The Fluoride Deception

I’m not referring to the book located here, but I am referring to the deception that has taken place in the name of fluoride.  What is fluoride?  It is a poison.  I just listened to a lecture by a dentist who used to think fluoride was a good thing and that fluoridated water was something that benefitted humans as a whole.  After some time, he started to wonder why one should call the poison control center if one swallows a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, so he got curious and found out that besides mercury, fluoride is one of the most toxic substances on Earth. So why is it in our water supply?

The story goes something like this:  Many toxic waste comes in the form of fluoride ions that are so corrosive they are almost impossible to dispose of , not to mention very costly.  So the people who had this fluoride lying around and did not want to pay to dispose of it devised a way to unleash it on the general public to devastating effects.  Here is a website that can explain most of the horrific consequences of fluoride:  Fluoride Alert.

At first dentists were against fluoride, but after awhile something happened that got most dentists on its side.  It had something to do with government funding where if a dentist denied that fluoride was beneficial, they would lose funding and no longer be a part of the AMA or ADA.  It is criminal to release such a toxin on our bodies without any scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride helps tooth decay.  In fact, studies show that fluoride, when swallowed, leads to dental and skeletal fluorosis, which is a weakening of the bones.  Fluoride also has numerous mental and intellectual effects.  Various studies have shown that regions who have their water fluoridated have a higher concentration of mentally retarded and intellectually slow people.

I’ve known about the toxic nature of fluoride for some time, but I’ve never written about it extensively, nor have I stopped using fluoridated toothpaste…until today.  I just bought some great toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine that is non-fluoridated and tastes much better and does not have any sweeteners other than xylitol, which we all know is great for tooth decay.  The Nazis used fluoridated water in the concentration camps to make their captors docile and non-agressive.  It is one of the main ingredients in the antidepressant Paxil.  Fluoride is not even FDA approved.  Yet we all ingest it in some form on a daily basis.  Disgusting, horrific, ciminal.

It serves as a means for control of the ruling class.  The only reason fluoride even prevents cavities is because it poisons the bacteria in your mouth to death, not to mention your cells.  Something this toxic should never be ingested by anyone.  But every day, 99% of the population uses it in one form or another.  I just want people to know the truth about fluoride.  It is a way for big business to make money off of their toxic waste at the detriment to the public’s health and to give the government the authority to knowingly poison us through the public water supply.  Europe doesn’t fluoridate their water.  From what I understand, most of Canada does not either.  Do they suffer more cavities?  No.  They don’t.

We are told from a young age that fluoride is safe and is good for us.  I remember getting fluoride treatments as a child.  If I had only known what it was that was on my teeth, I could have put a stop to it.  But at leat now I know the truth and can take steps to not have fluoride in my diet ever again.  I have checked with our spirng water supplier to see if they fluoridate the water and they told me no.  I now use special toothpaste.  Now all I need is a shower filter to prevent myself from inhaling the toxic ion while I take a shower.

At least my toothpaste doesn’t have a Poison Control Center warning on it now.  Makes me sleep better at night.

Edit: For another great expose on fluoride, here’s Steve Pavlina’s post called What’s the Deal With Fluoride?

Another great site called The Fluoride Debate.

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Today’s The Day

Today’s the day where absurdity meets sheer logic.  Today’s the day where Steven Wright has his comedy special on Comedy Central.  I can’t wait for it.  I hope there’s a lot of new jokes and stuff because if there is, I’ll be able to watch it over and over and laugh over and over.  I saw a small clip of it online and it was very good, but I don’t have a link for it because I forgot the website I went to.  But I encourage you to watch it because even though Steven Wright appeals more to an older audience, many young people say he was their inspriation, like me.  I have a friend coming in from Rhode Island today as well, so he’ll get the treat of watching it as well.  What an amazing day today is going to be!  Peace out!

