Fluoridation of our tap water
The only chemical added to tap water for the sole purpose of preventing tooth decay is Fluoride.
That’s great news isn’t it? I mean fluoride prevents dental cavities, right?
FACT: Tooth decay does not increase when fluoridation is stopped.
Take communities in Canada, East Germany, Cuba and Finland where fluoridation has been discontinued yet dental decay has not increased but has generally continued to decrease! (Maupomé 2001; Seppa 2000, Kunzel & Fischer, 1997)
OK...SO WHY do governments add fluoride to water then?
The studies that launched fluoridation have been methodologically flawed. In fact, the trials conducted between 1945 and 1955 in North America that helped to launch fluoridation, have been heavily criticised for their poor choice of control communities and for their poor methodology (De Stefano 1954; Sutton 1959, 1960, 1996; Ziegelbecker 1970).
According to Dr. Hubert Arnold, a statistician from the University of California at Davis, the early fluoridation trials are especially rich in fallacies, improper design, invalid use of statistical methods, omissions of contrary data, and just plain muddleheadedness and hebetude.
Serious questions have also been raised about Trendley Dean’s (the father of fluoridation) famous 21-city study from 1942 (Ziegelbecker 1981).
STOP, THINK ABOUT IT! Let’s use logic here:
Adding fluoride to water is a form of mass medical treatment – fair to say?
Well surely this is unethical. I mean the standard practice is for all doctors to offer medication with informed consent... Not surprisingly this is one of the main reasons why many countries have ruled against fluoridation.
Fact: Water fluoridation allows governments to mass medicate our communities without your consent.
More alarming is the fact the dosage cannot be controlled. It is logical to say that once fluoride is put in our water it is absolutely impossible to control the dose each individual receives as people drink different amounts of water. This is critical as doctors need to control the dose of medication a patient receives yet fluoride goes to everyone regardless of age, health or vulnerability.
Fact: According to Dr. Arvid Carlsson, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology and one of the scientists who helped keep fluoridation out of Sweden stated “Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy, which is progressing from a stereotyped medication — of the type 1 tablet 3 times a day — to a much more individualized therapy as regards both dosage and selection of drugs.
Scary Fact: Remarkably there is no health agency in fluoridated countries currently monitoring fluoride exposure or its effects.
Fact: Our Children are being over-exposed to fluoride!!!
A bottle fed baby can receive as much as 300 times more fluoride than one that is breast fed. As such, there are no benefits what so ever only risks for infants ingesting this heightened level of fluoride at such an early age.
We know healthy adult kidneys excretes 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day however the remainder accumulates in the body, largely in calcifying tissues such as the bones and the pineal gland. Infants and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and take up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones with fluoride concentration in bones steadily increasing over a lifetime.
Swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, with there no justification for forcing people (against their will) to ingest fluoride through the water supply. Furthermore a NIH-funded study on individual fluoride ingestion and tooth decay found no significant correlation.
The UK Government's York Review estimated that up to 48% of children in fluoridated areas worldwide have dental fluorosis in all forms, with 12.5% having fluorosis of aesthetic concern (McDonagh, 2000).
It doesn't just stop there either!!!
Dental fluorosis may be an indicator of wider systemic damage with fluoride impacting on other developing tissues. We see that in areas of naturally high levels of fluoride the first indicator of harm is dental fluorosis in children. In the same communities many older people develop skeletal fluorosis.
Is there any more risks? Damn right there is!
According to the National Research Council (2006), “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.” Fluoride has been listed among 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” an increased uptake of aluminum in the brain, and the formation of beta-amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Fluoride affects the pineal gland
Shown in animal studies that fluoride reduces melatonin production and leads to an earlier onset of puberty with trials in the U.S. reporting that on average young girls in the fluoridated community reached menstruation five months earlier than girls in the non-fluoridated community.
Studies from China, Iran, India and Mexico that have reported an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. Reduced IQ is not the only neurotoxic effect that may result from fluoride exposure. At least three human studies have reported an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization.
Fluoride affects thyroid function
Research found a lowering of thyroid function, among otherwise healthy people, at 2.3 ppm fluoride in water. This is a remarkable fact, particularly considering the rampant and increasing problem of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) in UK and other fluoridated countries. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Fluoride causes arthritic symptoms
Some of the early symptoms of skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease that impacts millions of people), mimic the symptoms of arthritis. Few, if any, studies have been done to determine whether the high prevalence of arthritis in America (1 in 3 Americans have some form of arthritis) and other fluoridated countries is related to growing fluoride exposure, which is highly plausible. Even when individuals in the U.S. suffer advanced forms of skeletal fluorosis (from drinking large amounts of tea), it has taken years of misdiagnoses before doctors finally correctly diagnosed the condition as fluorosis.
Fluoride damages bone
In 2001, Alarcon-Herrera and co-workers reported a linear correlation between the severity of dental fluorosis and the frequency of bone fractures in both children and adults in a high fluoride area in Mexico.
Fluoride may increase hip fractures in the elderly
When high doses of fluoride (average 26 mg per day) were used in trials to treat patients with osteoporosis in an effort to harden their bones and reduce fracture rates, it actually led to a higher number of fractures, particularly hip fractures (Inkovaara 1975; Gerster 1983; Dambacher 1986; O’Duffy 1986; Hedlund 1989; Bayley 1990; Gutteridge 1990. 2002; Orcel 1990; Riggs 1990 and Schnitzler 1990).
Hip fracture is a very serious issue for the elderly, often leading to a loss of independence or a shortened life.