Healthy Foods
by Leanne Ely, C.N.C
ISBN: 0-891400-20-7, 187 pages

"Healthy Foods" by Leanne Ely, C.N.C. on page 19 discusses water usage and states "But don't just turn on the tap and start fillng your glass. Tap water has turned into a game of Russian roulette: who knows what you"ll get in your tap water. All kinds of contaminants, from chemicals to heavy metals, to added chlorine and fluoride,present problems.

While chlorine may help get your whites their whitest white, it isn't
something you want to drink. Chlorine does kill bacteria, no doubt about
that. If you were stranded in the mountains with your jug of Clorox, you could rest assured that the water you treated with chlorine would be safer to drink than stream water.

However, voluntarily drinking chlorinated water is something you may wish to avoid. High levels of chlorine byproducts are known carcingogens, and unfourtunately, the level of chlorine in drinking water today can be quite high, creating an atmosphere for these byproducts to proliferate.

Fluoridation is something thaty everyoe thinks is pretty nifty. I beg to differ. True, dentists treat kids's teeth with fluoride to prevent cavities, toothpastes have it and yes, it's in the drinking water, too. Although it is a naturally occurring substance, there are problems associated with added fluoride. Excessive use of fluoride creates fluorine, a poisonous by-product of fluoride, to build up in the body.

Fluorine can have detrimental effects on the immune system. Not only that, but the "Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products" shows that fluoride is more poisonous than lead, although slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is not a comforting thought to know that your child's toothpaste is just slightly less poisonous than aresenic.

Chronic use of fluoride can also result in osteoporosis. "The Journal of American Medical Association"published three separate articles from 1990 to 1992 that indicted fluoride in the water for the increase in hip fractures.

In the respected "New England Journal of Medicine", the March 22, 1990 issue linked fluoride treatment of osteoporosis to increased hip fractures and bone fragility. Over fluoridation can discolor and blotch children's teeth--my own daughter's mottled teeth tell that story."