The Health Risks of Fluoridating Water:
According to multinational studies, cancer, arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, and neurological disorders are related to fluoride intake.
“Today almost 60 percent of the U.S. population drinks fluoridated water, including residents of 46 of the nation’s 50 largest cities,” reported Scientific American’s Dan Fagin, an award-wining environmental reporter and Director of New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. The Scientific American study “Concluded that fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid — the gland that produces hormones regulating growth and metabolism.” These are only a few of the health risks now associated with fluoridating water.
LOWERING OF IQ SCORES IN CHILDREN:
Over the last several decades, an astonishing twenty-four studies have established a statistical link between fluoride exposure and low IQs in children. One study conducted by the Center for Endemic Disease Control in China found that each additional milligram of fluoride detected in every liter of a child’s urine was associated with a 0.59 point decrease in their IQ score. Another study found that fluoride exposure slashed the number of children achieving “high IQs” by more than 70 percent.
CANCER: Fluoride in tap water can cause bone cancer in boys. New research suggests that boys exposed to fluoride between the ages of five and 10 will suffer an increased rate of osteosarcoma – bone cancer – between the ages of 10 and 19.
DANGER TO INFANTS: In November of 2006, the American Dental Association (ADA) advised that parents should avoid giving babies fluoridated water. Info here
MOST OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD HAS ABOLISHED FLUORIDE IN DRINKING SUPPLY:
— 97% of western Europe as well as Japan has rejected fluoridated water due to the known health risks
— In Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg fluoridation of water was rejected because it was classified as compulsive medication against the subject’s will and therefore violated fundamental human rights.
Major scientific studies now show fluoridating water does not prevent tooth decay:
“Fluoridation’s role in the decline of tooth decay is in serious doubt. The largest survey ever conducted in the US (over 39,000 children from 84 communities) by the National Institute of Dental Research showed little difference in tooth decay among children in fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities (Hileman, 1989 and Yiamouyiannis, 1990). According to the NIDR’s statisticians, the study found an average difference of only 0.6 DMFS (Decayed Missing and Filled Surfaces) in the permanent teeth of children aged 5-17 residing in either fluoridated or unfluoridated areas (Brunelle and Carlos, 1990). This difference is less than one tooth surface! There are 128 tooth surfaces in a child’s mouth.
Where fluoridation has been discontinued in communities from Canada, the former East Germany, Cuba and Finland, dental decay has not increased but has actually decreased (Maupome et al, 2001; Kunzel and Fischer,1997,2000; Kunzel et al, 2000 and Seppa et al, 2000).” (source)
How the fluoride is put in our water is going to blow your mind- it’s not even natural fluoride- it’s toxic waste
It’s actually not secret where fluorides come from. They are the direct, unprocessed wastes of fertilizer, nuclear, aluminum, steel and pesticide industries. It is cheaper for these corporations to sell this fluoride to municipalities and release it into the water supply than it is to dispose of it. Most countries have now banned fluoridating water but a few countries such as the US, and Israel and other middle eastern countries still do this. These governments still believe the outdated belief that fluoride prevents cavities- the current studies show it does not.
Also, industries have a financial interest in maintaining fluoridation. Professor Loty Silberman, an occupational health and toxicology consultant and former water engineer for Mekorot, the Israel water company explains: “Adding fluoride to the water is cheaper than burying it. In Israel, it can costs thousands of shekels per cubic meter to remove the waste. The Koor factory in Acre, for example, may have 15 cubic meters of waste daily”.
Here’s the detailed process of how this toxic waste is introduced into out water supply: Nearly all the fluoride dripped into municipal water supplies isn’t naturally occurring fluoride at all. It’s actually a combination of hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride. These two chemicals are considered highly toxic by the EPA. They’re actually classified as hazardous waste and when packaged for transportation, they must be labeled as poison and handled by workers wearing industrial safety gear.
This bizarre story begins at phosphate mining companies. Phosphate is an important mineral used in fertilizers. It’s mined from natural rock deposits scattered across the world, and the phosphate rock is then refined to produce phosphoric acid. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s one of the main ingredients in carbonated sodas such as Coke and Pepsi.
Phosphoric acid is often compared to battery acid. It’s a highly acidic liquid that is believed to be the primary reason why drinking sodas can result in kidney stones and a loss of bone mineral density.
Phosphate rock is also used to create fertilizers. The problem is, phosphate is often contaminated with high levels of fluoride — as much as 40,000 parts per million, or up to 4% of the raw ore. To remove the fluoride, sulfuric acid is added to a wet slurry of phosphate and water. This causes the fluoride to vaporize, creating highly toxic gaseous compounds such as hydrogen fluoride and silicon tetrafluoride.
These toxic fluoride chemicals used to be released directly from the smokestacks of phosphate mining operations, but the nearby farms suffered devastating losses of cattle and food crops which withered away and died due to… guess what? Fluoride poisoning.
In order to stop this environmental destruction, the phosphate mining industry put in place a way to capture the toxic fluoride chemical vapors so that they wouldn’t be released into the air and kill the surrounding livestock and vegetation. This was accomplished by installing “wet scrubbers” that captured the toxic fluoride chemicals, preventing them from being released into the environment and killing the plant and animal life living nearby.
