I was asked last week to join a family member in attending a town hall meeting to decide whether or not to keep fluoride in the water supply. I did some research before I went and I am astounded by the overwhelming evidence against fluoride, all backed up by good science and extensive studies. Here is what I found;
To begin with, mass fluoridation is mass medication. In our present legal structure, only a medical doctor has the legal authority to medicate and only when it is determine necessary. Not so with fluoride which is used as a mass medication without determination of need. Also, with a doctors prescription, the dose and concentration are specific, as they should be. Not with fluoride! The dose is completely unregulated. The more fluoridated water you ingest, the higher the dose and the subsequent higher concentration in the body. And this fluoridated water is not only ingested orally, it is also easily absorbed through the skin when bathing, in swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, etc. (which of course has nothing to do with any so called beneficial effects to the teeth). Healthy adults excrete about 50-60% of ingested fluoride daily. The remainder accumulates in the body, mainly in the bones and the pineal gland. Children and infants retain about 80% of ingested fluoride which accumulates over a lifetime.
So where does fluoride come from? Well, that's a story in itself. Fluoride is the toxic bi-product of the phosphate fertilizer and the Aluminum industries! No, it is not pharmaceutical grade. It is the product from wet scrubbers and considered a hazardous waste contaminated with impurities such as arsenic. In fact, these industries use to spew this waste into the environment until there was such an outcry because of the devastation that was occurring to the immediate ecosystem. By force of law, these industries were made to install wet scrubbers to contain the toxins. These wet scrubbers are the source of our fluoride. Nice eh? You can't make this stuff up!
So what effect does fluoride have on the body?
Over 24 studies have unanimously concluded that fluoride negatively affects IQ by a significant amount. Over 100 animal studies have linked fluoride to an increase in male infertility, diabetes and many other health related problems. In the Environmental Health Perspective, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, it was determined that 28% of the children living in areas without fluoride achieved the highest test scores, while only 8% of those children living in fluoridated communities achieved these same score levels.
The peer-reviewed medical journal, Brain Research, has revealed that aluminum-induced neural degeneration in rats is greatly enhanced when the animals were fed low doses of fluoride. The aluminum level in the brains of the fluoride-treated group was found to be double that of the control group. Fluoride facilitates the passage of aluminum across the blood-brain barrier. This aluminum is deposited in the brain and is associated with the plaque on the brain that is associated with Alzeimers. It is interesting that the explosion in the rate of Alzeimers correlates with the introduction and accumulation of fluoride from fluoridated water supplies.
Published in the journal, Nuclear Medicine Communications, highlights the fact that mass fluoride exposure may be to blame for the cardiovascular disease epidemic that takes more lives each year than cancer. In 2008, cardiovascular disease killed about 17 million people.
Fluoride has been found to be mutagenic, causing chromosome damage and interfering with enzymes involved with DNA repair in cells. It has also been related to bones becoming brittle with accumulation. Researchers at University of Toronto have found that the strength of bones declines with increased fluoride content.
People with kidney disease are prone to accumulating high levels of fluoride in their bones and blood, resulting in an elevated risk of developing skeletal fluorosis.
Fluoride has been banned in most of Europe and subsequent studies have found that in the absence of fluoride in the water supply, tooth decay did not increase and in fact, in many studies, tooth decay and cavities decreased. Cavity rates decreased 6 years after fluoridation was stopped in Kupio, Finland. Seven years after fluoridation ended in LaSalud, Cuba, cavity-free children increased dramatically. Following cessation of water fluoridation in East Germany, a significant fall in tooth decay was observed. In British Columbia, the prevalence of tooth decay decreased over time in the communities that ended fluoridation, while remained unchanged in the fluoridated communities.
Black and Hispanic children are more vulnerable to fluoride' toxicity. According to the CDC's national survey of dental fluorosis, Black and Mexican-American children have significantly higher rates of dental fluorosis caused by water fluoridation than white children. This has caused the Rev. Andrew Young, a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., and former mayor of Atlanta and former US Ambassador to the United Nations to state; "I am most deeply concerned for the poor families who have babies: if they cannot afford unfluoridated water for their babies' milk formula. Do their babies not count? Of course they do. This is an issue of fairness, civil rights and compassion.......I formerly was a strong believer in the benefits of water fluoridation for preventing cavities. But many things that we began to do 50 or more years ago we now no longer do, because we have learned further information that changes our practices and policies. So it is with fluoridation."
So why is fluoridation pushed on us by our so called experts? Now that's a hell of a question, isn't it! Vitamin D has been found to be significantly more effective in cavity prevention than fluoride without the extreme side effects.