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In November 2016, my small Maine town voted to reject fluoridation of our water supply. Nearly 400 other communities in the United States have done the same.
My children were raised drinking fluoride. Fortunately, they don’t seem to have suffered any major issues because of it.
But who knows what the long-term effects are?
We’ve told you before about the dangers of fluoride for both children and adults, and we’ll review those dangers for you here.
Things are heating up in the effort to ban this dangerous chemical nationwide. If a dedicated group of scientists wins, fluoridated water supplies will be a thing of the past.
Why is fluoride dangerous?
Let us count the ways ….
Here’s a list of what fluoride does to the human body, based on abundant research (some of it funded by the U.S. government):
Fluoride disrupts hormone production throughout our endocrine system, but it is particularly harmful to thyroid hormones.
The thyroid gland regulates metabolism and is vital to the growth and development of the bones and nervous system. Thyroid damage can contribute to obesity, heart disease, depression and other health problems. And you have to wonder if fluoride contributes to the fact that thyroid cancer is tripling in the U.S.
Numerous studies have linked fluoride exposure with reduced IQ in children. Four human studies actually found an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage.
Reduced melatonin production.
The pineal gland produces the sleep hormone melatonin. Fluoride accumulation in this gland leads to poor melatonin production and early onset of puberty, as well as sleep disorders.
Seen in older adults in communities with high fluoride intake, this condition mimics arthritis and so can go misdiagnosed for years.
In children and teens, tooth enamel becomes discolored, pitted and more porous. This condition, known as dental fluorosis, is a clear sign of overexposure to fluoride. It is often dismissed as merely a cosmetic problem, when in fact it leaves teeth weaker and more vulnerable to decay.
There is no “safe” dose of fluoride. Many people are extraordinarily sensitive to even small amounts. This includes people with kidney disease, who cannot process and eliminate fluoride efficiently.
Working to end fluoridation
Fluoridation of public water supplies flies in the face of the standard medical practice of informed consent.
Governments have the power to force members of a community to take a medicine without their consent, something a doctor could never do to a patient.
Both the scientific community and public interest groups have been hard at work to make fluoridation of public water supplies illegal.
Here’s a timeline of where things stand:
The U.S government admitted it has been recommending “excessive” levels of fluoride since 1962, causing forty percent of American teens to develop dental fluorosis.
The Fluoride Action Network, along with five other scientific and consumer groups, filed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit all fluoridation additives.
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA can prohibit the “particular use of a chemical substance if the use presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations.”
The petition cites the findings of a long-term study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) that was published in September 2017.
That study followed over 300 mother-child pairs for twelve years. Fluoride levels in the mothers’ urine ranged from 0.5 to 1.g mg/liter. These levels corresponded with a five- to six-point loss of IQ points in their children.
February 2, 2017:
The EPA responded to the petition by claiming that it did not provide “a scientifically defensible basis” to show that anyone had suffered neurotoxic harm from fluoride exposure.
December 21, 2017:
A U.S. District Judge denied the EPA’s motion to dismiss the case.
A ruling is expected sometime in 2018.
How to protect yourself now
Know your water supply. Here is a list of communities worldwide that have rejected fluoridation since 1990.
Take selenium (a mineral that also decrease your cancer risk 10x). Studies have shown that selenium protects against fluoride toxicity. The RDA is 55 mcg, while the most you should take is 400 mcg daily. Brazil nuts, sardines, beef liver and oatmeal are good dietary sources.
Know where fluoride hides. It’s not just in your water. It’s also found in:
- FluorideAlert.org/ — Fluoride Action Network
- Fluoride Exposure In Utero Linked To Lower IQ In Kids, New Study Says — Fluoride Action Network
- 50 Reasons To Oppose Fluoridation — Fluoride Action Network
- Thyroid — Fluoride Action Network
- Communities Which Have Rejected Fluoridation Since 1990 — Fluoride Action Network
- Pineal Gland — Fluoride Action Network
- TSCA Section 21 Petition to EPA re: Fluoride Neurotoxicity — Fluoride Action Network
- Fluoride Chemicals in Drinking Water; TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response — Federal Register
- Fluoride Dangers: Top 10 Dangers Of Fluoride — cheeseslave.com
- Kennebunk-area voters decide to cease water fluoridation — Portland Press Herald
- My Water’s Fluoride — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- About NIEHS — National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Protective effects of selenium on fluoride induced alterations in certain enzymes in brain of mice — Journal of Environmental Biology
- Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6–12 Years of Age in Mexico — Environmental Health Perspectives