What's the big deal about fluoride? We get fluoride treatments on our teeth from the dentist beginning at a young age and are encouraged to use only fluoridated toothpaste to brush our teeth, both of these to avoid developing dental cavities. Furthermore, most of the world's major cities purposely pour fluoride into the drinking water that runs from the tap, again to prevent tooth decay. Does fluoride really keep teeth healthy? Is fluoride safe for daily human consumption through the drinking of fluoridated water? Are we being told the truth about fluoride by our governments and medical authorities?

Most of us, including many medical doctors and dentists, don't even actually know exactly what fluoride is or where it comes from. Fluoride, as it turns out, is a by-product of the aluminum, steel, nuclear and fertilizer industries. In reality what is being called fluoride is in fact not the naturally occurring compound fluoride found in nature, it is a combination of hazardous chemicals that have been proven to have harmful effects on the human body. 'Fluoride' is made up of a variety of chemicals including, hexafluorosilic acid, sodium silicofluoride, sodium fluoride, sodium silicofluoride and fluorosilic acid. Repeat that list three times without stammering!

How did this cocktail of industry waste dubbed as 'fluoride' emerge in the environment and wind up in the public water supply? Back in the 1930s, with US scientists feverishly working to develop the atomic bomb, fluorine containing toxic chemical by-products began appearing in the eco system causing serious air pollution and biological harm. In the early 1940s the US Government and several large industrial companies faced with the dilemma of needing to dispose of these highly toxic chemicals began to collect and repackage these known poisonous substances. They quickly realized that they could turn a substantial profit selling them by the barrel to large cities. In turn these cities, the first of which was Grand Rapids, Michigan, were encouraged to dispense this poisonous brew into the drinking water supply, believing the scientifically unverified claim made by these organizations that doing this would completely prevent tooth decay and cavities and be beneficial for the citizens in general.

Science
Former US EPA scientist Dr. Robert Carton Ph.D said "Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century if not, of all time." Dr. Gerard Judd states, "Numerous top scientists over the past 60 years have discarded the theory that fluoride helps teeth, or is a nutrient helpful to man." These statements are quite contradictory to the information that has been released to the mass general populace. In contrast, the official stance of the ADA (American Dental Association), the AMA (American Medical Association), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as well as the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is that fluoridation, particularly community water fluoridation is a safe and effective public health measure. The CDC
formally states that 'water fluoridation is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century'. Needless to say, there lies a vast chasm between these two points of view. There are many scientific studies proving the harmful effects of fluoride and none absolutely proving it to be the great purported panacea against cavities. So, what is the real story?

Human Health
This leads us into the effects of fluoride on humans. Numerous 'non-industry' studies have proven links between fluoride intake and several disease conditions. These include dental fluorosis, osteosarcoma (bone cancer), skeletal fluorosis, kidney and thyroid disease, calcification of the pineal gland, a rise of free radical production in the brain, rapid aging, chromosomal abnormalities, lowered IQ, arthritis, immune deficiency, reproductive system issues, and increased chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and more.

Let's take a look at dental fluorosis for starters, since it is the most common immediately visible side effect of over-fluoridation. Dental fluorosis is characterized by an initial chalk-like discoloration on the teeth and in more advanced cases by dark stains and pitted tooth surfaces. Children are the most susceptible to this devastating permanent condition. As per the CDC, dental fluorosis affects 32% of American children ages 6-9. Studies have also shown that too much fluoride intake can increase the risk of brittle bones, fractures, and crippling bone abnormalities. The Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine both report greater incidents of hip fracture in heavily fluoridated areas. A fascinating phenomenon occurred in Kupio, Finland. From 1959 to 1992 this European city fluoridated their drinking water, after discontinuing the fluoridation, tests were conducted in the preceding several years to determine dental health. It was noted that there was no increase in dental caries; disproving the 'scientific fact' that fluoride prevents cavities.

Fluoride accumulation in the brain has been linked to a major decrease in IQ and memory loss. Fox News aired a segment that showcased a comprehensive analysis of 27 different fluoride studies that confirm its damage to brain tissue, particularly in unborn babies and young children. The analysis found that the damage is not only caused by drinking fluoridated water, but also from bathing in it and that the average IQ level of exposed children was significantly lowered. It is interesting to note that in the U.S., mathematics that were presented to 8th graders in the 1950s are now college level courses in the 2000s. Going back in history, we now know that German scientists used fluoride during World War II for mind control purposes due to the dulling effect it has on the brain.

Another serious condition affecting the brain is Alzheimer's disease. Data from the same analysis study that aired on Fox News, revealed that fluoride exposure increases aluminum levels in the brain tissue coinciding with the formation of beta-amyloid plaques, which are linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Cancer. The very sound of this word is enough to send bone-chilling sensations down the spine, as most of us have either experienced it personally or have known someone who has fought that battle. Fluoride has been linked to osteosarcoma (bone cancer). A Washington D.C. based non-profit, the Environmental Working Group wrote a letter to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences revealing a cover-up by Harvard University professor Dr. Chester Douglass. The EWG claimed that Douglass’ final report contained “potential, serious misrepresentations of research results.” The NIEHS had funded Douglass' $1.3 million dollar study researching the potential link between fluoride and osteosarcoma. The letter indicated that Douglass' report concluded that there was no significant correlation between fluoride and osteosarcoma, but a two-page outline of the report listed a 2001 doctoral thesis written by Elise B. Bassin (who was supervised by Douglass), which stated, “Among males, exposure to fluoride at or above the target level was associated with an increased risk of developing osteosarcoma." Not surprisingly, Dr. Douglass also happens to serve as editor-in-chief of the Colgate toothpaste company Oral Care Report since 1997, which sells fluoridated products...

