My latest fluoride detox theory centers around the inclusion of dried plums in my regular diet. Prunes are naturally high in boron, a mineral that displaces fluoride from the body.
In the beginning, even a single prune would cause my fluoroderma to flare up, but now I can eat a few at a time. Being that I’ve been at this fluoride detox thing for over a year now, I consider that progress!
Here are a few other small signs of progress that give me confidence I’m on the right track with my fluoride detox efforts.
One of the side effects I experience when I detox fluoride too quickly is persistent water retention, particularly around my stomach and, when it’s really bad, my lower legs. The magnesium supplements help with that significantly.
The form of magnesium I am taking is magnesium taurate (as recommended in The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean). It is easily digested unlike other more common forms of the supplement. I haven’t noticed any negative side effects whatsoever. I also use magnesium oil on occasion, although I’m not nearly as consistent with that. It can be itchy and I don’t always have time to deal with it.
Since I started supplementing with magnesium, I haven’t had any cramps in my legs and my calves don’t swell or feel tense on plane rides. I didn’t see any difference at all when I tried supplementing with potassium, so I think the fluoride detox somehow caused a distinct magnesium deficiency. I’m relieved to finally have that one figured out.
I rarely drink milk anymore because my state does not allow the sale of farm-fresh milk and I refuse to drink the highly-processed, cooked milk available in grocery stores. On a recent trip to my homestate of Pennsylvania, my sweet parents bought farm-fresh milk in abundance, and an extra gallon for me to take home. Heaven!
Being milk deprived for so long, I drank the whole gallon within a few days. I hadn’t been taking my magnesium supplements during the trip to PA and I started to notice the bloating came back right away. I suspect raw milk detoxes fluoride but I’m not sure why. Perhaps it is the iodine content or boron? In any case, as soon as I noticed the bloating again, I started taking my magnesium and it went away. I made a point to take a magnesium pill with the tall glass of milk I drank each day and it seemd to do the trick. Yay! Small victories like this make me happy.
I’ve learned to be more methodical with my fluoride detox so I’m trying to be more conscious of the quantity of foods I eat that detox fluoride. After I finished the milk, I decided to switch to dates for a few days. Dates contain about one third the amount of boron as prunes. My fluoride detox was going well until last weekend when I broke out the caviar.
Fish eggs are a potent source of iodine. I used to eat them regularly but even a tiny jar contains so much iodine that there’s no way I can get through it without causing a severe fluoroderma reaction—even when I freeze half of it to eat later. But I was feeling emboldened after my detox successes to I pulled the half-eaten jar of caviar out of my freezer and went to town. I ate half of what was left in the jar with dinner.
Before I went to bed that night, I could feel familiar lumps forming at the base of my right earlobe, lymphatic congestion from the fluoride displaced from my jaw or thereabouts. When I awoke the next morning I had a few breakouts on my neck and chin too, nearly all of them on the right side of my face. (Any ideas why it would be on my right side but not the left?)
That was my signal to back off the detox for a few days.
As I write this post, I’m sitting on an airplane with a three-quarters-eaten jar of caviar in the lunchbag at my feet. I couldn’t stand to let it go to waste.
I was actually happy that my face broke out from the fish egg experiment. It gives me confidence that these specific nutrient dense foods I am eating really are releasing the fluoride that accumulated in my body for the last thirty years.
The breakouts are helping me establish a scale of which foods detox fluoride and how much. So far we’ve got farm-fresh milk, then dates, then prunes, then fish eggs. Cilantro is in there somewhere, too, I’m just not sure where. I haven’t eaten it yet in anything other than ridiculous amounts (it’s that dedication not to let food go to waste, again).
I feel like I’m going through the same learning process as when I figured out which foods contain fluoride. That was trial and error, as well. That process took over a year too so maybe I’m almost there with this one.
Wow, you’re still reading. I am impressed. Thanks to all of you who have been so encouraging and helpful during this journey. The fact that you voluntarily read along about my seemingly random “adventures” with fish eggs and prunes and pimples and bloating—with kind hearts and open minds—pretty much makes you my heroes.
Oh, and my friends.
PS– As promised (several moons ago), here is another pic of that memorable meal at Ristorante Miky in Cinque Terre, Italy. Someday I will learn how to take mouth-watering food pictures, but even my amateur photography skills can’t take away from this masterpiece. The pine nuts, olives, herbs, crispy potatoes… this has to be one of my all-time favorite fish dishes. Sorry Scotland, but how can one eat fish and chips again after a dish like this?
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