria, Joshi hopes the experiment he directed will be replicated by larger independent studies to determine a causal link.
Other studies have implicated the increase in pneumonia in the elderly with poor oral hygiene. It is commonly known that the disease can be particularly deadly among those in the older age groups.
As we are all taught, oral hygiene is important for keeping us healthy throughout our lives, now some studies show it is just as important as we age to stay healthy. The best oral hygiene is conducted between you and your dentist. Regular check ups and cleaning along with good personal hygiene is a good start towards a long and healthy life.