Fluoridation / Fluoride
Toxic Chemicals In Your Water
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Fluoride compounds which are put in water (fluoridation),
toothpaste and supplement tablets (including some vitamins)
were never tested for safety before approval. Recent independent
research by scientists not associated with dental trade organizations
has shown the following:
- Neurotoxic and Lowers IQ
In 1995, neurotoxicologist and former Director of toxicology at Forsyth
Dental Center in Boston, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix published
showing that fluoride built up in the brains of animals when
exposed to moderate levels. Damage to the brain occured and the behavior
patterns of the animals was adversely effected. Offspring of pregnant
animals receiving relatively low doses of fluoride showed permanent
effects to the brain which were seen as hyperactivity (ADD-like symptoms).
Young animals and adult animals given fluoride experienced the opposite
effect -- hypoactivity or sluggishness. The toxic effects of fluoride
on the central nervous system was subsequently confirmed by
previously-classified government research. Two
which tend to confirm fluoride's neurotoxic effects on the brain
have shown that children exposed to higher levels of fluoride had
study published in Brain Research shows that rats drinking only 1 part per
million fluoride (NaF) in water had histologic lesions in their brain similar
to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In addition, evidence was seen pointing
to possible damage to the blood brain barrier from extended fluoride exposure.
This study was the third in a series of papers published by Varner et al.
Brain Research Vol. 784 No. 12 p 284-298 (1998). Results of this recent
study and other studies showing significant dangers from low-level
fluoride exposure were presented at a recent
- Causes Cancer
The Department of Health in New Jersey
found that bone cancer
in male children was between two and seven times greater in
areas where water was fluoridated. U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) researchers confirmed the bone cancer-causing effects
of fluoride at low levels in an animal model. A
has shown that fluoridation of water is linked to uterine cancer deaths.
- Changes Bone Structure and Strength
Fluoride gradually builds up in the bones and causes adverse changes
to the bone structure.
Quite a few studies have shown that fluoridation
leads to increases in hip fractures. The tensile strength of the
hip is destroyed over time by fluoride ingestion.
- Causes Birth Defects and Perinatal Deaths
A toxicologist in the United Kingdom recently
deaths in a fluoridated area was 15% higher than in neighboring
non-fluoridated areas. The fluoridated area had a higher
socio-economic status and would have been expected to have less
perinatal deaths. The fluoridated area also had a 30% higher rate
of Down's Syndrome. Chile banned fluoridation because of research
by the world-reknowned researcher, Dr Albert Schatz, which showed a
link to infant deaths due to fluoridation.
- Proven Ineffective
Fluoride compounds in water and in supplements do not provide any significant
All of the recent large-scale studies of
water fluoridation have shown that there are no positive effects. That is why
countries without fluoridation have shown an equal improvement in dental
health as those with fluoridation. (See
Research Item #5.) There is
that excessive fluoride exposure leads to increased levels of caries. Even
scientists admit that there is not any properly-conducted research
showing that fluoride supplements help prevent cavities. (Note: check
vitamins carefully to be sure they do not include fluoride.)
- Impairs Immune System
Independent research has shown that fluoride impairs the functioning
of the immune system. In the United States, where toxic fluoride compounds
are regularly added to water and given to children since the 1960s and
1970s, we are beginning to see an overwhelming number of people of that
generation who are developing chronic immune system disorders.
- Causes Acute Adverse Reactions
studies have shown that fluoridated water can
often cause acute adverse reactions (in addition to the chronic
poisoning effects discussed below). Some of the effects seen in
double-blind studies include: gastrointestinal symptoms, stomatitis,
joint pains, polydipsia, headaches, visual disturbances, muscular weakness,
and extreme tiredness. An enlightening review of a book by one famous
and well-respected researcher from The Netherlands who found adverse
reactions in double-blind experiments can be read
- Causes Initial Stages of Skeletal Fluorosis
Fluoride can cause severe skeletal fluorosis at high levels.
