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Pure and Simple Fluoride Should be a Choice

Updated on March 22, 2016

In the author's opinion, all supplements should be a choice. In foods, we want to know the ingredients and what has been added or fortified as the marketers often promote. Supplements are needed for certain age groups and body types. What is needed for children may not be needed for adults. Therefore, pure and simple - fluoride should be a choice here in the United States of America.

Community water fluoridation has been controversial since its implementation in 1945 (source: Centers for Disease Control). The arguments have been strong for this so called "miracle drug" and all the many benefits it can offer.

And while the CDC, the AMA and the ADA continue to support community-wide fluoridation, the controversy around the globe continues. The risks of over fluoridation is a known concern and the United States has not yet re-considered its automated addition of a chemical to our water supply.

Even the ADA has amended their statement and have detailed that infants should not have fluoride. Children should still be prescribed the correct dosage of fluoride but the dosage for infants has been updated. Does this mean we need further research for the determination of the correct dosage of fluoride for the elderly?

Are we harming our elderly with too much fluoride? Are we harming our elderly by lack of research in this area? How can we progress as a society if we don't take care of our elderly?

What Can Fluorosis Do To Your Teeth?

Teeth Showing Examples of Fluorosis
Teeth Showing Examples of Fluorosis | Source

Fluorosis - Severe Cases Reports These Symptoms - from

Here are the symptoms that children.webmd.com reports for fluorosis:

  • Stains ranging from yellow to dark brown
  • Surface irregularities
  • Pits that are highly noticeable

Here in the United States, since 2006, there has been a movement of "green". This green movement for eco-friendly combined with frugality is a wonderful social movement. This movement has mandated many Americans to reevaluate their purchases. On a similar note, I believe Americans would want to reevaluate their governments position statements on the use of fluoride within the community water supply.

Stacey Gold courtesy of allposters.com
Stacey Gold courtesy of allposters.com

Need for Research - Elderly and Fluoride

Even the ADA has amended their statement and have detailed that infants should not have fluoride. Yet nothing addresses the needs of our elderly. Are we over medicating our elderly with un-needed fluoride?

Infants Are At Risk - Start the Conversation with your Family Physician

The government of the state of Vermont issued a clear explanation of fluoride use for children. To quote this heath department:

"The Vermont Department of Health recommends mixing powdered or concentrated baby formula with water that is fluoride-free, or contains very low levels of fluoride, for feeding infants under 12 months of age. Recent studies have discovered the possibility that infants in this age group may be consuming more fluoride than necessary."

And the State of Vermont website continues with specific recommendations:

"What is the recommended amount of fluoride for children under 12 months of age?

Infants from 0-6 months should not receive any fluoride. Infants from 6-12 months could receive a small amount (0.25 mg/l)."

Important Note: Please check with your family physician about the proper dosage of fluoride for you and your family. Use this guide only to start the conversation.

Health - Government of Vermont Statement on Fluoride

Fluoritis - What is it? When was it discovered? What damage can it cause? Who is at risk?

"Dental fluorosis is a health condition caused by a child receiving too much fluoride during tooth development. The critical period of exposure is between 1 and 4 years old; children over age 8 are not at risk.

Fluorosis

In my prior article, I didn't touch upon fluorosis and was criticized for not including that analysis and rightfully so. I purposefully did not include fluorosis because 1.) it is a chapter onto itself and 2.) I wanted to make my decision about fluoride beyond the existence of fluoritis. In this article I will touch upon some of the clinical research in regards to fluorsis.

Since 2006 when the reports of fluoritis first emerged, the American Dental Association issued essentially an amendment to their statement on community use of fluoride.

Here in the United States, since 2006, there has been a movement of "green". This green movement for eco-friendly combined with frugality is a wonderful social movement. This movement has mandated many Americans to reevaluate their purchases. On a similar note, I believe Americans would want to reevaluate their governments position statements on the use of fluoride within the community water supply.

Fluoride is a Drug and Drugs Demand Proper Dosages and Oversight

The overriding fact remains as I stated in my first article, which I should have clarified irrespective of the existence of the possibility of fluoritis.

Fluoride is a drug.

As a drug, it demands care and an appropriate dosage for a prescription.

When fluoride was discovered, this drug was hailed as a major achievement. And it still is a major achievement and should be administered to children to aid in the protection of their teeth. However, today we have clinical studies that detail the possibility of fluoritis.

Fluorosis is the disturbance of tooth enamel.

The ADA's website details the dosage is important. In fact the ADA goes as far to say, IF your children swallow fluoride toothpaste, they should not drink tap water with fluoride.

