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Should I Shut the Heck Up About All Things Not Green Smoothie? (Part 6 of 7)

Robyn Openshaw - May 11, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

About Dr. L telling me I should not talk about toxic dental practices and stick to whole foods topics only?

That is precisely the reason I have a blog in the first place.

I don’t want my readers to be as ignorant as I was when I was 27 years old and allowing doctors to tell me to feed my little boy spoonfuls of liquid steroids. I had dentists wanting to fill holes in his teeth with mercury as he got older (luckily, I never allowed that in any of my children). I’m livid that a dentist sent me home with little blue fluoride pills to feed my baby, not giving me the very real “other side” to the recommendation to have him eat sodium fluoride!

(Fortunately, in the case of the little blue pills, they sat there and expired during the two years after filling the prescription—I felt guilty every time I saw them, but I could not make myself feed them to my little boy. And fortunately, I knew enough that no child of mine has ever had an amalgam filling.)

I don’t have any interest in denigrating any profession.  Certainly not dentists. I have had email correspondences with Dr. L since he attended a class I taught two years ago, and I know him to be a thoughtful, purposeful, open-minded vegetarian athlete who influences his patients for good.

However, I hope more dentists self-educate to offer other options and educate their patients against toxic practices. I’m sure it would be scary to have many practices that underpin your livelihood called into question—dentists carry debt on expensive equipment to perform these procedures and use these materials. But I’m not the researchers who have documented valid, massive concerns for the public health. I’m just one person waving a red flag towards it.

But I’m fierce that since I am blessed with an audience, I hope for my readers to start YOUNGER THAN I DID—or at any point!—with knowledge about controversies regarding their health. That way they won’t unwittingly allow unnecessary root canals in their mouth, as I did.

I hope my readers learn to QUESTION AUTHORITY. I don’t mean REJECT all authority across the board. I mean make your own decisions, do your own thinking, use your intuition. Study an issue well before doing something like fossilizing a dead tooth, or feeding your baby little blue pills of a known poison, or injecting your child with, well, anything. Expect that major industries—all of them—have an agenda. That agenda is often in conflict with the public health.

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Learn to be a savvy consumer of information so you know what’s more likely to be true, and less likely. (In the intro to 12 Steps to Whole Foods, I write about evaluating research.)

I will not go silent on subjects where I think we are asleep at the wheel.

I may not be an “expert,” as Dr. L wanted me to know. But I am a HUGE FAN of parents becoming educated about the chemicals they feed their little ones. We should become layperson experts as much as possible—these issues have massive implications.

And while I believe dentists are good people trying to help us (Dr. L states that I am criticizing dentists), they do not always understand the implications of our drinking and eating synthetic fluoride.

If that’s the criticism—that I shouldn’t blog about dental issues because I’m not qualified—well, then, I’m not an expert on whole foods either. He didn’t like the quotes I used by a chemist, and he dismissed an entire book on the fluoride travesty by a journalist, because the journalist wrote a book for money so clearly he fabricated a fake controversy.

Adding fluoride to water is forced medication, and it’s not a fake controversy. It’s a real controversy for good reasons. Even if I accept Dr. L’s belief that children have fewer cavities if they drink fluoride or take fluoride pills, he offers no evidence that it’s safe for other organs and systems, to ingest it regularly. That’s because there IS no evidence of its safety. There is plenty of cause for concern and many studies documenting how dangerous it is.

If you feel that my blog should be limited to non-controversial topics related to whole foods only, perhaps you can just skip any posts on other topics? I’m a renegade, and this is a counter-culture blog. It just is.

If I’m blogging 5 times a week, for nearly 5 years now, I don’t want to have limitations like that. I want to talk about what’s on my mind. Eating whole foods and giving the Standard American Diet the boot will always be my favorite topic, though, so come back soon for more on that!

Tomorrow, I will post some interesting comments from a dentist who wrote in with her opinion on my comments on amalgam fillings and root canals.

(To access the other posts in this series, Click Here.)

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8 thoughts on “Should I Shut the Heck Up About All Things Not Green Smoothie? (Part 6 of 7)”

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  1. I think to each his own on a lot of things:) I feed my daughter a very healthy diet, but do get her vaccinated. I knew someone who’s child was in the hospital because of whooping cough. Scariest, saddest thing you will ever see. And my sis school just had a confirmed case of whooping cough and now all students who haven’t been vaccinated need to stay home the rest of the school year. I understand both sides of the vaccination issues. It’s something I have thought about, but after seeing first hand a few friends children suffer and catching things that vaccination could have prevented I’ve chosen to vaccinate. But then of course there are the occasional adverse reactions to vaccinations. There is so much in this world that we just need to do what we feel is right and best for our children, after proper research. Sometimes I wish we were given a manual though to tell us exactly what to do! 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have been extremely interested in these controversial topics that you have written about as well a your whole foods topics. More people need to think and be bold like you. Thank you for getting this information out there. We need to not be lemmings!

  3. I love it ALL!!! Keep it coming girl!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not to mention that several vaccines are cultured on cells originally obtained from two aborted fetuses in the 1960’s. Some argue that though the fetuses were aborted (tragic) they are now saving lives (victory); similar to a murder victim’s organs being donated by the family. {usually a family doesn’t murder their loved one so they can donate their organs though…} This may resolve the ethical problem for some, but others worry that this practice may become more commonplace:

    “The cultures that produce these vaccines, however, are not immortal. All normal cells possess a finite lifespan known as the “Hayflick limit.” After about 50 divisions, WI-38 and MRC-5 will be exhausted. If, when this day comes, pharmaceutical companies know they can create new cultures from aborted tissue without loss of profit, they will certainly do so because aborted fetal tissue is easier to use and more economical to obtain than other culture mediums. The pharmaceutical industry, in fact, has already developed an additional vaccine culture derived from the “socially indicated,” elective abortion of an 18-week-old baby. PER.C6, as the culture is called, is currently being tested for use with at least seven new vaccines.

    And on another note: “Protein Sciences of Meriden, Conn., has applied to the FDA for approval to sell a vaccine made by genetically engineering flu genes into a worm virus, which then infects cells from caterpillar ovaries to produce the necessary proteins to make vaccine.” Great, now we get GMO virus/vaccines.

  5. Anonymous says:

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I have to comment about the vaccination/whooping cough issue. I have a 14-month old that has not been vaccinated (my two older children ARE vaccinated), and I’m getting a lot of pressure from my mom to start vaccinating him. Apparently there was a youth who just recently died from it in her town (in Idaho). She told me there is now an outbreak in Logan, Ut, close to where we live. I’m a little scared and unsure of what to do. I don’t want to put harmful things into his little body, but I also don’t want to him to get an illness that could potentially be fatal. We do homeschool, so we are mostly at home, although we have lots of neighbor kids who come over to play. I just don’t know what to do! Does anyone have any advice for me?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Bethany, I doubt anyone wants to go out on a limb and tell you what to do on this issue. But look on my book reviews for the books I suggest you read before you make this very important decision. I read MASSIVELY before deciding to opt out of the vaccine program. Also search this blog for my past posts on this topic. Good luck!

  7. Hi Robyn, It’s a free country and…ummm..your blog. So, if someone doesn’t like it, they can just stop ‘tuning in’. Keep up talking about what is important to you because this is your blog, your business, your passion, your voice.

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