Fluoride & Mercury (Again)

Two news items this week on a couple of dental issues familiar to you regular readers: More Evidence of Neurodevelopmental Harm from Fluoride Last year, some important new research showed that prolonged exposure to fluoride can harm children’s developing brains and nervous systems. A new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives – a journal of …

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Originally posted 7 August 2009 Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets …

Raw Veggies’ Impact on Genes, & Other News of Note

Eating Your Greens Can Change the Effect of Your Genes on Heart Disease, Say Researchers (MedicalXpress) A long-held mantra suggests that you can’t change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. Now, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, is attacking that belief. …

We Know How Fluoride Works…or Do We?

General dentist and past president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) on what fluoride does: In developing teeth, the fluoride becomes part of the enamel and actually causes it to become denser and stronger so it is more resistant to the acids that are produced by the bacteria that cause decay. Once the teeth are …

Catapult the Propaganda: Fluoridated Edition

Via Biology-Online: Micronutrients are those nutrients needed in small amounts as opposed to macronutrients required in large amounts. For example, proteins, vitamins, and minerals are nutrients humans need; however, proteins are needed in amounts higher than vitamins, making the latter considered as micronutrient. Although micronutrients are needed in small amounts they are crucial in normal …

Fluoride & the Developing Brain

There are toxins, and then there are neurotoxins. The difference? Neurotoxins are poisons that act specifically on nerve cells. Among other things, they can damage the brain. Although we’ve known for some time that fluoride has neurotoxic effects, it still continues to be pushed by establishment dentists, public health officials and others who swear that …

On the State of the State’s Kids’ Teeth (& the News Ain’t So Great)

Recently, the Pew Charitable Trusts released their latest report card on children’s dental health Maryland came out on top, meeting seven of Pew’s eight benchmarks, followed by Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Carolina, which each met six. Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Montana and New Jersey all rated F, meeting two or fewer marks. And …

How Many Kinds of Toothpaste Do We Need?

In 2008, there were 412 different toothpastes available for sale in the US. Today, there are “only” 352. A few years ago, over 100 new kinds or sizes of toothpaste hit the market. Last year, “only” 69. This, according to a recent WSJ article, wonderfully lampooned by Stephen Colbert. Seriously: How many kinds of toothpaste …