Contrary to popular belief, fluoride is not an essential nutrient. Fluoride is not needed in any amount for human health and there’s no such thing as fluoride deficiency. In the 1950s, dentists believed that fluoride deficiency caused cavities, just like a deficiency of vitamin D causes osteoporosis; however, it is now widely accepted that fluoride is not a nutrient or needed in any amount in order to prevent cavities (source).
The fluoride compound added to public water is hydrofluorosilicic acid – a toxic byproduct of the phosphate industry for the fertilizer industry. Hydrofluorosilicic acid is not a medical grade product manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry, like most people assume. The phrase “toxic byproduct” essentially means chemical trash.
Prior to being added to public water, hydrofluorosilicic acid was released into the environment. However, this practice came to a screeching halt when the government realized it was contributing to the death of local wildlife and environmental destruction. In fact, in a letter written by the EPA in response to a complaint written by Dr. Russell in 1983, the EPA described the practice of water fluoridation as “environmental solution to a long-standing problem” (source). In other words, hydrofluorosilicic acid is far too toxic to be dumped in the environment.
According to the Cochrane Collaboration – one of the most prestigious and respected independent research organizations in the world – there is insufficient evidence to support mandatory water fluoridation; which, is concerning considering there is evidence that suggests a positive relationship between water fluoridation and multiple chronic diseases including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia, reduced intelligence, infertility, reduced immune function, dental fluorosis, impaired mandibular bone quality, and hypothyroidism (and here and here). In fact, doctors in Europe and South America reportedly prescribed fluoride to reduce thyroid function up until the 1950s (source).
Contrary to what proponents of water fluoridation claim, research published in Germany, Canada, Finland, and Cuba does not support the notion that cavity incidence will go up after the cessation of water fluoridation programs. The scariest part is, most Americans are largely unaware of the fact that more than 97% of the western European population drinks non-fluoridated water (source). The only western European countries that allow salt fluoridation are Austria, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.
Populations at-risk of fluoride toxicity include, but are not limited to the following:
- Infants and Toddlers
- Young Children
- African Americans*
- Outdoor Workers
- Small Pets
*Research suggests African Americans are disproportionately harmed by fluorides and water fluoridation.
Whenever possible, breastfeed your infant or use an organic powdered infant formula mixed with fluoride-free water to feed your infant. According to an Environmental Working Group analysis of National Academy of Sciences data, released in March 2006, found that in 25 of the 28 largest US cities, fluoride concentrations in tap water alone would put 8-to-36 percent of all babies up to 6 months of age over the safe dose of fluoride on any given day. In February 2008, EWG asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop Nursery Water, one of the nation’s biggest sellers of bottled water for infants, from advertising that its fluoridated water is safe for babies, in violation of FDA rules and American Academy of Pediatrics guidance.
Filter Tap Water
Hydration with pure water – water free of potentially harmful contaminants – is key to optimal long-term health and wellness. Ideally, water would be treated with reverse osmosis (RO) and carbon filtration using a superior carbon filter. These purification technologies are the most effective at removing toxic contaminants including fluoride, pharmaceuticals, radiologicals, and microorganisms.
The water I drink is treated with reverse osmosis (RO) via an undersink water purification system. In the past, I purchased RO water in bulk from Whole Foods for around $.44 per gallon and stored it in a large glass water jug on a stainless steel water dispenser. If you have a large family or do not live near a store that offers water purification, you may want to consider investing in a quality RO water purification system for your home. Unfortunately, Brita-type filters do not effectively remove potentially toxic contaminants. To ensure that a filter removes a particular contaminant, verify that it is certified for that contaminant by a reputable, independent agency.
Which water filter do you use?
Ditch Bottled Water
Contrary to popular belief, bottled water bottled water isn’t pure or clean. Like tap water, bottled water is sourced locally and often contains the same contaminants found in tap water including fluoride and the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA). However, unlike tap water, bottled water isn’t regulated or monitored by any governmental agency. Furthermore, the environmental impacts associated with the production and transportation of plastic bottles is a leading source of environmental pollution and wastes our precious resources. Besides, most bottled water is sourced locally, marketed as superior, and then sold back to you at a premium. If you think this sounds far-fetched, examine the fine print of your next water bottle and identify the water source. Bottled water manufacturers are required to state where the water was sourced.
Contact your city officials (either by Facebook, Twitter, email, phone, or face-to-face) and request a meeting to discuss the potential dangers of water fluoridation.
Consider attending a city council meeting to publicly express your concerns.
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