Chronic, long-term exposure to levels of fluoride commonly
found in water and food in the U.S. can cause the beginning stages
of skeletal fluorosis including: pains in bones and joints,
sensations of burning, pricking, and tingling in the limbs, muscle
weakness, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, reduced
appetite, backache, osteoarthritis, etc. In fact, decades of ingestion
of fluoride from water and other common sources can be
to cause these symptoms in large numbers of people based
on calculations of fluoride intake and excretion. (Keep in mind that
fluoride is a cumulative poison since it builds up in the body of years.)
Very few healthcare practitioners are capable of diagnosing such a condition
because healthcare practitioners are not trained to test for or recognize
the effects chronic poisoning from fluoride.
- Increases Lead and Arsenic Exposure
Fluoride compounds put into water are often contaminated with
lead, arsenic and radio nuclides since the fluoride compounds are
toxic waste byproducts which largely come from pollution scrubbers of
fertilizer plants. A
study published in 2000 showed that the dumping of toxic silicofluoride
compounds into water ("fluoridation") causes an increase in blood
lead levels in children.
- Fluoride Causes Osteoarthritis
study published in Rhuematology International in 2001,
researchers found a link between fluoride exposure and the
development of osteoarthritis. The level of exposure that
caused osteoarthritis is common in the United States.
- Contributes to the Development of Repetitive Stress Injury
clinical study in New Zealand showed that fluoride ingestion
may be a contributing factor in the development of Repetative
Stress Injury (RSI) since such ingestion may encourage the development
of apatite crystal formation. Elimination of fluoride plus
regular supplementation of magnesium appeared to help RSI patients
- Causes Permanent Disfigurement of the Teeth in Many Children
A very large and increasing number of children are experiencing
dental fluorosis which is a permanent adverse structural change to the
- Inhibits Key Enzymes
As fluoride builds up in different parts of the body over decades it
can disrupt the actions of many key enzymes. This fact has been
a long time.
- Supresses Thyroid Function
Fluoride was given at low levels during the early to mid 20th century
as an effective way of supressing thyroid function and treating
hyperthyroidism. Articles and research can be found on the
Thyroid web page.
- Causes Large Numbers of Acute Poisonings
Fluoride is an extremely poisonous substances at exceptionally low
doses and has caused a
large number of acute poisonings. This
is why a poison warning is now required on fluoridated toothpastes
sold in the U.S.
- Independent Experts Oppose Dumping Fluoride Into Water
Over 1500 professionals at the US EPA, including toxicologists and
risk assessment experts voted unanimously to
oppose the fluoridation initiative in California because of the
health risks involved. See
summary or official EPA union
statement. Even the Candian Dental Association Consultant and Researcher
urged people to
avoid drinking fluoridated water.
Fluoridation amounts to forced medication of the water supply. Such
practices demonstrate a complete lack of ethics on the part of its
promoters. Studies as early the 1930s showed extreme hazards to man
and the environment due to fluoride dumping and exposure. Companies
and organizations involved used the promotion of "fluoridation" as
a way to avoid lawsuits due to dumping toxic wastes and later for
economic gain. Please read the short
history of fluoridation for more detailed information.
- Banned in Many Countries
Fluoridation is not legal or not used in the overwhelming number of
countries including industrialized countries. Please see
Fluoride Status of Countries
holistic healthcare experts and a
growing number of dentists who avoid the use of toxic substances are
warning their patients to avoid fluoridated water and fluoridated
toothpaste and to definately not give children any fluoride since they
appear to be more susceptible to the neurological toxicity from fluoride.
If your water department adds toxic fluoride compounds to the water, the
best course of action is usually to drink and cook with bottled "spring"
water. Carbon filters do not remove fluoride compounds to any significant
extent. Avoid putting fluoridated water in humidifiers. Many
non-organic juices have large amounts of fluoride from pesticide
residues. It is best to juice your own vegetables and fruits from organic
produce or go to a health food store to purchase organic juices.
Avoid toothpastes that have fluoride even if the manufacturers claim
that the fluoride came from "natural" sources. Even though topical
fluoride treatment may have an effect to help remineralize cavities
at the early stages, the combination of a healthy diet, proper dental
hygiene and saliva can have a similar effect. It is impossible to avoid
swallowing some fluoride from fluoridated toothpaste. I have tried various
toothpastes and current use the natural Weleda toothpaste with baking soda.
I like that fact that it does not contain fluoride or the detergent,
sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
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