Once touted as the magic potion for combating dental cavities, the use of fluoride has done a complete turnaround with the now known health dangers of fluoride far outweighing any supposed but debatable dental benefits.
Along with so many parents of my generation, and before we had the internet as a means of research and sharing information, we followed our dentist's advice and happily gave our children those little pink fluoride pills with only their best interests at heart.
Some of the fearful fluoride facts
- Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a cockroach eliminator.
- Fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product, which may also be contaminated with lead, arsenic, aluminum and other industrial contaminants.
- The fluoride in municipal water supplies is not pharmaceutical grade but added (at considerable expense) at a rate of roughly 1 part to 1 million parts of water.
- Fluoride is more poisonous than lead and only slightly less than arsenic – and of course the authorities would not think of adding either lead or arsenic to the water supplies.
- Fluoride toothpaste carries a warning and Poison Control should be called if you swallow a quarter milligram of fluoride from toothpaste. The irony is that to remain within "safe" limits, you'd have to use such a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste that one tube would last you several years.
- Processed foods and beverages such as sodas, juices, sports drinks, baby foods and more are often high in fluoride.
- Non-stick pans emit a fluoride gas when heated.
Some of the long term effects of fluoride to our health
- Brain damage in infants
- Gum damage
- Thyroid problems
- Neurological problems
- A weakened immune system
- Can calcify and damage the pineal gland in the brain, raising the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other diseases
So what can you do to avoid damage from this fearful substance?
- Obviously stop taking any fluoride supplements.
- Avoid fluoride gel treatments as part of your dental visit.
- Only use non-fluoride toothpaste (and preferably a natural and non-commercial toothpaste).
- Be aware that many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated, which means they contain something called a “carbon-fluorine bond.” which in some cases can break down within the body and even metabolize into fluoride. The drug Cipro is a particular example but there are others and they should all be avoided.
- Use a water filter such as reverse osmosis or a pre-charcoal filter.
- Be even more diligent in reading labels.
- Look into starting the technique of oil pulling. We have written about it here.
Last but not least, consider joining or starting a campaign to persuade your own local authority to cease adding fluoride to your water supply.