The short video presentation below shows the process by which Dr. Noumbissi and his team place one-piece zirconia dental implants. Assessment of the area where the tooth needs to be replaced is made clinically during a consultation but also enhanced with advanced 3D dental imaging obtained with a dental (CBCT) scan. The implant placement procedure is planned performing virtual surgery using Anatomage’s InVivo implant planning software. Once the planning is completed, the data is uploaded to Anatomage’s laboratory, a computer generated surgical guide is printed and returned in the mail in as little as 48 hours. The surgical guide allows for precise and virtually error free implant placement but also negates the need for large flaps and excessive bone exposure. This minimally invasive protocol reduces surgery time, improves implant placement accuracy, greatly reduces post surgery discomfort and drastically reduces healing time.
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Are Metal Free Implants Better Than Titanium Implants?
Owing to its biocompatibility, low density and ability to withstand abuse ceramics are a far superior product when compared to metal for implantation in the human body, and an excellent choice for dental implant surgery.
All-ceramic dental crown placed over an all-ceramic dental implant look and function very much like the natural tooth and they provide metal-free restoration, eliminating concerns of allergies and biocompatibility issues thereby lessening potential for damage to the immune system. The term ‘ceramics’ applies to a wide range of materials that, when compared to traditionally used metal implants, are harder and have higher temperature resistance, strength, lower density and excellent resistance to corrosion. These properties make ceramics invaluable for use in the oral environment where high temperature, corrosion and constant abrasion is ever present.
While dental implants are usually made of titanium, materials such as aluminum and vanadium are often alloyed or blended with the titanium which can create issues of allergy, galvanism and potentially impair the immune system in a number of ways. When differing metals are placed in the mouth or directly into the jaw bone as with a dental implant, those metals will eventually begin to secrete by-products from the oxidization process and are then circulated throughout the body.
Zirconia dental implants are now being introduced into the United States as an alternative to metal implants and they have been used quite successfully in Europe for some time. The advantage of these implants is that they are ceramic, and thus there is no concern of corrosion. Zirconia is not to be confused with Zirconium which is a metal placed just below titanium on the periodic table. Zirconium oxide is the product now being used for the production of dental implants and this is the ceramic called Zirconia.
When patients exhibit overall healthfulness and are generally of a robust constitution, they tend to tolerate implants very well, but before considering something as serious as an implant procedure, a full health assessment is in order. In conjunction with assessing the patient’s physical state and ability to heal from surgery, most holistic dental practices are also concerned about the acupuncture meridian upon which the implant is placed. Every tooth in the mouth is located on an acupuncture meridian, and therefore can potentially affect specific organs, muscles, vertebrae and tissues. Although Zirconia implants are preferable over metal implants for their biocompatibility factors there may still be some concern over how these implants affect the meridians, and so for example; placing an implant on the breast meridian of a woman who has a family history of breast cancer may not be prudent.
Another consideration in whether or not to place implants for a particular patient has to do with whether or not they grind their teeth which might cause damage to the zirconia over time. Habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco may also negatively affect the long-term success of implants. And ultimately, patients with implants must be conscientious in about maintaining good oral hygiene.
A reproduction of a tooth’s root is inserted in the jaw and over time, the implanted “root” bonds with the bone of the jaw. In other words, ceramic dental implants readily allow the bone to grow right up to the implant surface and is held securely in place by the bone. This process typically takes four to six months to completely heal before the restoration can be finished.
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Holistic dentistry talks a lot about the dangers of silver amalgam fillings which can contain alarming amounts of mercury. Although we may be making some progress in regards to raising awareness on this important issue, all too many Americans still have silver mercury amalgam fillings. Some estimates say that up to 85 percent of Americans today have at least one silver filling and each of those fillings contain approximately 50 percent mercury. Americans and Europeans actually have more mercury in their mouths than exists in all manmade products combined – estimated at more than 1,000 tons.
