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Please... Hold The Fluoride

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, August 02, 2008

Credit: noforcedfluoride
Fluorosis of the teeth

Known as a widely accepted additive for teeth health, fluoride falls under closer scrutiny with rising health concerns.

We have all seen the toothpaste adverts exclaiming about their special fluoride contents that strengthen enamel; we listened to the American Dental Association (ADA) continuously endorse fluoride treatments and water fluoridation as a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay. For those of you who are “unfortunate” enough to live in a low fluoridated area, there are fluoride supplements for adults as well as children. Even many brands of bottled water are infusing fluoride as an extra bonus. Although it seems like we are blessed with such easily accessible fluoride sources, this substance may not be as beneficial as we are made to believe.

Firstly, we should be aware that fluoride is naturally present in water and foods at very low levels (.01 - .5ppm – parts per million). Concentrations about 2ppm begin to pose as a health risk. The ADA claims the “optimal” level for fluoride is between .7 – 1.2ppm. However, the actual content of fluoride in our drinking water can exceed this optimal level while even the EPA allows a maximum of 4ppm in public water supplies.

How much is too much of a “good” thing?

It is well known that high levels of fluoride can have harmful effects if the daily ingestion levels are too high. Dental fluorosis (see photo) is due to an overdose of fluoride and causes yellowing, white spotting, brown spotting, other color mottling, cracking and pitting of the teeth. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) has found an increase of the incidents of fluorosis in adults as well as children compared to several years ago. Skeletal fluorosis is another widely accepted condition of fluoride overdose. Severe and permanent bone and joint deformations can occur while the skeleton itself may become weaker and brittle resulting in fractures and bone breakage.

These chronic exposure conditions are not the only health issues associated with fluoride, but they are the only ones that the ADA and other fluoride proponents seem to accept regardless of a growing multitude of studies showing the potentially harmful effects of fluoride on the body. Some of the long-term and immediate toxicity effects found are as follows:

  • Genetic and chromosomal damage
  • Acceleration of aging process (collagen breakdown, enzyme inhibition, etc.)
  • Immune system impairment
  • Anti-oxidant defense impairment
  • Electrolyte abnormalities (hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia, etc.)
  • Gastrointestinal issues (pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, etc.)
  • Neurological effects (headache, muscles weakness, spasms, seizures, etc.)
  • In extremely toxic cases cardiac arrest, shock, and/or death
  • Harmful effects on endocrine system
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Promotion of cancer and tumor growth
  • Damage to various brain areas
  • Lowering of IQ
  • Memory loss
  • Increased uptake of aluminum
  • Calcification of pineal gland
  • Damage to prenatal bone, nervous system, and brain development

These effects were brought on by assorted levels of fluoride (sometimes as low as 1ppm), in different conditions, with various subjects. These are only a sampling of the plethora of research studies being conducted on this subject.

So is the benefit worth the risk?

To thoroughly answer this question, we need to examine the purported benefits. The main purpose of fluoride consumption is to prevent tooth decay and cavities by fortifying the enamel. This desired result is also under scrutiny by researchers. It seems that fluoride does have a thickening effect on bones by enhancing bone growth and mineralization. However, this thickening is not what it seems. Research shows that although these bones are thicker, they are, in fact, weaker than before. Focusing on teeth, the dental community seems to agree that fluoride’s benefits are mostly for the smooth surfaces of the teeth compared to the chewing surface (pits and fissures). The majority of cavities (80 – 90%) are found in these chewing areas, not the smooth surfaces. The ADA even claims that fluoride can not be expected to prevent decay in these areas, as sealants can. A national study comparing effects of persons with fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities have found little difference in tooth decay among participants while internationally, countries abstaining from fluoridation have still found decreases in dental decay.

In sum, the ADA vigorously pushes for the use of fluoride which seems to cause and/or promote a number of health problems. Fluoride is supposed to assist with teeth strengthening but seems to discolor and weaken the teeth in a variety of situations. For whatever benefits it may posses for cavity prevention, it does not seem to be effective in the highest-prone cavity areas of the teeth (not a surprise considering it sometimes creates these pits with high doses). Meanwhile, other non-fluoridated communities show no significant differences in tooth decay as compared to those with fluoridation.

So, why should I want to ingest fluoride considering all these risks and dubious benefits?

Good question. Personally, I really have no desire to ingest this substance at all considering the information I have dug up. It seems that more and more health professionals and establishments are opposing water fluoridation, although they are met with harsh criticism. Others are concerned with the ethical implications seeing water fluoridation as forced mass medication, as well as the deaths caused by over-fluoridation and malfunctions in water fluoridation equipment. Lawsuits have arisen targeting the cessation of fluoridation.

