There is plenty of conversation happening these days on fluoride and the potential dangers/benefits of supplementing this into our children’s daily/dentist-visit routine. With all that is being said, we really wanted to repost this amazing article about children and fluoride for you today. Please make sure you read all the comments from past readers and the end too, and please LIKE this post if you do!
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SAFbaby Moms Interview Fluoride Action Network
We recently interviewed Carol S. Kopf, Media Officer for the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), to get answers to the questions parents, and us at SAFbaby, are most concerned about!
What kind of fluoride is being used to fluoridate drinking water?
What are silicofluorides?
Silicofluorides are waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry which are dumped, unpurified, into drinking water and allowed (by NSF International-the regulatory body over water additives) to have trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxins present. (Download NSF_fact_sheet from NSF, Public Health And Safety Company).
The Centers for Disease Control‘s fluoridation page explains:
Community water systems in the United States use one of three additives for water fluoridation, based on cost of product, product-handling requirements, space availability, and equipment.
- Fluorosilicic acid: an aqueous solution used by most water fluoridation programs in the United States. Fluorosilicic acid is also referred to as hydrofluorosilicate, FSA, or HFS.
- Sodium fluorosilicate: a dry additive, dissolved into a solution before being added to water.
- Sodium fluoride: a dry additive, typically used in small water systems, dissolved into a solution before being added to water.
Over 91% of US fluoridating communities uses the first two listed. The shorthand for both is silicofluorides because they contain silicon and fluoride. However, the CDC’s site says that all three are derived from the phosphate fertilizer industry.
Fluoride In Drinking Water Comes From Hazardous Waste!
Does fluoridated toothpaste contain silicofluorides or calcium fluoride? Is one less harmful than the other?
I don’t think I’ve seen fluoridated toothpaste that contains either.
The following are FDA approved for toothpaste, and topical application (not ingestion):
- stannous fluoride,
- sodium fluoride, and
- sodium monofluorophosphate (MFP).
Even natural fluoride can be harmful to people. See what it’s done to the people of Nalgonda India here.
“Fluoridation is not about children’s teeth, it is about industry getting rid of its hazardous waste at a profit, instead of having to pay a fortune to dispose of it.”
How To Reduce The Intake Of Fluoride For The Well Being Of Babies and Children
What can parents do, to reduce the intake of fluoride at home besides purchasing a reverse osmosis or other fluoride removal water filter?
I am not a physician but this is my opinion: AVOID fluoridated water and toothpaste or any other obvious fluoride sources. Breastfeed infants and/or use ready-to-feed infant formula. Use fluoride free bottled water if necessary.
Fluoride varnishes contain a hugely toxic 26,000 parts per million fluoride. Some parents may want to avoid them even though dentists are applying varnishes as soon as baby teeth erupt. Even though most of the varnish sticks to the teeth, some fluoride gets absorbed into the system anyway.
Check food labels for mechanically deboned meat. Meat separated by machines from the bone invariably gets fluoride-containing bone dust into the finished product. Mechanically deboned chicken, such as some chicken baby foods and formed meats such as vienna fingers and McNuggets have unexpectedly high fluoride contents.
Parents should become familiar with the USDA Fluoride Database (see our chart below) to learn how much fluoride is in the foods they give their children daily. They might want to rotate foods in and out of the diet with the fluoride content in mind. Fluoride is also at high levels in tea and fish. Boiling water concentrates fluoride and doesn’t eliminate it.
“It’s hard to believe but the US Food and Drug Administration has never safety tested fluoride for ingestion. Fluoride was grandfathered in before the 1938 law requiring drug safety testing. Pre-1938, sodium fluoride was sold solely as a rat poison. The FDA regulates fluoridated toothpaste as a drug. Look at the warning on the back of the tube.”
Feed children organic produce because fluoride-containing pesticide residues remain on many foods. As a result, some non-organic grape juices have a very high fluoride content. If juices and other beverages are made or reconstituted in a fluoridated area they will probably contain fluoride. It’s a good idea to call the manufacturer to find out.
Don’t use fluoridated water in cold-mist humidifiers.
