Fluoride dangers have been overlooked or ignored for too long, but scientific studies are now raising concerns about the safety, wisdom and need for water fluoridation today.
You will probably be surprised to learn that:
- Water fluoridation does not have FDA approval
- No one knows how much fluoride is “too much”
- Fluoride is considered an unapproved drug by the FDA
These facts are not just vague rumors; they are quoted by many medical authorities and research scientists who are concerned about the dangers of fluoride.
Most of the research into fluoride was done over 50 years ago, at a time when even tobacco smoking was considered safe. At this time, dentists were led to believe that fluoride had to be ingested to provide effective protection against dental cavities. This has now been renounced by the Centers for Disease Control, which states that fluoride is most effective when applied as a coating to the outside of the teeth.
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Although 97% of European countries no longer participate in the fluoridation of the drinking water supply, the U.S. continues this archaic practice, ignoring the studies published by JDB Featherstone in the Journal of the American Dental Association that warn of potential fluoride dangers.
These health dangers include:
Animal studies found that fluoride may damage the brain causing dementia-like symptoms, according to the National Research Council (NRC). Human studies also found evidence of lower IQ levels in children with nutritional deficiencies who drank fluoridated water.
Fluoride dangers may also extend to bones, according to the NRC, as fluoride appears to increase the risk of fracture in weakened bones.
Bone Cancer and Fluoridation
Studies led by a team of Harvard scientists found a correlation between osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer) and fluoride in males under the age of 20. The connection has been admitted as biologically plausible by the National Toxicology Program, yet still nothing has been done to halt fluoridation.
The NRC believes that fluoride dangers include it being an endocrine disruptor, reducing the function of the thyroid on those with low iodine levels. Even at the low daily doses (0.01-0.03 mg/kg) provided through drinking fluoridated water, weight gain, depression and poor mental acuity may be experienced if the thyroid function is impaired.
Kidney Disease and Fluoridation
Sufferers of kidney disease are more susceptible to the dangers of fluoridation as they are unable to excrete excess fluoride, causing renal osteodystrophy.
Until the FDA takes decisive action against the dangers of fluoridation, which was grandfathered in before the FDA required stringent drug testing, it is advisable to avoid toothpaste and mouthwashes that increase fluoride dangers and opt for a topical fluoride treatment to protect your teeth from cavities and decay.