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Fluoride and Other Bodily Poisons

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We live in a time of information overload. A significant portion of that information overload tells us exactly what is going to kill us and why. It’s often conflicting information. Coffee will kill you and save your life. Fat will kill you and save your life. Eat more of this and less of that except someone else says exactly the opposite. It’s easy to start doubting everything you hear and read because it must all be hype and hot air. That was how I felt about fluoride until I had a very powerful experience with it.

Fluoride Side Effects

Long story short, I had a less than stellar dental appointment a while back. I know what caused it. I was sucking on throat drops because of my EoE and it definitely did a number on a few of my teeth. My dentist wanted me to use a high fluoride toothpaste and gave me a prescription. I put it off and put it off because I hate trying new things since my body seems to like to react to everything.

I finally started using it. I think I used it about a week or two. I had to brush with it for two minutes and leave it in twice a day (no rinsing). Once had to be at bedtime so it would have extra time to work. Since I didn’t have any immediate reactions to it, I didn’t think much of it.

A few weeks later I became incredibly ill. I could barely get out of bed. I mean I literally could barely get out of bed and I can count on probably both hands the number of times in my entire life I did not get out of bed because I was ill. I had a lengthy list of crazy mostly new-to-me symptoms, but I knew I wasn’t sick. It wasn’t viral or bacterial. It was different. I felt terrible, but knew I wasn’t sick.

Since my diet was pretty limited at that point, I knew it wasn’t a dietary change. And I knew I wasn’t sick.

And then I remembered the fluoride toothpaste.

Fluoride and Other Poisons

I started looking online and sure enough. The fluoride was killing me. Okay, I don’t know if it was literally killing me, but wowza.

Could toothpaste with lots of fluoride make me that ill that quickly? Yes, it was in all likelihood impacting my thyroid which was throwing my entire body into chaos.

I stopped using the toothpaste, all of the symptoms went away fairly soon after that, and they’ve never occurred again since.

This experience forever changed my mind about how I view the “harmless” things that go in my body.

When the dentist asked if we wanted Caroline to receive a fluoride treatment, I said absolutely not.

Because of my EoE, over the past couple of years I’ve had to learn to read how my body responds to everything. I’ve kept a food diary at times so I can document reactions to foods. I’ve discovered that both gluten and soy have a negative impact on my body. If I am right that I am reacting to them, they are literally poison to my body.

Most people don’t take the time to figure out what is poisoning them. The process is slow and oftentimes our bodies are so overwhelmed by so many things we don’t even realize it until we remove them and then attempt to add them back in.

There is no one sure answer for everyone. I’m sure some people use that high fluoride toothpaste with no (discernible) issues. But I’ve realized that even though it’s a pain to sort through all the information overload out there, sometimes our health truly does depend on it.

Learn More About Fluoride

The Fluoride DeceptionThe Fluoride DeceptionThe Case against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It ThereThe Case against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It ThereThe Fluoride Myth: Debunking the ControversyThe Fluoride Myth: Debunking the ControversyFluoride in Drinking Water: Status, Issues, and SolutionsFluoride in Drinking Water: Status, Issues, and SolutionsThe Fluoride Wars: How a Modest Public Health Measure Became America's Longest Running Political MelodramaThe Fluoride Wars: How a Modest Public Health Measure Became America’s Longest Running Political MelodramaFluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death?: The Scientific Argument Against Water FluoridationFluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death?: The Scientific Argument Against Water FluoridationThe Devil's Poison: How fluoride is killing youThe Devil’s Poison: How fluoride is killing youFluoride Controversies: A Physician's Perspective on the Devastating Health Consequences of FluorideFluoride Controversies: A Physician’s Perspective on the Devastating Health Consequences of Fluoride

Fluoride and Other Bodily Poisons


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  • Thank you for posting this series, Sallie.  It has been very helpful.  Do you take measures to remove fluoride from the water that comes into your house and/or that you drink and bathe in?  I don’t use fluoride toothpaste etc. and wish I could have it removed from our water without spending thousands of dollars on a whole house filtration system.

    • I drink a couple of different kinds of bottled water that have a higher pH for my reflux. We don’t do anything about the water that comes into our home other than use a Brita filter for drinking and cooking water. We can’t afford a full house system. Our city water does not add fluoride so we only get what is naturally occurring. I still use a fluoride toothpaste which I probably should change, but haven’t.

  • There is enough fluoride in a tube of regular toothpaste to kill a small child…but they will probably start throwing it all back up before they eat a fatal dose.

    I’ve been considering changing to more of an Old World diet, since I’ve noticed that I don’t feel well when I eat corn, potatoes, or tomatoes.  My husband, on the other hand, craves them!  Perhaps because he has some Native American ancestors.


    • Hi Peggy,

      Do you have a nightshade sensitivity? Potatoes and tomatoes both fall into that. Corn is bad for so many people now.

      Did you get my (long overdue) note?

  • Yes, I got your note–thank you!

    I don’t know if I’m sensitive to other nightshades or not. When I was pregnant, I got that “if I eat one more bite of this it is ALL coming back up” feeling with a smallish serving of eggplant. I use paprika frequently in cooking, but that is a much smaller quantity. I’ll pay attention the next time I eat peppers, and see what happens.

    My husband has to avoid brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, kohlrabi, and a few others) because of migraines.


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