Chart Showing Common Foods Containing High Amounts Of Fluoride
Safbaby took a look at the USDA Fluoride Database and made a simple and easy-to-read chart of some common foods and drinks that contain high amounts of Fluoride.
(Click on arrow top right to view full screen!)
Fluoride Exposure From Bathing And Humidifiers
Can a high amount of fluoride get into my child’s body by bathing and showering with fluoridated water?
I have never seen studies to show how much fluoride gets absorbed from bathing and showering. But it makes sense to assume fluoride does get absorbed and inhaled via baths, showers and cold mist humidifiers with fluoridated water as it has been reported that fluoride is inhaled from ocean mist. (Ocean water contains 1.4 ppm fluoride)
Are There Safe Limits Of Fluoride Exposure For My Child?
How much fluoridated water is too much for my baby or toddler?
This is a question you should ask the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or the American Dental Association. We advocate NO FLUORIDE.
According to the National Academy of Sciences and reported by the American Dental Association, adequate intake of fluoride to avoid moderate fluorosis (yellow teeth) is:
– 0.01 mg/day for 0 to 6-month-olds
– 0.5 mg/day for 7 through 12 months
– 0.7 mg/day for 1 to 3-year-olds
Mild fluorosis is white spots, lines or blotches to the teeth. So most parents would probably want less fluoride than the above.
While ingested fluoride was thought to reduce cavities when fluoridation began in the 1940′s, modern science shows that ingested fluoride confers no benefits, delivers risks and that fluoride gets into tooth enamel by topical means alone which means swallowing fluoride makes as much sense as drinking suntan lotion to prevent sunburn.
It’s hard to believe but the US Food and Drug Administration has never safety tested fluoride for ingestion. Fluoride was grandfathered in before the 1938 law requiring drug safety testing. Pre-1938, sodium fluoride was sold solely as a rat poison. The FDA regulates fluoridated toothpaste as a drug. Look at the warning on the back of the tube.
Tell your Congressional representatives you want an end to fluoridation now!
I wash salads with fluoridated tap water and sometimes cook pasta with it. I am worried that my child is getting too much fluoride.
I agree. That is all part of your child’s daily fluoride intake. This is one of the main reasons water fluoridation should be stopped whether or not one agrees about its beneficial effects. Some people will cook their pasta, rice and other absorbent foods with fluoride-free bottled water.
Finding Our How Much Fluoride Is In Your Public Drinking Water
What states do not supplement tap water with fluoride?
They all do to different extents. You can find that information here.
Silicofluorides As Toxic As Arsenic and Lead
I’ve read this statement by George Glasser below, is this true?
“Only calcium fluoride occurs naturally in water; however, that type of fluoride has never been used for fluoridation. Instead what is used over 90 percent of the time are silicofluorides, which are 85 times more toxic than calcium fluoride. They are non-biodegradable, hazardous waste products that come straight from the pollution scrubbers of big industries. If not dumped in the public water supplies, these silicofluorides would have to be neutralized at the highest rated hazardous waste facility at a cost of $1.40 per gallon (or more depending on how much cadmium, lead, uranium and arsenic are also present). Cities buy these unrefined pollutants and dump them–lead, arsenic and all–into our water systems. Silicofluorides are almost as toxic as arsenic, and more toxic than lead.” (George Glasser, Journalist, St. Petersburg, FL, “Fluoridation: A Mandate to Dump Toxic Waste in the Name of Public Health,” July 22, 1991.)
Fluoridation is not about children’s teeth, it is about industry getting rid of its hazardous waste at a profit, instead of having to pay a fortune to dispose of it.
George Glasser is an expert on that issue. But I think it’s become more complicated than that. Calcium fluoride is what’s found in nature. However, as I said earlier, people have been harmed from naturally fluoridated water, see: www.sadhanawelfare.org
Which countries do not fluoridate their tap water?
- Czech Republic
- Northern Ireland
Only about 10% of England’s and Spain’s population has fluoridated tap water as well as some parts of Ireland.
Thank you Carol Kopf for sharing your expertise with Safbaby! For more information about Fluoride, please visit Fluoride Action Network‘s website.
Don’t forget to tell your Congressional representatives you want an end to fluoridation now!
A Water Filter That Filters Fluoride
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