Preventing Truth Decay: Volume II

“Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.” 
                                                                                          ~ Adolph Hitler
 
For those of you who missed Volume I of my Preventing Truth Decay series you can read that here.
 
In this volume we are going to examine the following misconceptions
·         Fluoride is safe and is akin to “vitamins for your teeth”
·         Adrenal fatigue is the reason that you  are tired all the time
·         Sugar is bad for you
·         Salt is bad for you, particularly if you have hypertension (high blood pressure) issues
 
The truth decay listed above definitely warrants very close scrutiny and investigation.  Like the ideas in Volume I, these ideas also have nothing whatsoever to do with truth and facts, yet they are all socially accepted. A change in consciousness is warranted if we are going to actually lead humanity in the right direction in the future.  The personal and the planetary are connected, and it is only through a change in human consciousness that our world will ultimately be transformed.
 
                              “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
–                                                                       – Jiddu Krishnamurti
 
I feel it is my responsibility to do my part to dispel ignorance so that something better can ultimately be created.  To do so, I will attempt to set the record straight on the four truth decaying ideas mentioned above.   Here we go…..again……
 
Misconception:  Fluoride is safe and is akin to “vitamins for your teeth”
 
 Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, Robert Carton, PhD, former EPA scientist, warned us 20 years ago that, “Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century.”  Around the exact same time, William Marcus, PhD, Senior EPA Toxicologist, also made this statement, “Regarding fluoridation, the EPA should act immediately to protect the public.  Not just on the cancer data, but on the evidence of bone fractures, arthritis, mutagenicity, and other effects.”
 
Let us examine some facts, shall we.  Fluoride is a compound composed of the highly reactive element fluorine plus another element or elements.  When fluorine is combined with other elemental metals, such as calcium and sodium, the new compound has metallic properties.  These compounds, because of their ability and potential to accumulate in human tissues, are very real threats to your health.
 
From what I have read and seen, the entire history of fluoride and cavity prevention is completely fabricated in the name of profits and population control.  You can read more about how this public deception unfolded in Dr. Russell L. Blaylock’s wonderful book Health and Nutrition Secrets that Can Save Your Life (pgs. 94-105).  If you prefer an even more detailed explanation, I would highly recommend the book The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson.  Bryson compiles a very large and impressive amount of research to demonstrate fluoride’s effects on human health.  As well, he does a great job of demonstrating the ties between the leading fluoride researchers and the corporations who funded and stood to benefit from a profit standpoint from that research – this is called conflict of interest and is certainly not limited to fluoride “research.”   What Bryson demonstrates in this book is an overwhelming challenge to dental orthodoxy, and should be read by everyone who is concerned about their health at any practical level.  You can also watch an abbreviated version of a documentary of Bryson’s research here.    
 
Consider for a moment that there are research studies that show a direct correlation between cavity incidence and fluoridation levels.  As an example, Dr. Steelink looked at the dental records of some 26,000 children living in Tucson, Arizona.  What did his research reveal? He found higher cavity occurrence in children living in fluoridated areas.  The greater the fluoride intake, the higher the number of cavities he found.  And this is not isolated research, similar findings can be found in research coming out of Australia, India, Britain, Canada, Sri Lanka, Greece, Malta, Spain, and Hungary.  Of course, many “authorities” in the U.S. are taught to ignore research that does not come from an American source as it is not “credible” research.  Another 30 year study out of India of over 400,000 children overseen by Dr. Teito and his team, found the exact same thing – as fluoride levels in the water increased, so too did tooth decay. 
 
The bottom line here is that fluoride is not safe in any concentration, and its accumulation in the human body has been strongly linked to cancer (mainly of the bones, but others as well), bone fractures, genetic damage, thyroid damage, sexual maturity issues, infertility, and many damaging effects on the brain.   We must learn to question what we are told and sold as being healthy in all aspects of our lives, and dental health is no exception to that rule.  
 
For a good source of water filters that will do a great job of eliminating fluoride from your drinking water, I invite all of you to visitwww.friendsofwater.com.
 
 
Moving on…..
 
Misconception:  Adrenal fatigue is the reason you are tired all the time
 
 [Preface: This is not an attack on the work of James L. Wilson, N.D., PhD.  I love his book and it contains lots of valuable information.  Rather, adrenal fatigue as the “cause” of things must be scrutinized in my opinion.] 
 
I cannot tell you how many times I am contacted each week by people claiming that all of their health problems are related to “adrenal fatigue.” Most of them are self diagnosed and some of them are diagnosed by Naturopaths or Natural Medicine Doctors, etc.  All of that is cool, but we need to understand a little physiology here before we start blaming the adrenals for all of our health issues.
 
