Originally published August 3 2008
TV Report Says Fluoride in Water Is Safe While Research Shows Otherwise
by Kevin Krautsack
(NaturalNews) A Nebraska television website reports in a recent article that fluoride is completely safe for ingestion via the water supply. They also state that ingesting fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Research, however, shows otherwise (http://www.nebraska.tv/Global/story.asp?S=85...) .
In studies, small amounts of natural topical fluoride have proven to reduce tooth decay and facilitate proper tooth enamel formation. However, ingested fluoride via the water supply has actually proven more harmful to tooth enamel than beneficial.
Fluoridation of water with silicofluorides (a type of fluoride added to water) has proven, in many studies, to be potentially harmful and actually damages the enamel of the teeth. This happens because excessive fluoride damages or destroys ameloblasts (enamel forming cells) in the teeth. Studies also show that excessive ingested fluoride may cause dental fluorosis (white spots or yellow staining and loss of enamel) and even tooth decay due to excessive lead retention caused by the silicofluorides.
Endless studies regarding fluoride have taken place over the years.
Some ailments that fluoride is expected to cause or aggravate are thyroid dysfunction, thyroid cancer, osteosarcoma, liver cancer, gastritis, joint pain, bone damage (skeletal fluorosis), carpal tunnel, fractures, osteoporosis (fluoride may reduce the absorption of calcium), impaired attention span, brain damage, reduced intelligence, pineal gland dysfunction, male and female infertility, brain damage to unborn babies, and it may also prevent the production of melatonin (due to pineal gland dysfunction) and certain thyroid hormones.
According to research, long-term doses of fluoride greater than 2-5 mg per day may result in toxicity. A lethal dose is considered 2 grams for adults and 500 mg for children. A daily dose of fluoride from the fluoridation of water is estimated at 1.6 to 6.6 mg per day, enough to make a person sick.
Filtering water through a reverse osmosis filter eliminates fluoride from tap water. The devices are expensive, however, many stores provide filtered water in bulk. Whole Foods for example carries reverse osmosis and distilled water available for purchase by its customers.
According to research, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D are beneficial in counteracting the toxic effects of fluoride.
Overall, fluoride in many studies has proven extremely toxic and many might consider buying bulk filtered water in order to reduce any possible risk.
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About the authorKevin Krautsack is a Health scientist, Exercise physiologist, and Health educator. He has a degree in Exercise and Health Science from Kennesaw State University with concentrations in school health and sports nutrition. He is a cancer survivor passionate about teaching others how the body heals, how to eat right and exercise, and ultimately how to thrive in an increasingly toxic world.
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