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 & an IQ Drop in Children
Fertility: The use of topical fluoride gels produced blood fluoride concentrations in boys and men that far exceeded 0.38 ppm. In tests on both children and adults, the use of topical fluoride gels at the dental office has been found to produce blood fluoride concentrations as high as 1.2 ppm, or four times higher than the concentration found to damage sperm. (Ekstrand 1980, 1981). 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) Fluoride exposure – particularly from topical fluoride gels – must be considered as one of the potential contributing factors. (source)
IQ: A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.
These Countries Have Banned Fluoride:
- 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
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.
Researchers at Harvard University performed a meta-analysis of 27 different epidemiological studies on fluoride levels in water and neurobehavioral development.
Fluoride is a poison, and though the amount of fluoride in toothpaste is pretty small, we’re putting into our mouth twice a day, 365 days a year.
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.
Summary On Effectively Filtering Your Own Water From Sodium Fluoride
If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride in one of several ways:
- Drink distilled water and add back minerals.
- Safety-tested artesian spring water should be fine, but ask those responsible for testing that spring about the fluoride levels.
- All wells contain naturally occurring fluoride 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. The Berkey removes 99.9% without fluoride filters!
- Other Water Filters: 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.
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