Fluoride Makes You & Your Children Sick: 10 Dangers
It started in 1945 when local water treatment facilities began to add sodium fluoride to our water supply. Now, fluoride is ubiquitous in the American food supply. Not only is it in our home water supply, but also in bottled water, in juice, soda, wine and coffee, in soups and processed food, and in baby formula…anything reconstituted with tap water.
Did you know that the US is one of only eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates? Even China does not allow water fluoridation because it’s too toxic and causes damage, according to their studies. Instead, the waste product from their phosphate fertilizer industry is shipped to the United States, where we add it to our water supply! (source)
Water fluoridation has been rejected and banned in many countries including: Israel, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, India, China, and Japan. Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free.
According to Dr. Mercola, “fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product and a neurotoxin, which is also contaminated with lead, arsenic, radionucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants. The story gets even more convoluted, as now declassified files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission show that the original motivation for promoting fluoride and water fluoridation in the United States was to protect the bomb-, aluminum-, and other fluoride-polluting industries from liability. In the early days some of the sodium fluoride used to fluoridate water supplies in the U.S. came from Alcoa.”
Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon and author whose trailblazing research has tirelessly documented the fact that there is an epidemic of neurological disorders in the western world which are directly connected to toxins in our environment. I have respected his research so much through the years, especially on neurotoxic aspartame and MSG. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I found this fascinating and you may, too.
Top 10 Dangers Of Fluoride
When male rats were exposed to 2, 4, and 6 ppm of sodium fluoride in their drinking water, their testicles and prostate gland shrank in size. In addition, sperm counts plummeted and the sperm that were produced were dysfunctional. The concentration of protein in the testes (needed to manufacture new sperm) was also significantly suppressed. (source – Toxicol Ind Health, Oct. 2007; Vol. 23, Number 9, pp. 507-13)
A US epidemiological study showed very increased rates of infertility among couples living in areas with 3 ppm or more fluoride in the water (Freni 1994). Two studies showed reduced level of circulating testosterone in males living in fluoridated areas (Susheela 1996; Barot 1998). Do we want to see less courage, initiative, and leadership tendencies in our young men?
2. Fluoride and Brain Damage
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Experiments on animals reveal that fluoride accumulates in the brain and alters mental behavior (Mullenix 1995). There have been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride damages the brain and impacts learning and behavior.
Advocates of fluoridation counter that these animal studies are invalid because high doses of fluoride were used. However, it takes 5-20 times more fluoride to reach the same plasma levels in rats as in humans (Sawan 2010). One animal experiment found effects at very low doses of fluoride (Varner 1998). In this study, rats were fed for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water (the same amount used in tap water fluoridation), using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride. These rats had changes to their kidneys and brains, an increased uptake of aluminum in the brain, and the formation of beta-amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The human placenta does not prevent the passage of fluoride from a pregnant mother’s bloodstream to the fetus. As a result, a fetus can be harmed by fluoride ingested during pregnancy.
3. Fluoride and Lowered IQ
There have been 24 studies from China, Iran, India and Mexico that show an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. One research team (Xiang 2003a,b) estimated that fluoride may lower IQ at 1.9 ppm (parts per million), while a recent preliminary study (Ding 2011) found a lowering of IQ in children drinking water at levels ranging from 0.3 to 3 ppm (relatively low levels).
The authors of this latter study reported that for each increase of 1 ppm fluoride measured in the urine there was a loss of 0.59 IQ points. According to the National Research Council (2006), “the consistency of the results [in fluoride/IQ studies] appears significant enough to warrant additional research on the effects of fluoride on intelligence.”
4. Fluoride and Bottle-fed Babies
Bottle-fed babies receive the highest doses of fluoride. Since they have a liquid diet, formula-fed babies have the highest exposure to fluoride. As a result, researchers have recommended that parents not use fluoridated water when reconstituting formula for their babies (Ekstrand 1996; Pendrys 1998; Fomon 2000; Brothwell 2003; Marshall 2004). The American Dental Association (ADA), the biggest advocates of fluoridation, sent a November 6, 2006 email alert to its members advising that parents should make baby formula with “low or no-fluoride water.”
