<h2>Some Thoughts on Fluoride</h2> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>On our farm and in our business we think quite a bit about the chemicals that are in our food, both that we grow and that we buy at the stores. &#160;We look for ways to avoid additives that are inserted into our food supply artificially to serve non-nutritional purposes. &#160;It might be time for us as a community to take a look at our water supply and the fluoride that we add. &#160; <a title=&quot;More Below.&quot; href=&quot;#Fluoride&quot;>Read More Below.</a></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong>Bountiful Harvest Special Continues until November 30</strong></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>As a thank-you to our members and to our entire food family, we have an excellent promotion for you this fall. &#160;</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><img style=&quot;WIDTH: 369px; HEIGHT: 200px&quot; title=&quot;10off_coupon&quot; alt=&quot;10off_coupon&quot; align=&quot;absMiddle&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/discount_coupon.png&quot; width=&quot;369&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; /></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Between now and November 30, when you spend $100 or more on your weekly or biweekly order, we will give you $10 back. &#160;We have a fantastic catalogue of over 500 items, many of them items produced right here in Western Canada by small and independent producers. &#160;They want you to try their wares, and we want you to get a break this fall.&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><a class=&quot;bookmark&quot; title=&quot;Fluoride&quot; name=&quot;Fluoride&quot;></a><strong>Fluoride: &#160;Is it Time To Rethink Water Fluoridation?</strong></p> <p><span>Fluoride was introduced to drinking water in the 1940s, at a time when there were no fluoridated dental products and tooth decay was prevalent.&#160; &#160;</span></p> <p>However, high levels of fluoride have been shown to be <a title=&quot;substance toxic to the body&quot; href=&quot;http://fluoridealert.org/researchers/health_database/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>toxic to the body</a>. &#160;Too much fluoride exposure is known to cause a painful bone disease (skeletal fluorosis), as well as a discoloration of the teeth known as dental fluorosis.&#160; Excessive fluoride exposure has also been linked to a range of other chronic ailments including arthritis, bone fragility, glucose intolerance, gastrointestinal distress, thyroid disease, and possibly cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. &#160;&#160;</p> <p><a title=&quot;Health Canada&quot; href=&quot;http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/fluor-eng.php&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Health Canada</a> has set a maximum 0.7 mg/L as the optimal level a municipal water system should use to safely promote dental health. &#160; We merely want to facilitate a discussion on the applicability of fluoride as an additive to drinking water given the development in topical fluoride alternatives in our society. &#160;</p> <p>Most developed nations in the world have rejected water fluoridation, including 97% of Western Europe. &#160;About 45% of Canadians receive fluoridated water [according to Health Canada] and the U.S. fluoridates about 70% of its water supply [more than all the rest of the world combined].&#160;&#160; The city of Calgary made the move to discontinue fluoridation in 2011, <a title=&quot;with a reported annual savings of $750,000&quot; href=&quot;http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-marks-750k-in-fluoride-savings-for-dental-care-1.1282790&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>with a reported annual savings of $750,000</a>, to be redirected towards dental services for children in low-income families.</p> <p>Although water fluoridation for the prevention of dental cavities is endorsed by many professional health organizations, including Health Canada, many dental researchers now concede that fluoride&#8217;s primary benefit comes from <a title=&quot;directtopical contact&quot; href=&quot;http://fluoridealert.org/issues/caries/topical_systemic/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>direct topical contact</a> with teeth, not from ingestion. &#160;&#160;Fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. must now include a label to &#8220;contact a poison control center immediately&#8221; if users swallow more toothpaste than used for brushing.&#160;</p> <p>&#160;Many vineyards in the U.S. use a <a title=&quot;fluoride pesticide called cryolite&quot; href=&quot;http://fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/f-pesticides/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>fluoride pesticide called cryolite</a>.&#160; As a result, the levels of fluoride in U.S. grape juice and wine are elevated. In 2005, the USDA reported that the average level of fluoride exceeded 2 ppm for both white wine and white grape juice. The levels of fluoride in red wine are also elevated (1 ppm), and so are raisins (2.3 ppm). &#160;Reduce your fluoride intake by purchasing organic wine, grape juice and raisins.</p> <p><strong>Eat More Fresh Food, Less Processed Food</strong><br /><span>When water is fluoridated, so are beverages and foods that are made with water.&#160; Processed beverages (e.g., sodas, reconstituted juices, sports drinks) contribute more to fluoride intake than processed foods, so focus on reducing your consumption of processed beverages.<u></u></span>&#160; &#160;&#160;<u></u></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><a href=&quot;http://avenueedmonton.com/top-40-under-40/danny-turner&quot; target=&quot;_new&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;><img style=&quot;BORDER-BOTTOM: white 15px solid; BORDER-LEFT: white 15px solid; BORDER-TOP: white 15px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: white 15px solid&quot; alt=&quot;Danny in the corn&quot; align=&quot;left&quot; src=&quot;http://avenueedmonton.com/files/imagecache/article-img-400w/events/for_web_turner_danny.jpg&quot; /></a><strong>Edmonton Top 40 Under 40</strong></p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>Last week Miranda and I were treated to a night out at the Edmonton Top 40 Under 40 Awards. &#160;I was very gratified to be <a title=&quot;included in the list&quot; href=&quot;http://avenueedmonton.com/top-40-under-40/danny-turner&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>included in the list</a> for 2013! What an honour for me, but more. &#160;Being included in such a distinguished group of people underlines to us that we are on the right course or alternative food distribution. &#160;That finding small producers of organic food and bringing those producers together to offer a complete service to Edmontonians is something that our community values. &#160;</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;>We have a team of over 50 people who work tirelessly to bring you your order every time. &#160;It is a labour of love and passion of local economy and local food, and everyone here firmly believes that it is possible to find sustainable, healthy and small scale food in our economy and to buy your food from people instead of shareholders. &#160;Miranda and I are grateful for the recognition and the support of everyone in our food family.