The story of fluoride began back in 1901, where over 90% of children had teeth that were stained brown or splotched with coloring and mottling of tooth enamel. The breakthrough came in 1909, when it was found that the secondary teeth of these children were more resistant to decay. After 30 years of study and searching, the answer was found: the cause of the discoloring of teeth was caused by high levels of fluoride in the water.
These curious findings led to extensive dental research into the effect of fluoride on tooth enamel and from there came a way to measure fluoride levels in water with an accuracy of 0.1 PPM (parts per million). Thus, it was declared that fluoride levels up to 1.0 PPM in drinking water did not cause dental fluorosis and most people only had mild symptoms in a small group of people.
Since then, fluoride had begun being added to drinking water in the US and eventually, the world, but now, especially in Europe, it is illegal in many areas to add fluoride to water and a growing number of countries and even states are stopping this practice. So, if it's so good for teeth, why stop doing it?
The thing most people don't know about fluoride is not a single test or study was done on the effects of fluoride when it was consumed systemically and that, in fact, consuming it in water had absolutely no effect on teeth at all, but instead caused severe health issues inside the body.
In this article from the Center for Natural Dentistry, it is clearly stated that not only does fluoride not have an FDA approval (even though it is administered freely in water and many other forms), but also, considering that fluoride is in everything from food to orange juice, the estimated amount of fluoride we ingest daily is 300% more than the "recommended daily amount" even though the body has no nutritional need for fluoride at all.
It goes on to say that chemicals used for fluoridation are low purity and rather, are byproducts of aluminum and fertilizer manufacturing and contain high amounts of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and chromium (the bad kind), all proven to be carcinogens. Read the article to find out more.
This article, written by an ordinary citizen with experience in the matter through extensive personal research, has found that fluoride causes thyroid disorders, specifically, hypothyroidism. A quote from Dr Joseph Mercola, a researcher in this field, is included at the beginning of the article.
“Fluorine is an element. It is a gas, never occurring in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition. This has nothing to do with “fluoride or fluoridation.” Yet the fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid, which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing.
Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder. Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, (think “FREON”) and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, — and toothpaste. It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid.
Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. You’ll remember from the Enzymes chapter that in human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we’re alive. (Howell) Without enzymes, we’d die instantaneously. Enzymes trigger specific reactions in the body. One way they do this is by having the exact shape necessary, like a key in a lock.
Fluoride Changes The Shape Of The Enzymes So That They No Longer Fit. Since enzymes are proteins, once they’ve been changed, they’re now foreign-looking. The body now treats them as invaders, even though they’re part of that body. This is known as an autoimmune situation – the body attacks itself. Another way to look at it: enzymes are long-chain proteins held in certain shapes. Hydrogen bonds are the Velcro strips that hold the enzyme in a certain shape. Fluoride comes along and hydrolyzes the enzyme: cuts the Velcro strips away. The shape collapses. No more enzyme; now just a foreign protein.”
Read the article to read the personal story of the writer.
A compilation of studies showing that fluoridation does more to worsen teeth than it does to help them and that with fluoride, less is better, none is best.
An article from Dr. Mercola himself, showing that fluoride recommendations now defy rational logic and how even promoters or fluoridation now admit that fluoride's predominant action is on the surface of the tooth, not from inside the body and has a link to over 100 published studies showing fluoride's harm to the brain plus 25 more studies directly linking it to lower IQ in children.
A long, but interesting read about the dangers of ingesting fluoride. Included are more information on dental fluorosis (NOT reversible or fixable, btw), evidence that it causes genetic damage, osteoperosis, calcification of soft tissues (arthritis), damages the immune system and is linked to at least one type of rare bone cancer. There are also studies done showing that there is no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas, none. It's a good read, but a long one.
An article, written by a MD, cited a study done decades ago at the University or Oregon proving that fluoride penetrated the placental barrier in animals and therefore, caused fertility problems. In the 46 years (at the time of this article) of water fluoridation, not a single study was done on the effect of fluoride on developing fetuses. He then did studies of his own that proved that the effects on animals also fit with humans. It also contains more evidence that fluoride causes lower IQ in children by interfering with brain development in developing fetuses and young children which means fluoride causes neurological damage. Another long read, but worth being informed.
