Fluoride Dangers: Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 26, 2011

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Fluoride dangers are real. Fluoride can damage health and fertility, destroy bones and teeth, and cause early puberty in children.

Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride

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.

However, fluoride dangers are everywhere in America. That’s because fluoride is everywhere in our food supply. Fluoride is 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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Fluoride Dangers: 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 and are exposed to fluoride dangers 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

Fluoride Dangers: The Top 7 Health Dangers of Fluoride

Fluoride Dangers: Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride

Fluoride Dangers #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).

Fluoride Dangers #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

Fluoride Dangers #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).

Fluoride Dangers #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.

Fluoride Dangers #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.”

Fluoride Dangers #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.

Fluoride Dangers #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.

Fluoride Dangers #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.

Fluoride Dangers #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.

Fluoride Dangers #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 and Fluoride Dangers

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 Fluoride Dangers

The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

So happy to see this on Lew Rockwell this morning! Thank you for all your hard work in researching this so thoroughly. Love your blog. 🙂

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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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Fiorella June 22, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Thank you Ann Marie for this informative article! I do limit the exposure to fluoride as much as I can. I pretty much avoid it in the way as you describe it under “how to avoid fluoride”. Although so, I usually buy organic wine and beer instead of imported bottles from europe. I belief that producers of organic products do take care of quality of the water for their products as well. At least, I hope so.

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We here in CA are in a 3 yr drought and our STUPID water dept continues to fluoridate what precious water we have…..talk about my anger at it all.

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joy December 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I was sickened to see my 18 yr old grandgirls’ nasty fluorosis on her beautiful teeth….and when she told me how their CONVENTINAL dentist has used his trays of fluoride gel on her teeth, made me more sick….these poor parents want to believe their dentists but we cannot….

If one sees an alternative dentist, you would never hear the word “F”.. yet alone use it on people’s teeth.

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leaf April 1, 2015 at 12:54 PM

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Renee Ammon January 15, 2016 at 8:39 AM

I know this is an old article, but there are also people who have severe sensitivity to fluoride. In the 80s, we discovered this sensitivity(not allergy because flouride is not an allergen) in my younger sister. We had start taking the fluoride tabs while brushing our teeth. She began to have inflammation in her hands to the point that her knuckles split and bled. Everything went back to normal once she discontinued the tabs. This experience in childhood allowed me to recognize the sensitivity in my son 30 years later. We had just gotten a prescription from the doctor for a liquid vitamin which happened to contain fluoride. In less than 24 hours after ingesting, he developed an instant welting diaper rash. I immediately stopped the vitamins. I tried it a month later with the same results. Never used them again. When we started brushing his teeth, we used a non-fluoride toothpaste just to be safe. One day Grandma brushed his teeth and forgot the correct paste, same welting diaper rash. I know this is all anecdotal, but I’m convinced that fluoride sensitivity runs in my family!

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