Fluoridation implies increasing the levels of naturally occurring fluoride in our water. We are told this is paramount to helping strengthen teeth against decay.
However, when fluoride is already being added to our toothpaste, contained in our food due to processes involving fluoridated water and through pesticide residues, the questions we may all be asking ourselves are…
- Are we being overexposed to fluoride? and,
- Are there associated health risks?
Babies are victims of overexposure. The American Dental Association’s policy changed in 2006 to recommend only the following types of water be used for preparing infant formula: “purified, distilled, deionized, demineralized, or produced through reverse osmosis.” This implies that little or no fluoride should be consumed by our little ones, similar to breast fed babies where fluoride is almost completely eliminated. What benefit does fluoride bring to our little toothless babies?
The predominant benefit of fluoride in reducing tooth decay is TOPICAL. This means that application on the outside of the tooth is required, and not from within the body (by ingesting). Why are we pumping our bodies day in and day out with this substance?
Fluoride can interfere with the normal functions of the brain and may adversely impact IQ. It has been listed among 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity”. (US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)). Harvard scientists IQ meta-review concludes that fluoride’s impact on the developing brain should be a “high research priority.”
Fluoride can lead to arthritic symptoms. Some of the early symptoms of skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease that impacts millions), closely resemble the symptoms of arthritis.
Fluoride may increase hip fractures in elderly people. When high doses of fluoride were used in trials to treat patients with osteoporosis in an effort to improve bone condition and reduce fracture rates, the opposite turned out to be true; higher fracture rates were recorded, particularly in the hips.
Most developed countries and 97% of the western European population, do not fluoridate their water.
Why is it that most of our Western counterparties have rejected water fluoridation, but have nevertheless experienced the same decline in childhood dental decay as fluoridated countries? (World Health Organization, Tooth decay trends in fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries 1970-2010).
So, what can we do as citizens, subjected to consume chemically altered waterwith no say in the matter? Whilst it may take years and years for our governing bodies to make any serious changes, you may like to get your hands on a reverse osmosis water filter. This is the only known type to nearly completely eliminate the added fluoride in water. They are available in Australia at a retail cost of approximately $450-$900.