Notes on Fluorine/Fluoride Detoxification
by Maria Abdin
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
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
-- 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 concen-trating, loss of
mental alertness, nervousness
-- excessive thirst, kidney inflammation, frequent
-- 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.
5. Notes on detoxification:
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 1 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
P.O. Box 29521
Seattle, Washington 98111 USA
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.