183: Is Fluoride the Hidden Cause of Acne? (& What to Do About It)

183: Is Fluoride the Hidden Cause of Acne? (& What to Do About It)

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Fluoride: The Hidden Cause of Acne (& What to Do About It)

Have you ever wondered why fluoride is in our water? I get a lot of questions from all of you on this subject and I’ve been meaning to write about it for a long time. Mellisa Gallico is here to share all about the dangers of fluoride and its hidden connection to a common problem: acne.

Melissa is no rookie when it comes to research. Get a load of this bio…she graduated with honors from Georgetown and has a masters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She’s a former military intelligence officer, a Fulbright Scholar, and an FBI Intelligence Analyst.

So how did she come to be a fluoride expert? As with most of my guests, it’s because she had to tackle health problems personally. Take a listen and if you want to hear more from her, check out her two fascinating books The Hidden Cause of Acne and F Is for Fluorite.

Episode Highlights: The Hidden Cause of Acne

  • Why the biggest air pollutant is being added to our water supply
  • The reason there is a pesticide in your toothpaste
  • What happens when we are exposed to too much fluoride
  • The surprising sources of hidden fluoride you may not know about
  • Why fluoride may be the reason for acne and skin problems
  • The true history of fluoride and how to avoid it
  • Why chicken may be a source of fluoride exposure
  • A reason to only use organic chickens (and avoid processed chicken like chicken nuggets)
  • The sad truth about tea (all teas?)
  • Why kombucha may be sabotaging your health

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  1. What brand water filter would you recommend to remove fluoride from water at home?

  2. What water filter is good for showers? We have one for our sink but worry about our showers and baths.

  3. I am old enough to have gone through puberty before fluoride was in the water and even toothpaste. There was an acne problem then too.

    • There are a lot of other sources of fluoride besides artificially fluoridated water and toothpaste. That is a big reason why fluoride is often so difficult to identify as the underlying root cause of acne.

      Even prior to the advent of artificial water fluoridation in the 1940s, entire towns of people were exposed to dangerous amounts of fluoride through air pollution from mining operations. Since fluoride is such a common element, it is a byproduct of a wide variety of industries from aluminum smelters to phosphate fertilizer plants and brick and tile manufacturers. Also, a lot of water sources contain high amounts of fluoride naturally, especially deep water wells or wells at the base of large mountain chains where fluoride-based rocks have been pushed up from deep within the earth.

  4. plz advise ,
    how to get rid of flabby accumulated fat under arms and around thighs

  5. Is there a sheet of info I can use to present the case with research to my local water utility company about ceasing fluoridation?

  6. Is there a way to test if my acne is due to the florid without changing everything?

  7. The best way to test is to switch to nonfluoridated toothpaste and drinking water for a month and see if you notice an improvement. Then you can eliminate the other sources after that. Good luck!

  8. I have these resources available in my private Facebook group where we collaborate on how to end fluoridation in our local communities. It’s called Fluoride Free Faces.

  9. What were the title and author of the book on improving your writing recommended by Melissa Gallico?

  10. but how can fluoride be removed from the shower water?? thanks

    • Unless you install a whole house fluoride filter, it is a real challenge to remove fluoride from shower water because of the high output velocity. A shower filter is still a good idea, but from what I can tell they aren’t very effective at removing fluoride. When I am showering in fluoridated water, I make a point to keep it quick and use only lukewarm water. I wash my face with bottled water later in the sink. I don’t take baths in fluoridated water.

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