Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride in order to prevent tooth decay.
The idea being that fluoridated water operates on tooth surfaces: in the mouth creates low levels of fluoride in saliva, which reduces the rate at which tooth enamel de-mineralizes and increases the rate at which it remineralizes in the early stages of cavities. Hence, giving people fewer cavities overall and your teeth longevity. Sounds good right? Of course, up until recently most of us thought it did.
But what IS fluoride? Fluoride is a salt of hydrofluoric acid compound containing fluorine, as methyl fluoride, CH 3 F. Ok, for most of us that definition did not help. It leads us to another question. What is Fluorine? Fluorine is the most reactive nonmetallic element – a pale yellow corrosive toxic gas. This leads me to the next logical question. Can a toxic gas really be good for us and where and what exactly does the fluoride we are adding to our water supply come from?
According to the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation as well as the National Health Federation, Fluoride, though existing in nature and found in rock, is laced with the impure industrial waste product known as fluosilicic acid. Fluoride is a pollutant. It is a by-product of copper, iron and aluminum manufacturing. The problem of how to legally dispose of fluoride was solved in the 1930’s when a study (funded by one of the country’s largest aluminum companies) concluded that fluoride prevented tooth decay. A successful public relations effort, helped along with some cooperative government workers resulted in the good news going out: this miracle chemical, when added to water supplies, will give everyone healthy teeth and brighter smiles. The fertilizer industry may have solved their issue of what to do with their toxic waste product, but what about the public health and safety, and this claim that this fluoride infused water is healthy for our teeth and ok for us to consume? Evidence shows fluoridation does not reduce tooth decay. A tooth decay epidemic is rampant in the U.S. today, reports the Surgeon General and cavity crises are occurring in many, if not all, fluoridated cities and states.
Newburgh, New York was the first experimental city to dose its citizens with fluoride, in 1945, to conduct safety studies. The study was originally planned to last ten years but ended at only five, and was declared a success. Children sick two weeks before examination were excluded – eliminating the very children who might have been exhibiting fluoride’s adverse effects and no adults were studied. In this study, they used sodium fluoride, which is not the fluoride chemical used by over 91% of U.S. fluoridating communities today – Silicofluorides.
www.fluorideinfo.org states “While the opponents to community water fluoridation may be well-intentioned, there is no scientific basis on which anti-fluoridationists base their claims.” This is simply not the truth.
According to Dr. Barry Groves, Ph.D. who has dedicated his time to exposing dietary misinformation, the very studies were done by the WHO (World Health Organization) were greatly exaggerated and even falsified. It has been shown in countries such as Finland, Denmark, and Sweden when fluoride was removed from the water, the incidence of cavities actually reduced.
Fluoride is in fact, a highly toxic substance, which before deemed the ultimate cavity fighter, was used in rat poison and insecticides! So if indeed this all has been a ruse what does all this fluoride we are consuming really do to our bodies? The irony is when you consume too much fluoride your teeth can actually become discolored and crumble. But that’s just a small fraction of what it can do to you. In lab tests on animals, fluoride has been shown to enhance absorption of aluminum, which has been shown to cause Alzheimer’s. It has also been linked to osteoporosis, damage of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, leading to limited joint mobility, ligament calcification, muscular degeneration and neurological deficits. But worst of all fluoride has been linked to as many as 10,000 cancer deaths per year (the majority in bone cancer, primarily in men).
The news gets even worse. Fluoride has also been shown to lower intelligence in children. In one study 907 children age 8-13 were measured in retrospect to the amounts of fluoride in their environment. The developmental intelligence appeared to be hampered severely the younger the child was when high doses were administered.
Fluoride has also been shown to calcify the pineal gland. The pineal gland is located in the center of your brain between the two hemispheres. It regulates the production of melatonin, which regulates the onset of puberty as well as protecting us from damage on a cellular level from free radicals. In some cultures, the pineal gland is also believed to be what is thought of as the third eye, and our source of visualization and imagination.
What has this done to us as adults, who have grown up drinking this fluoridated water? Only time will tell. We can only suggest limiting your continued exposure to fluoride as much as possible.
There are many good high-quality fluoride free kinds of toothpaste out on the market, as well as opting to drink distilled or fluoride filtered water from a system that utilizes a special filter or reverse osmosis, is a huge help for your health, no matter your age. Please read the information provided before purchasing any water filter. Most do not actually remove fluoride. Placing a filter on your showerhead is also a tremendous help as your skin when showering opens up its pores and allows fluoridated and chlorinated water to penetrate and absorb into your system.
There are also ways to remove fluoride from your body through internal cleanses, heavy metal detoxifications and chelation.
It’s up to you to decide if you feel fluoride is ok for you to ingest, we suggest you do some research and make up your own minds.
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