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A New Steven Wright Special

Seeing as I haven’t watched TV in over three weeks or so, barring two South Park episodes, I really wasn’t up on the times when it comes to comedy. My brother comes in my room last night and tells me that Steven Wright, the Steven Wright, is having a comedy special this Saturday, which is coincidentally the same day my friend from Rhode Island is coming in. Go figure. So I assume it’s going to be one hell of a time that day. This is Wright’s first special in supposedly sixteen years. Can you believe it? I’m so excited, as he is my favorite comedian of all time. One quote frome the commercial that my brother saw was, “If heat rises, then heaven must be hotter than hell.” Pure genius. He has many other new jokes, I’m sure. I really haven’t heard any of his stuff since 1986, so I really don’t know what to expect. But I’m definitely looking forward to it. It premieres on Comedy Central at 9:00 PM. It should be a feast for the ages. I am so looking forward to this and you should, too. Maybe I’ll even get a big screen plasma TV for the occasion, but I don’t think Steven would want it that way. He’s more into a black and white phonograph. But whatever.

To me, this is the Christian equivalent of Jesus rising from the dead and having a second coming. I’m dead serious. I cannot express my joy in any other manner but pure and utter amazement that after all these years, he would finally, finally come out with something new. He’s not the most driven person, and I definitely can relate to that, but he’s also someone who does such bizarre things and also tells absurd jokes to the point that you forget who you are completely and are immersed in his catatonic behavior. Him and Jerry Seinfeld are the two comedians that inspired me when I was first starting, most notably Jerry because I didn’t even know of Steven Wright back then. I remember the first joke of his I ever heard: “The ice cream truck in my neighborhood plays Helter Skelter.” Then he goes on, “Last night I came home very late, it was the next night. I tried getting into my building, but I accidentally stuck my car keys in the door and the building started up. So I drove it around for awhile. The police pulled me over for speeding. He asked me, ‘Where do you live?’ I said, ‘Right here.’ Then I parked in the middle of a highway and yelled at all of the cars to get the hell out of my driveway.” From there, I was hooked. So strange, so bizarre, so insane, kind of like me. But I’m not just like him. I mean, he’s truly and utterly bizarre to the tenth degree and that’s why I like him. That’s what draws me to him, but I am a little more emotional onstage. I burn the passionate fire while he just stands there, all laid back. And he’s perfect at it, which is why he’s so good.

It’s funny because in an itnerview with him, he would talk about how he didn’t even see himself as montone or talking about abstract things. He just went out there and did what he thought was funny. That was it. It’s very simple, really. Do what you think is funny and hopefully you’ll find a group of people who also think it’s funny. If not, at least you’re amusing yourself. I also remember him telling of jokes that he thought weren’t that funny that were great with the audience as wel as things he thought were brilliantly funny that didn’t resonate with an audience. He’s just something to marvel at. I can’t wait until Saturday.  Also, look for a review of his peformance possibly on Sunday.  It will be a great time.  Peace.

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My Favorite Animated Shows

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Emmys last night and I want to focus on a lesser-known branch, the animated shows section.  While they don’t always get the credit they deserve, they are, for the most part, very intelligent and entertaining shows.  I would have to say the sitcom, since Seinfeld, has really subsided into the cartoon world.  Let me give you a couple of reasons why:

1.  With animation, anything is possibly at minimal expense.  When you animate a scene, there’s no going to the actual scene and filming it.  It’s all about what’s in the creator’s mind.  Things that aren’t possible in real life, or are at least improbable, are made common in  a sea of red and blue.  It allows for creativity to blossom in an uncanny form.  For example, I’m sure many of you are fond of Family Guy, an animated sitcom on Fox/Cartoon Network.  If you’re a knowlegeable fan, you’ll remember the episode entitled Da Boom, where the Millenium hits and the characters Cleveland and Quagmire get fusedtogether.  Try doing that with real people.  I believe I’ve made my point on this one.

2.  It allows for one person to do numerous voices.  Every television animated program hasb at least one person doing at least two voices.  On South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone do more than one voice.  On The Simpsons, there are numerous voices done by various actors.  On Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane does the voices of the following characters:  Brian, Stewie, Peter, and Quagmire.  In contrast, on the sticom King of Queens, Kevin James plays Kevin James’ character and that’s it.  So there is this certain versatility in the field of animation.  That crazy character you’ve been working on can come to life in ways never possible in real sitcom format.

