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Is Fluoride Dangerous to Your Health?

For many years, we have been told that fluoride is an important element to strengthen the teeth and prevent dental problems. Advertisements for toothpaste and other oral hygiene products claim that fluoride should be used daily to care for your teeth. Some cities even add fluoride to the tap water, to ensure that the general population is getting it on a regular basis.

Fluoride and Dental Health

With all the recommended uses of fluoride, it is easy to assume that the United States has outstanding dental health. But, the truth is just the opposite: despite the use of fluoride in common dental products, many people still experience dental problems. To make matters worse, it has been found that fluoride can be very harmful to your overall health.

If you look on the back of a toothpaste tube, you will see a warning about the dangers of ingesting fluoride. Most products suggest contacting poison control if a child swallows more than the recommended amount. Wouldn’t it be better to eliminate these ingredients, instead of adding a warning label to the product?

Does Fluoride Increase the Risk of Cancer?

Several research studies have suggested that fluoride is poisonous to the human body, and there was even a study in 1965 which showed clear evidence that cities with fluoridated water had higher deaths from cancer. Even though this information was discovered fifty years ago, there are still many recommendations to use fluoride, and it is very difficult to find cities that don’t add fluoride to their drinking water.

Why Hasn’t Fluoride Been Banned?

The problem is that immediate exposure to fluoride doesn’t seem to cause a measurable impact on a person’s health, and these negative health effects begin to occur over a period of extended toxic exposure.

Much of the information around the topic of fluoride is propaganda, so it is important that you take some time to do your own research in order to understand the impact that fluoride can have on your health.

Steps to Avoid Fluoride Exposure

If you want to avoid fluoride in order to prevent cancer and maintain overall health, then these are a few things that you can do to protect yourself:

  • Use all-natural mouth wash and toothpaste products that are fluoride-free
  • Refuse the fluoride service when visiting a dental office
  • Install a high quality water filtration system in your home, and make sure the filter removes the fluoride
  • Reduce the consumption of tea, because many types of tea plants absorb fluoride from the soil

Are you interested in learning more about household products that can increase your risk of cancer? Read Unravel the Mystery, by Ann Malkmus, and you will learn about the many lifestyle factors that might be having a negative impact on your health.

Comments

  1. I heard something about fluorine, indicating that we need some, What is the difference between fluoride and fluorine?

    Is it possible that this fluorine I heard about is what the plants pick up?

    • Christy Okon February 13, 2015

      Olin Idol, our ND on staff, answers: From http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryfaqs/f/what-is-fluoride.htm

      Question: What Is Fluoride?

      Are you confused about the difference between fluoride and fluorine or simply want to know what fluoride is? Here’s the answer to this common chemistry question.

      Answer: Fluoride is the negative ion of the element fluorine. Fluoride often is written as F-. Any compound, whether it is organic or inorganic, that contains the fluoride ion is also known as a fluoride. Examples include CaF2 (calcium fluoride) and NaF (sodium fluoride). Ions containing the fluoride ion are similarly called fluorides (e.g., bifluoride, HF2−).

      • Brian Haley March 6, 2015

        We’ve all heard that the given reason for flouride put in water is for strengthening teeth. The most effective known oxidizers/cleaners/purifying agents are #1 flourine; #2 hydroxyls; #3 ozone and so on (chlorine being #7 – down on the list). So, isn’t it true that Water Auhorities add flouride to tap water for this reason also…or does flouride have a completely different action than flourine?

        • Christy Okon March 9, 2015

          Olin, our ND on staff, says: Fluoride, a negative ion of fluorine, is added to water supposedly to prevent tooth decay. This is a dangerous practice as tooth decay is not a result of fluoride deficiency but of poor dietary and oral health practices.

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