Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 26, 2011

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Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride

Are you aware of the health dangers of fluoride? Did you know that fluoride can damage fertility, destroy bones and cause early puberty in children?

Water fluoridation has been banned in many countries including: China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan. Nearly all of Europe’s water supply is fluoride-free.

And yet, fluoride is omnipresent in the American food supply. It’s in our water, in juice, soda, wine and coffee, in soups and processed food, and in baby formula. The majority of American cities have fluoridated water.

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Sources of Fluoride

Many people think they can avoid fluoride by just using fluoride-free toothpaste. However, fluoride isn’t just in toothpaste. Almost all of the beverages sold in stores and restaurants are made with tap water. People who drink those beverages ingest a fair amount of added fluoride.

We consume fluoride from the following sources:

Toothpaste with fluoride
Baby formula
Foods cooked in fluoride
Canned soup, or soup in restaurants
Mechanically deboned chicken (i.e. chicken nuggets)
Food cooked in Teflon cookware
Soda pop and soft drinks
Fruit juice (unless it is fresh-squeezed at home)
Beer and wine (unless they are imported from Europe or other areas that don’t fluoridate the water)
Coffee and tea (if made with fluoridated water)
Packaged and processed foods
Anesthetics
Fluoridated salt
Cigarettes

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Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride

1. Accumulation of Fluoride in the Body

Fluoride accumulates in the body. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day (Marier & Rose 1971). Any remaining fluoride accumulates in the body, typically in the bones and pineal gland (Luke 1997, 2001). Babies and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and absorb up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones (Ekstrand 1994). The concentration of fluoride in the bones increases over a lifetime (NRC 2006).

2. Fluoride and Bottle-fed Babies

Bottle-fed babies receive the highest doses of fluoride. Since they have a liquid diet, formula-fed babies have the highest exposure to fluoride. Infant exposure to fluoridated water has been repeatedly found to be a major risk factor for developing dental fluorosis later in life (Marshall 2004; Hong 2006; Levy 2010). As a result, dental researchers have recommended that parents of newborns not use fluoridated water when reconstituting formula (Ekstrand 1996; Pendrys 1998; Fomon 2000; Brothwell 2003; Marshall 2004).

The American Dental Association (ADA), the biggest advocates of fluoridation, sent a November 6, 2006 email alert to its members advising that parents should make baby formula with “low or no-fluoride water.”

Baby Formula under 24 hour video surveillance

3. Fluoride and Reproductive Problems

Fluoride given to animals at high doses destroys the male reproductive system. Fluoride damages sperm and increases the rate of infertility in a number of species (Kour 1980; Chinoy 1989; Chinoy 1991; Susheela 1991; Chinoy 1994; Kumar 1994; Narayana 1994a,b; Zhao 1995; Elbetieha 2000; Ghosh 2002; Zakrzewska 2002).

A U.S. epidemiological study showed increased rates of infertility among couples living in areas with 3 ppm or more fluoride in the water (Freni 1994). Two studies showed reduced level of circulating testosterone in males living in high fluoride areas (Susheela 1996; Barot 1998). A study of fluoride-exposed workers reported a “subclinical reproductive effect” (Ortiz-Perez 2003).

4. Fluoride and Brain Damage

“It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.” — the National Research Council (2006)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists fluoride among about 100 chemicals for which there is “substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Experiments on animals reveal that fluoride accumulates in the brain and alters mental behavior (Mullenix 1995). There have been over 100 animal experiments showing that fluoride damages the brain and impacts learning and behavior.

Advocates of fluoridation counter that these animal studies are invalid because high doses of fluoride were used. However, it takes 5-20 times more fluoride to reach the same plasma levels in rats as in humans (Sawan 2010). One animal experiment found effects at very low doses of fluoride (Varner 1998). In this study, rats were fed for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water (the same amount used in tap water fluoridation), using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride. These rats had changes to their kidneys and brains, an increased uptake of aluminum in the brain, and the formation of beta-amyloid deposits which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Fluoride and Lowered IQ

There have been 24 studies from China, Iran, India and Mexico that show an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. One research team (Xiang 2003a,b) estimated that fluoride may lower IQ at 1.9 ppm (parts per million), while a recent preliminary study (Ding 2011) found a lowering of IQ in children drinking water at levels ranging from 0.3 to 3 ppm. The authors of this latter study reported that for each increase of 1 ppm fluoride measured in the urine there was a loss of 0.59 IQ points. According to the National Research Council (2006), “the consistency of the results [in fluoride/IQ studies] appears significant enough to warrant additional research on the effects of fluoride on intelligence.”

6. Fluoride and Early Puberty

Reduced IQ is not the only neurotoxic effect of fluoride. Studies have shown an association between fluoride exposure and impaired visual-spatial organization (Calderon 2000; Li 2004; Rocha-Amador 2009); while three other studies have found an association between prenatal fluoride exposure and fetal brain damage (Han 1989; Du 1992; Yu 1996).

Fluoride also affects the pineal gland. Studies by Jennifer Luke (2001) show that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland to very high levels. In her Ph.D. thesis, Luke has also shown in animal studies that fluoride reduces melatonin production and leads to an earlier onset of puberty (Luke 1997).

Consistent with Luke’s findings, one of the earliest fluoridation trials in the U.S. (Schlesinger 1956) reported that on average young girls in the fluoridated community reached menstruation 5 months earlier than girls in the non-fluoridated community.

7. Fluoride and Thyroid Function

Fluoride negatively impacts thyroid function. In the Ukraine, Bachinskii (1985) found a lowering of thyroid function, among otherwise healthy people, at 2.3 ppm fluoride in water. In the mid-20th century, fluoride was prescribed by a number of European doctors to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland for patients with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) (Stecher 1960; Waldbott 1978).

According to a clinical study by Galletti and Joyet (1958), the thyroid function of hyperthyroid patients was reduced at just 2.3-4.5 mg per day of fluoride. To put this finding in perspective, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS, 1991) has estimated that total fluoride exposure in fluoridated communities ranges from 1.6 to 6.6 mg/day. This is a remarkable fact, particularly considering the rampant and increasing problem of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) in the United States and other fluoridated countries. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, and heart disease. In 2010, the second most prescribed drug of the year was Synthroid (sodium levothyroxine) which is a hormone replacement drug used to treat an underactive thyroid.

8. Fluoride and Arthritis

Fluoride causes symptoms of arthritis. Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis (Singh 1963; Franke 1975; Teotia 1976; Carnow 1981; Czerwinski 1988; DHHS 1991). According to an article published in Chemical & Engineering News, “Because some of the clinical symptoms mimic arthritis, the first two clinical phases of skeletal fluorosis could be easily misdiagnosed” (Hileman 1988). According to the CDC (2002), 1 in 3 Americans have some form of arthritis. Few studies have been done to determine whether the high prevalence of arthritis in America and other fluoridated countries could be related to growing fluoride exposure.

9. Fluoride Damages Bone

Fluoride damages bone. An early fluoridation trial (Newburgh-Kingston 1945-55) revealed a two-fold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community (Schlesinger 1956). In 2001, Alarcon-Herrera reported a correlation between the severity of dental fluorosis and the frequency of bone fractures in children and adults in a high fluoride area in Mexico.

10. Fluoride and Hip Fractures in the Elderly

Fluoride may increase hip fractures in the elderly. High doses of fluoride (average 26 mg per day) were used in trials to treat patients with osteoporosis in an effort to harden their bones and reduce fracture rates. This treatment actually led to a higher number of fractures, particularly hip fractures (Inkovaara 1975; Gerster 1983; Dambacher 1986; O’Duffy 1986; Hedlund 1989; Bayley 1990; Gutteridge 1990. 2002; Orcel 1990; Riggs 1990 and Schnitzler 1990).

One Chinese study looked at hip fractures in six Chinese villages, and found an increase in hip fractures as the concentration of fluoride rose from 1 ppm to 8 ppm (Li 2001).

