Everyone knows that fluoride helps prevent cavities. Back in the day when you went to the dentist as a kid you got to pick a fluoride flavor and sit there with that bubble gum foam for a couple minutes. Now your dentist makes sure that your child gets a fluoride treatment with every cleaning. You can find fluoride in almost every toothpaste on the market and it’s added to the water supply of most American cities.
Well, what if I suddenly told you that fluoride is NOT good for you and doesn’t help prevent cavities or stop tooth decay. In fact that it can damage your teeth AND, it was once classified as a hazardous toxic waste product. You would say…well then why would my dentist be recommending it for my child?
The Fluoride Controversy
Let’s start from the beginning with a little story. Once upon a time, a big industrial fertilizer company needed to get rid of large amounts of toxic waste but didn’t want to pay the expensive cost to dispose of it correctly. Long story short, politics, politics, money, money, money, the right person got in the right place at a certain agency and they somehow came up with a way to convince the right people that fluoride would act as a beneficial nutrient and it should be added to the water supply. Problem solved, large fertilizer industry happy, instead of spending billions of dollars to dispose waste, waste is now being sold to water companies as a nutrient, American people completely unaware.
The most upsetting part is that the government has known for quite some time that fluoride is hazardous but they have gone to extreme lengths to keep this a secret, and have endorsed the use of fluoride for decades. “Up until 1931, the American Dental Association and the US Public Health Service recognized that fluoride caused dental problems, and that every effort should be made to remove such contamination from drinking water. “ (Fluoride the Aging Factor, p 140). However, around the 1950’s US public health services began endorsing fluoridation with little evidence of its safety.
So what is fluoride supposed to do?
The American Dental Association says. “Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.”
What does fluoride actually do?
It’s been linked by large amounts of research to things such as cancer, dental fluorosis, where your teeth actually become brittle and discolored, osteoporosis, neurotoxicity and lower IQ, advanced aging, and the list goes on, you can read more here. There is in fact little to no scientific evidence that fluoride is at all safe or beneficial.
But the good news for exterminators is, fluoride is approved as an insecticide and rat poison. So that’s nice.
According to Dr. Connett, author of The Case against Fluoride,
“The sad irony here is that the FDA, which does not regulate fluoride in drinking water, does regulate toothpaste,” Connett says, “and on the back of a tube of fluoridated toothpaste… it must state that “if your child swallows more than the recommended amount, contact a poison control center.”
The amount that they’re talking about, the recommended amount, which is a pea-sized amount, is equivalent to one glass of water.
The FDA is not putting a label on the tap saying don’t drink more than one glass of water. If you do, contact a poison center.”
Did you know that most European countries have stopped fluoridating their waters because of the research we have done here in the US? Did you know that “A seven ounce tube of toothpaste, theoretically at least, contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.” – Procter&Gamble, quoted in Fluoride the Aging Factor p14
AND…pay attention here moms, in November of 2006, the ADA sent out a warning to its members warning parents “should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride” when mixing baby formula. Did you hear about that? Probably not, due to the fact that they emailed their members this warning instead of making any type of public announcement. Read this article here for a good explanation.
What can you do to avoid fluoride for you and your family?
Just being educated about the dangers of fluoride is a start. A simple water filtration system would be the best thing, read about that here. Limit use of toothpaste with fluoride. Tell your dentist you don’t want your child to have a fluoride treatment. And most importantly DO NOT use tap water with fluoride to mix infant formula. The bottom line is this moms. Just because a medical establishment says some public health measure is safe, doesn’t mean it is. The research is there and the days of unknowingly giving our children a hazardous waste product are over.