Water Fluoridation Uncovered
Water fluoridation is a hot topic that is receiving many column inches across the world, and for good reason. It is added in varying amounts to the water supplies of a number of countries. The main 8 in the World are America, Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore, who each fluoridate more than 50% of their public water supply. Most European countries do not fluoridate their water.
The Good Human has previously shared a Q&A post on this topic, which you can read here.
The reason that governments cite for adding this known toxin to the water is for the benefit it provides to our teeth, by reducing dental cavities. However, it has been suggested that adding fluoride to our drinking water is not only ineffective in reducing cavities, but it could be having enormous negative impacts on our health.
What exactly is fluoride?
Worryingly, the majority of fluoride that is added to public water supplies is not derived from the natural fluorides that are found in our environment. It is usually toxic waste from industrial processes, including the manufacture of aluminium and hazardous hydrofluorosilicic acid from the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is contaminated with lead and arsenic.
This waste would be extremely costly to dispose of effectively and responsibly, therefore creating a legitimate case for dumping it into the water supply has saved the governments a fortune.
Dr Paul Cornett, a chemist specialising in the environmental chemistry is quoted as saying:
“So not only are we (America) doing something quite unique, using the public water supply to deliver medicine … we’re using the public water supply to get rid of hazardous waste from the phosphate industry”.
It is interesting to note that China, one country that does not allow allow water fluoridation because of its toxicity, actually ships the waste product from their phosphate fertilizer industry to the United States, where it is added to their water supply!
Does fluoride benefit our teeth?
Fluoride has been found to benefit teeth when used topically, on the outside of the tooth. It can reduce the incidence of tooth decay, but not when ingested. There is no obvious reason behind the choice to put it into the water supply forcing us to swallow it. It is very difficult to control the dosage to individuals once the water has been contaminated. Considering the fact that there are strict guidelines around the allowed level of concentration (namely 4 parts per million), it is concerning that we are not told to limit how much water we drink.
Studies have shown that there is virtually no difference in oral health between those people living in fluoridated countries, compared with those who do not. This suggests that fluoride is ineffective at reducing the number of cavities. The FDA have repeatedly stated that sodium fluoride is not an essential nutrient. You can read this for yourself here.
What are the risks associated with ingesting fluoride?
So we have found that fluoride is largely ineffective at fighting dental cavities. Unfortunately for us, that is not where the problem lies. The issue causing most worry is what impacts it is having on our bodies.
The study linked here appears to have found a link between long term exposure to fluoride and heart disease.
Fluoride is said to have a negative effect on the bone building process. Fluoride builds up over time inside the bones, and causes arthritis and brittle bones, more prone to fracture. This is especially true in young children at critical points in their bone and tooth development.
32% of American children are seen to have been overexposed to fluoride as they show the tell-tale sign of mottled teeth. While it is argued that this is simply cosmetic, it is a clear indicator of what is happening unseen within their bones.
A review of brain studies has found that one of the negative affects of fluoride exposure on children is damage to their neurological development. The study conducted by Harvard stated that children who lived in high-fluoride areas had “significantly lower IQ than those in low fluoride areas. The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.”
Fluoride has also been connected to reduced thyroid function, especially in women. This results in many symptoms, including a lower body temperature, dry skin and a tendency to suffer with constipation.
Fluoride and baby formula
It is particularly important to take heed of this information when using tap water to make baby formula.
How can we avoid ingesting fluoride?
It is very simple for the government to stop adding fluoride to our water supplies, as simple as turning off a tap. Once it is in the water it is not easy to remove, in fact the majority of filtration systems will not remove it.
Next week we will be sharing a post detailing the best ways to avoid fluoride and how steps you can take to detox it from your system. Until then, we welcome any thoughts or feedback arising from this information.
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