My opinion is that “adrenal fatigue” is way over-hyped and once again, allows people to label themselves and buy yet another excuse to be unhealthy.  Let us look at some basic physiology.  The fact is that anyone who has sub-optimal thyroid function (which according to Broda O. Barnes, M.D. is around 40% of the population – others postulate that to be as high as 50%-60% for a number of reasons), you are very likely to have blood sugar regulation issues (aka – dysglycemia).  When you are on a dysglycemic roller coaster all day every day, this is very taxing to the adrenal glands.  As soon as you end up in a hypoglycemic state, the adrenals must respond by releasing cortisol (and other hormones) to bring blood sugar levels back up.  The elevated cortisol triggers the catabolism of muscle tissue including the release of FFA (free fatty acids).  This increase in FFA levels actually increases the uptake of tryptophan in the brain.  This in turn leads to an increase in serotonin levels.  Serotonin stimulates the production of ACTH, which initiates the stress response all over again by increasing cortisol output from the adrenals.   This is a cycle that will continue to perpetuate on itself unless something is done to break the cycle. 
 
 
 
So the question is, is adrenal fatigue really the reason you are tired and have an endless list of daily symptoms, or could it be that poorly regulated blood sugar and less-than-optimal thyroid function drive the adrenals into the ground over the course of time?  Is “adrenal fatigue” really the “problem” or merely a response to a deeper lying metabolic/physiological dysfunction?  My experience tells me it is the latter.
 
Before you label yourself as someone in “adrenal fatigue”, have a look at why you might have issues with the adrenals in the first place.  Before someone recommends that you do an elaborate array of adrenal supplementation (I have seen these cost clients in excess of $400 per month), learn to effectively up-regulate your thyroid function and improve blood sugar levels throughout the day.  This can be done very easily by learning what foods you should eat, in what combination you should eat them, and at what frequency.  That will take you much further, and cost you far less money, in the long run.         
 
Misconception:  Sugar is bad for you
 
 
 
In all honesty, I used to tell people this all the time.  I have even done 2+ hour presentations on the detrimental aspects of sugar on human physiology.  However, when it comes to sugar, we have a problem of context. 
 
The bottom line is not all sugar is created equal and different types of sugar have differing roles in human physiology.  We must first define what we mean when we say “sugar.”  Sugar has definitely received a bad rap over the last 30 years or so since the high fructose corn syrup production came about around 1981.  This synthetic sugar has been linked to all sorts of health issues that have been pretty well chronicled throughout its lifetime.  However, that is not REAL sugar.  There are many types of sugar: sucrose (which is 50% glucose and 50% fructose), fructose, lactose, maltose, galactose, etc. 
 
Your body actually prefers to use glucose as primary source for energy production.  In fact, your red blood cells and you brain rely on glucose very heavily for optimal function.  Sugar takes a beating in the media and things get very “spun around.”  For example, statistics show that the average American consumes at least 150 pounds of sugar per year.  Cool….what kinds of sugar are they talking about?  These kinds of statements must be placed into context.  Let us examine some facts about REAL sugar shall we.  Here are a few excerpts from Ray Peat, PhD’s article, Sugar Issueshttp://raypeat.com/articles/articles/sugar-issues.shtml    
 
 
 
 
“Fructose can actually by-pass the fatty acids’ inhibition of glucose metabolism, to be oxidized when glucose cannot, leading to greater energy production at the cellular level.” “Besides being one of the forms of sugar involved in ordinary energy production, interchangeable with glucose, fructose has some special functions, that aren’t as well performed by glucose.  It is the main sugar involved in reproduction, in the seminal fluid and intrauterine fluid, and in the developing fetus. After these crucial stages of life are past, glucose becomes the primary molecular source of energy, except when the system is under stress.  The placenta turns glucose from the mother’s blood into fructose, and the fructose in the mother’s blood can pass through into the fetus, and although glucose can move back from the fetus into the mother’s blood, fructose is unable to move in that direction, so a high concentration is maintained in the fluids around the fetus.”
 
“Sucrose consumption lowers ACTH, the main pituitary stress hormone (Klement, et al., 2009; Ulrich-Lai, et al., 2007), and stress promotes increased sugar and fat consumption (Pecoraro, et al., 2004). If animals’ adrenal glands are removed, so that they lack the adrenal steroids, they choose to consume more sucrose (Laugero, et al., 2001). Stress seems to be perceived as a need for sugar. In the absence of sucrose, satisfying this need with starch and fat is more likely to lead to obesity.
Sugar is essential for brain development and maintenance.”
 
“Experimental evidence shows that polyunsaturated (omega-3) fats retard fetal brain development, and that sugar promotes it. These facts argue against some of the currently popular ideas of the evolution of the human brain based on ancestral diets of fish or meat, which only matters as far as those anthropological theories are used to argue against fruits and other sugars in the present diet.”
 