I have included resources at the bottom for anyone who desires a more intensive examination of the substance in question. If you decide you want an option in the fluoride you publicly consume they are several options you can choose, most of which can be found on this page…

Anti-Fluoridation & Toxicology

Fluoride and the Brain

Fluoride and the Teeth


Fluoride Levels, General Info, and Neurotoxicity

Fluoride Debate

Pro-Fluoride (ADA)

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8 comments on Please... Hold The Fluoride

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By Maryam on August 02, 2008 at 03:55 pm

Good article but, it has it right on the tube not to swallow.  I don't know about you, and I apoligize if I come off rude, but one doesn't swallow the toothpaste, one spits it out as that eliminates the ingest issue - right?  I was taught to spit the toothpaste out, I taught my children to spit it out.

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By Alethea on August 02, 2008 at 07:16 pm

It still gets absorbed into your mouth, and the other major point is it's in the water... you're drinking it all the time and absorbing it into your body any time you use tap water as well... baths, showers, etc.   I'm emphasizing more of the water issue, the toothpaste is just another added fluroide bonus you have a choice of buying, you don't really have an option to control the fluoride levels of your tap water.

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By Alethea on August 02, 2008 at 08:58 pm

Lol, I love your comment Joseph.... white sugar is a whole other article completely...

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By D. E. Carson on August 03, 2008 at 04:24 pm

I've known for years how flourine (the basic element of flouride) is bad for you.  Which is why I don't drink the tap water where I live.  Never mind that the tap water smells like dead fish and tastes like public men's rooms smell.  But L.A. County Waterworks insists that our water is safe for consumption and cheaper than bottled water.

I'll keep buying bottled distilled water thank you.

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By Steven Lane on August 04, 2008 at 01:44 am

The picture is worth a 1000 words!

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By Lumiere on August 08, 2008 at 09:42 am

Actually even more interesting is Flouride was originally used in the gholish (sp?) warrior dynasty thousands of years ago to 'sedate prisoners.'  They found by adding flouride into the water, prisoners became extremely passive and they could torture them without much resistance. By placing flouride in the water supply today, gov't bascially enables 'management' of masses without fear of an uprising because the flouride makes people complacent.   You should check out the video on , it talks about Codex Alimentarius and how flouride is used.  

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By Alethea on August 08, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Thank You Lumiere!!! You launched a huge search for info about the sedation effects of fluoride and I found some other interesting things...

I've read articles stating that the Nazis and Russians used fluroride on prisoners to aid in sedation effects

"At the end of the Second World War, the United States Government sent Charles Elliot Perkins, a research worker in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology, to take charge of the vast Farben chemical plants in Germany. While there, he was told by German chemists of a scheme which had been worked out by them during the war and adopted by the German General Staff. 

"This scheme was to control the population in any given area through mass medication of drinking water. In this scheme, sodium fluoride occupied a prominent place. 

"Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotising a certain area of the brain, and will thus make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. 

"Both the Germans and the Russians added fluoride to the drinking water of prisoners of war to make them stupid and docile."

One very interesting angle is that the Nazis had attempted to control populations by adding fluoride to their water, a tactic used on POWs to make the prisoners “stupid and docile”. It also claims about fluoridation in America that “the drug program was part of a much larger CIA program to study possible means of controlling human behavior”. (mind control)

Although there are a lot of people stating that they cannot locate the originam source of information that shows this...  I did find out that Prozac and Paxil (2 famous antidepressant drugs that regulate moods) contain flourine compounds...

In fact, there are a number of flourine derivative drugs that contain flourine compounds..

all of which seem to have nasty side-effects on your health... and many of these "F-Drugs" have been pulled off the market. ..

... This may need another article

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By Alethea on August 08, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I'd also like to mention I received this in an email response to the article...

"The fluorine that is being added to water is being
sold from manufacturers and is a waste product that
they would rather sell than dispose of. Some research
has suggested that a little bit of fluorine helped
prevent cavities, so it was sold on the premise that a
lot would do even more good. But the form in our
drinking water is an unnatural form of fluorine which
is absorbed too readily by the body. The body, in an
effort to detox the excess, takes magnesium from the
body to bind with the fluorine in order to excrete it
in a harmless form. Most of the diseases linked with
fluorine are due to the magnesium deficiency it
creates in the body. These diseases include diabetes,
migraines,seizures, cancer & tumor growth and heart
disease. These are the scourges of American health
which seem to come back to our primary water sources."

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