In this article we will explore the clinical studies of fluoritis, we will discuss the medical ethics of including fluoride in the community water supply and we will review the philosophy of American liberties.

Reason #1 Pure

Community water should serve the entire populace and deliver the purest water possible - completely free of drugs and contaminants. Chlorine is added because it is a chemical that actively fights bacteria. Bacteria is present in the water utility system - it exists in its service lines, mains, household plumbing.

Interestingly IF your home has copper pipes, copper is a natural antimicrobial to bacteria. Sadly the lead joints and possibly your water service line (the line from the main in front of your home which branches off to bring your individual structure water) are more than likely lead. Lead was a wonderful cost saver for many decades.

For many years, we didn't fully understand that lead was potentially harmful for us.

Additionally, we didn't fully understand until recently that copper is a better antimicrobial even over the stainless steel.

What we need for our community water supply is simple - pure water, water that is safe with the fewest amounts of chemicals necessary. Chlorine is needed for sanitation purposes, fluoride is not a necessary drug. And new research has shown that infants can be harmed by too much fluoride.

Which brings me to our elderly populace? Do we have all the answers about fluoride for the elderly's needs?

Reason #2 Frugal

Frugality is ALL about "IF it is not necessary" then simply stated we shouldn't buy it.

Similarly, our community water supplies need to take on this new social ethic. Just because the cost in minimal doesn't mean we are allowed to waste valuable resources.

IF it is not needed, IF it is being wasted, IF there is even a remote possibility of potential harm, we need to re-evaluate the inclusion of this "drug" in our community water supply.

Reason #3 Freedom

In the United States Bill of Rights, the First Amendment addresses the rights of freedom of religion (prohibiting designating a religion or preferential treatment for any one type of religion), protecting the freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition (requesting a governmental body to make legislative changes).

This philosophy of being free should extend to our right too choose to take vitamins, our right to choose to take supplements - taking fluoride should be an option. An informed choice of vitamins and fluoride is the very best method.

Freedom & the United States Bill of Rights

American Liberties - The United States of America was founded upon our Bill of Rights, a document that outlines the philosophy and mission of our great nation. It is our right not to be subjected to unnecessary drugs in our community water supply.

Point of Use Filters Can Filter Out Fluoride IF You Ask

IF you have a home layered ozonated water system, you can ask for a filter that eliminates fluoride. This is a much needed item for infants and a consideration for youths and adults under the supervision of their physician.

If you have a filtering system at your workplace or home, do request a specific type of filter to remove fluoride. It is readily available but we must start asking for it.

Mercury and Fluoride - The Dumbing Down of A Population

Natural Fluorosis

In parts of India, China, Africa, Japan, and the Middle Fast, large numbers of people have skeletal fluorosis from drinking naturally fluoridated water. In India about a million people have this disease. Most of the victims live in areas where the water fluoride level is 2 ppm or above, but some cases are found in communities with natural fluoride levels below 1 ppm.

Source: Fluoride Action Network

Quotes from the American Dental Association - ADA

"While more research is needed before definitive recommendations can be made on fluoride intake by bottle-fed infants, the American Dental Association (ADA) issues this interim guidance because we know that parents and other caregivers are understandably cautious about what is best for their children."

ADA Supports Community Water Fluoridation

"The ADA supports community water fluoridation as the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. It is a powerful strategy to reduce disparities in tooth decay among different populations and is more cost-effective than other forms of fluoride treatments or applications. Fluoridation is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has listed community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century."

These two quotes are provided without permission simply for educational purposes. This statement was issued in 2006.

source: American Dental Association

ABC News Report on Bottled Water & Its Harm to Our Environment

Excess Fluoride Can Hurt Teeth, Bones & IQ 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bill Hendrick & Zach Ahmad
Published March 23, 2006

A new study released Wednesday has shown that too much fluoride in tap water could be harmful, causing cavities rather than preventing them and leading to bone damage and possibly even lower IQ levels.

The report by the National Academy of Sciences found that people exposed to the maximum level of fluoride allowed in tap water may be at greater risk for tooth decay and bone fractures.

It urged the Environmental Protection Agency to reassess the risk posed by high fluoride levels in order to establish new guidelines but did not indicate what the limit should be.

Environmental Working Group

AWWA - American Water Works Association

Limit excess fluoride, WHO urges

Source: WaterWeek staff

Use of low-cost solutions to limit worldwide exposure to excess levels of naturally occurring fluoride is urged in a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Asserting that millions of people around the globe drink water with elevated fluoride levels that can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, the WHO drinking water quality report urges action to address what it calls an "unrecognized and neglected" global health problem.

