Risk Factor #1: Chemical Profile of Fluoride
Fluoride is chemically synthesized for use in artificial water fluoridation, dental products, and other manufactured items.
Other than its natural existence in minerals, fluoride is also chemically synthesized for use in artificial water fluoridation, dental products, and other manufactured items. Fluoride is not essential for human growth and development. In fact, fluoride has been identified as one of 12 industrial chemicals known to cause developmental neurotoxicity in humans.
Knowing the risks of fluoride to human health is very important for doctors and patients.
In a 2006 report by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences, health effects from artificial water fluoridation were evaluated. Concerns were raised about potential associations between fluoride and osteosarcoma (a bone cancer), bone fractures, musculoskeletal effects, reproductive and developmental effects, neurotoxicity and neurobehavioral effects, and effects on other organ systems. Click here to read more about the health effects of fluoride.
Since the NRC report was released in 2006, a number of other relevant research studies have been published about the health risks of fluoride and the potential dangers of artificial water fluoridation. Click here to read some of the warnings.
Fluoride was not widely used for any dental purposes prior to the mid-1940’s. Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the first city to have artificially fluoridated water in 1945. This event occurred in spite of warnings about fluoride, as well as doubts about its alleged usefulness in controlling dental caries. Despite the controversy, by 1960, fluoridation of drinking water had spread to over 50 million people in communities throughout the United States.
The fluoridation of water in the United States began in the 1940s and has been spreading ever since.