Wherever you go, there you are

Wherever you go, there you are

I’m talking about fluoride. Is it possible to get away from this poisonous junk medicine? After I wrote my report on Listerine a few months ago, it occurred to me that this was likely just one more dental product that was sure to be loaded with fluoride. (After all, the fluoride fanatics surely wouldn’t miss an opportunity to add a little fluoride to your mouthwash.) And if that were the case, it would downgrade Listerine from useless to downright dangerous.

So I did a little investigating, and sure enough, Listerine is loaded with the toxic substance. In fact, so are most of the other mouthwashes on the supermarket shelves. Unfortunately, instead of scaring away consumers, most of the time it just sucks them in because they’ve been brainwashed into thinking it’s good for them.

Don’t even bother asking your dentist’s opinion on the matter. He’s been brainwashed, too. I know my dentist has been. He’s a nice gentleman, Ivy League-trained and meticulous in his work. Yet, he applies fluoride directly to the teeth of his 80-year-old patients without even asking them if they want it. What does that tell you about the mentality of these bright and competent people? Maybe they’ve been brain damaged by a combination of aspartame, MSG, and fluoridated water.

I have to admit that dentistry has made incredible technical advances in the second half of the 20th century. But for every step forward, it took two (or even three or four) steps backward. It developed braces for teenagers to correct crooked teeth that were caused by their own terrible nutrition. Dentists have capped teeth ruined by fluorinated tap water (that’s called fluorosis) and have filled cavities that, for some reason, didn’t disappear even with mass fluoridation.

I’m not saying you won’t need any or all of the above treatments. But, after all, because of the lack of nutritional advice and the hearty promotion of fluoride, the dentist is indirectly responsible for the mess you’re in, and he shouldn’t charge you a dime for the repairs.

When it comes right down to it, if a dental product is recommended by your dentist or by the American Dental Association, I suggest you save your money–and your teeth–by leaving it on the shelf.

A waterpick is your best friend when it comes to your gums. A toothbrush, on the other hand, is your worst enemy: It traumatizes; it certainly doesn’t sterilize. If you ask me, few things in your house are filthier than your toothbrush. Unless you keep it soaking in hydrogen peroxide between your attacks on your teeth, you’re inviting chronic gum disease.

Use your Waterpik after your evening meal and then swish and spit with hydrogen peroxide. That and a high animal fat, high-protein diet are all you need for good dental health.