The Dangers of Fluoride

Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is one of the most toxic substances known to man, yet based on its inclusion in virtually every brand of toothpaste, the American Dental Association believes it’s okay to use fluoride for preventative dental care. Other products, such as bottled water, infant formulas, and even vitamin supplements, now contain fluoride!

In 2002, nearly 90% of the U.S. population was supplied water via public water systems, and around 67% of that number received fluoridated water. This occurred in spite of the fact, “No statistically significant differences were found in the decay rates of permanent teeth or the percentages of decay-free children in the fluoridated, non-fluoridated, and partially fluoridated areas.”

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) typically label sodium fluoride as “…toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact” and that PPE (personal protection equipment) for handling should include safety glasses and gloves. Fluorides are more toxic than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic… and these toxins can enter your body from brushing your teeth or rinsing with many popular dental care products!

Fluoride compounds are still purposefully added to water in many areas (in a process known as fluoridation) and is used in most brands of toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. However, fluoride has never been proven to significantly aid in protecting teeth from the development of cavities.

Every year Poison Control centers receive thousands of calls from people reporting excessive consumption of fluoride-containing products, such as vitamins, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. Fluoride poisoning severely damages the body and can be fatal. This lethal chemical creates a toxic state that can cause a variety of harmful effects.

Also, Practically all of the beverages sold in stores use tap water. The customers who drink those beverages ingest a fair amount of added fluoride. When the availability of such beverages is combined with the amount of fluoridated tap water, one can appreciate the high level of fluoride in the present-day diet.

The ingestion of these simple everyday foods can introduce an increased amount of fluoride into the body:

  • Reconstituted dry food
  • Food cooked in a Teflon pan
  • Soup made at home and in restaurants
  • Mechanically de-boned chicken
  • Anesthetics used to knock you out for surgery also contain fluorides.

Potential Results of Consuming Fluorides

  • Acute Poisoning
  • Birth Defects
  • Osteoarthritis [1]
  • Bone & Uterine Cancer
  • Perinatal Death [2]
  • Immune System Suppression
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders [3]
  • Essential enzyme inhibition [4]
  • Lowered IQ (especially in young children) [5]
  • Skeletal Fluorosis (leading to brittle teeth and bones)

How Safe is Water Fluoridation?

child brushing teeth

The practice of water fluoridation has been rejected or banned in several countries including: China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan [6].

Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free, and thankfully, many American communities are realizing this is the healthier choice. More than 45 U.S. cities have rejected the process of water fluoridation since 1990. Now, if the remaining 30,000 will follow along, the entire nation will have access to fluoride-free water.

With all this knowledge and current research demonstrating the harmful effects of fluoride, can you believe a company (DS Waters of America Inc.) would actually market bottled water for children containing this toxin? Nursery®, for infants, actually advertises on the label that it has “added fluoride”! Furthermore, this company goes on to state, “If you make the choice not to breastfeed, you can still give your baby all the nutrients he/she needs with commercial formula.”

Of course, the manufacturer would stand to profit from this advice as they subtly suggest “Nursery® can be ideal for mixing with baby formulas”. To support their position, the company misconstrues “recommendations” from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the FDA that chemically synthesized formula is just as good as real breast milk. In fact, DS Waters’ “research” was obviously obtained from the website of a doctor whose tradition-oriented childcare theories have been all but invalidated, misguided, and just plain harmful to your child’s development!

Testing for Fluoride Poisoning

In a medical laboratory, technicians can measure blood levels for the amount of calcium and potassium. Both hypocalcaemia (too little calcium) and hyperkalemia (too much potassium) can indicate that a patient has been exposed to an excess amount of fluoride.

Our poor children are being poisoned and they don’t even know it! It really bothers me that so many parents do not even bother researching what they feed to their kids. Twenty years from now, when all of these substances have been banned as cancer-causing agents, many adults will be asking, “Mom, Dad, Why did you feed me all of these toxic chemicals?” What will you say to your child? “Sorry, the manufacturer said it was OK”?

