Detox On the Go

We’ve covered a lot of ways to clean up your act this month.  Today I was planning to talk about Detox On the Go because so many of us swear we don’t have enough time to take good care of ourselves.  Then it occurred to me while sitting in the airport that I need to address a very important topic again.  I spend a lot of time talking to people about the water they drink.  Why?  It’s one of the most toxic substances we deal with every day.

How can that be?  About a year ago, we are all alarmed at the stories coming out of Flint, Michigan about lead in the water and the devastating effect it had on the children in that city.  I thought it would be a great idea to revisit that topic with an update.


Think again.  Much has been published in the news for months now on the toxic water quality in Flint, Michigan.  A lot of finger pointing amongst politicians.  As usual the topics they argue over completely miss the point.  Flint’s water quality is poor but your own local drinking water contains many of the same chemicals found in Flint’s water.

Whoa!  How can that be true?  What people fail to realize is that your local water treatment facility is dumping some pretty awful things in the water like fluoride and chlorine.  This doesn’t even address all the glyphosates from the runoff of Monsanto’s Round Up product and all the pharmaceuticals that make their way into the sewer and show in reclaim water.  You may say why be concerned about this?  We need fluoride for our teeth and chlorine is a disinfectant.  Don’t we need these?

Remember that pesky Table of Elements from chemistry class.  A listing of the elements of the halogen group – from the top down are F – Fluorine; CL – Chlorine; Br – Bromine; I – Iodine; and At – Astatine.  Halogens don’t occur naturally as elements but they show up abundantly in chemical compounds.  Okay, enough for the chemistry lesson.  Of this group, iodine is the only one we absolutely need to survive and it promotes a healthy thyroid.  The others are suspect with astatine actually being radioactive.  Fluoride inhibits the thyroid from utilizing iodine.  Chlorine irritates the mucous membranes and the skin and it also displaces iodine.  By the way it’s been present in the artificial sweetener, Splenda.  :-0  Bromine is very disruptive to iodine absorption in the body, but especially in the thyroid gland.  Bromide causes lethargy, depression, headaches and irritability, and can be found in a lot of baked goods (added to the flour) and some soft drinks.  Harvard University published a study as recently as 2012 warning of the dangers of fluoride in neurological development and its tendency to lower IQ in children and adults.

So the obvious question is why add this stuff to our food and water?  Well it might have something to do with our politicians insisting on it.  Hmmm.

Those of you who are familiar with my past life will understand why I’m a credible source of information on this topic.  Having worked for one of the largest public water treatment districts in the country, I’ve seen first hand what gets dumped into our tap water.  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power also embarked on a very extensive and expensive cement lining project throughout the city because the pipes were so eroded from transporting the toxic soup to your tap.  I actually kept the stats for this project.

When you get a chance, watch this short film on Fluoride: Poison on Tap.  I cannot vouch for the products promoted at the end of the video, but I can tell you the information about fluoride in our drinking water is valid.

Iodine will bind up toxins like fluoride, chlorine and bromine which then protects your body from contamination.  Nascent iodine is a great source of this and can be taken orally.

While I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the Houston airport.  You know, one of those places where the TSA confiscates your bottle of water and forces you to buy a bottle of glorified tap water for $4.  What’s in that bottled water?  Most of us don’t want to know because we think we have no options.  Not so!  Some bottled waters are suspect with good reason.  Nestle was caught tapping into a city water system in California and bottling the water for sale.  Yes.  As crazy as that sounds, it’s true.  In July 2012, USA Today also reported that Nestle was tapping into the municipal water supply for some of their bottled water products.  They’re not the only company with suspect water products.

There is a solution to this.  You can carry a small bottle of nascent iodine with you on long trips.  Just a few drops in that bottled water and you’ve managed to achieve Detox On the Go.  For more information on Wellness and Graceful Aging, check me out here at or on Facebook at Janice Woody’s Lifetime Health.

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

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