A toxic drug, fluoride is associated with a range of potentially severe health conditions. As of recently, both British and American media focused a lot of attention on a study relating fluoridated water consumption to thyroid dysfunction.
It was also suggested that water fluoridation possibly contributes to or aggravates behavioral problems like ADHD, by calcification of pineal gland.
Even though there is indisputable evidence of harmful effects, the United States still adds fluoride to municipal water supplies which get to approximately 211 million Americans. Over 67% of Americans receive fluoridated water starting from 2012.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 11 million of those, receive fluoride at or above what is considered the “optimal” level.
As far as the UK is concerned, around 6 million Britons get fluoridated water. On the other hand, a rising number of countries—including Germany, Sweden, Japan, the Netherlands, Finland, and Israel —have put water fluoridation to an end.
Water Fluoridation Promotes Thyroid Dysfunction, Study Warns
Although water fluoridation has long been encouraged as a safe and effective way to improve dental health, this claim has never been scientifically substantiated. Quite the reverse, all the evidence clearly indicates there are significant health risks related to fluoride exposure.
According to British researchers, over 15,000 people may be needlessly suffering from hypothyroidism in the UK as a result of consuming fluoridated water.
The risk of having a high rate of hypothyroidism in areas where fluoride water levels measured more than 0.3 mg/l was 37 % higher in comparison to areas that do not fluoridate. As Vice.com and the featured video above puts it:
“The key to a healthy thyroid is iodine, which is generally absorbed through the blood and stored and regulated by the body in the thyroid gland…
But because fluoride is more electronegative than iodine, it displaces it in the body, disrupting thyroid function and subsequently impacting hormone levels that keep metabolism in check.
Numerous studies (including one from just last year) have previously confirmed fluoride’s ability to promote and exacerbate iodine deficiency…”
Recommended Fluoride Levels in US Is Twice the Level at Which Thyroid Function Can Be Affected
At present, the recommended fluoride water level in the US is 0.7 mg/L. Considering that thyroid dysfunction is also widespread in the US – approximately 20 million people are affected, from a public health viewpoint, it is absolutely absurd to medicate the entire population with a drug that can either prompt or worsen this condition.
Thyroid dysfunction produces other side effects such as weight gain and depression. Especially dangerous side effect is harm to the fetus in hypothyroid pregnant women, which can lead to lowered IQ and other neurological disorders.
Due to these findings, researchers urge city councils to stop water fluoridation. As lead author Stephen Peckham says:
“I think it is concerning for people living in those [high fluoride] areas. The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t, was particularly striking. There were nearly double the number of [underactive thyroid] cases in the West Midlands.
Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems. I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water. There are far safer ways to improve dental health.”
Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who didn’t take part in this research, stated for WebMD:
“Clinicians in the United States should emphasize to patients this association and should test patients for underactive thyroid. Patients should probably be advised to drink less fluoridated water and consume less fluoridated products, including [fluoridated] toothpaste.”
Endocrinologist Dr. Terry Davies, also a professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, holds the same opinion:
“This dramatic increase in thyroid dysfunction associated with fluoridation of the water supply adds to previous studies indicating that fluoride has an inhibitory effect on the thyroid gland. [The study] supports the argument that our water supply should be pure water and nothing else.”
How Is Water Fluoridation in the Public’s Best Interest?
It’s essential to realize that fluoride is actually a drug, which shouldn’t be added to drinking water in such large quantities as it’s impossible to control who gets it, and in what amount.
The leading argument against this is that protecting people from thyroid dysfunction—which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, osteoporosis, neurological damage to fetuses and infants, and various other health problems—is of far greater concern than protecting people from dental caries, which can be very treated effectively in other much safer ways.
In addition, the arguments behind fluoride’s alleged dental benefits are rather weak, and have continually failed to bear closer scrutiny. Increasing scientific evidence shows that:
- Swallowing fluoride brings very few benefits to your teeth, if any. The truth of the matter is that when fluoride is ingested, it actually harms your teeth, triggering a condition known as dental fluorosis, which currently affects 41%of American children aged 12 to 14.
