We’ve been told a lie. The poobahs said if we added fluoride to our water it would strengthen our teeth and bones. And we believed them. Even encouraged them to fluoridate our water.
But they lied. The fluoride added to our water is a waste product of aluminum and phosphate fertilizer processing. And it’s not even calcium fluoride that appears naturally in water, but sodium fluoride, which is a whole different thing–and loaded with bad news.
In fact, sodium fluoride has no good news. Except for a few suspect reports by the people selling the stuff, study after research study proves that sodium fluoride does not protect our teeth, and it does a number on our bones. And on other body parts, too, including our thyroid gland.
Unfortunately for us, fluoride does its work in secret. Oh, we have health issues. Maybe even a lot of issues, but we never connect them to fluoride.
So let’s connect a few dots here.
Your thyroid gland produces the hormone that controls your metabolism. Thyroid hormone gets its power and glory from its iodine content.
Enter fluoride. Fluoride and iodine look a lot alike chemically, but fluoride’s a bully while iodine, unfortunately, gives up too easily. So fluoride knocks iodine out of your thyroid hormone and takes over.
Big problem. Iodine is what makes the thyroid wheels go round. Fluoride may look like iodine, but it can’t do iodine’s job. You have plenty of thyroid hormone, but since it can’t get the job done, you’re hypothyroid.
But blood tests, which are not sophisticated enough to distinguish between useless fluoride and the potent iodine you had before fluoride showed up, will say you don’t have a problem. To the tests, thyroid hormone is thyroid hormone, whether it works or not.
You’ll hear the doctor’s famous phrase, “You’re fine.” And you’ll know that’s not true, but you probably won’t know what to do about it.
Well, one thing you should do for sure is get rid of ALL the fluoride in your life.
A few facts you should consider:
Fluoride Is A Carcinogen
Fluoride was found to be an equivocal carcinogen by the
National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program.1
Further studies by the New Jersey Department of Health
have now confirmed a 6.9 fold increase in bone cancer in
Earlier studies had found a 5% increase in all types of
cancers in fluoridated communities.3
Fluoride Increases Hip Fractures
Drinking fluoridated water will double the number of hip
fractures for both older men and women.45
Extremely low levels of water fluoridation 0.1 ppm still
produced statistically significant increased hip fractures.
(Bordeaux Study JAMA 1994)
Fluoride Increases Infertility
Infertility in women was found to increase with water
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists reported
a close correlation between decreasing total fertility rates
in women between ages of 10 and 49, and increasing fluoride
They also reported that a review of all of the animal
studies done to date shows that fluoride adversely affects
fertility in most animal species.6
Fluoride Increases Fluorosis
Opaque white spots and brown ugly teeth caused by fluoride is called Fluorosis.
Fluorosis currently affects one out of five or more children in this nation although it is rarely seen in California.
California is the least fluoridated state with less than 16% of the population drinking artificially fluoridated water.
NOT Reduce Tooth Decay
Fluoride is not effective in reducing tooth decay.
No correlation was found between the level of fluoride
in water and dental caries.7 8 9 10 11
There appears to be a genetically related increase in
tooth decay for Hispanics, Indians, Native Americans and
Decay is related to the educational and economic level
of the parents.12 13 14
Much of the original proof that fluoride is safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb program scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide "evidence useful in litigation" against defense contractors for fluoride injury to citizens. The first lawsuits against the U.S. A-bomb program were not over radiation, but over fluoride damage, the documents show.
Human studies were required. Bomb program researchers played a leading role in the design and implementation of the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoridating public drinking water--conducted in Newburgh, New York from 1945 to 1956. Then, in a classified operation code-named "Program F," they secretly gathered and analyzed blood and tissue samples from Newburgh citizens, with the cooperation of State Health Department personnel.
The original secret version--obtained by these reporters--of a 1948 study published by Program F scientists in the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that evidence of adverse health effects from fluoride was censored by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) – considered the most powerful of Cold War agencies – for reasons of national security.
The bomb program's fluoride safety studies were conducted at the University of Rochester, site of one of the most notorious human radiation experiments of the Cold War, in which unsuspecting hospital patients were injected with toxic doses of radioactive plutonium. The fluoride studies were conducted with the same ethical mind-set, in which "national security" was paramount.
The U.S. government's conflict of interest--and its motive to prove fluoride "safe" – has not until now been made clear to the general public in the furious debate over water fluoridation since the 1950's, nor to civilian researchers and health professionals, or journalists.
The declassified documents resonate with growing body of scientific evidence, and a chorus of questions, about the health effects of fluoride in the environment.
Human exposure to fluoride has mushroomed since World War II, due not only to fluoridated water and toothpaste, but to environmental pollution by major industries from aluminum to pesticides: fluoride is a critical industrial chemical.
The impact can be seen, literally, in the smiles of our children. Large numbers of U.S. young people--up to 80 percent in some cities--now have dental fluorosis, the first visible sign of excessive fluoride exposure, according to the U.S. National Research Council. (The signs are whitish flecks or spots, particularly on the front teeth, or dark spots or stripes in more severe cases.)
