Trying to travel fluoride free is a major headache. Officials respond that if you don’t want fluoridated water, you can buy bottled water. But it doesn’t work that way. That’s more of a flippant, cast-off-the-guilt answer than anything that’s functionally feasible. In order to live fluoride free, one has to be really insightful and tenacious.
For example, I have to bring my own coffee water to work with me and brew my own cup of coffee – rather than drink from the office pot that’s made with fluoridated water. If I stop for a latte or a cup of brew, that too will be made with fluoridated water. And if I comment about this predicament to anyone, they look at me like I’ve “lost it” for even considering that fluoride should be avoided. (Wacko indeed, but thinking more clearly every day.)
Eating at restaurants also takes on new meaning – and frustration:
How many times have I been sitting at a table in a restaurant only to realize that I forgot my water bottle in the car and had to run back out for it so that I could have something to drink with my meal?! And if I want anything other than water out of my Kleen Kanteen, like maybe coffee or herb tea or even wine, I’d better plan ahead and pack it up in a travel mug to take into the restaurant.
And if the restaurant has some awesome soup of the day, I have to seriously weigh out the luxury of the soup with how much fluoride is in the liquid it was made with.
Or what about going over to a friend’s house to visit and having to avoid drinking their water. Or out shopping and being faced with the drinking fountain that pumps fluoridated fluid – if you want it. Soft drinks and most beers are made with fluoridated water, so seeking them out isn’t going to solve the problem either.
I’m not even sure about bottled water off the shelf. More and more its being found out that bottled water is often mislabeled. What is in that little bottle of water is anyone’s guess – and reading the label may or may not provide you with accurate information.(Mislabeled bottled water)
In the wine category, I have to be cautious both at home and when out dining: California wines are especially known to be high in fluoride. If I’d like a glass of fruit juice, I have to remember that it was probably reconstituted from concentrate with fluoridated water. And if it’s grape juice, white and red, it’s known for being very high in fluoride content due to the grapes being sprayed with cryolite.
And because there are no labeling requirements for fluoride content of foods and beverages, we have NO way of knowing what foods have what quantity of fluoride in them. But with this country being 70% fluoridated, you can bet that most any coffee shop or restaurant is using it. Restaurants serving distilled or reverse osmosis water are RARE. Have you ever found one?
Just for fun (and educating the public) ask your restaurant waitress or server whether they are serving fluoridated water. Keep a straight face. See what happens.
Fluoride sensitive people and those who want to avoid consuming fluoride have a considerable amount of difficulty. The hotel room has a nice little coffee pot in it and even some ground coffee – but do they provide good non-fluoridated drinking water to make the coffee with? Or to drink? Or to shower in?
One of the first things to do when I land in a new location is to find where I can buy bottled water that I can pretend to trust. On my last trip I packed bottles of RO filtered water in my suitcase. Of course that means that you have to check your baggage. Putting them in ziplocs was a good idea.
Staying home and surviving is ever so much easier than being away from home for the day or traveling. Even if I opt to walk around town with a Camelback on my back just so that I can have a supply of non-fluoridated water, that Camelback is going to run out of water at some point – and by then I better have it figured out where my next fluoride-free drink is coming from.
Obviously I have a drinking problem!
I’ve decided it’s time to begin asking anyone and everyone at coffee stops, restaurants, hotels, and everyplace I get thirsty, whether the water is purified or fluoridated. Even though they never have an answer, it will start them thinking about it for a change.