Fluoride

 

This is a cute, 20 minute film about fluoride. (An element, not a nutrient.) In our house we use a Zero water filter for all of our drinking water. (About $30.00, plus filter replacement, approximately every 3 months) The Zero Water Company will tell you that it filters out 95% of the fluoride from water, but they must be called; it is not on their packaging.

1.800.503.2939, or  www.zerowater.com

Without a whole house filtration system,  fluoride is absorbed into the body through the skin during showering  and bathing.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a chemical that was added to the US water supply beginning in 1945 after naturally occurring fluoride showed tooth decay prevention. Unlike naturally occurring fluoride, however, fluoride in our drinking water is a non-pharmaceutical grade chemical that comes in bulk from China and other countries as the byproduct of the wet-scrubbing systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This Hexafluorosilic acid (fluoride) is a hazardous waste product. Fluoride is an element, not an essential nutrient, therefore the body does not need fluoride. Fluoride is the only chemical added to our water for the purpose of medical treatment.  According to the CDC, 66% of US residents or 170 million people are currently drinking fluoridated water. Since 1967, Connecticut has been one of 17 states with mandatory statewide fluoridation.*

What are the benefits of fluoride?

Some believe that ingesting fluoride will prevent tooth decay (dental caries) by fortifying the enamel of the developing teeth. Recent studies, however, have shown that fluoride works best topically not systemically.  Even the CDC in 1999 acknowledged that the benefit of fluoride is topical, not systemic.  Furthermore, comprehensive data from the World Health Organization has revealed that there is no discernable difference in tooth decay between the minority of the western nations that fluoridate water, and the majority that do not.  In fact, tooth decay rates in many non-fluoridated countries are now lower than tooth decay rates in fluoridated ones.

Is Fluoride safe to ingest?

Although fluoride has been added to the US water supply for more then 60 years, there have been no truly rigorous scientific studies establishing the safety and effectiveness of ingesting fluoride. In fact, the CDC has stated that 41% of American children have dental fluorosis due to fluoride consumption. Recent studies on fluoride consumption have shown increases in bone fractures, arthritis, impaired thyroid function and lowered IQ in children – see below.

Of particular concern are the babies who are being bottle-fed with tap water containing fluoride.  Since the doses cannot be controlled through fluoridation, babies are receiving the highest doses of fluoride for their body size & weight. Hence, they are being overexposed to fluoride.  In fact, some states have issued warnings to mothers about this and recommend using non-fluoridated water to bottle feed infants.

 

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