Before I hit my 20’s and my period of enlightenment, I never questioned fluoride. I knew it was in my drinking water, always used a “#1 Dentist Approved” fluoride toothpaste, and I opted for the fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office twice a year. Fluoride was good because the government said it was and so did my toothpaste.
It wasn’t until I had the privilege of sitting through a dissertation presentation devoted to the dangers of fluoride that I began to question everything I had ever been told. If fluoride really was a toxin that could cause harmful effects and there really wasn’t proper science in place to justify flooding our bodies with it, I wasn’t about to continue poisoning myself. Who would?
It didn’t take long before I switched to fluoride-free toothpaste, turned off the tap, opted out of the fluoride treatments at the dentist, started limiting processed foods, avoided produce sprayed with pesticides, and upped my label-reading game. Why? Because fluoride is a neurotoxic, hazardous waste that causes birth defects, osteoporosis, teeth fluorosis, thyroid problems, lower IQ, central nervous system problems, cancer, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
How We Got Here
We’ve known about fluoride for a long time and its presence naturally in water, the environment, and the body, but it has never been beneficial to our health and there are no proper epidemiological studies that show otherwise. The short version of a long story is that the “research” that forms the basis of our pro-fluoridation policies today was manufactured during the time of the atomic bomb. You see, millions of tons of fluoride were needed to produce the atomic bomb.
At the time, they didn’t know fluoride was one of the most toxic substances known to man and scientists, workers, and people in nearby communities where fluoride was being used started to suffer very negative health effects — bad … bad … health effects like the disintegration of teeth, decreasing mental faculties, lung problems, wounds and poor healing, and death (autopsies of which revealed lungs similar to those of WWI poisoned gas victims).
The type of personal injuries suffered could have taken down the entire nuclear program and this was World War II where the U.S was on the cutting edge. To combat potential litigation (and a huge lawsuit brought on by injured farmers), Harold Hodges, a biochemist who specialized in bones and teeth was put in charge of fabricating toxicological data that fluoride was beneficial. What better way to test for toxicity of fluoride than to add it to drinking water?
In 1955, the Journal of American Dental Association deemed fluoride safe for humans in small concentrations based on Hodge’s work and other hand-picked atomic bomb scientists, making it almost impossible for people injured by fluoride to bring successful claims. They said that where fluoride was present, people had few dental caries. What was omitted from the studies (and later discovered) is that these people also had fewer or no teeth. But hey, the atomic bomb program was preserved and we had some great propaganda to brainwash Americans into thinking fluoride was actually good for them!
Years later numerous documents, memos, and the real data came out. It’s not hard to understand why fluoridation was pushed on us. Litigation could have brought down the nuclear program, compromised national security, and can you imagine the litigation that would ensue now if it was admitted that we had been lied to for decades?
Do you understand the type of distrust this would create in the agencies that promote this ludicrous fluoridation policy? You remember the tobacco and asbestos litigation, right? This is that … on steroids. This is why lead researchers and scientists who conduct studies and write memos questioning policy and the safety of fluoride are demoted and fired.
The Centers for Death Control (CDC), Environmental Poop Agency (EPA), United States Health (Dis)service, Federal Death Association (FDA), American Mafia Association (AMA), drug industry, and the American DingDong Association (ADA) all endorse, protect, and promote the mass drugging of the American people with fluoride. (Kind of like they did with DDT, mercury fillings, and v*ccines.)
While the United States government is busy covering up and manipulating science as usual, 97% of the European World has flat-out rejected fluoride for lack of scientific evidence, the belief that people should not be mass medicated without their consent, and because there are better (and safer) ways to prevent tooth decay. (I personally think Swedish scientists are insanely smart, so I’m with them.)
Non-European countries like China stopped fluoridating because dental fluorosis rates skyrocketed and the pits, splotches, and permanent stains were a turn off. Israel ended water fluoridation in 2014, and Japan fluoridates less than 1% of their population. Most countries in Africa are not fluoridated, and guess what, they have AMAZING teeth.
Fluoride is Found in Nature, so It’s Perfectly Safe to Ingest
In anticipation of the most ludicrous argument used in defense of injecting or ingesting harmful substances, you should know: Despite the natural occurrence of fluoride in any number of things, that doesn’t make it safe to ingest. The same type of fluoride they put in our drinking water is used in insecticides, phosphate fertilizers, roach killers, and is a hazardous waste byproduct of the aluminum industry.
Think I’m wrong? According to the CDC, we add 3 forms of fluoride to our drinking water: fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride.
Fluorosilic acid is a carcinogen. If ingested it could cause a burning sensation, abdominal cramps, shock, vomiting, or collapse. The substance may have negative effects on bones and teeth, resulting in fluorosis. (Well, isn’t that ironic?) It is a corrosive and the CDC says to “AVOID ALL CONTACT!” Operators who put this into our drinking water have to wear the following: “Gauntlet neoprene gloves with cuffs, which should be a minimum length of 12 inches; full face shield and splash-proof safety goggles; and a heavy-duty, acid-proof neoprene apron or acid-proof clothing and shoes.” Yet, we pour this in our drinking water. Makes perfect sense. Don’t worry though, corrosive substances are safe when you’re only ingesting small amounts, especially when it comes to children.