In the United States, outside of dental use, mercury exposure generally originates from pollution from coal plants which in turn pollute ground soil and waterways and infect fish populations. For an expanded perspective on mercury use on the global scale we invite you to view a YouTube video created by the Blacksmith Institute. The video series called Mercury: the Burning Issue shows how Indonesian miners use raw mercury to discharge small amounts of gold from rock. This practice of drawing gold out using mercury is quite literally hundreds of years old. Ancient Romans were known to force slaves and criminals to mine in exactly this same manner using mercury. The mercury method is fast and cheap, creating a cleaner gold product than panning. Today, with gold values at over $1,000 an ounce, the poor and the greedy find it difficult to gold mining in any other way.
Why Mercury Use is a Problem For You
Mercury mining is a concern for everyone, no matter where on the planet we live. Although today mercury is mined mostly in China where it is supplied strictly to local users, most of the mercury in use in third world countries is filtering onto the black market from Europe and the United States. Ironically, mercury recyclers are collecting the substance from discarded light bulbs and other mercury laden devices with the intent of proper usage — however, illegal brokers are largely unregulated by any government entity, and this mercury is easily conveyed to market. Many of the countries involved in this type of mining ban the import of industrial mercury, but they can import all the so called “dental mercury” they can get their hands on.
Mercury is so toxic to the human body that when it comes in contact with skin, miners are exposed to high levels of the substance and as a result are rapidly dying from the primitive working conditions. Some 15 million gold miners, including 4.5 million women and no less than 600,000 children, are poisoned by direct contact with toxic mercury. In addition, mercury pollution flows out from the gold mines directly into rivers, oceans and seas, contaminating seafood far and wide. In this way, mercury is accumulating in the food chain, so that families and bystanders are being poisoned as they eat meals and generally go about their lives.
A Simple Solution to a Difficult Problem
Mercury dealers argue against regulating the use of mercury, insisting that by restricting mercury trade black marketers will be forced to go into the mercury mining business. However, these video showcase a solution that has recently been introduced to the miners – a simple system called a retort that can recapture mercury used in the gold mining process. This retort has been relatively successful in reducing the amount of toxic mercury emissions. ‘Mercury: the Burning Issue’ documents Blacksmith Institute’s project in Indonesia aimed at reducing mercury poisoning from the gold mining process, thereby saving the lives of innumerable miners, locals and anyone who might be contaminated by mercury infected fish from virtually anywhere the world.
To learn more about how Blacksmith is working with UNIDO’s Global Mercury Project in Senegal, Indonesia, Mozambique, and Cambodia visit their website or log onto YouTube to view the videos. To learn more about the use and hazards of mercury in silver dental amalgams visit “The Scientific Case Against Mercury Amalgam.”
Dr. Noumbissi Speaks at the International Academy of Ceramic Implantology Symposium (IAOCI) in Las Vegas September 5, 2013.
On September 5, 2013, Dr. Noumbissi moderated and spoke at the International Academy of Ceramic Implantology symposium in Las Vegas. There he presented his preliminary findings of a two-year study he has been conducting on safe and predictable assessment of ceramic implant integration prior to restoration. The protocol involved the use of the Periotest instrument on one hundred ceramic implants. The preliminary findings showed 97% success rate and confirmed that success rates of zirconia ceramic implants are comparable to that of titanium minus the risk of corrosion, metal sensitivity, plaque and bacterial accumulation. Dr. Noumbissi findings suggest in most cases zirconia implants can be restored (crowns and bridges) at approximately four to five months after implant insertion in the jaw bone. This study is currently submitted for review by an international and peer reviewed journal of clinical dental implantology.
This article was written by Dr. Noumbissi and published in the January 2013 edition (International Section) for the Orofacial Chronicle Journal from Bhopal, India.