How to Avoid Fluoride

Avoid processed and packaged food
Buy fluoride-free toothpaste
Avoid fluoride treatments at the dentist
Filter your tap water
Don’t drink soda pop, or coffee or iced tea at restaurants
Don’t drink bottled water (with the exception of European water) as it is usually fluoridated
Order European mineral water in restaurants
Drink wine and beer imported from Europe
Don’t use tap water if feeding your baby formula (of course, I don’t recommend using baby formula anyway — if you can’t breastfeed, it’s best to make homemade baby formula)
Don’t smoke
Don’t use Teflon (non-stick) cookware

Learn More About the Dangers of Fluoride

The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson

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The Case against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There by Paul Connett, James Beck, and H. Spedding Micklem

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Janelle December 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM

How important do you think it is to filter tap water if you don’t have city water? We have a well….does that need to be filtered?

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

You should have your water tested to find out what you need to filter out

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Nat December 27, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Janelle. Test your water for Aluminium or Barium, two metals that are sprayed in chemtrails.

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al12 April 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM

“Chemtrails” are not backed up by any scientific basis whatsoever. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory) CONtrails, the water vapor that aircraft leave behind, however, are a scientific fact, and if you possess even the most basic scientific understanding, you would laugh at the idea of “chemtrails.”

Fluoride, however, has been extensively studied and repeatedly proven harmful. As sodium fluoride is a product of the aluminum industry (as well as fertilizer and nuclear) that’s why there’s aluminum and they add metals and minerals to the water supply.

When trying to help people, at least give advice that has some scientific basis! People that want to avoid fluoride are not just conspiracy theorists. Fluoride is actually dangerous.

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john April 14, 2013 at 1:56 AM

al12
I think you need to do some more research, Farmers in the us will confirm chem trails on a regular basis .Planes going back and forth with spray not coming from the engines but from nozzles on the wing tips.
The farmers crops will not grow well outside anymore due to extremely high aluminum levels .However if grown in a glass house the plants were green and quite healthy. Same paddock.
Quite ironic that bill gates is selling GMO Genetically Modified seeds That ere resistant to Aluminum……….

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marko June 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM

John is right open your eyes theres alot more going on then you think

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Bob May 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I guess you never look up at the sky. I noticed a number of years ago that the “contrails” of some airplanes did not disappear as they normally do. In fact they spread over a short period of time all over the sky. Also some agencies have admitted to this as a fact’

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Andrea June 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Wikipedia said chemtrails don’t exist, that HAS to mean they don’t! (Insert giant eye roll here) how about you google ‘geoengineering’ which is the proper name for chemtrails.. Hey what do you know, even Wikipedia says that geoengineering exists! People that rely on websites like Wikipedia or snopes to find out whether something is true or not make me
laugh.. Or maybe they make me cry because they’re not smart
enough to do some research :/

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nick June 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM

It’s convenient to don a foil hat and assume that the government is polluting us on purpose rather than own up to the responsibility that we are polluting ourselves as a collective.

I tend to believe evidence and not hysteria. This article for a meteorologist is a more compelling argument than any I have seen supporting chemtrails.

http://sleet.aos.wisc.edu/~gpetty/wp/?p=989

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Megan February 27, 2014 at 2:28 AM

Of course they’re not. I mean fluoride in water is proof that the government has no clue that they are poisoning us on purpose. And oh, all of the side pollutants in foods that don’t need to be listed because they are industry standard (ie, piperonal).

You seem to be the one with the “foil hat”.

Try not to react so mildly to outlandish cases of vileness against you and yours, and maybe one day you’ll wake someone else up.

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llena botts December 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM

The flouride is working yall been DUmbed down your 20% guess they gotchya Don’t ask questions don’t LOOK into things Believe what ‘They tell you’ WHat in the world are they spraying?” Video Chemtrails geo engineering HAARP Monsanto GMO’s Why do they need the obama executive order MOnsanto Protection Act/ What is the Smart Grid “technocracy sustainable development and the Smart grid” 37 min video Why was the TRilateral Commission developed. In 1973. ? What is Agenda 21 ? What is electrmagnetic radiation ? “Take back your power”.com “Smart meters The health crisis of out times.”com on and on and on There is So much proof of dots connecting its incontroversial. Let’s all start studying pick a subject try looking up 10 different sites on that subject One topic at a time. Schooling? Common core 2+2=5 now one of Their facts of teaching You ever watch “1984″ on prison planet.com movie filmed in’56 its a control mechanism Why did orwell write the book in 34 because the Technocracy Movement was born in 32 they had 6 listed requirements to implement the plan Who adopted it ? Trilateral Commission. Wonder about Darpa the precurser to the NSA guess why. Look up technocracy and catch the winds of change! its a big Hello all you all of us were all live in this” Yellow Submarine”Beattles animated movie GREEn Apple zonkers are alive and well and living among us FLouride (hydroflourasilicic acid/ industrial waste) is not about tooth decay kids There’s a lot to this we aren’t supposed to see its time to seewhat’s behind the curtain let’s do it let’s really SEE what’s behind the curtain

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Vin February 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Wikipedia is good, but the people that edit it are uneducated. Although I have found credible info based on other web sites with (insert website here) that feature ”.org.” All in all, Wikipedia is pretty good for stuff that you don’t need EXTREMELY credible info.

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Omair Iqbal March 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

@Vin Wikipedia is highly unreliable. I clearly remember reading Saturn(planet) has 12 moons(it actually has 24!) few years ago . They have fixed it now, but I remember the blunder.

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Omair Iqbal March 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Correction: Saturn has 60 moons not 24.

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Omair Iqbal March 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

totally forgot, Most of Saturn’s moons are very very small, just 2 to 3 km across, and would rather be considered comets if they weren’t orbiting around Saturn.

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Mischelle October 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Then please sir, tell my why the US government has a patent on them? It seems that if it didn’t exist, there would be no need for a patent of the equipment and technology. Please research before you dismiss information.

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Nick October 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I’ll bite. Please link the patent up so I can review it.

The fact that you think a patent is something an organization would feel necessary to file before implementing a huge global black ops mission on the global populous is hilarious, but I’ll admit to being curious

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nick October 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM
Aaron October 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Wikipedia – LMAO!!!!

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Toby November 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Sorry man but you’re wrong. I don’t know why people try to pass this off as some conspiracy theory. There are companies here in my area that are hired to disperse chemicals like aluminum into the air. They freeze and help cultivate clouds. These companies are hired by the county or power companies usually. Contrails are just water vapor and they disappear very quickly. Chemical trails linger and they’re are usually laid out in grid patterns. You can debate weather or not their dangerous to the ph levels in the soil or wether or not there are other intended purposes but to deny they are real is idiotic.

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Susan Benghali November 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

al12 is another SHILL trying to bleat some sheep

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llena botts December 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

The flouride is working yall been DUmbed down your 20% guess they gotchya Don’t ask questions don’t LOOK into things Believe what ‘They tell you’ WHat in the world are they spraying?” Video Chemtrails geo engineering HAARP Monsanto GMO’s Why do they need the obama executive order MOnsanto Protection aCt what is the Smart Grid “technocracy sustainable development and the Smart grid” 37 min video Why was the TRilateral Commission developed. In 1973. ? What is Agenda 21 ? What is electrmagnetic radiation ? “Take back your power”.com “Smart meters The health crisis of out times.”com on and on and on There is So much proof of dots connecting its incontroversial. Let’s all start studying pick a subject try looking up 10 different sites on that subject

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Emily December 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

What kind of toothpaste do you recommend for a one year old since they swallow so much of it too?

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Just look for toothpaste that clearly says on the label NO FLUORIDE.

My daughter rarely brushes her teeth. She’s 4 now and is just starting to brush more. I don’t think 1-year-olds need to brush their teeth that often. It is not the lack of brushing that causes cavities. It’s inadequate nutrition.

