By contrast, only a handful of the world’s leading experts on fluoride toxicity have long been aware that the symptoms of the emerging condition known as “fibromyalgia” exactly match those of the most severe form of fluoride poisoning. This little known fact was quietly highlighted by the intense focus on potential Sarin gas exposure for the nearly 200,000 veterans of the first Gulf War who have quietly become the largest single group to ever develop fibromyalgia. Despite the lack of evidence of mass exposure, it remained telling that the top authorities on a nerve gas known to derive all of its toxicity from fluoride proved they could not tell the difference between the lingering effects of Sarin exposure and the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Of course, when the fluorinated drug Fen-Phen was taken off the market in Sept of 1997, very little attention was paid to the fact that the non-fluorinated version of the same drug remained on the market. Nor was much attention paid to the fact that just months before, in April of 1997, the FDA had forced toothpaste manufacturers to dramatically upgrade their warning labels after suddenly “discovering” that fluoride was severely neurotoxic. EPA scientists in Washington D.C. quickly followed the unpublicized FDA action by calling for an immediate end to the practice of adding fluoride to the water supply, writing in their official letter of opposition that, “Like most Americans, including many physicians and dentists, most of our members had thought that fluoride’s only effects were beneficial – reductions in tooth decay, etc. … We are [now] compelled to consider the likelihood that humans are experiencing damage to their brains and kidneys at the ‘optimal’ level of 1ppm.” www.nteu280.org...
Thanks to medical specialization and the often-slow progression of symptoms, those who develop most of the major symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning and are eventually diagnosed with “fibromyalgia”, frequently share the experience of being treated like hypochondriacs, as one symptom after the next emerge, are diagnosed & treated separately by physicians. As a result, by the time the condition advances to include nearly the entire list of symptoms (including debilitating “brain fog”, or what Waldbott termed the “loss of mental acuity and ability to concentrate”), the fibromyalgia diagnosis has often been preceded by such labels as “chronic fatigue syndrome”, “depression”, “hypothyroidism”, “irritable bladder”, “irritable bowel syndrome”, “multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome”, and “myofascial pain syndrome”, among others. Labels aside, whether or not those who suffer from fibromyalgia have been officially diagnosed with each of these related conditions, the overwhelming majority have symptoms of each and therefore understand from experience that they are all elements of a single underlying condition.
Ultimately, I know from experience that those suffering from the “brain fog” associated with fibromyalgia may have great difficulty comprehending what I have written here. To those people I say, you really only need to know one thing about the connection between fluoride & fibromyalgia, and that is this: if fluoride is indeed the cause of your condition, you will see a dramatic improvement in your symptoms simply by minimizing your exposure to fluoride. In this way, you can not only prove or disprove the cause of your condition, but even potentially make yourself better at the very same time. In my case, it was only by avoiding…(a) fluorinated drugs [those with "fl" in the chemical name], (b) fluorinated vitamins & supplements [even residual exposure to fluoride from other ingredients, such as those in many multi vitamins], (c) fluoridated water [using only distilled, reverse osmosis water instead], (d) fluoride-rich foods [i.e. tea, foods with water added, etc.), and to a lesser extent, (e) fluoride-based pesticides (i.e. sulfuryl fluoride)…that I was able to reduce how fast fluoride built up in my bloodstream and induced my symptoms of “fibromyalgia.”
There is a pain receptor in the nervous system known as NMDA. When pain turns from acute to chronic, it involves opening the NMDA pain receptor. Aspartame, which is classified as an excitotoxin, helps stimulate this to happen. People with fibromyalgia appear to already have overly active NMDA pain receptors, making them even more susceptible to the stimulation.
Food additives including MSG (monosodium glutamine) and nitrates. MSG is an additive or flavor enhancer that’s found in many processed and frozen foods, and in some Asian cuisines. It’s presence in the majority of most prepackaged foods is disguised by a number of quaint titles such as “natural flavors” etc. Experts say it can intensify pain symptoms in many individuals. Like aspartame, MSG is classified as an excitotoxin and has the same potential for affecting NMDA receptors.
The same concern is also there in the case for foods containing preservatives such as nitrates, commonly found in lunch meats like ham, bologna, or in bacon.
Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates There is no clear evidence that cutting out simple carbohydrates such as sugar, cake, or white bread will necessarily have an impact on fibromyalgia. What can happen however, is it will reduce symptoms of chronic yeast infection, which is a fungus that thrives on sugars and is thought to be a secondary condition contributing to the pain of fibromyalgia.
