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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  • tamajam10

    Fluoride also calcifies the Pineal Gland – the third eye…our connection to our higher selves.

  • Helen

    You are a deluded dentist! Have you not read the POISON Warning on a tube of fluoridated toothpaste – children under 7 do not swallow. If a small child accidentally swallowed a whole tube of toothpaste it may die or at least be seriously ill. This risk is increased due to totally irresponsible ‘sweet flavoured’ toothpaste for kids. If you swallow a tube – or even 10 tubes – of water, no harm will come to you. Your comparison with water being toxic is pathetic! Keep taking the kick-backs from the toothpaste manufacturers… the same as Doctors are bribed by Big Pharma – you are in denial!

  • Michael

    Joyce – your opinion is totally wrong! Water does not build up in the human body – it is an essential nutrient that the body needs and uses up safely on a daily basis. Fluoride even at tiny amounts builds up slowly in the body and gets dumped in areas where it will do great harm. I assume you don’t have a pineal gland, a thyroid gland or even a brain so you don’t need to worry! Keep taking the poison!

  • Angela

    I agree with Hung and Helen. Just because you state that anything in large quantity is bad, it does not ignore the fact that it is toxic. Why use anything toxic when there are more simpler and natural means of killing bacteria as well as strengthening your gums. And I did ask my dentist and he was just as clueless about the subject matter than most. He could not argue at all against my matters of concern.

  • Jackie

    Are we comparing apples to apples? How much fluoride? There are several essential and minerals vitamins that in excess will ruin your day/body.

  • Jackie

    60% of the “outside studies” are one source. The one involving dogs is based on 460ppm; fluoridated water is aprox. 4ppm. Where are the double blind experiments? This stuff is bunk.

  • Jackie

    LOL. Did you really use H2O2/Peroxide as an example? It kills cells. You can end up in intensive care swallowing that stuff.

  • Jackie

    Fluoride occurs in nature.

  • Jackie

    Your deluded honey. Water can kill you in large amounts. Large amounts doesn’t equal tubes.

    There are many things small children can’t have. Honey is one of them, it can KILL children under 12 months.

    “irresponsible ‘sweet flavoured’ toothpaste” is sold by corporations who’s only concern is profit.

  • Jackie

    Micheal what is your education in relation to physiology? You can ABSOLUTELY overdose on water. Read carefully…”drinking too much water in a short period”. It is highly unlikely for an average person, but it can happen to an extreme athlete, for example. Ask a nurse or doctor. Pick up an anatomy book. It IS possible, just not probable.

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