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Mike December 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

With all due respect, I have to disagree with this statement. My son is 4 years old, and has been in my care and custody for all of his life except for a 3-month period with his mother when he was almost 2 years old. He has always had a varied and healthy diet, he actually likes greens and fresh fruits, and he prefers white milk to any other drink.

During the time his mother had him (and on her alternating weekends at other times), she let him sleep with a bottle or sippy cup of juice or milk, and he never brushed his teeth. I’ve always brushed his teeth twice a day, since he cut his first tooth, but she has never brushed them once. Suddenly, after that 3-month stay with her, his teeth all had cavities and two of his molars ended up being pulled because they weren’t worth saving.

So, I disagree that proper nutrition alone will equal healthy teeth. Regular brushing and common sense like not allowing food or drink (especially with sugar) to remain in their mouth overnight are also important.

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Susan December 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Dude- You’ve obvioulsy never read Weston Price’s book. It wasn’t until I read it that I realized what I thought was healthy was no where near what we really should be eating. I was shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. I thought I was doing everything right. After reading his book, I don’t even shop at the regular grocery store. They have nothing of real value or nutrition.

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cheeseslave December 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

@Mike Yes, read Dr. Weston Price’s book “Nutrition & Physical Degeneration”.

Veggies, fruits and regular milk won’t help your teeth. You need whole milk and butter from grass-fed cows and other foods with fat soluble vitamins A, D & K2, plus lots of minerals which you can get from homemade chicken, beef of fish stock, sea salt, etc.

http://www.westonaprice.org/

Also check out Rami Nagel’s book Cure Tooth Decay.

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Robert Villaver-White December 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Dear Mike,
With all respect youre wrong. Of course some general dental hygiene is required but teeth, like any other part of the human body also have the ability to heal themselves if given the right environment.
Cavities form primarily because of diet and that situation is then exasperated by sugary things, NOT the other way around.
The old saying: ‘Dont look a gift horse in the mouth’ – applies equally to humans. I good set of teeth and gums is generally indicative of good health.
If your mouth is even slightly acidic, which almost 100% of western people’s saliva will be because of our diet, the smooth out enamel of the tooth becomes pitted very quickly and it is in these circumstances that a tooth then starts to decay.

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Katharine December 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Wow. Now that is amazing. I do not mean to argue, here, because this is all new to me. I just need an answer or two, if you will.
Why did our dentist tell us my husband’s teeth have no cavities because his mouth is more acid than mine? My husband drinks pop and chews gum and has an occasional cigar. He comes home, swishes a toothbrush around in his mouth a bit, and that’s all, folks!
I, on the other hand, eat our home-grown food all day, since I am not out and about “needing” to eat out, I floss and brush carefully. And I have a mouth just FULL of repair and need more.
Is there any other explanation besides nutrition and hygiene?
Thanks! :)

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Robert Villaver-White December 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Additionally, the dentine inside the tooth starts to shows of ill-health. in a healthy person with good diet the dentine is white. the enamel over the dentine is clear, though for those who smoke and/or who drink lots of tannin teas etc the outer surface of the tooth becomes stained.

People then buy enamel whitener which is really bad stuff because in addition to removing the surface staining it also eats into the smooth enamel and as stated in my previous message causes the enamel to become porous and pitted and fill with more staining and so this ‘cat and mouse’ game never ends. Meanwhile the dentine starts to darken in response to the damaged enamel.

The medical and dental professions know very well of course that such treatments are ultimately degenerative to the tooth.
Its called commercialism – make money no matter what…

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Red January 30, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Its all good man, mistakes happen. I bet you won’t let him go back over to his moms for a while. It takes time to wear the enamel off teeth but teeth rot quick once enamel is gone. I remember growing up when the Doctor would tell you to use bottle water w/ fluoride. Kinda messed up, it wasn’t even Obama care yet

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JC January 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM

I used to brush my teeth 2x a day and always got cavities when I went in for checkups. About 10 years ago I started drinking Marine Phytoplankton in water every morning when I’d first wake up. Cavities stopped. At some point, I stopped brushing with Crest and I have not had a cavity in 10 years and i stopped brushing 8 years ago. i do floss and brush with baking soda. I am convinced that both fluoride and all the commercially available toothpastes are crap. What I think makes the difference is that I am now alkaline and not acidic as I was before.

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dentalhyena June 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Are you a dentist or have any dental education? It is a proven fact that biofilm, in other words plaque is the leading cause of cavities. An infant without teeth even buildup plaque on their soft tissues. As soon as teeth start erupting they need to be brushed to remove plaque. The demineralization of enamel happens when plaque is left on the teeth for long periods of time and then fluoride is needed to help remineralize these areas. Yes fluoride can be harmful in high doses but so can sugar or sun exposure, everything we consume needs to be in moderation. The average ADULT consumes less than 2-3mg of fl2 per day and these studies of side effectc are for over 25mg. I would trust the CDC and not a bloggers opinion

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Andrea June 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

How would you know how much fluoride anyone is getting in their diet? Do you know how much fluoridated water someone is drinking in a day? Water fluoridation makes it impossible to gauge how much fluoride a person is ingesting. As far as dentists go.. I don’t think they know much more than what they were taught in dentistry school. Drill & fill is their mantra, not caring about what damage they are doing to the structure of people’s teeth. They don’t know or care about prevention.. They’re not different than a doctor that goes to school that is funded by big pharma.

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vic August 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

And what hillbilly backyard high school did you graduate from that you think you know more than doctors and dentists. Paranoid “conspiracy” people like you shows why we need more education spending… Or do you think big pharma controls that too?

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jason carroll December 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

i read this stuff a lot and i am concerned but somewhat unconvinced. i do worry but i dont see a real outcome to be worried about. perhaps some of you can point out my error in thinking? I have no arthritis, no bone/joint/muscle pain. i do have one white spot on one of my teeth, i think it has been there for as long as ive had that tooth. i still have all of my teeth, i have not have any removed. dentists have often remarked about how good my teeth are saying “it must be your saliva”. ??

my background:

my parents both have capped teeth and past cavities, i have two brothers who also have cavities, none of them do the toothpaste soak like i do, spent most of my life in medium to large size cities, i have two kids – neither my wife nor myself took any fertility drugs, white guy, 30′s, ZERO cavities EVER, I have tested to have an IQ of 158, work in intellectually challenging jobs, make top 1% of others in the USA, very competitive, a Christian, I believe Jesus is God and my Savior, i brush somewhat infrequently, when i do brush i let the flurodated toothpaste soak in my mouth for about 15 minutes while i take a shower, i eat really well maybe too well, lots of fresh foods, lots of processed foods, i exercise a lot, here is my recent blood work results after i donated blood:

cholesterol Last Result: 148
Blood Pressure Last Result: 120/80
Temperature Last Result: 97.2
Pulse Rate Last Result: 64
Hematocrit Level Last Result: 44.0

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drew June 20, 2013 at 6:44 AM

yes the lack of brushing causes cavities. the plaque buildup literally sucks the calcium out of your teeth. if you dont believe me i’ll send you a pic of mine which started in the spots i couldnt get to for 2 years because of my braces.

not that it matters, luckily she has another set of teeth on the way. but good habits take time, and you dont want her 26 years old with a mouth full (or not full) of teeth like mine.

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Elisa February 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Emily, I’m a dental hygienist. For your 1 y.o., I suggest brushing the teeth with a small soft-bristled brush or wiping the gums and teeth with a damp cloth after meals or at least once a day. Also, avoid sending the child to bed with anything but water, and only if necessary. The sugars and simple carbohydrates in milk and formulas lower the pH in their mouths, increasing acid wear and erosion and decreasing the protective properties of their saliva. The best thing you can do is to see your hygienist and/or dentist for a caries risk assessment and other tips for oral care.

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Dr January 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Coconut oil.

