Fluoride is always associated with toothpaste and dentists. They made it a common fact that fluoride fights tooth decay. But is it okay to take too much of it?
It is the only mineral mixed in public drinking water for the purpose of medicinal treatment; the other chemicals are added to clean the water. But many have dismissed the fluoridation of water. 97% of Western Europe’s water is free from fluoride. For instance in Luxembourg, anybody who’s “needing an addition of fluoride can decide by their own to use the most appropriate way”. They have the freedom to take or reject it.
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64% of Americans, agreeing or not, aware or unaware, have fluoride in their drinking waters. Yet activists fight against it. A report indicates that there is too much fluoride in water than necessary, proposing a change to 0.7 milligrams per liter from the 1962 standard of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.
Deborah Catrow wants to totally eliminate it from tap water. “It’s amazing that people have been so convinced that this is an OK thing to do”.
Like any drugs, fluoride has side effects. Too much of it can lead to fluorosis, a permanent defect that leaves mottled marks on the teeth. Fluorosis incidence in children ages 12-15 was 23% in 1986 – 1987. It soared to 41% in 1999 – 2004. The American Dental Association discourages fluorinated water for babies. Recent studies found that fluoride damages cells needed in tooth formation; and missing or deformed teeth could lead to social distress. Recent reviews from the medical journal The Lancet and Harvard scientists found that fluoride may also damage the developing brain.
Fluoride is a topical drug. It should be applied directly to the teeth to gain the benefits. Modern researches already dismissed the earlier notion that swallowing it will increase its therapeutic effects.
It is still insisted on water where it’s mostly wasted. Humans only consume 1% of tap water resource. The 99% of fluorinated water are used for activities like flushing the toilet. Since Western Europe stopped fluoridation of water, the World Health Organization reports that their tooth decay rates before and after remained low, even lower than the rates in US.
It may be time to reconsider if everybody needed the fluoridated water.
Do you drink tap water or bottled water?
A 16 year old was grounded for the weekend. He can’t go out and see his gang because of his attitudes. His parents thought he needed to mold his personality early than deal with it later.
But the dude has access to Facebook and he can know what’s up with his group. He can video call his girlfriend and see her live. He can still reach the outside world through the social networking sites.
Corporal punishment is another option many parents resort. It is also widely controversial and studied. Among them, the research of Murray Straus in the University of New Hampshire claimed that children who are spanked have slower mental ability development.
What are you gonna do? What is the best punishment for a child’s misbehavior?
What matters to children most in this modern day is connectivity to the internet. Banning social media sites, along with a period of prohibited outside presence, will fold their network with friends. This is a real punishment that hurts. Various software solutions like K9 web protection will aid internet parenting at home.
Another option is cutting their phone’s bill. With that, their expensive smartphones won’t have any purpose but an added carry-on. They won’t like that either.
Since nearly everybody has a profile in the internet, tell your teen that you’ll chat with his/her friends. This is the ultimate embarrassment for them. They’ll probably hate you but it’s a good threat nonetheless.
What other modern punishment do you think will work for the modern day child?
We know what’s special about the blessed Mary. She conceived Jesus while maintaining her virginity. It seemed impossible and thus, miraculous. But women nowadays can do the same – skipping sexual intercourse and still have a baby growing in their belly.
People who had problems conceiving will resort to the In vitro fertilisation (which costs $12,400 per cycle). This process will extract the egg cell from the mother and sperms from the father. Specialists will then fertilize it in the laboratory and inject it to a woman’s uterus. There’s no sex involved.
Women have never worked more than they are working now. They occupy 46.9% of America’s workforce. The balance is expected to shift more towards the ladies since 68% more women earn a bachelor’s degree than men. With their focus on their careers, they have less time for family.
Their problem is their body clock. Fertility declines at early 30’s and the risk of miscarriage is at 20%. More complications arise as they pass the age 35, with increased pregnancy risks and after birth problems such as a 1 in 350 chance of the child having Down syndrome.
They counter their body’s declining facility by extracting healthy egg in their prime age of 20s. They’ll freeze it and store it in a bank for use in the future. Women can do what they want to do without fear of their expiration.
Would you choose profession over family?
C’mon, let’s tell the truth. We wished our parents bestowed us their best genes. We hoped for the blue eyes, vertically profuse bones, tame teeth, and hyperactive metabolism. But since genes are shuffled randomly, some will get receding hairline or left inclined nose.
Thankfully, there is a way to change them. Cosmetic help has never been better at its job. But the epidemic of a treacherous disease in your line can be stopped. You have the ability to alter your genetic makeup starting from you and down your line.
Researchers in Madrid investigated the genes of twins growing up. We know that twins are basically clones with genes almost completely identical. They found that as the twins grow up, their genetic similarities became fewer since the twins engage on different lifestyles.
You may start thinking on eating leafy vegetables. Munching on greens for just 12 servings a month reduces DNA methylation of genes to 20%. Taking multivitamins reduces it to 50%. Lowered methylation suppresses the expression of diseases like cancer and helps repair DNA, thus you’ll be walking with a beneficial genes inside.
Eating foods rich in fats and sugars is carving a new gene. Not only does it make you fat but it also changes your genes in a way that your body retains more fat than you should. It makes it harder to shed them away. In contrast, a healthy intake of omega-3 found in fish oils can leverage over 100 genes positively.
There is another identical twin study that shows the influence of controlling methylation. At age 22, one developed schizophrenia while the twin brother successfully suppressed his “schizophrenia gene”. This gives us an easier breath as the disease gene we may have can be silenced.
The bad habits will make your genes bad. People who smoke, endure prolonged stress and eat on poor diet conceive children with higher risks of diabetes, heart disease and depression, among other health problems. Everything you are doing to your body may be your burden or gift to the next generation of your family. You start taking care of them by taking care of yourself.
What genes would you like to have?
I can remember when I was nine I had my own paper route. I delivered the evening paper, which meant that after school I would come home, roll and rubber band each newspaper, load them onto my bike and begin delivering them. Rain, shine, snow, and slush. There were gross snow days where my dad would come home early and we would load up my papers in the back of his truck with the tailgate down. I would sit on the tailgate with my legs dangling and he would take me on my route, stop at each house, and I would jump off and throw the newspaper to its spot on the subscriber’s porch.
I sometimes loved those snowy days, as cold as they may have been, just for the chance to hang out on the tailgate, and know my dad was there with me driving along. My money memory is from my paper route. I cannot remember if I actually got paid for delivering papers, or if the only payment was through tips. Each month I would take my collection book to each subscriber’s house and collect the amount they owed for the newspaper. Often I would get a tip. Tips ranged widely in amounts and really depended on who answered the door that day. The generous wife, the miserly husband, the kid who would just pay me the exact amount. Usually the best tips were around Christmas time.
It was a tough time for my family, my mom often worked many jobs to help ensure there was food on the table. I would give my parents my tip money so they could put it in my savings account, and many years later I found out that my parents were not putting it in my savings account, but that my tips were being spent. Maybe it was for the electric or phone bills, or maybe for the food on the table. It does not matter now, I will always remember that as my first money memory. Not the best lesson to learn, but maybe that is what has made me so careful with my money now.
What is your earliest money memory?