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!
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