The world’s oldest and most-prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. [R] This puts fluoride in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.
A neurotoxin is a substance that inhibits the functions of neurons – the cells that transport different types of information throughout the brain and allow it to function properly.
Still to this day, fluoride does not have FDA approval. That means it is considered by the FDA as an “unapproved drug.”
Chemicals used in fluoridation are byproducts of manufactured aluminum and fertilizer.
They contain a high concentration of toxins and heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and chromium, all of which have been linked to increasing cancer risk.
Let’s take a look at just a few of the health risks associated with flouride.
According to the National Research Council (NRC) as well, fluoride can damage the brain.
Studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show fluoridated water to cause dementia-like effects and lowering of the IQ. [R]
Fluoride damages sperm and increases the rate of infertility. [R]
Fluoride negatively affects thyroid function. In the Ukraine, P.P. Bachinskii found a lowering of thyroid function among otherwise-healthy people. [R]
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Fluoride causes symptoms of arthritis. Skeletal fluorosis (a fluoride-induced bone and joint disease) mimic the symptoms of arthritis.
Fluoride damages bones. An early fluoridation trial in the 1950’s revealed a twofold increase in bone defects among children in the fluoridated community. [R]
Hundreds of studies are shown with direct correlations between fluoride use and osteoporosis.
Austrian researchers proved in the 1970s that as little as one part fluoride per million parts water concentration could disrupt DNA-repair enzymes by 50%.
(Klein W et al. DNA repair and environmental substances. Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Bader-und Klimaheilkunde 1977; 24(3).)
In other words, when DNA can’t repair damaged cells, we look and feel older, faster!
It’s one thing to change from fluorinated toothpaste to non-fluorinated — that’s pretty easy. (Some of my favorites include Well Scent, Dr. Bronner’s and Uncle Harry’s.)
But a majority of the country fluorinates the water supply without consent of the citizens.
Some experts believe fluoridation might have worsened the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
And normal water filters from your local department store aren’t able to remove fluoride, either.
You need an expensive filter that uses a technology called “reverse osmosis,” but it could pay off in spades when it comes to your longer-term health.
Because of the documented health risks of fluoride, many people have launched campaigns to remove the chemical from their water supplies, with varying degrees of success.
Such initiatives are often controversial and emotionally charged because of the reputation that fluoride still enjoys among mainstream medicine.