What About Fluoride?

It’s already hotly debated, so I’ll stick to a citizens’ perspective from someone who prefers to abstain.

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I could completely understand the basis for mandatory fluoridation of public water sources, if there were limited ways to introduce this (controversially beneficial / detrimental) agent into our bodies. Since it’s nearly impossible for me to find a non-fluoridated toothpaste, I’m 100% certain that we do not require our water to have this chemistry added for the greater good.

The greatest concern (from my perspective) is the other end of the spectrum, where those who are concerned about being over-exposed, cannot avoid this industrial by-product. With most water systems in the USA, the taxpayers pay to treat the water, and the health conscious pay twice to avoid it – drinking bottled water, installing systems to our houses, and paying extra for hygiene products that exclude this toxin. That seems one-sided and tends to favor wasteful spending in every possible way.  Science shows that a little fluoride can be helpful, but too much is worse.

Yes, overexposure to fluoride is a thing – a really bad thing!

The most visible physical defect is enamel fluorosis; the condition is visible through the discernible brown stains and markings on teeth occurs when enamel covering of teeth fail to crystallize properly. A study by the National Research Council, 2006, concluded that severe enamel fluorosis occurs in 10% of children exposed to fluoride concentrations of 4 mg/l. Additional health effects have been reported in various studies and include neurodevelopmental delays in children, dental fluorosis, clinical stage II skeletal fluorosis, and skeletal factures in both children and adults. Prolonged exposure to high levels of fluoride can create severe bone abnormalities which present in crippling deformities.  ~Tara Rava Zolnikov, PhD Candidate NDSU, from her disturbing Johns Hopkins Water Institute opinion report, A nationwide problem in Kenya: Overexposure to fluoride in drinking water.

Since I don’t smoke and smoking is deemed unhealthy, I have a right to eat in a restaurant where I’m not forcefully exposed. That seems logical. Oddly the reverse is true here, where consumption is deemed healthy. Controlling the amount of fluoride that our populace gets should be our focus, rather than making sure that every tap is flowing with the stuff. Too much of anything is always harmful.  {Even if we are talking about water.}

If you don’t want to consume any fluoride, you’re going to have to find another place to eat because we don’t serve your kind here.  {You won’t actually hear that from a server, because it’s bad for business but it is true.}

Fluoridated water is everywhere:

Crops are watered from the city tap, complimentary water in restaurants is treated, and probably all processed foods include traces of fluoride – just in case it might be good for you. Even the carrot in the picture above probably contains fluoride, and it isn’t helping the horse at all!

Taking responsibility to limit or prevent consumption probably means you’re looking for a reverse osmosis filtration system to filter your drinking water, and that means you’re paying twice – needlessly.  If you’re planning a detox program, it makes sense (even if it’s overly cautious) to limit the number of chemicals you expose yourself to, and this one won’t be easy.

DrDIY is a food-safety professional with an extensive sanitation background within the food & beverage manufacturing industry. He consults on food-safety - from hygienic-design to integrated pest-management through microbiology support, quality improvement audits, total-process management philosophy, CIP optimization, and lean-six-sigma project participation.

Overcoming an extended disability through a complete overhaul of diet and nutrition, DrDIY embraced traditional naturopathy and combined the wisdom of nature with the principles of modern sanitation to help build more sustainable systems within the food industry. He continues to study and practice holistic nutrition, food-safety, detoxification, and self-improvement and this site represents personal experience and opinion - and does not reflect the position of any employer past or present.

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