I attended a ceremony hosted by the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. These wise elders from tribes around the world are bringing a message of healing to ALL people.
One of the messages that most interested me was shared by the American Indian Grandmother. She told a story about what her Great Grandfather said to her when she a little girl.
As they were walking through the woods and came upon a lake, he warned, “There will come a time in your life when you will have to know your food and know your water.”
She was young and didn’t understand why he would say that to her, but today that prophetic statement couldn’t be more truthful or timely.
Water is our most essential nutrient needed for survival besides oxygen. The human body can survive for long periods of time without food, but that is not the case with water.
Water supports all functions in the body including respiration. Without it, we cannot even breathe.
We, humans, have thrived for centuries on pure clean drinking water supplied naturally by the earth.
Today, and for the past century, our water supply is poisoned on a daily basis. And unfortunately, it is also poisoned in the name of “health.”
Fluoride, a chemical added to drinking water for the purpose of medication (to prevent tooth decay) is a toxic poison. Studies have shown that it actually does the exact opposite of what it was originally intended.
Citing concerns about health and our overexposure to fluoride, the EPA and the US Department of Health and Human Services proposed to reduce the recommended maximum level of fluoride in our water.
Why the reversal?
It seems fluoride actually promotes dental fluorosis, increases bone decay and hip fracture, contributes to cancer, and thyroid disease.
Fluoride also interferes with the body’s use of iodine, altering endocrine function, and disrupting the thyroid. I elaborate on the negative effects of chlorine and fluoride in my book, Happy Healthy Thyroid – The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally.
Many countries around the world have banned or rejected fluoridation due to environmental, health and ethical concerns: China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan.
Beyond fluoride, our water supply is contaminated with prescription drugs! “A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.”
So…. what can we do to protect ourselves from our tainted water supply?
For starters, we need to listen to the wisdom of the elders and know our food and water so we can make educated decisions about what we choose to put into our bodies on a daily basis.
To ensure that I have access to clean fluoridated water, I use a Berkey filter that specifically removes fluoride. It also removes a lot of the other crap like bacteria, viruses, chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, and other unhealthy contaminants.
Keep in mind that pure water naturally runs through rock and mountains, and picks up minerals along the way. So, I add minerals back into the water after it’s been filtered; a couple of pinches of sea salt or a liquid minerals supplement does the trick.
And, you could also take your “clean” water and prepare a nourishing bone stock with it or some herbal tea.
That ought to add some goodness back into it.
What do you do to access clean water?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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