We have been told that fluoride is needed to keep our teeth healthy. Back in the 70’s children were lined up in many schools and given a fluoride tablet they were told they had to chew up. Parents had to give permission for this and were made to feel as though they were somehow horrible parents who were growing to raise kids with bad teeth if they didn’t grant it. Around this time, whole communities started to put fluoride in their water supplies. As this practice spread, the daily pill routine in schools halted. Whole populations were now exposed to regular, daily doses of fluoride.
At the same time, tubes of toothpaste that contained fluoride came with a warning not to allow children to use them because of the dangers of swallowing fluoride. Caution was given to adults to spit out the toothpaste after use and not swallow. Yet, as fluoride consumption spread throughout the communities, instances of tooth decay did not lessen and today is still equal in places that both use or do not use fluoride in water supplies. What is being seen as different is the increase of many medical problems in members of communities that have fluoride in their water supplies. Studies have found the following problems resulting from the consumption of fluoride over time.
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Kidneys are the body purifiers. Human kidneys can, at the most, handle only sixty percent of the fluoride that is taken in. The kidneys will work as hard as they can in order to purify the blood. This over-working of the kidneys is bound to happen at one time or another throughout a lifetime but with fluoride being consistently inputted into them, the kidneys myst continue over-working constantly. This causes them to break down over time and can result in renal failure and other kidney issues.
Fluoride belongs to a group of chemicals called halogens. This is the same group Iodine. The thyroid needs iodine, but fluoride inhibits the regular functioning of the thyroid. Because both chemicals are alike, the thyroid is unable to block one and not the other. It mistakes the fluoride for the necessary iodine. In years past, physicians actually used fluoride to help treat people with overactive thyroids, as it inhibited activity and reduced it to more normal levels. The majority of the population has no need to have thyroid function limited, yet that is what is happening with the regular ingestion of fluoride. Over time, the thyroid is unable to function normally.
One of the greatest issues with fluoride is that it accumulates in the body. The body can only eliminate approximately sixty percent of the fluoride taken in. The rest is drawn to places in the body, such as the skeleton, that rely on calcium and the pineal gland. Over time, this accumulation pushes out the necessary calcium in bones and calcifies the pineal gland, tissue surrounding joints, and other sensitive organs. When you take into account that children release even less of the fluoride because their kidneys can’t handle the purification needed. Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects.
Our joints are covered by a gel-like substance. This substance is created to calcify when under stress to protect the underlying joints and bones. Fluoride that is left behind in the body is drawn to calcifying agents such as this protective shield. Over time, the fluoride changes the chemical profile of this gel and it can no longer protect the joints. The exposed joints become inflamed and eventually the exposed bone is left on its own.
Fluoride binds with the calcium necessary for strong bones. This makes the calcium unavailable to do its task, leaving bones lacking in something it has been proven they need to be strong. Over time, the human bone is already at risk from calcium deficiency but add the effects of the calcium bonding with fluoride and the bones become weakened even further, resulting in breaks.
All evidence points to fluoride being harmful to our health, while doing very minimal good. That alone makes one question the choice to add it to our drinking water. If that weren’t enough, consider this: The FDA categorizes fluoride as a drug. By freely adding it to water supplies, we are being fed a drug without being given the choice as to whether we want to take it. In addition, the drug dosage is not able to be controlled because people drink different amounts of water each day. It is not able to be adjusted based on age, weight or medical condition. Do we really want this forced medicating with a substance that has been proven continuously to be harmful?
References: (Too Many to Keep Listing but a good place to start)
Czerwinski E, Nowak J, Dabrowska D, Skolarczyk A, Kita B, Ksiezyk M. Bone and joint pathology in fluoride-exposed workers. Arch Environ Health. 1988 Sep-Oct;43(5):340-3.
Chachra D, Limeback H, Willett TL, Grynpas MD. The long-term effects of water fluoridation on the human skeleton. J Dent Res. 2010 Nov;89(11):1219-23. doi: 10.1177/0022034510376070. Epub 2010 Sep 21.
Luke J. The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland. Ph.D Dissertation, School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey, UK. 1997