The harmful effects of fluoridation
Fluoridated water and toothpaste damage teeth and body
A suspected/proven carcinogen, fluoride added to water and toothpaste instead of helping teeth, actually harms them (and to add insult to injury, it's not just the teeth which are negatively affected)...
"Fluoride ruins teeth"
by Tim O’Shea, excerpted by Healing Teeth Naturally from www.thedoctorwithin.com/articles/water.html, copyright 2000 NewWest
(The above-referenced extensive article contains an in-depth discussion of fluoride and fluoridation and has been excerpted here. The reader is advised to read more pertinent excerpts in On Fluoride and Fluoridation Causing/Contributing To Cancer & Other Diseases discussing the dark history of fluoridation and the American Dental Association, fluoride's role in the genesis of cancer, brain/nervous system damage / low IQ / mental confusion, fluoride in food etc.).
WHAT IS FLUORIDE?
Fluorine [note the "n"] is an element. It is a gas, never occurring naturally in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition. Other sources disagree, holding that "no experimental work or clinical observations have proved that fluorine is in any manner essential for animals or man." (Alesen, p.5)
This has nothing to do with fluoride or fluoridation. The fluoride added to drinking water is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder. (Dustrude)
"Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, -- and toothpaste. It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid."
Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. You'll remember from the Enzymes chapter1 that in human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we're alive. (Howell) Without enzymes, we'd die instantaneously.
Collagen is the body's glue. That's not just a metaphor; when collagen breaks down, tissues simply lose their substance, their framework. As we saw in the Collagen chapter1, this is exactly how we get an enlarged heart, osteoporosis, atrophy and drooping of muscles, joint destruction, kidney and liver disease, falling organs, and bad teeth. Fluoride dissolves the body's glue simply by preventing new collagen from being formed. (Ishida)
Dr Y2 gives a masterful explanation of fluoride's disruption of collagen. Not only is the collagen incorrectly formed, it is wrongly mineralized. Some collagen, like bones and teeth, should be mineralized in order to give it hardness. Other collagen structures, like ligaments, tendons, and muscles, should not be mineralized, in order to keep them flexible and resilient. Fluoride confuses the two types. Fluoride mineralizes the tendons, and muscles and ligaments, making them crackly and painful and inflexible. At the same time fluoride interferes with mineralization of bones and teeth, causing osteoporosis and mottling or dental fluorosis.
FLUORIDE RUINS TEETH
Wait a second here! I thought that was the whole reason why we fluoridated water in the first place - to prevent cavities and build strong teeth, right?
Wrong again. And this is where politics and dog-wagging have eclipsed science. Dr Y gives an exhaustive review of the scientific literature of the past 40 years proving beyond a reasonable doubt that fluoride interferes with tooth formation, causing permanent discoloration and actual crumbling. The reader is referred to Chapter 5 of Fluoride The Aging Factor. A few excerpts:
Tooth enamel is laid down by special cells called ameloblasts. Dutch researchers found that fluoride at as little as 1 PPM caused these ameloblasts to malfunction so that they laid down irregular chalky enamel. (Bronkers)
The process whereby teeth are discolored and crumble from fluoridation is known as dental fluorosis.
The U.S. Public Health service has known since the research of its own Dr. HT Dean in 1937 that as fluoride levels rose, so did the percentage of children with dental fluorosis, in a study of 15 major American cities. (Dean)
The same findings were evident in a University of Texas study comparing dental fluorosis in children who lived in fluoridated and unfluoridated areas of Texas. Dr. Segretto found a 35% higher incidence of fluorosis in children who drank water with fluorine concentration of 1-1.4 ppm, compared with those whose water was in the .3 ppm range. This little study was written up in the Journal of the American Dental Association. (Segretto)
Yiamouyiannis goes on and on, citing one peer-reviewed study after another, all coming to the same inescapable conclusion: the more fluoride in the water, the more tooth malformation and discoloration.
It's beyond controversy, when you view these studies from all over the world - New Zealand, India, Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy, Illinois - same finding. Even with this consistent finding across the board, the standard level of fluoridation recommended for dental health in the U.S. is 1 part per million. How is this possible?
A major gain for antifluoridation happened in the past few years, which most people haven't even noticed. The FDA required all toothpaste manufacturers to print a warning on the label that if more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is swallowed, the local Poison Control Center should be notified. Check it out! Did we see that on CNN?
The American Dental Association and other defenders of fluoride have testified and continue to insist that dental fluorosis is a "cosmetic condition" and is not a health issue! You hear it all the time from fluoridiots. Permanent malformation of the teeth is a little more serious than cosmetic - but even if it weren't, how can an additive whose only alleged purpose is to benefit teeth destroy teeth?? In their current website, the ADA actually challenges this FDA warning on toothpaste labels, saying that it is unnecessarily strict.
In the words of Canadian fluoridation expert, leading consultant to the Canadian Dental Association, Dr. Hardy Limeback, a University of Toronto biochemist and dentist: "Since when is a cosmetic problem not a problem when the patient must seek dental treatment to fix it?" (Toronto Star, 25 April 99)
Paul Connett, PhD, explains that spots on the teeth and dental fluorosis are just an indication of damage to other parts of the body: "The teeth are windows to what's happening in the bones." (Griffiths, p 39)
Addendum by Healing Teeth Naturally: a small selection of many important fluoride findings & documents and fluoride detoxification tip
- On Fluoride and Fluoridation Causing/Contributing To Cancer & Other Diseases discusses the dark history of fluoridation and the American Dental Association, fluoride's role in the genesis of cancer, brain/nervous system damage/low IQ/mental confusion, fluoride in food etc.
- Diabetes: According to the National Research Council, diabetics are a "susceptible subpopulation" particularly vulnerable to harm from ingested fluorides.
- The Effect of Fluoride on the Physiology of the Pineal Gland (298 pages):
http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/pineal/luke-1997.html (PhD Thesis by Jennifer Luke, 1997)
- CDC 1992 Fluoridation Census (2 volumes, searchable):
- Fluorine Intoxication (by Kaj Roholm, 1937):
- More informative links on fluoride and fluoridation including advocacy groups
- Increasing the body's iodine levels has been found very effective in helping detoxify fluoride. I would advise to use seaweed as your source of iodine. In this manner, you as well as your teeth simultaneously benefit from one of the richest sources of the entire spectrum of minerals and trace elements known.
Also compare An abscess story: rotten molar & fluoride and this very impressive first-person account showing that salt water brushing has healed cavities where fluoride toothpaste failed.
Footnotes by Healing Teeth Naturally
2 John Yiamouyiannis, PhD., author of Fluoride the Aging Factor