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Erica December 26, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Ann Marie,

Are you sure that only European bottled water doesn’t have much fluoride in it? I know that Poland Springs has only 0.1 ppm for fluoride.

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

It depends on the brand. There are some American bottled waters that have low levels of fluoride.

I was just thinking of when you are at a restaurant. Typically your choices are: soft drinks, milk, coffee or tea, soda, tap water or sparkling mineral water. I always choose sparkling mineral water.

Many restaurants carry S. Pellegrino (fluoride found at 0.37 ppm).

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/521352.html

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/appa.asp

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I looked it up and Schweppes club soda or seltzer water are also pretty low in fluoride. However, you’d have to ask for it by brand name. Usually if you order club soda or seltzer water at a restaurant, they will give you carbonated water, which I believe is just carbonated tap water.

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Meagan December 27, 2011 at 9:13 AM

What about the carbonation in sparkling waters?

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cheeseslave December 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

That’s not really good for you. But it’s a better choice than caffeine or sugar.

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Karen Elpant December 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM

You mentioned that you can get fluoride exposure from Teflon – Please explain further – We have Teflon right now and are trying to phase it out…

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Susan December 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I have a love/hate relationship with posts like this: I love them because they are so necessary! We must get people to understand that we are being poisoned!

But, I hate them because I wish I would have known this stuff years ago. I had my daughter 16 years ago and not a day goes by now where I don’t wish that I had all this info then. I would have done everything so differently. I get a lump in my throat when I think about the many ways I have been poisoning my daughter all these years with the stupid misconception that the government wouldn’t allow us to have or consume anything so dangerous….right? UGH!

When she was a baby, my FIL (at the time) was a physician. He came to my house one day with a bottle of fluoride and told me to put it in my daughter’s water because it was necessary for her to have it. I wish I would have dumped it down the drain instead!

I apprecaite you posting this Ann Marie. I can’t tell you how many people I have tried to warn, only to be told it couldn’t be true because their dentist uses it. But in Suzanne Somers’ book, “Breakthrough” where she is interviewing the amazing Russell Blaylock, he explained that fluoride is one of the most toxic substances on earth. So toxic that it is illegal for them to dump it in the ground, yet ironically it is okay to give it to humans, livestock and water our fields with it. According to him the American Dental Association has admitted it has no benefit for teeth, but because they don’t know what to do with it if it is not put in dental products, that nothing has changed.

Its maddening and just down right disgusting!!

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jason carroll December 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Susan, everything you just wrote, if you go on to the ada.com (the american dental association website), you will see that they say the exact opposite of you.

have you even looked at their website? i saw what you wrote about the ada saying fluoride is no benefit “According to him the American Dental Association has admitted it has no benefit for teeth, but because they don’t know what to do with it if it is not put in dental products, that nothing has changed.” but they actually list it being beneficial many many times.

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im just a concerned person, concerned parent. I dont want to poison myself or my little babies. i was actually in medical school for a short time (left because they dont think much), but learned that up until the turn of the 20th century, most people were dieing from… TOOTH related decay and problems. The teeth and gums dont heal fast enough, let in bacteria, etc. bad stuff. with the advent of proper tooth care, many lives were being saved. this is before wide spread antibiotics! amazing stuff i thought.

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Brenda December 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

This is my struggle: I am the consummate skeptic, so when I hear one “side” wholeheartedly advocating one stance and the other “side” just as wholeheartedly promoting the exact opposite, I tend to be suspicious of both. I am well aware that statistics can be presented to reflect whatever the researcher wants them to reflect. In an issue where people take such vehement stances, emotion becomes involved and everyone in both camps loses credibility. I feel the same way about the vaccine debate and was quite dismayed at some of the very hateful responses posted on both sides. I need evidence to be presented in a neutral manner so I can make a decision for myself after examining all the facts.

After reading this post, I went to the ADA website and read this: http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx. How am I supposed to reconcile the completely conflicting information?

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Brenda,

Please read The Fluoride Deception: http://www.amazon.com/Fluoride-Deception-Christopher-Bryson/dp/1583225269

This was the book that really convinced me.

You can watch an interview with the author of the book, Christopher Bryson, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3y8uwtxrHo

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Brenda December 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I couldn’t get the YouTube link to load but did put a hold on the book at my local library. Thanks!

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Becky Leppard December 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Hi Brenda and Ann Marie,

I listened to the podcast last summer that first introduced me to the idea that fluoride might be something I might want to avoid. Here is the link to a podcast interview with Dr. Paul Connet on Our Natural LIfe.
http://ournaturallife.com/blog/2011/05/the-case-against-flouride-with-dr-paul-connett-podcast-onl076/

Thanks also Ann Marie, for the links to find filters that remove fluoride. That has been on my to do list, and I was having trouble sourcing the right information. Hopefully I can narrow my search down so I can purchase a filter.

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claudia October 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

this government is representing satan! in order to destroy as many population as possible, this is a big rip off.

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Nickole@savvyteasandherbs.com January 6, 2012 at 6:06 AM

This book was incredible and came recommended by my dentist! It is very long but very thorough and it will certainly make anyone a believer about the deception of flouride.

Nickole

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CJ December 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Brenda, I can really appreciate your skepticism because often times there is a middle ground between two sides of controversial issues like fluoride. Having spent nearly 40 years in the dental field as a hygienist I have been exposed to all of the negative and positive arguments for fluoride and I have also seen some very convincing results from topically applied fluoride in specific cases (i.e. post radiation decay in adults, etc). However, my position on fluoride has changed away from being as pro-fluoride as I was in my early dental years before reading any of Russell Blaylock’s work. I strongly encourage my patients to eat a nutrient dense diet that does not include any industrialized foods, but sadly I realize many of them won’t comply. As a dental professional, it’s frustrating. It is so great when a patient tells me they don’t want fluoride but they are willing to do whatever else it takes to have healthy teeth.
One word of caution though. The idea of curing dental decay can be overly simplistic. If the decay has progressed through the enamel into the dentin it is very unlikely (but not entirely impossible) to reverse it. A better option than fluoride, in addition to a nutrient dense diet, is a bio-available calcium/phosphate paste (available from your dentist, but request the fluoride free formula). Bear in mind also that not all dentists agree on when to call a lesion a “cavity,” either. And toothpaste is not essential to good oral hygiene. A dry toothbrush will remove plaque just as effectively without any added toxins (the toothpaste companies don’t like me much).

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toi July 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

well you could of course take it from someone who has vastly reduced the flouride in her diet, like me, and experienced great change. Firstly i was always thirsty, and had constant headaches for 15 oh yes 15 years, i have fuzzy thought process, and very bad gums. i used to brush my teeth 4-5 times a day and use mouthwash. They i changed the toothpaste i used to non flouride and old type one called euthymol. and over 6 months NO MORE HEADACHES, gum improvement and thought processes clearer.

I hope that helps

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Heather :) :) :) December 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

We don’t use toothpaste with flouride in it. We also make all of our meals at home, so I think that helps. I naturally avoid coffee now, for my GAPS diet and just overall feeling better :) :) This is a good article. thanks for the supporting references, too :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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Diane December 26, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Say you eliminate all further fluoride intake. Will your body then be able to eliminate any/all of the fluoride your body previously stored in your bones and pineal gland?

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 3:59 PM

That’s a great question.

You can detox heavy metals.

Dr. Andrew Cutler is an expert on detoxing from heavy metals and I’ve heard him speak before. I can’t remember if he specifically addressed fluoride.

http://www.noamalgam.com/

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM
amy December 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Diane, you may want to take a look at this blog: http://www.celluliteinvestigation.com/blog
The author had severe fluoridosis for years and has been detoxing (she suspects it caused her cellulite, hence the name). She’s been using iodine, boron and other things to detox the fluoride.

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cheeseslave December 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Oh, good call, Amy!

I read that blog and I love it. Don’t know why I didn’t think of it.

