Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Spice that Prevents Fluoride from Destroying Your Brain !

In my last blog posting I outlined the many ways fluoride in our drinking water has the potential to damage the delicate tissues in our brain. I mentioned there are over 100 studies over the past ten years spelling out there was no doubt of the poisonous nature of this chemical. I even  revealed in the latest report in the March issue of the Lancet Neurology journal compared fluoride with lead, arsenic and cyanide. Unfortunately, fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, from non-stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable. All the more reason why new research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising!

Fluoride's neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of  increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From it's shocking history of it first being used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the Pineal Gland - the traditional  ''seat of the soul''.  Many people around the world are starting to ''wise-up'' and organize at the local and state-wide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from their municipal drinking water.

Now, a new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, ''Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence,'' add experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.

The study was authored by researchers from the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, in India, who have spent the past decade investigating the mechanisms through which fluoride induces severe neurogenerative changes in the mammalian brain, particularly in cells of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex (as was cited in the previous blog post). Curcumin is the medicinal compound found in the popular Indian spice Turmeric.

The study opens by describing the historical backdrop for concern about fluoride's significant and wide ranging toxicity:  ''Fluoride is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now its toxicity in drinking water is well-recognized a global problem. Health effect reports on fluoride exposure also includes various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases. And yet the world's media still criminally ignores notifying the public about this health threat. Perhaps not for long.''

Owing to these well-known mechanisms of fluoride associated neurodegeneration, the researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice Turmeric - known as Curcumin - as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance. Previous research on Curcumin indicates that it is capable of acting as an antioxidant in three distinct ways by protecting against: 1) singlet oxygen 2) hydroxyl radicals and 3) superoxide radical damage. Also, Curcumin appears to raise endogenous glutathione production in the brain, a major antioxidant defence system.

In order to assess the neurotoxic effects of fluoride and prove Curcumin's protective role against it, researchers randomly divided up mice into four groups, for 30 days. Control (no fluoride), Fluoride (in drinking water), Fluoride + Curcumin, and Curcumin (in order to measure the malondialdehyde (MDA) content in the brains of the treated mice. MDA is a well-known marker of oxidative stress/damage. As was expected, the fluoride only treatment group showed high MDA levels vs. the non-fluoride treated control. The fluoride + Curcumin group saw reduced MDA levels vs. the fluoride only group, demonstrating Curcumin's neuroprotective activity.

The study concluded: ''Our study thus demonstrates that a daily intake of fluoride results in increases in the LPO (lipid peroxidation, i.e. brain rancidity) as well as neurodegenerative changes in the neuron cell bodies of the hippocampal region. Supplementation with Curcumin significantly reduces the toxic effect of fluoride to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defence through its scavenging property and provides evidence for having a therapeutic role against oxidative stress.''

The Way I See It.....this is far from the first study to demonstrate Curcumin's remarkable brain-saving properties. From the perspective of the primary research alone, there are over two hundred peer-reviewed published studies indicating that Curcumin is the perfect neuroprotective agent. You can use this link to read for further information.

Considering the many chemical insults we face on a daily basis in the post-industrial world, Turmeric (the main source of Curcumin may very well be the world's most important herb, with well over 600 evidence-based health applications. As I said before, it is criminal that the world's media doesn't expose these and many other positive findings and continues to ignore this serious, accumulative threat to the health of millions of people. Now YOU KNOW, it's up to you to tell every one you know.

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