What Fluoride Hides

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Do you think twice about drinking water? What if you knew you were drinking a poison more toxic than lead?

Fluoride, the negative ion of the element fluorine, [9] has long been thought to be good for our teeth due to, “overwhelming scientific evidence.” [1] Since it was added to water in 1945, our exposure to fluoride has increased significantly. [7]

Doing some research on fluoride, I came across this article that says that “Community water fluoridation is a safe and effective means of preventing dental decay.” The trouble though, is that fluoride has been the cause of a large debate. Many sources say that it is in fact dangerous and not actually that beneficial for teeth. [8]

Studies state that there is little difference between number of cavities in cities with fluorinated water and those without. Some studies even say that areas with less fluoride have less decay. Being exposed to fluoride levels above 1.5mg/L causes fluorosis, (fluoride build up on bones and teeth,) a condition that causes joint problems and, ironically, staining of teeth. [5]

Man, they could really use [less] fluoride! *Severe fluorosis*

Man, they could really use [less] fluoride!

Interestingly, the drinking water standard for public levels of fluoride in Ottawa is 0.7mg/L. [11] but one serving of toothpaste can contain anywhere from 0.75 to 1.5 mg of fluoride. [2] As one dentist, Dr. Osmunson says, “There seems to be a disconnect there. They tell me not to swallow a quarter milligram of fluoride in my toothpaste, but they are forcing me to swallow a quarter milligram in just one glass of water.” [8]

Fluoridation advocates say that fluoride occurs naturally in nature in high concentrations so it’s safe. [5, 11] If that’s the case, I’m gonna go drink the ocean because yes, there are high concentrations of salt but hey, it’s natural. The thing is, the studies scientists make on natural fluoride might be valid. But it’s not the natural fluoride we’re concerned about. A lot of the fluoride in our water are toxic waste products from China, who, by the way, won’t use fluoride themselves because it’s too dangerous, according to their studies. [8]

Fluoride is not a lifesaver, it’s a poison. It accumulates in your pineal gland and can lower IQ in children.  It is a highly toxic substance; FDA requires all fluoride toothpastes to carry a poison warning. [8]

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“If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center Immediately.”

I can’t claim to know if fluoride is safe to use. What I do know, is that there are other ways to care for our teeth than having the government (literally) force it down our throats. Those who eat healthier with less sugar will have nicer teeth. Fluoride and its effects accumulate over time but that doesn’t mean we can’t start removing it from water sources. Thing is though, how much of these studies are fact and how much is money

Question: How can can we be sure who is producing these articles? There is a lot of research “proving” that fluoride is harmless and beneficial. However, these are mostly from toothpaste companies and the Canadian Government. The research saying that fluoride is bad is, I’m assuming, from a more neutral party, but we can never be sure. There is contradictory research left and right. How does bias change the results of science and how do you determine which studies are bias free?

