Cheer yourself up with a natural, pure fluoride free tea time brew

Sunday 13 April, 2014 


  • Reading this letter with a fresh brew might not be such a good idea

  • Discover why this hidden problem is often misdiagnosed

 

 

The common cry of the teenager as they are called for the third time in a morning.

Both of our boys were nightmares for getting out of bed in time to get the school bus, and many has been the time that they were  running down the street with shirt tails flapping, toothpaste foam in the corners of their mouths and a piece of toast in their hands.

But my daughter is a much easier prospect for an early morning call.

The secret is tea.

The great British eye opener itself.

The minute she gets a whiff of a brew, hears the chink of the spoon stirring the teapot and the gentle gurgle of the first poured cup she’s there.

I can only imagine it was how Pavlov felt with his dogs.

It isn’t only a morning thing with her either, anytime of the day (or night) is fair game for a cup of Rosie Lee in her book.

Whilst her classmates are guzzling fluorescent coloured juices, or fizzy sugar syrups she’s wrapped around a mug of steaming tea.

In a strange way this makes me quite proud of her – but should I worry that she is harming herself.
You see I read something that made me shudder, and I’m faced with the prospect of telling her to stop drinking tea, for her own good.

Tea can no longer be classed as a safe drink – find out why.

A tale of tea time woe

It began back in 2012 when Greenpeace published a report highlighting the fact that 12 of 18 Chinese tea samples they tested contained banned pesticides.

These were so called green teas or Jasmine teas, but the evidence was there. In order to increase yields and profits growers and producers were cutting corners and putting lives at risk as a result.

Next I read a 2013 piece by Diana Fox Carney, an economist and the wife of the Governor of the Bank of England.


Now there’s a lady who should like tea you might think... as long as it’s not from a tea bag it seems!

Her worries were two-fold, firstly that an average family would be consuming 50sq m of tea bag paper a year (about as big as the downstairs of an average house) and secondly that it contains chlorine... which is a poison.

Fortunately many major brands don’t use this type of paper anymore, but many others do including white label and shop own brands.

The final worry came towards the end of last year when the Daily Telegraph, among other papers, picked up on published research in the journal Food Research International showing that there were dangerous levels of fluoride in tea.

This alarming story showed that as well as fluorinated water being present in the UK drinking supply, tea growers were using older leaves which concentrated fluoride from the soil.

The combined effect was that a moderate tea drinker was likely to be taking much more than the recommended safe limits...

...and for a proper tea belly like my daughter that was a real concern.

Premium, expensive teas tend to avoid this problem as they only use the very youngest leaves, but let’s be honest very few of us can afford these ‘Grand Cru’ blends.

Cheaper teas utilising the older leaves are more likely to be in your cupboards and caddies, and these are the ones that have tripped the fluoride meters.

Discover more about this issue – and how to tell if your tea is safe

The hidden problem of fluorosis

You might be wondering what the increased levels of fluoride do in the body, and why it is that the research teams became worried.

The condition caused by ingesting too much of this compound is called fluorosis and leads to problems with bones, joints and teeth.

Often misdiagnosed in its early stages the condition can lead to lifelong problems with mobility and bone health – commonly sufferers as treated as if they have arthritis before the true cause is identified.

For many years there have been concerns about fluorine being added to drinking water to attempt to reduce the levels of tooth decay in the general population.

In the UK the first major water fluoridisation scheme happened in 1964 in Birmingham, and the West Midlands still has the biggest programme in the UK, serving almost all households in the area.

Campaigns to increase the levels of fluorine in drinking water continue to rage, with the latest one being reported in the news a few days ago.

Public Health England challenged local councils to allow more supplies to receive increased levels sparking an outcry from those opposed to such action.

Naturally occurring calcium fluoride causes few health concerns but is often at levels far below that considered to be beneficial, so sodium fluoride is added to boost levels...

...the problem is that in high concentrations this is devastatingly poisonous, and it does raise the question about what we should be allowing to be added to our base commodities without our say so. It is a form of mass medication that we wouldn’t tolerate in any other circumstance.

Now to discover that it is present in good old tea really causes me a headache – quite possibly in a literal sense.

It is no good thinking that by buying the best commercial brands that I’m safe either, because even though they promote the fact they contain only the youngest freshest tips of the tea plant – they are also blends and that means their purity has to be questioned.

So, what does the good old NHS have to say about the debate...

...these folk must have bums full of splinters from sitting on so many fences, here’s their advice;

...” the general consensus is that water containing the correct amount of fluoride and fluoride toothpaste have a significant benefit in reducing tooth decay.

However, a condition called dental fluorosis can occur, particularly if a child’s teeth are exposed to too much fluoride when they're developing.”

With regard to fluoride in tea, they had this to say;

“If your budget can only stretch to economy teabags then there is no real cause to worry as long as you limit your tea consumption.

While there is no official guidance, most experts recommend drinking no more than three mugs of tea a day on a regular basis.”

Not exactly helpful is it?

I’m sure that many of us enjoy more than three cups of tea a day – I can get through that in a morning.
How refreshing then to discover something that I can really rely on – a tea that is truly pure and free from harmful pesticides because it actually grows at altitudes that the bugs can’t survive at so never needs treating.

More importantly it is also incredibly tasty, refreshing and definitely more-ish.

I think I might just have made my daughter very happy!

Cheer up your tea time with a natural, pure and clean brew

Yours, as always


Ray

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