The debate over the moral, ethical, political, and safety concerns regarding the fluoridation of public water supplies has been ongoing since fluoride was first added to American water systems in the early 1950s. The first large fluoridation controversy occurred in 1950 when opponents to the addition of fluoride to public water voiced fears over fluoride, which was widely considered a toxin, could have detrimental effects on public health.
Fluoridation of drinking water has a reputation of not being popular when put to a vote, but despite this, it has been implemented in just about all public water supplies in America at some point though backroom deals and administrative orders.
The practice of adding fluoride to the public water supply isn’t just in the United States. Many European countries have also adopted the idea that fluoride in drinking water prevents cavities and is therefor a good idea. That being said, many of the European countries that added fluoride and other chemicals to their drinking water have since banned such practices after finding insufficient evidence of it’s health benefits while some practitioners revealed evidence of the negative health effects from fluoride.
NEGATIVE SIDE-EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE
Consider the fluoride warning label, which is now required by the FDA on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. It says to contact a poison control center if you swallow the toothpaste. That should trigger some red flags. Millions of people throughout China and India are suffering serious bone diseases as a result of drinking water with elevated levels of fluoride.
Fluoride is more toxic than lead and has been used for years to kill rats, insects, and other pests. There have also been reported incidents of over-ingestion of fluoridated dental products resulting in death by poisoning. Fluoride has been linked to causing some very series health issues including:
- Gastrointestinal Effects
- Bone Fracture
- Brain Effects
- Kidney Disease
- Male Infertility
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Pineal Gland Abnormalities
- Skeletal Fluorosis
- Endocrine Disruption
- Thyroid Disease
- Acute Toxicity
- …and more
TIPS FOR REDUCING FLUORIDE INTAKE
Fluoride is used in more areas of food and beverage production than just our public water sources. It’s sprayed on many non-organic fruits and vegetables in the form of pesticides and included in some processed foods. Here are some tips to stay clear from fluoride consumption.
- Avoid processed foods
- Eat organic foods
- Scrub fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption
- Avoid public drinking water (including drinking fountains)
- Drink natural spring water or water with low fluoride levels
- Get a water purifier for personal use