Bibliography

  1. “Community water fluoridation.” Your oral health.ca. Ontario Dental Association. 2015. Web. April, 2015. <http://youroralhealth.ca/personal-oral-care/fluoride-in-your-tap-water>
  2. “Sources of Fluoride.” Fluoride Alert.org. Fluoride action network. 2015. Web. April, 2015. <http://fluoridealert.org/issues/sources/f-toothpaste/>
  3. Tom. “Is water really fluoridated with toxic waste fluoride?” Oral Answers. 2010. Web. April, 2015. <http://www.oralanswers.com/toxic-waste-fluoride-water-fluoridation/>
  4. “Toxins in our drinking water.” Global healing center. 2015. Web. April 2015. (ook at this site ‘cause it’s corrupted) <http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/water/water-toxins>
  5. “Fluoride in drinking water – Frequently asked questions.” Halton.ca. Web. April, 2015. <http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?pageId=15215>
  6. “Fluoride.” World Health Organization. Web. April, 2015. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/naturalhazards/en/index2.html>
  7. “Questions and Answers on fluoride.” United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2011. Web. April, 2015. <http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/regulatingcontaminants/sixyearreview/upload/2011_Fluoride_QuestionsAnswers.pdf>
  8. Dr. Mercola. “Fluoride: The toxic import from China hidden in this everyday beverage.” Mercola.com. 2011. Web. April, 2015. <http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/11/dr-bill-osmunson-on-fluoride.aspx>
  9. Helmenstine, Anne Marie. “What is fluoride?” About Education. 2014. Web. April, 2015. <http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryfaqs/f/what-is-fluoride.htm>
  10. Fitzpatrick, Tim. “What you do and don’t know about fluorine and fluoride.” Environmental chemistry.com.  2006. Web. April, 2015. <http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/chemistry/200609fluorine.html>
  11. “Water fluoridation and cancer risk.” American Cancer Society. 2013. Web. April, 2015. <http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/water-fluoridation-and-cancer-risk>
  12. Milson, Shane Tyler. “The truth about fluoride: Industiral waste dentists love.” The Naked Truth. Web. April, 2015. <http://therawnakedtruth.me/the-truth-about-fluoride-industrial-waste-dentists-love/> (look at this one too)

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maia Klee
    May 28, 2015 @ 23:47:19

    Hi Erin,

    This is making me nervous about brushing my teeth now! It is definitely messed up that the government is putting chemicals into public drinking water that are not 100% safe! Different people have different sensitivities, and as you said in the article the benefits don’t seem to be that great. I’m not sure what you mean by your question. It seems to me that if studies were being funded by impartial parties, then toothpaste companies and other fluoride advocates would be the ones with the monetary incentive. But from what you presented in your article, it seems like the majority of the evidence indicates that fluoride is actually bad for us, and not entirely beneficial to our health! I for one know that I will definitely be looking for those warning labels on toothpaste from now on– the thought of consuming a chemical that harmful so often gives me the creeps! Hopefully the Canadian government will come to their senses and realize what they are doing is wrong.

    -Maia

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    • Erin
      May 29, 2015 @ 00:34:25

      I know right? I checked the bottle of toothpaste I’m currently using, and sure enough, fluoride is there. I realize now that my question was very vague, even rhetorical. What I meant was, how can can we be sure who is producing these articles? There is a lot of research “proving” that fluoride is harmless and beneficial. However, these are mostly from toothpaste companies and the Canadian Government. The research saying that fluoride is bad is, I’m assuming, from a more neutral party, but we can never be sure. There is contradictory research left and right, hence why I used so many sites in my bibliography.
      So, I hope this is a better question: (and thank you for pointing this out) How does bias change the results of science and how do you determine which studies are bias free?
      Thank you for commenting.

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  2. Mykola Shykinov
    Jun 12, 2015 @ 19:22:07

    Hi Erin, wow i had no idea that the water i drink was this dangerous to my dental health, it is quite concerning that these harmful chemicals are in my drinking water, my family and i use a filter for our drinking water but it still makes me worry how thousands of others are drinking this stuff. Personally when it comes to sources, you can never know who is bias and who isnt, personally i believe that the government websites are only bias when it comes to information pertaining to their own affairs. Great post! and thanks for the heads up about my water!

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  3. Michael Botelho
    Jun 13, 2015 @ 03:37:53

    I am seeing so many posts about everything that is apparently “good” turning out to actually be bad. Its making me nervous about what is to come in the future because its not like things are getting any better. I keep going to my parents and telling them “Don’t but chips because delvin showed how they are cancerous” and now I have to tell them to buy water filters. I’ve just read how certain water filters which contain ion-exchange resins can remove 90% of flouride and chlorine. but carbon filters like brita don’t do this. I believe that a reliable source will also reference sources. I would probably do research on the sources themselves to determine whether they are biased or not. Thank you for explaining this to us and I will definitely but some water filters soon.

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