Worries about toxins are all around us. It seems that everyday news stories report a new chemical threat in the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the bottles we drink it out of.
These emerging contaminants seem to be overwhelming, but what about chemicals we have known about for years – especially the ones we intentionally put into our drinking water?
The chemical to which I refer to is fluoride. Municipalities began adding this compound to our water supplies approximately 60 years ago to improve dental health. The initiative we were told would significantly reduce tooth decay – and it has.
In fact, the verdict is out – according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It named fluoridation of public drinking water supplies as one of the 10 greatest health achievements of the 20th century. However, I strongly disagree and my most pressing question is: OK, it has improved our dental care, but at what cost to our overall well-being and long-term health?
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a pollutant – a by-product of copper, iron and aluminum manufacturing. The problem of how to legally dispose of fluoride was solved in the 1930′s when a study, founded by one of the country’s largest aluminum companies, concluded that fluoride prevented tooth decay. A successful public relations effort helped along with some cooperative government lobbying, resulting in the good news going out that: ‘This miracle chemical, when added to water, will give everyone healthy teeth and a brighter smile’.
What the research says, is that, according to the most recent and extensive review of fluoride toxicity by the prestigious National Research Council (NRC), fluoride has the potential to initiate or promote cancer, particularly of the bone.
Currently fluoride chemicals are added to nearly all public water supplies ostensibly to reduce tooth decay, not to purify the water. The NRC found the environmental protection agency’s maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for fluoride is too high to be protective of health (4 mg/l), and must be lowered. EPA scientists have been saying this since 1986; but EPA management caved in to political pressure and overruled it.
The NRC study found conclusive evidence that the high levels of bone fluoride and the similarity of the mechanisms of action between fluoride induced DNA damage and chemically induced mutations lead us to believe that high fluoride bone content is one of the major factors causing osteosarcoma (bone cancer).
Furthermore, in a 1990 National Toxicology Program (NTP) study determined that fluoride is, more than likely a cancer causing agent. The (NTP) study supplied a detailed description of the toxicology of fluoride, not only in terms of bone cancer, but also lesions in the oral mucosa, thyroid gland, skin and uterus… ‘(which) prompted us to re-test the hypothesis between water fluoridation and cancer incidences’ wrote (NTP) scientists who found fluoridation status positively correlates to cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, colon, rectum, hepato-bilary and urinary organs, as well as, bone cancer.
Let’s be perfectly clear: Fluoride is not something our body needs! No one has fluoride deficiency. Fluoride is a false magic bullet solution from a by-gone era.
Now, after 60 years of fluoridation,the verdict in our option is more then clear: This chemical is not just bad. It’s a potent poison, and needs to be removed.