Since Dr. Brånemark first introduced titanium dental implants, a variety of materials have been used successfully for about 40 years. Today implants are made either of commercially pure titanium (cpTi) or titanium alloys. In addition to its biocompatibility, titanium was also initially believed to be inert, nontoxic and nonallergenic1,2. However, several drawbacks have been documented in the literature with the use of titanium and titanium alloys as implant materials in medicine and dentistry. High concentrations of titanium have been detected in tissue surrounding dental implants mostly as a result of wear or corrosion of the titanium implant surface. In an animal study Weingart et al.3 showed that nine months after titanium implantation, titanium particles had spread and were found in adjacent lymph nodes. This indicates the possibility that phagocytes could transport titanium particles to the lymph nodes without any initial or immediate inflammatory response and potentially cause later immunologic reactions.
An increasing number of people who suffer some form tooth loss are choosing to replace their teeth with dental implants. For the last thirty plus years the only and highly successful option for freestanding tooth replacement available in the United States and other countries has been titanium and titanium alloy dental implants. There are increasing reports both in dentistry and medicine of individuals developing sensitivity and allergies to titanium and/or titanium alloys. Even of more concern some of these implants are corroding once exposed to body fluids such as saliva and developing electrical activity when they are coupled with prosthetic components made of other metal alloys. Titanium implants as they corrode are known to release metal ions which create low level electrical currents through the body but also weakens the structural integrity of the implants. With recent advances in implantable biomaterials research and technology, bioceramics such as zirconia (zirconium dioxide) are now available and a new generation of modern implants is made of zirconia. Zirconium Silicate (ZrSO4) is mined and is treated and transformed into zirconium dioxide which is also called zirconia. Zirconia is the crystal form of the material zirconium which is a transitional metal. After mining and processing of zirconium silicate, zirconium is isolated and further processed under high temperature and pressure. Zirconium then undergoes an oxidation and crystallization process which allows it to transition into a structurally stable and inert crystal. This bioceramic crystal is called Yttrium Stabilized Tetragonal Zirconium Polycrystal (Y-TZP) also called zirconium dioxide. Therefore zirconium dioxide is not a metal and presents exceptional physical and biological properties. Zirconia can sustain an extreme load capacity, features a very long service life, and presents no conductivity or interference in the body’s meridian systems; it is the most hygienic, non-electricity conducting and stable material for dental implantology and orthopedics. Zirconia implants also present no danger of corrosion, something that is often a serious problem with metal based dental implants. Corrosion of a titanium dental implant occurs when it is coupled with the metal framework or abutment of the crown which more often than not is a less noble metal or alloy than that of the titanium implant. The implant and crown assembly bathes in saliva which is an electrolyte and a good conductor of electricity; this leads to all sorts of chemical and electrical imbalances in the body and to a phenomenon called “battery mouth”. Another advantage of zirconia is its low affinity for plaque (picture#1). Clinical observations and studies show that zirconia implants compared to or next to titanium implants accumulate much less plaque and allow for superior gingival health (picture #2).
Radioactivity and Zirconia Implants
There is a controversial and highly misunderstood aspect of zirconium dioxide in terms of its radiological output. Zirconium Silicate (ZrSO4) depending where it is mined can be contaminated with natural radioactive isotopes including radium (226Ra) and thorium (228Th). This was a major concern in the early 1990’s because the ores selected were contaminated. Today zirconium dioxide processing plants have the technology to remove these contaminants and are able to yield and use very pure powders. For example, the radiation emitted by a 3 mol% Y2O3-ZrO2powder was the same order of magnitude as alumina powder, both of which were several orders of magnitude less than that typically measured for water, vegetables and livestock. Zirconia hip ball replacements weigh approximately 100mg and have a natural radiological output of 1mSv per year. The average weight of a zirconia dental implant is 1g, translating into a natural radiological output of roughly 0.01mSv/year. Therefore the radiation risk of zirconia bioceramics is negligible and given that the World Nuclear Association states that the typical background radiation experienced by most people in North America is 3.4mSv, there is little concern for adverse biological effects on the implant recipient.
