The information which follows is not sufficiently detailed to form a basis for either diagnosis or for designing a treatment regimen. It is solely intended to share measures which might possibly be of use to persons undergoing fluorine/ fluoride detoxification through sauna/ supportive measures.
1. Sources of fluorine/fluoride exposure include:
fluoridated toothpaste, and some pharmaceutical medications, some food/beverages
military exposure to chemical weapons
exposure to fluoride-containing fumigants and rodenticides, and cigarette smoke
industrial exposure - including aluminum smelting, glass etching, and some manufacturing processes
fluoridated water - including occupational exposure to sodium fluoride in water treatment, and overexposure to fluoridated water (such as soaking hot tubs, swimming, showers, drinking water, and food products using fluoridated water (such as fruit juices, infant formulas, other beverages)
2. Effects of chronic fluoride/fluorine exposure from ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption, include:
weight loss, chronic fatigue not alleviated by rest, general weakness, depression
headaches, bone, joint and muscle pain, muscle spasms
brittle bones and teeth, tinnitus
anemia, acidosis, reddish spots on skin, slight bleeding from nose lining
blurred vision, dizziness, poor balance, numbness and tingling of extremities
depression, difficulty concentrating, loss of mental alertness, nervousness
excessive thirst, kidney inflammation, frequent urination
nausea, diarrhea, constipation, blood in stools, flatulence, abdominal pain
damage to internal organs, and to cellular biochemistry & thyroid functioning
3. Routes of entry and storage:
fluorides can enter the body through inhalation of gases and vapors, through swallowing, and through skin absorption.
fluorides can be stored in bones and teeth, and any tissues of the body
4. General observations:
People can be exposed to fluorides without being aware of the nature of the chemicals they are exposed to. Careful history-taking can be a useful adjunct to laboratory tests. Some persons, particularly those of paler skin, may have obvious facial signs from chronic fluoride poisoning (see drawing): dark circles extending from the area between the nose and the eyes, to a semicircle under the eyes, with the darkest portion being that near the nose; the "halogen line" - this may or may not be present-a fine whitish line below the area of the dark circle, and at the top of the cheekbones, extending from near the nose to at least midway across cheekbone; if kidney inflammation is present, slight puffiness at outer edges of cheekbone. If the intestines are inflamed, the lips will be redder than normal.
Symptoms of fluoride poisoning
5. Notes on detoxification:
--You may want to ask your doctor about colon cleansing to help aid in overall body detoxification. Cleansing the colon with natural fiber and herbs is a gentle alternative to other detox procedures which may upset the body's metabolism.
--During sauna-based detoxification, and during heavy exercise, fluorine appears to mobilize from body stores. In sufficient quantities, such dumping can cause the symptoms of acute fluorine poisoning and have serious consequences. The fluorine re-entering the circulation can cause acidity (possibly hydrofluoric acid or related compound). Several measures have been found helpful adjuncts to sauna detox and general alleviation of fluoride-intoxication symptoms:
--Avoidance of acidic foods, such as citrus fruits
--Large quantities of supplemental calcium carbonate, which not only helps to de-acidify the body, but also binds fluorine - assisting in safe excretion of fluorine, and also helping replenish body calcium stores depleted by fluorine.
--(Ingestion of a tablespoonful of lecithin twice daily, which helps protect nerve sheaths and kidney linings from corrosion/acidity
--Deep breathing of clean, fresh air when the body feels acidic and during the detox procedures, to help remove fluorine through respiration, and relieve some of the stress on the kidneys.
--Ingestion of copious amounts of fluorine-free water, to dilute body concentrations of fluoride and facilitate safe excretion
--Use of Stellaria spp. (common chickweed) as a tea. This plant, a common garden weed which is edible in apparently unlimited quantities without toxic effect, helps soothe inflamed kidneys. It should be gathered from areas free from animal contact and from pesticide/ auto exhaust drift. Washed thoroughly, it can then be dried (maintaining color and activity) by placing in open container in a refrigerator, turning gently every day or so until thoroughly dried. It can then be stored in dark containers for a few months. Dose about half to full teaspoon of dried plant per I cup boiling water. Bring to boil, simmer a few minutes, then steep for 15-20 minutes. One or two swallows at a time as desired.
--The sauna used in detoxification should either be "dry sauna," or if an Indian-type sweat lodge is used, then fluoride-free water should be used. Steam saunas using tap water may, in fluoride-containing water areas, add to the problem rather than helping to resolve it.
--Hair loss due to fluoride poisoning (also useful in treatment of organic mercury-related hair loss). After gently washing with "natural" shampoo and rinsing, gently rub into scalp "organic" cold-pressed olive oil to which has been added: a bit of strong nettle (Urtica sp, commonly available in health food stores) tea, and dissolved vitamin/mineral supplements as desired (not too much). After rubbing into scalp and hair, wrap head (paper towels, cloth, etc.) for about 20 minutes, then wash out.
Note: Once mobilization has been started, it may continue, with largest amounts of fluorine in circulation in the evenings. The supportive measures of water, calcium, deep breathing, and Stellaria tea can be utilized at any time as needed.
Prensa Samizdat Research Service
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206-467-9230 Sources: Dreisbach, Robert H. and Robertson, William O., Handbook of Poisoning: Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment - 17th ed. (Norwalk, CT -Appleton-Lange 1987)
Waldbott, George L., et al., Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma (Lawrence, Kansas, Coronado Press, Inc. 1978)
Personal observation and experience.
By Maria Abdin