It is from these wet scrubbers that toxic fluoride chemicals are now harvested. They’re collected, re-packaged, shipped to your local city, then dumped into the municipal water supply. So instead of these toxic fluoride chemicals being released by the phosphate mining smokestacks, they are instead captured, and then released into the water supply of large cities where the chemicals then contaminate the water of millions of people at a time.
This is called water fluoridation. It gets worse. Did you know that an increasing number of water treatment plants buy their fluoride from China? U.S. manufacturers are not able to compete with the low prices of Chinese firms entering the fluoride market. (source)
Keep voting NO on fluoridating municipal water systems. Soon there will be real laws in place preventing big corporate from polluting our water. It should and it will become illegal to sell water- it belongs to everybody, like the air. Clean water should be free and accessible right out of the tap for everyone. In the not so far future, every home will recycle and purify it’s own water (similarly to how astronauts do it on space flights) and each home will be entirely water self sustainable. In the meantime, if possible, drink water that is not fluoridated.
Here’s some information on how to get healthy non-fluoridated water:
If your water is NOT fluoridated:
If your tap water is NOT fluoridated, you can buy water or just use a carbon filter. Carbon filters are great at removing toxins from the water like pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs, and various VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, chloroform, trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, etc), BUT CARNON FILTERS CANNOT REMOVE FLUORIDE. So if your tap water isn’t fluoridated, then a carbon filter is a perfect solution.
Note: DON’T buy Brita pitchers because Brita actually adds fluoride into their filters. There are a great deal of affordable carbon filter units that don’t add any fluoride in to your water. They are available online and sold at health food stores as well.
Here’s one at Whole Foods:
If your tap water IS fluoridated:
Drink bottled water containing an adequate supply of minerals.
Do not drink distilled water:
Distilling water does remove fluoride but it has also been stripped of all the other minerals, many of which are required for health. The World Health Organization states drinking demineralized water is very bad for one’s health Distilling removes 99.5% of all minerals from the water. Demineralized water sets up a chemical reaction in the body where it “grabs” the minerals inside the body and then they get peed out. The body becomes mineral deficient, and this deficiency also creates an acid state in the body. The body requires calcium and other beneficial minerals and trace elements to alkalinize it- which is crucial for health.
Another reason to avoid distilled water is distilling cannot remove certain toxic chemicals, and still requires the use of a carbon filter: while the vaporization process will strip water of salt, metals, and bacteria, the boiling point of most synthetic chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine solutions is lower than the boiling point of water. Distillation does not remove these harmful chemicals.”
If you have absolutely no access to any other water than distilled and you can be sure it has also been purified with a carbon filter, then you must still add the minerals back into it. This 8 oz. bottle called ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops costs under $20 and will allow you to re-mineralize around 64 gallons of water.
For more information on distillation see the end of this article.
If you buy reverse osmosis water:
Reverse osmosis removes more than 90-99.99% of all minerals from the water (not as much as the process of distillation but almost). Again, reverse osmosis water (just like distilled water) sets up a chemical reaction in the body where it “grabs” the minerals inside the body and they then get peed out. The body becomes mineral deficient, and this deficiency also creates an acid state in the body. Contrary to what unscrupulous reverse osmosis salespeople are saying, demineralized water is indeed very bad for one’s health.
Some bottled water manufacturers using reverse osmosis filtration add a combination of minerals back into the water but not all of them do. If reverse osmosis water is the most convenient for you to get (many people buy this water in jugs at the store or from machines), then you must buy mineral replacer drops to add in the jug so your body does not become mineral deficient. This 8 oz. bottle called ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops costs under $20 and will allow you to re-mineralize around 64 gallons of water.
DO NOT BUY A HOME REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSYEM. Reverse osmosis home systems are complicated, expensive, and germy. While reverse osmosis does remove fluoride from the water, they also require a carbon filter unit attached because the reverse osmosis membrane cannot remove all of the same toxins that carbon can. So you are not just paying for the upkeep of the reverse osmosis system parts, but also having to change out carbon filters. Additionally, reverse osmosis systems also waste a lot of water. For every gallon of purified water, four gallons of waste water is created. This is expensive and not environmentally friendly. Reverse osmosis systems are also subject to becoming contaminated with bacteria.
For more information on reverse osmosis see the end of this article.
Buy Mountain spring water:
The ideal solution is to buy mountain spring water. Here’s more info on why mountain spring water is the ideal and most healthful water to drink:
Ideally, the ph of one’s water should be between 6 and 8. Some of the most healthful waters in the world (ones that emerge from mountain springs) actually are a little acidic, in the realm of 6.5 ph. This water is still the healthiest one can consume. Mountain spring water has many important trace elements. Additionally, many of these trace elements can carry a negative ionic charge, which is also health benefit.
Note: Nestle is the largest beverage corporation in the world as of 2016 and it has been buying up all the spring water sources, stealing the water and from the people and the environment. More info here.
