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Fluoride: Hero? Villain?

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Fluoride is one of those subjects that rather mystifies me. I have read many articles and reports that call it a dangerous toxin. These are not just opinions, these are studies, with research and footnotes. And still, most of the world vehemently disagrees.

I am not a scientist, nor political in any way. Maybe that's why I can never get the fluoride picture to hang together in a way that makes sense. I have no political lobby or philosophical axe to grind. I'd just like to know what the truth is, and I'd like for both sides of the issue to seem to be in the same world I'm in. So in the interests of figuring things out, I'm highlighting this article on fluoride, which takes what seems to be the underdog position. I'm a sucker for a good underdog ...

"According to information from its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), and from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride is a dangerous toxin that can cause serious physical harm."


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No I don't. And I thought I didn't but that's how it appears.

May 13, 2010 - 6:15am
EmpowHER Guest

i understand your confusion. Nobody has the time to research every issue we find in the news. But I've done so with fluoride.

There's something that proponents of fluoridation agree on - that too much fluoride is really bad for bones. In fact, the EPA sets 4 mg/L as the maximum contaminant level of fluoride allowed in water to prevent skeletal fluorosis - a crippling arthritic like disease.

So while you may drink only one liter of water a day and ingest 1 milligram, the outdoor workers, athletes, diabetics, military, dieters and really thirsty people might drink 4 liters of water a day and then they are ingesting 4 mg a day - the amount that the EPA says can damage bones.

People can be allergic to or intolerant of many healthy foods such as peanuts, milk, etc. About 1 - 5% of the population is allergic or intolerant of fluoride. But few physicians are trained to diagnosis fluoride as the cause of allergic or intolerant symptoms.

Also, the fluoride chemicals that are added to public water supplies are not pure fluoride, they are by-products of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing and are allowed to contain trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxins by NSF International, the governming body over water additives - even though the EPA sets the maximum contaminant level goal of lead and arsenic at zero.

fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for healthy teeth. So there's no harm in allowing people the freedom of choice about whether to take or not take fluoride. Consuming a fluoride free diet will not cause tooth decay.
Putting fluoride into the water supplies removes an individual's right to choose.
buying fluoride free bottled water is not a solution as fluoride is inhaled in shower mist and cold mist humidifiers and absorbed in baths as well as absorbed by many cooked foods
for more info:
Fluoridation 101
Fluoride Action Network

May 12, 2010 - 7:12am
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