3.  Animation tends to get away with more.  Then there’s the overall fact that animation gets away with more vulgar material.  South Park has gotten away with everything from Christopher Reeve eating fetuses to Cartman making some eighth grader “eat his parents.”  He closes the episode by saying, “Na, na, na, na, na, na, I made you eat your parents,”  and then proceeds to lick the tears off of his face.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that before on a regular TV show. I guess because they are animated, they are taken less seriously, which somehow allows them to go under the radar when it comes to any kind of taboo subject, although Muhammad still hasn’t made more than one appearance.  Here is a list and description of the three animated shows I give props to (you’ll see they are the only ones I’ve referenced in the top, so it should be no surprise):

South Park:  What can I say about my favorite show on TV?  The richness and depth of each and every episode, even with the two-dimensional characters, is stunning.  The adventures they’ve had and the ideas that have come out of the creators’ heads is unbelieveable.  I love how not only does South Park push the envelope, but at the end of almost every show, they have some sort of message.  It’s never, “fuck shit piss asshole,” then “Jew bastard,”  close the show.  It’s always, “We have something to say, so let’s pick the way to say it that will offend the most people, but still get our message out.”  And it’s damn funny, too.  All the characters are hillarious.  It gets first place on my listing of animted shows.

2.  The Simpsons:  This is the show I grew up watching.  The classic.  The show that fifty years from now, I’ll still watch every once in awhile.  The show that not only will make you laugh, can make you cry.  The supporting cast of mostly “stereotypes,”  if you look close enough.  The town of Springfield in no particluar state.  The family chemistry that often had Homer choking his son Bart.  The loving husband who’s not the brightest bulb and the intelligent wife who loves her husband, but can’t always deal with the things he does.  The smart daughter Lisa who always has the answer to any tough problem.  And Bart, the evil, troublemaker who’s not really evil, but just wants to prove to the world he’s not afraid.  And the supporting cast.  Flanders, the Bible-beating neighbor.  Moe, the bartender.  Old Gil who never seems to be able to hold a job.  Hans Moleman, who gets run over by a car every season or so.  Reverand Lovejoy, Mr. Burns, Smithers, the Sea Captain, among others.  All classic characters for a classic show that will be in my heart forever.

3.  Family Guy:  While Family Guy, at times, is probably the funniest show of the three, with South Park in at a close second and The Simpsons at a close third, I really don’t think it has relevant plots or very structured dialogue.  Sure, all those cutback scenes are great, but most of them have nothing to do with the plot, rendering them forgettable.  If they had anything at all to do with the plot, I think the show would do much better.  I don’t know if this is true for all of you, but sometimes when I’m at the end of a Family Guy epsiode, I can’t remember how it started.  It’s so crazy and mixed up that I often will forget most of the jokes they had, mostly because they are diposable.  But if I’m in the mood to laugh, it’s a great show to watch.  I’ve never laughed so hard in certain episodes and I look back on them fondly.  Because they use my home state as a place of residence, I find it to be very amusing as well.  It is a great show, very funny show, and has great potential to become even better.  Since it’s still in its infancy (compared to The Simpsons and South Park), it has some longevity to build up before it can be considered among the greats of animation, but it’s still an amazing show.

Sidenote:  Futurama is one hell of a show.  Sorry that it didn’t make it into the top three, but I believe it deserves an honorable mention.  Another brainchild of Matt Groening, one of my personal heroes.  This is a wonderful show about the year 3000 and a guy who gets cyrogenically frozen in 2000 and brought to the year 3000.  It’s quite a funny show.  I love the characters and the premises for the show.  Although I’m not sure if any new episodes are coming out anymore because I know they were canceled on Fox, but I don’t know if Adult Swim picked them up to show new episodes or are just showing the old ones.  Which is fine because I haven’t seen them all.  But they are very rich and full of flavor.  Bender is the best character.  The others are amazing as well.  There’s no dud characters on there.  They all put in their share and make the show its own. Well, I hope you benefitted in some way from this post.  I spent a long time on it (upwards of 30-40 minutes) so I hope it does something for you.  Most of all, I hope it makes you remember.  There is TV greatness out there, but it is few and far between.  But when you discover that pot of gold, make sure you keep revisiting it to make sure it’s still there.  Until next time, I’m not using any more cliches at the end of my posts.

Edit:  King of the Hill is by far the best comedy on television.  Now that it’s getting cancelled, and it’s on Adult Swim, I’ve gotten to watch so many more episodes I missed when I didn’t get it.

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