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Why Fluoride Isn't Your Friend

Stay 6ft away from that blue paste at all times

In this article you will learn:

  • Why fluoride is not your friend

  • How you can mitigate your exposure through lifestyle and product choices

The Details:

Recall the last time you got numb at the dentist. These are probably memories you try to forget, but give it a whirl. Put yourself back in that chair, shine the lights in your eyes and feel that saucy little pinch in the side of your gum or cheek as the dentist slowly works the needle in. As you sit there patiently waiting for the inevitable fun part to come, notice how your heart starts to race for a few seconds as if you just had a mini panic attack or burst of caffeine. What just happened?

This is because of an adjuvant in the anesthetic called epinephrine, and it’s designed to be a vasodilator so that the numbing agent can do its job. Another name for it is adrenaline, and a similar thing happens when you use a sublingual B12 vitamin or any similar supplement that’s designed to give you a boost of energy. Why? Because you do not have to swallow something for it to enter your bloodstream.

Your mouth, skin, eyes and basically every surface of your body is full of capillaries and

receptors for information.

When I was in my early 20’s, I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a laser hair removal program so that I could have a shiny chest for dance competitions without the

burden of shaving. Don’t judge me, I was young and dumb. After the first visit the lasering was so fucking painful that, instead of getting the wakeup call that my ego had gone overboard, I ordered a topical numbing cream to make the process easier.

Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize is that if you put too much of that shit on you can actually stop your heart. No kidding. People have legitimately died from using numbing cream for cosmetic reasons. Call it evolution, but I’m glad I wasn’t that dumb. You see, the chemical mechanisms that interrupt your nerves from firing pain signals are actually the same kind that allow your natural pacemaker (your heart) to do its thing.

The active ingredients in this numbing cream sink into your capillaries and veins through your skin and the container had a warning not to put it on more than 25% of the surface area of your body at any given time. I like to play with fire, so I generously put it

all over my chest and abdomen before the second visit to the laser office. When my heart started palpitating from the arrhythmia this caused and skipping beats like

some syncopated jazz solo, I finally began to question my motives for spending thousands of dollars to get rid of some unoffensive chest hair. It was a needless and stupid mistake on my part, but I thankfully recovered without any complications.

Sadly, there are a dozen other similar examples in my life that have taught me simple lessons with much greater price tags than I probably needed to pay.