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What is Fluoride Doing To Your Health?

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Ever since I was a child fluoride has been heralded as the  messiah to save teeth from cavities and decay. 

In the 70s, I remember my parents taking me to get fluoride treatments at the dentist. And several times at the elementary school I attended, a dental hygienist visited who required us to chew red pills to show where we weren’t brushing, and gave us fluoride treatments. I don’t recall my parents ever objecting to this, but maybe they would have if they’d known about the dangers.

Why children are given fluoride treatments in school is beyond me. Isn’t it the parent’s job to decide whether to take children to have some medical or dental service done? Apparently not. This brings about the issue of having no choice in something that should definitely be a choice. In fact, you will not find any other example where a drug is added without the consent of the people taking it.

And despite how many fluoride treatments I took, how much fluoridated water I consumed, or how much I brushed and flossed, I still had numerous cavities and dental work done when I was a child and young adult.

Fluoride – hazardous waste as a “health treatment”

What do you do when you have toxic waste that’s expensive to dispose of? Sell it to the municipal water agencies under the guise of “protecting dental health”. Besides a short-lived experiment where iodine was added to water many years ago, this practice has never been done anywhere else, with any other substance like this that is considered a drug (and hazardous waste). Another important thing to consider is that there have been no real scientific, conclusive studies supporting the effectiveness of putting fluoride in the water supply to combat tooth decay.

The fact is, the fluoride going into our water systems is not a safe or natural substance to consume, and fluoride toxicity is well-documented. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a naturally-occurring substance, nor is it even pharmaceutical grade. The fluoride put in our water is actually hazardous industrial waste from the phosphate fertilizer industry.

These substances are recognized as toxic by The Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory entities, and it is illegal to dump it in the ocean or inland water bodies, and yet policy-makers see no problem with its use in our water supply. Many European countries have banned fluoride use in municipal water systems. So what is the U.S. ‘s problem? This program receives zero oversight from the FDA, and the Environmental protection Agency (which declares the substance toxic) shows no accountability for fluoride being added to the water supply. What’s more, the Center for Disease Control and The American Dental Association continue to mandate statewide water fluoridation practices.

Please watch these important video interviews from Dr. Joe Mercola with Dr. Paul Connett, the leading expert in the world and a chemist who specializes in environmental chemistry. He is the co-author of The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There from Chelsea Green Publishing. Please be sure to pick up a copy of this well-researched book which blows the lid on the theory that fluoride is necessary for dental or any other aspect of health.

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Fluoride affects bone health (causes brittle bones, osteoporosis), thyroid, energy levels, and the pineal gland in the brain (the pineal gland is an endocrine organ which regulates seratonin, melatonin which affect wake/sleep patterns). Read some scientific research documenting the numerous health studies showing all different health issues that result from using fluoride.

According to Dr. Mercola and Dr. Connett, there are many other sources from which you can ingest fluoride distiller or reverse-osmosis filters are required to remove fluoride from water. It is also found in many bottled beverages including soft drinks, energy drinks, teas, juices, infant formula, processed foods like cereal, tea, wine, seafood, teflon pans, salt, commercially-raised poultry, anaesthetics (Enflurane, Isoflurane & Sevoflurane -used in surgery to put you to sleep), and cigarettes – just to name a few.

This harmful chemical is also added to most toothpastes on the market, and many other dental products like rinses. If you look at the label, there is a clear warning which reads something to this effect: “contact poison control center if you swallow more than necessary for brushing”. That amount is equivalent to one glass of water. So if you are drinking tap water everyday, just imagine how much fluoride you are ingesting every day of your life!


Want more information about the health dangers of fluoride?

Read The Cellulite Investigation’s Fluoride Content of Farm-Fresh Thanksgiving Turkey

A Better Alternative to Toothpaste – Healthy Home Economist

More from Agriculture Society:Dental crowding, cavities, and health problems – what’s the connection?


Fluoride in the water – does it really help prevent cavities?

For more information about the risks and dangers of fluoride use, visit the Fluoride Action Network.

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.