Remember when our doctors told us that Fluoride is great for teeth and that’s why they “fortify” our tap water with this chemical. This started in 1945, endorsed by your Public Health and Safety Department. The US is one of the few countries that fluoridates their drinking water. According to the Fluoride Action Network and research done by Dr. Paul Connett, et al, up to 70% of Americans drink water that is artificially fluoridated. In some countries like China their is naturally fluoridated water. However, they are finding that there are some adverse effects from long term ingestion of floride.
First of all despite the fact that fluoride has been added to community water supplies for over 60 years, “there have been no randomized trials of water fluoridation” (Cheng 2007). Would you trust a drug that has no proven scientific basis? The NIH (responsible for health surveys and statisitcs in America) has found no relation between tooth decay and the amount of floridation in the water (Warren 2009). Flouride is added to drinking water not to enhanced the purity of water but as a sort of communal medicine. Much like the issue of vaccines, we are led to believe these things are done in our own best collective interest, but are they really beneficial to us or are there hidden dangers that are left undisclosed?
You can’t control the amount of flouride you receive because it is tied to drinking water. So those who drink more water will end up having more fluoridation that others. Fluorosis is a medical condition that stems from fluoride toxicity. In China, studies have shown that Fluoride even reduces IQ. It can exacerbate iodine deficiency (Lin Fa-Fu 1991), and a more recent study (Ding 2011) shows a pattern of decreased IQ in direct proportion to levels of fluoride.
Flouride acculmuates in the human body much like other neurotoxins (aspartame, LSD, strict nine, nicotine) and can affect thyroid function leading to hypothyroidism (BTW Synthroid was the 2nd most prescribed medicine in 2010). Fluoride has also been shown to cause calcification of the Pineal gland in the brain. The pineal gland is not well understood by modern medicine, but Indian Yoga and many spiritual practices have long held that this gland is penultimately important in our perception of the world, and may even house the seat of the soul. In Indian chakras it is known as the 3rd eye.
Flourosis affects bone decreasing the tensile strength and leading to more incidents of fractures in children and elderly according to multiple studies (Schnitzler 1990 being one). In fact in trials to benefit osteporotic patients they found that treatment with fluoride actually increased the number of fractures. It is said that flouride causes an increase in cortical bone defects. Cortical bone is the hard white plaster like surface of bone and it’s integrity is the cause of fractures.
There may also be a link to an increase in bone sarcomas, sarcomas being a kind of insidious cancer. People with lowered immune systems, kidney or liver related problems, nutritional absorption problems (like Crohns), or just the malnutrition of income deprived families are more prone to the adverse effects of flouride.
There are many other issues regarding clean water, Dioxins from plastic bottles, depletion of lakes and water sources (for instance the Owens Valley River where California gets its water from now, is dropping at an alarming rate for that eco environment), and don’t get me started on the politics of Fiji Water, which is so popular with the ciche Hollywood crowd, but native Fijians can’t even get their own fresh water).
In addition to the chemical properties, fluoridation also causes tap water to become more acidic on a pH scale. Acidity in our bodies tends to make great environments for bacteria, viruses, and promotes infections and genetic mutations (cancer). When a person’s body is more towards the alkaline side it is visibly much healthier and alkaline diets are very popular (usually consisting of a greater proportion of plant material which is alkaline, as opposed to meat which is more acidic.
There is a pure water movement and some companies like Kangen water advertised filtration systems that alkalize the water and remove contaminants like fluoride, chlorine, and other impurities. There has been some studies to show that alkaline water has beneficial effects when compared with acidic water, not just by ingestion but topically as well. For more information on Kangen water please contact my friend Yukari Nagaoya on Facebook.
Please go to the Fluoride Action Network for more information at http://www.fluoridealert.org/50-reasons.htm