And there are opinions on both sides of the argument.
In my research I’ve seen most of those who are for fluoride are those who benefit financially.
[yellowbox]Here are a few facts about fluoridation to help you come to your own conclusion before buying fluoride filters.[/yellowbox]
Proven Origins of Fluoride
Before fluoride was utilized by dentists to fight tooth decay, it was used as an insecticide and rat poison. A pollutant, fluoride is a by-product of iron, copper and aluminum manufacturing.
Fluoride was first introduced to Americans by way of consumption in the 1940s and 1950s. Believed to fight tooth decay, it was added to drinking supplies.
At that time, dentists thought that in order for fluoride to be most effective in fighting cavities and tooth decay, it needed to be swallowed.
Since then, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have determined that fluoride is in fact predominantly effective topically (direct contact with the teeth) and not systemic (from ingestion).
This is true for children and adults. (See CDC, 1999, MMWR 48: 933-940).
[yellowbox]Swallowing, therefore, is not necessary for fluoride to fight cavities.[/yellowbox]
Even More Harmful Effects Due To Fluoride Added to Drinking Water
While it’s proven that drinking fluoride doesn’t benefit teeth, there are other confirmed effects to ingesting this chemical.
Tests have linked fluoride consumption to damage of the brain, thyroid gland, bones and kidneys.
For example, in the 1990s animal studies were done using the same concentration of fluoride that is added to many water supplies.
The scientists discovered dementia-like effects on the animals.
Also, a recent study conducted by a team of Harvard scientists linked fluoride with a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in males under age 20.
This cancer has a mortality rate of nearly 50% in the first five years.
It is also recommended by the American Dental Association that babies avoid fluoride since internal tissues can be harmed and they can suffer from permanent dental fluorosis.
Other Concerns Include Additional Toxic Chemicals
In addition to health concerns, another worry stems from the fact that there are dangerous industrial chemicals used to fluoridate water, the most common being fluorosilicic acid (FSA).
This is a corrosive acid and when combined with chlorinated compounds, leaches lead in water pipes. FSA has been connected to higher blood lead levels in children which can lead to learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
Other industrial chemicals used to fluoridate water are sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride. To see what chemicals are used to fluoridate your area’s water supply, see this CDC link.
With all these unhealthy links to fluoride, is it really best that this chemical continue to be added to water supplies?
No Evidence Fluoride Added to Drinking Water Does Anything Positive
It is true that tooth decay instances have reduced since the 1950s, when fluoride was added to the water supplies. But, tooth decay reduction is true for all western countries, including many that have never added fluoride to water.
There is no evidence that fluoridated water has been the cause of declining tooth decay.
In Western Europe, 97% have chosen not to fluoridate water. Countries such as France, Germany and Italy, to name a few, see fluoride use as a choice instead of mandatory. Fluoride is the only chemical added to drinking water for medicinal purposes.
All other chemicals are for improving the water’s quality and safety. Western European countries do not feel it is the government’s responsibility to force medication on the population.
They see this as the medical industry’s responsibility and have therefore offered fluoride in other ways to those who desire it.
Fluoridating Water Is Not Cost-Effective
Another argument against fluoridating water is economical. Much of the fluoride put in water supplies is used in ways other than drinking (i.e. washing dishes, flushing toilets and watering the lawn). It is a waste of money and an unwise use of government spending.
Fluoride in any form is a toxic chemical. People should be informed of the risks of consumption and should then have the choice of whether or not they want it in their system.
Dentists encourage fluoride treatments and most toothpastes include fluoride. But both warn that swallowing could be harmful and require immediate medical attention. That in itself should explain the dangers of this chemical.
With all the evidence before us, the answer seems clear. Fluoride is harmful, especially in drinking water.
Due to excessive amounts of fluoridation, many people are suffering from over-exposure and their health is diminishing. These results are not worth the benefit claims.
What Are The Solutions?
A major question concerning this issue is how to remove fluoride from the drinking supply. If you want to avoid fluoride and you don’t want your babies or children drinking it, how do you go about getting it out of your water?
The average water purifier does not filter fluoride and most that do (such as reverse osmosis) are very expensive and remove not only fluoride but the good minerals the body needs from water. But, all hope is not lost. There is a solution.
The high-tech, powerful Berkey fluoride filters guarantee removal of 99.75% of fluoride from your water. In addition, none of the good minerals are extracted. You’re essentially drinking the healthiest, purest water possible.
Berkey systems are the most powerful and economical purifiers in the world. They eliminate all common toxins from water including pathogenic bacteria, parasites, pesticides, lead and mercury, to name a few.
And with the addition of the PF-2 fluoride and arsenic reduction elements, fluoride added to drinking water is now added to the list of removed toxins. There is no easier way to guarantee your drinking fluoride-free water every day.
Fluoride can and should be avoided at all costs and that can be done most easily with Berkey fluoride filters.
Is Berkey The Only System That Filters Out Fluoride?
The average water purifier doesn’t filter fluoride and it may take a little research to find one that does. There are such filters out there, though.
Some filter systems, such as reverse osmosis, remove fluoride but they’re also very expensive and in addition to filtering out harmful chemicals they also filter good minerals the body needs from water. Be sure when you’re looking for a fluoride filter that it guarantees removal of the bad, while leaving in the good.
It is possible to have clean, fluoride-free water without breaking the bank. And since consuming fluoride is harmful to you and your family, it is essential that this toxin be removed from your drinking supply. Fluoride can and should be avoided for your family to live a healthy life.