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Diane December 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Thanks to you both!

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Shelby December 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Ok, so…my 4.5 yr old has used fluoride free toothpaste since forever, and we have also always filtered our water. Now, however, I took her to the dentist for the first time, and she’s developed some ‘spots’ between her 4 back teeth that the dentist says are precursors to cavities. He gave me a special fluoride toothpaste and is having me brush her teeth with her regular toothpaste, then this fluoride toothpaste – which she spits out and doesn’t rinse, and then we floss those back teeth to get the fluoride in there. Ugh. He eats a super healthy diet, and the candy is kept to a minimum. The cavities I believe are genetic – her daddy and his fam have bad teeth. :( so, is it ok now that she’s old enough not to swallow it, and she was breastfed and generally kep away from the fluoride containing foods that you listed? What do you think?

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Marilyn December 26, 2011 at 4:01 PM

You might want to read Ramiel Nagel’s excellent book on curing tooth decay. He explains all about this problem. The Weston A. Price Foundation’s website also has a TON of information for you. Your child needs to avoid ALL refined sugars and ALL processed carbs (cold cereals, factory made breads with few exceptions, storebought crackers and cookies, etc.). It’s DEFINITELY not okay to be shoving fluoride in your child’s gums! And that lame mainstream dentist line “avoid sugar” is just that–lame. Nowhere near enough. Your child needs optimal nutrition–high quality foods like raw dairy, grassfed meats, and eggs from pastured hens (NOT battery farm eggs) to heal. I’m doing this right now with my own 5yo. The teeth are an indicator of something not right in the body itself, and proper nutrition will heal him from the inside out–the only way to really heal. Hope this helps!

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Hi, Shelby,

What is a “super healthy diet”?

Cavities are not genetic. They are caused by inadequate nutrition.

Here are two articles I’ve written on this topic:

http://www.cheeseslave.com/do-bread-cereal-cause-cavities-reversing-dental-decay-with-food/

http://www.cheeseslave.com/how-to-cure-tooth-decay-with-rami-nagel/

Inadequate nutrition can also be caused by a “leaky gut” — or abnormal gut flora. Does she have gut problems or food allergies?

Personally, I would definitely not ever give my child fluoride of any kind. It’s poison.

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Shelby December 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

We do eat eggs from pastured hens, grassfed beef, but not raw dairy bc I’m allergic to cows milk, Zoe doesn’t like cows milk, and she’s had lots of phlegm since moving to TN so we avoid cheese/milk for her mostly anyway. She has organic plain yogurt every morning tho. We eat Ezekiel bread when we have bread, and whole wheat tortillas. She does not eat cereal, we rarely eat processed foods, no juice, and plenty of fruits and veggies. We eat a lot of homemade soups and stews, Mexican food (rice and beans for example), and she’s a fairly adventurous eater. She tested allergic to peanuts, eggs and tree nuts at 18 mos old, but we’ve never had to use an epi pen. I agree that cavities themselves are not genetic, but the strength of her teeth and their enamel I felt cld be genetic in nature. Her father and his mothers side of the family have horrible teeth that always require attention, but my family can avoid the dentist for years and have just fine reports when we finally do go. We have grown up eating similar diets, and have similar dental hygiene habits.

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Hi, Shelby

It certainly sounds like her diet is very healthy.

Do you think she might have an allergy to gluten? I ask because if she is eating gluten and she is allergic, it would cause malabsorption, and that might cause cavities.

Is she on a good probiotic? Is she eating liver and/or shellfish at least weekly? Is she getting cod liver oil? Does she get homemade broth?

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Shelby December 27, 2011 at 6:09 AM

I pray to God that she does not have an allergy to gluten, lol. Ugh! I suspect so many of us have a sensitivity to it, though, it is in everything store bought. I try to keep from overloading her – like so many on an American diet – so that she she doesn’t develop a sensitivity. I should probably try cutting it out to see what would happen.

She has had probiotics at different points in her life, but I haven’t kept up with it recently. She has a good (sugar free, uses xylitol) multi vitamin and a Chinese herbal allergy med that she takes every day. She’s not eating liver/shellfish every week because…ew, liver (lol), and I’ve been reticent to give her shellfish bc of her other food allergies. I’m not giving her cod liver oil but should, and she does get homemade broth. Maybe I’ll add in the probiotics, fish oil, and try some shellfish.

I should also mention that, although her diet was *very* clean when we lived in SF until a year ago, it has been *much* harder to maintain her diet now that we live in the South. Yes, yes it has.

But that’s it for me for the fluoride treatments. I can’t do it in good conscience. We’ll try other things first and I’ll also talk to our acupuncturist about it to see if he has any Ayurvedic or Chinese fortifying solutions for her.

Thanks for the eye-opening post! I had read stuff like this when Zoe was younger and she was starting to get teeth, but had gotten a bit lax since we’re not surrounded by tons of like-minded families here (although there is a great community of holistic mamas out here in East TN, believe it or not) and I’m a few weeks away from the birth of my second.

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cheeseslave December 27, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Try the US Wellness Meats liverwurst or Braunschweiger. Most kids like it.

Either that or give her dessicated liver caps. You can find them on my resources page.

I’d definitely cut out the gluten for a few weeks then reintroduce it and see how she reacts. That could be what is causing the malabsorption. If you guys have gluten intolerance, your next baby will likely have it too so it’s better to know now.

Fermented cod liver oil and butter oil is really a must if you want to prevent and heal cavities.

And yes I would definitely add the probiotics — I like BIokult or ThreeLac. There is also one called GutHealth which is supposed to be good but I haven’t personally tried it. These you have to order online. I have never found any storebought brands that actually work.

Best of luck to you!

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jeanmarie December 26, 2011 at 4:10 PM

AnnMarie, is there anything to the idea that toothpaste with fluoride is ok if you don’t swallow it? I thought topical application was the one time it was actually helpful, instead of ingesting it. I always buy or make toothpaste without it, just in case, but I’ve been wondering about this.

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cheeseslave December 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

We absorb a lot via the mucus membranes (mouth, nose, private parts) so I don’t think it’s a good idea to put anything in your mouth that is toxic.

I do not believe there is anything helpful about fluoride.

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jeanmarie December 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Good point about mucous membranes!

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Becky Leppard December 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I listened to this podcast last summer that first introduced me to the idea that fluoride might be something I might want to avoid. Here is the link to a podcast interview with Dr. Paul Connet on Our Natural LIfe.
http://ournaturallife.com/blog/2011/05/the-case-against-flouride-with-dr-paul-connett-podcast-onl076/

Thanks also Ann Marie, for the links to find filters that remove fluoride. That has been on my to do list, and I was having trouble sourcing the right information. Hopefully I can narrow my search down so I can purchase a filter.

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Cathryn December 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I’m so grateful to be living in a city that doesn’t fluoridate! One of the few left, it seems. I also wanted to ask if you’d heard the rumor that some of the popular anti-depressant drugs are fluoride based? I’ve heard that Fluoxetine (prozac) has a fluoride component, but am not sure of the truth of that. Do you happen to know either way? I don’t take them myself, but I know so many people who do.

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Joe Killian February 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Here is some interesting information that the TEA industry would rather you not know. ECGC is one of the main therapeutic compounds in tea. You get a decent amount in average brewed tea. If you make your “white” tea very strong like I do you probably get around 10 times that amount. Not satisfied with that I bought some tea extract, a brown powder that is basically dried liquid tea. I would take perhaps 500 milligrams to 1 gram per day. After around 6 months of that my left hip started to ache to the point where I had to life my leg to get it into the car. Then I had remembered that Tea extracts fluoride from the ground and concentrates it into the leaves especially the leaves used to make junk teas like Lipton. I stopped the powdered tea extract and reduced the concentration of my liquid tea. The pain in my hip dropped around 95% in the first week! Fast forward 2 years. Now occasionally I will get pain in both hips if I drink a large strong cup of “white” tea.

