I’m about to introduce one of the most controversial topics to dominate the Western World. If you’ve always wondered if fluoride is good or bad, you’re about to have your eyes opened, to the true effects of fluoride in drinking water. The thing is, most publicly available studies will tell you that fluoride is completely safe. It’s not until you dig a little deeper that it becomes apparent there’s a lot more to the picture.
Fluoride naturally occurs within our soil, the earth’s crust and in fresh and salt water.
It is also artificially added to public drinking supplies, toothpastes and many mouthwash products. That’s because it has been found to prevent tooth decay.
I hope you don’t mind a brief history lesson (1). We’re about to head back to 1901, where a Dr McKay opened up a dental clinic in Colorado. He had quite the challenge ahead of him, as many locals had an abnormally high number of unsightly brown teeth stains (up to 90% of locally born children). This ‘disorder’ was aptly titled the Colorado Brown Stain.
Although the local’s teeth were brown in colour, they were almost entirely resistant to tooth decay. After a mysterious thirty-year quest, the discolouring was finally pinpointed to high levels of water-borne fluoride, in local drinking supplies-today known as fluorosis (over-exposure to fluoride).
It was another dentist, Dr Dean who undertook studies, as to why there was such little tooth decay present in the area. He decided to artificially add fluoride to drinking water at a ‘safe’ level to normal water supplies. In 1945, Grand Rapids became the first US City to have fluoride added to public drinking water. Over an eleven year period, a 60% reduction in tooth decay was recognised.
This breakthrough shocked the world, as tooth decay was deemed preventable with this ‘magic’ ingredient. The fluoride boom began, and its popularity remains in many toothpaste products and drinking water supplies today. But not without controversy.
The effects that fluoride has on overall health is daunting to say the least. After all, we continue to use a public health measure discovered in the 1900’s, when medical technology has improved exponentially, and we understand so much more about the effects of fluoride on the human body.
Of interest, 97% of Western Europe don’t fluoridate their drinking water(2). Many countries will go so far as to call it unethical, and have banned the idea of fluoridation entirely. In fact, tooth decay rates have declined in Europe at the same levels that they have in US when fluoridation was introduced(3).
“The only potential harm associated with water fluoridation is dental fluorosis, and this can be minimised by the careful regulation of the concentration of fluoride in fluoridated water, at levels aimed to prevent tooth decay.”
This clearly goes directly against the scientific findings of my first two points.
There are so many other ways to prevent tooth decay, than to consume fluoridated water or to use fluoridated toothpaste:
My next blog will give you an in-depth rundown on how to hydrate with pure, unfluoridated water supplies, that work towards preserving and strengthening your overall health. To learn more about fluoridated water, I recommend watching the You Tube video “10 Facts about Fluoride”.
I can’t help but wonder if those same dentists from the 1900’s would have wisely added fluoride to water, if they had of known the negative effects of this molecule, and understood there were other strategies to reduce tooth decay, in a much safer manner. You could ask yourself, what is a lifetime exposure to fluoridated water truly doing to your body? If you’re still unsure about the findings I came across, there’s only one way to remove the concern or worry. Remove fluoridated water from your life for good.
Be sure to keep an eye on PlantProof.com for an upcoming blog on what sort of bottled water I recommend, as well as my recommendation for water filters (DIY ones and retail products you can purchase).
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