The report, which details occurrence and health effects data from 28 countries, recognizes that removal technologies can be "difficult and expensive" and urges several low-cost methods that can be used effectively at the local level.

The reports describes the comparative benefits of using crushed clay pots, bone charcoal, contact precipitation, or activated alumina filters, calling in local authorities to "consider the causes of fluorosis carefully and choose the best and most appropriate means of dealing with excess fluoride exposure, taking into account the local conditions and sensitivities."

AWWA Breaking News in Detail


A Preliminary Evaluation of Fluoride Content in Infant Formulas

From the Journal of American Dental Association (JADA) Continuing Education: Chakwan Siew, PhD, Sheila Strock, DMD, MPH, Helen Ristic, PhD, Peter Kang, PhD, Hwai-Nan Chou, MS, Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD, Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, PhD and Daniel M. Meyer, DDS

Background. The authors conducted a study to determine concentrations of fluoride in infant formulas, and to estimate fluoride intake in infants consuming predominantly formula. The authors compared estimated fluoride ingestion with the tolerable upper limit and adequate intake level for fluoride recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Methods. The authors analyzed fluoride concentrations of powdered and liquid formula concentrates and ready-to-feed formulas.They estimated the total fluoride ingested by infants by considering the fluoride content measured in both the infant formula and various concentrations of fluoridated water. They based consumption volumes on published recommendations. The authors compared estimates for fluoride ingestion with the upper tolerable limit and adequate intake level, which they calculated by using published infant growth charts.

Results. Fluoride concentrations of the different formulas were low and, if reconstituted with low-fluoride water, would not result in ingestion of fluoride at levels exceeding the IOM’s upper tolerable limit. Some infants aged between birth and 6months who consume powdered and liquid concentrate formulas reconstituted with water containing 1.0 part per million fluoride likely will exceed the upper tolerable limit of fluoride.

Conclusions. When powdered or liquid concentrate infant formulas are the primary source of nutrition, some infants are likely to exceed the recommended fluoride upper limit if the formula is reconstituted with water containing 1.0 ppm fluoride. On the other hand, when the fluoride concentration in water used to reconstitute infant formulas is below 0.4 ppm, it is likely that infants between 6 and 12 months of age will be exposed to fluoride at levels below IOM’s recommended adequate intake level.


Summary - Fluoride Should be Treated as What it is - A Drug

In summary, fluoride should be treated as what it is - a drug.

United States community water supplies should remain true to their mission of delivering water that is:

  1. Pure and safe with no unnecessary chemicals/drugs and
  2. Administered in a frugal fashion without unnecessary expenses and
  3. Without added drugs in the water.

Fluoride should not be automatically added to community water supplies. Fluoride should be administered under a physician's care.

2 Fluoride or Not Fluoride That is the Question

2 Fluoride or Not Fluoride That is the Question

ADA amended their fluoride recommendation for infants:

While the ADA still supports community fluoridation, it has issued an updated guideline which must be read closely in regards to infants:

http://www.ada.org/1767.aspx Interim Guidance

If you look closely at the ADA guidance, you will note the aging baby boomer population is not addressed in their recommendations on fluoride. I wonder why? This is the single largest populace in the United States.


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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      WOW!! Very informational Hub! Voted-up! Have missed you, when you have time come visit.

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      Oyewole Folarin 5 years ago from Lagos

      Great information. Voted up

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      drpastorcarlotta,

      Thank you so much for visiting. I have been very busy - I appreciate you noting my absence. I am glad you found it helpful. It is an interesting and important topic especially with government looking to save pennies - these are pennies spent that are simply not needed.

      incomeguru,

      Fluoride is a concern and every parent must know that children NEED fluoride but the aging populace has different needs. As we face budget cuts this is a simple choice for local government. Banish the chemicals in our water! Don't bath and wash your dishes in a chemical that is simply not needed.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      The more I hear about the problems with fluoride, the worse it sounds. I think that if there are so many questions and suspicions over the addition of fluoride to our water, the practice should end. Our water must be pure!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Dolores Monet,

      I think it started as a good thing but when you look at the practice now and review it with all the evidence and difference age groups not to mention the watering of the lawn and washing clothes with an un-necessary drug. Change is hard to shallow - pun intended - sorry. We need to spread the word and seek pure water and frugal use of chemicals and drugs. We can change our cultural paradigm - it is a possibility. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. I agree with you - the practice should end.

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