Fluoridation Is It Safe?
Continued From Part One:
In Part one, “Fluoride in Our Drinking Water” we discussed the mechanisms for benefits in preventing dental carries as claimed by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and asked the question, “Is it safe?” We asked other questions and decided that “it may be worth looking into.”
In this article we draw heavily from one source, so it should not be considered exhaustive research and my hope is that it will lead the reader into a discovery process of their own.
Dr. Paul Connett, on his website writes:
“In Europe, only Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%) fluoridate any of their water. Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of the western European population, do not consume fluoridated water.
“In the U.S., about 70% of public water supplies are fluoridated. This equates to approximately 185 million people, which is over half the number of people drinking artificially fluoridated water worldwide. Some countries have areas with high natural fluoride levels in the water. These include India, China and parts of Africa. In these countries measures are being taken to remove the fluoride because of the health problems that fluoride can cause.”
Dr. Connett gives 50 good reasons why we should not fluoridate our water. One is advised to take a look at these for the health and safety of yourself and your family. Yet, number one alone gives me reason to take exception to this practice: Fluoridating water is a form of medical treatment! It is the only chemical added to water for the sole purpose of preventing tooth decay. The FDA classifies fluoride as a drug. It does not improve water quality.
Did anyone ask you for your consent before putting this drug in your drinking water? No single doctor is allowed to give medical treatment without the patient’s consent. Yet, the government can do this to entire communities in the U.S.
The amount (the ‘dose’) that each individual takes is not controlled. Anyone can drink as much or as little water as they choose. The drug is administered to everyone; persons of any age, and regardless of their state of health.
Fluoride comes from many other sources as well; food and beverages which are processed with fluoridated water and food contaminated from pesticides, for example.
According to the Institute of Medicine neither tooth decay or any other disease is caused by a deficiency of fluoride. Your body does not need this chemical for any of its processes. However, fluoride does interfere with enzymes and in combination with aluminum, it interferes with G-proteins, growth factors, hormones and neurotransmitters.
Bottle fed babies get 300 times more fluoride than breast fed babies with no benefit.
Healthy adult’s kidneys can only excrete 40-60 percent of the fluoride daily with the rest accumulating in the pineal gland and also calcifying tissues and bones. It’s much worse for infants and small children whose bones absorb up to 80 percent of the fluoride. one steadily increases over a lifetime (NRC 2006).
In countries that do fluoridate, no agency monitors blood, urine, bone or hair of the general population or persons with kidney disease. There never has been a randomized controlled trial of fluoride’s safety or effectiveness, which is why the U.S FDA classifies it as an “unapproved new drug.”
Some other points from the article:
- Benefit is topical not systemic (this means it only works when placed directly on the teeth and not when swallowed)
- According to the World Health Organization, Western industrialized nations that do not fluoridate have experienced the same levels of decline in tooth decay boasted by those that do.
- The claimed decline is in doubt.
- At least one study (NIH funded) found no correlation between fluoride and tooth decay.
- There is a high incidence of tooth decay in poor communities that fluoridate.
- Tooth decay does not increase when communities discontinue its use.
- Tooth decay was on the decline before fluoridation.
- Original studies behind fluoridation were flawed.
- Children are over-exposed.
- There is evidence of harm to tissues; dental fluorosis, brain neurotoxicity, changes in the kidneys, and an associated formation beta-amyloids (which are responsible for Althzheimer’s disease)
- Fluoride may lower IQ, impair visual-spatial organization, affect the pineal gland thyroid function and cause arthritic symptoms. Fluoride damages bones and may increase hip fractures in elderly persons or persons with kidney disease. This dangerous chemical may cause bone cancer, and reproductive problems.
- Fluoride toxicity may cause symptoms such as, fatigue, headaches, rashes and stomach and intestinal tract problems.
Other issues are: no margin of error, fluorides used are not pharmaceutical grade and have not been tested comprehensively, may increase lead uptake in children, key health studies have not been done although fluoridation is heavily promoted, endorsements are not scientific, review panels are hand-picked for positive review, and more independent scientists oppose the use of fluoride.
For more details and sources: “50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation” By Paul Connett, PhD (updated in September 2012)