Caffeine – including coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate. Because it is considered a stimulant, many fibromyalgia patients turn to caffeine rich beverages as a source of energy. The problem with caffeine is that the ‘up’ is relatively brief, and it is almost always followed by a much longer and deeper sedative effect. Many persons have reported relief from fibromyalgia symptoms almost immediately upon eliminating caffeine from their diet.
Yeast and gluten Although these are two separate food substances, they frequently appear together, particularly in baked goods like cake, donuts, and bread. For this reason, cutting out one, usually means you are cutting out both, which can actually yield two separate benefits for people with fibromyalgia.
In the case of yeast it causes the overgrowth of the yeast fungus in the body. This overgrowth may cause or exacerbate much of the joint and muscle pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia.
Gluten magnifies a condition known as gluten intolerance. Avoiding glutten products can produce enormous positive changes in people suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
High Fat Dairy Many experts say that high fat dairy products and in particular milk, have been known to stimulate fibromyalgia symptoms. Avoiding these products may help some people turn their health around, however if they feel that dairy is not producing any noticeable adverse reactions, then they should continue using them as they are a beneficial source of many important nutrients.
Nightshade Plants: Tomatoes, chili, bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplant The elimination of this category of vegetables has been noted to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms in a large percentage of fibromyalgia patients. They have also been recognized to trigger symptoms in certain types of arthritis, although the reason is still unknown. If a person sees that they don’t produce a problem however, then they can still be used as they are very nutritious.
Other things to avoid would be fried foods, soda pop or any carbonated beverages. All forms of junk food or any food containing preservatives. Red meat along with alcoholic beverages and all forms of tobacco, should be excluded for those struggling to become free from the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also recommended for those with fibromyalgia not to drink liquid with meals, or become overly exposed to direct sunlight. I hate being the bearer of bad news as most people with fibromyalgia are chocoholics, but it is strongly recommended that they also not eat any chocolate.
FMS is a chronic illness. Not just a form of muscular rheumatism, it's actually a neurotransmitter dysfunction. (Neurotransmitters are what the brain uses to tell the body what to do) We think 4% or more of all people have FMS. One symptom is a type of dysfunctional sleep called the alpha delta sleep anomaly. As soon as people with FMS reach the deep level sleep, alpha brain waves intrude and jolt them back to shallow sleep. Not only are they denied refreshing sleep, but delta level is when the body does its repair work, and chemical replenishment. If people with FMS are immobile at any time, such as during travel, or sitting in a meeting, their muscles get rigid and painful. Morning stiffness can be severe. FMS symptoms fluctuate from hour to hour and day to day, and often worsen with changes in barometric pressure. It's no wonder that FMS is one of the most mis-diagnosed illnesses. Doctors often refer FMS patients to psychologists or psychiatrists, and yet recent studies show that psychologically, FMS patients have about the same amount of abnormal psychology as Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. An editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1987 stated that "FMS, a disease which may have occupied five minutes of time in medical school really exists and is a major cause of morbidity and disability." People with FMS have a history of being misunderstood and doubted. Research is showing that people with FMS have defects in the neuroregulatory system, especially the neurotransmitters. They have low growth hormone, which is involved with muscle repair. Some researchers think that the key problem is a CNS abnormality upstream of the spinal cord. The FMS body is an engine idling at 35% power, rather than a normal 5%. Most FMS patients have memory and cognitive impairments. In FMS there is an abnormal production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, melatonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and other chemicals which help control pain, mood, sleep and the immune system. It looks like there is a genetic predisposition. Often there has been a trigger event, such as an accident. An American College of Rheumatology study in 1992 found the the impact of FMS on your life is as bad, or worse , than Rheumatoid Arthritis. They listed one major factor in this as "clinician bias". FMS patients don't look sick, so they are often victimized by clinicians, family, and friends, leaving them with self doubt, guilt, and loss of self-esteem. FMS patients have 3 times the normal amount of substance P in their spinal fluid. Substance P tells the body how much pain it feels. They also have more pain receptors. They are hypersensitive to everything .. sort of like the "Princess and the Pea" in nursery stories. Little things that others take for granted, like wringing out a wash cloth, or writing a letter, become pain endurance sessions. A comparative analysis in the Journal of Rheumatology this year found that the quality of life for women with FMS is worse than for those who have Rheumatoid Arthritis, osteroarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or insulin-dependent diabetes.
Originally posted by MysterE
Thank you for the collection of data. My step-mother has been suffering with the illness for a decade now and the only thing doctors have perscribed her is more and more pain medication, leaving her with a severe opioid addiction on top of her disease. I will pass this info on to her so hopefully one day she can live a normal life.
Originally posted by awesomebikerbabe
.. . how do you get rid of flouride out of water tho ? or what can you buy as a substitue .