Sodium Fluorosilicate is a poison of the “Don’t eat it. Keep it away from “food stuffs.” It will rot your teeth, rot your bones, and stop your heart” variety.” That’s just what the CDC says anyway. The people who put this stuff in our water have to wear a respirator, safety goggles, neoprene gloves, and a heavy-duty, acid proof neoprene apron. You’re supposed to seek medical attention if you come into contact with this stuff … unless you’re drinking it of course. Then it’s all good.
Sodium fluoride is a skull and crossbones poison. This is what’s in your toothpaste and is why there is a poison warning on the back. Schools use “NaFrinse” for their fluoridation programs, a “medication” that contains 3 grams of this toxic stuff complete with a could be “fatal if swallowed” warning.
Sodium Fluoride is classified as a hazardous substance by the EPA, and the CDC says it can cause all of the symptoms from the other two plus convulsions, diarrhea, cough, central nervous system problems, bone disorders, unconsciousness, and damage to a developing fetus. No big deal really. If the person is conscious just have them induce vomiting and seek a medical doctor stat. Oh, and most importantly, drink more water containing sodium fluoride to help flush the sodium fluoride out of your system.
Fluoride Does Not Prevent Cavities
Now, you’ll have some science deniers out there who actually believe fluoride prevents cavities. Give them grace. Brainwashing is hard to overcome; but a brief review of the studies that formed this warped thinking and the CDC’s own descriptions of fluoride should be enough to convince us that this corrosive substance isn’t good for our teeth. Maybe instead of poisoning our kids with fluoride the government should go after the number one cause of cavities? (Cough. Soda.)
“The prevalence of dental caries in a population is not inversely related to the concentration of fluoride in [tooth] enamel, and a higher concentration of enamel fluoride is not necessarily more efficacious in preventing dental caries.” –THE CDC
Fluoride is Toxic
The most prestigious medical journal in the world said that fluoride is neurotoxic and called out the government for presuming this chemical is safe when it hasn’t been properly tested.
Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants—manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. […] To control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity, we propose a global prevention strategy. Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity. – Courtesy of the LANCET (which also lists some really great examples of how science has gotten it wrong in the past).
But let’s pretend a corrosive substance can actually be good for us. Just a little amount in water won’t do us any harm, right? But what about the fluoride we accumulate from other sources like toothpaste, bottled water, teflon, dental treatments, air, pesticides, and processed foods?
How many of us haven’t swallowed toothpaste? I consumed copious amounts of bubblegum flavored toothpaste as a child. Does your toddler know how to swish and spit? Fluoridated toothpaste contains about 1,000-1,500 ppm of fluoride, which is enough fluoride to kill a tiny human if they consume the entire tube. Prescription-strength toothpaste contains as much as 5,000 ppm of fluoride. Now factor in brushing twice per day.
That could be why there’s a poison label on your toothpaste. Hello? Anyone?
I’m not sure what’s worse, having to supervise my child to make sure they don’t swallow poison or the fact that they’re brushing their teeth with poison in the first place. If fluoride is so safe and wonderful, why not take the poison warning off of the toothpaste and let our kids just have at it? Why not put fluoride in swimming pools so when kids swallow copious amounts of chlorine they can do their teeth a favor and swallow some fluoride too? (Sadly, this has actually been suggested.)
Maybe because fluoride can cause numerous health life-long and debilitating health conditions and 80% of the U.S population now has fluorosis — holes, stains, pits, and splotches caused by exposure to significant levels of fluoride during development and the first 8 years of life. Yes Mama, 60% of the fluoride you consume goes straight through the placenta to your baby.
(If you’re still on the fence, this is curable. Go to Google, type in “dental fluorosis,” and click on images.)
If You Want to Avoid Fluoride, Turn Off the Tap and Take These Steps:
2. Avoid non-organic produce (especially blueberries, grapes, raisins, lettuce, potatoes, and citrus) and processed grains, cereals, juices, yogurt (with added fluoride), hot dogs, and soda.
3. Only drink organic tea, especially if you drink green or black teas.
4. “Just say no” to fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office.
5. Get rid of your non-stick cookware.
6. Avoid un-necessary medications (many of which contain fluoride).
7. Don’t buy a house next to a power plant.
8. Invest in a water system or go cheap and buy a few refillable containers and fill up at a Water Store. Make sure your water is reverse osmosis and chemical-free.
9. Avoid tap water disguised as bottled water.
10. Join an initiative (or start one) in your community to get this poison out of your water.
For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll admit that fluoride has the ability to prevent cavities, but only in people who have no teeth. For those of us who want to keep our teeth splotch, pit, and stain-free, our IQs and fertility intact, thyroid, nervous system, and immune functioning properly, and well … just aren’t comfortable drinking corrosive substances whether it’s gasoline or fluoride, we’ll pass.