Since the 1950s, fluoride has been artificially added to 70% of public water supplies in the USA and Australia...but is it still necessary?
Fluoride is added to public drinking water as a form of medicine. It’s derived from the element fluorine, and it’s intended to prevent tooth decay.
Most often, the fluoride that’s added to water is not from a natural source - it’s synthesized in a lab. But fluoride is not an essential nutrient. No disease -- even tooth decay -- is caused by lack of fluoride. The rate of tooth decay has been steadily decreasing since even before fluoride was introduced.
While the addition of fluoride to drinking water is endorsed by the World Health Organization, it’s increasingly becoming recognized by many as an unwelcome toxin in our bodies.
In fact, fluoride is illegal and completely banned in the following countries:
There are also a few countries (India, China, parts of Africa) with water sources that contain a high concentration of natural fluoride - and measures are being taken to lower or remove it due to the many health concerns that can arise. These high levels of fluoride can cause diseases including enamel fluorosis and bone fractures (click here to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recap of the NRC’s 2006 study).
In Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards (2006), the National Academy of Sciences describes fluoride as an ‘endocrine disruptor,’ affecting the bones, brain, thyroid gland, and blood sugar levels, and says it could be contributing to chronic health disorders.
Fluoride is regarded as a “bad medical practice.” Here’s the Harvard study that demonstrates how fluoride reduces the IQ of children: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491930/)
And here are 49 other studies that show the link between fluoride consumption and lowered IQ in children: http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/brain01/.
The best ways to reduce fluoride exposure
So if fluoride has been shown to have several health concerns and not have an effect on tooth decay, is it still necessary to add it to public drinking water without public consent public?
Here are some of the best ways to reduce fluoride exposure:
Switch to filtered water
Begin using non-fluoride toothpaste (Tom's, Grant's, or similar brand)
Avoid processed food
Be aware of fluoridated pharmaceuticals
Mind your tea consumption
See more at FluorideAlert.org
Fluoride doesn’t stop at drinking the water. Though generally very at very low levels, other sources include food, beverages, and baby food processed with fluoridated water.
Over to you:
Are you taking any measures to prevent or limit your consumption or fluoride?
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