This time last year, I was just starting to experiment with making stock in my new slow cooker. The DeLonghi crock pot was the #1 item on my Christmas list last year because I wanted to put my bone broth theory to the test.
My theory on bone broth is that it is the perfect healing food for cellulite. It is the traditional source of glucosamine, collagen, and the other raw materials the body needs to rebuild connective tissue.
Our investigation indicated it might also be ideal for healing fluoroderma. After all, bone broths are a traditional source for minerals like boron that are shown to displace fluoride from the body.
I started my detox efforts by drinking a bowl of homemade bone broth every day. I quickly developed breakouts on my skin in addition to headaches, afternoon fatigue, and even some pains in my joints and bones. I wasn’t able to tell if these symptoms were detox reactions or if they were caused by the presence of fluoride in the bone broth.
As with humans, animal bones can contain high amounts of fluoride if the animal is fed a diet that is high in fluoride. Animal feed is typically high in fluoride because it is sprayed with fluoride-based pesticides.
Fluoride experts claim all animal bones contain fluoride. But shouldn’t the fluoride content of animal bones depend on the fluoride content of their diet? How would the fluoride get there otherwise? I bought the best quality bones I could find, but I’ve had fluoroderma reactions from “organic” animal products before. I had no way of knowing if the the stock I was making contained fluoride or not.
Because of this dilemma, I had to put my bone broth experiment on hold. I started taking prunes to detox fluoride instead, since prunes are naturally high in boron and unlikely to contain fluoride. I didn’t know when I would continue my bone broth experiment but I knew I wasn’t finished with it yet.
Thanks in part to my Bellabaci cups (win a free set here), my face was completely clear at the time. It was the perfect opportunity to do a little experiment and see how my skin would react to homemade stock from the turkey. I performed a similar test last Thanksgiving with a free-range bird my mom bought from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. My skin didn’t react to the turkey meat, but I had cystic outbreaks on my chin and neck from the bone broth.
I made a point to eat a lot of the turkey skin on Christmas day while it was still hot and crispy. Fluoride accumulates in the skin but I didn’t experience any breakouts from it.
I made stock the lazy way by throwing the carcass into the crock pot and letting it go overnight. I didn’t add a thing to it. To my delight, it gelled beautifully and tasted delicious without even a pinch of salt. In fact, it was the best stock I ever tasted.
I began by drinking a small cup to see if my skin would react. Nothing but deliciousness. Usually with poultry stock I can feel the cysts start to form within hours. I drank a larger portion the next morning, and again, no reaction. I drank a full jar of stock on the third day and still, not a single breakout.
In fact, I didn’t experience any detox symptoms at all. Why was that? Maybe the stock didn’t contain fluoride OR boron. That is one possibility. Or maybe it contained boron, but it also contained a full spectrum of other minerals and nutrients that prevented the boron from causing a detox reaction.
I thought of this latter possibility after a recent experience with detox baths. I used to put epsom salts in my baths. If I sat in the bath too long (40 minutes or more), I would develop a headache which I contributed to the detox reaction. Last time I added dead sea salt to my bath instead. It contains an array of minerals, not just the magnesium sulfate found in epsom salt. I stayed in the bath for over an hour and didn’t feel the slightest hint of a headache. Perhaps the extra minerals in the dead sea salts made the difference?
In any case, the next step in testing my bone broth theory is to find a regular source of quality bones for homemade stock. I was using beef bones before, but I am going to switch back to poultry now that I know it is possible to find poultry bones that don’t contain fluoride. With poultry, it is easier to get the stock to gel because there is a lot of connective tissue that comes with the carcass.
We’ll get to the bottom of this mystery yet! Do you have any adventures in bone broth to share?
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