The dangers of fluoride have been long known, though many people remain dangerously unaware of the adverse health risks posed by fluoride. Exposure to fluoride can have deleterious consequences on numerous systems of the body. One of the most serious dangers of fluoride is the risk of osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer to which adolescent boys appear particularly susceptible.
These are some indisputable facts about fluoride.
- Only fifty percent of all the fluoride taken in by the body is excreted.
- According to the US National Research Council, half of the fluoride consumed becomes associated with the bones and teeth within 24 hours. The retention of fluoride is greater in growing children. The remaining fluoride becomes associated with other systems of the body prior to excretion or absorption.
Dangers of fluoride on the TEETH
For decades, the medical community and government officials have recognized the increased risk of DENTAL FLUOROSIS associated with exposure to fluoride. Dental fluorosis is a direct result of overexposure, resulting in discolored teeth (yellow, brown, or spotted) and a breakdown of tooth enamel. Children aged six months to five years are particularly vulnerable to dental fluorosis.
When determining the permissible levels of fluoride in the drinking water, the EPA acknowledged the risk of dental fluorosis, but claimed that it was simply a cosmetic effect and not a medical one; therefore, further regulation on this basis was unwarranted. However, research shows that dental fluorosis serves as the first sign of fluoride poisoning, which can have much more serious effects on the body.
Dangers of fluoride on the BONES
In the 1990s, a number of scientific studies indicated the increased risk of HIP FRACTURES associated with exposure to fluoride. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people in fluoridated areas suffered 86 percent more hip fractures compared to those living in non-fluoridated communities.
SKELETAL FLUOROSIS is another major danger posed by fluoride. While the risk of crippling skeletal fluorosis is extremely rare in the United States, the early stages of the condition can be triggered by artificially fluoridated water in our nation. Fluoride is also deposited into new bone more readily than existing bone, increasing bone-related dangers of fluoride in younger individuals.
One of the most serious dangers of fluoride is the development of a bone cancer known as OSTEOSARCOMA. For more information on this condition, please refer to our section on the Fluoride-Osteosarcoma.
Dangers of Fluoride on the BRAIN
According to the 2006 report issued by the National Research Council, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and the body by direct and indirect means. (http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/epa/nrc/excerpts.html)
In 1995, neurotoxicist Dr. Phyllis Mullinex demonstrated through animal studies that fluoride accumulates in the brain tissue. The developing brains of children appear to be at the greatest risk. Epidemiological studies from China have indicated a positive link between IQ DEFICITS IN CHILDREN and fluoride exposure at levels of 2.5 to 4 mg/l in drinking water (current standard in US is 4 mg/l). Animal studies have also shown a positive relationship between fluoride exposure and the onset of ALZHEIMERS DISEASE.
In addition to serious dangers of fluoride on the teeth, bones and brain, fluoride has been shown to adversely affect the functioning of the pineal gland, the reproductive organs, the immune system, insulin production, the thyroid gland and other bodily systems. Fluoride has also been shown to increase the risk of infant mortality and Down’s syndrome.
In 1999, the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents thousands of scientists, engineers, and other professionals with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released this call to action:
Recent, peer-reviewed toxicity data, when applied to EPA’s standard method for controlling risks from toxic chemicals, require an immediate halt to the use of the nation’s drinking water reservoirs as disposal sites for the toxic waste of the fertilizer phosphate industry [fluoride].
The EPA subsequently ordered non-fluoridated bottled water for its employees.
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