The fluoride controversy makes us wonder who truly benefits from pouring this hazardous waste into our drinking supply!
Living in one of those states which has plenty of fluoride in our water, we feel the frustration of being “medicated” without our consent, and felt this to be a great topic. Especially since over fluoridating our babies and toddlers can lead to unnecessary health concerns and/or dangers.
Controversy Over Dental Benefits Of Fluoride
The Fluoride Action Network states, “In the second half of the 20th century, a steep decline in tooth decay occurred among children in the United States. Proponents of water fluoridation have long claimed that this reduction in tooth decay is primarily the result of adding fluoride to water.
When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nominated water fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century, it published the graph below which showed the reduction of cavities in US children coupled with the increase in water systems that have been fluoridated since the 1960’s.
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The CDC referred to the graph with the statement: “as a result [of water fluoridation], dental caries declined precipitously during the second half of the 20th century. However, what the CDC failed to mention is that similar declines in tooth decay have occurred in virtually EVERY western country, most of which do not fluoridate water.” (see second graph below)
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Isn’t the most logical answer to keeping cavities at bay simply to reduce sugar intake in our diets anyways? Such a simple safe alternative to poisoning our water with fluoride!
Fluoride Water For Infants
Those most at risk of ingesting too much fluoride are infants. Knowing this, it is so hard to see parents giving their babies fluorinated water. Of course, the parent is just doing what they think is best for their child, but marketing tools have mislead them.
“Newborn babies have undeveloped brains, and exposure to fluoride, a suspected neurotoxin, should be avoided,” notes Hardy Limeback, a member of a 2006 National Research Council panel on fluoride toxicity, and former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research.
Fluoride is linked with other health problems as well, including weakened bones, reduced thyroid activity, and possibly, bone cancer in boys, according to a recent report from a team of Harvard scientists, the US National Research Council and other recent studies.
Dentist Speaks Out Against Fluoride
This wonderful video, done by a reputable dentist of 30 years, is a must see for all parents facing the decision “To fluoridate or not to fluoridate?”
A Statement About Fluoride In Tap Water is a 5 minute video presented by Dr. Bill Osmunson D.D.S.. Also holding Master degrees in Public Health and Nutrition and Health Education, Dr. Bill Osmunson gives his educated reasoning behind why he once promoted fluoridation, and on why he is now aggressively against it.
HUMAN STUDIES- Fluoride’s Impact on IQ
The Fluoride Alert Organization also says, “Fluoride’s ability to damage the brain represents one of the most active areas of research on fluoride toxicity today.
Concern about fluoride’s impact on the brain has been fueled by 18 human studies (from China, Mexico, India, and Iran) reporting IQ deficits among children exposed to excess fluoride, by 4 human studies indicating that fluoride can enter, and damage, the fetal brain; and by a growing number of animal studies finding damage to brain tissue (at levels as low as 1 ppm) and impairment of learning and memory among fluoride-treated groups.”2
According to the US National Research Council, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”
Safe Alternative Measures – Keeping Excessive Fluoride Out
For infants, the safest alternative is BREAST MILK! Mom’s body will filter out excessive fluoride and is the best way to nourish our babies until they are at least 12 months old.
A recent investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that over-exposure to fluoride among infants is a widespread problem in most major American cities. EWG’s study found that, on any given day, up to 60% of formula-fed babies in US cities were exceeding the Institute of Medicine’s “upper tolerable” limit for fluoride.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 48% of US school children are fluoride overdosed and sport dental fluorosis – 4% of it severe. Dr. Osmunson said it can cost tens of thousands of dollars over the years to cover dental fluorosis for people who can afford this out-of-pocket expense.
Also, our babies and children swallow toothpaste nearly each time they brush their teeth. So, choosing a fluoride-free toothpaste is one step in the right direction. SafBaby recommends Tom’s of Maine Natural Fluoride-Free Toothpaste for Children. It comes in a Silly Strawberry flavor which our girls enjoy.
Knowing how much fluoride your baby is getting through daily water intake is important. Again, the recommended excessive level for babies from the EPA is 2.0 mg/L. To find the average of fluoride in your tap water, go here.
Take Action to End Fluoridation Now
“Water is supposed to be safe for everyone. Why add a chemical that makes it knowingly unfit for young children? The US should follow Europe’s lead and end fluoridation,” says Michael Connett, Project Director of the Fluoride Action Network.
We should have the right to supplement fluoride into our bodies and our babies as we see necessary. Since reverse osmosis filtration is the most effective way to filter fluoride out of our tap water (and this can be quite spendy), we should have the right to keep it out of our tap water.
NEXT on Fluoride: Safbaby’s Interview with Fluoride Expert
To find out what the excessive level is for young children, how you can reduce exposure, what kind of fluoride is commonly used in tap water, what foods contain fluoride and more, please read our next article on Fluoride Part 2: Children and Fluoride FAQ – A Must Read For Every Parent!