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Fluoride Action Network. Dental Fluorosis.
  2. Schellenberg D, Marks TA, Metzler CM, Oostveen JA, Morey MJ. Lack of effect of fluoride on reproductive performance and development in Shetland sheepdogs. Vet Hum Toxicol. 1990 Aug;32(4):309-14. Erratum in: Vet Hum Toxicol 1990 Dec;32(6):527.
  3. Fluoride Action Network. Gastrointestinal.
  4. Martijn W. H. Pinkse, Maarten Merkx, Bruce A. Averill. Fluoride Inhibition of Bovine Spleen Purple Acid Phosphatase:  Characterization of a Ternary Enzyme−Phosphate−Fluoride Complex as a Model for the Active Enzyme−Substrate−Hydroxide Complex. Biochemistry. 1999 July 20. 38 (31), pp 9926–9936 DOI: 10.1021/bi990446w
  5. Michael Connett, Tara Blank PhD. Fluoride & Intelligence: The 36 Studies. Fluoride Action Network. 2012 December 9.
  6. Fluoride Action Network. Water Fluoridation.

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  • T. Hubert

    thank you for this post.. I have been saying for years that there are alot of dangers to fluoride. My community has fluoride in the water, so I do everything I can to avoid using it. I dont’ even like showering in it.

  • Sean Hand

    Fluoridation of the public water supply is a controversial subject. Even though fluoride is contained naturally in fresh and salt water, also in fish, bone meal and tea, some don’t want their water fluoridated. However, this is a totally separate subject from fluoride contained in toothpaste, mouthwash or treatments from your dentist for one reason, YOU DON’T INGEST THE FLUORIDE in these cases(if directions are followed). So all of the “potential” health risks don’t apply to the USE of, but the INGESTION of fluoride. Fluoride has been shown by many studies to reduces the formation of cavities and is FDA approved. So use caution before going “fluoride free”.

  • http://www.ada.org Informed citizen

    We can only thank the heavens that, despite fluoride’s status as “one of the most toxic substances known to man,” not one person has ever been conclusively shown to have been harmed by it. We humans must be made of truly rugged stuff to be surviving this onslaught so effectively.

    While on the subject, I want to draw everyone’s attention to another deadly substance that people encounter far more frequently and in far greater amounts than fluoride: http://www.dhmo.org is the world’s leading research organization for this toxic poison. Only by banding together can we hope to drive the purveyors of these horrible poisons out of business.

  • Informed citizen

    “I dont’ even like showering in it.”

    Somehow, I don’t find this surprising.

  • http://www.livhealthy.tv Jennifer- Liv Healthy

    Thanks for the great article. I remember when I asked my old dentist about the safety of flouride he became quite angry and insulted that I questioned the safety of an ingredient that most dentists push. Even when I went to check my local dental association’s website, it gave very little information on what fluoride is.

    I would love to hear your opinion on Xylitol as a substitute.

  • http://oneword.com B. Kessler

    Something being FDA approved is not a selling-point.

    The FDA is a larger proponent of disease than of wellness.

  • K McPartlin

    I live in Spain and our family dentist has recommended that our two children take fluoride tablets to help strengthen their teeth due to medication that they were given when they were babies. Is this normal dental practice?

  • Charles

    Ugh Dr. G you just brought me bad news. I just had oral surgery the other day for a cyst in my gums… and i had them knock me out for it..injected me…so basically I got injected with fluorides too???? Amazing. Not enough that i’m taking this amoxicillin which is the worst ever .. I get injected with fluoride too, great.

  • http://avangionq.stumbleupon.com AvangionQ

    “In 2002, nearly 90% of the U.S. population was supplied water via public water systems, and around 67% of that number received fluoridated water. This occurred in spite of the fact, “No statistically significant differences were found in the decay rates of permanent teeth or the percentages of decay-free children in the fluoridated, non-fluoridated, and partially fluoridated areas.” … that fluoride provides no medical benefit and is shown to be a mind-altering toxin, fluoride derivatives of which comprise a large majority of psychiatric pharmaceuticals, shows our populace is being slowly poisoned … that these toxins are being released into the water supply rather than safely disposed of is done mainly because it is cheaper to do so, but also as a population control … worse yet, that such toxins have the greatest impact on infants should be recognized as a crime upon our society!

  • Natasha LaBruce

    My father, who is a traditional M.D. has been recently battling with his local city water treatment plants and other city officials over adding fluoride to our water supply. If you do some digging you will discover that HITLER added fluoride to the water population in order to “dumb down” the population so that they would not fight his tyranny… If Hitler used this as a weapon, why is it still considered “safe” to be in our drinking water supply??

