Fluoride

Have you been reading the articles about the toxicity of fluoridation lately? We haven’t looked into it deeply at this point, but we’ve been doing some reading of the news articles & reports.

DH spoke with one of our church buddies last night, who manages the water treatment facility in the county north of us. Fluoride is a waste product from aluminum factories & fertilizer factories and most of these factories are in Florida and around New ORleans. These factories have suffered much damage the last couple years from the hurricanes, so now much of our fluoride comes from China. Yes, the country that has no concept of quality and control. Anyway, fluoride, unlike chlorine, is expensive and has a very narrow margin of safety vs. ineffectiveness. I thought that was interesting and thought you might like to know.

Here is a little bit of what I’ve learned:
the old standard is now considered too high, but the gov’t retains the old standard
the newest studies conclude that fluoridation is minimally beneficial, if at all
effects include thyroid imbalances, fuzzy thinking, weakning of dental enamel and bones, questionable effect on IQ and neurological system
it is cumulative
it is why toothpaste carries the warning labels (do not to use in children under 6 and don’t swallow it – contact your Poison Control Center blahblahblah)
some ADAs (American Dental Assoc) have actually countersued counties/cities that are trying to stop fluoridation of their water (ca-ching!)
it is more toxic than lead and slightly less toxic than arsenic
my Brita filter doesn’t filter out fluoride
boiling water concentrates fluoride (kind of a “duh” thing, i know)
bottled water contains fluoride unless the company uses a reverse-osmosis filtration system
fluoride naturally occurs in some drinking water, but usually at a much lower level
fluoride is the only chemical additive to water that doesn’t make it safer to drink – thus it is a medication (i am always skeptical when the gov’t wants to medicate us)
it is not safe for babies nor people with kidney disease
teflon pans may increase the fluoride in food (i don’t know why this happens, but found it interesting)

Anyway, just sharing some of the ideas and thoughts that stuck in my mind as I’ve been reading the various reports.

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7 Responses to Fluoride

  1. Elaine says:

    Very interesting information.

    We don’t have much natural fluoride in our well water here, I didn’t know that about bottled water, we do brush partly w/toothpaste and get fluoride treatments at the dentist.

  2. appliejuice says:

    We have not used fluoride in our toothpaste for many years. We have well water, so it isn’t fluroide either. The only time the kids get any of it, is at the dentist twice a year. That is only because I don’t want to have a fight with the dentist. LOL

    I have read that there is NO evidence that fluoride prevents tooth decay.

    Applie, what toothpaste do you use? Finding toothpaste without all the whiteners and brighteners is difficult enough, without going to a health foody store!

  3. Melanie says:

    Aha! Now I have something to blame for my fuzzy thinking. Aside from motherhood, that is.

    That’s interesting, Sheri – thanks for posting it. 🙂

  4. gingerporter says:

    Wow….I had no idea it was that bad. I think I am going to switch to the flouride free toothpaste…just not sure what to do about the water.

  5. Donna says:

    It’s a raw deal. :\

    Water fluoridation is mentioned as a conspiracy in Dr. Srangelove.
    so, it is a communist plot to make us fuzzy-minded? 😉 LOL

  6. appliejuice says:

    Sheri, We use Tom’s of Maine. I use to be able to buy it from Target or Wal-Mart, but lately they have only been carrying the flouride kind. 😦 The kids will only use the Strawberry Tom’s of Maine. LOL

  7. appliejuice says:

    Oh, one more thing, none of my kids have had any decay in their teeth and my oldest is 14. 🙂

    Thanks Michelle. We’ve used Tom’s before, but it is hard to find here. I found it at Big Lots, once, for a great price.

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