Fluoride is prohibited in most European countries and 98 percent of Europe is now free of fluoridated water. (Those countries agree that supplying the public with a medication via its drinking water is not the appropriate conduit). Belgium has gone so far as to ban all products containing fluoride and thanks to in-depth research on water containing fluoride, fluoridation is banned in Holland.
The Canadian Dental Association states that fluoride's effect on cavities is topical, rather than systemic, and recommends that if a child brushes his/her teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste that they should have no further exposure to fluoride, even in a non fluoridated community. Yet the US is still using fluoride in its water systems and the [American Dental Association] still condones the use of fluoride and has done so for the past 50 years, believing that fluoride was the best cavity preventative, especially in children
What is Fluoride
Fluorides are organic and inorganic compounds containing fluorine. In its pure form, fluorine is a poisonous gas, and molecular fluorine is highly dangerous; it causes severe chemical burns on contact with skin. Sodium fluoride has been used as an insecticide, especially against cockroaches. It is also often added to toothpaste and to municipal water supplies to prevent dental cavities.
According to Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association, "Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis."
Fluorosis occurs from overexposure to flouride. Dental fluorosis occurs during tooth development, especially between the ages of 6 months to 5 years. It can cause yellowing of teeth or brittling of bones and teeth. So why do dentists use fluoride? The tooth surface becomes much harder, but the tooth itself becomes brittle. Research suggests that excessive fluoride can also cause joint problems, skeletal deformation, osteoporosis, and even bone cancer.
Recent research also indicates a link between pineal gland calcification and degree of fluoride deposition in the gland, and can cause thyroid disorders. In the past, fluoride was used to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland for people suffering from hyperthyroidism â" an overactive thyroid. But the daily does of fluoride people receive in communities that have fluoridated water (1.6 to 6.6 mg/day) exceeds the dose of fluoride which depressed the thyroid gland (2.3 to 4.5 mg/day).
Symptoms of fluoride toxicity point towards some kind of profound metabolic dysfunction, and are strikingly similar to the symptoms of Hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is an under-production of thyroid hormone. The two hormones produced by the thyroid controls the body's temperature, ability to burn calories, and energy usage. It is estimated that hypothyroidism affects over 13 million people in the USA.. One in eight women may develop a thyroid condition at some time in their life usually between the ages of 30 and 50.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism: Nervousness, irritability, increased perspiration, insomnia and fatigue, weakness, hair loss, seperation of the nails, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, and sometimes protuding eyeballs. The condition is sometimes called thyrotoxicosis, or Grave's disease.
Who is at risk?
Excessive amounts of fluorosis is measured in parts per million. But there are many variables involved when it comes to determining excessive amounts in drinking water. It depends on the amount of fluoride ingested, how much is absorbed, and the weight of the person ingesting it. This is why doctors do not recommend using fluoridated water for infants' formula. People with kidney problems are also advised not to ingest fluoridated water. Say NO to fluoridation both to your dentist and to your municipal government responsible for your water supply.