  • Angelo Marotta

    That’s right, Floride was first used by Hitler! It was made by IG Farben, his chemical and biological weapons manufacturers. The sick thing is, after Hitler died the U.S. hired IG Farben. They were brought into the U.S. by way of the Red Cross through “Operation Paperclip”, smuggled out through the “rat line” from Germany to Rome. They were paid 65K/year plus benefits, which was alot back then. That’s when we became Nazi America. I got this information from Dr. Len Horowitz, from a movie called “Emerging Viruses and Vaccines” and his book, “Emerging Viruses, AIDS and Ebola.” And that’s when the U.S. started adding Floride to the water supply, twisted freaks!

  • Angelo Marotta

    Plenty of people have been harmed by it. Didn’t you see Dr. Group’s list of effects? Hitler used it to “dumb the people down.” Have you ever spoken to a dumb person or to someone who seemed as though you were speaking to a brick wall, or someone who didn’t absorb one word you said? I call that harm. How many people do you see who are anti-social? They didn’t put floride in the water so people will drink it and immediately drop dead. It’s there to scatter your brains and to break your body down in the longrun.

  • Natural Rem

    The fact that we have the UK and US that flouridate and oterh western countries that do not allows us to see how effective the process is. In a study published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice, there was found to be the same rate of decline of tooth decay in countries that did and did not add flouride to water. Hard to see why we keep doing this.

  • http://AvangionQ.stumbleupon.com/blog/ AvangionQ

    If the purported health benefits of fluoride to prevent dental cavities have never been statistically proven, and ingestion of fluoride can be fatal or otherwise detrimental to health – acute poisoning, birth defects, osteoarthritis, bone & uterine cancer, perinatal death, immune system suppression, gastrointestinal disorders, essential enzyme inhibition, lowered IQ (especially in young children), skeletal fluorosis (leading to brittle teeth and bones) – especially in infants and children who are particularly vulnerable – then why are we still fluoridating the general water supply?

  • Mcm

    it is useful for somebody to poison our civilization. It looks like someone trys to make people more dumb and sick. why?
    I think such documentaries as “zeitgeist” “endgame” and etc is the answer to this question.
    This toxins are destroying humans pineal gland and reducing the chance to reveal psychic abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy and etc… Somebody is hiding secret connections between human beiing and universe.
    you may call me paranoid but just think about!
    All is like a show in a theatre all those swine flus, bird flus and buying vaccines.
    Wake up people. Best wishes and luck for you all.
    The time is coming to awake !

  • Jack D. Ripper

    It is also poisoning our precious bodily fluids. That is why I only drink moonshine and rain water.

  • Shoolaroon

    The government should simply not be involved
    in medicating our food and water. If people want to take fluoride tablets that should be up to them but it should never be
    forced on the rest of us.

  • blomaikok

    caution not to go fluoride free? LOL scare tactic used by many ignorant dentists (not necessarly blaming your denstist here) who’s studies been funded by the Rockefellers et al.

    Oh! corrupt FDA approved it so it must be safe right?…. LOL!!!
    Wake up and smell the coffee!!!!!!!

  • blomaikok

    In order to better understand the effects of fluorosilicic acid, consider the following description of an accident on a Florida interstate:

    A spill incident of the chemical on an interstate in Florida, covering an area 600 feet long and 60 feet wide, resulted in the visit of more than 50 people to hospitals. Individuals complained of skin and respiratory irritation, including burning in the throat, and headaches. A man riding in a truck with his arm out the window experienced burning on his forearm. The effects of long-term exposure to fluorosilicic acid are changes in bone, corrosivity of the mucous membranes (e.g., ulceration of the nose, throat, and bronchial tubes), coughing, shock, pulmonary edema, fluorosis, coma, and even death. In workers engaged for approximately 30 years in the production of phosphate fertilizers, nine out of the 50 observed workers had increased bone densities. When swallowed, severe irritation of the lungs, nose, and throat can occur, as well as severe damage to the throat and stomach. A probable oral lethal dose of 50- 5000 mg/kg, classified as very toxic, has been reported for doses between 1 teaspoon and 1 ounce for a 150-pound (70-kg) person; a probable oral lethal dose of 5-50 mg/kg, classified as extremely toxic, has been reported for doses between 7 drops and 1 teaspoon for the same individual.