Zirconia dental implants are a sensible and clearly a healthier alternative to conventional and titanium implant bridges, partials or Overdentures. Furthermore zirconia by virtue of its translucency and all-white color makes it the most aesthetically pleasing option available today for tooth replacement (picture #3 & picture #4). This is a new era in implant dentistry and the science of oral implantology.
1- Rabin, Steven I., MD; Calhoun, Jason H., MD, FACS, editor: Immune Response to Implants
3- Weingart D, Steinmann S, Schili W, Strub JR, Hellerich U, Assenmacher J, Simpson J. Titanium deposition in regional lymph nodes after insertion of titanium screw implants in the maxillofacial region. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg.1994 Dec:23 (6Pt2): 450-2
Multidimensional Medicine and Metal-Free Implant Dentistry Course: Silver Spring, Maryland February 21 & 22 2013
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), states that “Integrative Medicine combines mainstream medical therapies and complimentary and alternative medical therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.” An alternative medicine that is used in conjunction with a conventional one is known as a “complementary” medicine. An example of such practice is when patients undergoing chemotherapy use natural ginger syrup to prevent nausea. In 2007 a comprehensive National Health Interview Survey was conducted on the use by American adults of complementary alternative medicine which is also known as CAM. The results showed that approximately 38 percent of adults surveyed use CAM. In dentistry dental implants are a “conventional” or a mainstream dental therapy and currently the vast majority of implant dentists use conventional medical therapies such as surgery, synthetic drugs and titanium implants to manage healing and achieve bone integration and effectively replace teeth.
There is an overuse of synthetic drugs to manage patients recovery after implant surgery and this has led to many surgeons and other practitioners to underestimate their patients ability to self heal. This can only happen if they are detoxed and their immune system properly restored and empowered. Today an increasing number of people are choosing healthier lifestyles, alternative medicine and are more and more reluctant to accept metals to be implanted in their bodies. They also increasingly resist the idea of synthetic drugs-only options to treat or prevent health problems. Dental and medical research show there is increasing evidence that medical and dental metal implants will corrode and trigger various types of health problems in some individuals including metal sensitivity, metal toxicity, delayed healing after implant surgery, and even delayed implant failure many years after implantation.
Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry is presenting this unique two-day course where multidimensional medicine and holistic dental implantology intersect. This program is designed to demonstrate the intimate correlation between multidimensional medicine and successful zirconia (ceramic) implant surgery. The first goal of this course is to enable the participants to understand and appreciate the critical interrelationship that exists between a clean body, a boosted immune system and optimal recovery from implant surgery. As such during consultation the doctor will be taught how to obtain relevant information from the patient and determine what type of pre and post surgical detoxification and immune boosting protocols to request from the multidimensional physician. Protocols as simple as timely IV administration of targeted vitamins and minerals make a significant difference in patient recovery allowing for optimal, fast healing and ultimate success of dental implants. The second objective of this program is also to present top to bottom natural, drug free protocols and methods of metal-free tooth replacement with ceramic implants.
This course will enable participants to:
- Obtain proper medical history.
- Order the right pre and post surgery immune boosting and repair protocols.
- Understand the importance of detoxification prior to implant surgery.
- Understand the rationale behind the use of zirconia as a dental implant material.
- Recognize indications for successful placement and integration of zirconia dental implants.
- Proper and predictable selection of temporization techniques for one-piece zirconia implants.
- Appropriate selection of permanent restorative materials.
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible.
- Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response after implant surgery.
Dr. Sakiliba M. Mines, MD is an Integrative Family Physician. She has been a pioneer in Integrative Medicine, practicing for over 30 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry -Nutrition at Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Medical Doctorate from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her specialty as a Family Physician at Howard University Hospital and currently holds a Doctorate of Integrative Medicine. She is a member and instructor with the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapist, and a member of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Mines is the medical director and founder of The Institute of Multidimensional Medicine and Medical Spa. Dr. Mines utilizes extensive medical diagnostic testing, quantum physics assessments, genetic testing and detoxification and has developed natural and holistic protocols to optimize patients healing and recovery from medical and oral surgery procedures. Dr. Mines is a researcher who presents the newest information to her patients. Dr. Mines teaches at seminars and lectures nationally and internationally to educate the community and her colleagues.
Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, DDS MS obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University College of Dentistry. After obtaining his DDS, he received formal training in Implant Dentistry at the three-year Graduate Dental Implantology Residency program at Loma Linda University in California. Dr. Noumbissi is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry and a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology and he is active in clinical research and in areas that further the science of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Noumbissi is also a published author and has published abstracts and articles in peer reviewed dental journals. Dr. Noumbissi is founder of Miles of Smiles Institute for Dental Implantology; he lectures extensively and trains dentists nationally and internationally on topics relating to diagnosis and treatment planning and the multiple applications of implants and ceramic dental implants in oral rehabilitation.
Continued education hours: Twelve (12) CEU will be awarded.
Course fee: $599 before February 10, 2013.
Registration: Please call Ms. Ronetta Jones at 301-588-0768
Lodging: Lodging information will be provided upon completion of registration.
Why ceramic dental implants are better than conventional bridges?
When it comes to options for tooth replacement patients are increasingly opting for dental implants over the usual dental prostheses such as dentures or conventionally placed bridges. Since implants sit securely in the jaw and look like natural teeth, they offer superior durability and outstanding aesthetics when compared to conventional bridges. However there is an increasing resistance to metals among people and in implant dentistry there is a shift away from metal or metallic based crowns, partials and implants.
There are four major categories of restorations available for tooth replacement:
Bonded dental bridge
Bonded dental bridges use the teeth adjacent to the empty space to help support the missing tooth by using a very thin piece of metal or tooth-colored material to overlay and bond to the back of the adjacent teeth. A tooth replacement or “dummy tooth” is set between these two bonded pieces in order to fill in the empty space. Failure rate is about 25 percent after just five years of use. Furthermore the gap widens because the bone recedes as a result of no longer having a tooth in place. This ultimately results in the weakening of the adjacent teeth which can become loose and eventually fall out.
Cantilevered dental bridge
A cantilevered restoration uses the closest tooth next to the empty space to support the missing tooth using the either the back of the neighboring tooth or a full crown to help support the missing tooth. Success rate is higher than with a bonded bridge depending on how much pressure the actual replacement endures due to grinding and normal wear. This method of tooth replacement has fallen out of favor because the supporting tooth gets torqued and fatigued and more often than not eventualy fractures.
Conventional dental bridge
Getting fitted for a dental bridge requires shaving down and modifying of the teeth on either side the space where the tooth or teeth are missing. This is done in order to fit a conventional bridge. This is a process that significantly weakens the ground teeth and sets them up for fracture and root canals in the future. Unfortunately conventional dental bridges predictably fail at a range from 20 percent over 3 years to 3 percent over 23 years. With dental implants the dentist does not need to affect the health or longevity of neighboring teeth at all. Once placed, implants are firmly set into the bone making them more natural than dentures or conventional bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.
Some problems with conventional bridges
- They are bonded to the adjacent tooth with a glue-like substance, bridges more often become loose and fall out
- They cracks and fissure form over time, due to normal wear and tear and become fragile and prone to breakage
- Improper fit can lead to either tooth decay or irritation to the surrounding soft tissue around them.
A ceramic dental implant is created from a high performance material (zirconium oxide) that is inserted into the bone to act like a natural tooth root. Zirconium oxide also called zirconia is a crystal phase of zirconium and due to its nonmetallic construction the ceramic dental implant does not interfere with the body’s immune or meridian systems and therefore significantly reduces the potential for rejection. Furthermore ceramic implants do not interact with electromagnetic fields such as those emanating from cell phones, cell phone towers and microwaves. Once inserted into the jaw, the implant integrates directly into the bone to give firm support to the artificial replacement that it is built to hold and should last the lifetime of a patient. Routine maintenance of a dental implant is exactly the same as a person would follow for normal teeth.