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A PDF showing more evidence of fluoride being linked with fertility problems in humans and:
Another abstract of a study showing fertility being affected by fluoride.
More studies cited (2012 article) linking fluoride to the #1 cause of death in new research and that it causes cardiovascular disease. There is also yet more evidence showing that it is linked to lower IQ in children and infertility. Read this whole article and you'll see just how little the government cares about us and that it does nothing but hurt us and does not prevent cavities. Much to read in this article.
Citing studies done showing that fluoride damages the thyroid and causes thyroid disease. It actually shows on page two of the article that fluoride was once used as an effective treatment for hyperthyroidism which would seem to indicate that man cases of hypothyroidism are symptoms of fluoride poisoning. Much more in this three page article as well.
Citing numerous studies and expert opinions saying and showing that fluoride has no benefit whatsoever to the human body and is nothing but toxic waste.
The American Dental Association continues to state fluoride is responsible for reducing cavities. The National Institute of Dental Health produced the largest and most comprehensive study on over 39,000 school children aged 5 -17 years. The study showed no significant differences in cavities in fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated or partially fluoridated communities. This study was never refuted by the ADA. (The ADA is the American Dental Association!)
In conclusion, I can add bits of info about fluoride that I do know and add a bit of my personal observations. Fluoride, on a chemical level, is capable of sustaining only one bond. So, imagine a chain link fence and everytime you add a fluoride atom to it, one of those links are broken. Keep adding fluoride and you have a fence that is so weak, it can barely even hold itself up. This is what it does to teeth and it's also what it does to bones which is why it is heavily linked to osteoperosis. This is why it causes so much irrevesible tooth damage. It breaks the chain and while fluoride is harder than calcium, it actually softens teeth and bones while hardening (calcifying) connective tissue which is, essentially, causing arthritis. Fluoride is a slow killer that accumulates in tissues, ALL tissues and ALL organs.
It interferes with thyroid function by attaching itself to iodine receptors, which the thyroid uses to make it's hormones and the fluoride just sits there. Iodine displaces fluoride and vise versa. Whichever there is more of, wins. (This also applies to chlorine and bromine, the latter of which is readily added to bread. All four of these compete in the body and only one is good. This is part of the reason iodine was added to salt, but salt is bad for you, so it's not a good source of iodine anyway) Goiter (enlarging of the thyroid) is caused because the thyroid is attempting to increase it's surface area to get to more iodine. Be careful when taking iodine supplements if you so choose, though. Do that research before you even consider it as you should always do. Always try to drink non-fluoridated water. The only way to do this is to either buy it that way (most bottled water contains fluoride unless it says it doesn't) or by using a reverse-osmosis filter, which are expensive. The water dispenser outside of Weis Markets has FLUORIDE FREE water, reverse osmosis filtering and any other kind of filtering and refills of one gallon jugs are only 35 cents! Look into using that water exclusively for drinking, you will find it is delicious, more so than any bottled water you've ever had in your life because it's so clean.
In closing, think about this. Go and look at your bottle of fluoride toothpaste. Notice the poison control warning for people who swallow it? Know why that's there? It's because fluoride is toxic poison and ingestion of too much is a cause for immediate medical treatment. It is a POISON, it says right on the label, yet we allow it in our drinking water? Concentrations of fluoride in toothpaste are higher than in water and even higher in mouthwash. Personally, I use "Epic" toothpaste which is only available online which contains Xylitol which is PROVEN to prevent cavities and provide other health benefits inside the body. Xylitol is also a safe artificial sweetener as opposed to Aspartame or other bad stuff.
Not only that, but fluoride absorbs easily through the skin, so you are absorbing more fluoride when you shower or take a bath. You also cook your food in fluoride. So, explain to me how showering and cooking food in fluoride (making it more dangerous) is helping my teeth? It doesn't, and there is no evidence that it does anyway. It is just a cheap way to get rid of toxic waste which we PAY them to feed to us.
It's in the water, it's in the food, the orange juice, toothpaste, mouthwash and just about everything we eat and drink and that, my friends, is evidence that we are being overdosed on this poison.. why? Because it's a cheaper way to dispose of toxic waste and a way to make money off of us in the process.
Isn't it time to end water fluoridation? I think so, the sooner, the better. Maryland is the most fluoridated state in the country, it's time to stop this madness. End water fluoridation NOW!