Fluoride: In our water? In our toothpaste? What are we thinking?
Most people don’t think twice before drinking a glass of fluoridated water or using fluoride toothpaste. After reading this, you will probably decide to change some of your habits. We want you to know the truth about fluoride and how it came to be so commonly used.
One of the most common forms of fluoride is sodium fluoride, which by definition is “a poisonous crystalline salt (NaF) that is used in trace amounts in the fluoridation of water, in metallurgy, and as a pesticide.” This same fluoride salt is the active ingredient in many rodent poisons! Yuck!
Obviously this is very toxic to your body. It can kill you outright due to an overdose or accumulate over time in your glands and fat tissues. The thyroid gland collects twice as much fluoride as any other organ in the body. The National Toxicology Group found that some of the rarest cancers were caused by the ingestion of fluoride. If you look at a poison index, you will discover that fluoride is considered more toxic than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic!
So how did it end up in our water and toothpaste? It’s a very interesting saga. The fluoride story began in the late 1920’s. A very powerful family, the Mellons, owned an aluminum production company called Alco Aluminum. They were having a problem with a waste by-product of the aluminum production. This waste by-product is the metallic form of fluoride. The aluminum plants were producing hundreds of thousands of tons of metallic fluoride per year. Andrew Mellon wanted to find a good and profitable use for fluoride so his company wouldn’t be forced to dispose of it all as toxic waste.
Then, Mellon heard about a small city in Texas that had NATURALLY OCCURRING fluoride in its water supply. This was attracting some attention because it was also noticed that its citizens had a lower incidence of dental caries as compared to other communities. Mellon used his immense political influence to set up a new government board called the Department of Natural Health. And get this, he even placed his own lawyer as the head of this new federal department!
Now they needed some “proof” that metallic fluoride (the waste by-product of their aluminum production not naturally occurring!) was beneficial in reducing tooth decay. Mellon’s researchers designed a study involving two New York cities. Metallic fluoride was added to the public water system of Newburg, while the water supply of Kingston was left untouched. The results were not what the researchers had hoped for. In Newburg (fluoridated water) the rate of dental caries was 63%. In Kingston (no fluoride) the rate was 42%. So the fluoridated city actually had MORE cavities!
This study was originally designed to run 10 years. However, after 4 years of watching the fluoride-free cityhave less and less cavities, Mellon’s researchers did just what you’d expect them to do - NOT! They quickly stopped the study and proclaimed fluoridation to be a success. At this point, fluoridation was promoted across the country without a single studyshowing it to be safe or effective when taken internally. The bottom line is Mellon needed to find a profitable use for all their toxic and excess fluoride! The fact that the fluoridated city had more cavities did not matter to them.
Want more proof that fluoride is toxic? It is so acidic that it severely corrodes lead pipes and almost any metal in general. It can eat through a 1” iron pipe in a fluoridated water system in a matter of months. When the city of Thurmond, MD shut down its fluoridation pumps for repairs, they noticed up to a 78% decrease of lead in the tap water! They decided not to use the fluoridation pumps anymore. The same thing happened in Tacoma, WA. When they shut down their pumps, they experienced a 50% decrease in lead levels.
What about your toothpaste? In one study, 45 - 135 parts per million of sodium fluoride caused changes in DNA synthesis (i.e. produces dis-eased tissues) in just 4 hours! Sodium fluoride is the same form of fluoride used in most toothpastes (and rat poison). However, what is alarming is that the dose of fluoride in toothpaste or mouthwash is 23 times higherthan those used in this experiment. How toxic is that?!?
What is a person to do? First, you can purchase a water distiller or reverse osmosis system for your home. A counter-top distiller can be purchased at Sears for only $120. Secondly, stop using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash! There are multiple brands of fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwashes found at any health food store. Nature’s Gate has some great toothpaste flavors (wintergreen gel and cream of peppermint). We don’t recommend not brushing!
Eliminating fluoride from your family’s life is just one more way to help you be healthy. This is a carcinogen that any body can do without. Let’s face it. Does it make sense that a toxic substance can provide a health benefit? Nature never intended for us to be ingesting all this fluoride!
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Some Other Resources:
Maximum Energy. Dr. Ted Broer. 1999