Obviously Tea contains a lot of fluoride. It will accumulate over years and probably is an unknown cause/initiator of bone diseases. In my case I produced in 1 year what will happen to people drinking “too” much tea in 30 years. Fortunately I was able to prove cause and affect and will be extremely wary now about all fluoride sources. The slow insidious accumulation in bones and joints will prevent people and doctors from making that easy association. I wonder what percentage of hip replacements are related to fluoride buildup in hip bone sockets? This fluoride buildup can be very small and still have major effects like throwing a small amount of powdered glass into a car engine. I am sure a doctor would have diagnosed my hip pain as early onset arthritis and given me cortisone! So if you want to experience quickly the pain of fluoridosis buy some powdered tea extract high in ECGC and take if for 6 months or so. If you want to experience it in 30 years, drink more than two cups a day of typically brewed tea. I also grant that perhaps the fluoride merely increases inflammation of an arthritic joint and might not be causal however scientists are “just now” finding out that low, imperceptible levels of joint inflammation “cause” arthritis!!!!!!

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Beth December 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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jason carroll December 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

this is an ad. why are you trying to profit here? what is your purpose?

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joyce December 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

FLUORIDE plain and simple is TOXIC and MOST LIKELY the cause of so many
health issues….I’ve been fighting this battle for too long…

Wake up people and do your fight. Join FAN (Fluoride Action Network) and help the cause they are battling all over the world.

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Sandra Fellipo January 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Okay so I read this article and then I read all the comments. You people are all just sad, if I was your child I’d kill myself. It’s not natural or healthy, any if these comments. This argument on Fluoride is almost the same as on Vaccines. Guess what, I almost died last year because my mother refused to vaccinate me. For every person who blames vaccines on awful mental problems, i understand your pain and need too blame it on something. but it is no reason to ‘educate’ a mother on lies and then have her daughter almost die at 17. And if your all so worried that you and your children will topple over dead from Fluoride then why don’t you move to Europe? Go deal with the more colorful water problems there. Try Italy. Or, be like me and end up in an Italian hospital. The radiation from your cell phones and your computers are more likely to get you before Fluoride ever does. Just a thought.

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al12 April 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Not vaccinating people is wrong because it endangers the unvaccinated child AND all the other children they come into contact with. So I agree with you on that point. Unsubstantiated claims are dumb.

BUT, the claims that fluoride is toxic is not unsubstantiated! Fluoride has been proven to be harmful again and again. It is not a nutrient, and it is a by-product of the aluminum, fertilizer, and nuclear industries. Not a natural mineral. It causes hypothyroidism, in every scientific study done. Hypothyroidism is an epidemic in the US.

Being skeptical is fine, but before you lump all ideas into one thing, at least do a little research and decide for yourself if there’s a scientific basis or not!

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Joe Bloggs January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Sandra Felippo, I’m sorry but you don’t know what you’re talking about. There is abundant evidence that water fluoridation and other sources of fluoride are harmful to human health. If you are not prepared to spend the time researching the issue, consider that 14 Nobel prize winners in either Medicine or Chemistry have opposed fluoridation. I have an education in science, and concluded that fluoride was causing me major health problems because the evidence for it eventually became overwhelming. You are obviously confused, because vaccines and fluoride are completely separate issues.

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jason carroll December 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

you probablly believe mainstream science when it says that we are going through global warming or that the earth is billions of years old and that people never existed with dinosaurs.

did you know that clay figurines of dinosaurs (and people riding on the dinosaurs) have been found across the world like in peru and mexico? they show the fleshy scales on their backs that we didnt even realize existed until about 1980. now, with “modern science” dating methods, these clay figurines have been dated at about 1000-1500 years old. do you remember when “modern science” first “discovered” dinosaur bones??? … yea 1800′s…

take “modern science” with a grain of salt. i have been to medical school, law school, engineering graduate, and undergrad. i am a tested member of mensa with an IQ of 158. I believe that Jesus is God and my Savior. I think this earth is less than 10000 years old. i have NEVER had a cavity, im in my mid 30′s, and i regularly brush with fluroide toothpaste.

i am not saying i know FOR SURE that fluoride is bad or good. i am saying that after 30 years of using fluoride toothpaste, and even soaking my teeth in it… i have continued to function above my peers in terms of mental ability, ive had great kids with no apparent problems, i do not exhibit signs of physical problems, 148 cholesterol, 120/80 bp, etc etc etc….

oh and i have gotten all of my recommended shots. ive traveled the world, even gotten extra shots.

thoughts?

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Johanna January 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Why just give up fluoride? What about Vitamin A. If vitamin A builds up in our system, it can lead to increased pressure in the brain, dizziness, nausea, headaches, skin irritation, pain in joints and bones, coma, and even death. It can cause congenital birth defects, including malformations of the eye, skull, lungs, and heart. Who can stand that! We have to eliminate Vitamin A from our diets. What about calcium. We don’t need it. Excessively high levels of calcium can cause kidney failure, hardening of blood vessels and muscle, high levels of calcium in the urine, kidney stones, constipation and prostate cancer. Why end there? Why not give up iron, after all it is used in all the metals, construction of machinery and machine tools, automobiles, the hulls of large ships, and structural components for buildings, for making graphite, wrought iron, for production of ammonia, to produce fuels, lubricants, water purification, sewage treatment, dyeing process, and to make cement to list some industrial uses. All these use iron, so therefore iron cannot be good for you since it has industrial uses as well. Why not give up zinc too. After all it is used in making brass, in pipe organs, die castings, building facades, roofs, in paints, cosmetics, in making rubber, to protect from UV radiation, as a fire retardant, wood preservative, in clocks, TV screens,as a propellant, in making nuclear weapons, and as a fungicide to name a few. I am sure zinc and iron cannot be good for humans since they have such terrible unhealthy industrial uses. Let’s eliminate them from our foods!

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Joe Bloggs January 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Johanna, your argument is ridiculous. Vitamin A, calcium, iron, and zinc are essential nutrients, but fluoride is not. The nutrients you mentioned are also not dumped into water supplies, which is the most primitive method imaginable of administering anything which is supposed to benefit health, and which does not allow for individual choice. Furthermore, double-blind studies have shown that a significant proportion of the population are sensitive to fluoride, and suffer symptoms at doses to which people living in fluoridated areas are routinely exposed. Then there is the fact that the countries with high rates of fluoridation also have high and increasing rates of health conditions which have been linked to fluoride, such as obesity, diabetes, and musculoskeletal disorders. Try educating yourself, instead of talking rubbish.

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Helen January 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Check out what the Institute of Medicine recommendations are for various nutrients. .

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Joe Bloggs January 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

There have been several statements indicating that fluoride is not an essential nutrient. No symptoms of fluoride “deficiency” have ever been identified. Breastmilk is extremely low fluoride, thanks to a biological mechanism which keeps it out. The first words in the abstract of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks 2011 report titled “Critical review of any new evidence on the hazard profile, health effects, and human exposure to fluoride and the fluoridating agents of drinking water” are: “Fluoride is not an essential element for human growth and development”.

http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/environmental_risks/docs/scher_o_139.pdf

http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/essential-nutrient/

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ady February 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Partically everything is bad for us in the U.S. …We got GMO food now the grass fed cows are being fed with GMO Alfafa…thanks Monsato!!! (Sarcastic ) We got fluoride in our water.We got planes spraying chemicals. We got Vaccines that have mercury in them. Theres more kids with autism and other learning disabilities. Childrem with cancer and the rise of Alzheimer’s. What bad world!!!

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allan April 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

More like a bad country you have!!

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Graeme April 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The Problem with Chem Trails is some maybe all of the Particles contained within are so small they cannot be Filtered out
This includes nano particles which lodge in the Brain and become Transponders to Low Frequency Radio Mind Control
More disturbing is because like mentioned,these particles are actually so small thet are being absorbed and are finding their way into the food chain
In all actuality everyone is suseptible and is going to be effected to a more or lesser degree
It is all about control

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ar12 April 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

seriously, “chemtrails” are water vapor.

