What's the problem with Fluoride?
Chemical and Engineering News Vol. 67, No. 19, showed that a study done with over 39,000 children in 84 cities, by the National Institute of Dental Research (and paid for by taxpayers) prior to 1989, showed no significant difference in decay rates in children drinking fluoridated water vs. those who drank non-treated water. According to the handbook, Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and slightly less poisonous than arsenic. Fluoride accumulates in human bones. The Physician’s Desk Reference says that in “hypersensitive individuals, fluorides occasionally cause skin eruptions.” It also can cause gastric distress, headache and weakness, which usually disappear after discontinuation of the fluoride.
The Journal of the AMA published articles in the early 90’s linking increased hip fracture rates to fluoride in the water. A study by Procter and Gamble showed that as little as half the amount of fluoride used to fluoridate public water supplies resulted in significant increases in genetic damage.
As an environmental pollutant, industrial waste products containing large quantities of fluoride have destroyed crops and animals.
If that’s not enough, studies show fluoride contributes to dental and skeletal fluorosis, genetic damage, increased cancers of the bone, mouth, bladder and lung, abnormal brain development, hypothyroidism and reduced fertility in men.
- Avoid fluoridated water.
- Boiling water concentrates fluoride.
- Avoid fluoridated vitamins and fluoride treatments at the dentist (they actually made both my children ill).
- Avoid fluoridated toothpaste. Concentration of fluoride in water is 1ppm vs. 1000 ppm in toothpaste (and 10,000 ppm in dental rinses).
- Most water filters do not filter fluoride. I use a Big Berkey filter and fortunately, my town water is not fluoridated. If yours is, Berkey has additional filters for fluoride (and arsenic). There are other brands that will do the same.
- Some recommend supplementation of magnesium, calcium citrate, Vitamins D and E, to protect from fluoride toxicity.
- Reverse Osmosis filters remove fluoride, along with all other minerals. Of course, it takes about 4 gallons of water treated by RO to get one gallon of filtered water so it is not environmentally friendly to filter water by reverse osmosis.