&#160;</p> <p align=&quot;left&quot;><strong><a class=&quot;bookmark&quot; title=&quot;WinterDelivery&quot; href=&quot;#&quot; name=&quot;WinterDelivery&quot;>&#160;</a>Its time for Winter Delivery Instructions</strong></p> <div><img title=&quot;Snowy Van&quot; alt=&quot;Snowy Van&quot; align=&quot;top&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/snowyvan.jpg&quot; width=&quot;600&quot; height=&quot;335&quot; /></div><p>A year ago this week we had Snomageddon - 40 cm fell in St Albert in a single day and shut us right down. &#160;Its that time of year again and we need your help. &#160;Please remember that our normal delivery hours are noon to 10pm, so if you are expecting your box and it is getting dark,&#160;<strong>please turn on your porch light for our drivers to see</strong>.&#160; If we can&apos;t see your house number or if your front steps aren&apos;t safe, we will have trouble getting your box of food to you this winter.</p> <p>Its also time to start thinking about&#160;<strong>winter delivery instructions</strong>.&#160; Your box won&apos;t survive in -10C weather for more than 30 minutes outside, so please start thinking about winter conditions and how you want your box delivered.&#160; Some options include:</p> <ol> <li>We can put it in your garage if you have a keypad entry system.</li> <li>We can leave it with a specified neighbour if you aren&apos;t home.</li> <li>If you aren&apos;t home, we can bring it back to the warehouse and you can pick it up from our warehouse on Wednesday to Fridays during business hours and 9-1pm on Saturdays.</li> <li>Something else creative that you can devise!</li> </ol> <p><span>Boxes without winter delivery instructions will be</span><strong>&#160;left on your front step if your driver is unable to get in touch with you</strong><span>, so please take the time to update your instructions and let us know what you would like us to do for you - this can include leaving it out even if you aren&apos;t home.&#160; Delivery instructions can be updated by clicking the &apos;My Account&apos; button on the right hand side of the Choose Your Box page.</span></p> <p>At The Organic Box we are always growing, always looking for ways to get better, and always trying to find ways to fill more of your shopping basket with Alberta and BC food producers.&#160; We can do it!&#160; You are helping!</p> <p>Have&#160;a Great Week!</p> <p>&#160;Danny.<br />Founder, The Organic Box.</p> <h2>Featured&#160;Products and Producers:</h2> <table cellspacing=&quot;15&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; bgcolor=&quot;#edf0e9&quot;> <tbody> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><div><img title=&quot;sunriseposter&quot; alt=&quot;sunriseposter&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/sunrisegardensposter.jpg&quot; /></div></td> <td><h2>&#160;Shoots from Sunrise Gardens</h2> <p>It may be snowing outside, but inside the greenhouses at Sunrise Gardens in Onoway east of Edmonton, Dawn is busy growing her microgreens for us all winter long. &#160;This winter, try some different kinds of greens for your salads and sandwiches and enjoy everything that this awesome local producer has to offer. &#160;</p> <p><strong>Salad Shoots </strong>- an assortment of all the different sprouts Dawn has on offer</p> <p><strong>Broccoli Shoots</strong> - excellent for a change up from your typical alfalfa</p> <p><strong>Radish Shoots </strong>- give your salad a little natural zest with some yummy radish shoots</p> <p><strong>Live Wheatgrass </strong>- Get your wheatgrass fix by growing and harvesting it from your own plant! &#160;These wheatgrass portions are also excellent for your pets to chow down on.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;><div><br /></div><div><div><img title=&quot;Fairwinds Logo&quot; alt=&quot;Fairwinds Logo&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/Fairwinds Logo.png&quot; /></div><br /></div></td> <td><h2>&#160;Fairwinds Farm</h2> <p>If you are feeling a little burned out on cow dairy, luckily its peak season right now for Alberta Organic Goat&apos;s Milk! &#160;Goat&apos;s milk has an excellent mix of vitamins and health benefits and is a good way to mix it up in your kitchen. &#160;We have fluid milk on sale this week plus an excellent variety of goat&apos;s milk yoghurts, all flavoured with tastes from Alberta, BC and a little father away. &#160;Ben and Anita are good friends of The Organic Box and make some excellent milk products on their goat farm.</p> <div><a title=&quot;Fairwinds Farm&quot; href=&quot;http://www.fairwindsfarm.ca/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Check out the Fairwinds Farm Website</a></div><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign=&quot;top&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;>&#160;&#160;&#160;<div><img title=&quot;Gold Forest&quot; alt=&quot;Gold Forest&quot; src=&quot;/uploadedImages/009_-_This_Week/goldforest.jpg&quot; /></div></td> <td><h2>&#160;Gold Forest Grains</h2> <p>Cold weather outside means hot kitchens inside as everyone starts to get ramped up on holiday backing. &#160;One of our city&apos;s most vocal food activists, John Schneider, farms Gold Forest Grains near St Albert. &#160;He has an excellent variety of grains and flours available including some excellent Gluten-Free options. &#160;Take a look in the flours category for lots of choices, and this week we feature three of his best flours - White Wheat, Oat, and Buckwheat. &#160;Throw out the Robin Hood and try some local grown, local milled, and local loved flour in your kitchen this year.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>