Less-known to the public is that fluoride also accumulates in bones – "The teeth are windows to what's happening in the bones," explains Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University (N.Y.). In recent years, pediatric bone specialists have expressed alarm about an increase in stress fractures among U.S. young people. Connett and other scientists are concerned that fluoride – linked to bone damage by studies since the 1930's – may be a contributing factor. The declassified documents add urgency: much of the original proof that low-dose fluoride is safe for children's bones came from U.S. bomb program scientists, according to this investigation.
Now, researchers who have reviewed these declassified documents fear that Cold War national security considerations may have prevented objective scientific evaluation of vital public health questions concerning fluoride.
"Information was buried," concludes Dr. Phyllis Mullenix, former head of toxicology at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, and now a critic of fluoridation. Animal studies Mullenix and co-workers conducted at Forsyth in the early 1990's indicated that fluoride was a powerful central nervous system (CNS) toxin, and might adversely affect human brain functioning, even at low doses. (New epidemiological evidence from China adds support, showing a correlation between low-dose fluoride exposure and diminished I.Q. in children.) Mullenix's results were published in 1995, in a reputable peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Not convinced yet? Well, then let me tell you even more reasons to ditch fluoride.
Fluoride also attacks your pineal (PIN ee uhl) gland. Deep in your brain, called your third eye by seers, the pineal controls your inner clock, provides good sleep, works with your adrenal glands to handle stress, keeps the thymus gland fed and cared for, and communicates 24/7 with the rest of the endocrine system about how things are going. Fluoride calcifies your pineal gland into a non-functioning rock.
Like the rest of the body, our bones constantly renew themselves, adding new bone cells and removing dying cells. Fluoride interferes with the ‘adding new bone cells’ part.
Sodium fluoride contains heavy metals, including aluminum, which throw a monkey wrench into most of what our body needs to do. Adding to the mess, if aluminum can find some magnesium–one of the really good guys–it latches onto it and heads for your brain.
The American Dental Association finally came out with an advisory telling parents not to give their babies fluoridated water–because it can cause brain damage. But they still back fluoride.
The government classifies sodium fluoride as environmentally hazardous waste. Anybody handling it must wear HazMat protective gear. Dumping it into rivers is a crime.
Why then is it okay to put it in the water we drink, bathe in and swim in?
Consider this: Putting sodium fluoride into the water supply forces people to involuntarily take a medication they don’t need, for no reason, with no controls. A doctor who did this with a medication would lose his/her medical license in short order.
Fluoridated toothpaste requires a warning to alert parents to call poison control if a child eats a pea-sized glob of the stuff. Which contains the same amount of fluoride as one glass of water.
Fluoride worsens many health situations, including autism.
Most of Europe enacted laws to stop the use of fluoride in the water–and report great benefits from doing so. It looks like Canada is following along.
Only eight countries in the world now fluoridate more than 50% of its water. Unfortunately, the United States is one of them–and the politics run deep.
We’re on our own.
Reverse osmosis (RO) systems remove fluoride–and a whole lot of other bad things in our water.
Get RO-processed water (stores are popping up all over the place) or get a RO system, but don’t drink fluoridated water.
Why would you want to do harm to your wonderful self?
1. Maurer, et. al., Fluoride an equivocal carcinogen
J. National Cancer Institute 82, 1118-26, 1990
2. Cohn, Perry D. Ph.D. An Epidemiological Report on
Drinking Water Fluoridation and Osteosarcoma in Young
Males New Jersey Department of Health, Environmental Health
Service, Trenton NJ November 8, 1992
3. Yiamouyiannis, J.A. and Dean Burk, "Fluoridation
and Cancer: Age Dependence of Cancer Mortality Related
to Artificial Fluoridation," Fluoride, Vol. 10 #3 (102-123)
4. Hip Fracture rates related to Fluoridated water Journal
of the American Medical Association 264(4):500-502 1990
5. J. C. Robins and J. L. Ambrus, "Studies on Osteoporosis
IX. Effect of Fluoride on Steroid Induced Osteoporosis,"
Research Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology,
Volume 37, No. 3, pp. 453-461 (1982)
6. Freni SC, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental
Health, 42:109-121, 1994
7. Diesendorf M. Tooth Decay not related to fluoride
intake from water Nature Vol. 322 10 July 1986
8. Colquhoun J. Tooth Decay related to economics of
family American Laboratory 17:98-109 1985
9. Colquhoun J. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
10. Dr. John Yiamouyiannis statement both in his book
(Fluoride the Aging Factor" pub Health Action Press 2nd
ed. 1986 )and during debates has not been challenged by
the ADA or others.
11. Ziegelbecker D. Fluoride 14; 123-128 1981
12. Steelink and Jones Fluoride in the Municipal Water
of Tucson related to diet and ethnic origin International
Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology March 95
13. Colquhoun J. Fluoride Vol. 23 #3 July 90
14. Colquhoun J. Community Health Studies 11:85-90 1987