Is fluoride in your water and toothpaste preventing you from spiritual awakening?
No fewer than four people have posed this question to me in the past ten days, so let’s talk about how fluoride might affect spiritual enlightenment.
The theory, in short, is thus: The pineal gland enables a person to become spiritually awakened and exposure to fluoride causes the pineal gland to calcify. Crusty pineal gland = zero enlightenment.
I’m not a doctor or a medical professional of any kind. I’ve never dissected a human brain to observe the pineal gland, calcified or otherwise. And I’m willing to bet that neither have you. How can we know if this is true? Forget about knowing in some empirical way, because you’d have to be able to study at least a few hundred enlightened people, and look inside their brains to boot. That would be fascinating, but good luck with that. You’d have to prove that fluoride actually causes the pineal gland to calcify. Then you’d have to show a link between the pineal gland and spiritual awakening. And to make this all just a little more challenging, you’d have to devise a way to determine whether a subject was enlightened in the first place.
The addition of fluoride to drinking water and dental products is fairly recent, and isn’t practiced everywhere in the world. If this theory were true, one would expect that a) many more people became enlightened prior to the mass introduction of fluoride, with a sudden and sharp decline after b) people living in areas of the world where fluoride exposure is low would continue to have roughly the same or steady occurrence of enlightenment. And one might say that if a calcified pineal gland dulled one’s ability to awaken, it might also lessen the interest in spirituality in general. Yet, in countries such as the United States, the interest in spirituality has only increased to a fevered pitch, and we often hear reports of people awakening, read their blogs, buy their books, watch their interviews on TV or the internet.
Of course, a hundred years ago perhaps just as many people awakened, but very few became known. Now that we have the internet, the perceived prevalence of just about everything, from micro-niche sexual fetishes to spiritual enlightenment, has increased dramatically.
This, and other similar theories, are posted all about the internet. They are interesting, but their veracity can’t be known. It’s compelling to think there is something so clear, definable and actionable standing between you and the awakened state. Perhaps if you stop eating animal products, or grain or sugar…or become a breatharian and stop eating entirely, you’ll awaken. You’ll be pure enough. Or if you go away to some retreat with a spiritual master or program, where you can be away from your job and your family and your everyday life…because those things are holding you down and dulling your ability to achieve awakened clarity. Or, if you could take some DMT or sip some Amazonian tea with a shaman. There is this idea that one must either rid oneself of something or acquire something in order to wake up.
I was exposed to fluoride for a couple of decades. It did not prevent me from awakening. With that said, I stopped using toothpaste and drinking tap water a few years after awakening. Fluoride is classified as a pesticide by the FDA. In my opinion, it is not necessary to add fluoride to anything, so I chose not to expose myself to more of it than normally exists in nature. I drink professionally filtered water and I have brushed my teeth with natural and non toxic substances such as baking soda (bicarbonate) or pure olive oil soap such as savon de Marseilles. I put a teaspoon of pure Xylitol in my mouth after brushing and swish this around for five minutes (if you take up this practice, don’t swallow the Xylitol, spit it out but don’t rinse with water). Around the same time I stopped using all kinds of things that had chemicals in them, like shampoo. I started making my own hand creams, washing my face with natural ingredients like yogurt and rice flour, and removed all products from my home that had harmful chemicals, dyes or synthetic fragrances.
I don’t think this has anything to do with my pineal gland or the awakened state. It’s just healthier not to expose yourself to so many chemicals, carcinogens and irritants. So if you are concerned about the effects of fluoride, or any other pervasive substance in your environment, by all means remove it. Creating a healthy, supportive environment for the body is always a good thing. But do notice if you are falling into Magic Bullet thinking. “If I can just remove this.” or “If I can just add, acquire or achieve that.” It leads us in circles and also makes us gullible.
While I think Xylitol is great as a mouthwash since it kills S. mutans like a boss, I would never eat it. Some people chew gum with Xylitol in it, but it is very expensive and has little Xylitol in it. The most effective and economical way to use Xylitol is to just buy a tub of it and use a teaspoon after brushing. If you can manage to rinse with it after meals (carry a small container of it with you), all the better. It’s a very strange feeling to rinse your mouth with something that has the taste and texture of sugar in order to avoid cavities! But it does suppress S. mutans, and bacteria cause cavities, not sugar. Xylitol is fatal to dogs, even in fairly small quantities. Take the proper precautions if you have canine family members.
Savon de Marseilles and pure Castile soap are fantastic, natural and safe alternatives to all kinds of detergents, in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Make sure your bar of Marseilles soap says it’s 72% oil, or huile, and has no fragrance or dye.
Baking soda is quite abrasive, so I wouldn’t recommend using this every single day. Brushing with pure olive oil soap is the best. Use baking soda every other day or so. If you want to remove stains, you can break open a capsule of food grade activated charcoal and brush with that once a week, or month, depending on your needs.
In spite of not using any store bought dental products for a decade and not drinking fluoridated water, I’ve never had a cavity. The idea that we need these things, and that without them our teeth will crumble in our mouths, is untrue.
I don’t know which filtration system is best to remove fluoride from water. The area I live in does not fluoridate, but I still buy filtered water anyway because there are all kinds of other things in water, like chloramines, that I prefer to avoid. I believe the water is filtered first, then subjected to reverse osmosis.
Remember, you can’t remove every harmful thing from your environment. Do what you can, when you can, but don’t lose sleep over it.