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joy April 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I believe the chemtrails issue….it’s all so SICKENING what these fluoride pushers are getting away with… Personally, I support Dr. Paul Connett and his work in this issue…FAN (Fluoride Action Network)…. If we all at least supported Dr. Connett that is a lot…

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Dena Dennis June 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

You might as well starve yourself, because if floride is in the water, how the hell does the crops get watered. People we can’t avoid it. We can decrease how much, but we can’t avoid it.

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Ann Marie Michaels June 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

We can get it banned. Many cities are doing it.

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leah June 18, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I’m wondering if there’s any way at all to “de-tox” from fluoride. Sounds like it stores up in your bones, glands and brain and you’re basically screwed if you grew up in america. So have there been any studies or any known ways to get it out of your system? I’ll definitely do my best to limit intake from this point and for my child, but what about those of us who grew up on fluoridated tap water? Also, is it such a small molecule that most filters don’t get any of it? Why is it so hard to find a filter for it? (has to be either distilled, RO or berkey from what I gather).

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Ann Marie Michaels June 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Yes, iodine. I’m going to be writing some posts about iodine in the next couple weeks — stay tuned!

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Fluoride is not a molecule, it’s an atom.

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Sarah Beeson June 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

It’s weird because the nutirionists at WIC encourage you to give your babies and children fluoride water ..but I tell them I don’t give that to him because I think that fluoride is bad for you and he will get it soon enough in other products that are hard to avoid. She looks at me like im crazy and goes on to say how important it is for teeth and building strong teeth etc…just kinda strange….

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

These people have been brainwashed and have no understanding of science.

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Danika June 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Here in Portland, Oregon we just voted NO on fluoridated water (again)! Add beer from Portland, Oregon to your list of safe beer to drink.

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nick June 20, 2013 at 6:48 AM

A berkey water filter w/ the flouride filters should be a fixture in everyone’s house. It is the cheapest way to filter your water and is a great investment.

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Kevin July 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM

I buy bottled spring water hopefully it doesn’t have fluoride. My comment is on the same shelf was bottled water for babies with extra fluoride for your babies health it was recommended to mix with formula. It was almost sold out, unbelievable,next time i will take a pic.

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joy July 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Those fluoride pushers SHOULD BE used as dartboards…..

MOST people are so uninformed on this nasty nasty toxin….makes me sick sick sick.

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joy July 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

There are MEGA brands of Toothpaste with NO added fluoride….I wouldn’t touch a TP with fluoride…

For the last several months, I have been making my own TP with Coconut Oil, Diatamacous Earth, Baking Soda and drops of Clove or Anise etc. Like the
results with my homemade TP and no chemicals added at all.

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Electra Roberts August 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Hmm… I wonder if a detox reaction is why taking iodine (and other things that are supposed to be good) causes me so much pain. Also, I used to get a filter for my undersink water filter that would take out fluoride but the guy I got them from stopped selling them because he found ( in a lab) that it was putting mercury (I think it was mercury) in the water so the negatives outweighed the positive. So I’m wary of any filters that they take it out and cannot afford a reverse osmosis system.

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snafu October 12, 2013 at 6:43 AM

im a German that lives in the Netherlands, and i have to say they banned NOTHING over here in Europe.. they still put that shit in our water, and always been doing so, and will continue to do so.. where did you get the information that it was banned over here? please do your research proper before posting false facts, specially on important topics like this right here… have a nice day

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Forced-fluoridation has not been banned throughout Europe, but Europe is predominantly unfluoridated. The Netherlands and West Germany stopped force-fluoridating in the 1970s, and East Germany in 1990 when the Berlin Wall came down.

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sofia33 October 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I tend to avoid extremism. Rarely is there ever just one right answer. Cavities are caused by a COMBINATION of factors. Diet, genetics, plaque build-up, acidity and bacteria (promote decay). Healthy teeth require a combination of factors too.

I don’t get the fluoridation madness in this country. I’ve heard both sides of the argument but don’t believe the benefits outweigh the risks. It probably is similar to corn syrup, in that someone somewhere is making money off this stuff and public health promotes the benefits, without equally educating about the risks.

My dentist was on a panel of experts who advocated for fluoridation in my home county (largely populated). I asked him why. He said that most middle- and upper-class folks drink filtered or bottled water, which lack fluoride. They tend to have better hygiene, nutrition and frequent dental visits. Whereas lower SES folks, who tend to have poorer nutrition and rarely if ever seek dental care, are drinking ta water. These folks are at greater risk of developing caries.

So let me get this straight..We compromise our foods (what we put in our mouths) with preservatives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, additives, chemicals and heavy toxic metals. The FDA overlooks it because there’s big $$ involved. Why would we give a damn about whether people of lower-SES develop dental caries?

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Sack your dentist.

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joy October 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

So much is crap, but to support this waste byproduct added to our waters is hard to grasp for we in the know….these “pushers” gain up to 2000% profits both ways in their industries…creating this waste and getting rid of it……

Support Dr. Paul Connett’s group as they go around the world with this battle. Many before him are gone who have fought this insanity…….

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Nikki Kamminga October 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

I strongly disagree that if you can’t breastfeed then the best alternative is homemade formula. It’s not, breast milk is. There is a huge global network of peer-to-peer milksharing groups like HM4HB (human milk 4 human babies), Eats on Feet etc.

My daughter has drunk donor milk since 5 weeks due to my breast reconstruction as a teen. She’s now six months and doing great!

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internet_person November 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Mentioning that most of Eurpoe doesn’t use water fluoration in the context you did is pretty misleading. The reason for these contries not fluoridating water supplies is not due to health concerns, but because fluoride in these countries comes from other sources, for example fluoridated table salt.

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

You don’t know what you’re talking about. Only four European countries have fluoridated salt, and the water supplies are predominantly low in fluoride. Forced-fluoridation has been rejected for health and ethical reasons.

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PAUL November 28, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Hmmm, dangers of fluoride? since 80% of the foods we consume contains fluoride or rather were cooked with fluoridated water . One ought be careful but the question is, how does rural dwellers especially farmers get to know this? what is the role of government and health agencies on this issues?

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PAUL November 28, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Since there are so many ways of consuming fluoride.What is the way forward before it ll result to cancer.

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joy November 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Do your research on Iodine and fluoride (detox)….MOST are deficient in iodine anyway….I take 10-12mg Iosol daily….and don’t dare drink tap water, our city was fluoridated in 2010….I fought it tooth and nail with our anti “F” group here….

I buy all my spring water for drinking and cooking……Crystal Geyser is the best I believe for the money.

The govt….oh brother….the Birchers fought this issue some years back, you can find that subject online…..

Dr. Paul Connett and his group (FAN) continue to fight this and I donate to them annually…..

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Elizabeth December 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

So cigarettes have fluoride? Are you telling me cigarettes might not be safe? Odds are if I’m smoking cigarettes I’m not too worried about fluoride.

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Yes, but there is secondhand cigarette smoke to consider.

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arock December 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Its worse than everyone thinks, Check out the USDA list of selected foods and Beverages to be Fluoridated some time.

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Charity December 12, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Hi there! I have a question about toothpaste. Every time, when my youngest son has a cavity, the dentist always makes sure I’m using toothpaste with flouride, and I’ve just always understood it as that’s supposed to help with cavities. Long story short, they act like we need it. I guess my question is, what’s the truth and what toothpaste would you suggest, especially for my boys?

