Mineral - Fluorine
Today we will be discussing Fluorine. Some of you may know this mineral under a different name, by the variant of this mineral, of Floride. So first, let's get the technicals out of the way. We aren't just blowing these off, because they really are important and to list them first, helps to set the stage for the whole discussion on each mineral and with this mineral, it is no different. Fluorine associates with the amino acid Threonine. It is used 10,952,504 times in the DNA sequence and follows the ACC codon. Fluorine carries a -1 valence, is extremely light in weight coming in at 19.00 on the molecular weight scale and is recognized by the symbol of F. Throughout this lecture, we will see the two terms, Fluorine and Floride being used without explanation. Just know up front that when Fluorine is named, we are looking at the natural form of this mineral and when we have the term Floride being used, we are looking at the created by man type of Fluorine being discussed. I really have to have to qualify the names each time one is used.
This is a mineral that is surrounded by a great deal of controversy. On one side aisle, we see Floride being added to water for the most part to serve a specific health concern. Then on the other side of the aisle, we have people claiming that it causes more problems than it solves. From what it appears from many studies, and I have to admit that I am biased in this aspect, and that is that the idea of if you artificially insert Fluorine into the diet, it is of no value. The reason for this is that Fluorine when artificially inserted takes the place of Iodine, which is also needed and essentially the chemicals derived from the minerals are worthless. So in doing the artificial inserting, you do a double whammy, you create an artificial deficiency of both Fluorine and Iodine. However, the argument can be argued with some validity, that a little bit of Fluorine added artificially will do some good. It could very well do so if the person is already carrying a sufficient amount of Iodine and is short on Fluorine. This combination will show a positive response in the short term, but long-term negative responses in many people. It can be claimed that this is one of those situations where it will eventually catch up with you. Perhaps my claim of you can't cheat nature and get away with it, as nature will eventually even up the score.
Fluorine is a mineral that is used in very minute amounts. You will see the ppm levels of the foods and essential oils as being small. The largest quantity is in the single digit range, so, small trace amounts. This is perhaps why any large quantity being ingested or taken into the body can be "not good" and produce negative consequences, long-term. Also, keep in mind that to much or too little of this mineral usually does not show up on the short term consequences timetable, but will without question on the long-term scale. The main places where a deficiency of Fluorine will show up is in the tooth caries and bones structure. A lack of Fluorine tends to remove the protection of the mineral on the teeth and allow for mineral escaping from the enamel and the bones. One area that the Fluorine deficiencies tend to always show up with low-income people. From my perspective, low-income people will naturally tend to be deficient in Fluorine is because of their diet. They tend to not eat foods containing Fluorine, they tend to eat highly processed foods, which the processing is absolutely devastating with the Fluorine content. Why? Because of Fluorine's very light molecular weight, the mineral will escape with even the slightest added heat, then couple that with heating the food, ie; processing multiple times, the Fluorine level is, well, cooked out. So when some brilliant researcher goes in and artificially inserts Floride, note Floride, not Fluorine, into their diet, they will respond rather quickly, to a point. By the time that "point" is reached, the study is done and quantified and published, with the doctrine learned from the study set in stone. As people become more affluent, they tend to consume a better diet, consuming foods that still have the Fluorine still bioavailable and the Florine being added to the drinking water being given the credit
Fluorine is widely used in many industrial applications. One of the reason is that it combines very easily with many other minerals, gases, and various compounds. The Fluorine tends to make other processes work better. Even though the claim is there that Fluorine has no biological function in mammals, it really does as it combines with other chemicals and minerals in making everything "flow" better. Despite the claims to the no biological function in mammals, Fluorine tends to help or plays a major part in oxygen transportation in the bloodstream and in the oxygen exchange cycle in the lungs. Many plants contain Fluorine as a self-defense program. since Fluorine combines and binds with Carbon, it tends to make the herbivores sick or at least giving that slightly upset stomach feel that we as humans sometimes get. When we do get that feeling, we tend to not eat the food(s) that caused it. This type of Fluorine is called fluoroacetate. But in order for this to take place, a large amount of these plants containing fluoroacetates would need to be consumed. A human will not eat anywhere near enough of these plants to make it an issue. I add this as a gee-whiz example. I seriously doubt that the need to go into the vast discussion on the industrial uses of Fluorine is warranted, so we will just move on to the next section.
Essential Oil Connection.
Since most essential oils will tend to be steam distilled, we must be very careful to make sure we don't cook the Fluorine out and exhaust it into the air. So with the steam distilled process most of the time it is done within a closed system until it is cooled. As the steam cools and condenses, the Fluorine tends to recombine with both the essential oil and with the distillate water. This usually happens because of the desire of the Fluorine to attach to other chemicals and compounds. IE; it will attach to anything it can and since the water and oils are there, it recombines with them as a first default. Whereas with cooking, the steam or heat is usually vented directly to the air, so the Fluorine is exhausted to the air leading it to combine with the first things it can and it usually isn't the food being prepared.
Since we tend to see a direct connection as it pertains to Fluorine content in both Essential Oils and Herbs/Foods, we will list them both together as it pertains to this mineral. As I said earlier we see very low levels on the ppm list. It is supposed to be this way as Fluorine is a trace element or tract mineral as used int he body, so as prescribed by nature, we will find only trace amounts in products that are designed by nature to be consumed. Here goes; Lettuce 8 ppm, Parsley 7.8 ppm, Stinging Nettle leaf 7.8 ppm, Spinach 5.7 ppm, Dill 5.3 ppm, Pistachio Seed 3.8 ppm, Cabbage and Cauliflower both at 2.5 ppm, Ginger 2 ppm, Cashew 1.4 ppm. Then from there, you get a wide range of consumable plants with 1 ppm listings. We even see the common garden Pea at 1 ppm. At this point in time, the main sources of Fluorine for the plants is the earth's crust itself. There still is enough left in the crust that it hasn't become a crisis yet. Perhaps someday it will. You will notice that there tends to be a draw towards Fluorine to certain types of plants, those plants are the really green types. This is due to the Fluorine-Carbon-Calcium binding, then taken up by the plants. So with the oils, we see Dill and Ginger as being the primary carriers of Fluorine. We see nuts and seeds carrying a useable level of Fluorine and then we see the good old Sting Nettle leaf as a herbal tea carrier of Fluorine. But one must be cautious here as if you get the water too hot you run the risk of "cooking" off the Fluorine, as that really would apply to all teas.
Summary and Discussion;
One of the biggest issues with Fluorine is that if you get too much it will tend to interfere with the Collagen within the human body. Fluorine or even Floride will tend to just rip apart the Collagen web that connects the muscles with the skeletal system. This is usually recognized by a still muscle, stiff joints, aching bones and even as far as the person experiencing ligament damage. However, we must recognize that Fluorine does a lot fo positive things for the human body. It is believed that it helps with Calcium uptake. It also helps with Heart problems. One of the most important things is that it can act as an antidote to some poisons and various diseases. It essentially acts as a germicide and this would account for some of the observable actions in the mouth as it relates to dental issues such as bacterias that cause cavities. Since it attaches easily with Calcium and it tends to help liquify calcium, it appears to help prevent calcification of the muscles and organs by this action.
So lots of good stuff is related to Fluorine. Despite most of the propaganda out there claiming no biological function of Fluorine, it very well has a biological function. The best way to get it is through our food system. For the most part, ingestable foods that are not processed or cooked away.
So despite the Fluorine family having some bad eggs in it, it does have a large nest of useful members and of course is absolutely necessary for biological function. So until next time, thank you for your time and interest.