“Honey has been used therapeutically for thousands of years, and recently there has been some research documenting a variety of uses, including treatment of ulcers and colitis, and other inflammatory conditions. Obesity increases mediators of inflammation, including the C-reactive protein (CRP) and homocysteine. Honey, which contains free fructose and free glucose, lowers CRP and homocysteine, as well as triglycerides, glucose, and cholesterol, while it increased insulin more than sucrose did (Al-Waili, 2004). Hypoglycemia intensifies inflammatory reactions, and insulin can reduce inflammation if sugar is available. Obesity, like diabetes, seems to involve a cellular energy deficiency, resulting from the inability to metabolize sugar.”
 
“Sucrose (and sometimes honey) is increasingly being used to reduce pain in newborns, for minor things such as injections (Guala, et al., 2001; Okan, et al., 2007; Anand, et al., 2005; Schoen and Fischell, 1991). It’s also effective in adults. It acts by influencing a variety of nerve systems, and also reduces stress. Insulin is probably involved in sugar analgesia, as it is in inflammation, since it promotes entry of endorphins into the brain (Witt, et al., 2000).”
 
“An extracellular phosphorylated fructose metabolite, diphosphoglycerate, has an essential regulatory effect in the blood; another fructose metabolite, fructose diphosphate, can reduce mast cell histamine release and protect against oxidative and hypoxic injury and endotoxic shock, and it reduces the expression of the inflammation mediators TNF-alpha, IL-6, nitric oxide synthase, and the activation of NF-kappaB, among other protective effects, and its therapeutic value is known, but its relation to dietary sugars hasn’t been investigated.”
 
“Refined granulated sugar is extremely pure, but it lacks all of the essential nutrients, so it should be considered as a temporary therapeutic material, or as an occasional substitute when good fruit isn’t available, or when available honey is allergenic.”
 
“Endotoxin absorbed from the intestine is one of the ubiquitous stresses that tends to cause free radical damage. Fructose, probably more than glucose, is protective against damage from endotoxin.”
 
“Many stressors cause capillary leakage, allowing albumin and other blood components to enter extracellular spaces or to be lost in the urine, and this is a feature of diabetes, obesity, and a variety of inflammatory and degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease (Szekanecz and Koch, 2008; Ujiie, et al., 2003). Although the mechanism isn’t understood, fructose supports capillary integrity; fructose feeding for 4 and 8 weeks caused a 56% and 51% reduction in capillary leakage, respectively (Chakir, et al., 1998; Plante, et al., 2003).”
 
Now that is a hell of a lot of bad-ass information on sugar metabolism and physiology, which Ray is known for, but the take away from all of this can be summed up this way –
Contrary to what Bobby Bouchez’s momma might tell you, sugar is not “the Devil.”  
 
Misconception:  Salt is bad for you if you have hypertension issues
 
 
 It is common practice within the medical community to instruct someone who has been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) to “watch” or “reduce” his/her salt/sodium intake.  The question must be asked – does this actually equate to better overall health?  My opinion, and there is plenty of research to support this – is that salt restriction is actually detrimental to one’s overall health.  The hell I say!  Again, let us examine some facts about salt/sodium and its restriction:
·         Salt restriction, according to a review of about 100 studies (Alderman, 2004), lowers the blood pressure only by a few points.
·         Research shows an increase in mortality in individuals who eat less salt
·         An extra few grams of salt per day was associated with a 36% reduction in “coronary events” (Alderman, et al., 1995).
·         Sodium and albumin are essential for maintaining adequate blood volume and delivery of nutrients to all tissues of the body.  When blood volume is low it is not uncommon to experience edema secondary to water moving into tissue.
·         Deceasing sodium intake is known to stimulate something called the RAAS – rennin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.  This system will stimulate a sympathetic (fight or flight) response from the body and is a known factor in creating hypertension, kidney disease, heart failure, fibrosis of the heart, and other problems
·         Sodium restriction also increases serotonin levels in the body, which leads to a whole host of inflammatory and other physiological problems
·          Increasing salt intake can actually prevent water retention
 
Of course, with all that said, one still has to consider context.  Namely, the quality of the salt they are using and the overall physiology of the individual in question.  Traditional table salt, which is two minerals only – sodium and chloride – is not likely to produce the benefits of salt mentioned above.  Organic, white, Celtic Sea Salts are great for salt usage and have as many as 87 to 93 (depending on who you read) trace minerals included in the salt.  These minerals and trace minerals have a synergistic effect and benefit human physiology on a number of different levels. 
 
The take home here is that the usage of such salts can be applied within the context of customized nutritional and lifestyle modification of an individual to improve energy production and metabolism at the cellular level, increases carbon dioxide production, and protects against inflammation and other stress reactions in the body.  This, within such a context, will serve to improve the overall health of the individual.  
 
I hope you have enjoyed this volume of Preventing Truth Decay.  I thank you for reading this far and look forward to sending out more information like this in the very near future.  Please feel free to leave your comments for all to see – “good” or “bad” – ALL comments are welcomed!
 
Thanks for Reading,
Brandon J. Alleman
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