Thank you

Charity

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Dr Jones December 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Hi. Read the comments here. Have to say you don’t really understand what you’re talking about and ate in fact uneducated nutcase. Everything is harmful in high doses. However, the fluoridation in water and toothpastes is no where near high enough to cause any health concerns; on the contrary, it will benefit you. Fluoride works in 2 ways to protect teeth – it forms a stronger substance in the enamel called fluoroapatite, which makes enam more resistent to damage. Fluoride also inhibits the enzyme enolase in bacteria, which prevents ATP synthesis and thus kills bacteria. So the low dose of fluoride that is received in water and toothpaste is beneficial. High dose is detrimental. If someone is stupid enough to swallow a whole tube of toothpaste, then it will cause them harm…but if they’re retarded enough to do it in the first place, then perhaps the world is better off with one leaa idiot. Maybe if all you but jobs got tracking infections into the mediastinum from dental abscesses as a result of your stupidity to not use fluoride and not clean effectively, the world would be a better place too as it would have less idiots spreading misinformation based on myths and not scientific evidence which you quite clearly don’t undetstand.

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

It’s you who clearly doesn’t understand the scientific evidence. There is not a single good quality original research study which indicates that the forced-fluoridation experiment is anything but dangerous and useless.

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Tanja December 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Wow. Remove all the fluoride in the water you want. As a dental assistant I’ve seen an increase in cavities in kid with no fluoride in water over the last 28 years. But I guess if you think it’s bad it pays got my work …..

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

As a dental assistant you’ve probably been brainwashed, and have no understanding of the science.

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Stephanie December 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Fact: Fluoride is the greatest advancement in dentistry in the 20th century.

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Fact: The dental profession is a criminal cartel.
Fact: Fluoride harms teeth.

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joy December 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Filters that get rid of “F” are few and far between and much more costly….. I take Iodine daily and HOPING it’s helping rid my body of “F”……this mass medication of a drug, yes dentists/docs write scripts for folks who want it…..

Why not add laxatives and anti depressants too…..since so many are full of it.

And guess what the FDA never signed on to water fluoridation……at least last time I read up on this.

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Jess December 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

http://www.crystalgeyserasw.com/faqs.html

when i read “avoid bottled water” i immediately decided to look up the one i buy, because i was always sure they don’t add it to bottled water, just tap water (and then it remains in some bottled water if it’s not filtered out, that’s why i buy spring water)…so i looked up the one i buy (crystal geyser) which is one of the cheapest if you buy it in 1gallon bottles and they do not add fluoride! yay!
it can contain a tiny amount of naturally occurring fluoride, but i think that possible super small amount is still better than what’s in tap water…

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joy December 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Crystal Geyser is my favorite and I buy the 1 gallon bottles too, usually buy 4-5 at a time and keep them in my trunk and bring them in when I can carry them…it would be nice if CG was delivered, but it’s not.

There is naturally occurring fluoride in all water, rain water, etc…but the added poison, no way would I want that build up in my body. A true fraud on the people…..

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rickerE December 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Im 58 and lost all my moler teeth. Mostly Amalgamum murcery filing. I am extreemly food and chemicly sensitive. Especialy aluminum. Which is what floride is derived from.
I feel especialy tired in the morning after a evening shower. And ive read that the skin absorbs chemicals.
We presently have a faucet filter and are ecology minded of the HUGE plastic bottle explosion. Also many bottled water companys lie…yes LIE.
Why would anyone defend the industry or gov unless they in working for them.
Follow the money…..

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mark December 22, 2013 at 4:32 AM

This is pseudo science rubbish!! Dangerous just like the fraud that tried to convince the world vaccines caused autism!!! Correlation does NOT equal causation!!! And listing animal studies and drawing conclusions about function in humans is aalso a prime example of pseudo science quackery!!!

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Dan Germouse January 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM

mark, if you had taken the time to look at the literature you would have seen that the case for fluoridation relies on pretending that selective instances of correlation prove causation. You would also have seen that the weight of evidence is very strongly in favour of the hypothesis that forced-fluoridation is harmful. Grow up.

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rickerE January 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM

And theres Anti freeze in many popular tooth paste. Its called glycol. Poison.
Also I am extreemly chemical sensitive as are millions of americans do to poor foods. chemicaly treated foods. Refined foods. GMO foods. Artificial foods. Etc.
I also developed a bad flora called Candida Ablican. Its bad culture in the gut.
It developed into what they now call LEAKY GUT.
This means the colon has become a bacteria farm and the natural flora ( acidopholis) had deminished greatly. Then the bad flora candida drilled tiny holes thru the colon to allow partially undigested food into the blood.
Candida ablican overgrowth may well be the fastest growing health condition in the US do to junk food and chemicals and over ingesting floride from many sources including water.
All the above supporters of gov and industry capitalizers need to be polite and respectful those who are victomized. No im not just targeting tap water.

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John Boanerges Redman January 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Sorry that you are accusing bacteria as the cause of Candida when it is fungus as the culprit. STOP the intake of refined carbs/grains and increase your dietary consumption of fermented foods like kimchi/sauerkraut. Do increase your intake of probiotics, too.

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grassfood. January 17, 2014 at 7:42 AM

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RDH4FL January 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Nice use of out dated sources.

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Brady January 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I have read that if you take Boron,it will eliminate flouride out of your system. What I can’t figure out,is how did they get this idea that flouride helps our teeth ? Typical of our governments,whether its city,county,state or the Feds,they “think” they know whats good for us ! We seem to be doomed. Besides having a communist President,our Congress is bought and paid for and will never do anything “for the people”. The only way we will change,is not to expect another Rep/Dem President or the same with Congress,because BOTH parties have screwed our country over and over again,but to start from the bottom and work up. Of course it would help if we could somehow get rid of our manipulated news media !!

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John Boanerges Redman January 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

It was sold to Truman by reps of Alcoa as a means of disposing of industrial wast Stannous Fluoride. The “wonderful” Truman also gave us DU on the advice of JCS.
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John Boanerges Redman January 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM

ONE major source is tea, itself, as the plant, unless in 100 year old plantings, is a fluoride uptake plant, and even then, rain brings some flouride sometimes.

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Megan February 27, 2014 at 2:50 AM

One thing that I’m always amazed at is people who’ve never been somewhere (ie, lived there for an extended period (ie, years)) purport to know something about those places because they’ve read something about it. Here’s what I know, and I’ve lived in Europe: Spain, Netherlands, UK, and Eastern Europe.

Do they fluoridate the water? I don’t really know.

even based on what they officially say, I still don’t know.

Why don’t I trust what they officially say?

Because European governments are notorious deceivers in my book. Their laws concerning disclosure of product and water ingredients are incredibly deceiving and I have doubts that those are even fully complied with.

This is all hearsay you say? Yes, it is. But I have good reason to NOT trust ANY of them. Because in each country in which I have lived I have seen such groos negligence and non-compliance, that there is no way that they are actually fulfilling what they say.

In the NL with peanut butter. I read a label “All Natural Peanut Butter” Pinda Kaas, of course. The ingredients read: Peanuts

I’ve made peanut butter for 20 years and have eaten all manner of homemade and store bought “natural” peanut butters and I know what peanut butter with only peanuts tastes like. The peanut butter in the NL that I’m referring to tasted like my mother’s peanut butter cookie dough when I was a child..just after she added the sugar, brown sugar, and shortening, vanilla. Peanut butter only EVER needs one thing: peanuts.

In Spain, go to the Decathlon store near the processing plant, right next to the beach in Barcelona. Smell the air. Actually, don’t. You’ll gag on it. In fact, don’t do it within five miles of that area. If that’s compliance with some clean air thing, I’m Tom Sawyer. And they’re water, it is much better than in Eastern Eruope, but I doubt that it is clean.

In the UK, there is so much red tape, even if they don’t put fluoride in the water, they do something else.

In Eastern Europe, the water systems are so old that if they aren’t full of poisons, write the pope and ask for a miracle declaration.

In France, I only lived there for a few months, but VERY few people drink water from the tap. Why? I don’t know. But they don’t.

Germany? I wouldn’t trust the German government anymore than the Dutch (the NL).

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