It was only a few years ago that if you labeled fluoride as a dangerous substance, you would be laughed at and scorned. For years, a select minority of individuals were the only ones raising the awareness of this health concern. Their cries have been and continue to be met with dissonance, despite the fact that the public’s opinion on fluoride has changed much in just a short time. In fact, even the United States government has called for lower levels of water fluoridation following a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, which found that increased fluoride consumption led to decreased IQ in children.
Communities are attempting to end water fluoridation, mainstream news is acknowledging its negative effects, and even a number of professional dentists have recognized the dangers of fluoride, and spoken out against its use and distribution. Most recently, the Palmer City Council of Alaska passed an ordinance repealing the town’s water fluoridation mandate.
Sodium Fluoride, the Voyage from Rat Poison to Toothpaste
Mainstream dentistry and oral health has been the vehicle through which sodium fluoride, a chemical byproduct of fluorine has been injected into our everyday lives. Said to ‘fight tooth decay’ and ‘strengthen enamel,’ it has been proliferated into nearly every form of toothpaste. Dentists also apply fluoride topically to teeth during routine visits to produce said effects. It has been added to municipal water supplies since the early 1900s, under the same premise of aiding oral health and hygiene.
Despite this, fluoride has a notoriously negative track record in terms of how it is used, and the products that use it as an active ingredient. While being used in toothpaste and various mouth washes, fluoride is also the main ingredient in many rat poisons, Prozac (an anti-depressant found to actually lead to suicide and other health conditions), and is even labeled as a toxic substance.
In fact, the safety precautions regarding sodium fluoride are quite telling themselves:
Risk and Safety Phrases.
- R25 – Toxic if swallowed.
- R32 – Contact with acid liberates very toxic gas.
- R36/38 – Irritating to skin and eyes.
- S1/2 – Keep locked up and out of reach of children.
- S22 – Do not breathe dust.
- S36 – Wear suitable protective clothing.
- S45 - In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label whenever possible.)
Of course it is important to note that there is a difference between topical fluoride exposure and internal consumption. With topical fluoride exposure, the amount of actual internal exposure can be minimal. However, many forms of fluoride exposure are through the internal digestion of the substance that has been linked to reduced IQ in major studies. Fluoride tablets have been distributed to children in public schools, leading to the complete digestion of the substance, as opposed to topical use.
For quite some time there have been a host of individuals speaking out against water fluoridation and its inclusion in foods, oral hygiene products, and as psychotropic drugs. Many foreign countries have banned its inclusion in municipal water supplies, and many U.S. states are progressively moving towards the same, as research continues to come out on the subject.
More recently, many practicing dentists have admitted that water fluoridation is a health risk, and should be stopped. This demonstrates a profound nature of humility that most doctors and large drug companies have yet to realize. If the mainstream medical establishment could own up to its shortcomings and work towards changing them, there would be nothing to fear. Sadly in pursuit of profit, they go to great lengths to maintain the guise of authenticity, while slowly shearing the individual of their health and wealth.
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