Visual signs of this condition comprise teeth pitting and discoloration induced by long-term ingestion of fluoride in the period of early tooth formation. In some areas, fluorosis incidence is 70-80% with a number of children suffering from advanced forms. Dental fluorosis can also indicative of overexposure to fluoride within the rest of your body, such as your bones and internal organs, including your brain.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that there is no obvious difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. What is more, the drop in tooth decay the US has witnessed over the last 60 years, which is often ascribed to fluoridated water, has occurred in all developed countries as well —most of which do not fluoridate their water.
- Topical application of fluoride can also be largely unproductive. Five years ago a study published in the journal Langmuir revealed that the fluorapatite layer formed on your teeth from fluoride is only six nanometers thick (about one ten-thousands’ the width of a strand of hair), which prompted scientists to question whether this ultra-thin layer can truly protect your enamel and provide any visible benefit, bearing in mind the fact that it is quickly removed by simple chewing. Other studies, on the other hand, have concluded that topical fluoride can be beneficial.
Cavity Prevention 101
The most effective way to prevent cavities is not by adding fluoride, but by targeting your diet. Excessive sugar intake is the core problem, according to Scientific American which also tackled this issue not long ago. Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development claims: “We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay.”
One thing that’s essential for your oral health is a traditional diet rich in fresh, unprocessed vegetables, nuts and grass-fed meats. Cutting down on carbohydrates and processed foods will inhibit proliferation of the bacteria causing decay in the first place. Other natural methods that can greatly improve your dental health include consuming plenty of fermented vegetables as well doing oil pulling with coconut oil. Be sure to also maintain high intake of omega-3 fats. Recent studies indicate that even low amounts of omega-3 fats can prevent gum disease. Krill oil is considered the best source of high quality omega-3 fat is.
Fluoride Detrimentally Affects Many Tissues in Your Body
Although, it is widely believed that the fluoride in drinking water or in any other fluoride supplement will only have an adverse effect on your teeth, sadly, this is far from the truth. Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect not only your thyroid gland, but also your bones, brain, pineal gland, and even your blood sugar levels a detailed study reveals. Fluoride’s adverse impact on the brain alone is scrutinized in over 100 published studies, adding 43 more that directly relate fluoride exposure to reduced IQ in children! This extensive research also proves that fluoride toxicity, resulting from overexposure, can cause:
- Increased lead absorption
- Skeletal fluorosis and bone fractures
- Genetic damage and cell death
- Damaged sperm and increased infertility
- Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
- Muscle disorders
- Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
- Increased tumor and cancer rate
- Disrupted synthesis of collagen
- Inactivation of 62 enzymes and inhibition of more than 100
- Inhibited formation of antibodies, and immune system disruptions
The Link Between Fluoride, Pineal Gland Calcification, and ADHD
Frank Granett, R.ph, director of Clinical Pharmacy Operations at Behavioral Center of Michigan Psychiatric Hospital, and author of The American Epidemic and Over Medicating Our Youth, also tackles the issue of fluoride and pineal calcification, which can lead to symptoms such as ADHD, in a recent article of his. He writes, in part:
“Located deep within the brain below the corpus callosum, which is the circuit connector for the right and left brain hemispheres, the pineal gland is responsible for the secretion of melatonin, the human body’s biological time-clock hormone regulating normal sleep patterns. More importantly, the pineal gland plays a critical role in the enzyme pathway for the production of brain neurotransmitters including serotonin and norepinephrine. Additionally, the body’s anti-oxidant defense system is optimized by healthy pineal tissue, which helps eliminate free-radical toxin accumulation in the body.”
