Of all major industrial pollutants, “fluoride is by far the most toxic to vegetation, animals, and humans.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Airborne fluorides have caused more worldwide damage to domestic animals than any other air pollutant.”
To make matters worse, communities have been pouring fluoride in the form of raw toxic waste into the public drinking water for nearly 60 years. This waste, generally from the chemical scrubbers of the phosphate fertilizer industry, cannot be legally released into the air, streams, or ocean, but it can be diluted and dumped into the drinking water. Currently, about two-thirds of the nation’s reservoirs have been fluoridated, and approximately 143,000 tons of fluoride are pumped into them annually along with its accompanying contaminants, which include arsenic, lead, and radon.
Even if fluoridation of water were effective in preventing tooth decay, which it is not, the fact remains that more than 99% of the water goes down the drain. So, spending millions upon millions of dollars to recycle the fluoride into the environment is patently absurd. And, hello, it is toxic waste!
America is becoming overdosed on fluoride
The food supply is becoming increasingly contaminated because of environmental pollution from industry and the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizer residues. We also get fluoride directly from fluoridated drinking water and indirectly from the fluoridated water used in food processing, not to mention dental health products and medicines.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), in its “Review of Fluoride Benefits and Risks” (1991), published an analysis of fluoride exposure levels (for a 110-pound adult) from food, beverages, toothpaste, and mouthwash. The data indicate that HHS was aware in 1991 that the public was already overexposed to fluoride. The table below shows a summary of the HHS data.
Concentration in Drinking Water
> 1 mg “Optimal” Dosage
Communities < 0.3 mg/L
– 2.20 mg/day
much as 120 %
Fluoridated, 0.7-1.2 mg/L
– 6.60 mg/day
much as 560 %
communities > 2.0 mg/L
– 7.05 mg/day
> 605 %
Other data suggest that 2.5 to 5 mg of fluoride per day for 40 to 80 years will create crippling deformities of the spine and major joints (skeletal fluorosis). For persons with kidney disease, the risk is greater because their malfunctioning kidneys will eliminate less fluoride. It is also important to note that these figures are for the last crippling stage of fluorosis. It will take only four years at 10 mg per day, or sixteen years at 2.5 mg per day, before a 100-pound individual can expect to experience musculoskeletal fluorosis, with chronic joint pain and arthritic symptoms. This is the amount of fluoride found in just 2.5 liters of fluoridated water and does not include the additional fluoride from other sources.
What can be done immediately to reduce the damage of fluoride?
- Stop using fluoride toothpaste. There are unfluoridated alternatives available in health stores or natural markets.
- Eat organic foods as much as possible to avoid chemicals used in growing commercial food.
- If food has water added, contact the company to determine if it is processed in a fluoridated area. If so, then avoid it, unless it is made with distilled water.
- Question your dentist about hidden fluoride in polishing paste, dental cement, and crowns. Most dental cements are fluoride releasing.
- Support a moratorium or an outright permanent ban on all fluoridation of drinking water.