Fluoride's effects on the thyroid and pineal glands are quite serious. Fluoride replaces the natural iodine in the thyroid acting as thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which suppresses thyroid function. The thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolic processes and brain development and when impaired can cause heart disease, infertility, and birth defects. The pineal gland produces melatonin, which affects our sleep-wake cycles, regulates endocrine function, converts nervous system signals to endocrine signals, and impacts sexual development. Exposure to fluoride causes calcification of this gland thereby affecting various body functions.

The Environment
From an ecological standpoint, fluoride's presence in the environment is a disastrous proposal. From the onset, the release of fluoride into nature has been seen to cause detrimental damage to plants, animals, farmland, the air, and water. Fluoride stunts the growth of plants, is crippling to animals, and is more toxic to the earth than any other pollutant, including lead. Hydrogen fluoride air pollution is more harmful than global warming and the depletion of the ozone.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has released contradictory statements regarding the safety of fluoride in the atmosphere. On one hand the EPA has set a 'safe' standard for the allowable amount of fluoride present in drinking water and on the other hand they have stated that 'The fluorides currently emitted by industry may damage economic crops, farm animals, and materials of decoration', (ie: flowers, plants, buildings etc.). As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Airborne fluorides have caused more worldwide damage to domestic animals than any other pollutant". There exists a great scarcity of studies showing the environmental impact of fluoride, which is of grave concern for thousands of people including some of EPA's own employees. On one fortuitous occasion a member of the Office of Drinking Water met with Dr. Robert Carton in a hallway of the East Tower of Waterside Mall (EPA's headquarters). The man was one of the authors of the Fluoride Regulation and he looked very distraught. When Dr. Carton inquired about his condition the man revealed that he did not believe anything he was writing but he had to carry on and do his job.

An assembly of the EPA called the NTEU Chapter 280 comprised of 1500 scientists, lawyers, engineers and other professional employees at the EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C., have released a "Statement of Concern on Fluoridation", wherein they express great concern over silicofluorides that are a by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry which "...contain contaminants such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury, and radioactive particles, are legally regulated as toxic waste, and are prohibited from direct dispersal into the environment.". In 2006 at the request of the EPA, the National Research Council released a 450-page review of fluoride toxicity, assessing the adequacy or lack thereof of EPA's "Maximum Contaminant Level Goal" (MCLG). This lengthy report concluded that the MCLG causes significant damage to teeth and increases the risk of bone fracture and joint pain and a host of other health problems The MCLG is the maximum level of a water contaminant that the EPA considers safe for all divisions of the population. The MCLG for fluoride that had been set at 4 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water since 1985, despite substantial in-house scientific opposition, has now changed to no more than 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water due to the advent of irrefutable scientific evidence proving the danger of too much fluoride.

Federal Law prohibits contaminating the public water supply with chemicals or drugs. Being that medical claims have been made regarding the use of fluoride for the prevention of cavities, fluoride would technically have to be classified as a drug, according to FDA regulations. Now we are traversing into the illegal realm of 'practicing medicine without a license', because cities and towns are administering medication to millions of people across North America daily, without their consent, and not even bothering to monitor the exact amount consumed by it's citizens. Officially, artificially fluoridating drinking water is a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Under statutes of the SDWA, federal agencies are forbidden from endorsing, supporting, or funding the practice of adding any chemicals to the water supply other than for purposes of water purification. Somehow this entire unlawful scenario is being allowed to continue unabated.
Around the World
Communities around the world are making vast strides in protecting the health of their residents. Europe has a 98% opposition to water fluoridation, with dental health being equal or better than North America. China and Japan have both rejected the idea of fluoridating drinking water. India and Israel due to the obvious health and environmental risks posed by this insalubrious chemical have also chosen not to fluoridate.

Ways to Minimize Exposure/Detox
¬¬¬It is of crucial importance to know how to clear fluoride from our bodies, particularly if we have a serious condition caused by over fluoridation. The mineral boron is an effective fluoride cleanser; it stabilizes calcium and magnesium components in the blood. A preparation can be made using 1/32 to 1/4 teaspoon of Borax (found at almost any grocery store) in one liter of water taken daily. Iodine is also a great way to remove fluoride. Iodine supplements that combine iodine and potassium iodide and seaweeds cleanse the thyroid and pineal glands. Obviously drinking filtered water (be sure your filter clears out fluoride, as not all of them do) and using non-fluoridated toothpaste are other ways to minimize exposure. You also can opt out of fluoride treatments at your dental visits.