The Great Fluoride Controversy


The fluoride argue continues to rage in cities and counties across the United States. Groups have risen on both sides to passionately plead their situations for or against water fluoridation. The main points of contention include the following:

Proponents of fluoridation point to reports from government agencies and some dental organizations that show fluoridation to be advantageous for the health of teeth. They believe fluoridated water to be one of the easiest ways to continue good oral health.

Anti-fluoride groups cite studies that show the fluoride used in drinking water systems is in fact not advantageous for teeth and instead causes a variety of health problems, some harsh.

There are also groups who protest fluoridation as a forced drugging of citizens, whether the chemical is advantageous or not. They insist that people should have the right to choose which drugs they ingest and in what amounts.

So what is fluoride, and is it dangerous or not?

There is a natural form of fluoride that is found in our teeth, bones and in character. It’s called Apatite. Inside the mouth, a delicate balancing act occurs between calcium phosphate (hydroxl-apatite) dissolving and the creation of enamel that shifts depending on physical conditions or diet. If there is more calcium phosphate dissolving de-mineralization occurs, which causes cavities. A balanced diet can help keep this course of action level.

If our bodies already contain fluoride, what is the controversy about adding more? There are a associate dominant issues at hand. The first is that natural fluoride is not the kind used in drinking water systems. Instead, most systems use either sodium silicofluoride or hydrofluorosilicic acid. These are byproducts of the cement, steel, aluminum and phosphate industries in addition as nuclear weapons manufacturing. They are man-made with no health benefits or nutrient value. In tests, a more benign version known as sodium fluoride is used, already though it isn’t the compound used in most real world applications.

The other main issue is a without of assistance. As stated above, a disruption in the balancing act in the mouth can cause cavities; American teens that use fluoridated water regularly have twice the rate of cavities over South African children that drink water only containing low levels of natural fluoride.

Critics of fluoridation state that due to the turn up of fluoride in other drinks and foods, pesticide residues, some moment teas, pharmaceutical drugs and mechanically deboned meat, adding fluoride to the water only increases the risk of fluoride toxicity.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health stated in a Material Safety Data Sheet that already the more benign sodium fluoride can cause systemic toxic effects to the kidneys, liver and heart, and targets the nerves, gastrointestinal system, teeth and bones. The report also indicated that effects can be delayed and noted tumor developments in lab experiments.

Fluoride toxicity can also cause or contribute to arthritis, hyperactivity, teeth staining and pitting, lower IQ, lowered thyroid function and a disrupted immune systems. Because it can inactivate at the minimum 62 important enzymes, genetic cell damage and accelerated aging are also a concern.

A 1936 Journal of the American Dental Association already stated that a 1 part per million concentration of fluoride can be as toxic as arsenic and rule. The same journal printed an editorial in 1944 that said, “Drinking water containing as little as 1.2 ppm fluoride will cause developmental disturbances. We cannot run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances. The potentialities for harm outweigh those for good.”

This is why so many people are now fighting to have automatic fluoridation in their communities stopped. It could be a long time for the United States as a whole to follow the rule of most European nations but fluoride opponents believe they will ultimately prevail.

Removing fluoride from drinking water

In the meantime, it is possible to reduce the levels of fluoride in your water supply. You should be able to request a local water report that will tell you the fluoride levels, pH and other information about your location’s water. If you are concerned about the levels of fluoride, there are options.

Alumina is one of the more popular methods for fluoride reduction. However there is an issue: if the chemistry of your water supply is not just right, aluminum can leach into the filtered water. It can leave bitter tastes and doesn’t remove pesticides, chlorine or many other contaminates.

One of the very best fluoride removal filters is called Bone Char, specifically Brimac. Brimac is NSF61 approved for safety and is Kosher Certified and 100% organic. Because the bovine bones are thoroughly cleaned and carbonized at 1472 degrees, there are no unhealthy pollutants or viruses included. Bone char works because it is so porous; as water comes in contact, unhealthy contaminates are successfully filtered, including fluoride, chlorine, aluminum, copper, mercury, manganese, nickel, pesticides, fertilizers and a variety of other unhealthy chemicals.

Bone char that is labeled HA2 Supra L should be avoided because it doesn’t last as long as Brimac and because of the fine ground, it can truly rule to clogged filters.

Carbon block will not remove fluoride by itself, but it does help filter out other particles and makes treated water taste better. KDF filters are also good add-ons to a fluoride system because they further remove algae, bacteria, iron, many heavy metals and other contaminates.

If you’d like to take part in groups dedicated to making fluoridation an individual choice, you can easily find chapters for nearby areas or start your own. The Fluoride Action Network is a good place to start. You can also contact local and federal officials and push for an end to fluoridation.

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