Danger in our water? Here in the United States, it's not something we often think about. We turn on the tap to fill our cups or cooking pots. We are privileged with this luxury to get clean water immediately at the turn of a handle. If we can afford it, we may even use a filter such as Brita or Pur, and think that we are drinking good water because it filters out some of the junk and makes the water taste better. Maybe we go to the store to purchase bottled water, but there is no telling where that water came from. Many bottled water sources actually come from city tap water. (If you would like to see how your bottled water measures up, check out the EWG's bottled water score card.) The truth is; however, that these "precautions" do not filter out what we should most be concerned about: Fluoride.
Fact: "Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of the western European population, do not consume fluoridated water."
Source: Fluoride Action Network
Some of you might think this doesn't apply to you because you drink well water, or maybe you already have a reverse osmosis system in your home. Actually, none of you are safe from fluoride either, but we'll get to that in a minute.
But wait. Isn't fluoride supposed to be "good" for us? I mean, that's what we are told by the ADA and Public Health Department. Even our own dentists recommend that we get topical fluoride treatments, especially for our kids. You want your kids to have healthy, strong teeth right? But what if I told you that you and your kids do not need any of this in order to have good oral health. 'Gasp!' It's true! If you eat right and brush your teeth with homemade toothpaste or a fluoride free version, you will have healthy teeth. Okay so not everyone eats right and brushes as often as they should. What about them? Well, if their dentist thinks they should have a fluoride treatment, that's the individual's choice to make. Just like you have a choice whether to purchase fluoride toothpaste or not.
Have you looked at the back of your toothpaste tube lately? If you are using a kind that contains fluoride, it will have some drug facts and warnings. That's right. I said drug facts. Fluoride is a drug and a harmful one at that. With most drugs, the body is able to metabolize and excrete the excess waste, if you have proper kidney function that is. Fluoride though doesn't leave the body easily. It really likes calcium. It floats through the bloodstream searching for something to bind to and heads for the bones. Once there, it's stored up ready to expose the individual over and over again to this toxin by way of osteoclast and osteoblast activity. This brings forth my first protest against it's use in the water supply. Why is our government allowing the practice of adding a drug to our water? A drug that is regulated by the FDA in toothpaste but not in my water? I'm a Registered Nurse, and I know what is required of me before I administer any medication. The six rights of drug administration were drilled into my head over and over again in nursing school.
Six Rights of Drug Administration
1. The Right Person
2. The Right Drug
3. The Right Dose
4. The Right Time
5. The Right Route
6. The Right Disease
Now I find it quite shocking that none of this applies to the drug fluoride. I wouldn't dare give an adult dose of Tylenol or Morphine to a small child. That could be deadly. So why is it that it's okay to throw some fluoride in the water without considering any of the 6 Rights? It's unethical and violates informed consent.
On the back of your fluoridated toothpaste the FDA warning states to use a "pea size" amount and if more than that were to be accidentally ingested, it could have serious health consequences and poison control should be called. Do you know how much is in a glass of water? In the video, Your Toxic Tap Water, Dr.Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University states that "A pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste contains about one quarter of a milligram of fluoride. Now, we fluoridate at 1 part per million. That's 1 milligram per liter. A quarter of a milligram of fluoride would be in a quarter liter of water or 250 milliliters or one large glass of water." You can see his exact statement beginning at 25:00 minutes into this video. It's a good one, so I do recommend you watch it in it's entirety.
So hopefully we now all agree that yes, fluoride is a drug, and with every drug, there are side effects.
Health Dangers of Fluoride
Calcification of the Pineal Gland
Cancer (bone, kidney, bladder, etc.)
Brain Damage (Low IQ, Dementia, etc.)
There may be many health effects that we haven't discovered yet that are caused by excessive fluoride. If we look back through data on when fluoridation started, I wonder if we would find correlations between mass fluoridation and heart disease or autism or ADHD.
I wonder how many mothers go home from the hospital after having a baby and are not told that they shouldn't use tap water in their baby's bottle. I don't think many people consider this. So I'm telling you, please do not use tap water in your baby's bottle. You need to use fluoride free water. Never buy the nursery water that contains fluoride!
The only way to filter out this harmful chemical is to buy a reverse osmosis system or the Big Berkey with the fluoride filters. Berkey PF-2 Arsenic and Fluoride filters work in conjunction with their other filters. In order to get the fluoride out, you have to buy the PF-2 filters along with the Black Berkey filters.
Remember how I mentioned that those of you with well water, reverse osmosis systems, or fluoride filters, still are not safe? That's because most of our country fluoridates their water. Just because you filter at home (which is still better than not) doesn't mean you're not getting fluoride from other sources such as wine, beer, fruit juices, soda, soup, soup broths, tea, even meats. Manufacturers are most likely using fluoridated water to make your foods. (Another reason to avoid processed foods.) Here you can see why this is an issue with our entire country not just state to state; city to city. Click here to learn how to be more aware of fluoride containing foods at the grocery store.
So now that you know some truths about fluoride, it's time to take action.
- Do lots more research. I've put lots of great links here to keep you busy for hours.
- Get in contact with other people that are passionate about this issue.
- Call your local officials.
- Go to your local Water and Sewer Commission meetings.
- Visit http://www.fluoridealert.org/ for tons of info.
- Tell your State Legislators to End Fluoridation
- Call your elected officials....it only takes a minute.
- Sign petitions like this one and this one for my state. (Please sign it!) We need to get our entire country on board with this, and as more states/communities ban this practice, it will help the rest of us get the ball rolling.
- See how other countries are dealing with the issue like Ireland and Australia.
- If you're in Illinois, keep up to date with what is happening with the House Bill 5383
Some Fluoride Facts
Fluoridation Disproportionately Harms Black Children
In Europe Fluoride Was Once Prescribed as a Drug to Reduce Thyroid Activity
More People Drink Fluoridated Water in the Untied States Than The Rest of the World Combined
36 Studies Have Linked Fluoride With Reduced IQ in Children
WHO Fluoride Study Shows Water Fluoridation is Unnecessary