Healthy Patients Prefer Ceramic Implants
Patients who prefer dental implants say that they are more comfortable and provide a more secure fit than fixed bridges or removable dentures. However all implants are not equal and ceramic implants unlike metal implants are made in one piece from the root to the top just like a natural tooth. Therefore ceramic implants do not have joints and do not retain plaque and harbor billions of bacteria like two-piece metal implants. For those who no longer have any natural teeth, ceramic implants can be placed to support and retain dentures and eliminate the embarrassment and discomfort they can cause in social situations when they slip and click. Loose and ill-fitting dentures hamper the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.
Reasons to consider a ceramic dental implant:
- preserves healthy natural tooth and bone structure
- looks and feel like natural teeth
- enhances a sense of self-confidence when eating, talking and smiling
- no gooey denture adhesives to deal with
- no embarrassingly loose dentures
- improves quality of speech
- no electrical or electromagnetic activity in your mouth
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth may be a candidate for implants. If more than a few of the teeth are missing, implants in supporting a crown or bridge can replace those teeth and function as normal teeth without concern for loss of bone and decay. If all or most of the teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix in place a full-mouth non-removable set of teeth.
No such problems with ceramic implants
Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:
- Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant
- When done properly and dilligently cared for, dental Implants are reliable and provide long-standing service, for decades with few, if any complications
- Comfortable fit and lifetime durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums
- They remain clean because they do not accumulate plaque and bacteria
- Metal-free bioceramic
- They do not generate nor conduct electricity
Considering the overall advantages patients can expect to benefit from as a result of choosing a dental implant, they are better able to enjoy a healthier and greener lifestyle without the restrictions many denture and bridge wearers face. The more secure foundation offered by a dental implant, the better biting pressure becomes, making it possible to enjoy the foods that a patient probably would not be able to eat using a dental prosthetic. As a result improved chewing ability leads to better nutrition and improved overall health.
Dr. Noumbissi to Speak on Zirconia Dental Implants at the Holistic Dental Association 36th Annual Conference: April 18-20 2013, Herndon Virginia USA
On April 18 and 19 2013, The holistic Dental Association (HDA) will be hosting its 36th annual conference in Herndon Virginia in the United States. Since its foundation in 1978, the HDA ‘s mission has been to promote an awareness of dental care as it relates to the entire person. The HDA also brings together dentists who have a common interest in treatment modalities that are not included in dental school curriculum. Furthermore in recent years more and more people have heighten their awareness in their own health and regard good health to be more than just the absence of disease. Dr. Noumbissi is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and limits his dental implantology practice to metal-free implant dentistry. Over the last thirty years the only and most popular method of teeth replacement has been titanium metal dental implants and research is increasingly proving that implantation of metals can lead to systemic health problems in areas of the body remote from the oral cavity. Dr. Noumbissi will be one of the podium speakers at this annual conference and will be presenting clinical evidence of the safety and health benefits of metal-free dental implants.The topic to be covered will be “Zirconia a Viable and Sometimes Necessary Alternative for Teeth Replacement”.
For more information on this conference please follow: http://www.holisticdental.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1460693
Over the past century, the levels of fluoride in foods purchased at the grocery store have steadily increased due to several factors including; the mass fluoridation of water supplies, the introduction of fluoride-based pesticides and the use of mechanical deboning processes in the meat industry.
One of the biggest problems is produce – both organic and non-organically grown — which is sprayed with pesticides. The newer pesticides contain alarmingly high levels fluoride making the typical North American’s daily consumption about 1.8 milligrams of fluoride — almost twice the amount of fluoride delivered from drinking one liter of fluoridated water. The consumption of non-organic foods is now thought to account for as much as one-third of the average person’s fluoride exposure.
Where did we go wrong?
