We all know most commercial tubes of toothpaste contain fluoride, right? Did you also know that since 1962 PHS (Public Health Service) recommended the addition of Fluoride in your tap water? Their reason is to reduce tooth decay! Is this factual or misleading? Let’s revisit the archives for some answers, shall we?
Fluoride 101: The Facts
Fluoride is very toxic and active biologically. It interferes with many basic biochemical processes like enzymes, proteins, and hydrogen bonds. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that there’s a wide range of health effects that are attributed to fluoride.
The fact remains that fluoride is very active ecologically. It was first championed in the 1950s by biochemists like James Sumner, who won a Nobel Prize for enzyme chemistry.
However, these scientists were wrong to give fluoride “good PR” because of how much it has affected the health of millions of people in China, India, and several regions of Africa. Fluoride has even crippled some individuals, yet such incidents go under the radar.
This is why we must ask ourselves, “Is there an adequate margin of safety between the fluoride doses that cause detrimental health effects?”
But before we get into the health effects, there’s a more pressing concern:
Fluoride in bottled baby milk/water
According to research, babies in the US dependent on bottle-fed milk or water are getting 250 times higher doses of fluoride than those dependent on breast milk. That is extremely disturbing and leads us through the list of health concerns.
Fluoride-Related Health Issues
Let us begin with dental fluorosis. Fluoride causes discoloration and mottling of the tooth enamel. When this practice began in 1945, the promoters of fluoridation thought they could limit dental fluorosis to ten percent of children in its very mild form.
However, effects started showing sooner rather than later. 25% of children aged 12 to 15 across the country developed mild fluorosis. Their teeth cusps had little specs of opaque, white patches. Despite these worrying signs, the promoters tried to hide this data from dentists.
They thought 25% would be an acceptable trade-off for lowering tooth decay.
In 2010, however, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) told us that 41% of children aged 12 to 15 in the US had developed mild dental fluorosis. That’s a staggering 11% increase.
Shockingly, the fluorosis was not only mild. Another 3.6% of the children had moderate and severe fluorosis, which impacts up to 100% of the tooth surface, causing indentations and teeth chipping.
Therefore, that trade-off between reducing tooth decay and producing dental fluorosis but holding it only to ten percent was a failure.
When you see such statistics, it means that most children in the US are highly exposed to fluoride. The question now becomes what other tissues have been affected.
One Chinese study revealed that a 3-milligram exposure to fluoride per day increases hip fractures in the elderly.
Another primary concern is the brain, especially among children. When a baby is conceived, the blood-brain barrier is usually underdeveloped. We think the blood-brain barrier keeps fluoride out of the brain most of the time. But for the first half year of the baby’s life, fluoride can get into the brain, and this is not the time that a baby should be exposed to fluoride at 250 times the level in mother’s milk.
Pineal Gland Calcification
A research study done in the 1990s found high concentrations of fluoride in the pineal glands of study participants. Fluoride from water accumulates in the pineal gland more than in any other part of the body. After accumulation it forms crystals, creating a hard shell called calcification.
By acting as our third eye, the pineal gland is our direct link to the spiritual world. However, a calcification process blocks it and makes it underperform. As a result, we become prone to premature aging, insulin resistance, stroke, cancer, and other ailments. More so, pineal gland calcification leads to a lower IQ, inability to produce melatonin, and spiritual disconnection.
The pineal gland is not the only part of the body that can become calcified. The crystals can also form in the heart valves, breast tissue, and joints. Often, calcification impairs the functioning of the affected organ.
Living in Denial
The fluoridating countries have failed to replicate scientific research on fluoride’s detrimental impacts. It’s not that difficult, and they could have done it quickly. The Department of Health and Human Services has adopted this “sacred policy” of denying and critiquing the methodologies but not attempting to reproduce the studies. They know that you won’t find it if you don’t look.
Hence, they’re using the absence of study to negate the lack of harm, which is absolutely ridiculous and utterly irresponsible. They give the impression that it’s more important to protect this practice than to protect the health of the people. It’s as if teeth have become more critical than other body parts like the brain.
Those concerned would like to get fluoride out of America, which would have national and international significance if they could pull that off. However, it will not happen overnight and may take decades to achieve the goal.
In the meantime, we should insist that the water department warn parents not to use fluoridated tap water to make up baby formula.
Addressing the Issue
We don’t think that fluoridation is necessarily the most critical issue. Other environmental and health problems are more important. But what makes fluoridation a case is a separation between natural science and public health policy. There’s no science without the truth. So, when “self-proclaimed” scientists don’t tell the truth, they are no longer scientists, and their certifications/licenses should be taken away.
Also, when we don’t have natural science supporting public health policy, we are sowing seeds for public distrust of the agencies protecting our health and environment.
Note: People who don’t trust their government will start asking questions.
People need to trust their government health agencies. The longer they persist in this crime of putting thimerosal into babies’ blood streams and forcing fluoridated water upon us, the less trust will be there.
Fluoridation emerged in the 1940s, and at that time, many industries faced lawsuits for fluoride pollution. In fact, in the 1930s, the Department of Agriculture said that fluoride had caused more damage to agriculture than any other pollutant.
Many lawsuits were being faced by the aluminum industry, the steel industry, ceramics, brickworks, the oil industry, and the nuclear industry. To extract uranium, you need a massive quantity of fluoride to make uranium hexafluoride gas. The gas then separates the isotopes into fissionable and non-fissionable uranium.
Monumental buildings were used in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to do that. But in the process of generating this uranium hexafluoride, there was a lot of fluoride pollution in the area. The pollution decimated farmers’ peach orchards in New Jersey and near Delaware’s boundary, triggering legal action.
5 Tips to Reduce Fluoride Exposure
#1: Install Water Filters
To avoid fluoride from tap water, invest in water filters. However, keep in mind that not all water filters remove fluoride. There are three types of filters that can remove about 90% of the fluoride:
- reverse osmosis;
- deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins);
- activated alumina.
#2: Invest in Water Distillation Unit
Another way to avoid fluoride from the tap water is to purchase a distillation unit. The distillation process removes most, if not all, of the fluoride from water.
#3: Avoid Flouride Toothpaste
Stop using fluoride toothpaste. Opt for herbal toothpaste that is free from sodium benzoate, fluoride, and PEG-60 ingredients. There are lots of fluoride-free kinds of toothpaste on the market.
#4: Stop Consuming Processed Food
When water is fluoridated, the beverages and foods that are made with the water are fluoridated too. The more processed a food is, the more fluoride it has. Therefore, it is essential to shift from processed food to fresh and organic. Also, avoid the consumption of processed beverages.
#5: Avoid Cooking Teflon-Coated Pans
Cooking with Teflon-coated pans can significantly increase the fluoride content of food. Switch to stainless steel pans instead.