shrimp). Cranberries, yogurt, potatoes, strawberries, and navy beans also contain iodine but in much lower amounts. You can also find seaweed supplements like kelp tablets at most health food stores.

Iodine supplements are also widely available. Iodoral®

tablets contain 5 mg of iodine, and 7.5 mg of potassium iodide. A typical dose is 6.25mg or 12.5 milligrams of combined iodine and iodide. We prefer food forms because it is less likely to have side effects, as your body likely has more control over what it absorbs from a food complex than when taken in isolated form. Detoxing from fluoride using iodine may trigger symptoms

like headaches, agitation, and palpitations as fluoride is released. To minimize those effects, it's important to work with a natural health specialist. According to Dr. David Brownstein in his book "Iodine: Why Your Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It" an iodine detox should include a nutritional plan as well as unrefined sea salt, selenium, vitamin C, and a vitamin B complex.

At the same time, as with any cleanse, your liver will need additional support. Liver cleansing foods include garlic, tur- meric, flaxseeds, milk thistle, lemons, limes, and avocados. And always drink plenty of water when detoxing. Divide

your weight by two and drink that number of ounces of fluoride- free water each day to help flush the toxins. Even though iodine may be the best way to detox from fluo- ride, studies show that other methods may help reverse the dam- age done by fluoride in the body.

Curcumin Fights Fluoride Toxicity

In a study published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, curcumin was found to protect against the brain-damaging effects of fluoride. Other studies show cur- cumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, also pro-

tects the kidneys against fluoride toxicity. And curcumin has been shown to prevent DNA damage from fluoride in human lympho- cytes.

Tamarind Moves Fluoride Out of Bones

Tamarind is an African spice commonly used in Ayurvedic medi- cine. In a recent randomized, diet control study, Indian researchers studied the effect of tamarind in 30 subjects living in an area with high natural fluoride levels. After two weeks, the group supplementing with tamarind had a significant increase in fluoride excreted through their urine. The researchers concluded that tamarind mobilized fluo- ride from bone and carried it out in urine. In another study, Indian schoolboys ate 10 grams of tamarind

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every day. After 18 days, their excretion of fluoride was signifi- cantly increased. The researchers concluded that tamarind could delay fluorosis by improving excretion of fluoride in the urine. Tamarind is a tropical tree. Its pulp, bark, and leaves can be

used to make a tincture or tea. Leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds are used to make curries, lentils, salads, stews and soups.

Animal studies also show benefits of nutrition against fluo- ride:

• Blackberry juice counters the oxidative damage of fluoride and also repairs the effects of fluoride liver toxicity. • Holy basil protects offspring from maternal fluoride damage • Quercetin protects heart against fluoride oxidative stress • Selenium and zinc protect against kidney damage from fluoride

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