If possible, don’t buy Nestle’s water products. If you have to, please support legislation that eliminates water monopolies.
Here’s some info on water ph:
PH is simply a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions. In fact, the acronym “pH” is short for “potential of hydrogen.” The higher a liquid’s pH, the fewer free hydrogen ions it has; the lower its pH, the more free hydrogen ions it has. One pH unit reflects a tenfold change in ion concentration – for example, there are ten times as many hydrogen ions available at a pH of 7 than at a pH of 8.
You don’t want water that is too acidic or too alkaline. Anything between 6-8 and is going to be within the safe range. A little on the alkaline side is best, but again, mountain spring water is sometimes a little on the acid side and is some of the healthiest water you can get your hands on.
(1) Here’s why demineralized water is very unhealthy:
WHO the World Health Organization commissioned a report that was published in 1980 on the optimum amount of minerals that should be in drinking water. They found that demineralized water is dangerous:
“Low-mineral water markedly: 1.) increased diuresis (almost by 20%, on average), body water volume, and serum sodium concentrations, 2.) decreased serum potassium concentration, and 3.) increased the elimination of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium ions from the body. It was thought that low-mineral water acts on osmoreceptors of the gastrointestinal tract, causing an increased flow of sodium ions into the intestinal lumen and slight reduction in osmotic pressure in the portal venous system with subsequent enhanced release of sodium into the blood as an adaptation response. This osmotic change in the blood plasma results in the redistribution of body water; that is, there is an increase in the total extracellular fluid volume and the transfer of water from erythrocytes and interstitial fluid into the plasma and between intracellular and interstitial fluids. In response to the changed plasma volume, baroreceptors and volume receptors in the bloodstream are activated, inducing a decrease in aldosterone release and thus an increase in sodium elimination. Reactivity of the volume receptors in the vessels may result in a decrease in ADH release and an enhanced diuresis.”
The German Society for Nutrition reached similar conclusions about the effects of distilled water and warned the public against drinking it. The Society in its position paper explains that water in the human body always contains electrolytes (e.g. potassium and sodium) at certain concentrations controlled by the body. Water resorption by the intestinal epithelium is also enabled by sodium transport. If distilled water is ingested, the intestine has to add electrolytes to this water first, taking them from the body reserves. Since the body never eliminates fluid in form of “pure” water but always together with salts, adequate intake of electrolytes must be ensured. Ingestion of distilled water leads to the dilution of the electrolytes dissolved in the body water. Inadequate body water redistribution between compartments may compromise the function of vital organs. Symptoms at the very beginning of this condition include tiredness, weakness and headache; more severe symptoms are muscular cramps and impaired heart rate.” – (source)
(2) How water is distilled:
Distillation is a water purification process that uses a heat source to vaporize water and separate it from contaminants and other undesirable elements commonly found in ground and surface water. Distillation heats raw (untreated) water until the water reaches its boiling point and begins to vaporize. The heat is then kept at a constant temperature to maintain water vaporization while prohibiting other undesirable elements from vaporizing. Water has a lower boiling point than salt and other mineral sediments. This process also separates the water molecules from microscopic, disease-causing organisms. Once all of the water has vaporized, the vapor is led into a condenser, where, upon cooling, the water reverts to the liquid form and runs into a receiving container. The remaining elements, whose boiling point was too high to permit vaporization, remain in the original container and constitute the sediment (Holland, Siqueiros, Santoyo, Heard, & Santoyo, 1999). Because the distillation process can never ensure a complete separation between water and other materials, it is often repeated one or more times with the treated water.
(3) How reverse osmosis works:
The semi-permeable membrane used in reverse osmosis contains tiny pores through which water can flow. The small pores of this membrane are restrictive to such organic compounds as salt and other natural minerals, which generally have a larger molecular composition than water. These pores are also restrictive to bacteria and disease-causing pathogens. Thus, reverse osmosis is incredibly effective at desalinating water and providing mineral-free water for use in photo or print shops. It is also effective at providing pathogen-free water. In areas not receiving municipally treated water or at particular risk of waterborne diseases, reverse osmosis is an ideal process of contaminant removal.
The reverse osmosis process contains several downsides which make it an inefficient and ineffective means of purifying drinking water. The small pores in the membrane block particles of large molecular structure like salt, but more dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water (Binnie et al, 2002). These chemicals can freely pass through the porous membrane. For this reason, a carbon filter must be used as a complimentary measure to provide safe drinking water from the reverse osmosis process. Such chemicals are the major contaminants of drinking water after municipal treatment.
Another downside to reverse osmosis as a method of purifying drinking water is the removal of healthy, naturally occurring minerals in water. The membrane of a reverse osmosis system is impermeable to natural trace minerals. These minerals not only provide a good taste to water, but they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. Water, when stripped of these trace minerals, can actually be unhealthy for the body.
Reverse osmosis also wastes a large portion of the water that runs through its system. It generally wastes two to three gallons of water for every gallon of purified water it produces. Reverse osmosis is also an incredibly slow process when compared to other water treatment alternatives. (historyofwaterfilters.com)