Fluorine, which is poisonous, is the 13th most abundant element found on the earth. It is called fluoride when it is combined with other elements, which can either reduce or increase the toxicity. For example, when combined with calcium, it is a solid rock called fluorite, but when added to public water supplies, it is a very toxic form called hydrofluosilicic acid, which is shipped from the pollution scrubber systems of phosphate fertilizer mines. 97% of Europe does not add fluoride to its water supplies, and evidence shows that adding fluoride to water supplies does not influence rates of tooth decay and can instead cause visible harm to teeth in a condition called dental fluorosis. This condition, caused by exposure to fluoride, is known to effect 42% of American children.
Yet, it is still chemically synthesized and added to the following items:
Over 65% of the community water supplies in the United States
Dental products such as toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, glass ionomer fillings and cements, and compomer fillings
Sodium Fluoride “supplements” (drops, tablets, multivitamins and lozenges), which are illegal, unapproved by the FDA, and can also cause dental fluorosis
Other consumer products including food and beverages made with fluoridated water, pesticides, and many drugs such as Prozac, Avelox, Cipro, Levaquin and additional drugs in the fluoroquinolones (fluorinated quinolone) family
Why is the IAOMT concerned about fluoride exposure?
The IAOMT is concerned that the amount of fluoride taken in throughout a lifetime from all sources, including the water supply, exceeds the human tolerance for this toxic substance, and as a result, can potentially harm both children and adults. Furthermore, the IAOMT is particularly alarmed that infants can be overdosed when fed with fluoridated tap-water-formula.
While some evidence suggests that topical applications of fluoride (such as brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste) might lower the incidence of tooth decay, evidence also suggests that swallowed toothpaste can contribute to childhood overdose. Additionally, the IAOMT has recognized that there is strong evidence to support potential harm from systemic exposure to fluoride. In fact, based on an ongoing examination of the toxicological data on fluoride, the IAOMT has made several preliminary determinations over the last 18 years: Each time, the IAOMT has concluded that fluoride added to the public water supply and fluoride prescribed as controlled-dose supplements deliver no discernible health benefit, but on the contrary, these uses of fluoride can actually cause a higher incidence of adverse health effects.
Which adverse health conditions have been linked to fluoride?
Exposure to fluoride has been associated with an array of serious health complications, including the following conditions:
Carcinogenicity and genotoxicity
Increased blood lead (Pb) levels in children
Impaired glucose tolerance (often a precursor to type 2 diabetes)
Osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer)
Reproductive and developmental effects
Thyroid deficiency (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism)
The Latest News on Fluoride from the IAOMT and the
Fluoride Action Network (FAN):