Early in 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommended that water fluoridation programs should lower the levels added to water from 1 ppm fluoride 0.7 ppm. Although helpful, even this measure clearly does not go far enough to solve the problem, as many children continue to ingest levels of fluoride much higher than is recommended, or considered ‘safe’. When you consider all of the sources of fluoride contamination it isn’t surprising that we are seeing a dramatic increase in dental fluorosis (a tooth defect caused by excess fluoride intake) and a marked rise in cases reported over the past 60 years.
Where is all this fluoride coming from?
The fluoride-based pesticide called cryolite (a white or colorless mineral made up of fluoride, sodium and aluminum in crystal form) is essentially sodium aluminum fluoride, which is used for its ability to kill produce-loving insects. Cryolite also adheres to produce in a thick layer that effectively ‘seals’ the produce in pesticide and is extremely difficult to remove before consumption. Fresh produce that is temporarily stored in a warehouse environment is also treated with a gas fumigant, used to kill insects and rodents. This fumigant is recognized to leave extremely high levels of fluoride residue “in or on” stored foods.
The naturally occurring levels of fluoride in fruits, vegetables, meat, grain, eggs, milk and fresh water supplies are generally very low (less than 0.1 ppm) with the exception of seafood, tea and deep-well water which all have elevated fluoride levels without human interference. As a general rule, the fluoride level in food increases as a byproduct of the industrial food-making process. This is particularly true in the U.S. where mass water fluoridation programs are in use, since food processors use the public water supply to make their products. The basic rule is more processing equals the more fluoride. Juice that is not made from concentrate will thus have less fluoride than reconstituted juice.
Organic food is less contaminated than non-organic food and a person’s exposure will thus be reduced if they eat more organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Cereals, mechanically deboned meats, and black or green tea are sources to avoid if possible. Mechanically deboned meat is problematic because “most meats that are pulverized into a pulp form (e.g., chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) are made using a mechanical deboning processes. This mechanical deboning process increases the quantity of fluoride-laden bone particles in the meat. As a result, research has found that mechanically deboned meat contains higher levels of fluoride” (The Fluoride Action Network, http://www.fluoridealert.org/content/chicken/), which is then transferred to the consumer’s dinner table. Black and green teas are naturally high in fluoride regardless of whether they are grown organically without pesticides due to how the plant readily absorbs fluoride thorough its root system.
What’s so bad about fluoride?
Recent studies have shown that hydrofluorosilicic acid levels in the body increases lead accumulation in bone, teeth and other calcium dependent tissues. This happens when the free fluoride ion acts as a transport of heavy metals, allowing them to enter into the soft tissues where they normally would not be able to go, including sensitive organs such as the brain.
In terms of acute toxicity (the amount that can cause immediate toxic consequences), fluoride is more toxic than lead but slightly less toxic than arsenic – which explains why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides. It is also the reason accidents involving over-ingestion of fluoridated dental products including fluoridated gels, supplements and water can cause serious poisoning even leading up to death. There are reports of people who have in fact developed crippling skeletal fluorosis – a bone disease caused by excessive consumption of fluoride — from drinking high amounts of iced tea alone.
According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) excessive fluoride exposure is well known to cause a painful bone disease (skeletal fluorosis), as well as a discoloration of the teeth known as dental fluorosis. It has also been linked to a range of other chronic ailments including;
- bone fragility,
- glucose intolerance,
- gastrointestinal distress,
- thyroid disease,
- cardiovascular disease
- certain types of cancer
People who are at highest risk to fluoride include infants, individuals with kidney disease, individuals with nutrient deficiencies (particularly calcium and iodine), and individuals with medical conditions that cause excessive thirst.
Fluoride also has the ability to stimulate the harmful effects of other chemicals and heavy metals in the environment, potentially making them even more harmful than they would be otherwise. For example, when you combine chloramines with the hydrofluorosilicic acid, the combination becomes very effective at extracting lead from old plumbing systems, promoting the accumulation of lead in the water supply – water which is then consumed by animals and humans alike.