I’d like to dedicate the next two posts to a subject that continues to get overlooked daily, yet affects the majority of people in ways they’re not fully aware. And the subject?
Fluoridation of water.
Whether you’re thinking of getting a ripped six pack with my program, The Definition Method or not, these next two posts are well worth ten minutes of your time to familiarise yourself with this travesty, how to avoid and, most importantly, how to proactively do something about it.
Okay. Sorry for the dramatics but, like I say, this is important. Please, read on…
One of the heaviest weighting factors that will inevitably determine the success or failure of your six pack abs goals will be your ability to drink water.
Now, that’s going to read like a bit of a ridiculous statement. We can all drink water, can’t we?
You’d be surprised. There are many people with an abject fear of tap water. One glass is enough to petrify them, let alone the amount you’d need to satisfy your body’s requirement over a tailored workout program like The Definition Method.
As it turns out, being afraid of tap water is not as unjustified a phobia as you might think. And it turns out that one of the additives we thought was good for us, fluoride, is quite the opposite.
Fear of water exists across many plains
There’s actually a term coined for the condition: tapaphobia. Yes, it sounds obvious, even to the extent of being made up. Nevertheless, fear of tap water is not as uncommon as you might think.
To those of us who think laterally, there are perhaps a couple more names for the condition that would, in other circumstances, be more appropriate. Yet it seems the fear of water extends well beyond ‘council pop’.
Hydrophobia, one of the names you’d expect for the fear of tap water, is actually associated with the latter stages of rabies. Infected victims whose condition is allowed to develop have a real struggle to drink water.
Then there’s aquaphobia. It isn’t, as you might expect, fear of a novelty pop band who declared they were Barbie Girls in a Barbie World. Although you’d be quite justified in cowering every time that squeaky voice hit the airwaves.
No, aquaphobia is the unconditional and somewhat irrational fear of bodies of water. In the young, the fear materialises by preventing children immersing their heads when swimming, particularly past the nasal cavity and ear canal.
However, aquaphobia needn’t mean physically coming into contact with water. Even sailing on a boat or standing on a pier that runs into the sea can trigger the condition.
So, with both the hydro- and aqua- prefixes for water phobias taken, tapaphobia was the next most applicable name, apparently.
Isn’t fluoride supposed to help care for our teeth?
According to official bodies, it does. If you read the NHS page on fluoridation of the UK, there’s not a single mention of the effects of the build up of fluoride and how we should be careful with our exposure to it.
When fluoride was introduced into our drinking water, it was believed – or certainly marketed in such a way – that all our worries about dental cavities and even enamel erosion would be no more.
However, we have to realise there are greater forces at play, here. Especially if you temper that ‘fluoride is good for you’ thought with similar circumstances surrounding the US Government’s investment in publishing the ‘food pyramid’.
Have you ever seen the food pyramid? The understanding of a healthy diet taught in The Definition Method would have you poo-pooing it straight away. It is chronic as far as nutritional eating goes. That’s being polite about it.
The Food Pyramid was introduced to eradicate obesity in the US several decades ago. I rest my case.
You may decipher yourself what a useless tool it is in the fight against fat by the millions of Americans who’ve been brought up following it and correlate that 70% of US adults are obese..
This is not the place to get into the ‘institutions funding research for their own gain’ argument here.
But there is a very real reason, two in fact, why you need to consider where you’re getting your water from given that you’re going to be drinking quite a bit of it for the foreseeable future, if not for life.
Many people think that fluoride is one of nature’s gifts to the human race to help us keep our sparkling looks so long as we keep our dentures.
If I was to tell you now that synthetic fluoride, the stuff that goes into fluoridation plants, was a by-product of industry – industrial waste, in other words – would you be so keen to brushe your teeth with it? Furthermore, would you knowingly swallow gallons of it to ‘cleanse your system?
No, I didn’t think so.
What’s more, in not much greater levels than you’re consuming now, fluoride’s toxicity is a poison to the human body. According to research in the US, diminished IQ has been correlated with water containing 0.3 – 3 ppm (parts per million) fluoride levels.
If you take a look at the 2011 map of average fluoridation levels in the UK, you’ll see that many local authorities are topping up fluoride levels where the natural water level has low content.
This unwelcome top-up can range from anything between 0.5 – 1.5 ppm, critically overlapping the areas where our Intelligence Quotient can be dumbed down and all due to this false belief in the benefits of the ‘mineral’ to humans.
It has no nutritional benefit whatsoever to us. Furthermore, any benefits it has to our teeth and overall dental health has also been the subject of much heated debate and deeper research the last two decades or so.
And on that note, we’ll cut it there for today, as there is plenty of food for thought.
The follow-on post will learn you where to look for possible entry points of fluoride into your diet, the effects of fluoride contamination if you don’t and how you can circumnavigate many danger points by adopting the ideology of The Definition Method diet.
There will be some emotive responses, so please feel free to leave yours in the comments box, below.