While ingested fluoride was thought to reduce cavities when fluoridation began in the 1940’s, modern science shows that ingested fluoride brings no benefits and delivers significant risks.
Hard to believe but the FDA has never safety-tested fluoride for ingestion. Fluoride was grandfathered in before the 1938 law requiring drug-safety testing. Pre-1938, sodium fluoride was sold solely as a rat poison. The FDA regulates fluoridated toothpaste as a drug. Look at the warning on the back of the tube. (source)
Fluoridation is not about children’s teeth, it is about industry getting rid of its hazardous waste at a profit, instead of having to pay a fortune to dispose of it.
“Only calcium fluoride occurs naturally in water; however, that type of fluoride has never been used for fluoridation. Instead what is used over 90 percent of the time are silicofluorides, which are 85 times more toxic than calcium fluoride. They are non-biodegradable, hazardous waste products that come straight from the pollution scrubbers of big industries. If not dumped in the public water supplies, these silicofluorides would have to be neutralized at the highest rated hazardous waste facility at a cost of $1.40 per gallon (or more depending on how much cadmium, lead, uranium and arsenic are also present). Cities buy these unrefined pollutants and dump them–lead, arsenic and all–into our water systems. Silicofluorides are almost as toxic as arsenic, and more toxic than lead.” (George Glasser, Journalist, St. Petersburg, FL, “Fluoridation: A Mandate to Dump Toxic Waste in the Name of Public Health,” July 22, 1991.)
Fluoride Affects Male Fertility
Male infertility is responsible for about 50% of the fertility problems that couples face. Infertility in males is often the result of reduced sperm court, abnormal sperm quality (reduced motility and altered morphology), or altered levels of sex hormones (reduced testosterone). A review of over 100 studies of sperm density from 1938 to 1996 found that human sperm count has significantly declined in North America and Europe since the 1940s. (Swan 2000) While the causes of this decline are not entirely known, fluoride exposure – particularly from topical fluoride gels – must be considered as one of the potential contributing factors. (source)
These Countries DON’T Fluoridate:
- Czech Republic
- Northern Ireland
- Only about 10% of England’s and Spain’s population has fluoridated tap water as well as some parts of Ireland.
1) Don’t Take Cipro or any of the Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated, which means they contain something called a “carbon-fluorine bond.” Some fluorinated drugs have been found to metabolize into fluoride within the body and this greatly increases a person’s exposure. The most notable example is Cipro. Even one course of Cipro is devastating to ligaments and tendons!!
2) DON’T Get Sodium Fluoride Gel Treatments at the Dentist
Although dental researchers have stated on numerous occasions that fluoride gel treatment should ONLY be used for patients at highest risk of cavities, many dentists continue to apply fluoride gels irrespective of the patient’s cavity risk. The fluoride gel procedure requires the patient to clamp down on a tray for 4 minutes and uses an extremely concentrated, acidic fluoride gel (12,300 ppm). Because of the fluoride gel’s high acidity, the saliva glands produce a large amount of saliva during the treatment, which makes it extremely difficult (both for children and adults) to avoid swallowing the gel.
Even when dentists use precautionary measures such as suction devices, children and adults still ingest significant quantities of the paste, which can cause incredibly high spikes of fluoride in the blood (for up to 15 hours). These fluoride levels place patients, particularly children, at risk for stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and places a person at risk for short-term kidney damage, harm to the reproductive system, and impairment to glucose metabolism. The next time your dentist asks you whether you want a fluoride gel treatment, just say NO.
3) Don’t Let Your Child Swallow Sodium Fluoride Toothpaste
If you have a young child, therefore, we recommend that you use a non-fluoride toothpaste. If, however, you do use fluoride toothpaste, it’s very important that you supervise your children while they brush to make sure they use no more than a “pea-sized amount” of paste, and that they fully rinse and spit after they finish. And, lastly, do not purchase candy flavored toothpaste (e.g., bubble-gum and watermelon) as these toothpastes (which still contain adult-strength concentrations of fluoride) increase the risk that your children will swallow it (and actually want to swallow it).
4) Buy Organic Grape Juice and Wine? Why…
In the United States, many vineyards use a sodium fluoride pesticide called cryolite. As a result, the levels of fluoride in U.S. grape juice and wine are consistently elevated. If you don’t want to spend the extra money on organic, consider purchasing a European brand, as Europe uses far less cryolite than the U.S. If you buy grape juice and wine, or if you are a heavy consumer of raisins, buy organic.
5) Stop Drinking Fluoridated Water
Tap water consumption is, on average, the largest daily source of fluoride exposure for people who live in areas that add fluoride to the water. Avoiding consumption of fluoridated water is especially critical for infants. Bottled water often contains fluoride. Here is a list of bottled waters that DO NOT contain fluoride. If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride in one of three ways:
- Water Filters: One way of avoiding the sodium fluoride from tap water is to purchase a water filter. Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride unless they offer a fluoride filter. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. By contrast, “activated carbon” filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride. For more information on water filters, click here.
- Spring Water: Another way is to purchase spring water. Most brands of spring water contain very low levels of sodium fluoride. Some brands, however, do contain high levels (e.g., Trinity Springs). Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm. You can find out the level of fluoride level in some of the popular brands here.
- Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for a distillation units varies widely depending on the size.
Summary On Effectively Filtering 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, 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 removes 99.9% without fluoride filters!
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