  • Lynn

    I agree!

  • http://globalhealingcenter.com Candace

    I read a few years back that the first known and recorded uses for fluoride was by Hitler for use in concentration camps as a way to “dumb down” the prisoners. It was also used as a way to cause infertility to stop the Jews from procreating. So sad that this is still being used today. We need to follow in Europe’s foot steps get educated and stop poisoning ourselves.

  • jessica

    The back of a book called “cooking with green tea” actually touted fluoride in the tea as beneficial for ones teeth. The only thing benefiting from fluoride is industry, the military, WW2 and cities and towns that can buy it for cheap money to for no reason that sounds right to me, toss in our drinking water. if the government finally wakes up and endorses and supports that fluoride in water or anywhere is very bad, people will follow.

  • jessica

    i read he used to add it to champagne he served to members of his military he wanted to off.

  • john57

    Just came across this article a bit late. The author conveniently neglected to mention this final sentence from the study he referenced. This is the actual quote:
    SUMMARY: Data from dental examinations of 39,207 schoolchildren, aged 5-17, in 84 areas throughout the United States are analyzed. Of these areas, 27 had been fluoridated for 17 years or more (F), 30 had never been fluoridated (NF), and 27 had been only partially fluoridated or fluoridated for less than 17 years (PF). No statistically significant differences were found in the decay rates of permanent teeth or the percentages of decay-free children in the F, NF, and PF areas. However, among 5-year olds, the decay rates of deciduous teeth were significantly lower in F than in NF areas.

    http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/teeth/caries/nidr-dmft.pdf

    Please note the last sentence in the summary; “However, among 5-year olds, the decay rates of deciduous teeth were significantly lower in F than in NF areas.” So apparently fluoride DOES affect the instance of tooth decay when given at an early age. Also, the older a child gets, especially in today’s society, the more sugar and sugary foods, sodas, etc., children eat which has a drect effect on tooth decay regardless of fluoridation. The incidence of childhood obesity is indicative of that. Seems to me somebody is a bit to worried about their “precious bodily fluids” to quote Sterling Hayden in “Dr. Strangelove…”

    This is the kind of blatant misrepresentation of facts that led to people erroneously thinking vaccinations and thimerasol had anything to do with the increase in autism, which it has been conclusively shown had NO EFFECT autism rates. There is far more direct (albeit suspect) evidence that sonograms cause autism but you don’t see anyone screaming about that, do you….people should do their own research and not be so quick to believe everything they read online…

  • john57

    I got it!

  • john57

    Without posting the levels Hitler was using, the comment has no validity and is essentially moot….

  • paul

    All this stuff I read about the dangers of fluoride gets me a little scared. It goes against everything we were taught growing up, that fluoride was the best for your teeth. It’s hard to decide what to believe or who is right.

  • shannon rice

    Just Googling the words, is fluoride safe, brings up many links,most of them articles on why it isn’t. Why aren’t there very many positive articles too? My family will continue to use fluoride free tooth paste, drink distilled water, and refuse fluoride treatments if we do ever get around to going to the dentist.

  • David

    Fluoride use goes back to the time of Hitler. It is a toxic substance placed in your drinking water by the authorities who have been manipulated by the shadow government. It’s purpose is to dumb you down and knock out your immune system slowly. Now that many millions of people have woken up to the agenda of the global elite cabal and have rejected fluoride in their drinking water, they have started spraying you’re a skies with poisonous substances to attack your immune system. Google chemtrails and a take a look up into the sky one day at all the jets spraying you. Absurd as this may all seem it is the truth and thank god many millions are waking up to it. Fluoride is a toxic by-product of the fertilizer industry! Wake up people. You are being conned and so is your dentist!

  • Joyce

    There’s a little thing that these opponents of fluoride FAIL to mention. “Parts per million”.

    Everything is ‘toxic’ when it is taken in EXCESS. People have overdosed on WATER, drinking too much water in a short period of time will cause water to enter individual cells in order to maintain HOMEOSTASIS. The cells will burst.

    Fluoride contents in drinking water is MINIMAL. It’s when fluoride supplements are added and taken to EXCESS.

    Check on PART PER MILLION, people. Fluoride is needed for healthy teeth.

