Fluoride has become part of our lives. As we understand, Fluoride helps reduce tooth decay and a must ingredient in our toothpaste and now it is added to our water as well. I have come across some facts that may shock the daylight out of you.
The theory behind the introduction of fluoride in your water supply initially seems beneficial – to reduce the incidence of dental caries in children.
Amazingly, the United States is only one of eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. (The other seven are: Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.)
There is practically no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated. Today, even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefits are topical; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it? Why put it in the drinking water when you could just brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste if you choose – in addition to drinking it!
Meanwhile, fluoride can cause significant harm.
“We know that 32 percent of American children have been overexposed to fluoride,” Dr Connett says, “because you have this telltale sign of dental fluorosis, which in its mildest form is little white specs. But when it gets more serious, it affects more of the surface of your teeth and it becomes colored; yellow, brown and orange mottling of the teeth.” “The teeth are the window to the bones,” Dr Paul Connett says. “If you’ve seen the damage to the teeth, what damage can you not see?”
Bone is in fact living tissue that is constantly being replaced through cellular turnover. Bone building is a finely balanced, complicated process. Fluoride has been known to disrupt this process ever since the 1930s. We have huge concerns about the potential of fluoride to damage the bone and cause symptoms like arthritis and making them more brittle and more prone to fracture.
According to Dr. Connett, you also increase your child’s risk for dental fluorosis if he brushes his teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day compared to just once. Sodium fluoride, which is a far simpler toxin than the fluoride compounds used for most water fluoridation, has also been used for rat and cockroach poisons, so there is no question that it is highly toxic.
Approximately fifty percent of the fluoride that you ingest each day ends up accumulating in your bones over a lifetime. So you’re steadily increasing the fluoride levels in your bones over time.
Fluoride also lowers thyroid function. It was used in medicine during the 1930s through 1950s in Europe to treat patients with overactive thyroid glands. This is a very real and significant concern, especially today as millions of people suffer with low thyroid function.
As far as tooth decay is concerned, this is not caused by lack of fluoride. Tooth decay is caused by acids in your mouth, typically created from sugar being metabolized by bacteria (Streptococcus mutans), and as you may already know, the number one source of calories in the United States is high fructose corn syrup.
The acid produced then attacks your enamel. Eventually the bacteria can get into the dentine, at which point tooth decay sets in. You typically don’t find dental caries in more primitive societies that do not consume these vast amounts of sugar.
Source: Water Fluoridation
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