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About Fluoride Risks
Our kids have fewer cavities than we did, and many credit that to fluoride in the water supply. However, most European countries outlawed fluoride in drinking water decades ago and their dental health has improved as much as in the US, in some areas more. (Scroll down for info on FPIES.)
Ascribing all of our dental health improvements to fluoride in the water doesn’t hold up. Some in favor of fluoridation endlessly argue that there is no science to say it is bad for us. This is simply not true; there is a lot of evidence showing health risks of fluoride in the water.
Although many people have believed for a long time that fluoride in our drinking water was good for our dental health, there have now been many studies that demonstrate that there are significant risks of fluoride in drinking water. These present many excellent reasons why we should remove fluoride from our drinking water.
The dangers may go beyond cosmetic issues. The EPA released two newer reviews of research on fluoride risks. One study found that prolonged, high intake of fluoride can increase the risk of brittle bones, fractures and crippling bone abnormalities.
In recent times we’ve been seeing information suggesting that eczema can be caused or aggravated by exposure to fluoride, so the time may be here to filter it out of the whole house. We have heard from many customers now that their – or their children’s – eczema worsen with exposure to fluoride in the water.
Nearly always, the argument for adding fluoride to drinking water is that it is in a dosage that is safe and even good for us. Firstly, there are studies that dispute that. Secondly, drinking water is not the only way we ingest fluoride. Isolating one source and saying the level is okay is absurd. More and more the original untested assumption that fluoride in water would help with dental health is being confronted.
Fluoride is “Medicine in the Water”
Another issue is: do you really want ‘medicine’ delivered through your drinking water? Our view is that we should each have the right to determine what medicines we intake – or don’t.
Fluoride doesn’t just break down and disappear. It accumulates over time. An NRDC study says people today ingest 4 times as much as they were when they started putting fluoride in our drinking water! This is spread evenly across intake from water, other drinks, food and dental products. If you did everything you could think of to avoid fluoride, you couldn’t eliminate it!
Known Fluoride Risks
- Hidden Danger in Your Drinking Water and Toothpaste
- Fluoride and Fluoridated Water’s Link to Thyroid Disease
- See Time Magazine’s Article.
- The National Kidney Foundation has advised “Individuals with CKD [Chronic Kidney Disease] should be notified of the potential risk of fluoride exposure.” Too much fluoride damages bones and malfunctioning kidneys do not excrete fluoride properly allowing a toxic build-up in the bones.
- Brittle bones, particularly for older people
- High correlation between fluoridation and children’s ID development
In the 1950s, the renowned allergist George Waldbott discovered that some individuals are hypersensitive to ingested fluoride. In a series of case reports and double-blind studies, Waldbott and other doctors found that relatively small doses of ingested fluoride, including the consumption of fluoridated water, could induce side effects that would quickly reverse after ceasing fluoride exposure. Consistent with Waldbott’s research, the largest ever government-funded clinical trial of fluoride supplements reported that one percent of the children taking the 1 mg fluoride tablets exhibited hypersensitive reactions. Read more.
More recently, a Finnish study found that the rate of skin rashes in a city population decreased significantly within months of the city terminating its water fluoridation program. Although the authors were generally skeptical that fluoridated water could cause harm, after the study they noted that: “The significant decrease in the number of other skin rashes leaves room for speculation, seeming to favor the view that a small segment of the population may have some kind of intolerance to fluoride. This group of people should be studied further. The most frequently reported symptoms that disappeared from the time of actual to known discontinuation of fluoridation seemed to be itching and dryness of the skin.”
SOURCE: Lamberg M, et al. (1997). Symptoms experienced during periods of actual and supposed water fluoridation. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology25(4):291-5.
THE NEWEST FLUORIDE RISKS & APPARENT SOLUTIONS (Feb 2016)
FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome in Children).
We’ve heard from a naturopath and Certified GAPS Practitioner who wrote this to us:
“I see many clients with the worst of the worst health situations. They come to me because traditional medical methods do not work for them due to the synthetic nature. We support the body so the body can fix itself and see great recovery of all of them.
“We have found many discrepencies with Reverse Osmosis water, however, many clients with the most unhealthy systems come to me, specifically the children with FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome – roughly stated they’re allergic to the protein in food). These clients thrive on Friends Of Water filter systems. We do not know why but I’m currently researching the cause. I have my speculations and patterns showing the reason but I need the proof so I can post it to my readers. I do know your system doesn’t change the molecular structure of water in a harmful manner while it removes the fluorine (in addition to other contaminants)- which is detrimental to their systems.
“….for example one FPIES child who is on a very strict and controlled GAPS diet did nothing else but switch to a Friends of Water filter and immediately saw massive changes. When she urinated the bathroom smelled so bad the mom nearly vomited. The speculation is once you stop putting the toxins in, specifically the fluorine, the toxins can be flushed out from your body.”
Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc
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Dr. Plotner is conducting research to better determine why people are getting these great results. We believe it is that we should not be ingesting these contaminants. Friends of Water filters filter like Mother Nature does. The contaminants are removed, healthy trace elements remain. Please explore the Education section of our site (tab above), and Shop Kitchen Fluoride Filters.
From one article:
“HARMFUL EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a roach killer. Even at the level they use to fluoridate your public water supply, usually at the rate of about 1 part fluoride for every million parts of water (1 ppm) by weight, it causes severe problems. (Update from Friends of Water. Levels are more frequently about .8 ppm now.)
“As little as one-tenth of an ounce of fluoride will cause death. It is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. No one will die from drinking one glass of fluoridated water, but it is the long term chronic effects of drinking fluoridated water that affects health.
“Dental fluorosis is one of the earlier signs of fluoride poisoning, appearing in mild cases as a chalky area on the tooth, and in more advanced cases, teeth become yellow brown or black and the tips break off.
“Fluoride in the drinking water leads to fluoride levels in tissues and organs which damage enzymes. This results in a wide range of chronic diseases. Fluoride weakens the immune system and may cause allergic type reactions including dermatitis, eczema and hives. It causes birth defects and genetic damage. Fluoride is likely to aggravate kidney disease, diabetes and hypothyroidism. The amount consumed in drinking water has been shown to lower thyroid activity in humans. It also causes the breakdown of collagen which results in wrinkling of the skin and the weakening of ligaments, tendons and muscles. There are a number of ways that fluoride can be administered. The most insidious way is through the drinking water.”
Additional Comments on Fluoride Risks:
“I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable.”
-Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd
Past President of the American Medical Association.
Some research suggests that fluoride may be good for dental health when used topically. However, at this point it has become clear that there is no rational reason to expose yourself to it through ingestion. There is no question that too much fluoride does irreparable damage in many ways. Put that together with the reality that you can’t control how much fluoride you are exposed to now as you also get it through foods, drinks and some medicines.