Thursday, April 06, 2006
Fluoride: It's Not Just For Breakfast Any More!
I picked up a tube of Crest toothpaste the other day and read a warning that caught my eye. It said, "If more (toothpaste) than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away." What is this poison? It is a toxic substance that you may be unknowingly ingesting on a regular basis. In their infinite wisdom, your local government may have decided to mass medicate you and your water supply. The Toxic substance is called fluoride.
About 2/3 of the nations water supplies are treated with fluoride products, described by the U.S. Public Health Service as insecticides, rodenticides, and fungicides. In addition, fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses are spit into bathroom sinks all over the country to end up in the waste water. Before this water can be discharged into rivers and lakes, it must be treated to remove raw sewage and solid wastes. The fluoride, however, is not removed.
Water fluoridation is a peculiarly American phenomenon. It started at a time when asbestos lined our pipes, lead was added to gasoline, PCBs filled our transformers and DDT was deemed so "safe and effective" that officials felt no qualms spraying kids in school classrooms and seated at picnic tables. One by one all these chemicals have been banned, but fluoridation remains untouched.
For too many decades we heard from scientists who worked for the cigarette companies that cigarettes were not addictive, even in the face of mounting evidence of harm. When I was a child, we had an old black and white television. This was a few years before they came out with color television. I remember watching a TV commercial that featured a doctor in a white lab coat who stood there and said, "Six out of ten doctors prefer Chesterfield cigarettes." No one died from smoking one cigarette, one pack, or one carton. But after twenty years, cancers started to "mysteriously" appear. We were told these deaths were unrelated to smoking.
Now, the American Cancer Society states that, "During 1995, approximately 2.1 million people in developed countries died as a result of smoking." Tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the U.S. Scientists were wrong about tobacco; tobacco was not safe and neither is fluoride.
There are people (ADA) that would have us believe that fluoride in the water system will greatly reduce the amount of cavities in children. After all, there have been many studies that have proven this fact, right? A story always sounds true until you hear the other side. In the largest U.S. study on fluoridation and tooth decay, the U.S. Public Health Service took the dental records of over 39,000 school children and showed that the decay rate of permanent teeth was virtually the same in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. The worst tooth decay in the U.S. occurs in the poor neighborhoods of our largest cities, the vast majority of which have been fluoridated for decades. In New Zealand, they found that tooth decay statistics from 60,000 children showed fluoridation has no significant effect on the decay of permanent teeth (Colquhoun, J. Community Dentistry and Oralepidemiologyy 13:37-41 1985). Major dental researchers also concede that fluoride is ineffective at preventing pit and fissure tooth decay, which is 85 percent of the tooth decay experienced by children (JADA 1984; Gray 1987; White 1993; Pinkham 1999). In a 1992, a study of 26,000 elementary school children found that the more fluoride that a child consumes, the more cavities appear in the teeth (Study conducted by University of Arizona headed by professor emeritus Cornelius Steelink).
Click on the following article to read how an ardent supporter of water fluoridation changed his thinking and went from advocate to adversary:
WHY I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WATER FLUORIDATION
According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology , they have concluded that fluoride added to the public water supply, or prescribed as controlled-dose supplements, delivers no discernible health benefit, and causes a higher incidence of adverse health effects. Click here to read and download the article.
So what kind of health effects are we talking about? Fluoride is more toxic than lead and like lead in minute doses, accumulates in and can be damaging to brain/mind development of children, producing abnormal behavior in animals and reducing IQ in humans, especially in conjunction with deficiencies of key nutrients such as calcium, iodine and vitamins. It can also contribute to many disease processes. Because it is almost as toxic as arsenic,fluoridess ability to play havoc in the human body should surprise no one.
Click here to read an article that talks about studies that have shown that fluoride consumption has a link to lowered fertility and brain dysfunction.
Click here to review an article that links excess fluorideconsumptionn to kidney disease.
Fluoride & the Brain: Impact on Childrens IQ
Fluoride & Pineal Gland: Click here to read article.
Up until the 1990s, no research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland - a small gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain that regulates the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the onset of puberty and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals.
Fluoride linked to under-active thyroid hypothyroidismm)
Bone Cancer and Birth Defects
Dental Fluorosis - Excessive ingestion of fluoride during the early childhood years may damage the tooth-forming cells, leading to a defect in the enamel known as dental fluorosis.
It has been estimated that 63% of the water systems in the U.S. have fluoride in them. Many communities have been or are beginning to fight this trend. ManyEuropeann countries have succeeded in keeping it out of their water and have experienced a similar (if not better) decline in tooth decay as compared to the U.S. and Canada. Click here to read the whole study.
Countries That Have Banned Water Fluoridation
Austria, Holland, Romania,
Belgium, Hungary, Russia (15%),
China, India, Spain,
Denmark, Japan, Sweden,
France, Norway, Germany,
Greece, Portugal, UK (10%),
If you are still having a hard time making up your mind, click on this last reference and look at the rest of the story.
What Your Dentist Isn't Telling You About Fluoride