The Fluoride Action Network recently announced that fluoride is ranked as one of the most dangerous substances consumed by Americans. In the United States, it is estimated that more than 65 percent of the population consumes fluoridated water. It is reported that 97 percent of people in developed countries do not drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride added to public water reservoirs and systems is a highly-contaminated chemical generated by industrial manufacturers of phosphate fertilizers. Since 1945, fluoride has been added to water systems for the sole purpose of preventing tooth decay. It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of American adolescents develop a condition known as dental fluorosis, which leads to the eventual destruction of healthy tooth enamel.
Studies have demonstrated that fluoride provides minimal benefit to dental health. According to reports issued by the World Health Organization, people living in countries with fluoridated water systems do not have less tooth decay than people drinking non-fluoridated water.
Fluoride has been classified by medical researchers as a developmental neurotoxin. The use of fluoride has been linked to neurological conditions including brain damage, cognitive impairment, autism and developmental delays. An article published in the March 2014 issue of the journal Lancet Neurology discussed a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. Researchers discovered that children who drink fluoridated water tested lower on the IQ scale than children who do not consume fluoridated water.
Fluoride can cause the thyroid gland to function improperly, which can cause osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as well as cancerous tumor growth in vital organs. Fluoride, which is not an essential nutrient, can disrupt the body’s immune system, leading to infertility in both men and women.
High concentrations of fluoride in the body can cause early stage skeletal fluorosis, a bone disease that causes bones to harden. As bones lose normal elasticity, they are more prone to fracture. Symptoms of the disease include burning in the limbs, muscle weakness, and chronic fatigue. Advanced skeletal fluorosis can cause stiff joints, chronic bone pain and calcification of tendons and ligaments of the pelvis and ribs.
Fluoridated water can be extremely harmful to infants by slowing the development of healthy teeth. Dental and healthcare professionals have urged parents not to add fluoride to baby formula and not to use fluoride supplements. Fluoride supplements have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of tooth decay.
Unfortunately, many Americans are not aware of the dangers posed by water fluoridation. According to the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) and clinical toxicology textbooks, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and slightly less toxic than arsenic. Severe fluoride toxicity can cause multi-organ failure and death.
If your water supply is fluoridated, you can protect your family from fluoride toxicity by using bottled water. There are many oral health products that do not contain fluoride, so it is important to read the labels. Although household water filtering systems are effective in removing some impurities from your water, they will not remove fluoride.
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