Let’s start with which countries have already banned water fluoridation.
China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Israel, Hungary and Japan, there are now a few more on this list, they are linked below.
Why do we care?
Before Fluoride was considered safe as a supplement to improve tooth health, it was prior to 1945 a known toxin. In 1936, an issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association stated that Fluoride at the 1ppm [part per million] concentration is as toxic as Arsenic or Lead. Later on in 1943, the Journal of American Medical Association stated that Fluorides are general protoplasmic [the colourless material comprising the living part of a cell], poison that changes the permeability of the cell membrane by certain enzymes. As well as an editorial in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 1944 states, drinking water containing as little as 1.2 ppm fluoride will cause developmental disturbances…systemically.
In the book ‘The Fluoride Deception’ by Christopher Bryson, he describes the intertwined interests that existed in the 1940’s and 50’s between the aluminium industry, the U.S. nuclear weapons program and the dental industry, which resulted in Fluoride being declared not only safe, but beneficial to human health.
Fluoride is not just one compound, generically called Fluoride or Fluorine with some being natural and found in the earth’s crust and others chemically derived. The compound found in nature, your teeth and bones is call Apatite [calcium fluoro-chloro-hydroxyl phosphate]. Industrial fluorides however, have been shown to act differently from simpler sodium fluoride. Hydrofluorosilicic acid is one of the most reactive chemicals known, it will eat through metal and plastic pipes, corrode stainless steel, dissolve rubber tyres and melt concrete. This is also the same compound added to water.
Other common uses for sodium fluoride include: rat and roach poisons, anaesthetics, hypnotics, psychiatric drugs, military nerve gas [serin]. Chemical fluorides used in water are entirely different than the natural salt based Apatite, which the body can assimilate and uses to grow bones and teeth, it can naturally be derived from foods. Chemical based non-organic fluoride used in water is not assimilated by the body.
An Aussie perspective:
In December 1953 it was decided in Australia that Fluoride was beneficial and good for tooth health. However it was not adopted nationally as an ongoing practice until a bit later through the 60’s and 70’s. Then in March 2012, it was approved to begin artificially fluoridating drinking water supplies for no less than 70%. However it is state mandated as to the amounts although generally the country goes within the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines of a maximum concentration of 1.5 milligrams/litre. This being inline with the World Health Organisations standards of 2006. Previous to 2008, Queensland was the only state that did not fluoridate water supplies. In general terms the Australian standard ratio is .6-1.1mg/L of water supplies with artificial fluoride.
Fluoride toxicity symptoms and health risks:
- Targeted organs include, kidneys, heart, gastrointestinal system, bone and skeletal structures, teeth and nerves.
- Salivation, thirst.
- Nausea, vomiting.
- Abdominal pain.
- Fever, sweating.
- Labored breathing.
- Stiff spine.
- Systemic toxic effects.
- Depleted calcium levels leading to hypocalcaemia [osteo blood and bone issues] and death.
- Tumours. In particular there have been linked cases of higher rates of breast cancer for women and lung cancer for men.
Fluoride is a cumulative poison, 98% ingested through water is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract therefore entering the body on a cellular level. Approximately 50% of what you ingest daily, is excreted through the kidneys. The rest accumulates in teeth, bones, pineal gland, other tissues and the aorta. The accumulation is age relative. In teenage boys, there is a proven link to bone Cancer and Leukaemia, with diet and hormone levels effecting absorption. As you age, if your kidneys are damaged by daily intake and it accumulates with each days intake, so then does the damage.
Top 20 Health Issues and Diseases associated with Fluoride:
- Increased lead absorption.
- Hyperactivity and or lethargy.
- Effected IQ.
- Brain damage.
- Synthesis of collagen disruption.
- Muscle disorders, CF, Muscular Distrophy, MS.
- Bone fractures, bone cancer.
- Dental fluorosis.
- Lowered thyroid function [metabolism and pregnancy].
- Inactivates 62 enzymes.
- Genetic damage and cell death.
- Disrupts immunity.
- Inhibits formation of antibodies.
- Increases tumor and cancer rate.
- Reduces melatonin production.
- Early onset puberty.
- Damages sperm, increases infertility.
- Hepatitis and liver disease.
- Breast and Lung Cancer.
Other places you may be consuming Fluoride:
- Food and beverage processed with fluoridated water.
- Mechanically de-boned meat.
- Pesticide residue on food.
- Pharmaceutical drugs.
- Soy baby formulas.
- Instant tea.
- Toothpaste, fluoride treatments, cements, fillings and bonding materials.
Did you know, a family sized tube of fluoridated paste contains enough fluoride to kill a child weighing 12 kilos. To remove fluoride from water you require a reverse osmosis filter. This may be applicable for the shower, bath, wet room sink, you absorb through the skin directly and any taps used for filling pet drinking bowls. Remember to wash your vegetables in filtered water [and vinegar], fill ice trays and pots for cooking with this filtered water.