5. Fluoride and Early Puberty
Reduced IQ is not the only neurotoxic effect of fluoride. Studies have shown an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization (Calderon 2000; Li 2004; Rocha-Amador 2009); while three other studies have found an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage (Han 1989; Du 1992; Yu 1996). Fluoride also affects the pineal gland. Studies by Jennifer Luke (2001) show that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland to very high levels. In her Ph.D. thesis, Luke has also shown in animal studies that fluoride reduces melatonin production and leads to an earlier onset of puberty (Luke 1997). Consistent with Luke’s findings, one of the earliest fluoridation trials in the U.S. (Schlesinger 1956) reported that on average young girls in the fluoridated community reached menstruation 5 months earlier than girls in the non-fluoridated community.
6. Accumulation of Toxic Fluoride in the Body
Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day (Marier & Rose 1971). Any remaining fluoride accumulates in the body, especially the bones and pineal gland (Luke 1997, 2001). Babies and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and absorb up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones (Ekstrand 1994). The concentration of fluoride in the bones increases over a lifetime (NRC 2006).
7. Fluoride and Thyroid Function
Fluoride negatively impacts thyroid function. It breaks apart enzymes, interfering with our cell’s ability to repair itself (DNA repair). The systems in your body that are the most effected by fluoride’s enzyme interference include: your immune system, your muscles, your connective tissue, your bones, and… your thyroid gland.
Fluoride displaces iodine in your thyroid gland. Without bioavailable iodine, your thyroid becomes underactive. People with underactive thyroid glands tend to gain weight. In 1955, the New England Journal of Medicine reported a 400% increase in the number of thyroid cancer cases in the years after San Francisco’s water began to be fluoridated. (source-Alexander MJ. Occurrence of thyroid cancer in San Francisco. N Engl J Med July 14, 1955)
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease.
In 2010, the second most prescribed drug of the year was Synthroid which is a hormone replacement drug used to treat an under-active thyroid.
8. Fluoride and Arthritis
Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis (Singh 1963; Franke 1975; Teotia 1976; Carnow 1981; Czerwinski 1988; DHHS 1991). According to an article published in Chemical & Engineering News, “Because some of the clinical symptoms mimic arthritis, the first two clinical phases of skeletal fluorosis could be easily misdiagnosed as arthritis” (Hileman 1988). According to the CDC (2002), 1 in 3 Americans have some form of arthritis. It usually takes years of misdiagnoses before doctors finally correctly diagnose the condition as fluorosis.
9. Fluoride Damages Bone
An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-55) revealed a two-fold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community (Schlesinger 1956), and in 2001, Alarcon-Herrera reported a correlation between the severity of dental fluorosis and the frequency of bone fractures in children and adults in a high fluoride area in Mexico. (source) There is also a tie between fluoride in the domestic water and periodontal disease.
10. Fluoride and Hip Fractures in the Elderly
Fluoride (average 26 mg per day) was used in trials to treat patients with osteoporosis in an attempt to harden their bones and reduce fracture rates. This treatment actually led to a higher number of fractures, particularly hip fractures (Inkovaara 1975; Gerster 1983; Dambacher 1986; O’Duffy 1986; Hedlund 1989; Bayley 1990; Gutteridge 1990. 2002; Orcel 1990; Riggs 1990 and Schnitzler 1990). (source)
One Chinese study looked at hip fractures in six Chinese villages, and found an increase in hip fractures as the concentration of fluoride rose from 1 ppm to 8 ppm (Li 2001).
It is illegal to dump fluoride into our lakes and rivers, but somehow it is OK, ‘just fine’ to put in our drinking water and toothpaste!
How To Effectively Filter Your Own Water
- Drink distilled water and add back minerals.
- Safety-tested artesian spring water should be fine. Ask those responsible for testing that spring about the fluoride levels.
- All wells contain naturally occurring levels of fluoride, some low and some quite high.
- We use the Big Berkey Filter in our home and take our own ‘on-the-go’ water. This is the BEST PRICE I know (and I have searched) for the best filtration. It includes the fluoride and regular filters!
Other Things To Avoid Fluoride
- Buy fluoride-free toothpaste
- Inform your dentist you will pass on the fluoride treatments – our family has since 2000
- Avoid processed and packaged food
- Avoid coffee or iced tea at restaurants – make it at home with pure water
- Avoid bottled water (with the exception of European water) as it is usually fluoridated
- Order European mineral water in restaurants
- Drink wine and beer imported from Europe. Most US wine is contaminated
- Don’t use tap water if feeding your baby formula (I don’t recommend using baby formula at all, but if you can’t breastfeed, it’s best to make homemade baby formula.
- Don’t use Teflon (non-stick) cookware
“True healthcare reform starts in your own kitchen, not in Washington.” ~Anonymous
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