  • Anonymous

    I have sent an email to the Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu about the facts and these sites as a reference about the harmfulness of Fluroide, and exposed the lies that it prevents tooth decay when it isn’t needed to prevent tooth decay.

    Tooth Decay is a nutritional and hygenic cause. If you smoke, you have a bigger chance of tooth decay. Toothpaste with Fluoride worsens this, and it’s proven that it’s worse than lead.

    Brushing your teeth with a natural, plant-based toothpaste, becoming aware of what’s inside a product before you use/spray, eating dairy, fresh organic foods and exercise will all prevent this. Oh, and flossing too.

    I have yet to receive a reply, but I have urged the secratery to abolish the 1973 Fluoride Act in the state of victoria, Australia and consider investing in a reverse-osmosis filter that will save $1.2 million dollars more than a “de-sellenisation” plant.

    It’s funny that just because the American Government and Corporations make these so-called reports, that it makes it true.

    I rather have an independent, non-goverment, and non-company affiliated, private scientific researcher to provide the truthful facts about these things.

    Fluoride is a by-product of Alluminium and Fertilizers. Now I know what Chem-trails is. I guess the NWO thing is true.

    If we could all just not vote on someone, and be the change ourselves for the better, then that’s all what matters.

    I am 20, and living in Melbourne by the way.

  • bob

    Just because someone is dumb doesn’t necessarily mean it was caused by fluoride. Anything in excess can cause problems. I’m guessing you don’t use fluoride and you seem dumb so what caused that for you?

  • katie fitzpatrick

    Amen Jihn57! Couldn’t have said it better.
    Shannon Rice, everyone needs to take internet “articles” with a grain of salt. You will note many of the negative “articles” you found are journalists, blog rants, conspiracy theorists, and people on their soapboxes with the internet as their outlet leaving out important facts of various studies. In other words, check the source. Everything is not a conspiracy. People say believe 50% of what you hear…pretty sure that guesstimate percentage should be much less for what we read on the internet!!
    As an analytical person, I do agree in doing research (with credible sources) & making an informed decision.

  • Considerate Mel

    interesting point of view, although you do sort of sound like one of those ranting soapbox people you’re claiming to be smarter than.

  • http://twitter.com/teidansha 麦踏

    a bit over the top though I myself am against fluoridation of water. not sure if you have any reference for the damages you indicate here by use of fluoride toothpaste (about 1000ppm) . Ask any dental researcher, s/he would say it’s dumb to use fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water and fluoridated salt, etc. One of them is just enough if one is to keep his/her tooth in alright shape (not to mention individual differences of caries risks…your kid doing alright without fluoride ain’t obviously mean the same for others. Yes, some points made here, but please don’t go so sloppy.)

  • Dr. O

    Sir, though I respect your right to an opinion, you are a chiropractor by profession and should not be commenting on dentistry as I’m sure you don’t fully know the anatomy or biochemistry of the mouth. I am a dentist and have never encountered any unwanted side effects from fluoride. It’s quite easy to say Fluoride is toxic, but then again so is water in high quantities. The amount of Fluoride in water, tooth paste, and in products used in dental offices is well below that of toxicity. I also take offense to the fact that you think that I, or any of my colleagues, would knowingly give fluoride when it is as toxic as you say it is. To those reading this article, I urge you to do your research, as you would with anything you read on the internet. Read the other side of the argument, and most importantly, ASK YOUR DENTIST. It is our job to read up on all the literature and make decisions based on our knowledge of the mouth and the human body.

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  • Pantra

    Flouride is naturally occurring nutrient in water

  • Peter

    The biggest scandal in human history. New World Order (NWO) and depopulation of man kind. Intelligent enough to follow orders , dump enough not to understand the orders or to discover the manipulation.

  • SID

    FUCK THE MOTHERFUCKING GOVERNMENT ! ! !

  • Hung

    There are many research about flouride, one example is by Dr David Kennedy DDS explained it.
    Please explain why there are more dental office than McDonald in any given city ?
    As we become more sofiticated and educated, shouldn’t we become more healthy in our gum ?
    Let’s take it to the next level, why mercury filling legal ? This deadly flouride, sds, mercury are some of the causes damages to the mitochondria which leads in gum diseases; and yet does nothing to kill bad bugs.
    We know iodine, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide are some of the great tools use to kill bacteria, microbes, etc that swim in your mouth.

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