At Least 2 in 5 Get Too Much Fluoride
For decades, fluoride has been pumped into the tap water of most municipalities based on guidelines from the federal government. And for decades, critics of forced fluoridation have warned that the government is delivering toxic levels of the chemical to millions of people.
Public health officials have long tried to dismiss anti-fluoridation activists as paranoid tinfoil-hat types. But hard facts aren’t so easily dismissed. The Centers for Disease Control itself admitted in a recent report that 41% of American children over age 12 exhibit symptoms of fluorosis. That’s the technical term for toxic levels of fluoride. The first symptom is discolorations on teeth. Overwhelming evidence shows that millions of people are being exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride. In response, the government on April 27th lowered some of its longstanding water fluoridation guidelines.
Fluoride Levels Lowered – But Not in All Regions
Since 1962, the government had been encouraging localities to add fluoride to their drinking water. The guidelines suggest 1.2 parts per million in cooler parts of the country and 0.7 PPM in warmer climates. (In the sweltering south, people tend to drink more water and hence would be at higher risk of consuming toxic levels of fluoride at 1.2 PPM.)
The new federal fluoride standard is 0.7 PPM throughout the country. No reduction in the recommendation for warmer climates. Apparently, government officials have concluded that heat-induced regional variations in water intake don’t matter. Either that, or they are knowingly putting people in southern states at relatively greater risk.
A lot has changed about oral health practices since 1962. Today, almost all toothpastes contain fluoride. And mouthwash products are more widely used – many of which also contain fluoride. So whatever the justification for water fluoridation was decades ago, it is weaker by today’s standards. There’s just less of a need for fluoride in drinking water. Critics argue there’s a need to eliminate fluoride in the drinking water – or at least scale it back everywhere that water fluoridation is practiced.
Public health officials are calling for a reduction in fluoride content only in jurisdictions that use the higher 1.2 PPM guideline. The implication is that only these communities are at risk of toxicity. But fluorosis afflicts children and adults in all parts of the country.
Over-fluoridation is a national problem. So why isn’t the government lowering fluoridation targets in all parts of the country? There doesn’t seem to be a good scientific reason. Perhaps there is a political one. Bureaucrats have spent 50+ years defending forced fluoridation levels of 0.7 PPM as safe and necessary. At this point, they don’t want to lose face.
There are also more serious health issues than what they acknowledge. Officials admit that fluorideinduced tooth discoloration is a widespread problem. But there is a more disturbing consequence of fluorosis that is rarely discussed. Multiple academic studies have shown that fluoride can accumulate in brain tissue and impair cognitive functioning.
A 2013 study the government doesn’t want you to know about found that fluoridated water can subtract as much as 6.9 IQ points from children.
Mouthwashes Can Promote Oral Health
It may be fine to rinse with fluoridated tap water. But if you’re going to drink it, filter it first. Some water filtration devices are capable of removing fluoride contaminants. Otherwise, opt instead for bottled spring water. (Caution: most bottled “drinking water” comes from municipal sources and may therefore contain fluoride.)
Fluoridation proponents claim that fluoride makes teeth more resistant to cavities. Most dentists agree. Even so, there’s no good reason to swallow and ingest fluoride. It can be applied topically to the teeth via toothpaste, mouth rinses, and professional treatments.
Many antiseptic mouthwashes such as Listerine contain alcohol. For some people, alcohol can be harsh and lead to dry mouth. Fortunately, non-alcohol-based dental rinses can be just as effective. Look for rinses that contain xylitol, which targets certain types of oral bacteria. Xylitol also stimulates salivation and promotes a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
So gargle and rinse to a cleaner mouth… and drink (a fluoride-free glass of water) to prevent toxins from accumulating in your body.