Although it’s miniscule in size, your pineal gland is inclined to accumulating substantial quantities of fluoride, which in time leads to its calcification. Apart from manifesting ADHD-like symptoms, pineal calcification may also take significant part in Alzheimer’s and bipolar disease. As fluoride has adverse effect on neurotransmitters, it’s also theoretically possible that it stimulates depression and other neurological disorders. Granett also indicates that studies have related pineal calcification to premature puberty in girls, resulting from abnormal secretion of melatonin.
“Government agencies complicit in this public-health issue should re-evaluate the dangers fluoride poses in childhood behavioral development,” he writes. “Children and adults battling behavioral conditions should adopt an action plan to prevent the onset of pineal-gland calcification.”
In order to help decalcify your pineal gland, Granett recommends:
- Cutting down on sugar, processed foods, and GMO foods
- Drinking purified water. To stimulate calcification, take one teaspoon of cold organic apple cider vinegar in water once a day.
- Consuming raw beets four times per week, as beets contains large quantities of boron that also stimulates calcification
- Taking an antioxidant supplement
- Using non-fluoridated toothpaste
To Protect Your Health, Avoid Fluoride
Taking all scientific studies in consideration no matter which population they refer to, the only correct assumption is that fluoride’s health risks far outweigh the minimal dental benefits it may offer. It’s important to understand that fluoride is a cumulative toxin, which can eventually result in serious health issues, including hypothyroidism, skeletal fluorosis and many more. Also, bear in mind that dental caries can be successfully prevented with means other than fluoridation, so do your best to avoid the negative effects of fluoride.
The neurological effects of fluoride are especially disturbing. As mentioned above, 43 studies in fluoride intoxication now relate moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced IQ. These warnings simply can’t be ignored! Water fluoridation must come to an end. The question that remains is how. Apart from all scientific evidence, eliminating fluoride from American water supplies has proved extremely difficult. Areas that have successfully abolished water fluoridation show that it isn’t impossible though.
The late Jeff Green, National Director of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water maintained that a recurrent matter in the cases where communities effectively eliminated fluoride from their water supply is transferring the burden of proof. Instead of citizens accepting the burden of proving that fluoride is dangerous and shouldn’t be added to drinking water, a more effective approach has been to hold those making claims, and the elected officials who rely on them, liable for providing proof that the specific fluoridation chemical being used justifies their health and safety claims, and complies with all laws, regulations and risk assessments which are already mandatory for safe drinking water.
Help End the Practice of Fluoridation
One fact is indisputable – fluoride should not be consumed. Fluoride has been classified as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity” by scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory. Additionally, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41% of American adolescents are currently affected with dental fluorosis, which is unappealing discoloration and mottling of the teeth indicating fluoride overexposure. It couldn’t be more obvious that children are being overexposed and that their health and development are put at risk.
The first most plausible solution is to put an end to this old practice of water fluoridation. Luckily, the Fluoride Action Network has worked out a strategy to STOP water fluoridation worldwide. As clean pure water is essential for optimal health, industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives don’t fit in our water supplies. So, if you want to protect your drinking water, support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today.
Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More
Please visit the website of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and visit the links below:
- Like FAN on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and sign up for campaign alerts.
- 10 Facts About Fluoride: Attorney Michael Connett sums up 10 basic facts about fluoride that should be tackled in any discussion about whether to fluoridate water. Also read 10 Facts Handout (PDF).
- 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation: Find out why fluoridation is a harmful medical practice that is unneeded and unproductive. Download PDF.
- Health Effects Database: FAN’s database puts forward the scientific basis for issues concerning the safety and efficiency of fluoride consumption. They also provide a Study Tracker with the latest and all-inclusive source for studies on fluoride’s impact on human health.
Together, Let’s Help FAN Get the Funding They Deserve
The truth of the matter is that not many NGOs are as effective and efficient as FAN. Its small team has led the way to abolition of fluoridation and will persevere in doing so with our help!
Please make a donation today to help FAN stop the nonsense of fluoridation.